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Photo of Glendale Church of Christ minister Bryan Schackmann inside Dexter Avenue Baptist Church Montgomery, AL August 12, 2015

Travel Adventures: A tour of civil rights sites in Alabama

My name is Bryan Schackmann and I’m the minister at the Glendale Church of Christ. Last week I got the chance to travel on a bus with 10 white and 10 black pastors from churches across the United States to important sites from the Civil Rights movement in Alabama. It was a powerful and unique opportunity and I’m glad I got the chance to do it. We visited 16th St. Baptist Church in Birmingham, Dexter Avenue Baptist Church and Brown Chapel AME Church in Montgomery. These churches were actively involved... Read More →

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Guest Blogger: State budget and Burbank schools

Great news for Burbank Schools: Each year Governor Brown has a May Revision Budget, which is an update to the budget he puts out in January.  The May revision reflects Brown’s adjustments (and the political/fiscal realities that come with it) to the state’s current financial position. What does that mean for the Burbank community? Opportunity. Generally speaking, there’s more than $6.5 billion increase to the state’s General Fund from January’s proposal. It’s widely accepted that much of this surplus came from Proposition 30, the legislature’s unusual fiscal restraint, and a... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Ralph Persinger Magnolia Park merchant August 8, 2014

Guest Blogger: Magnolia Park merchant speaks out

My wife and I own BURBANK ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES at 3423 West Magnolia Boulevard on “Antique Row.” Our store specializes in mid-century and baby boomer collectibles. We’re not a thrift store or junk shop! Our merchandise is highly collectible. Many of our customers say our store brings back happy childhood memories. It would not be the same if “Antique Row” is replaced with new trendy electronics and new fashion accessory stores! There are already enough vintage clothing, Halloween stores, new retail outlets, coffee shops & restaurants in our business section of... Read More →

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Guest Blogger Jackie Waltman: Burbank mayor position. Is it time for a change?

It may be time to seriously talk about the position of Burbank City Mayor.  For years the position of Burbank mayor has been largely ceremonial. The position has been conferred on a rotational basis to council members by their colleagues.  This practice sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t. First off, I would like to say that any citizen who is willing to step up to help guide the City should be applauded.  The city council plays a pivotal role in managing the quality of life in Burbank by ensuring that the... Read More →

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Guest Blogger: The secrets behind winning an Oscar

You might be surprised to know that to win an Oscar takes much more than talent. It takes a strategic campaign. Let me translate.  Outrageous budgets go towards lavish lunch and dinner parties to win the favor of Oscar voters.  Big publicity budgets go towards new 30 second TV spots, and self-congratulatory magazine and newspaper ads.  Does this sound familiar? Could it be that the studios are running a political campaign? Why all the hoopla?  Well, every Oscar win is money in the pockets of the releasing studio and let’s... Read More →

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Photo: FLLLewis/Media City G -- Two Luther Burbank Middle School students walk home from school on North Screenland Drive Burbank March 7, 2011

Burbank sidewalk controversy revisited: An opposing view

Those opposed to installing sidewalks on North Screenland Drive tend to be passionate and tenacious about their position. None more so than long-time resident and North Screenland Drive resident, Janet Strong. She’s a retired motion costume artist turned activist and occasional guest blogger on Media City Groove. Here’s Strong’s opinion post, which appeared  in “Community Views: Sidewalk rift, common decency, and the Burbank City Council” March 30, 2011 .   The City Council used to be the judge and jury of fairness for the Burbank community. The neighbors... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Luther Burbank student walking on North Screenland Drive in Burbank March 7, 2011

Burbank sidewalk controversy revisted: A supporting view

The issue of sidewalks on North Screenland Drive has blown up into a huge controversy since the first vote on the matter by the Burbank City Council back in December of 2010. At that time, by a three-to-two vote, the council supported the majority of the residents who do not want sidewalks on their street. However, Councilman, Gary Bric, changed his mind, had the issue brought back to council, and eventually voted against the residents and for installing sidewalks on a street that flows right into Luther Burbank Middle School, at... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Romancing the Bean cafe 3413 West Magnolia Boulevard, Burbank July 11, 2013

A Strong View: Romancing the Bean

Romancing the Bean. This little place has the best coffee.  They have a large variety including specialty coffees.  Also, the quiche is delicious, the blueberry muffins are divine. Their menu is uniquely chosen with a little bit of something for ever taste. They have pressed Sammy’s, (aged white cheddar, taleggio, blue cheese, mayo on walnut raisin bread) – if you love cheese, this is for you. There is a wonderful Smoked Salmon wrap, I liked this one. Whipped light cream cheese, English cucumber, arugula, spinach . It was just enough, not... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Saraya Thai Cuisine 1439 West Olive Avenue, Burbank May 16, 2013

A Strong View: Saraya best Thai food in Burbank

  SARAYA THAI CUISINE  1439 West Olive Ave. Burbank, CA. 91506  (818) 846-1244 Saraya Thai Cuisine is a nice place to dine anytime. This little Thai café offers a variety of delicious entrees as well as appetizers and deserts. It is small, clean and comfortable. The drinking water they serve to customers here is fresh and tasteful. Many restaurants, when you ask for water, and it is served– after one sip and you know you don’t want another drink of it. The prices at Saraya are reasonable and run from : $6.95... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Guarantee Vacuum 1721 West Burbank Boulevard, Burbank 91506 April 29, 2013

A Strong View: A repair shop that gets two thumbs up

GUARANTEE VACUUM 1721 West Burbank Blvd. Burbank, California 91506 Phone (818) 842-0357 Guarantee Vacuum is one of those small dependable businesses that dot the landscape of Burbank. It has been operating in Burbank for almost 45 years. Chris Dansak took over from his father in 1980 and is still running the business today. As a boy, this store was a second home. On Saturdays, Chris could be found inside working alongside his father learning all about vacuums. When he became older, Chris helped deliver cleaned and repaired vacuum and ran... Read More →

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Jean Youn: Stars and dream achievers

Which areas do you like most – sports, music, or movies? Do you have any particular favorite star in that area? Stars! Whatever the area may be, it must have some stars for people  to envy as well as love. And so often those who have ascended to stardom are called “dream achievers.” To first generation immigrants like me, those who have become stars, made a fortune or become famous, are regarded as the ones who have realized the American dream. Then, I came across a very interesting story. According... Read More →

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Guest Blogger: Boston Bombings, Confucius, and hero cops

Last week I felt heavy-hearted and saddened by the horrific Boston bombings. First of all, I share the sorrow of those who were injured and the families who lost loved ones. Especially, I would like to express gratitude and pay respect to the fallen police officer, MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, and other police officers who risked their lives in catching the suspects and maintaining the public safety and order. While I was contemplating about why on Earth this kind of incident happens, one story which I learned a long... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Community activist David Piroli spoke during public comments at the Burbank City Council April 2, 2013

A Strong View: Two citizens who take the time

Many residents in Burbank would like to participate in the inner workings of the city if they had the extra time to perhaps attend council meetings on Tuesdays. This is most often impossible for many, as the council meetings have been known to run late into the evening. Sometimes 11:00 p.m. and on occasion until 2:00 a.m. As many of these residents have families, early morning jobs or are elderly and can’t sit in one spot for hours they do not show up at city hall. This brings me to the two gentlemen... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Janet Strong, North Screenland Drive resident, at a city council meeting in Burbank March 8, 2011

A Strong View: Bob Frutos and David Gordon the right team

A surprising 53.3% of the ballots cast in the Burbank Primary Nominating Election last month were for Bob Frutos . Never before has a newcomer won out over three incumbents in Burbank. The voters made a powerful show of support for change by casting their ballots for Bob. We need a fresh outlook and someone who will fight for the residents, help us solve our problems, and give us back our rights as citizens to have a well run city. Bob has shown his support for us and we came through for him.... Read More →

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A Strong View: Stop runaway production

  If you are at all familiar with the motion picture industry no doubt you know about runaway production. Entertainment is big business here in Southern California and especially in Burbank. The major and independent studios probably do their best to employ locally. Yet, here in a time of economic deficiencies in the job market; the powers that be, whoever they may be, in charge of permits and rules governing what can be done where — are running productions out of town. Many studios, because of... Read More →

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Photo: Janet Strong, North Screenland Drive resident, at a city council meeting in Burbank March 8, 2011

A Strong View: Fighting for respect from city hall

Recently, I was listening to one of the Burbank council meetings. A gentleman speaking on behalf of his neighbors asked for help with an ongoing problem of parking on their street. Some neighbors have driveways and others do not. This dilemma has some neighbors overlapping other folks’ driveways in order to park and is causing problems for city trash pick up as well. This neighborhood is being denied respect. Safety concerns for their health and welfare are being ignored. This is very wrong. Why does this neighbor and his neighbors... Read More →

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Photo courtesy Guest Blogger Jean Youn

Jean Youn: Being grateful for every day

I don’t know what all of you who are reading this post do for a living. I don’t know whether you do new and exciting work or repeat the same work every day. I am repeating basically the same work every day. In fact, that’s a distinctive characteristic of the cleaning business. Today, I would like to share with you one person’s story. She has repeated the same work over and over again every day for a long time, like me. She is Sue Jin Kang who is a Korean... Read More →

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Photo: Janet Strong, North Screenland Drive resident, at a city council meeting in Burbank March 8, 2011

A Strong View: Why you should vote

When was the last time you voted? I know many of you have no interest in voting and haven’t done so in years. Burbank has an election on Tuesday, February 26, 2013. We (the residents) have a chance to make a difference in the inner workings of our community by voting. The positions available are city clerk, city treasurer, three city council seats and two seats on the board of education. You say who cares? Let someone else do it. If, you are fine with Burbank as is, don’t bother to... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City Groove -- Customers waited outside for tables on Thanksgiving at the Burbank restaurant, the Tallyrand November 25, 2010

Guest blogger: A review of the Tallyrand in Burbank

TALLYRAND RESTAURANT 1700 West Olive Avenue, Burbank, Ca. 91506 (818) 846-9904     Hungry? If you are looking for a good family Restaurant and haven’t already experienced the Tallyrand you are in for a treat. Recently, I had the pleasure of eating here and it wasn‘t the first time I have lunched here. The food is always delightful, fresh and delicious. The family owned Restaurant has been in business for approximately fifty-four years.The owners, Al Thomas an his wife Delores, have created a wonderful family dining venture for everyone, seniors adore them... Read More →

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Photo: Janet Strong, North Screenland Drive resident, at a city council meeting in Burbank March 8, 2011

Guest blogger: David Gordon and Bob Frutos have the right stuff

Burbank Councilman Dr. David Gordon has been fighting for the people of Burbank all by himself since he has been on the council.  Be it neighbors problems or that of small Business he is always there. Dr. Gordon stands for free enterprise and freedom of choice in our neighborhoods. There have been attempts by the opposition, especially Dave Golonski, to defame Gordon’s character — but it hasn’t worked. Dr. Gordon is still well respected. Golonski wants a one man town where he can dictate “His Pleasure” to an agreeable staff,... Read More →

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Jean Youn: Welcome 2013

The year 2012 is coming to an end and the year 2013 is about to begin. Within any cultures, there are certain customs that are kept on certain days or periods. Some of them may be similar and some may be totally different, and even strange, according to other countries or ethnic groups. Today, I want to introduce a custom, which used to be kept on December 31 in Korea. The reason why I said “used to” is because it is... Read More →

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Jean Youn: The secret to a long life

It is probably everybody’s wish to live a healthy long life without getting sick. So there are a variety of stories and secrets of health and longevity across the ages and in all the countries in the world. One of them is a story about Okinawa, Japan, where most of its residents live long. Especially, people in the village of Okimi within Okinawa are known to have the longest lives. At the entrance of the village, there is a stone monument on which the following words are inscribed: If you... Read More →

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