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Photo: FLLewis /Media City G -- Theresa Hanna owner of Bell Cottage 3322 West Magnolia Blvd Burbank August 3, 2017

Fears and concerns grow after two more shop burglaries in Magnolia Park

Fears and concerns grow after two more burglaries at shops in Magnolia Park. Theresa Hanna’s gift shop, Bell Cottage, is at Magnolia Boulevard and Lima Street. Bell Cottage was burglarized a week ago,  along with Vintage Boutique Antiques, 942 North Lima Street. For the past 10 years, Delmy Hernandez has owned the little vintage shop around the corner from Bell Cottage. Hernandez lives nearby and heard a security alarm go off shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday morning, July 30. The burglaries appear to be what are frequently called “smash and... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Pedestrian vs vehicle accident at intersection of Lima Street and Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank November 17, 2016

Pedestrian injured at controversial intersection in Magnolia Park

An elderly woman was reportedly hit by a black sedan in a Burbank intersection considered to be dangerous by many in Magnolia Park. The accident occurred last Thursday, November 17,  at around 12:30 p.m. at the intersection of Lima Street and Magnolia Boulevard. The accident forced Burbank traffic patrol officers to block off eastbound traffic on Magnolia for a while. The accident occurred when a black sedan attempted to turn onto Magnolia. Burbank PIO Sergeant, Claudio Losacco, says: “The vehicle was traveling north on Lima St. and initiated a right... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- "Ladies & Gents Night Out" in Burbank's Magnolia Park January 29, 2016

“Ladies & Gents Night Out” returns to Magnolia Park

A rather subdued “Ladies & Gents Night Out” returned to Magnolia Park in Burbank last Friday night after taking a break around the holidays. Several of the retailers who normally participate did not open their doors for the event, which runs from 6-9 p.m. Pinup Girl Boutique passed this time, but had a sign in the storefront saying it would return in February.  Also, it was hard not to notice the smaller crowds, fewer food trucks, and only a handful of musicians and vendors on the sidewalks. The weather, unseasonably... Read More →

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Holiday in the Park 2015 poster

Burbank’s Magnolia Park presents Holiday in the Park

A holiday tradition in Burbank’s Magnolia Park this evening. More than 70 businesses, organizations, and stores have joined forces for the celebration along a stretch of Magnolia Boulevard and Hollywood Way. Visitors are invited to come out to shop, eat, and enjoy the festive atmosphere. Oh, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there, too! Also, they will be accepting donations of toys and food for the Burbank Temporary Aid Center at various sites. The main event kicks off at 5 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m. See the... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Michael Gennaco spoke before city council about oversight review of the Burbank Police Department July 21, 2015

City Buzz: Burbank Police, oversight, and poopgate

Recently, the Burbank City Council renewed the three-year contract of consultant, Michael Gennaco, of the Office of Independent Review, as an independent monitor of the Burbank Police Department. The cost of Gennaco’s contract, $80,000.  In light of the growing tab for the notorious police cases and the BPD’s handling of that nasty incident involving Magnolia Park merchants last August, monitoring of the department is absolutely necessary. Mistakes by the Burbank Police Department have cost taxpayers plenty. Burbank has paid out millions in a slew of scandalous police cases involving allegations of... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Merchant Ralph Persinger in his shop Burbank Antiques 3423 West Magnolia Blvd. Burbank August 22, 20115

City Buzz:Burbank merchants’ feud escalates in Mag Park

That bitter merchants’ feud in the 3400 block of West Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank, once thought to be dying down,  has escalated with more nasty allegations, a police report, and a mystery videotape. I began covering the dispute back in August of 2014, when it centered on the fight for one-hour parking on the north side of the block. Most of the complaints were directed at Romancing the Bean, 3413 West Magnolia Boulevard. During that battle, allegations of harassment and bullying were leveled against the Bean’s owner,... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- A group enjoyed some tasty food truck items on Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank August 28, 2015

Magnolia Park — Crowds, food trucks & kicks and gear shop

Magnolia Boulevard is continuing to evolve into an interesting trendy place to hang out in Burbank. Last Friday evening with temperatures in the 90s, crowds braved the heat for “Ladies and Gents Night Out.” Local eateries and smoking food trucks provided a variety of menu items for the hungry. Along with store bargains, there was entertainment and artists at work, too. Also this past weekend, a new hip, edgy business attracted attention and shoppers, while sparking curiosity and buzz. The shop is part of the $1 billion sneaker... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank Police spokesman Sergeant Claudio Losacco at BPD headquarters in Burbank  July 10, 2015

Man dies after apparently jumping from overpass in Burbank

Tragedy in Burbank. A man was discovered on the I-5 freeway after apparently leaping off the Magnolia Boulevard overpass this morning. Burbank Police responded to a report of a jumper in the area at around 6:30 a.m. “Responding officers arrived and found a male, approximately 60 years of age, lying in the far right lane of the southbound Interstate 5 Freeway. He was unconscious, but breathing. It does not appear he was struck by any vehicles,” according to Burbank Police spokesman Sergeant Claudio Losacco. Paramedics arrived and treated the man... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- Owner, Larry Ross cuts the ribbon at grand opening of Blast from the Past, while co-owner/wife Kathy Ross and store customers watch Saturday July 25, 2015

Blast From the Past store reopens in Burbank

A Magnolia Park favorite, Blast From the Past, is back in business. After spending 8 months renovating the old Wilson’s Leather building at 3117 West Magnolia Boulevard,  the owners, Larry and Kathy Ross, held a grand re-opening last Saturday, July 25.  Blast From the Past spent 9 years at its old location, 931 North Hollywood Way, before making the big move. A small crowd of dedicated fans gathered at the door for the reopening ceremony. Once it was done, customers rushed inside to do some shopping. Blast From the Past,... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- One hour parking signs are up on the north side of the 3400 block of Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank October 11, 2014

City Buzz: Letter from irate Magnolia Boulevard merchant

Peace in the 3400 block of West Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank has been short-lived. What boiled over last summer as a dispute among the merchants there over parking and The Romancing the Bean restaurant has blown up again. Over the weekend, Ralph Persinger, who owns Burbank Antiques and Collectibles with his wife Kim, sent Media city Groove a letter about the problems on that troubled block. Here’s the letter.   After all the battles with parking on the 3400 block of W. Magnolia Blvd. we... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- One-hour parking sign in 3400 block of Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank October 11, 2014

City Buzz: Peace returns to Magnolia Park after parking dispute resolved

Peace has returned to Magnolia Park after a bitter parking dispute rocked the trendy shopping and eating section of Burbank.  Last summer the parking problems along the north side of the 3400 block of Magnolia Boulevard blew-up into a major conflict. The majority of the merchants on the block complained their businesses were being hurt by the clients of coffee shop/cafe, Romancing the Bean, who were camping out for hours in the parking spaces in front of their stores. The solution they asked for — a... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- One hour parking signs are up on the north side of the 3400 block of Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank October 11, 2014

City Buzz: Progress in Mag Park parking dispute

Progress is being made in that bitter parking dispute among some merchants on Magnolia Boulevard in the Magnolia Park area of Burbank. The two-hour parking signs were replaced by one-hour signs on the north side of the 3400 block of Magnolia last Friday. When I dropped by the block the day after, Burbank Antiques owner, Ralph Persinger, told me visitors are following the new parking restrictions: “It’s great! We’re getting a lot of turnover.” The one-hour parking signs are controversial. For the past several months, the majority of the merchants on... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- New parking lot on Magnolia Boulevard between October 2, 2014

Burbank Scene: New Mag Park parking lot busy — but more lots needed

The new Magnolia Park parking lot is attracting business. This morning before 11 a.m., I checked the lot and between 15-24 vehicles were parked there A number of spaces were vacant, too. After numerous delays, the lot between Maple and Kenwood Streets on Magnolia Boulevard, opened the middle of last month. The new public lot will ease the street parking crunch in that area — but help is still needed near other busy sections of Magnolia Boulevard. Where’s the next new parking lot going to be?... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank City Manager Mark Scott at community meeting about the Talaria Mixed-Use Project at the Buena Vista Library in Burbank September 11, 2014

Talk of the Town: Burbank city manager makes huge blunder

Burbank City Manager Mark Scott is supposed have his finger on the pulse of the city and know how local government operates. Before coming to Burbank in August of 2013, Scott “worked in the city management profession for more than 35 years, including 24 years as a city manager in 5 cities” according to his bio on the Burbank city website.  So a lot of folks were shocked, amazed, and some even speechless last Friday, when Scott abruptly revoked the installation of one-hour temporary parking restrictions on the... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Worker removed the fence surrounding the new parking lot on Magnolia Boulevard between Kenwood and Maple Streets in Burbank September 13, 2014

Progress Report: New Magnolia Park parking lot ready for business

That long-awaited and much-needed new public parking lot in Magnolia Park is now ready for business. The lot is on Magnolia Boulevard between Kenwood and Maple Streets. Media City Groove has been following the progress of this lot for months. A shortage of parking is one of the major challenges facing the growing Magnolia Park area. The lot was once slated to be finished by the beginning of this summer. Burbank Public Works Director, Bonnie Teaford, says equipment delays and additional requirements... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- 3400 block of West Magnolia Boulevard Burbank August 7, 2014

Talk of the Town: Magnolia Park parking dispute showdown

After a week off, the Burbank City Council is back in session tomorrow. The five council members have a busy agenda over the next few weeks. On the list, the showdown over the parking issues in the 3400 block of Magnolia Boulevard. After festering for months, the dispute has boiled over, resulting in merchants slinging harsh allegations at each other and even a blistering “cease and desist” letter being delivered to two store owners. The city council needs to step in and resolve the matter. On August 23,... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- Romancing the Bean 3413 West Magnolia Boulevard Burbank August 9, 2014

Talk of the Town: Allegations of harassment and bullying in parking dispute

The dispute over parking in the 3400 block of Magnolia Boulevard has taken an ugly and disturbing turn. Over a period of several months, some of the merchants have spoken out and contacted city officials about parking problems along that block. At the center of the dispute is the coffeehouse/cafe, Romancing the Bean. No longer a sleepy street known only to dealers and buyers of antiques and collectibles, the boulevard is now attracting shoppers and diners who see it as a trendy and cool place to visit.... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- 3400 block of Magnolia Boulevard Burbank August 8, 2014

City Buzz: Magnolia Park merchants seek solutions to parking problems

Magnolia Boulevard has become a victim of its own success. For years, owners of the quaint shops, antique and collectibles stores, and moderately priced eateries, fought mightily to draw attention to their sleepy street in Burbank’s Magnolia Park. Well, that’s all changed. Magnolia Boulevard is now a hip cool place to shop, mingle, dine, and hang out. The new popularity has aggravated parking problems, which have always dogged the boulevard. Those parking problems have sparked a major conflict among some merchants in the 3400 block of West Magnolia.... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Crowds on Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank for "Ladies Night Out" August 30, 2013

Photo Gallery: “Ladies Night Out” attracts crowds to Magnolia Park

“Ladies Night Out” drew crowds to a business section of Magnolia Park last night.  The weather very warm and humid —  still they came to stroll the Magnolia Boulevard sidewalks  from Hollywood Way to Florence Street. Visitors were greeted by a variety of food trucks, musicians,  and local vendors. Also,  more than 30 stores, along this street were open during this monthly event, which ran from 6 p.m.to 9 p.m. There was festive sort of carnival feeling — a terrific way to showcase Magnolia Park and its small businesses.  

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"Ladies Night Out" promotion poster

“Ladies Night Out” — Friday night party in Magnolia Park

Magnolia Park in Burbank is getting ready for its monthly street party, “Ladies Night Out.” This Friday night affair is to “… celebrate small businesses and the customers that keep us thriving,” according to the Ladies Night Out Burbank website. Started back in 2010 by women’s clothing boutique, Encore Nouveau, “Ladies Night Out” has expanded to include numerous shops and businesses between Hollywood Way and Florence Street on Magnolia Boulevard, along with food trucks, local artists, live music, special discount, and giveaways. The event runs from 6... Read More →

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