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Three seats for the Burbank school board on the ballot

Three incumbents on the Burbank Board of Education are facing a tough challenger in the November General Election. There are three school board seats up for election on the Burbank ballot. Running for re-election are Dr. Armond Aghakhanian, Steve Ferguson, and Roberta Reynolds. The challenger is an experienced middle school teacher with a doctorate in education, Emily Weisberg. In a recent candidates forum, Weisberg held her own against the incumbents. During the forum, the candidates were quizzed on a variety of subjects. Among the topics funding,... Read More →

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Three contenders vying for Burbank Treasurer

Current Burbank City Treasurer, Krystle Palmer, is facing two challengers in the November General Municipal Election. The Burbank City Council appointed Palmer as treasurer back in August 2019. Palmer took over for Debbie Kukta who left to become the assistant superintendent of administrative services for the Burbank Unified School District. The candidates are competing to see who will finish out the two years remaining on Kukta’s term. Palmer’s challengers are Darin Shea, local businessman and investor, and Lindsey Francois, product development engineer. All three candidates have statements in the official... Read More →

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Intense battle for two seats on Burbank City Council

Eight candidates are battling it out for two seats on the Burbank City Council. In the final days of the 2020 campaign, the candidates are utilizing a variety of strategies to win support from the voters. Who are the 8 city council candidates? A good launching point to check out the council candidates is the Burbank City website. Under the departments’ drop down go to City Clerk’s Office. Then onto the Elections Page and the 2020 Candidate Information tab. The candidates are listed here in ballot order.... Read More →

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Face covering crackdown kicks off in Burbank

Face covering enforcement goes into effect in Burbank today, Friday, October 16. A news release from the Burbank Police Department says the focus will be on certain areas, which received”… the majority of complaints… the Chandler Bikeway, downtown Burbank, the Magnolia Park business district, and City parks.” The Burbank Police Department is taking a support role in the enforcement. The City of Burbank hired an outside firm, Willdan Engineering, to issue administrative citations. The Orange County firm provides technical and consulting services, with emphasis on safety and compliance,... Read More →

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Rent control to be on the November ballot in Burbank

A controversial rent control ordinance is headed for the November 3 General Election ballot in Burbank. Caught between a rock and a hard place, the Burbank City Council last Friday, August 7, voted unanimously to let the voters decide the future of rent control. The council members took this action grudgingly, while complaining of dire consequences if the measure passes. City officials and the city council members have actively opposed rent control and plotted to try to stamp it out. They mounted two legal actions to try to keep the... Read More →

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Burbank city council race 2020 off to a fast start

Some candidates for the Burbank City Council are off to a fast start. Yard signs are popping up. And fundraising is in full swing. Officially the race for two seats on the council began on May 3, 2020, when potential candidates were allowed to begin fundraising. Next, the nomination period opened on July 13, 2020 and is scheduled to close today, August 7. However, candidates wanting to submit nomination papers for the city council race will have an extra few days. That is because incumbent City Council Member, Emily Gabel-Luddy,... Read More →

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Curfew in Burbank and businesses take action

A curfew goes into effect in Burbank at 5 p.m. until 6 a.m. today and many businesses are taking action. Some, like the Apple computer specialist, MelroseMac, 2400 West Olive Avenue, are boarding up doors and windows preparing for the worst. Before the City of Burbank issued the order for a 5 p.m. curfew, plenty of chatter on social media and around town about protests planned for this afternoon at various places here. The protests are part of the national and global outrage over suspicious deaths and mistreatment of African... Read More →

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Burbank COVID-19 update For Monday, March 23

The latest Burbank COVID-19 update for Monday, March 23, has new information. In it, Mayor, Sharon Springer, talks about the newest restrictions added to the “Safer at Home” order. The Los Angeles County Health Department issued that order. A summary and link to that order is here. Also, Mayor Springer announced the closure of hiking trails, gives reminders on what can and cannot be flushed down the toilet, and provides a list of coronavirus crisis resources.

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Coronavirus outbreak update from Burbank

On Friday, March 20, Burbank Mayor Sharon Springer recorded another coronavirus outbreak update for residents. In this video, Springer talks about the “Safer at Home” order from the State of California and the Los Angeles County Health Department. Also, the mayor explains what you can do and what you cannot do under the new tighter restrictions.

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Burbank water and power rate increase suspended

Some good news for Burbankers. The recently proposed Burbank Water and Power rate increase has been suspended. Last Thursday, March 19, city officials made the decision due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. Mayor Sharon Springer has more on that and an alert for residents to be on the lookout for scammers during this difficult time.

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Letter to the editor from Burbank Vice Mayor Frutos

Friends and Neighbors, We are going to get through this together.  As you may know, our City has declared a State of Local Emergency as part of a continued, proactive approach towards slowing the spread of the Novel Coronavirus. This is unknown territory that we have not experienced before.  We need to remain positive, stay healthy and check up on our neighbors to be sure they’re doing well.   That said, I understand if some residents will worry about uncertainty or feel anxious.  You are not alone.     Please know our... Read More →

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Coronavirus update from the City of Burbank

Here’s the latest coronavirus update from the City of Burbank. Last night, the Burbank City Council approved an urgency ordinance prohibiting the evictions of residential and commercial tenants for non-payment of rent due to the coronavirus crisis. Details on the city website. Also, Burbank is putting out a series of video updates. The latest features Mayor Sharon Springer and it was released late today.

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Coronavirus prompts more cancellations in Burbank

The pandemic strikes again. The coronavirus prompts more cancellations in Burbank. The March food truck festival on Magnolia Blvd. is now a no-go. Ladies and Gents Night Out, as it is officially known, got canceled yesterday. It was scheduled for Friday, March 27. The Magnolia Park Merchants Association sponsors the event for 10 months of the year. The association made the announcement in an email, following the City of Burbank’s declaration of a local state of emergency. The association’s email ended on a hopeful note: “…we look forward to bringing... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- City Hall 275 East Olive Avenue Burbank June 24, 2017

City of Burbank taking steps in wake of coronavirus crisis

The City of Burbank is taking steps in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. Late yesterday, Public Information Officer, Simone McFarland, sent out a news release about the pandemic. Read it here. City of Burbank Taking Steps to Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus (Declares a State of Emergency) BURBANK, CA (March 12, 2020) – As Coronavirus cases continue to increase within the State and nationwide, there are many precautions being taken by agencies and businesses to slow down the spread of the virus. The City of Burbank wants to be... Read More →

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Don't Sign Petition/Mailer from January 2020

Confusion and controversy over Burbank petition

Voters are facing a lot of confusion and controversy over a Burbank petition. At the center of the controversy is the proposed La Terra North 777 Front Street project, which the Burbank City Council unanimously approved last month. The petition seeks to put the brakes on the mixed-use Downtown Burbank project through a referendum ballot measure for the upcoming November general election. This bold move has raised the ire of city officials and the developer. Burbank Fact Sheet Last week, a “Fact Sheet” about the project appeared on... Read More →

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FLLewis/ Media City G -- Tony's Bella Vista site 3116 West Magnolia Blvd. Burbank January 8, 2020

Bella Vista restaurant site in Burbank sells for big bucks

Tony’s Bella Vista restaurant site in Burbank sells for big bucks. The Burbank Leader made the announcement on Wednesday reporting the sale price as $2.9 million. After more than 30 years, the popular Italian restaurant closed its doors last June. The property is located at 3116 West Magnolia Blvd in Magnolia Park. The loss is deeply felt. The restaurant is on a stretch of Magnolia Blvd between Hollywood Way and Buena Vista Street, which needs more eateries and now it has one less. Magnolia Park could use the kind... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/MediaCityG ---- "Rise Up" from the City of Burbank wins Leishman Public Spirit Award at Rose Parade in Pasadena January 1, 2020

Rose Parade float winner on display in Burbank

Rose Parade float winner on display in Burbank today. “Rise Up” won the 2020 Leishman Public Spirit Award for the most outstanding floral presentation from a non-commercial float builder in the 131st Tournament of Roses Parade, on Wednesday, January 1. Burbank has won numerous awards at the Rose Parade, however, this is the first time it has taken home the Leishman Public Spirit Award. On the Burbank float, a large Phoenix, named Paradise, is shown rising from the ashes of the California wildfires in 2018. That fire season is... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Mediacityg -- Your CBD Store Burbank at 3106 W. Magnolia Blvd. Burbank April 27, 2019

New shops on Magnolia Blvd. — some with issues

New shops on Magnolia Blvd. — some with issues. Your CBD Store Burbank opened its doors at 3106 West Magnolia Blvd. late last month. It’s part of a chain of affiliate stores in more than 25 states. There are reportedly 7 such stores in California. On the website, it says “CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound found in the cannabis plant which has many medical benefits.” Yet, the site has disclaimers. In response to its “medical benefits” claims: “The statements have not been evaluated by the Food and... Read More →

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Photo: FLewis / Media City G -- Painted Lady butterfly searches for nectar among the blooms in Burbank March 8, 2019

Updated: Painted Lady butterflies spotted in Burbank

UPDATED March 14, 2019: Several days after putting up this post, butterfly sightings continue in the Media City.  This morning, I took more snapshots of the lovely visitors. Painted Lady butterflies spotted in Burbank. Clusters of the black, white, and orange butterflies fluttered about in the Media District, near Edison Road and Alameda Avenue, on Friday, March 8. Our extremely wet winter produced a galore of flowering plants. That attracted swarms of Painted Lady butterflies to the SouthLand . They reportedly can travel up to 100 miles a day... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- Former Pinup Girl Boutique 3606 West Magnolia Blvd. Burbank September 3, 2018

Update on former Pinup Girl Boutique location in Magnolia Park

What’s happening in the former Pinup Girl Boutique at 3606 West Magnolia Blvd? Well, it depends on who you ask. A company called Quanta has moved into the location, after its business license application was approved by the City of Burbank in early summer. Quanta’s owner Eric Rice The license is for office space only, but the owner, Eric Rice, has made it clear to a lot of folks his plan is to sell hemp-based products from this prime retail storefront. In his business license application, Rice, tried... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Full O' Life Organic Market & Cafe 2515 West Magnolia Blvd. Burbank August 21, 2018

Talk of the Town: Full O’ Life closing, Sizzler leaving Magnolia Park

A major Magnolia Park business is calling it quits. This time it’s not a huge spike in the rent to blame, but a dramatic drop off in business.  Management at Full O’ Life, 2515 West Magnolia Blvd, broke the bad news to employees last Tuesday. Full O’ Life, a healthy foods market and cafe, opened back in June of 1959. Cindy Moon and her mother, Kay Matheson, 97, are the owners. The opening of Whole Foods The family run business has weathered a lot of hard times, but the recent... Read More →

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