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  • Burbank’s Blizzard Arena aims to take esports to the next level
    Burbank’s Blizzard Arena aims to take esports to the next level

    On Wednesday, video-game company Blizzard Entertainment launched the inaugural season of its competitive Overwatch League, the first major test of its dedicated esports broadcast facility in Burbank since it opened last year.

    Blizzard Arena Los Angeles is a roughly 450-seat, 50,000-square-foot,...

  • Prius rides on a wave of mud in Burbank during storm in video shared online
    Prius rides on a wave of mud in Burbank during storm in video shared online

    A video taken during Tuesday’s rainstorm in Burbank of a car speeding down a hillside street while surrounded by a torrent of mud and water has already garnered over 62,000 views on social media.

  • Glendale man sentenced to 4 years in prison for 2016 stabbing that led to fatal crash in Burbank
    Glendale man sentenced to 4 years in prison for 2016 stabbing that led to fatal crash in Burbank

    A Glendale man pleaded no contest in court Wednesday to a stabbing that resulted in a fatal car crash in Burbank in 2016.

    Haroution Stepanyan, 25, was sentenced to four years in prison after conceding to a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon and causing great bodily injury in the commission...

  • Developers look to create ‘new neighborhood’ at the Burbank Town Center
    Developers look to create ‘new neighborhood’ at the Burbank Town Center

    After a community meeting with residents last month, the owner of the Burbank Town Center and properties west of the mall is looking forward to create a “new neighborhood” in the downtown area.

    CAPREF Manager LLC, which owns the mall, and Crown Realty and Development Inc., the project’s developer,...

  • Recycling program aims to influence others about reducing waste

    The Burbank Recycle Center’s fourth annual Master Recycler Program will be held on Saturday and will be about more than telling people to put recyclables in blue bins.

    Amy Hammes, a recycling specialist at the center, said the goal of the free, seven-class program is to teach attendees how to master...

  • Instructors at Creative Arts Center display their artwork in latest exhibit

    Local artists and those taking classes at the Burbank Creative Arts Center had the opportunity to display their art pieces during the Holiday Arts and Craft Boutique last month.

    Now, the dozens of instructors at the center have their moment in the spotlight during the center’s current exhibit,...

  • Mandatory evacuations ordered in Burbank as first major rainstorm of the year slams city
    Mandatory evacuations ordered in Burbank as first major rainstorm of the year slams city

    Mudslides, downed power lines and a broken gas main were just some of the issues Burbank residents in the Verdugo Mountains had to contend with as heavy rain battered the city Tuesday.

    At around 6:30 a.m., a rush of mud and water made its way down a stretch of Country Club Drive near Via Montana....

  • On the Town: Realtors give restored bikes to local children
    On the Town: Realtors give restored bikes to local children

    In a world overtaken by electronic devices, children of today share fewer and fewer similarities with those of the past.

    That said, there is still one thing that shows up at the top of kids’ Christmas and birthday lists in 2018 just as it did in 1918: a bike.

    This past Saturday, the Burbank Assn....

  • Video shows rush of mud sweeping away cars in Burbank during storm
    Video shows rush of mud sweeping away cars in Burbank during storm

    Burbank police shared a video Tuesday morning of two cars being swept away by a rush of mud on the city’s hillside in the middle of a rainstorm that has battered the area.

    The mudslide occurred just before dawn along a stretch of Country Club Drive at the base of the Verdugo Mountains. According...

  • Burbank readies itself as rainy weather arrives in SoCal
    Burbank readies itself as rainy weather arrives in SoCal

    As the Southland experiences its first rain of the year, which is expected to intensify around Monday evening, Burbank officials are warning residents in the foothills to be prepared for potential mudslides.

    The message primarily concerns communities impacted by September’s La Tuna fire in the...

  • Burbank teacher arrested on suspicion of unlawful sex with former LAUSD student

    A Burbank Unified teacher was arrested on suspicion of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor this week after a former student came forward with allegations of an inappropriate sexual encounter, authorities say.

    Sean Sigler, 53, has been accused by a 17-year-old girl of engaging in inappropriate...

  • Suspect in police car chase is taken into custody in Burbank
    Suspect in police car chase is taken into custody in Burbank

    A man whose truck was being chased by authorities and fled on foot into a Burbank neighborhood Thursday morning was taken into custody. The suspect drove into a residential neighborhood, got out of the truck, and hid in the shed area of a backyard in the 1900 block of Keeler Street in Burbank before...

  • Burbank motorcyclist crashes into new year, authorities say alcohol a factor
    Burbank motorcyclist crashes into new year, authorities say alcohol a factor

    Shortly into the new year, a motorcyclist was involved in a crash in Burbank where alcohol appears to have been a factor, according to authorities.

    The incident occurred just after midnight on Monday when witnesses saw a motorcycle speeding down the street near Riverside Drive and Mariposa Street,...

  • New Year’s Day baby born early in the morning at St. Joseph’s
    New Year’s Day baby born early in the morning at St. Joseph’s

    Janina Kalk thought she had everything planned out for her child’s birth.

    The Burbank resident was scheduled to arrive at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center on Thursday to deliver her baby via C-section, which was what her doctors preferred.

    However, that plan went out the window when she went...

  • Community: Sunrise Kiwanis and Boys & Girls Club share special partnership
    Community: Sunrise Kiwanis and Boys & Girls Club share special partnership

    A very special bond continues to grow between the Burbank Sunrise Kiwanis Club and the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley.

    The Sunrise Kiwanis members presented a $5,000 donation from its foundation to the Boys & Girls Club following the 20th annual Mayors’ Cup Golf Tournament...

  • On the Town: Cookie party a delightful way to say farewell to 2017
    On the Town: Cookie party a delightful way to say farewell to 2017

    Whether it be the mayor’s tree lighting at Burbank City Hall, the Holiday in the Park street festival that stretches through eight blocks of Magnolia Park or the New Year’s Day appearance of a volunteer-built, rose-covered entry floating down Pasadena’s Colorado Boulevard, Burbank’s holiday season...

  • Burbank Rose Parade float nears completion
    Burbank Rose Parade float nears completion

    There were more than 100 volunteers at the Burbank Tournament of Roses Assn.’s float barn Thursday morning diligently fabricating and decorating all the pieces of the float ahead of its public debut on New Year’s Day.

    Although there was still plenty of work to be done on “Sand-Sational Helpers”...

  • Year in Review: The Media City made headlines in 2017
    Year in Review: The Media City made headlines in 2017

    La Tuna fire scorches Burbank and Glendale hillsides

    While most people spend their Labor Day weekends going to the beach or enjoying a barbecue, Burbank and Glendale residents living in the foothills had to deal with mandatory evacuations and falling ash this year because of the La Tuna fire.

    The...

  • ‘He’s going to do a fabulous job:’ changing of the guard for Burbank fire
    ‘He’s going to do a fabulous job:’ changing of the guard for Burbank fire

    When Eric Garcia first joined the Burbank Fire Department, he didn’t think this moment would happen.

    Back when he was starting out as a recruit in 1994, he was content with becoming a paramedic engineer. The 46-year-old said he always wanted to become a paramedic and was pretty adept at being a...

  • ‘Mulholland Speedster’ brings home numerous awards in 2017
    ‘Mulholland Speedster’ brings home numerous awards in 2017

    Employees at custom-car shop Hollywood Hot Rods in Burbank were going for a clean sweep at all of the car show competitions where the vehicle they built was entered in 2017.

    Those hopes were dashed when the custom-built vehicle — a 1936 Packard nicknamed the Mulholland Speedster — was awarded third...

  • Burbank’s Rose Parade float wins Founder Award
    Burbank’s Rose Parade float wins Founder Award

    Three local entrants in the 2018 Rose Parade walked away with awards for their floats during the chilly annual New Year’s Day parade.

    The Burbank Tournament of Roses Assn., the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn. and the American Armenian Rose Float Assn. received awards for their floats,...

  • Pet-adoption event in Burbank helps dogs find their forever homes
    Pet-adoption event in Burbank helps dogs find their forever homes

    Dozens of prospective dog owners flocked to the Petco in Burbank the Saturday before Christmas to give more than 20 canines new places to call home.

    There were about 40 people waiting outside the pet store at 3525 W. Victory Blvd. before the business opened that morning, according to event organizers....

  • Burbank resident celebrates Santa Claus with household collection
    Burbank resident celebrates Santa Claus with household collection

    From about the start of the new year until Thanksgiving, Maria Sands’ house looks a lot like every other home in Burbank.

    However, after Thanksgiving, her house in the 200 block of North Naomi Street transforms into a holiday haven for all items related to Santa Claus.

    Unlike Burbank residents...

  • On the Town: Burbank Chamber of Commerce celebrates strong 2017
    On the Town: Burbank Chamber of Commerce celebrates strong 2017

    In just four days, the final grains of 2017’s sand will have passed through the hourglass and the dawn of a new year will break.

    To be prepared to hit the ground running for the next 12 months, the Burbank Chamber of Commerce recently installed Gema Sanchez as its 2018 president, along with its...

  • Burbank official presents City Council with pros and cons of rent control
    Burbank official presents City Council with pros and cons of rent control

    A Burbank city official gave an overview Tuesday about the pros and cons of implementing a housing regulation in the city, and touched on alternatives, such as relocation allowances and affordability covenants that could be useful for Burbank to deal with its affordable-housing issue, she said.

    ...

  • New operator to take over roller rink at Ralph Foy Park
    New operator to take over roller rink at Ralph Foy Park

    The company that runs the Los Angeles Kings Valley Ice Center in Pacoima will be the new operator of the roller rink at Ralph Foy Park starting Feb. 1, after a decision by the Burbank City Council on Tuesday.

    Council members unanimously voted to award P.I.M. Inc. a five-year agreement to take over...

  • John Burroughs High teaches tolerance with winning play
    John Burroughs High teaches tolerance with winning play

    Schools in the Burbank Unified School District have been doing their best to teach tolerance to students this year.

    In November, John Muir Middle School had its first-ever “Muir United” event, in which classes were halted for one day and guest speakers from various social backgrounds talked with...

  • Bicyclist looks forward to his day in court; citizen says public apology due from official
    Bicyclist looks forward to his day in court; citizen says public apology due from official

    In the past week I was issued two citations, first by the Burbank Police and then by Griffith Park rangers, after I walked my bicycle in a safe and responsible manner across the public Mariposa Street bridge connecting Burbank and Griffith Park, then rode it south toward the Victory Boulevard overpass.

    ...

  • Burbank on Parade discontinued after rising public safety costs, officials say

    After 36 years of celebrating all that is Burbank, the board of directors of Burbank on Parade has decided it’s time to end the longstanding event and dissolve the organization.

    Though event organizers added a family festival as part of the festivities in recent years to try to bring in more sponsors,...

  • Canine companions help relieve travelers’ anxiety at Hollywood Burbank Airport
    Canine companions help relieve travelers’ anxiety at Hollywood Burbank Airport

    Airline passengers cope with the stress of flying in different ways. Some zone out to music, some read a book or magazine or scroll through their social-media feeds and others might buy an alcoholic beverage to calm their nerves.

    However, Hollywood Burbank Airport recently launched a new program...

  • Burbank advocacy group not considered a campaign committee, state officials say

    The California Fair Political Practices Commission, or FPPC, recently determined that a resident group that was in opposition of Measure B, which paved the way for a new terminal at Hollywood Burbank Airport, did not qualify as a campaign committee during the November 2016 election.

    Dave Bainbridge,...

  • Community: Secret to staying happy is sharing joy
    Community: Secret to staying happy is sharing joy

    If you give happiness, it will come back to you. Thus is the philosophy of Grace Mylroie Patz, who has been spreading joy for more than a century.

    Patz was thrown a jubilant soirée last week in honor of her upcoming 104th birthday on Christmas Day. The party was held during the annual holiday luncheon...

  • On the Town: Annual musical about Nativity still crazy after all these years
    On the Town: Annual musical about Nativity still crazy after all these years

    In today’s world of uncertainty, it’s nice to know that Westminster Presbyterian Church in Burbank serves as an island of steadfast assuredness, especially when it comes to its annual production of “Nativity: The Musical!” which, for the 13th year, ran through last week.

    If there is one certainty...

  • Well-known obstetrician, gynecologist passes away
    Well-known obstetrician, gynecologist passes away

    Dr. Louis “Lou” John Smith passed away Thursday at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, where he served as an obstetrician and gynecologist. He was 93.

    Born and raised in East Helena, Mont., he was a resident of Sherman Oaks for the past 57 years.

    Smith served in the U.S. Navy during...

  • Burbank on Parade board ends tradition that’s stretched more than 35 years
    Burbank on Parade board ends tradition that’s stretched more than 35 years

    After 36 years, the board of directors of Burbank on Parade has decided to discontinue the event, according to an announcement released Friday night.

    Board members also voted to dissolve the organization.

    “The decision was not an easy one,” Joanne Miller, parade chairman, said in an email. “Rising...

  • Burbank residents share their experience with cancer in comedy film
    Burbank residents share their experience with cancer in comedy film

    When most people receive the news that they have cancer, they usually try to figure out what can be done to overcome it.

    However, when Burbank resident and screenplay writer Brooke Purdy was told she had breast cancer, she told her husband, Doug Purdy, who is an actor, to start filming it.

    That...

  • Burbank promotes from within for new fire chief
    Burbank promotes from within for new fire chief

    City officials announced Thursday that Eric Garcia will succeed Tom Lenahan as the chief of the Burbank Fire Department.

    Garcia currently serves as the department’s assistant fire chief and has been with the agency since 1994. He is set to take over for Lenahan at a change-of-command ceremony on...

  • Burbank City Council allows homeowners to build house despite opposition from residents
    Burbank City Council allows homeowners to build house despite opposition from residents

    Though many residents thought a proposed single-family home would be too large and incompatible with the surrounding neighborhood, the Burbank City Council decided plans for the project are within city code.

    Council members voted 4-0 during a meeting on Tuesday to deny two appeals and allow homeowners...

  • IKEA Burbank unveils its public art piece
    IKEA Burbank unveils its public art piece

    After about two weeks of anticipation, the sheath was taken off a new public sculpture at IKEA Burbank on Friday that had raised a few eyebrows before its unveiling.

    Underneath the cover was a 16-foot-tall abstract sculpture of a vase named “Bobble,” which was created by Christian Moeller, a renowned...

  • Burbank youths get a holiday boost during shopping spree with police
    Burbank youths get a holiday boost during shopping spree with police

    A swarm of 30 children crowded the front of the Target store at the Empire Center in Burbank Wednesday night, excitedly showing off their recent purchases to each other.

    The group, from the local Boys and Girls Club of Burbank and the Greater East Valley, had just finished a shopping spree with...

  • ‘Star Wars’ fans rail against Burbank theater as malfunction disturbs ‘Last Jedi’ screening
    ‘Star Wars’ fans rail against Burbank theater as malfunction disturbs ‘Last Jedi’ screening

    Moviegoers who flocked to an AMC theater in Burbank cried out in terror Thursday night after a technical issue silenced a showing of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

    After months of anticipation, fans who attended the 9:45 p.m. showing at the AMC Burbank 16 were left without any dialogue for the first...

  • Hertzberg says he will cooperate with hugs investigation

    State Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Los Angeles) said Thursday he will cooperate with a state investigation into complaints from a former legislator that she was uncomfortable with his repeated hugs after she asked him not to touch her.

    A small portion of his district is in Burbank.

    Senate President Pro...

  • About 150 bicycles restored for less-fortunate children
    About 150 bicycles restored for less-fortunate children

    Dozens of shiny, restored bicycles repaired by the Burbank Bike Angels lined the steps in front of Burbank City Hall waiting to find new homes during a press conference Wednesday.

    For the past nine years, the local bicycle advocacy group has repaired bicycles to nearly brand-new condition to be...

  • The Whiteboard Jungle: Toasty temps contrast traditional feel of holiday season
    The Whiteboard Jungle: Toasty temps contrast traditional feel of holiday season

    “Oh, the weather outside is frightful.” That’s how the 1945 Sammy Cahn/Jule Styne “Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!” song begins. For those of us in Los Angeles, “frightful” has taken on a new meaning.

    Ever since the 92-degree high on Thanksgiving, rarely have we had normal weather for this...

  • Curling will be a stone’s throw away at the downtown Burbank ice rink

    Anyone who has ever wanted to try curling, the sport where players slide stones at a target and use brooms to guide them, will get three chances to do so in Burbank during the holiday season.

    Downtown Burbank is hosting its annual outdoor ice rink, located behind Burbank City Hall at the corner...

  • Burbank Rose Parade float nearly complete
    Burbank Rose Parade float nearly complete

    With just a little more than two weeks until the 2018 Rose Parade, volunteers with the Burbank Tournament of Roses Assn. said they are feeling confident this year’s entry will be ready in time for its debut appearance on New Year’s Day.

    This past Tuesday morning, a handful of volunteers were at...

  • On the Town: Courtney Korb installed as head of Realtor association
    On the Town: Courtney Korb installed as head of Realtor association

    In and around Burbank, say the name “Korb,” and most people immediately think of the buying and selling of real estate.

    That is because the Brad Korb Real Estate Group has been a well-known player in the local real estate market since the late 1970s.

    As of this past week, the name “Korb” will also...

  • A red carpet sendoff for the ‘Lieutenant of the Luminaries’
    A red carpet sendoff for the ‘Lieutenant of the Luminaries’

    Former Burbank Police Lt. Rick Madrid was a big man with a big smile. He had a bigger-than-life personality and sense of humor, and an even bigger heart.

    When that big heart suddenly and unexpectedly stopped beating on Dec. 3, the news spread rapidly, hitting hundreds of people, from diverse walks...

  • Developers of old IKEA site to hold community meeting

    Officials from Crown Realty and Development Inc. will host a community meeting outside the old IKEA store at the Burbank Town Center at 6 p.m. Wednesday to talk with residents about plans to build a development project on the site.

    Jim O’Neil, vice president of Crown Realty, said the company plans...

  • Burbank approves homelessness plan, but funding is still in question
    Burbank approves homelessness plan, but funding is still in question

    Burbank City Council members approved a three-year plan they hope begins to address the homelessness issue in the city.

    Council members voted unanimously during a meeting on Tuesday to have city staff implement a multipronged approach to the issue, which includes addressing mental-health awareness,...

  • Burbank Coordinating Council seeks more volunteers for holiday baskets program

    December is arguably the busiest time of year for Burbank resident Janet Diel and the nonprofit Burbank Coordinating Council.

    For the past 71 years, the organization has been preparing and distributing holiday baskets to less-fortunate families in Burbank. Last year, about 550 families received...

  • Friends of Burbank Public Library open new bookstore
    Friends of Burbank Public Library open new bookstore

    The Friends of the Burbank Public Library is hoping that its new bookstore in the Central Library will help continue to fund the programs patrons have come to enjoy.

    The bookstore, which is housed in a space at the back of the library, had its grand opening last Saturday and was filled with dozens...

  • Burbank shelter offers refuge from Creek fire for horse owners
    Burbank shelter offers refuge from Creek fire for horse owners

    Although the flames are far from extinguished, the Creek fire led to the temporary displacement of thousands of Los Angeles County residents at its outset; but it wasn’t just people who had to flee.

    While smaller animals such as cats and dogs could easily stick by their owners as they sought refuge,...

  • Arthritis Foundation honors Burbank teen whose life has changed because of the disease
    Arthritis Foundation honors Burbank teen whose life has changed because of the disease

    For the past three years, Nathan French has been dealing with several types of arthritic illnesses — stiffness in his joints and muscles all over his body, rashes caused by sensitivity to the sun and systemic scleroderma, in which a waxy hardening has started to occur on his skin and in his intestinal...

  • PETA official urges compassion for wildlife affected by fires

    As wildfires continue to rage, let’s not forget that humans aren’t the only ones who are suffering.

    Animals’ homes are being destroyed, too. Once the smoke clears, this means that coyotes, cougars, deer, bobcats, raccoons and other animals will likely be venturing into residential areas in desperate...

  • Learning Matters: Preparing for tests can help alleviate stress for families
    Learning Matters: Preparing for tests can help alleviate stress for families

    College-aspiring high school juniors and seniors in Glendale and elsewhere gathered last weekend to take the Scholastic Aptitude Test, or SAT, that long-established threshold to the college application and admissions process.

    The test itself has changed somewhat since I took it, expanding from...

  • Burbank residents go all out when decorating their home
    Burbank residents go all out when decorating their home

    For almost 50 years, Burbank residents Dick and Pam Norton have transformed their house into a winter wonderland for their neighbors and people passing by to enjoy during the holiday season.

    There are more than a dozen handmade displays — which include a Ferris wheel, see-saw, train, angels and...

  • Passenger numbers at Hollywood Burbank Airport climb almost 16% in October

    Hollywood Burbank Airport reported its passenger numbers for October were up by 15.9% compared to the same month in 2016.

    There were 435,283 passengers who traveled through the airport in October, a boost of 59,827 more passengers than last year, according to a statement from airport officials.

    ...

  • Aircraft noise has not increased, Hollywood Burbank Airport official says

    Hollywood Burbank Airport officials addressed this week some of the recent concerns they have received from Burbank residents regarding noise.

    Patrick Lammerding, the airport’s new deputy executive director of planning and development, briefed members of the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority...

  • Burroughs High choirs, ensembles to showcase their talents during holiday production
    Burroughs High choirs, ensembles to showcase their talents during holiday production

    More than 400 students will take part in the annual Holiday Spectacular Concert this weekend at John Burroughs High School.

    The students come from the school’s vocal music, instrumental music, dance and tech crew programs.

    This year’s concert will center around the theme “Frosted Windowpanes.”

    ...

  • New art installation at IKEA raises questions among residents
    New art installation at IKEA raises questions among residents

    A sculpture at the new IKEA in Burbank that was recently placed near the entrance of the Swedish retailer’s store has many residents questioning the art piece.

    The tall object, which is wrapped in a white material and located just off South San Fernando Boulevard, has caught interest of some passersby...

  • On the Town: La Providencia Guild’s fundraiser always in fashion
    On the Town: La Providencia Guild’s fundraiser always in fashion

    It was 1947. President Harry S. Truman was in the second year of his presidency, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball, Tennessee Williams’ play “A Streetcar Named Desire” was running on Broadway and NBC debuted a week-in-review news program titled “Meet the Press” that...

  • Community: Performers glow in annual holiday show
    Community: Performers glow in annual holiday show

    My heart is bursting with Christmas spirit after seeing the annual Holiday Program produced by BCR “a place to grow.”

    The organization has supported the developmentally disabled population for those in and around Burbank for more than 50 years. The staff and clients spend weeks working on the recorded...

  • Tuba players celebrate the holiday season with annual concert led by Burbank resident

    With Christmas just weeks away, the sounds of carolers singing, Salvation Army bells beside red kettles and Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” fill the air.

    However, the organizers of the free annual Merry TubaChristmas concert, which is in its 42nd year, are hoping to offer people...

  • World Kindertransport Day event hopes to inspire younger generation

    The nonprofit that puts on an annual commemoration for World Kindertransport Day in Burbank is expanding the event to honor and remember those who have been affected by the Armenian Genocide.

    The Southern California chapter of the Kindertransport Assn. will host a candlelight walk against persecution...

  • Burbank Creative Arts Center hosts annual arts and craft boutique

    The annual Holiday Arts and Craft Boutique at the Burbank Creative Arts Center has been a way for local artists and instructors to showcase and sell items they have made.

    For Virginia Causton-Keene, the center’s new director, she sees the holiday pop-up store as a way for people to get their loved...

  • 911 now accepts text messages in L.A. County

    Residents across Los Angeles County now have the ability to send a text message to 911 to contact help during an emergency, authorities announced Friday.

    The new system, called Text-to-911, is meant to allow people who are hard of hearing, speech-impaired or unable to talk safely on the phone to...

  • The Whiteboard Jungle: The road to buying pies proves bumpy
    The Whiteboard Jungle: The road to buying pies proves bumpy

    Have you ever had one of those days that doesn’t go as planned?

    That happened to me the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

    My sister hosts our family’s get-together and does most of the cooking. My contribution is to bring pies (no, not made by me).

    There used to be Marie Callender restaurants all...

  • Man robs Burbank Subway at gunpoint, walks across the street and holds up 7-Eleven, police say
    Man robs Burbank Subway at gunpoint, walks across the street and holds up 7-Eleven, police say

    Burbank police are searching for a suspected armed robber who allegedly struck a pair of businesses early Monday morning.

    The first robbery occurred just after midnight when a man entered the Subway at 531 N. Hollywood Way. According to Sgt. Derek Green, a spokesman for the Burbank Police Department,...

  • Burbank natives reminisce about their hometown in new book
    Burbank natives reminisce about their hometown in new book

    Burbank natives and longtime friends Wes Clark and Mike McDaniel hope their latest book about their hometown makes those who left the Media City want to come back.

    “Growing Up in Burbank,” which is published by the History Press, is the duo’s sequel to “Lost Burbank,” but instead of talking about...

  • The Zonta Club of Burbank hopes to shed light on gender violence
    The Zonta Club of Burbank hopes to shed light on gender violence

    The Zonta Club of Burbank is trying to help shed light on violence against women and girls from communities around the world and to put an end to it.

    This past Saturday, the Sixteen Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign kicked off worldwide. Groups such as the Zonta Club, Rutgers University...

  • Fixit Clinic encourages people to repair broken items before throwing them away

    Thousands of people in Southern California trekked out to their favorite retailers over the Thanksgiving weekend in hopes of getting a head start on their Christmas shopping.

    However, officials at the Burbank Recycle Center are taking a different approach to the holiday gift-giving season. Instead...

  • On the Town: Performance featured stories that were sometimes humorous, other times disturbing
    On the Town: Performance featured stories that were sometimes humorous, other times disturbing

    As every storyteller knows, the best stories reach deep within people’s souls and touch them with an emotional impact.

    That fact was clearly known by those who shared their stories during the recent presentation of “Diversity: Stories of Connection in an Urban Jungle,” which was staged as a fundraiser...

  • Burbank woman identified in Friday’s fatal multi-car pileup
    Burbank woman identified in Friday’s fatal multi-car pileup

    Authorities have identified a local woman who died as a result of a multiple-vehicle collision in Burbank Friday evening.

    Delia Ortiz, 88, was a passenger in one of three cars involved in the incident. The pileup occurred around 8:10 p.m. at the intersection of Magnolia Boulevard and First Street.

    ...

  • One dead after multi-vehicle pileup in Burbank
    One dead after multi-vehicle pileup in Burbank

    A woman is dead as a result of a collision in Burbank involving multiple vehicles Friday evening.

    The pileup occurred around 8:10 p.m. on Magnolia Boulevard east of First Street and involved at least three vehicles.

    According to the Burbank Police Department, a woman at the scene was transported...

  • Shoppers descend on Glendale and Burbank malls on Black Friday
    Shoppers descend on Glendale and Burbank malls on Black Friday

    As in years past, local residents filled shopping malls in waves on Black Friday, looking for deals and discounts this holiday season.

    While a Target manager at the Glendale Galleria said he thought crowds were smaller this year compared to last Black Friday morning, by midafternoon, the parking...

  • Soil in La Tuna Fire burn area causes concerns about potential mudslides
    Soil in La Tuna Fire burn area causes concerns about potential mudslides

    Several canyons in the Verdugo Mountains may be susceptible to mudslides in the coming months, so a community meeting was held last Saturday to go over ways Burbank residents impacted by the La Tuna Fire earlier this year can prepare for rainfall this winter.

    State Sen. Anthony J. Portantino (D-La...

  • Thanksgiving dinner brings unity at Burbank Salvation Army
    Thanksgiving dinner brings unity at Burbank Salvation Army

    Orlena Hart has been making the trip out to the Burbank Salvation Army from Van Nuys the last several years for the organization’s annual Thanksgiving dinner.

    In addition to enjoying the food — a turkey dinner with stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce — she said she enjoys the treatment...

  • Burbank councilman offers holiday wishes to community

    I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends.

    With the holidays upon us, it is time to reflect on all of the blessings for which I am thankful.

    I am thankful for another good year of health for myself and my family. I am continually honored and blessed to serve as your council...

  • Providence St. Joseph receives better grade for its patient safety

    Providence St. Joseph Medical Center received improved marks on the quality of its service but struggled in a few categories, according to a study by a national hospital-safety organization.

    The nonprofit Leapfrog Group gave the Burbank hospital a B grade, according to results released late last...

  • Burbank budget shortfall decreases, but tough decisions still lie ahead
    Burbank budget shortfall decreases, but tough decisions still lie ahead

    Although Burbank’s projected deficit for the current fiscal year has gone down slightly, city staff told the City Council last Tuesday that there is still a lot of work that needs to be done.

    Cindy Giraldo, the city’s financial services director, updated council members during a meeting last week...

  • Salvation Army’s Burbank Corps kicks off red kettle fundraiser
    Salvation Army’s Burbank Corps kicks off red kettle fundraiser

    The familiar sound of a small bell being rung near a red kettle filled the air Monday morning as members from the Salvation Army’s Burbank Corps kicked off the organization’s annual holiday fundraiser.

    Burbank Corps Lt. Jeremy Baker was joined by members of the organization’s advisory board and...

  • On the Town: ‘Muir United’ event focuses on importance of acceptance and tolerance
    On the Town: ‘Muir United’ event focuses on importance of acceptance and tolerance

  • On the Town: ‘Muir United’ event focuses on importance of acceptance and tolerance
    On the Town: ‘Muir United’ event focuses on importance of acceptance and tolerance

    By mid-morning, the staff, faculty and more than 1,500 students at Muir Middle School had already participated in numerous presentations, performances and discussions that focused on acceptance, tolerance and unity as the school presented the inaugural “Muir United” event Thursday.

    It was shortly...

  • Community: Noon Lions unveil winning entries in Peace Poster Contest
    Community: Noon Lions unveil winning entries in Peace Poster Contest

    It took three weeks for Angel Quinonez to complete his peace poster featuring flags of 195 countries surrounded by a heart.

    The Jordan Middle School student put a lot of thought into the idea and researched each flag, he said, because he wanted to do something different than anyone else.

    Angel...

  • Lung screening downgraded man’s cancer from stage 4 diagnosis to stage 1

    The past two years have been nothing short of an emotional roller coaster ride for Mickey Schrader.

    In May 2016, he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer about a year after he decided to kick his 47-year tobacco habit. However, after undergoing new medical screenings and procedures at Providence...

  • Speakers bring lessons of unity to John Muir Middle School
    Speakers bring lessons of unity to John Muir Middle School

    John Muir Middle School principal Greg Miller said he wants to make it clear that the school’s first “Muir United” event on Thursday was not a one-off deal, but rather the first step toward educating students about acceptance and tolerance.

    “Today is a change of mindset, that the kids moving forward...

  • Homeless pets displaced by Hurricane Harvey touch down at Hollywood Burbank Airport
    Homeless pets displaced by Hurricane Harvey touch down at Hollywood Burbank Airport

    Local nonprofits and pet stores are hoping to find more than five dozen cats and dogs displaced by Hurricane Harvey new homes in Southern California.

    The Lucy Pet Foundation, a Westlake Village-based nonprofit best known for its free mobile spay and neuter clinics, flew in 63 animals from Houston,...

  • Proposed cuts draw letter of concern from Burbank Unified School District
    Proposed cuts draw letter of concern from Burbank Unified School District

    Burbank Unified school officials plan to draft a letter to the city of Burbank, expressing their disappointment and concern about cuts proposed by city officials totaling over $2 million that pay for certain school programs and services.

    Steve Ferguson, board president, said during a meeting on...

  • Burbank police honor slain officer

    Burbank Police Officer Matthew Pavelka had only been on the job for less than a year when he was shot and killed during a routine stop in 2003.

    Wednesday was the 14-year anniversary of his slaying and the Burbank Police Department marked the occasion with a special memorial ceremony in front of...

  • Readers disagree with restaurant owner’s view on NFL controversy

    Re: “No NFL games out of respect,” Mailbag, Nov. 11. I am sure Gary Bric’s feelings expressed in his letter to the editor are sincere, well-intended and patriotic. I would “defend unto death” his right to express his opinion in this great country of ours.

    My opinion differs from his, as is my guaranteed...

  • Winter Wine Walk hopes to draw in people to downtown Burbank
    Winter Wine Walk hopes to draw in people to downtown Burbank

    The organizers of the Burbank Beer Festival will be back in downtown Burbank on Saturday to host the second annual Burbank Winter Wine Walk.

    About 30 businesses and restaurants will have their doors open to patrons for the one-day event, in which people can walk from location to location and try...

  • Local businesses, organizations donate food to Burbank Temporary Aid Center for holidays
    Local businesses, organizations donate food to Burbank Temporary Aid Center for holidays

    The pantry at the Burbank Temporary Aid Center is getting fuller by the day as local businesses and residents begin donating food to the nonprofit for the holiday season.

    There are already multiple shopping carts, racks and bins in the pantry filled with different kinds of breads, cookies, cakes...

  • Hollywood Burbank Airport to move forward with more rebranding efforts

    Marketing efforts will move into their final stage at Hollywood Burbank Airport as the airfield strives to attract more travelers from east of the Colorado Rockies.

    On Monday, the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority voted 8-0 to award South Pasadena-based branding firm Anyone Collective...

  • Passenger numbers continue to increase at Hollywood Burbank Airport

    Hollywood Burbank Airport continues to see its passenger numbers improve as officials reported this week an 11.1% hike in September compared to the same month in 2016.

    The airfield saw 394,786 passengers in September, which is a bump of 39,445 more than last year, said Nerissa Sugars, manager of...

  • Photo Gallery: BTAC receives large donation of frozen turkeys from the Brad Korb Real Estate Group
    Photo Gallery: BTAC receives large donation of frozen turkeys from the Brad Korb Real Estate Group

  • On the Town: Chamber hosts year-end, wrap-up event
    On the Town: Chamber hosts year-end, wrap-up event

  • On the Town: Chamber hosts year-end, wrap-up event
    On the Town: Chamber hosts year-end, wrap-up event

    While the world will not be celebrating the new year for another seven weeks, the Burbank Chamber of Commerce got a jump on ringing in 2018 by presenting an early New Year’s Eve-themed mixer last week at Belmont Village Senior Living Community in Burbank.

    The focus of the evening, which included...

  • Burbank approves new regulations for tourism board
    Burbank approves new regulations for tourism board

    The Burbank City Council finalized recommendations it made to city staff almost a year ago designed to prevent the Burbank Hospitality Assn. from breaking any laws or again violating the Brown Act.

    The Los Angeles district attorney’s office found the association approved a $50,000 donation in support...

  • Burbank may soon allow marijuana cultivation for recreational use
    Burbank may soon allow marijuana cultivation for recreational use

    Recreational marijuana users in Burbank may soon be able to cultivate their own plants at home.

    The Burbank City Council unanimously voted on Tuesday to approve the first reading of an ordinance that would amend the city’s ordinance that oversees the use of cannabis to better align with state law.

    ...

  • Burbank denies developer’s preapplication to submit its housing project
    Burbank denies developer’s preapplication to submit its housing project

    A conceptual proposal for a housing development in the Rancho district is not compatible with the surrounding neighborhood, according to a decision by the Burbank City Council Tuesday.

    After nearly four hours of public testimony and deliberation, council members voted 3-2 to deny MLC Holdings,...

  • Learning Matters: A helpful dose of middle school
    Learning Matters: A helpful dose of middle school

    I wasn’t sure why I decided it was time for a visit to middle school, that magical and sometimes challenging place between fifth and ninth grades.

    Perhaps it was the longstanding invitation from Wilson Middle School sixth-grade teacher Gail Dunham, whose classes I’ve visited in other parts of the...

  • 80-year-old Burbank man fatally struck by vehicle while crossing street
    80-year-old Burbank man fatally struck by vehicle while crossing street

    Burbank police are investigating a vehicle collision that resulted in the death of an 80-year-old pedestrian Wednesday morning.

    Thomas Jones was crossing Glenoaks Boulevard at Lincoln Street around 7:15 a.m. when he was struck by a compact SUV driven by a man. Sgt. Derek Green, a spokesman for...

  • Most of Burbank Town Center’s renovation expected to be complete by Black Friday

    The $60-million renovation of the Burbank Town Center is still months away from being completed, but most of the major work is expected to be finished by the start of the holiday shopping season, officials said.

    By Black Friday, the new tiles, seating areas, escalator at the Magnolia Boulevard...

  • Former DreamWorks artist paints mural at his children’s school
    Former DreamWorks artist paints mural at his children’s school

    Officials at Thomas Jefferson Elementary in Burbank hope a new mural at the school will show anyone driving by just how fun the campus can be.

    It took former DreamWorks Animation artist Glenn Harmon a little over a day in late October to paint a large image of the third U.S. president on an exterior...

  • On the Town: Burbank Coordinating Council gears up for holidays with fundraiser
    On the Town: Burbank Coordinating Council gears up for holidays with fundraiser

    To kick off this month, the one in which the spirit of gratitude and thankfulness is, perhaps, stronger than it is at any other time of the year, the Burbank Coordinating Council presented its second annual Spirit of Giving luncheon at the First Presbyterian Church of Burbank this past week.

    Janet...

  • Burroughs and Burbank High students hope to create happiness with kindness project
    Burroughs and Burbank High students hope to create happiness with kindness project

    Many students at Burbank and John Burroughs high schools were busy Friday afternoon preparing for the homecoming football game between the two schools later that evening.

    However, a group of about 30 students from Burroughs chose to spend their time after school in the library on campus to work...

  • City-watcher encourages locals to attend Burbank council meeting; reader takes issue with recent ‘In Theory’

    The Tuesday, Nov. 7 Burbank City Council meeting may be one of its most important in years, as two of the city’s most severe and persistent problems will be addressed: the shortage of places to live in our area, and the large budget deficit, which the Burbank Leader has reported to be about $10.8...

  • Burbank Arts For All Foundation awards Burbank Unified with nearly $40K in grants
    Burbank Arts For All Foundation awards Burbank Unified with nearly $40K in grants

    The Burbank Arts For All Foundation made two donations totaling roughly $38,500 to Burbank Unified Thursday to help fund various arts programs in Burbank schools.

    Trena Pitchford, the foundation’s executive director, first presented a $28,509 check to school board members to fulfill dozens of grant...

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