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  • Obama makes visit to Burbank for appearance on 'Ellen' show

    Obama makes visit to Burbank for appearance on 'Ellen' show

    President Obama was in Burbank on Thursday afternoon for a taped appearance on the "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" at the Warner Bros. lot. Later in the day, he spoke at a pair of Democratic fundraisers in Los Angeles. NEWSLETTER: Stay up to date with what's going on in the 818 >> The trip to the Southland...

  • Case leads to questions about hillside development in Burbank

    Case leads to questions about hillside development in Burbank

    The homes on Joaquin Drive in Burbank might look a bit like Mike and Carol Brady's mid-century modern split-level home from the "Brady Bunch" — low-slung, offset gabled roofs; brick piers; and exposed rafters — with a few glaring exceptions, such as a boxy Cape Cod and ornate Spanish Revivals. ...

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  • Equestrians take the lead against bicyclists in Mariposa Bridge battle

    Equestrians take the lead against bicyclists in Mariposa Bridge battle

    In March 1939, the opening of a narrow bridge across the Los Angeles River from Burbank to Griffith Park was heralded by fanfare — a high school band and a horse show — that brought together horse riders and hikers. Representatives of the "outdoor-minded" citizens of Burbank, Glendale and Los Angeles...

  • Burbank pedestrian-bridge project in jeopardy after cuts in state funding

    Burbank pedestrian-bridge project in jeopardy after cuts in state funding

    Funding for a Metro project to build a pedestrian bridge over Empire Avenue in Burbank, connecting the Metrolink station with Bob Hope Airport, may be on the chopping block after the California Transportation Commission last week slashed funding estimates for the state's road and transit projects...

  • Site plans for 'B6 Parcel' near Bob Hope Airport in the works

    Site plans for 'B6 Parcel' near Bob Hope Airport in the works

    Near Bob Hope Airport, the $72.5-million sale of a roughly 58-acre piece of property sometimes known as the "B6 parcel" is set to close next month, and the buyer hopes to develop the site into a "best-in-class" business park with office, industrial and retail space, plus a hotel. The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena...

  • Bullet train's first segment, reserved for Southland, could open in Bay Area instead

    Bullet train's first segment, reserved for Southland, could open in Bay Area instead

    A valuable perk handed to Southern California from the bullet train project — a 2012 decision to build the first operating segment from Burbank north into the Central Valley — is being reconsidered by state officials. The state rail authority is studying an alternative to build the first segment...

  • Democrats competing for Assembly seat take part in Montrose forum

    The five Democrats expected to vie to replace outgoing Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) often shared similar views on issues during a two-hour forum before nearly 80 people Sunday afternoon at the Sparr Heights Community Center in Montrose. Glendale City Councilwoman Laura Friedman, Glendale...

  • Passenger count ticks up at Bob Hope Airport

    Passenger count ticks up at Bob Hope Airport

    Bob Hope Airport also reports gains in parking revenue for November 2015.

  • Funding set for Burbank high-speed rail station planning

    Funding set for Burbank high-speed rail station planning

    A funding agreement between the California High-Speed Rail Authority and the city of Burbank will pay for much of a $1.2-million planning process for what high-speed rail officials are calling a “world-class multimodal transportation hub,” including a proposed bullet train station adjacent to Bob...

  • Board to consider Burbank business' brewery proposal

    The owners of Market City Caffe want to bring a brewery and tasting room to central Burbank, according to an application filed with the city in November. Plans call for a 670-square-foot tasting room inside a new 4,500-square-foot brewery at 156 W. Verdugo Ave., where Market City Caffe Hospitality...

  • Jury sides with Air Force veteran in gender discrimination suit against Burbank

    A jury found that a Toluca Lake man was discriminated against because of his gender when he was denied a job as a police dispatcher for the city of Burbank, where all the current dispatchers are women. Michael Naylor — who served in the U.S. Air Force from 1984 to 2000 before he was injured and...

  • Burbank votes to ban commercial pot operations

    Burbank votes to ban commercial pot operations

    In an effort to retain a measure of local control over medical-pot businesses, Burbank City Council members voted unanimously on Tuesday to introduce an ordinance that will ban commercial cultivation, delivery and dispensing of the drug. However, council members decided against a stronger measure...

  • Mayor Frutos joins Rep. Schiff at State of the Union address

    Mayor Frutos joins Rep. Schiff at State of the Union address

    Among the audience members at President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address on Tuesday was Burbank Mayor Bob Frutos, a guest of Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank). “Pleased to host @BurbankCA Mayor Frutos at tonight's #SOTU address,” Schiff posted on Twitter, along with a photo of him and...

  • Community workshop slated for Wednesday

    As part of an effort to guide parks and recreation improvements countywide, the Burbank Parks and Recreation Department will host a community workshop from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday in room 104 of the Community Services Building, 150 N. Third St. Workshop attendees will have an opportunity...

  • Week's weather gives Burbank crews a chance to try out El Niño preparations

    Week's weather gives Burbank crews a chance to try out El Niño preparations

    For many area residents, this week’s rains may have drowned out any lingering doubts that El Niño would ever bring the wet weather that’s been anticipated for months. The storms also gave Burbank city employees a “dry run,” so to speak, at addressing some of the challenges that come with heavy...

  • Burbank meets billion-gallon water savings goal ahead of schedule

    Burbank meets billion-gallon water savings goal ahead of schedule

    In response to Gov. Jerry Brown’s April executive order calling for statewide water conservation, Burbank met the billion-gallon challenge of water savings for the period of June to February. Though the measuring period isn’t over, the city reached the goal after December, said Joe Flores, a spokesman...

  • Burbank City Council to consider pot business ban

    Burbank City Council to consider pot business ban

    The cultivation, sale and distribution of marijuana for commercial purposes is not explicitly banned in Burbank, but the City Council plans to consider a proposal Tuesday that would formally prohibit all business-related activities involving the drug. The proposed regulations would bar medical...

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