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Features | By Christopher Cadelago | April 4, 2009
BURBANK — The sign says George Izay Park, but the sign man won’t have it. “It will always be Olive Park,” said Lon Melton, 62, a Burbank sign maker. “We made a lot of memories there.” Every year, Melton and his family claim their perch across the street from what is now George Izay Park to watch Burbank on Parade. The annual extravaganza of floats, marching bands and exhibits, which debuted in 1945, takes place this year April 25 and runs on Olive Avenue from Keystone to Lomita streets.
NEWS
By Christopher Cadelago | April 11, 2010
After 10 months on the force, Burbank Police Officer Matthew Pavelka responded to a call for backup at the Ramada Inn parking lot. It would be the rookie's last ride. The routine stop in November 2003 escalated into a hail of gunfire that left Pavelka dead and a veteran officer severely injured. The events of that night stunned the community and a police department that had not lost one of its own in a shooting since 1920. The ensuing manhunt, which involved hundreds of local, state and federal agents, ended when the 19-year-old fugitive, David Garcia, was captured by Mexican authorities after spending two weeks in a small town south of Tijuana.
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | March 22, 2013
If voters elect 24-year-old Steve Ferguson to the Burbank Unified school board on April 9, it's widely believed that not only would he be the youngest elected official in the city's history, but the first openly gay man to hold public office in the city. While he says he didn't set out to make his sexuality a cornerstone of his campaign, Ferguson also hasn't shied away from it. “It's important to be transparent and honest. This is who I am,” he said. Among the field of current candidates, Ferguson is also the only one without children.
NEWS
May 31, 2013
Anti-Semitism is on the rise throughout the world, according to a report by the State Department, which is taking the increase so seriously it's appointing a special envoy to monitor the rise. The increase was revealed in the department's annual report on religious freedom around the globe. The report revealed that it's not just ordinary citizens who are expressing anti-Semitic opinions; many government officials and religious leaders are, too, especially those from Iran, Venezuela and Egypt.
FEATURES
June 9, 2007
Narine Abgaryan, Sosi Abrahamian, Celestino Chora Acosta, Natalie Adjimikrian, Lianna Lili Adzhemyan, Cameron Thomas Agai, Alfredo Aguilar, Cindy Aguillon, Alisha Kristine Albright, Ani Aleksandryan, Dominique Yvette Allen, Eduard Altunov, Christian J. Alvarez, Edgar Alvarez, John Anthony Alvarez, Garren Edwin Amirian, Katherine Amanda, Lober Andrusco, James Antaplyan, Jairo V. Araiza, Zaruhi Arakelyan, Enessa Aramyan, Addison Emilo Arce, Pedro Armendariz,...
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene@tchekmedyian@latimes.com | November 21, 2012
Soap star and acting coach Gene Bua - who helped train the likes of Brad Pitt, Drew Barrymore and Katey Sagal at his Burbank school - died Saturday after a 13-year battle with Parkinson's disease. The Glendale resident was 72. Bua is survived by his wife and creative partner, Toni Bull Bua, and his son, granddaughter and brother. He and Bull Bua met nearly 50 years ago on the set of CBS's long-running soap opera, “Love of Life,” where they fell in love on and off screen. “He taught me everything - he taught me how to sing, he taught me how to play baseball, he taught me how to marathon run, he taught me Shakespeare, he taught me how to feel,” Bull Bua said Tuesday.
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | December 4, 2012
The wife of Woodbury University's former president filed a complaint in Los Angeles County Superior Court this week alleging she was fired from her job as senior director of development without cause after reporting alleged mistreatment of other employees by the wife of the school's new president. Rose Nielsen alleges in her complaint, filed on Monday, that she was fired Sept. 6 not long after reporting that she had been approached by a maintenance employee in tears because he had allegedly been “threatened with termination” by the wife of Woodbury's new president, Luis Calingo.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | March 15, 2013
After last year's hiatus due to budget cuts, the Easter Egg-Stravaganza is returning to Burbank this month, despite concerns from city officials that time and funding constraints could compromise the quality of the event. Noting that the holiday celebration has been “overwhelmingly well-received” in the past, the Burbank City Council Tuesday pushed for its rebirth and expressed confidence that officials could pull off a scaled-back version in just two weeks. The event is scheduled for 9 a.m., March 30. Two years ago, roughly 1,600 parents and children flocked to McCambridge Park for egg hunts, carnival games and visits with the Easter Bunny, leaving the city's tab at roughly $14,000.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | January 10, 2014
A third former Burbank police officer's firing was disputed by an independent arbitrator, who ruled that a 20-year department veteran, accused by the city of covering up misconduct during a 2007 robbery investigation, should get his job back. In an advisory decision, the arbitrator ruled that former Det. Angelo Dahlia, who has sued the city in state and federal court, should not have been fired, multiple sources confirmed. Burbank's top executive will make the final call on whether to reinstate him. “(Dahlia)
SPORTS
By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | January 3, 2012
He was a scoring frenzy, a one-man tour de force who raised the level of those around him, ignited the sporting spirit of a campus long absent of much to get excited about and made literal and figurative waves by lifting a historically struggling program to CIF prominence while leaving his statistical signature upon state chronicle. A 6-foot, 185-pound muscled phenom with a lighting bolt for a right arm, he took a lightly regarded program and put it on the map. Along the way of four seasons of scoring parades and CIF triumph, Hoover High senior Hakop Kaplanyan provided record-breaking revelry, clutch histrionics and left a school and an area as a three-time All-Area Boys' Water Polo Player of the Year, as voted for the third consecutive time by the sports editors and writers of the Glendale News-Press, Burbank Leader, La Cañada Valley Sun and Pasadena Sun. "We were happy to have him here all four years and he made everybody around him good," says Jack Van Patten, Hoover's athletic director.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene@tchekmedyian@latimes.com | May 3, 2013
Gorgen Zargarian looks out the window as a young woman in a vintage yellow Volkswagen “Thing” pulls into his auto shop. “Hey baby, how is your car run?” he asks while clutching a mechanic's tool. “Do you have trouble with your transmission?” The 62-year-old self-described “young old man” then busts into song and dance amid three young women in cut-off denim shorts. So starts the web commercial for Arlen's Transmission, a Burbank auto shop in business for 22 years, produced by the comedy and directing duo Rhett and Link.
NEWS
By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | September 27, 2013
The Orchard Supply Hardware store in Burbank is clearing things out before closing down, with the hardware store slashing prices in a final clearance sale. The OSH, located on Victory Boulevard, is one of 17 in the state being closed in the wake of the San Jose-based chain's entrance into Chapter 11 bankruptcy this summer and its subsequent acquisition by competitor Lowe's Companies Inc. Until it closes, all merchandise in the store is being sold at 25% to 70% off. Leigh Parrish, an OSH spokeswoman, said because stores will close based on how quickly clearance merchandise sells, the company couldn't set official closing dates.
THE818NOW
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | February 5, 2014
A case involving a former Woodbury University employee who filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the college, alleging she was fired without cause, was recently dismissed, according to court records. La Cañada Flintridge resident Rose Nielsen, who is also the wife of Kenneth Nielsen, Woodbury University's former president, claimed she was fired in September 2012 after reporting alleged mistreatment of other university employees by the wife of Luis Calingo, the college's then newly named president.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jonny Whiteside | November 23, 2012
Mid-20th century Los Angeles country music performers were such a wildly colorful community that they made their competitors in Nashville seem more like undertakers than entertainers. One of the most dazzling acts were the Collins Kids, who will make their first Los Angeles-area appearance in 19 years on Dec. 3 at Joe's Great American Bar & Grill in Burbank. The duo, consisting of siblings Larry and Lorrie Collins, broke into local prominence on the popular KTTV television show “Town Hall Party” at ages 10 and 12, respectively, trading in some of the hottest, flat-out explosive rockabilly and boogie of the era. Within a few short years, they were a nationally known force, traveling to New York for guest shots on NBC's “The Steve Allen Show” and playing at Madison Square Garden.
NEWS
By Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com | March 25, 2014
Burbank city officials approved a 113,760-square-foot office addition to the Nickelodeon Animation Studios lot on Olive Avenue this week, a move company representatives said would help streamline its operations and bring about 450 additional employees to the Media City. Planning Board members voted 4-0 Monday to give developers Accord/BRO Members, LLC the go-ahead to build on a lot next to Nickelodeon's offices, which currently house 300 employees in 120,000 square feet on a 1.5-acre lot. The animation network will then lease all of the units in the new building.
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