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The818now | July 30, 2012
Michael A. Rembis will be the new chief executive of Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, according to an announcement from the hospital Monday. Rembis, 58, will take his new role in mid-September. He leaves his post as president and chief executive of Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, where he oversaw a range of specialty programs similar to those at Providence Saint Joseph. Rembis replaces Barry Wolfman, who left the Burbank hospital earlier this year to return to his alma mater, George Washington University, where he is the medical center's top administrator.
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By Dan Evans, dan.evans@latimes.com | August 6, 2013
At just past 8:30 a.m., the neon sign flickered to life. Guthrie's Alley Cat had put out the welcome mat for the morning beer-and-shots crowd. The bar sits on Wall Street in Bakersfield, a narrow piece of concrete near downtown. My wife, Donna, and I are not nursing a nascent alcohol problem, nor are we particularly fascinated with people who prefer beer to bacon, or cocktails to Corn Flakes. We are attempting to document California's Wall Streets, places where people get their mail, go to work, meet their friends, and, generally, live their lives.
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By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | August 28, 2010
A Burbank gun store cited for violating weapon registration laws is closing this month, but new owners hope to relaunch the business. While the current owners of Gun World on Magnolia Boulevard declined to comment, a sheet of paper taped to the door tells the company's side of the story: "Because of the even stricter gun laws which have made operating our businesses next to impossible, Gun World has decided to close its doors. " Its last gun sale was Aug. 21. The sign said the store will stay open to sell accessories through Sept.
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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
May 14, 2013
I've noticed a creeping lack of civility overtaking our society. Whether it's the shopping cart left unattended in the middle of the aisle while the shopper chats on their phone, oblivious to all who are impeded by this thoughtlessness, or the self-important person allowing the door to slam shut in the face of an obviously disabled individual. The rampant lack of common courtesy and manners is stunning and offensive. We can't blame all of this on the problems with our economy, and we can't blame it solely on the self-contained “bubble” effect created when we're on our phones, tablets or music devices.
THE818NOW
By Meg James | February 7, 2014
Nickelodeon's new cartoon was hatched not through traditional television channels but in a Studio City efficiency apartment nicknamed the "Doodle Chamber. " The 41/2 -minute cartoon about two feisty, accident-prone ducks was intended to be a one-off, a little film crafted to entertain fellow animators at a short-film festival held at a New York bar. But in the hurly-burly world of children's television, network executives are desperate to find that next big hit. When animator Gary Di Raffaele, who goes by the name Gary Doodles, got an inquiry from a Nickelodeon executive about his duck cartoon, which he had posted on YouTube: "I thought it was spam," Di Raffaele said.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | September 7, 2012
One reason John Paramo - the new principal at John Burroughs High School - feels he can understand teenagers is because he considers himself a child at heart. “Most parents say, 'How can you deal with teenagers?' For me, it's a piece of cake. I love the same music they like. I'm into the same things,” he said. It's the elementary school crowd, to which his 8-year-old son belongs, that puzzles him more, he added. Among high schoolers, when Paramo sees something that catches his attention, he'll stop a student and say something like: “Dude, I love those kicks you got on.” “It just takes that one time that you make that connection.
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.
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By Megan O'Neil and Jeff Tully megan.oneil@latimes.com, jeff.tully@latimes.com | March 9, 2012
A popular Burbank High School football player died at his home in Shadow Hills Tuesday night in what officials have ruled a suicide. The student was identified by Los Angeles County coroner's officials as 17-year-old Matthew Smyser. The official cause of death was released Thursday. Burbank Unified officials were notified of the death Wednesday morning by the Los Angeles Mayor's Crisis Response Team, Supt. Stan Carrizosa said. District grief counselors were immediately deployed to the school, where they remained all week.
NEWS
September 20, 2012
The porn star who's made a name for himself with his guy-next-door looks and role opposite Lindsay Lohan in an upcoming indie flick came out Thursday against a proposed initiative to require condoms on adult film sets in Los Angeles County. At a news conference inside an adult entertainment company in Burbank, the porn actor, James Deen, likened the “Safer Sex” initiative -- Measure B on the Nov. 6 ballot -- to an infringement on the civil rights of him and other performers. “The idea of restricting our ability to make choices of our own is insulting.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene@tchekmedyian@latimes.com | November 2, 2012
Burbank residents can pocket between $250 and $1,000 if they replace the grass on their front lawns with drought-tolerant and non-invasive plants as part of a Burbank Water and Power program approved this week that could save an estimated 750,000 gallons of water this fiscal year alone. “It's pretty exciting for us,” said Kapil Kulkarni, the utility's marketing associate. An eco-friendly front lawn, he added, could save single-family homes up to $15 on their monthly water bills.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | March 12, 2014
This post was updated to include more information. Swedish furniture giant IKEA got the unanimous green light from the Burbank City Council this week to build its largest furniture store in the nation in Burbank. The retailer, which opened in Burbank in 1990 as its first store in California and sixth in the United States, will relocate roughly a mile away to a nearly 23-acre lot located at 805 S. San Fernando Blvd. The 470,000-square-foot megastore - which will be nearly double the size of its current location - is scheduled to open in August 2016.
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By Ani Amirkhanian | May 20, 2006
Giuse Yen Viet Mai, owner of numerous furniture stores in Los Angeles county, including Urban Habitat Furniture in Burbank, died on May 15. He was 72. Mai was born on Oct. 10, 1933, in Vietnam. He was an officer in the Vietnamese army and a music conductor for the military band. After migrating with his family from Vietnam to the United States in 1975, Mai settled in Burbank and ventured into the furniture business. Mai started his furniture business in 1982 and opened his first store on Sunset Boulevard.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jonny Whiteside | July 16, 2013
Anyone who remembers Troy Walker from his incendiary 1960s stint on the Sunset Strip club circuit or his infamous 1970s run at North Hollywood's World Famous Palomino is likely beyond surprised to learn that not only did the ultra-flamboyant singer survive, but is now preparing to celebrate his 75th birthday. A strutting, bafflingly androgynous firebrand whose diminutive frame houses a surprisingly huge voice, Walker, who appears at Burbank's Viva Cantina on Wed., July 17,  ruled Los Angeles' lounges and honky tonks between 1958-78 with his patented mix of dazzling vocal acrobatics and blisteringly blue between-song banter.
NEWS
By Nicole Charky, nicole.charky@latimes.com | April 24, 2014
Drummer Ellie English and singer-guitarist Sade Sanchez won the battle of the bands at Burbank High back in 2007. Now in their 20s, the reunited duo crafts haunted garage rock with bass player Irita Pai in a psych-punk band called L.A. Witch. "When Ellie and I first met, we were 17, driving around listening to Blonde Redhead and Autolux," says Sanchez, a Burroughs grad who started jamming with English, a Burbank High grad, while they were teens. On Saturday they join Blonde Redhead, Autolux and some of their favorite artists - along with Angeleno friends Mystic Braves and Froth - at Desert Daze Festival in Mecca, Calif.
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