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News | By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | October 15, 2013
Winter lovers, rejoice. The Burbank City Council signed off on plans to bring a temporary ice-skating rink to downtown Burbank through the holiday season, hailing the project as a “fresh idea” that will draw consumers to local businesses. For six weeks, from Nov. 22 to Jan. 5, the parking lot behind City Hall will be transformed into a skating rink, which will be fully funded - to the tune of $170,000 - by the downtown Burbank property-based Business Improvement District.
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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.
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,...
NEWS
By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | November 23, 2011
A trend toward stores opening at the stroke of Black Friday is taking hold this year in Burbank and Glendale retail centers. Several national retail chains, including Macy's and Target, with stores in the Glendale Galleria, will open at midnight on Black Friday, hoping to lure shoppers with bargains as early as possible on the busiest shopping day of the year. Nineteen other stores and eateries in the mega-mall, including Ann Taylor, Victoria's Secret and the Disney Store, are also scheduled to open at midnight.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jonny Whiteside | June 16, 2012
When rock 'n' roll singer Jimmy Angel hits the stage at the Smoke House restaurant on Saturday, it will be just another stop along a decidedly tumultuous five-decade career path. Angel, who specializes in a mixture of retro-1950s big beat and fiery Memphis soul, has performed from the Tokyo Dome to Las Vegas showrooms to Manhattan's famed Copacabana - where he appeared no less than 39 times. Angel, now 77 but as clear-eyed and energetic as a man half that age, had a unique ace-in-the-hole throughout his early career: He was a close protege of Mafia don Joe Colombo, a Profaci family enforcer who rose from the ranks to become head of that crime organization in 1962.
SPORTS
By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | March 7, 2014
The local baseball landscape has changed a bit from last year, as the city lost one program this season and plenty of talent. Bellarmine-Jefferson High, which had been the most successful baseball program in the city for years, will not field a team this season. Last year under Marty Marquardt, in his only year at the helm, the Guards went 5-18 and didn't make the CIF Southern Section playoffs. Only two years prior, Bell-Jeff had continued a string of nine straight postseason appearances under former coach Hector Perez.
THE818NOW
July 24, 2012
David A. Garcia, the man accused of killing Burbank Police Officer Matthew Pavelka in November 2003, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and other charges Tuesday. Garcia, 28, was immediately sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Pavelka, 26, was killed in an exchange of gunfi re during a routine stop outside the Ramada Inn after just 10 months on the force. His partner, Officer Gregory Campbell, was wounded as they approached a parked SUV -- in which Garcia was a passenger -- on suspicion that drug activity was taking place.
NEWS
May 29, 2010
Emerita DelCarmen Abarca; George Abboud; Aroutin Tevan Abrami; Ejmin Abranosian; Candice Denise Abrignani; Ashley Abrigo; Katlen AbuAta; Hans Anthony Adame; Ibrahim Adwani; Andranik Andy Agadjanyan; Arthur Agadzhanyan; Stefanee Ann Agai; Sabina Sandy Agazarian; Arvin Aghakian; Nancy Agirian; Ricardo Oscar Aguayo; Briana Louise Ahern; Shannon Elizabeth Ainian; Nico Alba; Christopher Alcala; Joshua Edgar Carpentero Alegado; Michael Anthony Alfaro; Marie...
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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.
NEWS
By Bryan Mahoney | June 26, 2013
I have seen the mountaintop and it is layered thick in cheese and beef. Since March my friend and I scoured Burbank for the best cheeseburger in the city. Many readers offered their favorite haunts - and some griddle jockeys I met along the way pointed me to new stops on the path to burger Nirvana. Like all great adventures, it's about the journey, not the destination. In my ground-beef-laden stupor I discovered a culinary subculture that revels in the art of the burger. Burbank history is deeply slathered in the wizardry of its burger bon vivants - the places people went 20, 30, 40 years ago are still flipping for your pleasure.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | November 6, 2013
A veteran Burbank police officer was indicted this week on federal corruption charges for his involvement in an alleged bribery scheme involving his girlfriend and her estranged husband . The officer, Anthony Valento, 42, is accused of agreeing to attempt to influence prosecutors to reduce or dismiss domestic violence charges against his girlfriend's estranged husband, Jeremy Bassett, in exchange for money for his girlfriend, Gayle Bassett, as...
NEWS
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 Lisa Dupuy | February 25, 2014
No need to wait for summer to enjoy smoky, backyard barbecue. Handy Market, the well-stocked corner store where Magnolia Boulevard meets Buena Vista Street in Burbank, spills out into the parking lot on Saturdays, 'cueing up pounds and pounds of beef, pork, chicken, turkey and sausage for the hungry hordes. The lines are long but the service is efficient and the taste is worth any wait. Just ask Jay Leno. "Mr. Leno comes by all the time," says the young woman wrapping up orders in big sheets of heavy duty foil.
NEWS
October 4, 2013
Several Republican congressmen have come under fire for quoting the Bible as justification for cutting nutritional assistance to America's poor. Congress has moved to slash more than $4 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP - better known as food stamps. In the face of criticism, Representatives Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn) and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) quoted a verse from 2 Thessalonians: “For even when we were with you, we gave you this command: Anyone unwilling to work should not eat.” Several religion bloggers have pointed out that the quote is completely out of context; its author was referring to “ancient Christians who had stopped working in anticipation of Jesus' Second Coming.” They have also pointed to the irony of using a biblical quote when, as Rev. Jennifer Butler puts it, “From cover to cover, the Bible is 100 percent clear that God requires us to care for our brothers and sisters in poverty.” Q: What's your take on this?
NEWS
By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | November 9, 2013
A ruling that slammed the brakes on efforts to bring a Walmart to the city will not be appealed by city officials. But Walmart officials said Friday they do plan to file an appeal. The ruling handed down by Judge Allan J. Goodman in September rescinded the building permits issued for the former Great Indoors store adjacent to the Empire Center, in which Walmart planned to open a store. During closed session on Tuesday, Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy, Vice-Mayor Dave Gordon and Councilman Bob Frutos voted not to appeal Goodman's ruling, while council members Jess Talamantes and Gary Bric voted to file an appeal.
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