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The818now | May 24, 2013
Kate Blevins has been waiting years to take a dip in her neighborhood pool. One recent sunny afternoon, the 10-year Burbank resident gazed at the Olympic-sized pool and aquatic playground from the balcony of the Verdugo Aquatic Center. PHOTOS: Remodeled Verdugo Aquatic Center The facility has been closed for renovations since 2008. But for her, it looks well worth the wait. And when it opens - which after a series of delays is slated to happen early June - she and the rest of Burbank will have beyond just the summer to use it. The City Council on Thursday decided to keep the facility - minus the large blue and green water slides - open 11 months of the year for a one-year pilot period.
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By Daniel Siegal | August 6, 2013
Bob Hope Airport's new parking structure, meant to replace the 1,000-plus parking spaces lost as the airport builds a new transportation center, opened earlier this month. The structure is being used exclusively by the airport's valet parking service for now, said Dan Feger, the airport's executive director, during an airport authority meeting on Monday. "They are now keeping cars closer to the drop-off point, and it actually helps them deliver cars faster. That's what the customer will see," he said.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | September 20, 2013
The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority revealed its plan for a new 14-gate terminal this week. In a pair of meetings held Monday morning and evening, airport officials presented their vision for a new, larger terminal, meant to replace the airport's current 83-year-old building. “We are being totally transparent with you saying it's going to be a bigger building,” Authority Commissioner Susan Georgino told attendees at the Monday night meeting. That space would be used to add features such as disability accessibility, more restrooms, more waiting areas, expanded security screening facilities and better baggage claims.
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By Christopher Cadelago | June 12, 2010
CITY HALL — The large tree limb came crashing down in August, about 10 minutes after Marina Manukian pulled her Infiniti G35 into a curbside parking space across the street from her Andover Drive home. Manukian, who last year spent months trying to recoup more than $3,500 in damage, claimed that the tree was unhealthy, but municipal laws barred her from taking a saw or trimmer to the city-owned tree. That's expected to change next month, after the City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved an ordinance permitting residents, in consultation with forestry services and a trained arborist, to remove portions of trees in public areas and right-of-ways.
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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.
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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
December 5, 2012
Bob Hope Airport officials approved additional parking rate increases this week to tackle steady revenue drops caused by declining passenger activity that's expected to be exacerbated by JetBlue's decision to eliminate all daytime flights at the airfield as of Jan. 6. The decision will eliminate one daily flight to JFK International Airport in New York City and another to Las Vegas. JetBlue's evening service to JFK will continue. A spokeswoman for the airline, Tamara Young, said in a statement that customer demand is “the ultimate factor in determining a route or flight schedule.” And despite cutbacks in Burbank, JetBlue's overall network continues to expand, Young said.
NEWS
September 19, 2013
A 24-year-old Best Buy employee was arrested Wednesday after allegedly stealing $1,100 from the Empire Center store through fraudulent returns, police said. Since July, the Arleta woman - identified as Diana Tran - reportedly made nine fraudulent returns and made off with $1,100, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. Tran was arrested on suspicion of grand theft. She was released from custody after posting $20,000 bail and is due in court next month. -- Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com Follow on Google+ and on Twitter: @atchek . ALSO: Burb's Eye View: A wedding is hitched to a high school reunion Win-win sale for Moms Club: Garage sale to boost charity goals Experts analyze Burbank Walmart freeze
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | February 19, 2014
The final chapter of a criminal trial played out in a courtroom Wednesday as the family of a Burbank man who was found dead six years ago with 32 stab wounds heardthe man convicted in the murder being sentenced to 26 years to life in prison with the possibility of parole. Jorge Villalobos, 47, of San Gabriel, was found guilty of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Glen Giles, who was found dead on his neighbors porch on Feb. 26, 2008. Giles left a trail of blood from his bedroom, across the street, up his neighbor's driveway and on the doorbell.
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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.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | August 20, 2013
A blaze at a Burbank strip mall last week took firefighters less than half an hour to extinguish, but recovery efforts could drag on for months for some business owners. The fire that ripped through Tina's Nails and Spa shortly after 4 a.m. on Aug. 13 caused fire or smoke damage to all nine of the business' neighbors in the complex in the 1500 block of San Fernando Boulevard, Burbank Fire Capt. Peter Hendrickson said. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, he said.
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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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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.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | January 3, 2014
Golfers can expect a new restaurant menu and synergy between golf and food operations at DeBell Golf Club next week with the Canyon Grille, the club's new eatery, slated to open for breakfast and lunch on Friday. Tom Shayman, 17-year owner and operator of the Burbank Bar and Grille on North San Fernando Road, has taken the helm of the club's restaurant. “We want to make everybody feel warm and welcome here,” Shayman said Friday. “We're really going to be invested in the golf operation.” Customers will be able to enjoy a whole new menu, which Shayman described as “California continental,” with comfort dishes such as macaroni and cheese, burgers and flatbread pizzas, along with ahi tuna and salmon entrées.
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