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News | By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | October 11, 2011
The wait list for a tandem of local, low-cost child care centers is 400 families deep, with some applicants on standby for as long as three years to land a coveted spot, officials said Tuesday. The Burbank Housing Corp. Child Development Center at 2300 N. Ontario St. and Mary Alice O'Connor Family Center at 401 N. Buena Vista St., which have been operated jointly by a national management company since 2004, can accommodate 180 children, said Executive Director Jamie Patrick. In her status update to the Burbank Childcare Committee on Tuesday, Patrick said fees range from $624 to $1,275 a month, with the most expensive services for infant care.
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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.
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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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June 10, 2013
Closed for renovations since 2008, Burbank finally got the keys to its new Verdugo Pool this weekend. Swimmers waited in line outside the gates on Saturday to be among the first to use the aquatic center, which features a 50-meter pool with diving boards and an activity pool with two water slides. PHOTOS: Burbank's Verdugo Pool opens Renovated to the tune of $7.3 million, the aquatic center also sports new locker rooms, bathrooms and first aid and lifeguard offices.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | March 7, 2014
Longtime Burbank resident Tom Medley, creator of the "Stroker McGurk" cartoon series that ran in Hot Rod magazine, died Sunday. He would've turned 94 this month. The hot rod legend, who died following a short illness, is survived by his son Gary Medley, who remembered his father as a funny, energetic man, deeply loved by many. The Oregon-native moved to California after serving in the U.S. Army in World War II and was accepted to study at the Art Center College of Design, then known at the Art Center School.
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March 20, 2014
Christopher Wilke, the 12-year-old Burbank resident who was fighting a rare form of cancer , died Thursday at 9:33 a.m. "He passed peacefully this morning, he wasn't in any pain," said his father, Joe Wilke. "He was resting comfortably and surrounded by his family. " Christopher was diagnosed in early January.  He was the first patient on record at Children's Hospital Los Angeles - and among the youngest patients ever - to be diagnosed with a pure cholangiocarcinoma, a rare cancer of the bile duct, according to Dr. Hung Tran, the hospital's pediatric oncologist and assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at USC's Keck School of Medicine.
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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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December 16, 2011
AREA 1: 3900 block of Verdugo Avenue Karine Sepedjian, 48, was arrested Dec. 9 on suspicion of trespassing, assault and battery. 500 block of South Lake Street Jonathan Marcus Baloney, 24, was arrested Dec. 13 on suspicion of grand theft of a firearm, possessing burglary tools and violating parole. AREA 2 Glenoaks Boulevard at Walnut Avenue Benjamin Lee Conti, 43, was arrested Dec. 9 on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and being drunk in public. 600 block of Palm Avenue Erika Pauline Gierczak, 25, was arrested Dec. 9 on suspicion of assault and battery.
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By David Laurell | October 20, 2010
"When our children hear us say, 'Now, look at what you've done,' it's not because they have done something good," laughed former Burbank Mayor Michael Hastings . "But when it comes to the Cusumanos, when we say, 'Now, look at what you've done,' it is said because of all the very good and positive contributions they have made to our community over the years. " Thus began the accolades bestowed upon the Cusumano family, the recipients of Woodbury University's 2010 Movers & Shapers Award presented Thursday at a luncheon held on the school's Glenoaks Boulevard campus.
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By Christopher Cadelago | June 12, 2010
Six more Burbank police officers have been fired for allegedly acting improperly or engaging in excessive use of force. The supposed wrongdoing came to light, officials said, following a probe into the investigation of a 2007 robbery of Porto's Bakery. Some of the officers' alleged misconduct occurred during the robbery investigation, though other officers' actions came to light when city officials widened their internal review of the incident. City officials confirmed that Capt.
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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 Gretchen Meier, gretchen.meier@latimes.com | January 5, 2011
Investigations and court proceedings regarding brutality allegations against the Burbank Police Department continue to move forward as the new year begins. One of the most recent court cases alleging officer misconduct was filed in September at Los Angeles County Superior Court and now will move to federal court. Preston Smith alleged in his lawsuit that Burbank police officers Adam Baumgarten, Michael Edwards and Neil Gunn Jr. physically assaulted him in April 2009 and falsified police reports regarding his arrest.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | February 5, 2013
Burbank on Monday approved the sale of the IKEA building to a local developer, setting the stage for the furniture giant to move forward with plans to roughly double its operation in the city and become its biggest location in the country. City officials said they were thrilled about the ability to retain the top sales tax generator in Burbank. And with the expansion, the city only expects to reap more sales- and property-tax revenue, while also holding on to roughly 500 local jobs.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | August 16, 2013
Burbank residents are being asked to weigh in on a proposal to bring a Whole Foods market - along with a 241-unit luxury apartment complex on top - to the city's Media District, officials said. The “Talaria at Burbank” project, proposed for 3401 W. Olive Ave, would offer a “resort living opportunity” that encourages tenants to get out of their cars, said developer Michael Cusumano of the Cusumano Real Estate Group. All existing structures would be demolished to build a four-level luxury apartment complex on top of a 43,000-square-foot Whole Foods, along with 751 parking spaces, according to the project application.
NEWS
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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