The818now | June 5, 2012
California workplace safety officials are investigating the death of a worker who was accidentally crushed in Burbank last week after becoming trapped in the bottom-dump doors of a gravel truck. The death of the worker, 58-year-old Vigen Boodaghian, was caused by “mechanical asphyxiation,” said Los Angeles County coroner spokesman Ed Winter, who added that there were “compression injuries to the torso.” The accident occurred about 10 a.m. on Memorial Day at a lot leased by a construction company on Magnolia Boulevard, west of Front Street, near the Golden State (5)
June 27, 2012
After reviewing more than 100 applications for a public information officer, Burbank hired Drew Sugars, a veteran television journalist and current PIO for the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office, according to the city. Sugars arrives with 17 years of broadcasting experience as an Emmy award-winning television news reporter, main anchor and newsroom manager, the city said in a statement. The California native spent the past four years working for the largest law enforcement agency in Santa Barbara County where he successfully merged the Public Information Office and Media Resources Unit.
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.
October 1, 2013
In homage to the 2000 feature film “Best In Show,” Actors and Others for Animals presented a parody of the hit movie at its annual “Celebration of Caring” fundraiser luncheon held at the Universal Hilton Hotel and Towers this past Saturday. Stars of the film, Fred Willard and Jim Piddock, reprised their roles, serving as commentators as the animal welfare organization staged its own best-in-show competition that pitted the pets of numerous celebrities against one another with their owners making comedic pitches and showing video presentations on their behalf.
July 18, 2001
Lolita Harper NORTHWEST DISTRICT -- A Burbank Police officer, who allegedly shot a Burbank family's pet dog Friday night, was arrested Sunday in an unrelated incident on suspicion of disorderly conduct at a concert, police said. Burbank Police Officer Anthony Valento, 30, was described as belligerent and unable to care for his own safety due to alcohol consumption while attending a pop-punk concert by Offspring at the Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Carl Deeley said.
May 11, 2002
A few years ago, I was driving down Olive Avenue past George Izay Park and spied an unusual scene -- scores of people sitting in lawn chairs, pitching tents, all queued along the sidewalk leading toward the Olive Recreation Center. Curious, I stopped and asked a bystander, "What are you guys in line for?" The somber reply: "Summer camp." Ah, summer camp. For kids, it begins the week after school ends in June. For parents, sign-up began at 7 a.m. May 4, when the choice spots in the summer camp programs at McCambridge, Verdugo and Robert Gross parks are ripe for the taking.
February 18, 2004
Accountability called into question by BTAC project Where is the accountability for up to a million dollars to remodel and expand the Burbank Temporary Aid Center facility? Who makes up the difference in funds if the project goes seriously over budget, leaving the facility incomplete or an eyesore? BTAC board leadership was seriously questioned with the firing of the former director, Pat Smola. Now with funds so tight in Burbank and so many critical needs, we are expected to believe that the board suddenly has developed exceptional project management skills that will enable it to stay within budget and bring the remodeling project in on time?
August 4, 2004
Local martial artist Daniel Lim has brought a national championship to Burbank. Lim, 16, captured the title in taekwondo July 6 at the 24th annual U.S. Junior Olympics in Atlanta. Lim -- who lives and trains in Burbank -- bested competitors from across the country to win the gold medal in the 121-130 pound weight division. When he turns 18, Lim hopes to try to make the U.S. National Team. A third-degree black belt in the sport, it's easy to see why Lim has been successful in martial arts.
July 21, 2007
Wizards and witches descended Friday night upon the Burbank Barnes & Noble Bookstore for the release party of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," the highly anticipated finale of the Harry Potter series. Although the people in line waiting for reserved or standby copies of the book numbered close to 1,000, most of them were dressed in plain street clothes. The line was dotted with a few adults and children wearing wizard gear, complete with wands and broomsticks. Snaking around the building and up a stairway to the parking lot, those waiting for their copy of the seventh book about an imperiled boy who practices magic were a wide range of ages.
June 7, 2003
Rev. Larry Stamper honored at Kiwanis dinner Programs for children supported by the Kiwanis Club of Burbank will benefit from the sixth annual gala dinner shared by friends of the Rev. Larry Stamper May 31 at Lakeside Golf Club. Stamper, pastor of the Burbank First United Methodist Church, was honored for 30 years of giving to his community. Under the theme "Lights, Camera, Action," a silent auction kicked off the proceedings followed by dinner and a live auction.
July 1, 2009
The final week of June was by all means one filled with gloom. Not just the gloom of overcast skies that we Southern Californians are used to in the year’s sixth month, but the gloom that comes from the loss of iconic figures that have played a role in the cultural fabric of our lives. While most of us didn’t know them personally, it’s a good bet that at some time or another we all marveled at the beauty of Farrah Fawcett, the talent of Michael Jackson, and the fact that over the years we received more mail from Ed McMahon than from close friends or family members.
March 3, 2010
DOWNTOWN — Ray Krakowski on Monday became the seventh chief of the Burbank Fire Department, nine months after being named to the interim post. Krakowski joined the department in 1980 and rose through the ranks from firefighter/paramedic to captain, battalion chief and assistant fire chief. “There was never a feeling that I had to get the job at all costs,” Krakowski said. “It was really me saying ‘If you don’t like what you see, no hard feelings.
November 15, 2000
Lolita Harper NORTHWEST DISTRICT -- Many people feel their pets are an extension of their family, and just like any other member of the family, it's necessary to protect dogs and cats against harmful diseases, Burbank Animal Shelter officials said. To help keep pets healthy and local neighborhoods free of disease, the Kiwanis Club of Burbank and the Southern California Veterinary Medical Assn. will offer a low-cost clinic to vaccinate dogs and cats today at the Burbank Animal Shelter.