May 10, 2013
Cartoonist Bert Ring gently -- or not so gently -- ribs some residents who have say the newly approved Hilton Garden hotel at South San Fernando Boulevard and Verdugo Avenue will harm the "tranquility" of downtown Burbank. -- Dan Evans, Times Community News Follow Dan Evans on Twitter: @EditorDanEvans .
April 30, 2013
A 36-year-old Los Angeles man who police say appeared to be high on methamphetamine was arrested Sunday on suspicion of identity theft and possession of Norco and Vicodin without a prescription. Officers approached the man, Richard Hathaway, just before 7 p.m. for smoking in front of Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in downtown Burbank, a violation of the city's municipal code, said Burbank Police Lt. Eddie Ruiz. According to police reports, Hathaway appeared nervous and admitted he had consumed methamphetamine earlier in the evening, Ruiz said.
April 9, 2013
The Burbank Planning Board on Monday approved plans for a six-story, 210-room hotel to be built in downtown Burbank. A Hilton Garden Inn - proposed by a Florida-based developer - is expected to take over the corner of South San Fernando Boulevard and Verdugo Avenue, replacing an existing auto sales lot, car repair shop and restaurant. Proposed hotel amenities include a restaurant, lounge, pool and fitness center, according to a city report. At the meeting on Monday, residents and business owners supporting the project cited the economic benefits of a new hotel, while opponents fear impacts to parking and traffic congestion.
April 2, 2013
The city of Burbank has come in for some serious dissing since news broke that "The Tonight Show" may leave NBC studios at Olive and Alameda avenues in search of an edgier, fresher vibe in New York City. The old "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" slam about "beautiful downtown Burbank" was trotted out of deep storage. A great town to have a toothache (the city founder was a dentist). Home to studio "factories. " Burbank Mayor Dave Golonski, a City Council member for 19 years, may have the last laugh.
March 22, 2013
The man who came up with the phrase "beautiful downtown Burbank" is not happy that NBC is considering moving "The Tonight Show" back to New York City. "Burbank is a great little place," said Gary Owens, who coined the phrase from his radio days then made it famous when he was the announcer on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" from 1968 to 1973. "If you are in show business in any way, shape or form, you must be here. " Johnny Carson , who moved "The Tonight Show" from New York to Los Angeles in 1972, also used the "beautiful downtown Burbank" line but never tried to take credit for it. Continue reading > > -- Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
December 31, 2012
A Florida-based developer has submitted a proposal to build a six-story, 210-room Hilton hotel in downtown Burbank, city officials said. At roughly 40,000 square feet, the proposed Hilton Garden Inn for the corner of South San Fernando Boulevard and Verdugo Avenue would replace an existing retail building, auto repair shop and an auto sales lot. According to the application submitted by FPG Development Group, the hotel would include a restaurant...
October 4, 2011
The eighth annual Taste of Downtown Burbank takes place Thursday evening on San Fernando Road. More than 40 restaurants are slated to take part in the event, which is scheduled from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. between Magnolia Boulevard and Olive Avenue. Motorists, however, should note that street closures on San Fernando begin at 6:30 a.m. Thursday from Magnolia to Palm Avenue, said Gail Stewart, business district manager for the city's redevelopment department. Palm to Orange Grove will close at 10 a.m. The street closures will remain in effect until about midnight, she said.
March 31, 2011
Complaining about a Dining Out review on March 20 on Lucy’s Pizza Corner, who does Stan Wawer think he is, describing my block as, “Its Burbank Boulevard location is not in the best Burbank neighborhood.” There are signs up and down the street proclaiming how wonderful it is. You tell this guy every neighborhood in Burbank is wonderful. Warren Kleiman Burbank On property taxes and Prop 13 Michael Teahan makes me think of a politician: someone always looking for a lot of easy, quick money they can take from a small group and “buy” popularity by spreading it out to a larger group (“Tropico Perspective: Prop.
October 8, 2010
Hundreds of people turned out on San Fernando Boulevard in Downtown Burbank Thursday night for an evening of delicious food, celebrity guests, live performances and eco-friendly behavior . The Taste of Downtown Burbank looked much different than in years past. The seventh installment of the culinary event focused on going green and reducing waste. In previous years, the streets were lined with cups, plates and utensils handed out from individual booths. An effort to dramatically reduce the trash, the boulevard was lined with "Zero Waste Stations" manned by volunteers from the Burbank High School Key Club and community members.
April 28, 2010
DOWNTOWN — In a year marked by sluggish sales and a depressed job market, the city’s two main business districts still attracted new ventures into empty storefronts, according to a year-end report. The Downtown Burbank and Magnolia Park partnerships continued to serve as drivers in the city’s quest to promote economic development, particularly as holiday shopping figures fell again this winter. Fourth-quarter receipts in 2009 were down 12.5% compared with the same period in 2008, but officials said several factors, including refunds of taxes paid over multiyear periods, skewed the data.