December 15, 2001
I enjoyed reading Will Rogers' recent column on the woes experienced while driving through the old Five Points intersection. Part of the problem is that there are not enough onramps for the freeway. Therefore, anyone wanting to get onto the Golden State (5) Freeway has to use Burbank Boulevard. What good is it to place more offramps for the Empire Center if everyone has to use Burbank Boulevard to get back on? It simply adds to the congestion. The ultimate solution, in my opinion, is going to have to be an overpass built at the intersection so Burbank Boulevard traffic can glide over Victory Boulevard and traffic begins to move the way God meant it to. Of course, when that happens, I suspect someone will determine that traffic is moving too fast and speed bumps will probably be installed.
December 1, 2001
Laura Sturza BURBANK -- Construction values for properties built from September 2000 through September 2001 reached $226 million, up from $82 million the previous year, officials said. The figures are based on a calculation used by the city for determining permitting fees and take into account the square footage of a given property, said Sue Georgino, community development director. Final evaluations of the property's worth become available after the project is built.
July 24, 2002
A man who initially waited in line at Jamba Juice robbed it of almost $200, police said. The man walked into the juice shop at 1739 Victory Place in the Empire Center about 9:30 a.m. Sunday. At first, he got in line behind other customers. When he approached the counter, the man pulled out a revolver and demanded cash, Police Lt. Janice Lowers said. He took less than $200 and ran out of the store, Lowers said. Anyone with information about the robbery can call Burbank Crime Stoppers at 507-7867.
May 24, 2003
May 31 American Youth Soccer Organization is registering players by mail for the upcoming season through May 31. Registration forms are available at Sportmart at Empire Center, Sports Chalet at Media City Center or at www.Burbank-ayso.com. Registration costs $125 per child, and forms will not be processed without proper payment. AYSO officials are accepting applications for children born on or before Jan. 31, 1999, and proof of age is required for new players.
November 24, 2001
Ryan Carter BURBANK -- Not surprisingly, Burbank business owners are hoping for a robust Christmas shopping season. The recently opened Empire Center, the Media Center mall and Burbank Village are expected to be the hubs driving holiday sales in Burbank. But smaller stores, such as businesses in the Magnolia Park District, have established niches for holiday shopping, local experts said. "Most of the retailers are fairly optimistic about the holiday season," said Susan Bowers, executive director of the Burbank Chamber of Commerce.
November 28, 2001
Ryan Carter BURBANK -- Consumers will need Sgt. Santa once again this year to keep an eye out for seasonal crooks. As eager holiday shoppers converge on local shopping centers for big discounts on coveted items, the seasonal rush by thieves on local shops and unsuspecting consumers has apparently also begun. "This tends to be the case every year during the holiday season," Burbank Police Sgt. Bill Taylor said. "People buy more, and people steal more."
October 24, 2001
Karen S. Kim Chamber to host mixer BURBANK VILLAGE -- The Chamber of Commerce will host a membership mixer Thursday for local businesses. Members and prospective members are invited to mingle with other local business owners and representatives from the community while sampling some of the offerings of Mi Piace, 801 N. San Fernando Blvd. The event runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and costs $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Lowe's opens today MEDIA DISTRICT NORTH -- Another store in the Empire Center project is set to open today.
March 12, 2003
Jackson Bell The Outback Steakhouse at the Empire Center, open less than a year-and-a-half, is already outpacing every other franchise in the corporation. With $4.7 million generated in 2002 and its weekly intake about $117,000, the Australian-themed restaurant is the top seller of all the 657 Outback Steakhouses, nationally and internationally. Sixto Rodriguez, one of the restaurant's managers, said the most crucial reason for such success is its high community visibility.
September 22, 2001
Shame on the Burbank Leader ("Let's make a deal -- for a buck," Aug. 1) for criticizing our City Council's hasty decision to spend millions of tax dollars on low-income housing, sight unseen. Attracting low-income residents to Burbank is key to this city's future. Who do they think shops at those third-rate-merchandise-for-less stores that are being built at the new Empire Center? And without low-income people, who will work there? I agree with our City Council.
August 24, 2012
After a judge this week issued an injunction effectively halting progress on a planned Walmart adjacent to the Empire Center, a spokeswoman for the retailer called it a “shortsighted” stall tactic. Actually, the delay is working out to be more of a prudent turn of events, given the fact that we all now know just how intrusive the massive carpool lane project on the Golden State (5) Freeway has shaped up to be. Even if Walmart decides to appeal the injunction - imposed to allow for the outcome of a lawsuit filed to force the city to address concerns about the mega retailer's impact on traffic and local businesses - a grand-opening date of sometime in late 2014 will surely be pushed back.