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September 7, 2013
Those opposing the proposed Walmart in the Empire Center were no doubt relieved - and proponents dismayed - when a judge ruled this week that Burbank must rescind the project's building permits. If the Walmart project is to proceed, Judge Allan Goodman ruled, street improvements promised in 2001 must be made and an environmental report must be produced for public consideration. Then there's the matter of the grocery store Walmart intends to open. The Burbank city manager and director of community development at the time, Mike Flad - since moved to South Gate - and Greg Hermann - now retired - had to formally approve the market.
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THE818NOW
August 15, 2013
Police arrested five people at Tuesday's car enthusiast “flash mob,” which drew more than 3,000 people - and roughly 1,000 vehicles - to the Empire Center in Burbank. Three were arrested, cited and released for possessing marijuana, and two for engaging in speeding contests, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. The vehicles belonging to the pair cited for racing were impounded. Additionally, 74 citations were issued for equipment violations and other infractions, and five parking tickets were issued, Ryburn said.
THE818NOW
August 14, 2013
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts in Burbank reported a 30% spike in sales Tuesday when compared to the same day last year, after more than 3,000 people flooded the Empire Center parking lot for a “flash mob” car meet organized through social media. The event, which the organizer dubbed the “Krispy Kreme” car meet, is not affiliated with the doughnut chain. Even so, store executives reported that it's good for business. “We love it,” said Wendy Glickman, vice president of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts in Southern California, adding that the store prepared for the crowds with extra staff and extra doughnuts.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com and By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | August 13, 2013
A loud but peaceful crowd flooded the Empire Center parking lot with vehicles Tuesday night for the impromptu " Krispy Kreme " meet, drawing more than 3,000 people and roughly 1,000 cars. "I've seen families out here with their kids looking at the cars," Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn said at 8:30 p.m. No arrests had been reported and crowds were expected to thin out, he added. PHOTOS: Youth car enthusiasts converge on Burbank's Empire Center   Earlier in the evening, police closed the parking lot to cars, shut down surrounding streets due to traffic congestion and warned motorists to avoid the area.
THE818NOW
July 10, 2013
This is the third installment in a three-part series. Last Thanksgiving, while most of us were at home preparing our turkey and mashed potatoes, newly minted restaurateur Matt Peek was teaching himself how to cook. In that one day, he crafted recipes for the fledgling menu at Not A Burger Stand, a Riverside Drive hangout in the rancho district. Fortunately for the burger-loving public, the name is ironic. For just $5.75 Peek offers a nicely cooked patty with mild onions, some simple French's mustard and two melted creamy slices of Swiss cheese.
THE818NOW
April 16, 2013
One lane of the northbound Victory Place and San Fernando Road will be closed through this fall as crews relocate utilities as part of a major project to construct carpool lanes on the Golden State (5) Freeway, build a new interchange at Empire Avenue and elevate a dangerous train crossing. The section of the streets that will be impacted stretches from the Burbank Animal Shelter to North California Street, according to the California Department of Transportation. The lane adjacent to the railroad tracks will be closed from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Caltrans officials said.
THE818NOW
By Jason Wells and Alene Tchekmedyian | April 9, 2013
Dave Golonski - who first took office a few months after Bill Clinton became president - lost his bid Tuesday for an unprecedented sixth term. Golonski, who established himself on the City Council dais 20 years ago, lost out to fellow incumbents David Gordon and Jess Talamantes on Tuesday, capping a defeat foreshadowed by his worst primary finish ever in February. Out of 11,123 votes cast, Gordon and Talamantes received 5,411 and 5,268, respectively, according to the unofficial results.
THE818NOW
January 14, 2013
A 35-year-old woman was injured Monday after a car ran over her left foot while she was crossing the Empire Center parking lot, police said. At around 10:45 a.m., the woman was crossing in the 1900 block of Empire Avenue at the parking lot near Tilly's when a driver rolled over her left foot at 10 mph, said Burbank Police Lt. Eddie Ruiz. The woman, who was using a marked crosswalk, was transported to Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center for treatment. Additional details on her injuries were not immediately available.
THE818NOW
January 2, 2013
A 42-year-old man allegedly driving a stolen truck led Burbank police on a roughly four-minute car chase on the Golden State (5) Freeway Monday, police said. At around 6:20 p.m., police noticed the man - James Cooper of a Burbank - allegedly filling the 2004 Nissan pick-up truck with gas at the 76 gas station on San Fernando Boulevard and Buena Vista Street, said Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. When police ran the license plate, they discovered the truck was stolen and attempted to stop the driver.
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