March 13, 2013
The primary nominating election held on Feb. 26 spoke volumes to Burbank City Hall watchers. In case you've been sleeping under a rock for the past few weeks (or sitting in traffic waiting to park at Costco), here's the latest: The three candidates who garnered the majority of votes were Robert Frutos with 53%, David Gordon with 48% and Jess Talamantes with 44%. Frutos won a City Council seat outright, leaving two seats in contention. Incumbents Gordon and Talamantes had a strong showing.
July 6, 2013
This story has been updated. Please see details below. Two people are dead and 10 Korean-speaking passengers are hospitalized in critical condition at San Francisco General Hospital after an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 from Seoul, South Korea crashed upon landing at San Francisco International Airport, according to the Los Angeles Times . There are 60 people unaccounted for, as of 4:46 p.m. Bob Hope Airport in Burbank had two flights...
November 11, 2010
Nearly 120 recruits for the Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard were sworn in together Tuesday morning at the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel — the largest such combined ceremony, organizers said. Celebrities may have brought the paparazzi, but the focus in the ballroom was on the accomplishments and sacrifices of the nation's veterans and 117 new recruits ready to serve their country. Recruiting offices for all four branches in the San Fernando Valley and surrounding area brought their recent volunteers to the ceremony for the Annual Veterans Celebration Breakfast, presented by the California Disabled Veterans Business Enterprise Alliance.
December 26, 2009
DOWNTOWN ? Against the backdrop of train crashes that have killed three dozen passengers and injured hundreds more across the San Fernando Valley, Metrolink officials are set to roll out new cars designed to better withstand deadly wrecks on one of the nation?s most perilous rail systems. The new rail cars, designed with ?crush zones? that collapse to absorb impact, will be the first in the nation to use the technology, officials said. A cab and passenger car are expected in mid-January ?
November 14, 2007
BURBANK — Interwoven tales of heroism, loss and respect unfolded Monday as Burbank honored its veterans during a ceremony in McCambridge Park. “People tend to forget what a veteran is,” said Ralph Walker, a Marine who served in the Vietnam War. “One in four homeless people in Downtown [Los Angeles] are veterans, and we forget about them. Today, we try to let them know they are not forgotten.” The ceremony included a flyover of restored World War II aircraft flown by a group called the Condor Squadron, speeches by elected officials and the swapping of tales from veterans who crowded the park on a day many had off from work and school.
July 29, 2000
Erin Park HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- They had never met and they speak different languages but they greeted each other with hugs and smiles spread ear-to-ear. Twelve students between 12 and 18 from Burbank's sister city, Ota, Japan, met their American hosts Thursday at Burbank Central Library. They will stay with local families for two weeks as part of the Burbank Sister City Student Exchange Program. "They really get to understand the family life of Americans," said Nancy Hurst, who has been involved with the committee along with her husband Brian since 1992.
August 10, 2002
Diana Funaro Brian Ochab pulls rabbits out of hats for a living. As the finale to his International Magicians' Competition, the Glendale resident pulled two rabbits out of a hat -- or in magic parlance, split one into two -- to wow the judges and win first place. The competition was sponsored by the International Brotherhood of Magicians and was their Gold Cups Close-Up Competition. "The competition was fierce," Ochab said. "There were 23 top-notch magicians who started in the preliminaries and six of us made it into the finals.
October 31, 2007
A look back at the Sister City program When President Eisenhower launched the Sister City idea in 1956, the Burbank City Council appointed a Sister City Committee and instructed the city manager to provide the necessary staff assistance. As the administrative assistant in the city manager’s office, I was assigned the task and was soon asked to provide a list of possible candidate cities. With no guidelines or precedents, I guessed that the success of the program would depend on the extent of citizen involvement generated, and that it might be realized if the partner city had characteristics somewhat akin to Burbank.
May 26, 2007
The Montrose-Verdugo City Chamber of Commerce and the Montrose Shopping Park Assn. will hold their annual Memorial Day tribute from 8 to 9 a.m. at the Vietnam War Memorial in the Montrose Shopping Park, corner of Ocean View Boulevard and Honolulu Avenue, Montrose. The event is a tribute honoring those who lost their lives in service to the country during the Vietnam conflict. The Glendale Chamber of Commerce's Citizenship and Patriotism Committee is sponsoring the annual Memorial Day ceremony at 9:30 a.m. in front of the Glendale Veterans Memorial, corner of Isabel Street and East Broadway, Glendale.
December 20, 2008
It’s a tough economic time to celebrate the holidays — and not just for the people who struggle to buy gifts and pay the bills. A number of major companies in Burbank, including Yahoo Inc. and NBC Universal, have said they plan to minimize their staff holiday parties to cut expenses. The city of Glendale went a step further and canceled its celebration altogether, and the general manager of the Hilton Glendale predicted a slower December than usual. In fact, the Burbank Leader and Glendale News-Press also canceled their annual holiday party, opting instead to have a potluck.