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By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | September 27, 2011
Members of the business district for Magnolia Park have voted to disband, ending a property tax assessment that brought hundreds of thousands of dollars a year for promotions and popular public events. The Magnolia Park Partnership, which organizes annual events like Holiday in the Park and Be-Boppin' in the Park, will dissolve at year's end, officials said, after the vote that non-retail tenants carried. The votes were weighted with the largest property owners getting the most influence.
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NEWS
By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | April 5, 2011
More than 500 people pedaled through Magnolia Park Saturday afternoon, just as nearby commercial property owners are gearing up to extend a self-imposed fee that pays for events including the Magical Magnolia Bicycle Tour. The tour brought out cyclists for prizes, bike and helmet painting and other activities. Merchants say the event is just one of the benefits of the business improvement district that landlords launched in 2006, agreeing to raise $250,000 annually to pump up prospects near Magnolia Boulevard and Hollywood Way. With the business improvement district set to expire this year, members of the Magnolia Park Partnership are now preparing to vote in July on whether to extend it for another five years.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 16, 2010
The installation of new officers and directors of the Magnolia Park Optimist Club for the 2010-11 year was held on Sept. 16 at the Elks club. Former Lt. Gov. Jim Lloyd first retired the outgoing officers — President Terry Scott , and board members, Ernine Larson, Vonda Neundorf, Tony Magnante, Kent Warner, Bill Bertrand and Jesse Fox . Outgoing President, Terry Scott was greatly complimented as he met all his goals, including increased...
BUSINESS
By Christopher Cadelago | 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.
NEWS
By Max Zimbert | April 9, 2010
Armin Reyes needed some tire work for his bicycle. A line had formed around the bike tune-up area along the Chandler Bikeway. Because of the waiting, Reyes suspected his family had ridden into Magnolia Park. “They’re probably off for cookies or ice cream,” he said. “[Or] the scavenger hunt, the free grub, Porto’s.” By Saturday evening, between 400 and 600 bike riders had rolled through Magnolia Park on the Egg-Cellent Magnolia Bicycle Tour, a bike ride and scavenger hunt, with free bike tune-ups and safety tips.
NEWS
By Zain Shauk | February 9, 2010
Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo had hoped for years to get married, but as they watched anti-same-sex marriage campaign material proliferate in their Burbank community, the obstacles facing them became clear. More than a dozen “Yes on 8” signs — supporting the 2008 initiative that would define marriage as a union between a man and a woman — cropped up in one neighbor’s yard as the election approached. “It was a slap in the face every time you left for work, and it was a slap in the face every time you came home,” Katami said.
NEWS
January 9, 2010
Magnolia Park business owners and nearby residents are no doubt breathing a sigh of relief today on news that the U.S. Postal Service reached an 11th-hour lease agreement for their branch office there. The Postal Service had been planning on closing the branch at 3810 W. Magnolia Blvd. this week, but that was before it reached an agreement with the landlord that would keep what community members called an office “from the olden days” at the site, if not temporarily.
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