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September 4, 2010
It's a strange paradox: Burbank is home to one of the largest concentrations of artistic and media-oriented professionals in the region, and yet the only aesthetic benefits of this talent are the buildings in which they work. For all the creativity driving local industry, the postcard of Burbank is unfortunately the Stalin-esque statue of Dr. Burbank at convoluted intersection through which drivers are so busy trying to make their turn lane they hardly notice. That is, unless you count bygone-era business signs and quaint parks as public art. And so when the Cultural Arts Commission, its formation approved by the City Council this week, takes its place at City Hall, it will surely have a blank citywide canvas from which to work.
NEWS
November 1, 2013
The caped crusader and man of steel are coming to Burbank, as DC Comics is moving to Burbank in 2015 after more than 70 years in New York. DC Comics, the company responsibly for such classic comic characters as Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, revealed the move with an internal email to staff on Wednesday, and corporate parent Warner Brothers' spokesman Paul McGuire confirmed the move on Friday.  DC Comics, the publishing arm of DC Entertainment,...
NEWS
February 28, 2004
Eight local schools each received $500 Friday during a Cash Back for Schools Mid-Year Rally fundraising contest sponsored by Media City Center. Burbank High School, Jordan Middle School, and Brett Harte, Stevenson, Edison, Roosevelt, Walt Disney and Miller elementary schools received the cash prizes for compiling the most points as of last month. Schools earn points whenever shoppers make purchases and deposit their receipts in the schools' name at the mall's customer service desk.
NEWS
December 6, 2003
Mayor Stacey Murphy will get some help from Santa Claus when she lights the city's holiday tree on the front steps of City Hall before Tuesday's City Council meeting. The annual Mayor's Tree-Lighting Ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. at 275 E. Olive Ave. This year's theme is "Peace, Joy and Happiness." Santa and Mrs. Claus, along with Mickey and Minnie Mouse, will arrive aboard a Burbank Fire truck. The Burbank High School Choir will lead the Community Sing-Along at 7:30 p.m. in front of the customer service desk of the Media City Center, 201 E. Magnolia Blvd.
NEWS
July 14, 2004
A Burbank woman recently died from serious head injuries shortly after jumping off an elevated walkway that connects the Media City Center and its north parking structure in an apparent suicide, police said. Burbank Police received a call about 1:40 p.m. Thursday from mall patrons reporting that the 36-year-old woman fell several feet from an upper-level walkway at 501 N. Third St. and landed on a roadway leading to Sports Chalet, Sgt. Jay Jette said.
NEWS
October 10, 2001
Joyce Rudolph Ballet professionals, students join event BURBANK -- Natasha Middleton, artistic director of the Media City Ballet Company, presented a sample of her choreography danced by professionals and students Sept. 30 at the Media Dance Arts Center. Gonzalo Espinoza, principal dancer with the Ballet San Jose, plans to choreograph contemporary ballets for the new Burbank company. Other professionals performing were Ellen Rosa and Laura Smith.
NEWS
May 17, 2003
Laura Sturza A City Council vote to approve valet parking outside the Media City Center Mall has cleared the way for a popular eatery to open up shop. P.F.. Chang's China Bistro is expected to sign a lease next month to open a restaurant near the Magnolia Boulevard entrance to the mall, said Jim O'Neil, senior vice president for Crown Realty & Development Inc., which owns the mall. The lease, O'Neill said, was contingent on the council approving plans for valet parking.
THE818NOW
March 4, 2014
Al F. Dossin, a longtime Burbank resident and former mayor, died on Feb. 28 in the Media City. He was 84.  Viewing is from 5 to 9 p.m. tonight at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills and graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Forest Lawn. Among the longtime Burbank resident's accomplishments were being elected to the Burbank City Council in 1985, becoming mayor in 1988, former mayor Mary Lou Howard said. "He was deeply committed to the city he was entrusted to serve, passionate on the issues and challenges it faced and committed to effecting a positive path throughout all his years of service," Howard said.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | November 29, 2013
Family-run business Flair Cleaners is celebrating 40 years in Burbank this year. The company, which has five locations in Southern California, serves Media City's entertainment industry, along with customers who have gone there for decades. Twenty years ago, one customer brought in her wedding dress for cleaning and preservation. This year, her daughter did the same. “It's just a pleasure to work,” said manager Ronald Roscoe, who's worked at Flair Cleaners since it opened in 1973.
NEWS
July 22, 2000
Jenna Bordelon MEDIA DISTRICT NORTH 3400 block of Hollywood Way: A 38-year-old man and a 21-year-old man, both of Burbank, were arrested at 5:40 p.m. Tuesday on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. The two men had argued with two boys about a paintball gun. The men allegedly chased the boys in a car and used part of a metal steering wheel lock to smash the rear taillight of their car. 1800 block of Keeler Street: Police are investigating a possible scam that led to the suspected theft of $345 that was sent by Western Union to Florida.
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THE818NOW
April 17, 2014
Burbank City Manager Mark Scott said this week he felt “energized” after a closed-door evaluation with elected officials on Tuesday. “I thought they were extraordinarily constructive in their comments to me,” Scott said by phone Thursday, though he declined to reveal specific concerns broached or comments made. “I felt very positive energy coming out of the meeting.” After the discussion in closed session Tuesday, Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy announced the City Council's full support for Burbank's top executive.
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THE818NOW
April 16, 2014
Burbank City Manager Mark Scott came out of a closed-door evaluation with elected officials on Tuesday with the “unanimous support” of the City Council, the mayor said. After the discussion in closed session, Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy Tuesday announced the City Council's full support for Burbank's top executive. “We had, I thought, a very frank discussion and a good give-and-take, and it was the conclusion of that meeting to give our unanimous support to the city manager,” Gabel-Luddy said.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 11, 2014
Councilman Bob Frutos on Tuesday requested a closed-session performance evaluation of City Manager Mark Scott, a move that follows weeks of criticism by residents centered around the issue of group homes in residential neighborhoods. When reached over the phone on Thursday, Frutos declined to comment on why he made the request, citing personnel privacy laws. Scott, however, has come under fire by residents in recent weeks following a couple of public outreach blunders. In January, residents were not adequately notified about a public hearing for the state-required housing element . The policy document was approved by City Council and included a section allowing supportive housing - which could mean sober-living facilities that don't require licensing - in single-family residential neighborhoods, which didn't sit well with residents.
THE818NOW
March 4, 2014
Al F. Dossin, a longtime Burbank resident and former mayor, died on Feb. 28 in the Media City. He was 84.  Viewing is from 5 to 9 p.m. tonight at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills and graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Forest Lawn. Among the longtime Burbank resident's accomplishments were being elected to the Burbank City Council in 1985, becoming mayor in 1988, former mayor Mary Lou Howard said. "He was deeply committed to the city he was entrusted to serve, passionate on the issues and challenges it faced and committed to effecting a positive path throughout all his years of service," Howard said.
SPORTS
By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | January 24, 2014
BURBANK - About all that stood after 80-plus minutes of crosstown rivalry girls' soccer between Burbank High and host Burroughs at Memorial Field was a 30th-minute goal. PHOTOS: Burroughs High girls' soccer wins against Burbank High   Other than that, the Indians and Bulldogs spent much of Friday afternoon's Pacific League contest hammering each other, while also attacking the opposing nets. In a contest that included four yellow cards, one penalty kick and several injuries, Burroughs will have a win to soothe its bruises as the Indians topped Burbank, 1-0. “I've seen a lot of cool things in sports and this was one of them,” Indians first-year Coach Brady Riggs said.
THE818NOW
December 31, 2013
The New Year brings a time of reflection and hope. The Media City has plenty to look forward to in 2014, though the calendar seems packed with development. The airport is planning to open its transportation center, two hotels are slated to break ground, and work on the new IKEA property is likely to begin later in the year. And, of course, Walmart foes are lauding the stalled development of the store in the Empire Center. In other areas, Burbank is bracing for the loss of the “Tonight Show,” Burbank educators are getting ready for Common Core, and the school libraries will be staffed - by district employees.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | November 29, 2013
Family-run business Flair Cleaners is celebrating 40 years in Burbank this year. The company, which has five locations in Southern California, serves Media City's entertainment industry, along with customers who have gone there for decades. Twenty years ago, one customer brought in her wedding dress for cleaning and preservation. This year, her daughter did the same. “It's just a pleasure to work,” said manager Ronald Roscoe, who's worked at Flair Cleaners since it opened in 1973.
THE818NOW
By Dan Evans, dan.evans@latimes.com | November 15, 2013
Quasi-anonymous blogs seem to be an ignoble specialty of our towns, Wi-Fi-enabled trolls cowardly throwing stones from behind the blue screen of their computers. Do they actually believe what they say, do they affect anything, and do they even want to? One in Burbank acts like a private club, cheering on one another's takedowns like boozy frat boys. (The fights they have between themselves resemble this as well, but is a lot more fun to watch.) I suppose you could call this local chattering class the digital evolution of the council gadfly, those souls who show up week after week to pick at elected officials regarding their pet projects, be they pension reform, leaf-blowers or puppy mills.
NEWS
November 1, 2013
The caped crusader and man of steel are coming to Burbank, as DC Comics is moving to Burbank in 2015 after more than 70 years in New York. DC Comics, the company responsibly for such classic comic characters as Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, revealed the move with an internal email to staff on Wednesday, and corporate parent Warner Brothers' spokesman Paul McGuire confirmed the move on Friday.  DC Comics, the publishing arm of DC Entertainment,...
NEWS
By Daniel Siegal and Tiffany Kelly | October 30, 2013
Following a police inquiry, a $250-per-person marijuana seminar run under an opaque name saw a recent Burbank program canceled, resulting in a last-minute move from the Holiday Inn to Universal City, something its organizer decried as “un-American.” “They were just afraid, and they had been threatened by the police,” organizer and Burbank resident Robert Calkin said about the Oct. 26 event, which he said focused on ways to enter the weed...
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