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THE818NOW
April 3, 2013
Sean Combs ' Toluca Lake home was the latest target of "swatting" after a prankster reported a fake assault with deadly weapon Wednesday at the $5-million mansion. Lt. Andy Neiman said Combs' residence was targeted by a swatting prankster who made a call to authorities. The department will pursue those responsible for criminal charges, he said. Multiple police cruisers responded to the large home shortly after 11 a.m. but found nothing unusual at the location. Sources said Combs was not home at the time of the response.
THE818NOW
April 24, 2013
A Toluca Lake couple and their teenage son were tied up and beaten at gunpoint early Wednesday when three men broke into their home and robbed them, police said. Authorities said the incident began about 1:30 a.m. on Toluca Estates Drive near Lankershim and Cahuenga boulevards, next to the Lakeside Golf Club. The intruders tied up the two homeowners with duct tape, and one of the robbers pistol-whipped their 16-year-old son, police said. The robbers went downstairs about 20 minutes later, where they set off a motion alarm in the home that alerted police.
THE818NOW
November 26, 2012
Actor-composer Alan Thicke has sold a compound in Toluca Lake for $3.525 million. The Spanish Colonial-style house, built in 1934, sits behind gates on a flat acre lot with a north-south lighted tennis court, an outdoor entertaining area and a swimming pool with a poolside kitchen and covered eating area. The living/media room has a carved wood-beam ceiling and a fireplace. The great room includes a bar and a fireplace. The master bedroom suite features a spa tub, a sauna, a balcony, a fireplace, a study and walk-in closets.
THE818NOW
November 29, 2012
One person was killed and traffic was backed up for miles following an early Thursday morning collision on the 134 Freeway in Toluca Lake, officials said. At least two vehicles were involved in the crash on the westbound side of the freeway at Cahuenga Boulevard, which was reported to the Los Angeles Fire Department around 4:30 a.m. Two people suffered minor injuries in the crash, while a third was dead at the scene, officials told the L.A. Times . More than two hours after the accident, only the carpool lane of the westbound 134 was open.
THE818NOW
February 13, 2013
Siblings Scott, Steven and Stephanie Baio have sold their mother's Toluca Lake home at $3.15 million. The 11,075-square-foot house sits on more than a half-acre of gated grounds. The expansive master suite includes a sitting room, two fireplaces, a gym, a sauna and an office. There are a total of six bedrooms, nine bathrooms and a 10-car garage. After roles in the sitcoms "Happy Days" (1977-84), "Joanie Loves Chachi" (1982-83) and "Charles in Charge" (1984-90), Scott Baio gained a new generation of fans playing lawyer Bob Loblaw on "Arrested Development" (2005)
THE818NOW
August 10, 2012
Singer-actress Hilary Duff has sold her Toluca Lake estate for slightly less than its asking price of $6.25 million. The buyers are designer Don Stanzione and Sheri Callan, who owns Callan Advertising, which focuses on the independent film industry. The reinvented Mediterranean mansion, built in 1951, features a central courtyard, high ceilings, an industrial-style kitchen, a gym, a billiards room, multiple offices, art and dance studios, a bar, five bedrooms, six bathrooms and 9,277 square feet of living space.
THE818NOW
December 19, 2012
"Ghost Whisperer" star Jennifer Love Hewitt has sold a house in Toluca Lake for $2.15 million. The traditional-style house, built in 1952, features a flexible floor plan, an office, six bedrooms, six bathrooms and 5,921 square feet of living space. The quarter-acre property has a swimming pool and a patio with a built-in bar. Hewitt, 33, starred in the supernatural drama "Ghost Whisperer" from 2005 to 2010 and stars as a single mother and masseuse in "The Client List.
NEWS
September 20, 2000
Jenna Bordelon BURBANK -- A Toluca Lake man has been convicted of duplicating movies that had yet to be released in theaters and selling them on the Internet. Michael Gerhard, 23, of Toluca Lake was sentenced to 120 days in jail or 60 days on a road crew for his role in a scheme to copy and sell such films as "Mulan" and "Fantasia 2000" on America Online and Earthlink. Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Kristi Lousteau also ordered Gerhard to pay $10,900 in fines on Sept.
NEWS
May 28, 2003
Jackson Bell Like many other businesses in today's grim economic climate, Priscilla's Gourmet Coffee, Tea & Gifts has lost some of its client base. But co-owners Shannon and Mark Hartman aren't too worried because, unlike other struggling businesses, the coffee shop's biggest problem is its popularity. "Customers tell us all the time that they decided not to come in because we're so busy," Shannon Hartman said. The 33-year-old shop, strategically located on the western border of Toluca Lake and Media District West, caters to area residents as well as employees of the entertainment industry.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jonny Whiteside | November 22, 2013
So much of today's pop music targeting the youth demographic is dominated by manufactured stars and lip-syncing singing groups that it often comes off as utterly flavorless and predictable, but the teenage Toluca Lake siblings of musical quartet Echosmith are unquestionably the exception which proves the rule. Pop music isn't rocket science; simplicity and honesty are the order of the form, yet its commercial arbiters seldom seem to manage either. Echosmith, comprised of Jamie, Noah, Graham and Sydney Sierota, effortlessly wield these tools of the trade, creating accessible yet elegantly contoured songs like “March into the Sun” and “Cool Kids.” Richly melodic, chronically catchy, these kids' compositions employ equal measures of musical dynamics and understated simplicity.
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NEWS
April 15, 2014
I wonder how many Burbank residents know they live less than a mile or two from a lovely little lake? That's right, there really is a lake in Toluca Lake - somewhere. But it doesn't matter if you know about it or not, since you can't actually see it or go there unless you're invited to one of the private homes or the Lakeside Golf Club that own it. This seems a shame to me, so why on earth would I want to encourage like-minded development in Burbank? Are residents in the Hillside so afraid of mingling with the great unwashed rest of us that they have to block access to their streets and the mountain behind them ?
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By Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com | April 15, 2014
By June 1, the UCLA Health System will start running six medical facilities currently operated by the Motion Picture & Television Fund, including a health center in Burbank. Layoff notices were issued earlier this month to 315 employees, including 71 at the Toluca Lake Health Center in Burbank, as part of their transfer to the UCLA umbrella, following an agreement reached last fall by the university and the fund. A high percentage of the staff such as doctors, nurses and radiology technicians will keep their positions, said Bob Beitcher, the fund's president and chief executive officer.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jonny Whiteside | November 22, 2013
So much of today's pop music targeting the youth demographic is dominated by manufactured stars and lip-syncing singing groups that it often comes off as utterly flavorless and predictable, but the teenage Toluca Lake siblings of musical quartet Echosmith are unquestionably the exception which proves the rule. Pop music isn't rocket science; simplicity and honesty are the order of the form, yet its commercial arbiters seldom seem to manage either. Echosmith, comprised of Jamie, Noah, Graham and Sydney Sierota, effortlessly wield these tools of the trade, creating accessible yet elegantly contoured songs like “March into the Sun” and “Cool Kids.” Richly melodic, chronically catchy, these kids' compositions employ equal measures of musical dynamics and understated simplicity.
THE818NOW
September 23, 2013
Richard Nixon's helicopter once landed on the back lawn so the president could play a round at the nearby Lakeside Golf Club. Lucille Ball and Jack Benny drank and gossiped at the holiday parties in the living room. And the homeowner, Bob Hope, tried out punch lines on his kids in the dining room. For the first time since the long-lived entertainer built his home in a San Fernando Valley walnut grove in 1939, Hope's 5.16-acre Toluca Lake estate goes on the market Monday, at an asking price of $27.5 million, according to the Los Angeles Times .   The compound that Hope shared with his wife, Dolores, and their four children has a nearly 15,000-square-foot house, a golf hole, an indoor pool and a manicured rose garden.
THE818NOW
April 24, 2013
A Toluca Lake couple and their teenage son were tied up and beaten at gunpoint early Wednesday when three men broke into their home and robbed them, police said. Authorities said the incident began about 1:30 a.m. on Toluca Estates Drive near Lankershim and Cahuenga boulevards, next to the Lakeside Golf Club. The intruders tied up the two homeowners with duct tape, and one of the robbers pistol-whipped their 16-year-old son, police said. The robbers went downstairs about 20 minutes later, where they set off a motion alarm in the home that alerted police.
THE818NOW
April 3, 2013
Sean Combs ' Toluca Lake home was the latest target of "swatting" after a prankster reported a fake assault with deadly weapon Wednesday at the $5-million mansion. Lt. Andy Neiman said Combs' residence was targeted by a swatting prankster who made a call to authorities. The department will pursue those responsible for criminal charges, he said. Multiple police cruisers responded to the large home shortly after 11 a.m. but found nothing unusual at the location. Sources said Combs was not home at the time of the response.
THE818NOW
February 13, 2013
Siblings Scott, Steven and Stephanie Baio have sold their mother's Toluca Lake home at $3.15 million. The 11,075-square-foot house sits on more than a half-acre of gated grounds. The expansive master suite includes a sitting room, two fireplaces, a gym, a sauna and an office. There are a total of six bedrooms, nine bathrooms and a 10-car garage. After roles in the sitcoms "Happy Days" (1977-84), "Joanie Loves Chachi" (1982-83) and "Charles in Charge" (1984-90), Scott Baio gained a new generation of fans playing lawyer Bob Loblaw on "Arrested Development" (2005)
THE818NOW
December 19, 2012
"Ghost Whisperer" star Jennifer Love Hewitt has sold a house in Toluca Lake for $2.15 million. The traditional-style house, built in 1952, features a flexible floor plan, an office, six bedrooms, six bathrooms and 5,921 square feet of living space. The quarter-acre property has a swimming pool and a patio with a built-in bar. Hewitt, 33, starred in the supernatural drama "Ghost Whisperer" from 2005 to 2010 and stars as a single mother and masseuse in "The Client List.
THE818NOW
November 29, 2012
One person was killed and traffic was backed up for miles following an early Thursday morning collision on the 134 Freeway in Toluca Lake, officials said. At least two vehicles were involved in the crash on the westbound side of the freeway at Cahuenga Boulevard, which was reported to the Los Angeles Fire Department around 4:30 a.m. Two people suffered minor injuries in the crash, while a third was dead at the scene, officials told the L.A. Times . More than two hours after the accident, only the carpool lane of the westbound 134 was open.
THE818NOW
November 26, 2012
Actor-composer Alan Thicke has sold a compound in Toluca Lake for $3.525 million. The Spanish Colonial-style house, built in 1934, sits behind gates on a flat acre lot with a north-south lighted tennis court, an outdoor entertaining area and a swimming pool with a poolside kitchen and covered eating area. The living/media room has a carved wood-beam ceiling and a fireplace. The great room includes a bar and a fireplace. The master bedroom suite features a spa tub, a sauna, a balcony, a fireplace, a study and walk-in closets.
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