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Burbank Chamber of Commerce Hosts State of the City

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

On Wednesday, October 25th, the Burbank Chamber of Commerce hosted the State of the City. City council was present at the event, along with Mayor Will Rogers. The event was the largest of its kind, with over 520 people in attendance.

The event discussed Burbank’s accomplishments through the last few decades, with a focus on the accomplishments made within this last year. While speaking, Mayor Will Rogers described Burbank as a “city of dreamers.” Today, Burbank is called home by 12,400 creative businesses, 33,430 creative employees, and 152,600 in the workforce population.

Mayor Rogers also highlighted Hollywood-Burbank Aiport’s new terminal, the Burbank Pass program, and the recently approved First Street Village Mixed-Use Project. With new developments, and new businesses on the way, the city of Burbank is set to retain the title of “Media Capital of the World.”

Continuing with his speech, Mayor Rogers insisted at Burbank’s healthcare sector is “robust” and that the state of our economy is “strong.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

After the event, I asked Mayor Rogers for an update on the incoming budget deficit. Mayor Rogers explained that “the deficit we’re facing is not from overspending or anything of that kind, it’s coming out of the middle of the 1990’s. There are, I think, two, possibly three, much less painful alternatives to making any cuts. We have not done a good job at making those alternatives public…we’ve talked about them but have not given them nearly as much attention.”

Mayor Rogers went on to say that “ultimately, it’s going to be the people making the choice” in regards to how the budget deficit solution will play out. However, Mayor Rogers noted that the people in Burbank will have all of the options available and that the community will pick one or two solutions when the time comes. Mayor Rogers also assured that none of the solutions involve closing parks, youth sports, libraries, or anything that he described as a “dystopic future” during the first budget meeting.

If you’re interested, below are some of the new businesses opening in Burbank in the very near future:

  • Chick-Fil-A
  • H&M
  • Shoe Palace
  • Target Express
  • Naimie’s Beauty Center
  • Touchstone Climbing
  • World Market
  • Whole Foods Market

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Also highlighted at the State of the City address was the approved development projects going on within the city. Starting at the Burbank Town Center, the recent upgrades and continuing construction, which is set to be completed by late 2017, is adding 40,000 sq. ft. of new retail space. In total, the renovation cost $60 million dollars.

Next is the Talaria at Burbank. This development is listed as a mixed-use project. This site will play host to a 43,000 sq. ft. Whole Foods and 241 apartment units. Its completion is set for early 2018.

The Screenland Drive project is also listed as a mixed-use project with 3,730 sq. ft. retail/restaurant space and 40 apartments.

As mentioned previously, the First Street Village is set to have 18,967 sq. ft. of retail space and 275 apartment units.

Below are some of the proposed development projects:

  • AC Hotel
    • 550 N Third Street
    • Planning Board Consideration in 2017
    • 196 Hotel Rooms
    • 3,800 sq. ft. of Restaurant Space
  • Premier on First Mixed-Use Project
    • 103 E Verdugo Ave
    • City Council Consideration in 2017
    • 154 Residential Units
    • 9,695 sq. ft. of retail/restaurant space
    • 230 hotel rooms
  • Avion Burbank
    • 3001 N Hollywood Way
    • City Council Consideration in 2018
    • One Million sq. ft. of industrial/warehouse space
    • 142,250 sq. ft. of creative office space
    • 15,000 sq. ft. of retail/restaurant space
    • 150 Hotel Rooms
    • Mixed-Use Campus
  • Ikea Site Redevelopment
    • San Fernando BLVD
    • City Council Consideration in 2018
    • 1,150 residential units
    • 200 Hotel Rooms
    • 47,420 sq. ft. of retail/restaurant space and outdoor mixed-use residential
  • Laterra Mixed-Use Project
    • 777 N Front Street
    • City Council Consideration in 2018
    • 542 Residential Units
    • 700 sq. ft. of retail space
    • 317 Hotel Rooms


Community Spotlight – Universal Service Station

We here at myBurbank News feel it’s always a treat to get to know the small business owners that call Burbank home. This week, we talked to Jesse Clark of Universal Service Station, located at 2005 N Glenoaks Blvd. Universal Service Station acts as a gas station, convenience store, car wash, concierge services, and an auto-repair shop.

Without further ado, let’s get to know Jesse!

How long have you been operating in Burbank?

The mechanic and gas station have been open since 2011. We took ownership in early 2011 and shut it down for remodeling and getting it up to code. We reopened in late 2011. 

What drew you and your business to Burbank? 

I kinda fell into it and took a liking to it. I was on the westside for so long, ended up in Burbank in a roundabout way and made it my home. Burbank is such a different world. That’s what attracts me

 to the city. And safety. I’m raising a little girl and I’d rather her be here than in Venice. 

We’ve made the city sort of our own community here. A lot of the people I know I’ve gotten to know over the years. It’s cool to walk around Burbank and hear, “Hey! It’s Gas Station Guy!”

Speaking of the people, what’s your favorite thing about the city and/or its people?

The city is warm. I mean, to put it like that, there’s warm and cold to me. In Venice and in the westside, it was just so populated and so busy. This is a little slower paced and warmer people. You get the time to know them instead of a rush-rush. Since I’m here all the time, I’ve gotten the luxury of meeting a lot of cool people from here. And there are a lot of cool people in Burbank. 

How difficult would say owning a small business in Burbank is? 

It’s my first business venture. Everyday is a challenge. It’s always evolving, and if I don’t figure out ways to evolve, then we fall behind, and I don’t want to do that. We have added, and will continue to add different services, which is also fun. It’s a learning process, a growing process, and a catering process because I like to cater to my clients. 

What did you do before this? 

I managed a Jaguar, BMW, Landrover Auto-Repair Shop for many years. I was a service-advisor, manager, car washer, parts order – just everything. Every hat, I wore it. I still do that because it’s just in my nature. 

Does you past experience make this position a little more appealing? You’re essentially doing the same things, but now its your own.

Well it is my own. And it’s not just my own. It’s our family business. My wife, my sister-in-law, my step-son, my nephews, everyone is a help and a contributer to our family business. The auto-repair is second nature to me. Knowing the ins and outs of that made for a relatively easy transition. Never had dealt with gas before as a gas station – that’s…interesting. Gas is an interesting business.

Managing the convenience store is always strange to me. It’s quite a menagerie, and I like that. I like being able to offer whatever I can of good quality. I don’t want to stretch myself too thin and do anything low-quality. I haven’t done that and I don’t see that happening. I love it when people are like, “Best experience at an auto-repair shop ever” or “Best car wash ever” or “Did you just paint that car?” I have to tell them, “No, it’s a ten-year-old car, I just gave it some love!”

I saw you were started a Breast Cancer Awareness promotion. Could you elaborate on that? 

Yeah, it was an idea for a pink car wash. I want to donate to cancer research. I just saw that Julia Louis-Dreyfus posted today that she has breast cancer, and that should gain some some more eyes and donations out of people’s kindness in their hearts. But for me, I want to do something as well. I’m doing pink snow-foam car washes, which not only look cool, but it cleans well. All for a good cause. We’re going to tally up the amount of washes we do and donate it at the end of the month. 


You can find Jesse and his crew at Universal Service station, located at 2005 N Glenoaks Blvd Burbank, CA 91504. To read more about his business and his clients, you can visit his Yelp page here.

If you have any recommendations on who myBurbank News should feature for the next Community Spotlight, comment down below or tweet using the hashtag #CSmyBurbank!

Thanks for reading!

Hungry Crowd’s Creative, Fresh Plates Please All Palates

Recently open in Toluca Lake, Hungry Crowd is a stylish, relaxed restaurant serving brunch, lunch and dinner. With a fusion approach, the chef has added a twist to some dishes, while also focusing on tried and true comfort food.

The brunch menu offers some delicious choices, including the French Toast, Steak and Egg, Burrito, Yogurt Parfait and Ranch Egg. The lunch and dinner menus include small plates like Mac and Cheese, main entrees of steak, chicken and pasta, hearty salads, mouth-watering tacos and a nice selection of craft-beer and wine.

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Hungry Crowd’s excellent Ranch Egg (Huevos Rancheros). (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The Ranch Egg is a more refined Huevos Rancheros. Moderately spicy pinto beans are placed on two just-crispy-enough corn tortillas and topped with chorizo, two sunny side up eggs, queso fresco, salsa verde and sour cream. It’s absolute perfection and not too heavy.

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Yogurt Parfait with fresh kitchen made strawberry yogurt and mango. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Perhaps the favorite brunch menu item is the French Toast. Topped with green tea cream and fresh fruit, the toast is eggy and perfectly crispy and airy and makes for one delicious bite.

We’ve also tried out the Kimchi Fried Rice, which is mildly spicy and made with fluffy fried rice. Not greasy at all, the cast iron dish comes out super hot and really is too much for one person.

The kimchi cabbage is moist and bits of beef are flavorful. The sunny side up egg on top adds a creaminess to the dish. It’s a lovely combination of textures and flavors.

While we haven’t had a chance to explore more of their menu, we will be back to delve into the healthy-looking salads, fragrant tacos and appealing entrees and sides.

We like that their plates aren’t huge. Prices are fair, for the obvious care and quality ingredients that go into each dish.

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Kimchi Fried Rice (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Hungry Crowd deserves a Tops In Town, for providing excellent food, friendly service and a really large menu. While it’s more of a lunch and dinner spot, but if you don’t feel like standing in line on a Sunday morning for brunch in Burbank, Hungry Crowd is a great alternative.

Restaurant Info: Hungry Crowd is located at 10140 Riverside Drive, Los Angeles, CA 91602. 818-853-7858. Hungry Crowd is open Tuesday through Thursday for lunch 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and dinner 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday for lunch 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and dinner 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Hungry Crowd receives: Tops In Town

myBurbank Ratings:
Tops In Town (Outstanding)
On The Marquee (Really Good)
Could Use A Rewrite (Average or Slightly Below)
Don’t Quit Your Day Job (Poor)

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French Toast with green tea whipped cream and fresh fruit at Hungry Crowd. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)


Mayor Rogers Diagnosed With Stage 4 Liver Cancer

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This afternoon, September 20th, a press conference was held at Burbank City Hall by Mayor Will Rogers who announced that he has been diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer as well as non-alcoholic cirrhosis, and will be minimizing his mayoral duties.

Mayor Rogers’ diagnosis will affect his attendance at ribbon cutting ceremonies and meetings throughout the city. As he seeks medical treatment, Vice-Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy will be stepping into fulfill some of Mayor Rogers’ responsibilities.

“It remains my intent to continue serving as mayor,” Rogers stated. “I simply won’t be attending as many events as I typically do.”

Rogers (60) was elected to the Burbank City Council in May 2015 and was appointed mayor in May 2017. His honorary term as mayor is due to end May 2018.

Previously misdiagnosed four times with cancer, this was the first test to return as positive for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common type of primary liver cancer.

Unfortunately, at this stage, he will not be able to receive a liver transplant or chemotherapy, which are standard treatments. Alternatively, he is currently undergoing immunotherapy and drug trials through a cancer research clinic at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

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“Like every one of us here today, I don’t know if I have another week, or another five weeks,” Rogers said.

Before joining the Burbank City Council, Rogers was an achieved journalist, writing for the Times Community Newspapers which earned him over 20 first-place awards throughout his career.

During the press conference, members of the City Council stood behind Mayor Rogers in support of his decision to take time off.

“It is an extremely courageous act for our Mayor to share his personal challenge with all of us,” Vice-Mayor Gabel-Luddy said. “Mayor Rogers provides Burbank with outstanding service and we know the community, along with Will’s friends and family, will be understanding and supportive.”

“Warner Bros” Author Event Slated For Buena Vista Library

The author of Warner Bros, The Making of an American Movie Studio, David Thomson, is scheduled to appear at the Buena Vista Library on September 13.

“Among the major movie studios Warners was the most remote,” Thomson commented. “It found itself in a rural-suburban place, working class, but then it employed a lot of people who wanted to live close to work.”

Book jacket cover for David Thomson’s “Warner Bros.”

“So it became a kind of movie center. In many ways, it retains that character and I think it helped in giving Warners a family feeling,” Thomson also said.

“It’s a book about something young people today hardly understand – a movie studio where the same people worked together for years or decades so that sometimes the pictures seemed to make themselves.”

Thomson, a film critic and author of several books on the movies, will be introduced by Warner Bros. Studios senior archivist Mark Greenhalgh.

“The story of the Warner brothers is a classic American success story,” said Greenhalgh. “The history of their studio goes back nearly a hundred years now and has become an integral part of the history of Burbank.”

“The Warner family were great believers in being good citizens of both the nation and their community. David Thomson’s book, Warner Bros, The Making of an American Movie Studio, brings a fun and fresh perspective to their inspiring story.”

George Feltenstein, Senior Vice President of Theatrical Marketing at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, will conduct an interview with Thomson about the book.

“David Thomson’s new book about Warner Bros. is a testament to the spirit of innovation and creativity that set the studio apart from the rest of the industry,” commented Feltenstein.

“With a freshly personal perspective, Mr. Thomson has captured the essence of what made Warner Bros. films so distinctive and distinguished,” he added. “It is a highly fascinating, and entertaining book, and speaks eloquently to the legacy that inspires all the storytelling and entertainment that the company continues to create today.”

The Warner brothers – Harry, Jack, Sam and Albert – founded Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank.

“Besides being a great story about the community, I think this is a timely one, because these days when we seem to be calling into question the value of immigration to our country, this is a story about immigrants who did so much to create the image of what it means to be American to us and to the rest of the world,” added Burbank Librarian Hubert Kozak.

“There are so many young people, and also so many new Burbank residents these days, who don’t know about the central role of Warner Bros. in the development of the film industry in the 20th century, and don’t know that this fabulous history unfolded all here in Burbank where many of the classic movies of all time were made.”

“And many who knew this history have forgotten much about it,” continued Kozak. “It blew my mind to realize that Casablanca was filmed in its entirety just a few blocks from this library.”

The event begins at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 13. The interview and Q&A session will take about an hour and the author will sign books afterwards. Books will be available on site for purchase. The event is free to the public.


Kasey Lansdale & Dark Delicacies Throw Harvey Fundraiser

Country Music Star, Writer, and Actress Kasey Lansdale is throwing a fundraising and donation event, with the help of the folks over at Dark Delicacies. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, September 5th, and will benefit those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The Tuesday event is headlined by special guests and celebrity talent who are available for autographs at $20 an item. The guests include:

Lance Henriksen (Aliens)

Cerina Vincent (Original Cabin Fever)

Paul Dini (Batman & Harley Quinn)

Misty Lee, Brea Grant (Halloween II)

Katie Featherston (Paranormal Activity)

Izzy Lee (Innsmouth)

Heather Langenkamp (Nightmare on Elm St)

David J. Schow (The Crow)

AJ Bowen (You’re Next)

Lew Temple (Walking Dead)

Jackson Stewart, Graham Skipper, Brea Grant & Chase Williamson (Beyond the Gates)

Online Auction

Organizers are asking that everyone who attends the event to please bring cash. Additionally, for those who can’t make it, an online auction will be set up and run live on Facebook. The auction will include items such as:

John Carter Cash & Ana Cristina Cash are donating Johnny Cash memorabilia for the auction.

Cerina Vincent

Kane Holder  

David Morrell

Bracken MacLeod’s “Come to Dust” limited edition 

Art by Bill Paxton

Joe R. Lansdale

*Indie horror kids Graham Skipper, Chase Williamson and Jackson Stewart will also be in attendance! They got IFC to donate posters for them and Brea Grant to sign from Beyond the Gates! Crushing it!

24″ by 36″ ‘Rise Up’ poster of Season 7 signed by all season regulars

Signed ‘Breaking Bad’ pilot script up for auction.

Charlaine Harris is sending auction items.

We will have Walking Dead memorabilia or Photos of Pollyanna McIntosh from ‘The Walking Dead’ signed personally to you.

Volumes 3&4 of Clive Barker’s limited edition fine art book, will be up for sale.

Chris Cuffaro, who has “shot” every bad ass band in LA is donating a signed, framed photograph. He has also volunteered to do a photoshoot for anyone who wins the in store raffle.

George R.R. Martin

 Game of Thrones Anniversary illustrated edition 
 Song of Ice and Fire set of five book in Spanish from Plaza Jane 
 Wild Cards hardcover set of Inside Straight, Busted Flush, Suicide Kings 
 Knight of the Seven Kingdoms illustrated
 Mystery Knight Comic
 World of Ice and Fire 
 Dance with Dragons Subterranean Press Limited edition box set fully illustrated (Out of Print) 
– Tuf Voyaging limited edition 
– FFC chapter books X4 
– Coins
– Funko pop dolls X2
– Stuffed Dire wolves plushy X2


Donations had already started accumulating at Dark Delicacies and they have since run out of room in the store. If you are planning on attending the event and still want to donate, event organizers have asked that you please donate money instead. However, Dark Delicacies will also be accepting payment by card both online and in-store.

The event is on Tuesday, September 5 at 7 PM at Dark Delicacies, which is located at 3512 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, California 91505.

For more information, including new announcements regarding memorabilia up for auction, you can find the Facebook event page here. Hope to see you all Tuesday!

Willy Wonka Visits and Warner Bros. Studios Celebrate Roald Dahl’s Imaginormous Challenge

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

On Tuesday, eight-year-old Sage Marie Spaeth were flown out from Teaneck, New Jersey to visit Willy Wonka at the Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank. As a winner of Roald Dahl’s Imaginormous Challenge, Sage had the opportunity to pitch her story idea to a major Hollywood Executive at Warner Bros. Animation studio and take a tour of the Warner Bros. Studio Lot.

Roald Dahl’s Imaginormous Challenge recently wrapped on its first year of submissions. The contest received over 20,000 imaginative story ideas from American kids ages 5-12. Only five children, including Sage, were selected to see their stories come to life with the aid of Willy Wonka.

To find out more about Roald Dahl’s Imaginormous Challenge, you can visit their website here!







FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Burbank 1945 Becomes a Repatriation Community!

In the wake of the end of WWII, Burbank had played an important role in the war production arena to insure Victory with the thousands of airplanes Produced to fight Tyranny.

This is well known to most Burbank citizens.

What is very little known is Burbank’s post war efforts to help people return to a normal life.

Burbank was named as one of the repatriation cities for Japanese Americans and took this job very seriously. The City dedicated land and materials to house the people returning to the Los Angeles area from the camps where they were interred  during the war.

This was temporary housing while they got their lives back on track and found more permanent work and lodging.

Near the airport was a large area where the City placed a large number of Airstream type trailers and community buildings for food service and other assistance. Along Magnolia Blvd were some housing projects that were in the early stages of construction that were used for more temporary housing.

While we have no numbers of how many families and individuals came here to make a new start we do know that Burbank was instrumental in helping them with all their needs in blending back into society.

A time we all can look back and be proud that our people and City came together to help Humanity.

A portion of the Magnolia Housing Project at Burbank, California, where returned evacuees find temporary quarters while locating homes in the Los Angeles area. 11/1945

Family belongings arrive by truck from the relocation center at a temporary trailer home in the Burbank, California (Winona Housing Project, where returned evacuees are provided with temporary quarters while finding their permanent homes in and around Los Angeles, California). 11/1945

A section of the Winona Housing Project, Burbank, California, where trailer homes are provided for returned evacuees while they are securing permanent homes in and around Los Angeles. 11/1945


Get your Copy of Lost Burbank Now!
lost-in-burbank-book-coverSlowly fading with the city’s ever-changing landscape, the places and people of Burbank’s past tell a vibrant story. Before the arrival of Warner Bros. and Walt Disney, First National Pictures built  its original studio lot on Olive Ave in 1926. For over sixty years, Lockheed Aircraft Company produced some of the nation’s best airplanes where the massive Empire Shopping Center now stands. Heavyweight champion James Jeffries turned his Burbank ranch home and barn into a beloved landmark and boxing venue. Inventor Joseph Wesley Fawkes’s scheme to build a monorail to Los Angeles became a local laughingstock.  Diehard Burbankers Wes Clark and Michael Mc Daniel collect these and many more forgotten local stories where they can finally be found.

Burbank Police Nab Two In Home Invasion Attempt

The Burbank Police Department Responded to the 3000 block of N. Naomi St. at around 10 o’clock Wednesday night after receiving a 911 call from a resident stating that she could see people breaking into her home.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Units were immediately dispatched and swarmed the area along with Burbank’s  “Air1” overhead.

Units conducted a felony stop at Naomi and Scott Rd. on two subjects in a black BMW less than a block north of the address.

A search of the home by the Burbank Police Department eliminated the possibility of any outstanding suspects in the residence. The two males in the BMW were arrested at Naomi and Scott, and are considered persons of interest in this investigation.

It is still very early on in the investigation and more information will be shared as it is made available.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian







Book Review: Lost Burbank

During my life spent living in this spectacular city, people have asked me what it is about Burbank that gives it that hometown feeling despite being in the center of a major metropolitan area in Southern California. It has always been hard to explain why people born here, stay here, retire here, and even die here.

It is not unusual to see families that have been here for 50-plus years. Generation of families have called Burbank home. It’s a feeliing that you cannot really explain as much as you try.

If there was ever a way to put that on paper, authors Wesley H. Clark and Michael B. McDaniel might have achieved what most residents have found impossible to explain.lost-in-burbank-book-cover

Lost Burbank is a book of unique stories and a trove of treasures. It is the history of Burbank and the folklore that also makes up many of the stories.

When you first open the book and look at the preface, you are already intrigued by the Turkey Crossing and what Burbankers have all known for years as a local pride and joy, Martino’s Tea Cakes.

Clark and McDaniel first take you through the early years of Burbank all the way back to the days of Burbank’s namesake, dentist Dr. David Burbank.

Did you know there was talk about Disneyland and UCLA being located in Burbank? Find out the real stories as described by these two men.

What is also great about the book is not only the history that is shared, but the great array of pictures from all the different eras. Historical pictures of Burbank, both locations as well as the people, give you a sense of the time. If you are like me you will study some of the different pictures and put them into today’s Burbank to realize not only all the changes, but also some of the similarities to the past.

Another chapter deals with the the war and especially Lockheed. Not only an integral aspect to the war, but also for the Burbank economy. Another part of Burbank’s important history and evolution is covered in a chapter entitled, “The Media Capital of the World.”

When we arrive to “Notable Places,” the mixture of both stories and pictures is rich in history. You see some of the beginnings of Burbank’s landmarks both back then and today. Places such as the Jefferies Barn, the Dip at Five Points, the Pumpkin Building, the Golden Mall and even a spot called “Hotsie Alley” all have their nitch in our history and memories.

You will also find a chapter on Burbank’s music history as well as the inventors that made Burbank home. Did you know that someone in Burbank actually invented a monorail in 1911? Might not be what you would ride at Disneyland but then what if Disneyland had been built in Burbank and the monorail was already here? Makes you wonder, ‘what if?’

We also learn about the many personalities in Burbank, both widely known and those who were just local legends. It’s a whose-who of names that weaved the fabric of this city.

Of course no city is complete without its dark and scandalous years. The authors delve into the seedy side of Burbank with a chapter entitled, “Murder and High Crimes in Burbank!” There is the murder of cowboy star William ‘Tom’ T. Bay in 1933 and, of course, a section dedicated to the crime and corruption in the 1950’s that led Burbank to many reforms including the Police Commission that is still around today.

Without a doubt though, my favorite chapter entitled “Fun Burbank Lore” is exactly that, the stories and events that made up your childhood and youth if you grew up in Burbank. Everyone knew of the ‘Breathing Bush’ and the rumors of ghosts at City Hall. And yes, it actually did snow in Burbank and even the Big Game (Burroughs vs. Burbank high school football) is mentioned.

The last chapter is dedicated to the brave warriors that called Burbank home. It mentions all the memorials in Burbank and the poignant stories about them.

I have known about Clark and McDaniel for many years. I was first introduced to them through their website, Burbankia, which I would look at for both reference and enjoyment for years. MyBurbank then approached the two bright authors for their contributions to our “Friday Flashback” series that runs every Friday highlighting a different event or moment from Burbank’s past.

Lost Burbank brings everything full circle and has captured what many thought would never be depicted or brought back to life for us Burbankers. The soft cover book entails 224 powerful pages and would be a great coffee table addition for your perusement.

A fantastic value for under $20, you can buy it directly on Amazon by clicking this link. Enjoy this holiday season reading about the amazing history of our great city!

Get your Copy of Lost Burbank Now!
lost-in-burbank-book-coverSlowly fading with the city’s ever-changing landscape, the places and people of Burbank’s past tell a vibrant story. Before the arrival of Warner Bros. and Walt Disney, First National Pictures built  its original studio lot on Olive Ave in 1926. For over sixty years, Lockheed Aircraft Company produced some of the nation’s best airplanes where the massive Empire Shopping Center now stands. Heavyweight champion James Jeffries turned his Burbank ranch home and barn into a beloved landmark and boxing venue. Inventor Joseph Wesley Fawkes’s scheme to build a monorail to Los Angeles became a local laughingstock.  Diehard Burbankers Wes Clark and Michael Mc Daniel collect these and many more forgotten local stories where they can finally be found. 

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The authors will be doing a Multi Media presentation and book signing at the Buena Vista Library on November 30th at 4 AND 7 pm. They will have a signing event at the AUTOBOOKS store on Magnolia Saturday December 3 From 10 am to 2 pm.