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City of Burbank Gives Guidance to Reopening Businesses in City

On May 26th the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced the reopening of some business sectors, including all indoor and outdoor retail shopping centers, at 50% capacity. If you are a business owner or employee, we want to provide you with the necessary information to reopen. 
 
The most recent Order issued by the Los Angeles County Department of Health on May 26, can be found here.
 
When opening, each business sector must meet certain protocols. Please review the protocols before you open to ensure that you are meeting these requirements. As a part of these protocols, you must place a sign reminding customers and employees to meet the social distancing guidelines, to not enter the building if they are sick, wear a face covering, and to wash and sanitize their hands. 

The City has developed a downloadable poster or you may pick up a hard copy from our office. Please call (818) 238-5580 and we will leave you one in our pick up box.
 
Additionally, the City of Burbank would like to get your input on how COVID-19 has affected your business. Linked here is a short six minute survey to help the City develop plans and programs to assist the business community as we move though the stages of economic rehabilitation and recovery. Thank you in advance for taking this survey and sharing your thoughts. City of Burbank COVID-19 Business Survey

Questions? Please E-mail: COVID19@burbankca.gov or call: (818) 238-5180 (Monday-Friday, from 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m) and we will assist you.

Stolen Gardener’s Truck Recovered, Tools Missing

On Monday, April 2 at 5:35 p.m., Burbank Police responded to a call about a stolen Ford F350 which contained gardening tools on the 400 block of North Lamer St.

Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Around 6:00 p.m., the truck was discovered unoccupied in an alley at Verdugo Ave. and Keystone St. with some of the gardening equipment missing.

Two suspects are believed to be involved. One of the suspects who is described as an African American male drove a getaway truck that might have been a silver Dodge Ram.

The other suspect was a Caucasian male possibly in his 30s, wearing a black sweater, black gloves, black hat, and black jeans.

Tesla Motors Opening Soon in Burbank

Tesla Motors could open on San Fernando Boulevard as soon as next month, and is among several notable businesses making their debut in Burbank.

A new 27,600 square-foot facility will accommodate the sale, delivery, repair, and maintenance of Tesla’s new and used electric vehicles, said Mary Hamzoian, economic development manager in the city’s Community Development Department. The site will include a 2,400 square-foot showroom for up to three vehicles, plus space for branded merchandise.

Construction Projects

Photo by Ross A. Benson

Tesla’s red and white Superchargers are already visible in the parking lot at 811 S. San Fernando, and a total of six Superchargers will be available. A 24-hour lounge is also part of the plan and 25 employees will serve the new facility, Hamzoian said.

Just a few doors south of Tesla, also on San Fernando, construction is underway for an IKEA that will be the company’s largest U.S. store.

Tesla’s move to Burbank widens its presence in Los Angeles County and the Burbank site would be the fifth service center in the county, according to a map on its website of existing service centers. Service center locations include one on Centinela Avenue, not far from the Superchargers located in the Westfield shopping center in Culver City, and one in West Los Angeles.

Superchargers in the L.A. area appear to be located at the Hawthorne Municipal Airport, the Hilton Garden Inn Redondo Beach and at Westfield Culver City, near the San Diego (405) Freeway, according to Tesla’s website. There are a handful of retail stores around L.A. and the valley, including locations in Santa Monica, Canoga Park and Pasadena.

Destination Superchargers are more plentiful, and are located at hotels and major entertainment centers, such as L.A. Live in downtown L.A.

Construction Projects

Photo by Ross A. Benson

It is unclear if any other Tesla locations operate a service facility and showroom on the same site. Tesla’s searchable map shows Supercharger locations, retails stores and service facilities, as well as destination chargers.

When contacted for comment, the electric vehicle maker said via email they could not accommodate the request as they were “currently preparing for the launch of our new car, Model X, which is keeping our small team very busy.” The email also referred to a press kit on the website, but it does not include information about the Burbank site.

The Model X is Tesla’s sport utility vehicle, and one intriguing feature is the “Falcon Wing” rear doors that open and fold above the vehicle. Tesla said the delivery estimate for new reservations (owners purchase and customize their vehicles online and have it shipped to them or picked up at a store) is the second half of 2016.

A representative in retail development was also contacted, but did not immediately respond.

Beauty Kiss Owner: Fire Not Going to Stop Us

This version has been updated from its original post

Burbank’s biggest fire in years won’t stop Beauty Kiss owner Rich Raad from helping his customers who made his business what it is.

The day after a four-alarm fire gutted his Carpet & Draperies business, Raad returned to 140 S. Glenoaks Blvd. to talk to investigators and insurance agents as a company boarded up the front of the now burned-down store.

Richard Raad owner of Beauty Kiss Carpets & Draperies, looks at the interior of what was once his warehouse full of racks of carpets and equipment. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Richard Raad owner of Beauty Kiss Carpets & Draperies, looks at the interior of what was once his warehouse full of racks of carpets and equipment. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Mickey & Minnie Mouse arrive at Burbank City Hall's Tree Light via Rich Raad's 57 custom Chevy. (Photo by Ross A. Benson).

Mickey & Minnie Mouse arrive at Burbank City Hall’s Tree Light via Rich Raad’s 57 custom Chevy. (Photo by Ross A. Benson).

Raad is well known here in Burbank from his time on the Burbank School Board, to driving his 1957 Chevy in almost every recent Burbank On Parade, to escorting Mickey & Minnie Mouse to the steps of City Hall for the annual tree lighting ceremonies.

Raad said his phone lines have been forwarded to his office staff working off-site and he’s here to continue doing business. He took the company over from his mother many years ago and has completed installing carpets and draperies in dozens of city offices, fire stations, and Burbank homes. Raad wanted to emphasize that despite the fact the fire was devastating; his customers will continue to be first and his business will remain in Burbank.

The Burbank Fire Department spent Monday night watching the store in case of any smoldering debris flaring up or even rekindling.

The crowd was 4-5 deep watching the 4th alarm blaze Monday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The crowd was four to five deep watching the 4th alarm blaze Monday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A fire of this size brings out plenty of onlookers and the Burbank Fire Department would be interested in looking at the public’s pictures of them at work and the surroundings during the fire. At one point during the blaze, there was a drone flying above and fire officials would be interested in seeing its footage.

Drone with a camera mounted on it flying over the fire scene. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Drone with a camera mounted on it flying over the fire scene. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Pictures can be forwarded to SNishhisaka@ci.burbank.ca.us or by calling him at 818-238-3388 and if the owner of the drone is interested please send to news@myburbank.com. We would like to share your video.

 

4-Alarm 1 Million Dollar Fire Destroys Longtime Burbank Business

Burbank Firefighters got the 911 call around 10:17 am and were on scene within minutes, finding what appeared to be some type of fire to the rear of Beauty Kiss Carpets & Draperies at 140 South Glenoaks Blvd.

Flames shoot thru the roof of Beauty Kiss Carpets.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Flames shoot thru the roof of Beauty Kiss Carpets.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Firefighters made entry into the front of the store and found smoke inside upon which they  requested a 2nd-alarm, bringing equipment from Glendale and Pasadena Fire Departments.  The fire quickly had gotten into the attic, and firefighters had a battle attempting to gain control.  When fire started going thru the roof, firefighters had to vacate the roof and go into a defensive mode where they protected the buildings next to the building that was now fully involved in flames.

Firefighters used tons of waters in an attempt to extinguish a 4th alarm fire at Beauty Kiss Carpets. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Firefighters used tons of waters in an attempt to extinguish a 4th alarm fire at Beauty Kiss Carpets. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Chief called for a third alarm, now getting all Burbank equipment to the scene and additional equipment from neighboring cities. As firefighters fought the fire from all sides, pouring thousands of gallons of water on the blaze, the Chief called a rare fourth alarm as the fire crews were starting to get fatigued and needed relief in the 80 or so degree heat.

The 4th alarm brought Firefighters from as far away as San Gabriel. Burbank Paramedics had to treat a total of 3 firefighters for heat related injuries, transporting one to a local hospital while the other two were hydrated and returned to continue fighting the fire. The firefighter who was hospitalized was released a short time later.

The cause is still under investigation, and damage is being reported as $ 1 million. The businesses to both side of the carpet store only received minor smoke damage.

Burbank's Fire Investigator Scott Nishhisaka along with Pasadena Fire Investigator  talk to PIO Peter Hendrickson, at the scene of Burbank's 4th alarm blaze. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank’s Fire Investigator Scott Nishhisaka along with Pasadena Fire Investigator talk to PIO Peter Hendrickson, at the scene of Burbank’s 4th alarm blaze. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police closed Glenoaks Blvd.from Olive to Tujunga and MTA Buses were rerouted during the emergency.

Burbank Firefighters were going to keep a fire watch on scene throughout the night to make sure the fire does not rekindle.

The fire was under the command of Battalions Chief Eric Garcia, and several additional Battalions Chiefs were on scene assisting with command. Burbank’s Fire Chief Tom Lenahan on scene at one time during the blaze.

The carpet store owner Richard Raad, a former BUSD Board Member and lifelong resident was on scene with other members of his family early on and watched in amazement as fire destroyed his business. Raad reported that all 40 of his employees were off for the holiday and grateful none of them were injured. He promises to be back in operation as soon as possible.

Photos by Ross A. Benson

Flames consume the overhead sign in front of Beauty Kiss Carpets & Draperies. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Flames consume the overhead sign in front of Beauty Kiss Carpets & Draperies. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Firefighters aim water at flames to the rear of Beauty Kiss Carpets. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Firefighters aim water at flames to the rear of Beauty Kiss Carpets. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Seventy firefighters or more from cities as far away as Alhambra assisted in this 4 alarm blaze that destroyed Beauty Kiss Carpets Monday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Seventy firefighters or more from cities as far away as Alhambra assisted in this 4 alarm blaze that destroyed Beauty Kiss Carpets Monday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Seventy firefighters or more from cities as far away as Alhambra assisted in this 4 alarm blaze that destroyed Beauty Kiss Carpets Monday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Seventy firefighters or more from cities as far away as Alhambra assisted in this 4 alarm blaze that destroyed Beauty Kiss Carpets Monday. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Beauty Kiss Owner Richard Radd speaks with Burbank Firefighters at the front of his burned out business. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Beauty Kiss Owner Richard Raad speaks with Burbank Firefighters at the front of his burned out business. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Glendale Firefighters hit some hots spots inside the backdoor of Beauty Kiss Carpets. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Glendale Firefighters hit some hots spots inside the backdoor of Beauty Kiss Carpets. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

You May Now Romance the Bean in Magnolia Park

A Toast to the newly opened Romancing The Bean located at 3413 W. Magnolia Blvd. is partners Kerry Krull and Kevin Stolee. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Two long-time Burbank residents re-open Romancing The Bean, located at 3413 W. Magnolia Blvd., between Lima St. and Avons St.

Owners Kerry Krull and Kevin Stolee, business partners, remodeled a former dress store and have spent the last several months making changes that included several county and city requirements.

The new coffee shop features more than coffee, such as salads, soups, teas and some sandwiches.

The business includes news LED florescent light that is Eco- friendly, computer outlets and plenty of spacious seating. The operating hours will be Monday to Saturday from 7 am.  to 7 p.m.,  and Sundays from 8 a.m to 5 p.m..

 

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Why All The Hatred Towards Walmart?

By Stan Lynch

Why are some folks so opposed to having a Walmart in Burbank?  Their vehement hatred for the retail giant seems to be way overblown.

When other big retailers, like Target, IKEA, Costco, Kmart, Sears, Macy’s, or Mervyns came to town in the past, I don’t recall any opposition.  If there were folks opposed to any of those stores, they were nothing like the “Anti-Walmart Crazies” we see today.  I’m sure there may have been Burbankers who didn’t want to see Zody’s become a Kmart, or the old J.C. Penny’s at San Fernando and Magnolia turn into a Ross, but they managed to contain their “rage.”

There are all kinds of reasons some folks don’t like Walmart.  Most of those reasons are unfounded.  The company is non-union.  So are a lot of other big stores in this town.  Walmart doesn’t pay their employees well.  Their pay is comparable to most other big retailers.  A Walmart in Burbank will put all the local small businesses out of business.  What small businesses, Target, Kmart, Ralphs, Office Depot?   Last time I checked, Walmart doesn’t sell antiques, vintage clothing, or Swedish furniture.

The number one complaint I hear about Walmart is that “EVERYTHING” they sell is made in China.  Certainly, they do sell things made in China, as well as the USA, and other countries — just like most other stores.  Just go into Target, Kmart, or any other large retailer and look.  You will see “Made in China” pretty much everywhere.

I was in IKEA recently.  It’s my little granddaughter’s favorite place to go for lunch.  Since kids eat free on weekdays, it’s one of my favorite places to take her after she gets out of kindergarten.  We go there about once a week with some of her classmates and their parents.  One day we checked out the IKEA Marketplace.  IKEA may be a Swedish company, but that stuff they sell doesn’t all come from Sweden.

The first thing that caught my eye was a set of plastic storage containers with lids.  With a very Swedish sounding name of “PRUTA” (all the stuff at IKEA has Swedish names),  it looked like a bargain at just $3.99 for the 17-piece set — until I noticed the fine print on the label, “Made in China.”

As we walked through the maze of aisles I began checking the country of origin on lots of items:  cutting boards from India, pillows from Bulgaria, sheets from Pakistan, blankets from Thailand, and a bag of colored sand from Egypt.  Those big oil paintings, the ones that all look alike, come from Canada.  A large photograph of the New York City skyline was printed in Poland.   Bed pillows, ranging from $6.99 to $39.99 were all from China, but they were no match for the 99 cent pillows from Mexico.  I did manage to find a plastic waste basket for $1.99 that was made in the USA.   There were plenty of fake plants and flowers from China, but I was surprised to find very Chinese-looking real live bamboo plants that were from the USA.   Curiously, I didn’t see anything made in Sweden.

I’m all for a Walmart coming to Burbank.  They may not have Swedish meatballs with Lingonberries like IKEA, or $1.50 hot dogs and a drink like Costco, but they have the potential to bring jobs and a huge amount of sales tax revenue to Burbank.  The increased competition will mean lower prices whether you shop at Walmart or at their competitors.

And just like IKEA, Costco, and all the other big retail stores, Walmart will attract lots of shoppers who will make traffic a mess.  When Walmart comes up at the City Counil meeting Tuesday night, I just hope our councilmembers are smart enough to realize that letting Walmart stay open 24 hours a day will help spread the traffic out.

Shoplifting Suspect Uses Pepper Spray

A woman detained by loss prevention officers as a suspected shoplifter, ended up being arrested for robbery, after she used pepper spray in an attempt to escape.

The incident occurred around 6:15 p.m. Thursday night at the Burlington Coat Factory, located at 24 E. Magnolia Blvd., in the Burbank Town Center mall.  Loss prevention officers had detained the woman, Ashley Hawelu, 21, of Valley Village,  for shoplifting clothing and undergarments from the store. She was placed, unrestrained, in a detention room in the store.  When the officers went into the room to complete their report, they were attacked with pepper spray that the suspect had in her purse.  She became combative and had to be restrained by the loss prevention officers and mall security until Burbank Police officers arrived.

The Burbank Fire Department responded to the store, where paramedics treated the two loss prevention officers and the suspect for the effects of pepper spray exposure.  No one needed to be transported to the hospital.

The suspect, Hawelu, was placed under arrest for robbery, rather than the less serious crime of shoplifting, because she had used force in her attempt to get away from custody.   She was also arrested for the unlawful use of tear gas, and booked into the Glendale Jail.  Her bail was set at $50,000.

Burbank Chamber Of Commerce Wants To Remind Burbank Workers That Their Kids Can Attend Burbank Schools

The Burbank Chamber of Commerce has sent out a mailing to it’s member businesses that reminds all workers who live outside of Burbank that their children may qualify to go to Burbank schools.  If interested, the Chamber wants you to call the school district at 818 729-4467.  There is no charge for interdistrict permits.

Burbank Chamber Dinner Brings Out Burbank’s Best

Photos By Ross A. Benson

The Burbank Chamber of Commerce’s Gala was held this past weekend at The Sheraton Universal’s Main Ballroom with headliners Debbie Reynolds and Jo Ann Worley. The guests celebrated the Theme ‘Oh Burbank ! The First 100 years’,

Debbie Reynolds told of her days of going to Roosevelt Elementary School and Burbank High School along with John Burroughs, and being Miss Burbank while Jo Anne Worley recalled her ‘Laugh In Days’.

The several hundred guests in attendance enjoyed a silent auction and cocktails prior to the evenings five-course meal. The evenings show included dancing and a toast to Burbank’s 100 year centennial celebration. The crowd also got to meet Inez Harries, who along with her identical twin sister Venice Shaw, recently celebrated their 100th birthday

Photos By Ross A. Benson

Photos By Ross A. Benson