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Burbank City Council Searches for New Member in Special Meeting

On Monday, May 7, applications were due for those who hope to be considered for the Burbank City Council. The vacancy comes in light of the passing of Burbank Mayor Will Rogers.

A total of 31 applications were turned in and 28 applicants have qualified to begin the interview process.

During a City Council meeting on May 10, council members were given an introduction and presentation of 27 applicants interested in continuing the process. Applicant Davida Frieman withdrew prior to the meeting.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Council members voted for three candidates and determined the final eight candidates. The City Clerk conducted a draw of the finalists and placed them in order for the process to continue: 1. Robert S. Brody, 2. John Bwarie, 3. Chris John Rizzotti, 4. Carolyn Elizabeth Jackson, 5. Linda Helen Muchamel, 6. Barry Gussow, 7. Timothy Michael Murphy, and 8. Paul Richard Herman.

A City Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 14 at 5:00 p.m. during which a question and answer session will take place. Council members will have fifteen minutes per applicant to ask five pre-determined questions that will allow candidates to elaborate on their qualifications.

Following the interviews, council members will continue the process and vote in a ballot for the top candidate of their choice. Afterward, the City Clerk will collect ballots, conduct another random drawing, and read the names of the top candidates with a maximum of four applicants.

After the announcement, there will be a time for public comment. Once council members have heard from those in attendance, they will deliberate on the final candidates. Then, the City Clerk will take a vote of the Council in the traditional vote used for Boards, Committee, and Commission appointments. A majority vote is required for an appointment.

The new Council Member will be appointed on May 19 or possibly before. Formal seating of the new council member and the Oath of Office recited by the City Clerk will occur during a City Council meeting on Tuesday, May 22 at 6:00 p.m.

Burbank Bike Angels Celebrates 9th Holiday Seasonal Event

On Wednesday, December 13th, the Burbank Bike Angels celebrated their 9th Holiday seasonal event on Olive Avenue. During the event, the Burbank Bike Angeles showcased more than one hundred restored bikes, each meant for a less fortunate child living in Burbank.

The bikes were set along the steps of City Hall and were distributed in just in time for the holiday season. The bikes were distributed through local non-profit organizations, such as the Boys and Girls Club, Family Service Agency, the Salvation Army, and Penny Lane. Having done this for nine years now, the Burbank Bike Angels estimate that they have restored over 1,500 bikes.

In attendance for the event were the Burbank Bike Angels’ director, volunteers, Assemblymember Laura Friedman, Burbank City Council Members, the City Manager, and representatives from the Salvation Army.

The bikes are gathered throughout the year in various conditions. Upon receiving the bike, community members, volunteers, and those associated with the program spend months cleaning, repairing, and getting each bike into a condition that makes the bike new again.


If you are interested in donating a bike, you can call (818)-238-3900, or you can drop it off Monday through Friday at the Burbank Recycling Center at 500 S. Flower Street.

If you are interested volunteering to repair bikes, you are encouraged to call (818) 238-5286, or simply attend one of the work days, which are scheduled for Wednesdays and Saturdays during the months of September through December.

To make a monetary donation, which will go directly toward the purchasing of parts, please call (818) 238-5286.


Congressman Adam Schiff Receives Key to the City

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

On Tuesday, August 22, 2017, Congressman Adam Schiff  was awarded the Key to the City by Mayor Will Rogers at Burbank City Hall. Congressman Schiff represents California’s 28th district and has been a resident of Burbank for close to twenty-five years.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

As for what the Key to the City means to him, Representative Schiff said Burbank “is a wonderful town. It’s nice to come home and see a lot of friendly faces. I’ve got my home here, I can walk to my office, I can go to the movies, I can eat out, we have great city services, I feel safe, it’s just a wonderful community. To get this recognition from the city that I love is really quite special.”

Currently, Congressman Schiff is one of the key Democrats involved in the Russia Probe. When asked what he would say to any U.S. citizens who may have wavering faith in our elected officials, be it on a local level or national scale, Representative Schiff had this to say:

We have very good governance here in the city of Burbank. We have a council here that works together very well and I think is doing good things. On the national level, we’re going through a very hard time. Congress has been dysfunctional for quite a while, the administration is also dysfunctional, but we’re going to get through it. We’ll have some bumps along the road, but there are good people in both parties who are doing their best to work together. We need to see a lot more of that and I’m confident that there are better days ahead.

For more information on Congressman Schiff, you can visit his website here!

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Burbank Christmas Tree Tradition

Christmas Tree inside City Hall - 1940's/50's

Christmas Tree inside City Hall – 1940’s/50’s

In the Early days of City hall (1940’s/50’s) the city Christmas Tree was in the center of the  Foyer of City Hall as seen above.

In the Early 1960’s the city started placing a very large tree out front with the Mayor lighting it each year in a gala ceremony. This tradition has continued to modern day.

The city float was always parked after the Rose Parade in the front of city hall for several days so all could see it up close. it is now parked at the corner of Olive and Glenoaks for a week. Great city traditions for the season.

Merry Christmas and Happy new year!

Christmas Tree in front of City Hall with the Burbank Rose Float - 1965

Christmas Tree in front of City Hall with the Burbank Rose Float – 1965

Time to Deck the (City) Hall, It’s Christmas Time

Burbank City Hall’s Christmas tree was put into place Wednesday morning and decorated by Park, Recreation and Community Services employees from the Forestry Division.

Vickie Cusumano from Parks Rec. and Community Services checks outs some of the new ornaments that will go on this years Christmas tree located in front of City Hall. The tree arrived early Wednesday morning just in time for Saturday nights lighting.  (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Hundreds of lights and ornaments adorne the tree. This year some new ornaments have been put into place.

The event gets underway starting at 6 p.m. Saturday evening, when Santa will make his big arrival.  He will help Burbank citizens light up this year’s tree, and kick off his 25 days of Christmas Cheer in Downtown Burbank.

Here are events planned by the City of Burbank for December:


Thursday, December 6


Corner of AMC Walkway and San Fernando Boulevard

See the best of Burbank’s holiday decorations from an open-top, double-decker bus. Tours leave at 5:45 and 7:15 pm. Reservations required! Please call (818) 238-5180 (repeats December 13 and 20).


Friday, December 7

City employees from Parks Rec. and Community Services Forestry Division gets ready for Santa’s arrival Saturday evening. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)


Barnes & Noble Booksellers

731 N San Fernando Boulevard

Celebrate the season with a beloved holiday tale, ideal for children ages 4 to 8. Kids are invited to wear their pjs while listening to a reading of The Polar Express at 7:00 pm, followed by cookies, cocoa and a fun holiday craft. 818-558-1383.


Saturday, December 8


Flappers Comedy Club

102 E Magnolia Boulevard

Take in the Two Milk Minimum Family Comedy Show featuring a rotation of outlandish, zany and outright amazing comedy magicians, jugglers, improv artists, puppeteers and novelty acts. Doors open at 4:00 for a 4:30 pm show. Free admission (a $10 value).


City employees from Parks Rec. and Community Services Forestry Division gets ready for Santa’s arrival Saturday evening. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Saturday, December 8 (through December 15)


Burbank Town Center — level 3, Burlington Wing

201 E Magnolia Boulevard

Temple Beth Emet will celebrate Hanukkah nightly on the 3rd floor!


Sunday, December 9


Downtown Burbank Station

201 N Front Street

Join thousands of cheering families as they welcome the 450-ton Holiday Toy Express and enjoy free entertainment, hot chocolate and cookies from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Bring new, unwrapped toys and sporting equipment for the ABC 7 Spark of Love Toy Drive in cooperation with the Burbank Fire Department. Toys go to Burbank kids in need.


Vickie Cusumano from Parks Rec. and Community Services checks outs some of the new ornaments that will go on this years Christmas tree located in front of City Hall. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Thursday, December 13


Holiday Inn Downtown Burbank

150 E Angeleno Avenue

Revel in an evening of old fashion fun with caroling by the Van Bloem Singers and introducing Harmony, directed by Sharon Mathu.  Includes visits with Santa, hot cocoa and cookies from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.


Saturday, December 15


On the AMC Walkway at San Fernando Boulevard

Marvel at the 10 foot menorah and enjoy fresh hot latkes, music and a children’s choir.  Festivities begin at 8:00 pm.


(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Wednesday, December 19


Johnny Rockets

112 E Palm Avenue

Drop in for retro fun, paper hats and candy canes on your way to see the new Monsters Inc. 3D!


City Hall Bids Good-bye to Former Treasurer Donna Anderson

City employees along with friends gathered Tuesday before the City Council Meeting in the City Hall Rotunda to wish City Treasurer Donna Anderson a well deserved retirement. The City Council met on Thursday nd filled her position with School Board member Debbie Kukta.

Council members (L to R) Gary Bric, Dave Golonski, Emily Gabel-Luddy, Dr. David Gordon, and City Manager Michael Flad present Donna Anderson a plaque during a small get together before last Tuesday's Council Meeting (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Everyone loves cake (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Former City Treasurer Donna Anderson spends a little time at her old digs (Photo By Ross A. Benson)


Former City Clerk Margarita Campos spends a little time with Donna Anderson at City Hall. Both woman stepped down from their elected offices (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Buries Memories For 100 Years in Time Capsule

Burbank's Centennial Mayor Jess Talamantes prsents the Centennial Time Capsule, which will be opened in 100 years. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

On a rainy day December 12, 2011 over a hundred people gathered on the steps of Burbank City Hall to dedicate a ‘Time Capsule’ that will be opened 100 years from now when Burbank Celebrates it’s Bicentennial Celebration in year 2111.

Contained in the sealed capsule are over several hundred items that will show the people of Burbank in year 2111 what life here in Burbank was like 100 years ago.  It includes most of the Centennial promotion items that were available this year, letters from current Mayor Jess Talamantes, CD’s and DVD’s and even a player to hear & view them on in year 2111, along with flash

Students From St. Roberts Bellarmine Elementary School sing 'It's a Small World' during Dedication Cermonies. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

drives with minutes from City Council meeting, plans of Burbank currently and proposed for the next several years, pictures, newspapers, autographed books and more.

The ceremonies included the singing of “It’s a Small World” by the Elementary kids from St. Robert Bellermine School and the introduction of  local and State Officials, and Department Heads.

The Ceremony concluded with the unveiling of the ‘Time Capsule’s home for the next 100 years, in the front of Burbank’s Famous City Hall.


The City of Burbank's Time Capsule Dedication brough out well over 100 people in rainy weather to witness the unveiling of the time capsul. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

City Hall Christmas Tree Makes Its Appearance for 2011

Every tile in the City Hall fountain gets cleaned up for the arrival of Santa & Mrs Claus & Mickey & Mini Mouse. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank City Hall is getting all decked out for The Mayor’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony this Thursday.

Although Burbank’s City Hall isn’t as old as Santa and Mrs Claus, having been built in 1941 and completed and occupied in 1943, it did need a little touching up in places.  This week City crews were preparing for this year’s event. The fountain, for instance, has grout between every tile and needs cleaning.  The fish that squirt water not only get cleaned but the brass around the fish’s mouths get a good brushing.

Forestry Division's Javier Vasquez strings some of the thousands of light that are on this years City Hall Christmas Tree. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Park and Recreation and Community Services division are responsible for getting the tree and making sure it arrives on time. Their crews not only assisted Castella’s Trees to put it into place, they then decorated it.  This year forester Javier Vasquez made sure the star that sits atop the tree properly faces North.

Joining Mayor Jess Talamantes will be Santa and Mrs Claus.   Mickey and Minnie Mouse will make an appearance.  They will all be entertained by the voices from the Burbank High’s award winning choir.  Master of ceremonies for the event will be Galan Gering from “Days of our Lives.”  The fun all kicks off in the street in front of Burbank City Hall at 6 p.m. this Thursday.

The tree might appear to be smaller but the decorations are huge. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Parks & Rec's Forestry Crew gets the City's Official Tree all ready for Thursday's Tree Lighting Event. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Even the fish that sprout water get their teeth brushed before Thursday's big day. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)


The City Hall Christmas Tree is all decked out for Thursday's Tree Lighting Event where Santa & Mrs Claus along with Mickey & Minnie Mouse will preside. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Starts Burbank’s 12 Days of Holiday Cheer

Downtown Burbank brings you two weeks of winter wonderment with 18 family holiday events happening from December 1 through December 12. Called 12 Days of Holiday Cheer, each activity is sure to get you in a festive mood. From a communal tree lighting ceremony to spectacular décor, from strolling carolers to a pajama party for kids, from Holly Trolley sing-along tours to the Holiday Toy Express, Downtown Burbank will shimmer and sparkle with seasonal joy.

Mickey and Minnie entertain the hundreds of children who were on hand for the Mayor's Tree Lighting Ceremony in 2010 (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Join in the Mayor’s Tree Lighting and Santa’s Downtown Wonderland on Thursday, December 1 at 6 p.m. in front of City Hall (275 E. Olive Ave.).  After Santa arrives and lights the tree, merrymakers will parade to San Fernando Boulevard for Santa’s Downtown Wonderland under magical snowfall lights. From Magnolia Boulevard to Olive Avenue, there will be scores of children’s characters, giant Macy’s-style balloons, vintage cars, strolling carolers, a community stage, face painting, fun holiday crafts, free treats and more from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.. Santa will on the AMC Walkway along with the giant walk-through Christmas tree. Be sure to bring new, unwrapped toys and sporting equipment for the Burbank Fire Department. All toys collected will go to Burbank kids in need.

Then, for the next 12 days Downtown Burbank will be brimming with holiday merriment. Here’s a highlight:

Sunday, December 4 – Join in some cool yule fun with the Polar Bear Pool Party at the Burbank Community YMCA (321 E Magnolia Boulevard). Includes movie screening, games and treats from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Monday, December 5 — Bring your furry or feathered friend to center court for Pet Night with Santa at Burbank Town Center, 201 E Magnolia Blvd. (Repeats December 12)

Tuesday, December 6 — See the best of Burbank’s holiday decorations at the Holly Trolley Tours while singing holiday tunes from an open-top, double-decker bus. Tours leave at 5:45 and 7:15 p.m.  Free hot chocolate.  (Repeats December  8).

Thursday, December 8 — Revel in an evening of old fashion fun with the Mystic North Pole at the Holiday Inn in Downtown Burbank. Includes caroling by the incandescent Van Bloem Singers, visits with Santa, hot cocoa and cookies from 6 to 8 p.m.

Friday, December 9 — Celebrate the season with the Polar Express Pajama Party at Barnes & Noble (731 N San Fernando Blvd.) Kids are invited to wear their pajamas and snuggle up with their pillows while listening to a reading of The Polar Express. Story time is followed by cookies, hot cocoa, and a fun holiday craft. Ideal for children ages 4 to 8 years old.

Saturday, December 10 — Enjoy music, games and lots of fun at Breakfast with Santa in the food court at Burbank Town Center (201 E Magnolia Blvd.). Plus, take in the Two Milk Minimum Family Comedy Show at Flappers Comedy Club (102 E Magnolia Blvd.).  Two Milk Minimum features a rotation of outlandish, zany, and outright amazing comedy magicians, jugglers, musicians, improv artists, puppeteers, and novelty acts. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Free admission (a $10 value).

Sunday, December 11 — Join thousands of cheering families as they welcome the 450-ton Metrolink Holiday Toy Express from the platform at the Downtown Burbank Metrolink Station (201 N Front St.). Enjoy free entertainment, hot chocolate and cookies from 4 to 6 p.m.. Bring new, unwrapped toys and sporting equipment for the ABC 7 Spark of Love Toy Drive in cooperation with the Burbank Fire Department.  All toys collected will go to Burbank kids in need.

 Monday, December 12 – Witness the Centennial Time Capsule Dedication Ceremony at Burbank City Hall (275 E. Olive Ave.) at 4 p.m.  The capsule, filled with Burbank Centennial memorabilia, will not be re-opened until the City’s 200th anniversary in 2111! Then, check out the Free Movie Screening of “Elf” behind City Hall at 6:30 p.m.  After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity. Starring Will Ferrell, Edward Asner and Bob Newhart

Plus, from November 1 to December 24, the IKEA Foundation will donate $1 for every soft toy, children’s book, and kid’s meatball meal combo purchased at IKEA. The IKEA Soft Toy Campaign will benefit partners at UNICEF and Save the Children. For further information, please call 818-842-4532. And, on December 13, Call the North Pole from 4 to 8 p.m. at 818-238-1999.

Gourmet Lunch Trucks Invade Burbank City Hall

The Community Develop Agency and Burbank Redevelopment Agency held a fundraiser for the local Habitat for Humanity project which is taking place on Keeler St. Several Gourmet Food Trucks parked on a closed off portion of Third Street adjacent to City Hall last Thursday for an early morning breakfast and lunch.  A portion of the proceeds was donated by each Truck back into the Habitat for Humanity project. The Burbank Redevelopment Agency selected several rundown and dilapidated condos and a house to renovate (check video) with 10 lucky families awarded the new houses in a very long selection process.

BurbankNBeyond’s Robert Vincent and Steven Lynch were out at the event. The street team talked to the truck owners, Community development agency, and even Mayor Reinke to bring the story straight to you. Watch the video now: