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Holiday Decorating Contest Winners Announced

Holiday Decorating Contest Winner Tied for 1st Place 1200 N Catalina St. (Photo by © Ross A Benson)

If you are looking to see some great Christmas lights this year, look no farther than the residents who dressed up their houses for the holiday season.

Below is a list of the locations who submitted their addresses for judging along with the winners selected by the City if Burbank’s Civic Pride Committee.

RESIDENTIAL ENTRIES

  1. 417 N. Sparks St. Burbank, CA 91506
  2. 713 Andover Dr. Burbank, CA 91504
  3. 700 E. Harvard Rd. Burbank, CA 91501
  4. 713 Bethany Rd. Burbank, CA 91504
  5. 1904 N. Niagara St. Burbank, CA 91505
  6. 3600 W. Clark Ave. Burbank, CA 91505
  7. 436 Bethany Rd. Burbank, CA 91504
  8. 1131 N. California St. Burbank, CA 91505
  9. 1200 N. Catalina St. Burbank, CA 91505 – WINNER (TIE)
  10. 1316 N. Catalina St. Burbank, CA 91505
  11. 623 E. Fairmount Rd. Burbank, CA 91501
  12. 1127 N. California St. Burbank, CA 91505
  13. 622 & 620 N. Niagara St. Burbank, CA 91505
  14. 235 S. Keystone St. Burbank, CA 91506
  15. 361 N. Hollywood Way Burbank, CA 91505
  16. 630 E. Harvard Rd. Burbank, CA 91501
  17. 1226 N. Sparks St. Burbank, CA 91506
  18. 1500 W. Morningside Dr. Burbank, CA 91506
  19. 806 Irving Dr. Burbank, CA 91504
  20. 829 N. Lima St. Burbank, CA 91505
  21. 1617 N. Pepper St. Burbank, CA 91505
  22. 1505 N. Valley St. Burbank, CA 91505 – WINNER (TIE)
  23. 651 S. Orchard Dr. Burbank, CA 91506

Holiday Decorating Contest Winner Tie for First Place 1505 N Valley Street. ( Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

COMMERCIAL ENTRIES

  1. 1719 W. Verdugo Ave. Burbank, CA 91502
  2. 113 N. Naomi St. Burbank, CA 91505 – WINNER
  3. 3301 W. Burbank Blvd. Burbank, CA 91505

Holiday Decorating Contest Commerical Winner Color Lounge 113 N. Naomi Street. ( Photo by © Ross A Benson)

YOUTH ENTRIES

  1. 703 N. Avon St. Burbank, CA 91505 – WINNER

Holiday Decorating Contest 1st Place Youth Winner 703 N Avon St. ( Photo by © Ross A Benson)

City of Burbank Gives Thanks to its Employees

The city of Burbank recently held a breakfast for all employees as a thank you for their work. 

Besides all of the employees who enjoyed the breakfast, the following were recognized for their various years of service:

BURBANK WATER & POWER

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

5 YEARS 
Cesar M. Ancheta
Lincoln E. Bleveans
Keoni R. Hayashibara
Kyle A. Hazlewood
David M. Martinez
Sharon K. Miller
Gina A. Nardico
Miguel E. Pereyra (Awarded
Posthumously)
Ryan T. Reina
Christopher C. Riven
Arturo Salgado
Scott D. Steinle
Sean T. Swe
Heather M. Tashjian
Michael Wenzinger
Guillermo Zamudio

10 YEARS 
Sean M. Allen
Kenneth R. Austin
Christian F. Briones
Ann E. Caballero
Apolinario G. Cervania
Griselda G. Cox
Frank J. Diliberto
Claude H. Hagan Jr.
Fred A. Keeler Jr.
Allison P. Mao
Daniel Nahaku
Maria L. Poulin
James B. Rowland III
Juan C. Saavedra
Michael N. Schnitzius
Roland B. Simon
Michael E. Thompson
John T. Trainer
Michael L. Wildermuth
Michael C. Ysais

15 YEARS 
Daniel A. Aird
David L. Curtis
Timothy A. Lyneis
Nancy C. Reis
John Stenberg
Dorsley D. Virgo

25 YEARS 
Robert T. Huizenga
Lydia G. Ray

30 YEARS 
Scott R. Anderson
Ellard W. Chire
Sherry Kelley
Mark H. McCord

35 YEARS 
Gregory P. Sweeney

 

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

CITY CLERK

5 YEARS 
Zizette K. Mullins

 

CITY COUNCIL

10 YEARS 
Sandy M. George

15 YEARS 
Robert C. Kramer

 

CITY MANAGER

5 YEARS 
Erika M. De Leon

20 YEARS

Colleen D. Felix (Retired)

 

CITY TREASURER

5 YEARS 
Debbie S. Kukta

 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

10 YEARS 
Lilly Arevshatyan
Adam Emmer
Robert S. Manougian
James M. Rigor
Ross Young

15 YEARS 
Johnny Gonzales
David Kriske
Miriam Reguerra

20 YEARS

Jose R. Alcantar Alderete

30 YEARS

Robert J. Peren

 

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

FINANCIAL SERVICES

5 YEARS

Lydia Guerrero

10 YEARS 
Patrick C. Flynn (Awarded Posthumously)
Nickie L. Lopez
Nancy Minassian

15 YEARS 
Steven Aragon
Heidi Okimoto

20 YEARS

Rebeka Balasanyan

 

FIRE DEPARTMENT

10 YEARS 
Michael Baldassano
Eric J. Ball
Jeffrey J. Coombs
J. Ryan Cortina
Susan K. Hayward
Daniel J. King
Brigitte Le
Devon S. Meister
Logan G. Shaw
Adrian D. Sirbike
John H. Washington Jr.

20 YEARS 
Danny Alvarez
James Carrick
Wayne D. Chisholm
Erick N. Clements
John D. Freeborn
Kenneth Hultgren
Paul F. Magnante
Kelly L. Morris
James Moye
Joel Petteys
Anthony Soffa
Travont (Tray) White

25 YEARS

Michael T. Brack
Matthew D. Wagner

30 YEARS 
Ronald A. Barone
Steven F. Briggs
George F. Hawkes
Thomas J. Lenahan
Craig M. MacFarlane (Retired)
Kenet D. Robertson

 

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

5 YEARS

Michael A. Carson
Steve Esmeirat

10 YEARS 
Cuong (Luis) Le
Jason E. Miller
L. Anthony Moore (Resigned)
Lucas D. Suimanjaya

15 YEARS 
Jamie Ehring
David W. Morales
Vaughn B. Nemecek

 

LIBRARY SERVICES

5 YEARS 
Christine A. Alles
Jennifer S. Bailey
Roger A. Hiles
Susan E. Mattson
Sarah M. Oakes
Judith K. Parker

10 YEARS 
Rageni Arora
Diane L. Malden
Rajan D. Nanda
Tina L. Sahadi

15 YEARS 
Neva J. McDaniel
Karen Stead
Catherine A. Whitehead
David Willis

20 YEARS 
Laura Brownell

30 YEARS

Naomi Aronoff (Retired)

 

MANAGEMENT SERVICES

5 YEARS

Laura I. Hernandez

15 YEARS

Kristin A. Shedarowich

20 YEARS 
April Moreno

 

PARKS AND RECREATION

2017

10 YEARS 
Rogelio Cardenas (Resigned)
Van H. Cognata
Bryanna D. Edwards
Walter Gates Jr.
Jose E. Lara
Glen T. Williams
Ryan D. Yonan (Resigned)

15 YEARS 
Elsa Delatorre
Viviana Garzon
Gwen Indermill
Scott Matthews
Andrew J. McDaniel
David Montero
Rocio C. Perales

20 YEARS

Patrick J. Farrell

30 YEARS 
Luis A. Alvarez
Patricia S. Molinar

 

5 YEAR 
Michael A. Albanese
Denis Cremins
Eric H. Deroian
Paul D. French
Michael J. Hagopian
Jacqulene Cole
Mary L. Paterson
Ryan D. Rhoads
Carlos J. Rivas
Kristopher J. Totemwongs
Dewayne A. Wolfer

10 YEARS 
Alfonso E. Ang
Emil Brimway
Karel Castro
Jonathan J. Dugas
Selena M. Espinoza
Lorik Gicanov
Christopher B. Hensley
Jana L. Howington
Thomas L. Krueger
Marsha E. Laufer
James A. Marshall
Cameron J. Mencuri
Harrie J. Niers

15 YEARS 
Dianne E. Annis
Joseph J. Farrow
Henry S. Garay
James T. Jordan
Carly M. Lott
Mike C. Macias
Diane L. Shear
Stephen P. Turner
Maricela Vega
Josephine N. Wilson

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

20 YEARS 
Teri A. Byrne
Anthony C. Faggiano Jr.
Todd S. Fatta
Eufemia I. Gomez
Stephen A. Maxwell
Sean E. Toth

25 YEARS  Anthony P. DeSantis
Fernando Rojas
Kerry J. Schilf (Retired)

30 YEARS 
Charles M. Howell

 

PUBLIC WORKS

2017

5 YEARS 
Katherine F. Lopez
Juan A. Robles
Anthony Salcedo
Michael R. Smith

10 YEARS 
Steven J. Alcantar
Julie F. Carreon
Alejandro Delgado Diaz
Elida Gallegos
Jon P. Gee
Zeibour Khonkikian
Erin M. McDaniel
Richard K. Powell
Kiki I. Thomas-Lee

15 YEARS 
Miguel Hernandez
Mirna L. Mendoza-Hurley
Ricardo O. Sanchez
Timothy R. Smith

20 YEARS 
Martin Lupercio
Jose F. Puga
David Uehlein

25 YEARS 
Jeanne Keeler

30 YEARS 
Richard R. Benson
Robert H. King
William C. Parrish Jr.
Renee J. Roach

Burbank Police to Host Crime Prevention Seminar for Businesses

The Burbank Police Department will host a seminar for local Burbank merchants on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 from 6:00 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.  The seminar will be held at the Burbank Police Department and will focus on crime prevention tips, deterrence strategies, crime trend discussions, and legal challenges as they relate to retail and business establishments in the City of Burbank.  The seminar will also allow for a question and answer period.

Due to space limitations, registration will be limited to 75 guests.  All attendees MUST register and check-in with identification will be required. Only owners and employees of Burbank businesses and merchants will be accepted in the registration process.

If you are interested in attending, please register at http://www.BurbankPD.org/seminar.

Once your registration has been accepted, a Community Resource Officer will contact you via email to confirm.

For more information, please see the flyer below.

Second Annual Winter Wine Walk and Street Fair This Saturday

Burbank will be kicking off the holidays in style at the 2nd Annual Winter Wine Walk & Street Fair, which will be taking over the streets of Downtown Burbank on November 18, 2017, from noon to 8:00 PM.

A celebration of wine and local businesses covering two blocks in the heart of Downtown Burbank’s shopping and dining neighborhood, the Winter Wine Walk will transform stores throughout the district into the wine-tasting event of the season. There will be 30 wine tasting stations alongside a free, public street fair located on San Fernando Boulevard between Magnolia Boulevard and Orange Grove Avenue.  Live musical performances will round off festivities, culminating in a free magical Snowfall from the Main Stage located at San Fernando Boulevard and Palm Avenue.

The Winter Wine Walk’s 30 wine, craft beer, and food sampling stops will showcase the finest that local merchants have to offer, giving patrons a head start on the shopping season in the company of friends, family, and delicious wine from multiple California craft wineries.

Date: Saturday, November 18, 2017

Winter Wine Walk Hours: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM (Ticket required: must be 21+)

Street Fair Hours: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM (Free and open to the public)

Location: Downtown Burbank on San Fernando Boulevard. The Street Fair will take place on San Fernando Boulevard between Magnolia Boulevard and Orange Grove Avenue. The Main Stage and Snowfall will be located at Palm Avenue and San Fernando Boulevard.

Tickets: $45. Includes 2 oz samples at 30 tasting stops. Individuals must be 21 years of age or older with a valid ID to access the wine tasting stops and to consume alcohol. Tickets will also be sold at the door while supplies last. Burbank hotels are offering two free tickets to the Winter Wine Walk when patrons book their room via www.visitburbank.com. Entry to the Street Fair, Main Stage and Snowfall portion of the event is free of charge. For more information, please visitwww.burbankwinterwinewalk.com or  www.dtnbur.com.

Burbank Slightly Opens Door on Marijuana, Closes it on Rancho Developer

Tuesday night, the Burbank City Council held hearings regarding an ordinance to the Burbank Municipal Code regarding Marijuana growing by private residences and retail sales along with changing the General Plan land use designation of a 4.7 -acre property from Rancho Commercial (RC) to Low-Density Residential (LDR) to develop 34 single-family homes

The first hearing was on a staff-proposed change to the Municipal Code that would restrict growing Marijuana growing to indoors along with a ban on retail sales.

After much public content supporting fewer restrictions and being able to grow outside, the Council voted 5-0 to adopt the ordinance however they changed it to allow outdoor growing as long as the conditions of State Law were met.

While at this time there is a ban regarding the retail outlets, the Council did seem that they wanted to open the door regarding retail sales in the future.

Councilwoman Sharon Springer said that she checked the results from the Prop. 64 election results and said that 61% of voters in Burbank voted to approve legalized Marijuana in California.

While no path has been set up yet to allow retail stores in Burbank, there was strong support to set up a task force or committee to study the best way to start the process however no timeline was given when this process might begin.

The second hearing of the night was the changing of the zoning in the Rancho District for an amendment to the General Plan land use designation of a 4.7 -acre property from Rancho Commercial (RC) to Low-Density Residential (LDR) to develop 34 single-family homes. The property is located in the Rancho Master Plan Area, south of Riverside Drive near the Mariposa Street Bridge.

The developer had wanted to put 34 homes into the area but Rancho residents came out by the dozens to protest during the hearing.  While the Council was not allowed to consider the development itself, or what a re-zoning would mean when the Pickwick property came up at a later date, they were told it was solely to change the zoning on that particular project.

In the end, the Council voted 3 to 2 (Councilmembers Springer and Rogers were in support) to not re-zone the area in question. 

FSA Awards Michael and Caroline Cusamano With the Mary Alice O’Connor Vision Award

In early October the Family Service Agency awarded Michael and Caroline Cusumano in their 2017 Vision Awards ceremony. During the night, the FSA honored the Mary Alice O’Connor 2015 Vision Award Recipients and celebrated the emotional support, psychological, and social well-being of Burbank’s youth.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

The Family Service Agency was founded in 1953 by a Burbank Unified School District School Psychologist and a group of community leaders. Currently, the FSA operates in 20 school campuses, including 19 BUSD schools and one private school.

The agency specializes in therapy, but also offers individual youth and adult therapy sessions, couples therapy, and family therapy. The agency also maintains a Veteran’s Group, a Depression and Anxiety Group, a Battered Women’s Survivor Group, and a Teen/Parent Substance Abuse group.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

The agency also offers comprehensive free services for foster, homeless, and high-risk youth and their families. This includes a 24-hour comprehensive support program aimed at servicing adult and child survivors of domestic abuse. 99% of their staff holds 4-year degrees, with 92% holding advanced degrees, and 96% providing direct client care.

FSA currently operates 3 long-term transitional shelters for battered women and children, homeless families, and emancipated youth and young adults respectively. Their estimated value of care stands at $4.9 million dollars (2015-2016 fiscal year), regardless of their actual budget being $1.4 million dollars. The FSA has also served 4,794 clients.

After the ceremony, I had a chance to speak with Michael Cusmano about the award and the Family Service Agency.


Interview with Michael Cusmano

After the event, I had a chance to speak to Michael Cusmano about the award and what the public can do to help.

First off, congratulations to you and Caroline on your award. Obviously, the work put into maintaining emotional, psychological, and social well-being support never ends. Having impacted so many lives up until this point, what can you and Caroline say about what this award means to the both of you? 

This recognition is especially meaningful to us because it is in honor of Mary Alice O’Connor, and she was such inspirational leader for so many people here in Burbank. It is an honor to caring on her legacy.

How can citizens of Burbank, previously unaware of the FSA, help the FSA in pursuit of their mission in helping our citizens? 

The most direct way that people can help FSA execute their mission is by making donations directly to the organization; they are a 501c3 non-profit and all gifts are 100% tax deductible.

What inspired you and Caroline to start helping? And what continues to inspire the both of you? 

Caroline and I have been involved in charitable and community work for decades, and we were initially inspired by the community work and commitment that my parents and grandmother demonstrated as we were growing up;  After that, it’s the impact of the work that continues to inspire us. When you see how your participation in the community can make a difference, change lives, it inspires to do more, and more.

Proceeds from the event went to FSA’s Burbank School-Based Counseling Program and FSA’s Residential Youth Counseling Program.

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City Council Sets Hearing to Ban Retail Marijuana Outlets in Burbank

Burbank’s City Council will have a public hearing on Tuesday to make proposed changes to the Burbank Municipal Code regulating retail stores that will be licensed to sell marijuana on January 1, 2018

Burbank’s current codes only regulate the use of medical marijuana but do not address the new State Law that will be enacted in 2018 after the passage of Prop 64 back in November of 2016.

Proposition 64 legalized the recreational use of marijuana for adults aged 21 years or older, permitting smoking in a private home or at a business licensed for on-site marijuana consumption. Smoking was to remain illegal while driving a vehicle, anywhere smoking tobacco is, and in all public places. Up to 28.5 grams of marijuana and 8 grams of concentrated marijuana are legal to possess under this measure. However, possession on the grounds of a school, day care center, or youth center while children are present remains illegal. An individual is permitted to grow up to six plants within a private home as long as the area is locked and not visible from a public place.

According to the staff report, the new code will give “State licensing authorities with clear direction regarding the City’s regulation of commercial cannabis activities of all types, by expressly codifying the City’ s prohibition of commercial cannabis activities (both medical and recreational) within the City.”

Burbank Planning Board voted 5-0 to support the changes after a public hearing held in October.

While the report says there is no direct fiscal impact to the City’s General Fund, it does not discuss if there would be a financial benefit through both sales taxes and any City imposed tax that would be raised if retail outlets were allowed in Burbank.

Proposition 64 created two new excise taxes on marijuana:

  • A cultivation tax of $9.25 per ounce for flowers and $2.75 per ounce for leaves, with exceptions for certain medical marijuana sales and cultivation
  • A 15 percent tax on the retail price of marijuana

Taxes will be adjusted for inflation starting in 2020. Local governments were authorized to levy taxes on marijuana as well.

The changes to the ordinances will allow adults over 21 to “Clarify that personal cannabis cultivation for recreational use is permitted in accordance with State law, which requires such cultivation to (1) be conducted by individuals who are 21 years of age or older, and (2) restrict the total number of cultivated plants to no more than six living plants.

The City Council will hold the public hearing during their meeting Tuesday, November 7 at 6 pm in the City Council Chambers.

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City Council to Consider Zone Change in Rancho District

Courtesy City of Burbank

Members of the Burbank City Council will take up the issue of changing a 4.7-acre property located at 814 South Mariposa Street from Rancho Commercial (RC) to Low Density Residential (LDR) to develop 34 single-family homes.

A staff report has recommended the Council amend the General Plan.

MLC Holdings Inc., has submitted a pre-application to see if the Council will change the designation before submitting an official application to continue the process.  The property sits at the southeast end of Mariposa.

According to the staff report:

If Council authorizes the project to proceed, the applicant intends to submit a project that includes redevelopment of an industrial zoned property to a single-family project with a private street (Exhibit C). It would also include a new public horse trail (bridle path) and sidewalk along the Mariposa Street frontage terminating at the property boundary, though specific details of the intended project may change prior to submittal. The applicant’s submittal would include a formal application to amend the General Plan land use designation; amend the Zoning Map to a Planned Development; enter into a Development Agreement; submit for Development Review; and apply for a Tentative Tract Map to subdivide the property. Once the application is submitted, staff would begin the environmental review process in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

The Rancho Review Board met on October 11 with Burbank Senior Planner, Linsay Hagan, gave a presentation of the application to the Board while Lester Tucker and Aaron Talarico from MLC Holdings, provided a presentation on the project proposal.

Courtesy City of Burbank

There were 24 local residents and business owners who also commented during the meeting with most showing concerns for the size of the project and increased traffic. The Board voted 7-0 to not support the zone change.

The proposed project on Mariposa will include a private street. It would also include a new public horse trail (bridle path) and sidewalk along the Mariposa Street frontage terminating at the property boundary, though specific details of the intended project may change prior to the submittal process.

This project is also close to the proposed housing development at the roughly 8.5-acre Pickwick property and may be a test case to see how the Council responds since the owners of the Pickwick property will have to also ask for a zoning change to be able to build housing on their property.

The council will be holding a public hearing this Tuesday, November 7, at 6 pm in the City Council Chambers.

Courtesy City of Burbank

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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

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

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

 

House of Secrets Celebrates its 26th Anniversary

Photo By: Kelsie Hernandez

House of Secrets, the comic book shop located at 1930 W Olive St., is celebrating its 26th anniversary this week. The shop was moved to Burbank, by owner Paul Grimshaw, from its original location in Montrose, CA. It has since seen more than a decades worth of comics and people pass through its doors.

Having been located in Burbank for so long, Paul’s partner, Erik Warfield, said the city has “a great demographic. We’ve got customers who are probably in their 60’s or 70’s, and have been collecting for years. We have new families, younger, the next generation so to speak. Some of them are customers we’ve had since they were ten years old, and now they’re thirty-something and have their own kids. That’s probably been the funnest thing to see, having kids myself now, it’s easier to measure time by them. You have these little kids, then they’re going to high school, they’re going to Burroughs down the street, coming here after school, then they’re twenty-five years old, then they’re thirty years old and they’re bringing in little babies – we’ve been here long enough to see that, and see the the growth of the industry and community around us.”

To mark their anniversary, the shop is planning a sale for both Friday and Sunday. On Friday, October 13th, House of Secrets is offering 40% off everything in the store, except for supplies. This includes trade paperbacks, new comics, old comics, and artwork.

On Sunday, House of Secrets is holding a special sale from 12-5PM. On this day, they’ll be opening up their storage space located behind the shop. Included in this sale will be old toys, marked down trades, and more dollar books.

Erik explains that they love what they do, and the shop is able to run because the people in Burbank have the luxury to spend money on comic books. “We can sell old comic books, we can sell dollar books, we can sell cheap new stuff, regular new stuff, trade paperbacks, artwork, and the old books are good to see. Any silver age or golden age books that we get, there is another level of clientele that want pricy books. We’ve sold $4,000 books, we’ve sold $1 books. It’s a wide, wide range, which keeps it steady all the time.”