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Three Suspects Arrested for Papa John’s Pizza Burglary

On Tuesday, January 8, Glendale Police officers arrested three male suspects in relation to a burglary at Papa John’s Pizza, located at 904 S. Glenoaks Blvd.

While GPD officers were on patrol near the border of Burbank and Glendale at 3:40 a.m., they witnessed three men carrying a safe who proceeded to load it into a vehicle. Officers also observed that the front window of a nearby Papa John’s Pizza had been shattered.

After police approached the scene, they detained one of the suspects and took him into custody. Meanwhile, the two other suspects fled to a nearby neighborhood. Burbank Police responded to the incident and joined GPD to establish a perimeter to locate the suspects. After several hours conducting an extensive search, both BPD and GPD were unable to find the alleged burglars.

At 7:00 a.m., a concerned citizen reported discarded clothes, possibly belonging to one of the suspects, on the 400 block of E. Cedar Ave. Officers searched the area and located a man who was identified as a suspect.

Around 8:00 a.m., police responded to reports of a man running down the 1100 block of E. Elmwood Ave. Officers located the man and identified him as the third suspect who had previously fled the scene.

All three suspects are now in custody and have been identified as Rupert Lewis, 21 of Long Beach, Amil Campbell, 21 of Long Beach, and Tramell Gaines, 27 of Los Angeles. They have been booked on suspicion of commercial burglary.

On January 10, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed one count of burglary against each suspect.

“The members of our community are our extra sets of eyes. Because we can’t be everywhere all the time, we rely on the citizens in our community to be good witnesses,” said BPD Sgt. Derek Green.

Both Burbank and Glendale Police Departments have expressed their gratefulness for the aid of concerned citizens who reached out. They urge the public to always report suspicious activity as it can ensure the safety of the community.

“More often than not, it’s the citizens themselves who point us in the right direction and help us to locate suspects and solve crime.”

UPDATED: LA Kings Acquire Pickwick Ice, Plans for $1 Million Renovation

Correction: We earlier reported that all of Pickwick Gardens was sold.  Updated reports say only the Pickwick Ice Center has been purchased.

After many rumors regarding the future of Pickwick Ice, the Los Angeles Kings and American Sports Entertainment Co. announced on Thursday, December 20, that they have acquired ownership of the ice rink, with plans for a $1 million renovation.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The deal involves a long-term partnership with Ron Stavert, CEO of Pickwick Gardens, who has owned the popular ice rink with his family for over 60 years, starting in 1961.

Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy, who is also a part of the Rancho community, believes the planned upgrades will secure Pickwick’s future.

“I am thrilled to hear about a new partnership between the Stavert Family and the LA Kings, our world class professional hockey team. Pickwick will remain a significant commercial recreational venue,” said Mayor Gabel-Luddy.

“Luc Robitaille (former player for the LA Kings, current president), whom I recently heard speak about the Kings South Bay Training Facility, is making a strategic and welcome investment in the San Fernando Valley and right here in Burbank. I am ready to put on my Golden Bears jersey!”

Today’s announcement of the acquisition included that the rink will be renamed “LA Kings Ice,” with remodeling causing the facility to temporarily close its doors in June.

Pickwick Ice Center (Photo By Ross A. Benson

During the closure, ASEC will be in charge of a three part renovation project, costing $1 million to improve equipment and conduct maintenance.

ASEC is the largest owner and operator of ice rinks and other indoor athletic facilities throughout the country. They currently operate 21 facilities throughout North Carolina, New York, Texas, Arizona, and in California, where they own the Toyota Sports Center in Los Angeles.

In October 2016, the fate of Pickwick Gardens was uncertain as rumors circulated that the facilities were in jeopardy since the maintenance costs for the property increased, causing profits to rapidly decline. Although the Stavert family was not interested in selling Pickwick Gardens, which also includes a bowling alley and a banquet hall, they turned to the city for suggestions.

In September 2017, a plan to demolish the buildings to be turned into housing was brought before residents at a City Council meeting, which was met with controversy in an eruption of “boos.”

Over the years, Pickwick Ice has been a staple in the Burbank community, serving as a home to the California Golden Bears youth hockey club, Los Angeles Figure Skating Club, several hockey teams, and countless birthday parties.

Old aerial picture of the full Pickwick complex. The old drive-in is now home to Pavilions (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Arena Polo Returns to the LA Equestrian Center’s Equidome

On April 20 and 21, arena polo will return to the Equidome at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center for the first time since 1989, presented by the Will Rogers Polo Club.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Attendees are encouraged to wear their best to the free admission event which will feature a cash bar, live music, and some of LA’s most popular food trucks.

“The Los Angeles Equidome Invitational” will feature the Sherman Memorial 3–6 Goal and the Arena Amateur Cup 0–3 Goal. Eight Southern California polo teams will go up against each other to win coveted USPA championship titles for the first of many tournaments to come.

From 1983 to 1989, the Los Angeles Equestrian Center was home to professional arena polo and featured the LA Stars and LA Colts, along with top ten goal players such as Captain Tom Goodspeed, “Smokin” Joe Henderson, and the “Hawaiian Hurricane” Ronnie Tong.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

During arena polo’s peak popularity in the 80s, Equidome events would attract celebrities, polo enthusiasts, and equestrians from all over the country.

Preliminary rounds for the Los Angeles Equidome Invitational will take place on Friday, April 20 at 6:00 p.m. and final rounds will kick off on Saturday, April 21 at 10:00 a.m. at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, located on 480 W. Riverside Dr.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and tournaments start at 7:00 p.m.

For additional information, contact the LA Equidome at 818-840-9063 or visit their website at LA-EquestrianCenter.com

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Burbank Town Center Remodel Nearly Complete

This year, the $60 million renovations of the Burbank Town Center which started in January 2017 will finally be complete, with new stores, a brighter atmosphere, and a revamped food court among other refurbishments.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Visitors to the eighth largest mall in Los Angeles County have already noticed several new additions, including the renovated food court which has relocated from the third floor to the first floor. The modernized atmosphere has an improved seating area with USB compatible outlets and decorative lights.

“The new food court has a lot more seating available. It’s very spacious and it’s a lot more open. I think that’s one of the best changes they’ve made, moving the food court downstairs,“ said Atticus Bacchus, an employee of All Amusement Fun Center.

Although some restaurants have left the revitalized food court, several restaurants that were on the third level remain, such as Panda Express, Sbarro, and Mongolian Grill, which is coming soon.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

“Our goal is to introduce fresh new tenants to Burbank Town Center with an eye to making the dining terrace a go-to-place when visiting Burbank,” said Lance W. Taylor, director at CAPREF Burbank LLC, who has been overseeing the renovation of the mall.

Soon, there will be an outdoor dining terrace with a view toward Verdugo and west toward the Hollywood Hills. A new outdoor escalator will carry shoppers and diners to the space which faces the shops on San Fernando Blvd.

Two new entrances into the Burbank Town Center have been added to the east and west parking garages, allowing better circulation throughout the mall.

A grand staircase leading to an entrance into the mall has been made accessible on E. Magnolia Blvd.

New skylights throughout the mall, along with LED lighting and new flooring, provide a more energetic and positive shopping atmosphere than before.

Following AMC 8’s recent theatre remodel with reclining seats, stores such as New York & Co. and Vans have also been redesigned.

Burbank Town Center is currently home to 150 retail stores and soon, Cost Plus World Market will add to that number. The 17,000 sq ft store will be located on the first floor of the mall and is said to open in June or July.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Additional changes include the relocation of See’s Candy from across the hall to provide more room for H&M, which will be located on the second and third levels. The fast fashion retailer is expected to open around summer or during the fall.

In 2017, H&M was the highest ranked fashion outlet according to Forbes America’s Best Employers and made the list of “Best Companies to Work for in Fashion” for Business of Fashion. New stores such as H&M and Cost Plus will likely benefit the local economy in providing job opportunities and better shopping experiences.

“With the $60 million mall renovation nearing completion and the addition of these new tenants, we are seeing increased activity from national and local retailers interested in calling Burbank Town Center home and we anticipate additional retailer announcements this year,” said Taylor.

Such new additions are enticing locals who are used to doing their shopping online or in other cities.

“The updates to the mall are exciting as it will bring about a much-needed change and update to the area. Many people drive to Glendale for stores like H&M and Cost Plus, so it will be great that their tax dollars will be staying here in Burbank,” said Wes Taylor, a resident of Downtown Burbank.

Although many new shops are coming to the mall, several stores that have become favorites in the community remain. LA County’s last mall arcade, the “All Amusement Fun Center” which has been in business for 24 years, has been relocated from the first floor to the third floor after it was nearly closed in 2017. In response to community outcry, owners Jim and Susan Rowton collaborated with Lance Taylor to find a suitable new location and were able to keep the arcade open while adding several new games.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

On March 3, the All Amusement Fun Center hosted a community event, allowing visitors to play games, get their faces painted, and have balloon animals made— all free of charge.

New resting stations with USB compatible outlets give shoppers downtime to sit and relax between stores. For young families, there are two new play areas which provide a chance for parents to monitor their kids as they take a break from shopping.

Recently added Tesla Superchargers are located on the top of the Burbank Town Center parking garage at 495 North Third St. The station, which allows drivers to charge their cars much quicker than at home, is among the largest in the country, with 20 public-access stalls at the rate of $0.20 per kilowatt hour.

On the third level near Sears, interactive murals were recently installed by students from Burbank High, Providencia Elementary, Brett Hart Elementary, and Jordan Middle School. The murals feature illustrations encouraging shoppers to pose and take part in the images to share on social media.

Burbank Town Center is located at 201 East Magnolia Blvd.

Posh Bridal Affair

The Posh Bridal Affair is LA’s elite bridal event, exposing its brides to the top vendors in the industry. This event will be hosted by Slomique Hawrylo, lead event planner on WETV’s David Tutera’s Celebrations and held at the magnificent Millennium Biltmore Hotel! Attending brides will not only have the opportunity to meet with the top bridal designers, photographers, makeup artists and wedding planners, but also enjoy our fabulous giveaways at the door, a fashion show, raffles and much more! Finishing up with an epic “Ring On It” dance party for the VIP/Elite brides to be. So bet on this affair being anything but your conventional bridal show and make sure to mark your calendar for this once in a lifetime wedding experience.

Get Out Of Town!: Mid-City Adventure At LACMA And Korean BBQ

Editor’s Note: While there’s always a lot going on in Burbank, myBurbank’s “Get Out Of Town!” highlights some of our favorite activities and events outside the town borders.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) offers a lot of options for your visual arts and music fix. With programs like “Free After 3,” free jazz, Latin and classical concerts for the public and the NextGen program, there are many ways to keep a visit low-cost.

Add in a side trip for some excellent Korean BBQ in nearby Koreatown and your Get Out Of Town! adventure in Mid-City goes up a notch.

LACMA Rain Room. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

LACMA Rain Room. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The Rain Room at LACMA is a paid, ticketed esxperience, but well worth the $10-15 fee. This way, smaller, timed-entry groups have access to the room for 15 minutes, making the experience more enjoyable and less crowded.

Some basic tips for a more satisfying and less-wet experience: wear light colors and walk really, really slowly through the rainfall.

The sensors cannot distinguish black clothes from the dark floor and will not stop the water flow.

Slow motion allows time for the area you are in to register with the sensors, to shut off the rain.

The LACMA Rain Room is an amazing and immersive (literally) experience.

LACMA’s NextGen program, which provides free general museum access to children 17 and under, also allows free entry to an accompanying adult. The museum offers senior, student and KCRW member discounts, along with free access for EBT card holders and members of the military. On weekdays, the “Free After 3” program grants free admission to all.

In addition to an excellent permanent collection spanning much of human history, LACMA also offers a series of top-notch special exhibitions, some free with general admission and others require an additional entry fee.

Street parking may be available but is often hard to find. Parking in the LACMA lots costs $14. General adult admission to the museum is $15.

 (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

(Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The museum’s free concerts are a huge draw. During the summer, Jazz at LACMA on Fridays and Latin Sounds on Saturdays bring a multitude of Angelenos with camp chairs and picnic baskets to the museum plaza grounds. Seating directly in front of the featured band is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sundays Live, the museum’s chamber music series, runs year-round in the Leo S. Bing Theater and features the best of national, international, local and emerging classical musicians.

After immersing oneself in all that art, music and culture, one can get pretty hungry. Nearby Koreatown offers excellent Korean BBQ, with a lot of busy restaurants. Since our favorite, Woo Lae Oak, left its Western Avenue location years ago and ultimately closed the La Cienaga spot recently, we needed a new Korean BBQ joint.

One of the top-reviewed Korean restaurants in town, Kang Ho Dong Baekjong, did not let us down. On a crowded Friday night, we were able to get a table inside in less than 30 minutes. Excellent, attentive service helped us navigate this vibrant and noisy restaurant.

Kang Ho Dong Baekjong offers only beef and pork to grill, along with the requisite accompanying dishes such as green salad, seaweed and bean sprout salad, bean stew, fried kimchi, kimchi prepared three different ways, sweet potato and daikon. Roasted pepper, onion, corn and egg are cooked next to the grill top.

Brisket at Kang Ho Dong Baekjong. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Brisket at Kang Ho Dong Baekjong. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Refreshing, cold barley tea, which tastes like water, washes everything down. Soju and Korean beers are also available.

We ordered the large beef combo platter, of brisket, short rib and prime rib – it was a little too much food for four, although we were very hungry. The beef was excellent quality and was cooked by our servers, something we’re not used to at a Korean BBQ restaurant.

Servers refilled the sides and tea when asked and generally made sure our table was having a good time.

Short rib at Kang Ho Dong Baekjong.  (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Short rib at Kang Ho Dong Baekjong. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Seats on the quieter patio provide an alternative to the loud music and slightly smoky interior, but we much preferred the party-like energy of the room, especially on a Friday night.

Kang Ho Dong Baekjong is not all-you-can-eat, thus the quality of meat is better than an AYCE place. Everyone working at the restaurant was super friendly and answered questions, so there’s no reason to be intimidated if you don’t speak Korean.

In the future, we would probably order meat a la carte, because there was a lot of brisket. The restaurant also offers cold and hot noodles and soups. The bean soup that came with the BBQ combo was also delicious.

 (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

(Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Parking for the restaurant enters off Alexandria Avenue from Sixth Street, to a valet stand in the back. Street parking is very challenging in the area.

About a 20-30 minute drive from Burbank, both LACMA and the Koreatown area provide a fun alternative for an afternoon or evening out, close to home.

Live at Saint Rocke!

By: Brittney Victoria Edwards

Gorgeous Got A Gun opening the night of music at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach, CA on June 24, 2011 (Photo By Steven J. Lynch)

This past Friday, Saint Rocke at 142 Pacific Coast Hwy in Hermosa Beach opened its doors to the public to come be entertained by three remarkable bands; Gorgeous Got a Gun, Back Pocket Memory, and Goodnight Noises. The Saint Rocke to many southern Californians has gone unnoticed and deserves some huge credit for its magnificence. This venue has been voted the “Number One live music venue for the South Bay” for the past three years. According to their website, it is the only live music venue in the USA to be streaming LIVE VIDEO in high-def and on the Internet.

One of the several nooks and lounge areas surrounding the main floor of Saint Rocke (Photo By Steven J. Lynch)

This way no matter where a person was in the large venue they could watch the show. I will attest to this statement, by saying how awed I was at the flat screen televisions spread throughout the place. If you didn’t want to watch the show from the front of the stage, it was perfectly easy to watch it clearly from one of the flat screens in the several fireplace nooks around the venue.

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Car Crash Turns Drivers World Upside Down

Photo By Ross A. Benson

Firefighters from both Burbank and L. A. responded to the corner of Clybourn and Riverside Saturday afternoon for a vehicle that had turned upside down.  It was reported that the young female driver of the vehicle was driving westbound on Riverside when she veered over and hit a parked car with the impact then sending her car upside down.

Photo By Ross A. Benson

North Hollywood Fire Lights Up The Night Near Burbank

Photo By Ross A. Benson

Los Angeles City Firefighters made an extremely quick knock down on this arson caused fire at the Studio Place Inn Motel at 10740 Ventura Blvd early Thursday morning. Arson Investigators were called to the scene after a suspect was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center for questioning, The fire left several residents outside in their pajamas and bathrobes as the fire destroyed the top floor of the two story motel. The fire’s cause was unknown but being investigated, the dollars loss of damage was still being tabulated.  The Humane Society was called for a deceased  dog.

Photo By Ross A. Benson

‘Thoughts From The Bullpen’ Actually Has A Baseball Theme

Problems at Dodger Stadium Are a Lot Deeper Then One Beating

By Craig Sherwood
Executive Editor, BurbankNBeyond.com

Most of the time we talk only Burbank, but this time we are going ‘Beyond’, although it is a subject that most Burbank people will experience sometime this season, Dodger Stadium.

As a high school coach for the last 30 years, I have gone to my share of baseball games. In fact, baseball was on my mind even back in the 70’s after graduating from Burroughs.  I took a full time job at Dodger Stadium working for Danny Goodman in the souvenir department. During the off season, we worked on restocking, and when the games came I sold souvenirs in the left field ‘yellow’ (bottom deck) section. It was not about making money, it was just being around the game and being able to meet the occasional player.

The O’Malley’s owned the Dodgers back then and everything was done with an amount of class. The people who worked there back then had mostly been there since the Dodgers moved from Brooklyn, and it was truly a family atmosphere.

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