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BTAC Fundraising Event Honors Two

Mayor Awarded BTAC's Top Award for Citizenship.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Temporary Aid held their yearly dinner and fundraising event Friday at the Castaway Restaurant.

This year they honored Burbank’s Centennial Mayor Jess Talamantes, along with President/CEO Mark Goldstein of Entertainment Partners.   Burbank’s Chamber of Commerce CEO Gary Olson was Master of Ceremonies, and a long time supporter of BTAC.

The evening started out with a silent auction, cocktails in the Valley View Room, then s sit down dinner was served with the program following.  The who of who’s of Burbank was in attendance.


Burbank's Mayor Jess Talamantes along with Mark Goldstein, President/CEO of Entertainment Partners, were honored by BTAC Friday evening. Also pictured is Barbara Howell, BTAC's CEO. (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 Talamantes Pronounces Burbank ‘Healthy’ in State of the City Speech

Over 350 City officials and Burbank business leaders gathered at the Burbank Airport Marriott to hear Mayor Jess Talamantes talk about the State of the City (Photo By Ross A. Benson)


Burbank Mayor Jess Talamantes gave Burbank’s annual State Of The City Address Wednesday morning at the Burbank Airport Marriott . The large crowd of over 350 business owners, Chamber of Commerce Members, and City employees were in attendance to hear how Burbank is doing during these rough economic times.  Mayor Talamantes presented his address that Burbank is healthy and presented a differently presentation than previous years.

This year, beside a video presentation, he had a panel of Burbank Business Administrators tell their story of how healthy Burbank’s business Community really is.   Don St. Clair of Woodbury University spoke on higher education, while representation transportation, Dan Feger, Administrator Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena Airport, addressed the current climate.

Speaking for one of Burbank’s Major Studios, Lisa Rawlins, Sr. Vice President at Warner Bros., gave the perspective from the entertainment industry and Julie Sprengel, Chief Operating Officer of Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, spoke on their growth while Burbank Board of Realtor President, Alexandra Kelly, addressed that homes sales in Burbank continue to rise.


Burbank Mayor Jess Talamantes called upon the leaders of the Burbank business community to give their perspective on today's business climate and the future ahead. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Vic Georgino Honored With Plaque at Burbank AMC 25 Years After Bringing Theaters to Burbank


City officials from both past and present were on hand Wednesday morning at the Burbank AMC to honor longtime Burbank resident and developer Vic Georgino  (Photos By Ross A. Benson)

amcOn his 62nd Birthday, 25 years after developing and bring the first AMC Theatre to Downtown Burbank, several friends, local officials, along with past and current City Council members, honored Vic Georgino with a fitting birthday gift and thank you.  In what was a total surprise to Georgino was the unveiling of a plaque along the AMC Walkway thanking him for bringing the AMC Theaters to Burbank 25 years ago. It was Georgino who was the lone Developer who worked with several theater companies, and finally amcin 1986 broke ground on the first walk-in theater after many years. The AMC has now grown several times and is the top location in the AMC chain.  Keith Kramer, AMC Director of Operations, spoke at the event thanking Burbank for the past 25 great years. A picture by our own BurbankNBeyond Chief Photographer, Ross A. Benson, taken in December of 1986 just days before the original AMC opening was on display to refresh memories. Georgino, who was speechless, was really taken back by the event.

Current Burbank Mayor Jess Talamantes reminisces with Vic Georgino of a picture taken by BurbankNBeyond Photographer Ross A. Benson back in 1986 just before the opening of the original Burbank AMC Theater.  Go to Ross’ Retro to see that same photograph (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Take Burbank Out To The Ball Game

Photo By Ross A. Benson

Burbank Mayor Jess Talamantes prepares to throw the opening pitch (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

It was once again Burbank Night at Dodger Stadium and members of the City Council and other Burbankers were on hand for the ceremonial first pitch and stayed for the game which saw the Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks 4-3.  Mayor Jess Talamantes got the call to take the bump, which he did in the jersey that his brother made for him which featured the name ‘Burbank’ and the number 100.  Dave Golonski  got behind the dish to catch the pill.  Although the radar gun had still not been turned on, eye-witness accounts had the Mayor in the high 80’s with a two-seem fastball that backed up!

Photo By Ross A. Benson

Lake / Alameda Greenway Project Kicks Off

Photo By Ross A. Benson

Burbank City Officials joined Mayor Anja Reinke along with Los Angeles County Mayor Michael D. Antonovich and broke ground today on a new 1/4 mile walkway, bikeway greenway project. The $ 1.4 million project will connect West Alameda Ave. and South Victory Blvd with new landscaping, improved lighting, decorative walkways. The project will commence in March and hopefully be completed this fall for the public’s use.

Eight Families See Dream Come True Thanks To Habitat For Humanity

Photo By Ross A. Benson

Habitat For Humanity Los Angeles, and Burbank Housing Corporation gathered 8 families Monday evening, at Burbank’s Community Services Building on what they thought was another mandatory meeting as part of the selection process to become new home owners, but were totally surprised when it was announced that they have been approved as the newest residents that will be able to call Burbank their home.

The families gathered for pictures and were presented flowers, a scrapbook and a hammer as they will have to participate in the building process of their new homes. The Keeler/Elliott Homeowner Development will break ground shortly

Photo By Ross A. Benson

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles is teaming up with the Burbank Housing Corporation and the Burbank Redevelopment Agency on a new affordable housing development in Burbank. The Keeler/Elliott Homeownership Development is an 8-unit development that will include the construction of 7 new townhouse units and the rehabilitation of an existing single-family home. The goal of the project is to build decent, sustainable and affordable homes for eight very low-income, hardworking families and individuals in Burbank. The three entities are developing eight new homes in an underserved area of Burbank, called the Peyton-Grismer Focus Neighborhood. Qualified applicants meet income requirements, have good credit and demonstrate the greatest need. Additionally, homeowner families agree to the organization’s “sweat equity” requirement of up to 500 volunteer hours, including building their home. Since 1990, HFH GLA has built and renovated over 350 homes in greater Los Angeles and over 300 more around the world.

Baskin Robins On Magnolia Reopens

(Left to right) Vahe Asatryan - Co Owner, Mayor Anja Reinke with Co Owner Varugh Tirityan and Ice Cream Cone (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Burbank residents in the west side of the city will once again have a Baskin Robbins Ice Cream store in their neighborhood again as the long standing store just went through an ownership and remodeling change.  The store, located at 4314 Magnolia Blvd., had special 31 cent a scoop ice cream to celebrate on Saturday.

Mayor Anja Reinke gets behind the counter to see if a job at Baskin Robbins might be in store after she leaves the council in May (Photo By Ross A. Benson)