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October 9, 2011
If you think the traffic is bad now on Burbank Boulevard turning onto North Victory Place or crossing over Burbank to get to the Empire Center, just wait until there is a Walmart. But wait, the Burbank Boulevard bridge over the Interstate 5 will be closed for who knows how long. Then try to get to the Empire Center from the south. Count me out. Putting a Walmart in the Empire Center is bad news for everyone except, of course, Walmart. Have you ever been to the store in Panorama City?
THE818NOW
October 6, 2011
KCET's weekly program, SoCal Connected , will look at Walmart's plans to set up shop in Burbank during Friday night's episode. The episode will feature residents who are opposed to the mega-store and city officials who support the company for its job creation and low-cost groceries. It is scheduled to air at 8:30 p.m. The Burbank Leader reported that Walmart plans to host a public meeting on Oct. 17 at the site they plan to build the store - the former Great Indoors site near the Empire Center.
THE818NOW
December 30, 2011
A Los Angeles man was arrested yesterday after allegedly attempting to sell stolen power tools on Craigslist, police said. Undercover police officers observed Julio Landeros, 24, make what appeared to be a suspicious transaction in the Empire Center on Thursday near Best Buy, Sgt. Darin Ryburn said. Unbeknown to the buyer, the power drill Landeros allegedly sold -- arranged through a Craigslist post -- was stolen, Ryburn said. Landeros was arrested on suspicion of possessing stolen property and on an unrelated warrant.
THE818NOW
By Jason Wells, jason.wells@latimes.com | September 20, 2011
Opponents of planned Walmart adjacent to the Empire Center in Burbank plan to stage a protest rally today on the steps of City Hall. Walmart last week confirmed plans to move into the former Great Indoors site after weeks of speculation. A spokesman for the mega-retailer said a public input meeting would be scheduled to give residents a chance to weigh in on the store's offerings. But for some residents, no Walmart is the preferred option, and they plan to make their stance known at a protest rally at 5:30 p.m. outside City Hall before the City Council meeting.
NEWS
April 17, 2004
Brown -- Ortiz Debra D. Brown, the daughter of Virginia Brown of Burbank, and Ryan G. Ortiz, the son of Sergio and Yolanda Ortiz of Glendale, have announced their engagement. The bride-to-be graduated from Bellarmine-Jefferson High School in 1994 and received her associate in arts degree in interior design from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in 1996. She is a designer and space planner for Trendway Corp. in downtown Los Angeles.
NEWS
By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | January 27, 2012
An attorney for a local commercial and food workers union is now representing two Burbank residents who oppose plans for a new Walmart. He is threatening legal action if the city doesn't address their concerns. The addition of Gideon Kracov, who represents United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 770, into the fray brings some legal muscle to a table crowded by residents who don't want a Walmart in the city, and city officials who say there's little they can do under zoning law to prevent it. Last week, Kracov went before Council asking that several of his questions about the project be addressed as an agenda item.
THE818NOW
By Jason Wells, jason.wells@latimes.com | September 21, 2011
Opponents of a planned Walmart in Burbank may get some political ammunition if Gov. Jerry Brown signs a bill that would require mega-retailers to submit studies gauging the impact of their stores on everything from traffic to local commerce. The controversial bill on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk, SB 469, would require any store larger than 90,000 square feet that sells consumer goods and devotes more than 10% of its floor area to food and prescription drugs sales to pay for an economic impact report.
NEWS
By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | February 4, 2012
Opposition to a planned Walmart in Burbank surged this week as critics demanded the city first address promised traffic improvements before allowing the mega-retailer to move in. Backed by an attorney for the powerful United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 770, opponents packed the Burbank City Council Chambers on Tuesday demanding due consideration be paid to the impact a Walmart would have on an already congested network of roads surrounding...
LOCAL
By By Tania Chatila | February 8, 2006
Glendale woman who also pleaded guilty to scam will return to court to face sentencing.LOS ANGELES -- A 44-year-old Burbank man was sentenced to one year in prison Monday for impersonating an American Red Cross volunteer and taking donations under the guise of helping Hurricane Katrina victims. United States District Court Judge George King sentenced Tino Lee to one year and one day in federal prison, court officials said. The U.S. Attorney's office in Los Angeles charged Lee and Gina Liz Nicholas, 22, of Glendale, with false impersonation of American Red Cross members to solicit money under false pretenses.
LOCAL
By By Mark R. Madler | November 9, 2005
Red Cross impersonators solicited money in Burbank under false pretenses.LOS ANGELES -- A Glendale woman admitted in court Tuesday to taking part in a scam in which she and a male co-defendant collected money under the guise of helping victims of Hurricane Katrina. Gina Liz Nicholas plea comes four days after co-defendant Tino Lee, of Burbank, made a similar plea before U.S. District Judge George King. In plea agreements reached with federal prosecutors, Lee, 44, and Nicholas, 22, admitted to setting up a table at the Empire Center and taking cash donations they had no intention of giving to the American Red Cross to help hurricane victims, as they claimed.
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THE818NOW
April 30, 2012
A planned Walmart grocery store in Panorama City is getting a much different reception than the upcoming retail store in Burbank, where critics contend mom-and-pop shops will be zapped into oblivion by the company's relentless focus on lower-than-your-rivals pricing. Residents of the northeast San Fernando Valley have watched as the recession turned once-thriving commercial hubs into vacant storefronts. The Vannord Center, a 90,000-square-foot-center at the corner of busy Van Nuys Boulevard and Nordhoff Street, has been hit particularly hard with more than half of its 30 tenants closing their doors, according to a recent L.A. Times report . So any concerns that a Walmart store might push out mom-and-pop shops, or threaten union jobs, is being outweighed by the benefits that the national retailer will bring to the struggling center, manager Suzanne Ponder told The Times.
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By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | February 4, 2012
Opposition to a planned Walmart in Burbank surged this week as critics demanded the city first address promised traffic improvements before allowing the mega-retailer to move in. Backed by an attorney for the powerful United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 770, opponents packed the Burbank City Council Chambers on Tuesday demanding due consideration be paid to the impact a Walmart would have on an already congested network of roads surrounding...
NEWS
By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | January 27, 2012
An attorney for a local commercial and food workers union is now representing two Burbank residents who oppose plans for a new Walmart. He is threatening legal action if the city doesn't address their concerns. The addition of Gideon Kracov, who represents United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 770, into the fray brings some legal muscle to a table crowded by residents who don't want a Walmart in the city, and city officials who say there's little they can do under zoning law to prevent it. Last week, Kracov went before Council asking that several of his questions about the project be addressed as an agenda item.
THE818NOW
December 30, 2011
A Los Angeles man was arrested yesterday after allegedly attempting to sell stolen power tools on Craigslist, police said. Undercover police officers observed Julio Landeros, 24, make what appeared to be a suspicious transaction in the Empire Center on Thursday near Best Buy, Sgt. Darin Ryburn said. Unbeknown to the buyer, the power drill Landeros allegedly sold -- arranged through a Craigslist post -- was stolen, Ryburn said. Landeros was arrested on suspicion of possessing stolen property and on an unrelated warrant.
THE818NOW
November 25, 2011
With the promise of steep discounts, hundreds of customers packed the Empire Center at midnight on Black Friday, some even pitched tents hours before the doors opened. More than 500 shoppers were in line for Best Buy, while a similar amount waited outside Target. The parking lot was near capacity as shoppers pushed carts filled to the brim with flat screen TVs, stereo equipment and other electronics. It was a familiar scene at big-box stores throughout the region, but there were reports of violence among impatient shoppers.
THE818NOW
By Maria Hsin, maria.hsin@latimes.com | November 17, 2011
In his first State of the City address, Burbank Mayor Jess Talamantes on Wednesday gave an upbeat, optimistic assessment of the city's economic standing, saying that the city has weathered the economic storm. Speaking to large crowd at the Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, Talamantes focused on the positive, highlighting in an onstage panel discussion the ability of the health care industry, the real estate market, educators and businesses to stand their ground, or even expand, despite a recession.
NEWS
October 14, 2011
I would like to comment on the recent articles and editorials regarding the opening of a Walmart in Burbank. It seems many are vehemently opposed to this chain coming to our city. I understand some of their views, but when it comes to a big-box store taking customers from small businesses, I do not understand. For years we have welcomed Costco, Target, Lowe's, Home Depot and so many others. Did we as Burbank citizens even think how they would affect the small mom-and-pop hardware, sporting goods and other markets?
NEWS
October 9, 2011
If you think the traffic is bad now on Burbank Boulevard turning onto North Victory Place or crossing over Burbank to get to the Empire Center, just wait until there is a Walmart. But wait, the Burbank Boulevard bridge over the Interstate 5 will be closed for who knows how long. Then try to get to the Empire Center from the south. Count me out. Putting a Walmart in the Empire Center is bad news for everyone except, of course, Walmart. Have you ever been to the store in Panorama City?
THE818NOW
October 6, 2011
KCET's weekly program, SoCal Connected , will look at Walmart's plans to set up shop in Burbank during Friday night's episode. The episode will feature residents who are opposed to the mega-store and city officials who support the company for its job creation and low-cost groceries. It is scheduled to air at 8:30 p.m. The Burbank Leader reported that Walmart plans to host a public meeting on Oct. 17 at the site they plan to build the store - the former Great Indoors site near the Empire Center.
THE818NOW
October 4, 2011
The public will get its first chance to speak directly to Walmart officials who plan to open a store in Burbank at a meeting scheduled for Oct. 17. The meeting from 5 to 8 p.m. will take place at the site where they plan to build a new Walmart, 1301 N. Victory Place - the former Great Indoors site adjacent to the Empire Center. The opening of a Walmart has riled many residents, who have raised concerns about increased traffic and the potential impact on existing businesses.
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