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And the BPD and City did everything they could to make sure that these kind of acts would never return


So MyBurbank mentioned this the other day…



We’ve written about this before, but the negative political (and racial) reaction to these several great Starlight seasons ended up costing the City of Burbank a couple of million dollars in lawsuit damages.

Since then, Burbank has gone out of its way to gut the place of anything half-way interesting. The word for this — regardless of who’s been put in charge of doing it over the years — is “censorship.”

Burbank started growing up in the early-middle 70s. Then — somehow — the assholes and idiots took over.



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Makes about as much sense as Trump


The fact that this is batshit crazy helps prove that it comes from a foreign bot. Try to explain the gif…



It’s typical though of what we’re up against in this country.


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Wonder what the Mormons think about this


We couldn’t omit this part.

Think it’ll be on the big screen Wednesday night up on Sunset Canyon?




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Btw, the Burbank Unified School District has always given them free rent


They also still actively discriminate against gays.


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So who’s the “client”?


The Planning Board tonight (right about now) will be entertaining a request from the architect of a relatively new building at Winona and Naomi to allow triple the amount of “monument” signage on the structure’s exterior. But the staff report refuses to say exactly who it’s for…



That means the sign’s obviously for advertising purposes, and not directional/informational for all of those supposedly confused customers. Staff of course won’t play straight here about the real reason.

It sounds too like it’s for a school….



The building’s not that new– which no one would know unless they’d read the actual application above. Why then the lack of transparency in the Report about the actual status of “the project”? There’s obviously a big attempt to hide who this building’s for.

Staff also tries to ethically adorn their application package with this new approach below. They call it an FPPC Compliance Map, which we don’t recall ever seeing before in a Burbank PB package. Nor anywhere else:



It details the mail notification requirements for the hearing itself, as well as the general 500-foot COI rule in state law as to exactly where that would be.

So why the over-concern?

They won’t play straight about the application particular itself, but they’re oh-so-reverent about state FPPC law and notification requirements? Did they get in that much trouble last spring?

Sounds pretty phony. It doesn’t fool us at least– they’re still being evasive.

Bottom line? Staff’s lying about the real nature and purpose of this sign request on a major street near the Airport. It’s for advertising, not customer confusion.






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Forget about academics and individual accomplishment



Must be awfully lonesome now for Burbank High School kids who like to work and think alone and actually do things without benefit of group conformity.

We just noticed that almost all of the last 15 entries on the BHS Twitter page involve some kind of celebration of sports or teambuilding-joiner effort. This isn’t on the school’s dedicated athletics page, either. It’s on the official BHS Twitter site.

The remaining Tweets involve celebrations of other various sorts of group accomplishments. In fact, we can’t find anything that recognizes an individual effort of any kind, let alone any academic pursuit.

Burbank, you’ve got the town you deserve.



What’s the deal too about all of this constant “Bulldog!” emphasis?

When we were at BHS, no one ever referred to us as “Bulldogs.” That was not part of any attempt at creating a group identity there, by anyone, aside perhaps from the sports teams during season. We would have laughed out loud if anyone had tried such a thing. Even sports were played down.

These school administrators now are just such assholes. They’re also helping to make these kids stupid and credulous about the institutional world around them. Perhaps that’s the idea?

Or does it just come natural with these hires the last few decades?




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Quote of the Decade



Or more like The Century. It’s perfect for now — things obviously never change.

The Burbank Library used to have a big collection of this old Californian, btw.


“In a country where business is dominant, business men must and will corrupt a government.”

–Lincoln Steffens


Used to.

They used to have a lot of things they don’t have now.




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Like what is it with White People now?



So Whole Foods opened a new branch in Harlem yesterday — speaking and thinking of Burbank — and Yahoo Finance did an interesting piece about it last night…

What Harlem thinks about Whole Foods coming to the neighborhood


By Brittany Jones-Cooper Yahoo Finance, July 21, 2017

There are moments when walking down the streets of Harlem can feel like it did 20 years ago. Elderly people chat while sitting on their stoops, locals sell their goods on the street, and the sound of children playing can be heard on most blocks: a real neighborhood feel that can seem outdated in much of Manhattan.

But in reality, the area has changed pretty dramatically. Particularly over the last 10-plus years, as new swanky new restaurants appeared, rents increased and new modern apartment buildings sprung up next to classic Harlem brownstones.

The neighborhood has been gentrifying at a steady pace, but a new addition threatens to accelerate the change. On Friday, organic upscale grocer (and recent Amazon acquisition) Whole Foods (WFM) opened its 12th New York location, in Harlem, located on the corner of 125th Street and Lenox Avenue. That corner is also known as the intersection of Martin Luther King Blvd. and Malcolm X Avenue, an unlikely intersection for a store often referred to as a luxury brand.


Ok, so this national article then goes on and talks about the many big changes in that neighborhood and what it might mean for the status quo.

If you’re not familiar with Harlem very much — or, at all — what you need to know is that it’s an immensely beautiful neighborhood full of early 20th-century buildings to die for, and a wonderfully entrenched population that will still remind you of how people used to live and act 50 years ago. It’s a sweetheart of a neighborhood.

Now the awful part. Of the first 123 or so comments attached at the bottom, only four or five were not like the following:


Keep in mind that these were all posted in-line. We didn’t cut and paste anything. So what the hell is going these with all of these racists?

They obviously have a President they can be proud of. He’s certainly inspired them to be confident enough in their idiocy.

What other explanation is there?




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It’s because well-connected parties want the city to sell the Starlight Bowl


Rogers all but gave away the game the other month when he suddenly started talking about how Burbank needs to think about its future.



Good points. But the BUSD’s “decision” not to use it any more for BHS graduations — after how many decades? — is part of a deliberate attempt on the part of the city to slowly deprecate it from our institutional memory.

If it doesn’t get used any more then it doesn’t exist. It no longer has a connection to anything or anyone. So the use gets downgraded.





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Tonight’s “breaking news” about Sessions’ contacts with Russia is not news


So why is it suddenly coming up tonight so hysterically? (Hint: somebody wants Sessions out right now so that it will be easier to fire Mueller).

But apparently none of the newscasters tonight remember the reason WHY Sessions recused himself in the first place. They’re shocked. (They also have no idea that Scaramucci today came off like a crackpot. They thought he was great!)


Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday recused himself from any investigations into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, bowing to mounting bipartisan pressure for him to do so given his contacts with Moscow’s U.S. envoy during the campaign.

Sessions said he made his decision after consulting with officials at the Justice Department, who recommended he should no longer participate in the probe.

“I have now decided to recuse myself of any existing or future investigations of any matter relating in any way to the campaigns for president of the United States,” he said during a hastily arranged news conference at the department’s headquarters in Washington.

Sessions denied he intentionally misled senators when he told them at his confirmation hearings that he did not communicate with Russian officials during the campaign.

He also said he did not “recall any specific political discussions” with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Sessions’ decision is an attempt to put the controversy to rest, but it’s unlikely to quiet scrutiny of Trump associates’ alleged ties to Russia, which have become a near-constant distraction for the administration.


The story had just come out in early March that this Russian foreign minister had been recorded as referring to these conversations about campaign-related matters. So why is everyone suddenly so surprised tonight about this old story?

They’re obviously being played. And someone is trying to come up with a sudden excuse to get rid of Sessions – by repeating the news.




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Because we’re too lazy and classless to maintain the much more interesting heritage trees we already have


That’s what this is really all about:




Replacing firs and cypresses and cedars and ficuses and date palms with ornamental, low-maintenance junk. And then lying about the reasons why.

It’s your city, people. Are you going to let these expedient mediocrities and six-figure bureaucrats make such policy?

Ever seen how they live?

Most got no class and no taste. They really don’t know any better, or care.



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“The Navy Seals say that when you want to eat an elephant you have to eat it one bite at a time.”


Said Anthony Scaramucci today at his first press conference as White House communications director. He also just said that, “The president has really good karma.”

He later added — without any apparent sense of irony — that they “have their own studio” where they “can stage things.”

No wonder Sean Spicer didn’t want him in there. His nuttiness makes Spicer look like Mr. Wizard.




Apparently this is where the “Navy Seals” talk comes from — like people over eight years old actually need to be told this:


Technique #1: Eat the Elephant
How do you eat an elephant?
One bite at a time.

Faced with a daunting task—a marathon, a pretty girl on the street, or a startup launch—we often feel the fear, freeze and stop before we have begun.

The SEALs present a solution in segmentation. Slowly divide the elephant into neatly digestible parts and… Well, you get the idea. Take your challenge one tiny step at a time. It’s cliche, but it works.


You eat the girl the same way?



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It Came from Burbank


65mm 15-perf. FotoKem:

“We would strike a 70mm print from our 65mm 5-perf dailies then telecine our 70mm print and sync it in the Avid,” explains [Dunkirk assistant editor John] Lee. “The print would then be sent back to location with sync sound on a CD for playback on a Fostex DV40, which was attached to a 70mm projector that we sourced from Paris.” The production built screening rooms in France, the Netherlands and in a couple of locations in England. “Our 65mm 15-perf dailies (Imax) also went back to FotoKem for processing. The neg then traveled to Imax in Playa Vista where they shot a 35mm flat-reduction print. Our editorial department would log and prep the reduction print and send it back to location where we screened it on a 35mm Arri LocPro, which we’d set-up in a trailer.
Because we mainly shot Imax, we could move this trailer easily to different locations to watch the reduction print.” After screening the reduction print we sent it back to Los Angeles for telecine and syncing. “With high-speed internet in our cutting rooms I sent the sound dailies to L.A. and they sent me the Avid bins and telecine media every day,” Lee says. “In post, the aim was to end up with a complete 70mm 5-perf version of the feature. To do this we had to turn each Imax shot (1.43:1) into a 5-perf shot (2.2:1). We did most of these optically at FotoKem. Our VFX department had to supply all Imax VFX shots in both formats.” Double Negative was the sole VFX house. Unlike most films that finish with a DI, the production cut two versions of the film: 5 perf and 15 perf. At press time, an additional anamorphic 35mm version of the film was scheduled to be produced optically.


That’s quite a few pallbearers if film is dead.

Seems a bit silly though. The whole idea of shooting on film is the simple elegance of it. And don’t these modern film stocks look a little too much like video?

They don’t look like this:



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TAPS’ sham business model keeps pets away from local families


Certainly the price for them.

Just got this bit of new info from the outside world:


LA Animal “Services” has a policy against its “rescue partners” (New Hope Partners) bidding at animal auctions, but it exists on paper only. To bypass that policy, TAPS just relinquished its New Hope Partner status and continues to outbid the public for animals.


We’ve written about this before. Those Animal “Protectorates” (sic) go to the local shelters and pluck out the most desirable animals by outbidding the rest of the public. Pets that — because of their inherent desirability — would still find homes. Then they charge beaucoup bucks for them at their Burbank retail outlet.

That’s their “rescue” model.



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When was soil decontamination ever done at B-6?



According to news stories at the time, it wasn’t.

Soil decontamination was only done at B-1. Other nearby Lockheed properties saw extensive groundwater decontamination efforts. But soil excavation/”The Stack” was only performed along the 103-acre Empire-adjacent site.

So B-6 has magically become a non-problem in that regard?

Interesting articles here and here about decontamination work at the two sites, as well as the entire property.

Some history here too about the neighbors. Fascinating isn’t it that any and all concerns about environmental pollution have been conveniently marginalized?

That wasn’t the story back then. But it’s still a Superfund site over there now, isn’t it?



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Big News


Someone just tipped us off about this:


Sardo’s is Closing Down

Our Last night will be on Friday, July 28th when we close our doors.

It is with great regret that I need to close Sardo’s. The reason you ask, financially I cannot go on. Costs are up and business is down. My rent was raised on January 1st and I am paying $10,000 per month plus the cost of labor, product, insurance and as I stated business has been down for a while. I have tried to sell Sardo’s but with the rent so high, no buyers are interested.

I tried to find another location the past 2 years but Burbank is extremely difficult to move a business, especially a bar! Parking is a major issue, where you need 10 parking spaces for every 1.000 sq. ft. and that doesn’t exist in Burbank!

I truly appreciate everyone that has come to Sardo’s over the years and I am extremely proud of what I’ve seen over the past 14.5 years. People getting married, the close friendships I’ve seen grown and they all met at Sardo’s and seeing the staff (past and present) grow up to have families.

As my staff will tell you, I have referred to many as my daughters as they have become family and that is why I continued Sardo’s over the years when I had the opportunity to sell and I didn’t.

I’d like to think I’ve had a part in developing an atmosphere where people feel relaxed and make friends.

Sardo’s has become a family, bottom line and that is what I’m proud of. Helping the staff and clients over the years either financially or support was never in question and seeing them grow is what I always said, “I was brought into Sardo’s January 1, 2003 for a reason and I have no regrets.”

My future is unknown, I’ll take it day by day.

So, come on out and enjoy for the next few days while we are still open.

Thank you all for your support over the years.

Seymour Satin


Meanwhile, the chains ♥ you.






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B-1: An environmental problem for years to come. B-6? A clean bill of health!



How can that be? It’s not like they’re miles apart, and with all those old underground bunkers on B-6.

Remember this…?


Lockheed Excavating Old Toxic Waste Dump at Burbank Plant
July 27, 1989|MYRON LEVIN | Times Staff Writer

Under orders from the state, Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Co. is excavating an old toxic waste dump at its Burbank plant and transferring massive amounts of waste and contaminated earth to a licensed hazardous waste landfill.

The old Lockheed dump, used from about 1940 until the mid-’50s, perches above ground water so polluted by chemical solvents that the city of Burbank has been unable to pump from municipal water supply wells nearby. At the direction of the California Regional Water Quality Control Board in Los Angeles, Lockheed began excavating the old dump June 16, a $2-million undertaking that essentially means relocating the dump, load by load, 150 miles to the northwest at the Kettleman Hills hazardous waste landfill in Kings County.


While no one’s claiming that B-6 is as bad as B-1 (although why not?), still…


As of Wednesday, about 300 dump truckloads amounting to 5,000 cubic yards of earth had left the yawning cavity at Lockheed’s B-1 plant, said Ron Helgerson, manager of environmental technical services for Lockheed. The dump is south of Empire Avenue and just off Victory Place, nearly two miles southeast of Burbank Airport.

Lockheed soil tests have found that the dump contains high levels of lead and other paint waste, along with construction debris, oils, solvents, cadmium, chromium and low levels of cyanide and polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, extremely long-lived chemicals that have been banned.


Didn’t the City of Burbank also factor in some soil removal considerations as part of its own pre-Measure B environmental study on that old Superfund site called B-6?

What, not needed now?


Additional Tests

By the end of next week, as much as 7,500 cubic yards of dirt and waste will have been removed, leaving a crater covering almost half an acre and up to 30 feet deep, according to Lockheed officials. The company will then have to conduct further soil tests to assure that contaminants have been removed to safe levels.

Until that data is in, “we don’t know what we’re going to end up doing,” one company official said. “Anything from nothing to a lot” more excavation will be required.

Lockheed disclosed the dump’s existence to water quality officials in 1985 during an investigation of leaking fuel and chemical tanks at the massive aerospace complex. Ground water tests since then–conducted by Lockheed under water quality board orders–have implicated the firm as one source of the area’s ground water pollution, which mainly involves the common solvents perchloroethylene, or PCE, and trichloroethylene, or TCE.

Accordingly, Lockheed has installed a ground water treatment system at the plant at a cost of about $4 million. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency also is expected to demand that Lockheed help pay for a planned $69-million treatment system to clean up nearby Burbank water supply wells under the federal Superfund program.

It’s uncertain if liquids have leached from the old dump into the ground water, which is at a depth of about 150 feet. David Bacharowski, environmental specialist with the water quality board, said the “verdict is not in” on that question. Helgerson of Lockheed said the potential for ground water pollution remains but that soil tests indicate that dump materials have not reached subsurface waters.

When the landfill was created during World War II, Lockheed was manufacturing P-38 fighter planes in the B-1 plant surrounding the old dump.

Dump Composition

Lockheed data shows that the dump’s composition is 50% to 60% soil, with the rest being debris, metal and chemical waste and moisture. More lead has been found in the dump than any other contaminant, with the most polluted soil sample being 23% lead–or 230,000 parts of the toxic metal per million parts of soil. The highest level of TCE measured in the soil was 23 p.p.m., Helgerson said.

Despite a large amount of construction debris, no asbestos has been encountered, Lockheed engineer Jim Hamilton said.

The excavation is being handled for Lockheed by OHM Corp., a Findlay, Ohio, firm involved in hazardous materials disposal.

Outwardly, the gaping hole appears to contain mostly dirt, with an occasional hunk of pipe or concrete poking through. A huge backhoe and front-end loader crawl about in the pit, with the backhoe tearing off piles of earth and the loader carrying it up the bank to waiting trucks.

A visit to the site Wednesday found equipment operators dressed from head to toe in protective clothing, including full-face respirators and booties. Even the truck drivers wore the gear, stripping it off as soon as they rolled their rigs away from the side of the pit. Every twenty minutes or so, a worker hosed off the excavation to hold down dust.

Air Monitoring

Under air quality regulations, Lockheed officials also said they are doing air monitoring to assure that hazardous air contaminants are not drifting off the site. And Hamilton, the Lockheed engineer, said every fifth truckload of waste is being sampled “to reassure us that what’s going out is what we think’s going out.”


Depressing too what good news articles the LAT produced back then. It was before they bought the Leader — which it was competing with!

Now it’s Rubber-stamp Time.  Yep, they got a Report. And look how big it is!

To keep this all in perspective, how many loads for The Client came out of B-6 during all those years?




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If it’s so safe, why then take such precautions? And why this discrepancy in the Report summary itself?


Considering all of the crap that has been deposited into that soil during the last 80 years, the only reasonable conclusion is that it’s not that safe.


An environmental consulting firm hired by the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority has determined that the preferred site for a replacement terminal is safe for construction to begin.

Authority commissioners voted 8-0 on Monday to approve the findings in a draft human-health-risk assessment by Geosyntec Consultants and to submit the document to the Los Angeles region of the California Water Quality Control Board, the state Office of Environmental Human Hazard Assessment and the city of Burbank…

Norman Dupont, an attorney with the law firm Ring Bender and an outside legal consultant for the authority, said the report determined that construction workers, airport employees and passengers will be safe at the site, known as the B-6 parcel and located in the northeast quadrant of the airfield.


The Report stresses the cancer risk, and said it’s minimal. There was also a much more vague non-cancer HI “index” figure which concluded that — yes — things are perfectly kosher. (But remember all of the liver and various other health complaints clearly documented during the 1970s, 80s, and 90s among the nearby neighborhood residents? It wasn’t just “cancer.”)

Buried within the Authority’s staff report is this additional tidbit:



Not a “particular risk level,” but they still want to reduce exposure. That means there’s still a generalized risk level at this heavily polluted site.

Like what else could have been expected over there?

Here’s something too that’s weird. Why would potential exposure to an airport worker be “at or below de minimis levels,” but to an actual construction worker, the same potential exposure is noted as “well below”?

It should be the other way around. Unlike during construction, the airport workers aren’t working in the dirt.



No one else noticed this discrepancy?

The “well” language — clearly intended to be PR-hype as applied to the construction of the terminal — calls into question the conclusions of the very survey itself. Compared to that of a simple airport worker above ground, in a practical, real-world sense it can’t be true.

Regardless of whatever statistical/environmental hocus-pocus is going on here to justify the two working conditions vis-a-vis acceptable exposure, it’s the same dirt!





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“We moved to Burbank for the schools…”



What’s the use.



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