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Celebrated Burbank deli owner dies at 77

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Thomas Huber and father, Otto, who founded Otto's Import Store and Delicatessen in Burbank. (Roger Wilson/The Leader)

Otto Huber, the founder and 40-year owner of Otto’s Import Store and Delicatessen, died of natural causes at his Burbank home. He was 77.

Burbank Police Sgt. Robert Quesada confirmed Huber’s passing Thursday morning after officers found no signs of foul play at his home in the 400 block of N. Brighton St.

Remembered by friends and family as a gregarious shopkeeper and devoted father, Huber was among the last remaining holdouts from a bygone era where family run businesses were the norm.

Accordion in hand, Otto serenaded generations of residents, introducing them to European fare. Among his loyal customers were John Burroughs High School students, some of whom joined an online fan page called “OTTO’S DELI/BURBANK.”

The Facebook group includes messages such as “And on the way home from Lincoln each day…” and “Daily lunch from ’81-’84. Ham and cheese with extra mayo. I am not down that way often, but stop in every time I am.”

Founded in 1969 by Huber and his wife, Irma, the deli began an old- fashioned corner grocery store. The Hubers then began to incorporate specialty foods for family and friends. Read the rest of this entry »


Written by Christopher Cadelago

October 8, 2009 at 2:28 pm

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Former Leader, News-Press columnist weighs in on airport curfew

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The FAA in the next three weeks will announce its decision on whether to grant or deny the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority’s application for a nighttime noise curfew at Bob Hope Airport.

In reading through the letters submitted to the authority last year and FAA this summer, several stood out from a crowd of  government officials, airline and cargo associations and valley residents. One in particular, from former Leader and Glendale News-Press columnist Will Rogers, was submitted July 3 under Docket No. FAA – 2009 – 0546.

I’ve copied the letter in its entirety below for your reading pleasure. A PDF of the letter and whimsical attachment is here.

I am writing to urge FAA approval of the Part 161 application made with regard to the imposition of a nighttime curfew at the Bob Hope Airport In Burbank, Calif.

When the city of Burbank conducted a referendum among voters in 1976 to approve the creation of the Airport Authority that currently operates the airport, voters approved that undertaking with the understanding that panel of representatives from a trio of area cities would operate the facility in a manner that did not increase the airport’s impacts on the community which serves as its host: Burbank. I believe this is every bit an urgent consideration as the entirety of the airport’s application.

I confess skepticism that missives such as this one are actually given even cursory consideration as part of the review process, and so I am reluctant to invest the massive amounts of time required to document those assurances, and the facility’s operations on the 33 years since that date. But I will be happy to provide that information on request.

Ultimately, the point is that, had Burbank voters realized there was any possibility that “local control” of the facility, and the meaningful restriction of noise impacts would fall by the wayside and control would fall to the federal government, the proposal would have failed dismally back in 1976, and the facility simply would not exist today for the subsequent debate and current Part 161 application to take place. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Christopher Cadelago

October 8, 2009 at 9:35 am

Section 8 application period opens

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The Burbank Housing Authority is accepting new applications for the Section 8 Rental Assistance Program through Nov. 5.

Priority will be given to residents displaced by government action, U.S. Military veterans and the disabled.

Section 8 provides rent subsidies directly to landlords on behalf of very low-income renters.

Written by Christopher Cadelago

October 5, 2009 at 7:55 am

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City names economic development team

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Credit: City of Burbank

Credit: City of Burbank

Burbank, with an eye toward economic development, last week announced a new team to extend the city’s goal of being a major driver of the region’s economic engine.

The group, led by City Manager Mike Flad, is comprised of city executives, including Deputy City Manager Joy Forbes, Interim Community Development Director Greg Herrmann, Assistant Community Development Director Ruth Davidson-Guerra and Economic Development Manager Mary Hamzoian.

The 14-story Pointe Project and Empire Center office tower are among those looking for tenets. Hamzoian said in a statement that availability, along with the city’s prime location, are key selling points to possible companies.

The team will meet with community stakeholders and business owners to address priority areas and provide a roadmap  for future of economic development.

Written by Christopher Cadelago

September 27, 2009 at 10:14 pm

Burbank class teaches legal pot growing

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Source: Creative Commons

Source: Creative Commons

While Glendale looks to introduce a 45-day moratorium on pot dispensaries, Burbank teaches classes in Cannabis.

From ABC 7 News
It’s a fast-growing market in California: medical marijuana. Wednesday career-minded people got together to learn everything about pot dispensaries, from legal issues to making brownies.

Welcome to the Cannabis Career Institute. Wednesday night’s class: the Medical Marijuana Business 101. Forty eager students learn from a top advocate the ins and outs of starting up in this “budding” industry.

Click here to see the video.

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September 18, 2009 at 11:45 am

Experts sweating about Leno’s premiere

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Mitchell Haaseth / NBC Universal

Mitchell Haaseth / NBC Universal

“The Jay Leno Show” is set to air its first episode tonight and it has entertainment industry experts and professionals on the edge of their seats.

The show will take up a prime-time spot in NBC’s nightly lineup and, if successful, may prove to be a low-cost alternative to scripted dramas that employ actors, creative staffs and a host of other workers and service providers, experts have said.

“The big worry that I have is much like when reality shows started to get big and networks started to realize they could get ratings while spending minimal money,” Golan Ramras, manager of industry outreach and a career development advisor for the Los Angeles Film School, said of the show’s debut, which he feared could start a job-killing trend.

As the Los Angeles Times’ Scott Collins writes, Ramras isn’t the only one hoping Leno’s new show falls flat.

Written by Zain Shauk

September 14, 2009 at 7:15 am

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Bob Hope Airport nabs environmental award

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Photo courtesy of Bob Hope Airport

Courtesy of Bob Hope Airport

The Airports Council International–North America on Monday announced that Bob Hope Airport will receive the 2009 Environmental Achievement Award for Environmental Management at its annual conference in Austin, Texas.

The award acknowledges Hangar 25, known as the world’s first aviation facility certified platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. Hangar 25 this month gained international notoriety when the Avjet-operated Boeing Business Jet carrying former President Bill Clinton and two freed journalists landed at Bob Hope Airport on their return flight from North Korea.

Unveiled by the development team of Shangri-La Development and Shangri-La Construction and operating partner Avjet Corporation in Dec. 2008, the 62,000 square-foot facility was constructed to house private aircraft ranging in size from small corporate jets to Boeing 757-200s.

“Airports have many innovative programs designed to address the environmental impact of their operations,”  ACI-NA President Greg Principato said in a statement. “The ACI-NA Environmental Achievement awards recognize those airports that set an example for the industry by going above and beyond regulatory compliance standards to protect and preserve the environment.” Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Christopher Cadelago

August 24, 2009 at 4:35 pm