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A day at Otto’s: Circa 1990

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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.

While researching his legacy for Wednesday’s edition of the Leader, Huber’s family sent me a local newspaper article by correspondent James Danelli. The April 25, 1990, story from the Burbank Leader is attached below:

Otto’s Delicatessen

Pickle or polka, you’ll find it here

By James Danelli,  Correspondent

Accepting an assignment to write about guy named Otto, owner and operator of Otto’s Import and Delicatessen, this reporter for one was a little skeptical.

After all, who would have thought that being inside his store s like taking a trip to Hungary, of that Otto himself would whip it some polkas on his computerized accordion, or that his beautiful wife, Irma, would make me an “Otto Special” – a sandwich where the meat is piled as high as the hospitality?

Otto bought the property, located at the corner of Clark and Brighton in Burbank, some 20 years ago. At the time it was just a regular corner grocery store. That was before his Hungarian friends asked him to carry different specialty foods and meats that are important to many Hungarian dishes.

There’s antique cookware and Hungarian books and records stacked along the crowded aisles a decorum not at all keeping with the “Play the California Lottery” banner nearby.

In the midst of it all sits a display case filled with beautiful Hungarian porcelain figurines. Read the rest of this entry »

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Written by Christopher Cadelago

October 14, 2009 at 10:28 am

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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

PETA cries ‘fowl’ outside “Jay Leno Show”

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BLR.PETA.3.100609.RRA flock of animal-rights activists dressed as chickens descended on NBC Studios Tuesday to shame Jay Leno into dropping McDonald’s from a planned promotion.

Flapping their wings and hoisting signs that read “McDonald’s: Nothing But Cruelty,” and “McCruelty: I’m Hatin’ It,” protesters with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals lined a stretch of Bob Hope Drive as “The Jay Leno Show” prepared to unveil a promotion for McDonald’s Monopoly contest.

Full story here.

Written by Christopher Cadelago

October 6, 2009 at 5:23 pm

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VIDEO: PETA protest in Burbank

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October 6, 2009 at 3:18 pm

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PETA to protest outside “Jay Leno Show”

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Credit: Creative Commons

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PETA, the world’s largest animal rights organization, announced plans to dress up in chicken costumes for a demonstration outside a taping of “The Jay Leno Show.”

The group is feuding with Leno over an in-show promotion featuring McDonald’s Monopoly-related contest.

PETA is asking Leno to use his influence to benefit the millions of birds who end up as McNuggets, PETA officials said statement.

“McDonald’s still allows its U.S. suppliers to cut chickens’ throats while they are still conscious and even scald birds to death in defeathering tanks,” wrote Dan Mathews, PETA senior vice president. “We hope that you’ll use your unique position to urge McDonald’s to adopt the more humane chicken-slaughter standards already in place in Europe.”

The protest is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. outside the Burbank studio.

Written by Christopher Cadelago

October 6, 2009 at 11:42 am

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TV coverage of the Burbank FBI probe

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October 1, 2009 at 1:32 pm

Burbank class teaches legal pot growing

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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.

Written by Times Community News

September 18, 2009 at 11:45 am