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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 »

Written by Christopher Cadelago

October 14, 2009 at 10:28 am

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The Early Edition – Burbank Leader

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) supporters dressed up as chickens and protested outside NBC's Jay Leno Show early audience arrival area in Burbank on Tuesday, October 6, 2009.  PETA wants Jay leno to use his influence "to benefit the millions of frightened birds who end up as McNuggets." (Raul Roa/News-Press)

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) supporters dressed up as chickens and protested outside NBC's Jay Leno Show early audience arrival area in Burbank on Tuesday, October 6, 2009. PETA wants Jay leno to use his influence "to benefit the millions of frightened birds who end up as McNuggets." (Raul Roa/News-Press)

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

Another bikeway on tap for city
CITY HALL — Hoping to capitalize on the popularity of the Chandler Bikeway, Burbank officials last week forged an agreement with the state to begin work on a new three-mile path along San Fernando Boulevard.

Numbers down again at Bob Hope
BURBANK — A disappointing summer travel season combined with deflated corporate budgets continues to plague passenger numbers at Bob Hope Airport, which in August saw statistics drop 17.2% compared with the same period last year, according to figures released Monday.

Adult school tries to keep up
BURBANK — Burbank Adult School has seen funding slashed and enrollment drop, but administrators, staff and students soldier on.

CV is just too tough
LA CRESCENTA — Upending defending Pacific League champion Crescenta Valley High won’t be an easy task for any of the other teams looking to make a run at the league title, as Burbank found out on Tuesday at Crescenta Valley.

Strong start helps Burbank win, 13-5
BURBANK HIGH — With what looked like a match of teams that were relatively evenly matched, Burbank High and Glendale came into Tuesday’s contest with identical Pacific League records.

A WORD, PLEASE: But where does the comma go?
A reader named Guy wrote to ask about commas in lists. More and more, he said, he sees “Billy, Jimmy, Amy, and Patty” rather than “Billy, Jimmy, Amy and Patty.”

Written by Times Community News

October 7, 2009 at 9:09 am

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The Early Edition – Burbank Leader

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Surrounded by high-powered officials and area leaders, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks to a packed room at the Los Angeles Union Station during press conference to announce a push for stimulus funding for California's proposed high-speed rail system, in Los Angeles, on Friday.  The rail system would pass through Glendale and Burbank.  Karen Bass, speaker of the California State Assembly, is at left and Eric Garcetti, L.A. City council president, is at right.(Raul Roa/News-Press)

Surrounded by high-powered officials and area leaders, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks to a packed room at the Los Angeles Union Station during press conference to announce a push for stimulus funding for California's proposed high-speed rail system, in Los Angeles, on Friday. The rail system would pass through Glendale and Burbank. Karen Bass, speaker of the California State Assembly, is at left and Eric Garcetti, L.A. City council president, is at right.(Raul Roa/News-Press)

State submits bid for new rails
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, state Assembly Speaker Karen Bass and other political and business leaders on Friday hailed California’s historic bid for $4.7 billion for a high-speed- train network.

FBI probes claims of excessive police force
CITY CENTER — A Los Angeles County sheriff’s investigation into an alleged assault by a member of the Burbank Police Department will be turned over to county prosecutors by month’s end, authorities said Friday.

Henry’s opens up
BURBANK — Hundreds of shoppers crowded a parking lot Wednesday for the grand opening of natural grocer Henry’s Farmers Market, two years after residents effectively blocked a Whole Foods Market from moving into the city.

Education bill is up to governor
BURBANK — One of the state’s top education officials has endorsed a bill that, if passed, will represent another step toward making California eligible for $4.3 billion of competitive federal stimulus money.

Big win for Burbank
GLENDALE — GLENDALE — Although it only led by two points at halftime, the Burbank High football team felt it had found the right approach to beating host Crescenta Valley on Friday night at Moyse Field.

Indians beat champs
MEMORIAL FIELD — With the game tied in the final seconds and his team driving for the potential winning score, Burroughs High placekicker Michael Solano was hoping his offense would take care of business against Muir.

SMALL WONDERS: A-List needs bubble burst
In my near 20 years in the entertainment industry I’ve seen the bubble of self-importance in which A-List Hollywood resides. This has been only a minor personal annoyance for me. But with the recent uproar over Roman Polanski’s arrest, I can’t keep quiet.

Written by Times Community News

October 3, 2009 at 10:22 am

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The Early Edition – Burbank Leader

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After relative silence, the City Council Tuesday revealed that the Burbank Police Department was under some stage of investigation by the FBI, Los Angeles County sheriff and an outside attorney over allegations of misconduct within the ranks.

After relative silence, the City Council Tuesday revealed that the Burbank Police Department was under some stage of investigation by the FBI, county sheriffs and an outside attorney over allegations of misconduct within the ranks.

FBI probes Police Dept.
CITY HALL — Four days after the city released a statement calling the latest lawsuit filed against its Police Department “baseless and disingenuous,” Mayor Gary Bric on Tuesday said the FBI was investigating allegations of misconduct within the ranks.

Creative solution for fundraising
BURBANK — Burroughs High School students Desiree Martinez and Brittany Lewis spent their Saturday night sleeping in a cardboard box.

Park patrol plans on hold
CITY HALL — Residents will have to wait another nine months for the possibility of a dedicated park patrol officer after city officials last week decided to exhaust a dwindling federal grant for the service through June.

Three students catch H1N1
BURBANK — Students at three Burbank Unified School District schools have been stricken with swine flu, but administrators said the virus has not reached levels forecasted by state health officials.

Win is big step for Burbank
BURBANK HIGH — The Burbank High and Crescenta Valley girls’ volleyball teams want to participate in the playoffs in November.

Locals run well in league opener
ARCADIA — There’s still two more Pacific League meets left to be run this season, but on Wednesday, Arcadia High took the first step toward possibly dethroning six-time girls’ league cross-country champion Crescenta Valley.

EVERYONE’S BUSINESS: Civil speakers prevail
Hello, fellow Burbank folk. Some of you know me, or at least my words. I have written letters to the editor and spoken to the City Council numerous times over the past few years, opining about the Chandler streets and bikeway, the outdoor smoking ordinance, council behavior, water conservation, beautification of city streets and other things.

Written by Times Community News

September 30, 2009 at 8:31 am

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Man pleads not guilty to rape, grand theft

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CITY CENTER — The 45-year-old man accused of raping an unconscious 24-year-old man in his Burbank apartment pleaded not guilty Monday to felony charges of sodomy and oral copulation of an unconscious individual and grand theft of personal property.

Richard Scott Poland, of Burbank, remains in jail in lieu of $100,000 bail. A preliminary court hearing is scheduled for Oct. 27.

Poland was arrested Thursday on the 200 block of East Magnolia Boulevard, four days after his tryst with a 24-year-old resident began at Sardo’s Grille and Lounge on North Pass Avenue, police said.

Detectives said the victim, barely conscious but in an effort to document his attack, uploaded footage of the rape onto Stickam.com, a live streaming social network.

Full story here.

Written by Christopher Cadelago

September 28, 2009 at 5:46 pm

The Early Edition – Burbank Leader

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Burbank resident Shari McGlynn stands near banners honoring her nephew Joshua Bigbee, in the Navy and 21, and her brother David Bigbee, in the Air Force, on Thrid St., between Cypress and Harvard, on Tuesday.  McGlynn is a worker's compensation technician for the city of Burbank.  David Bigbee, 45, is Joshua's father. (Raul Roa/News-Press)

Burbank resident Shari McGlynn stands near banners honoring her nephew Joshua Bigbee, in the Navy and 21, and her brother David Bigbee, in the Air Force, on Thrid St., between Cypress and Harvard, on Tuesday. McGlynn is a worker's compensation technician for the city of Burbank. David Bigbee, 45, is Joshua's father. (Raul Roa/The Leader)

A salute to every hero
Servicemen separated by borders, father and son hang side-by-side downtown, celebrated for their service in what has become Burbank’s official salute.

22 pounds of cocaine seized
BOB HOPE AIRPORT — A 47-year-old woman who authorities said tried to smuggle nearly 22 pounds of cocaine through a security checkpoint at Bob Hope Airport is scheduled to appear Oct. 6 in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Officials rebuff captain’s claims
CITY HALL — Burbank officials this week fired back at the police captain who filed a retaliation lawsuit against the city, calling the claims “baseless and disingenuous.”

Tribe loses lead, game
MEMORIAL FIELD — When the St. Francis High and Burroughs football teams get together each season, the matchup tends to bring out the best in both squads.

Locals run well in league opener
ARCADIA — There’s still two more Pacific League meets left to be run this season, but on Wednesday, Arcadia High took the first step toward possibly dethroning six-time girls’ league cross-country champion Crescenta Valley.

FROM THE BACK PEWS: A taste of all sorts of tradition
I am a sucker for free food. And this past weekend was very tasty.

Written by Times Community News

September 26, 2009 at 9:12 am

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The Early Edition – Burbank Leader

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GNP.KREKORIAN1.092209.RRThe risk of running
GLENDALE — Democratic Assemblyman Paul Krekorian’s showing in Tuesday’s special election for Los Angeles City Council District 2 will decide more than just a seat on the dais.

Police captain sues city
CITY CENTER — A Burbank police captain on Tuesday filed a civil lawsuit against the city, alleging he was unfairly demoted from his post as deputy chief after he tried to compel the command staff to address a series of internal complaints.

Man says he was drugged, raped
CITY CENTER — Police are searching for a white man in his 30s who allegedly raped an unconscious 24-year-old man this weekend in his Burbank apartment, authorities said.

Critic, allegedly owning weapon, is due in court
CITY CENTER — A sharp-tongued government critic is scheduled to appear in Burbank Superior Court on Monday after pleading not guilty Friday to felony counts of possession of a firearm and ammunition, prosecutors said.

Guards earn rivalry sweep
BELLARMINE-JEFFERSON HIGH — For a number of years, because the girls’ volleyball coaches at Bellarmine-Jefferson and Providence highs were also graduates of their respective schools, the annual rivalry had an added dimension.

Malibu holds off Bell-Jeff
MEMORIAL FIELD — If Bellarmine-Jefferson High quarterback Philip Diaz has this kind of game while battling sickness, then upcoming opponents have a lot to worry about when they face a healthier signal caller.

Q&A: Charles Holzner
Charles Holzner is one of three directors for the Medicare Advantage insurer CareMore, which has clinics in Glendale and Burbank and is currently pushing men to seek advice about prostate cancer screenings.

Written by Times Community News

September 23, 2009 at 8:31 am

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