Mayor’s Address Touts Burbank’s Strength, Recovery Efforts

First published in the Oct. 23 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

A mayor’s speech doesn’t usually feature a video showing the city’s top elected official being covered in green slime. But this week in Burbank, one did.
About 500 business executives, community leaders and city officials roared with laughter in the Marriott Hotel’s convention center Wednesday as they viewed the video during the annual State of the City address. Mayor Bob Frutos — sans slime — watched from the stage while the clip, taken at Nickelodeon Animation Studio in Burbank, continued to play.
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October Arts Crawl Event Set for Oct. 16

An entertaining lineup of art and music is on tap for the community in and around South Pasadena as the city’s Chamber of Commerce hosts another quarterly Arts Crawl event on Saturday evening, Oct. 16.
Known as a popular “neighborhood-night-on-the-town,” adults and children can enjoy the eclectic businesses of South Pasadena along with entertainment. The October event will include:
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Sage Glendale Senior Living Joins Chamber of Commerce

Dave Gumberg, Judee Kendall, Daniel Brotman, Elizabeth Whittington, Mayor Paula Devine, Patrick Dooley, Kathy Markarian

Sage Glendale Senior Living and the Glendale Chamber of Commerce hosted a special ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday to celebrate the opening of Sage Glendale.

“This is a long-awaited celebration for Sage as they had planned to open and celebrate near the beginning of the pandemic, which caused a delay for them,” said Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Judee Kendall. “This was an opportunity to welcome a beautiful new business to Glendale and share a social time with city council members, Glendale Chamber board members and ambassadors, the Sage team, and other community leaders.”

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Burbank Chamber of Commerce Mixers Return

Photo by David Laurell / Burbank Leader
Kicking off the first post-pandemic business mixer were Burbank Chamber of Commerce CEO Jamie Keyser Thomas and State Sen. Anthony Portantino.

The Burbank Chamber of Commerce mixers have a longstanding tradition for being fertile networking ground for representatives of the local business community.

That, however, was not really the case as the chamber resumed its bi-monthly gatherings during an open house at its Magnolia Boulevard office this past week.

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Lund Dies at 77; Leaves Lasting Legacy

Allen Lund

Allen Lund’s death Saturday reverberated throughout the business community, near and far, with hundreds of letters and notes of support and admiration pouring in from employees, customers, even competitors.
“It’s overwhelming,” son Kenny Lund said. “I knew a lot of what he was doing and involved with, but I don’t think anybody really knew how much of an effect he had on people — I don’t think he realized it.”
Allen Lund, founder of the La Cañada Flintridge-based truck brokerage firm Allen Lund Company, died Saturday after a brief battle with cancer. He was at his Pasadena home, surrounded by some 30 family members and serenaded by a small choir of Carmelite Nuns. He was 77. Continue reading “Lund Dies at 77; Leaves Lasting Legacy”

Newly Crowned Miss LCF Embraces Hometown

Photo courtesy John Torrey
Hazel Valentine reacts with delight upon hearing her name called as the next Miss La Cañada Flintridge during the Chamber of Commerce’s recent Installation and Awards Dinner.

Applying to join the Miss La Cañada Flintridge Court got Hazel Valentine thinking about her hometown and what might constitute a perfect day here.
It would begin, the newly crowned Miss LCF said, with a visit to the Golden Donut Palace “because it’s my family’s favorite.” Then there’d be a hike, maybe at Descanso Gardens. A dog-lover, she’d stop by Button Nose Pet Shop before going for dinner either at Los Gringos Locos or Ichiban.
For the next year, Valentine will pack in visits to many more local businesses as she leads a court of five impressive young women who were selected to represent LCF at various community events and activities, including Chamber mixers, ribbon-cuttings and Fiesta Days. Continue reading “Newly Crowned Miss LCF Embraces Hometown”

LCF Comes Together for ‘Festival in Lights’

By Perry Fein
Special to the Outlook

For the 23rd year, the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce gave its community the gift of “good family fun, with something for every age,” as Chamber President Pat Anderson described Friday evening’s Festival in Lights event at Memorial Park.
As families arrived to picnic and pose for photos in front of live reindeer, a semi-truck sprayed eight tons of snow on the grass field to the delight of park-goers. Hello Pizza & Chicken and Los Gringos Locos, two local eateries, set up vendor stalls and began serving food and beverages to the crowd.

Photo by Mary Emily Myers / OUTLOOK
At the Festival in Lights, the 2018 Miss La Cañada Flintridge Court was announced. From left are Courtney Johnson, Megan Andrew, Rucha Kadam, Julia Powers and Hazel Valentine. The coronation of Miss La Cañada Flintridge will be held during the Installation and Awards Dinner in January.

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LCF Wraps Up Budget; Pledges $359,375 to Community

La Cañada Flintridge City Council members agreed on Monday to spend $359,375 to support 11 local community groups and spend $914,700 on capital projects such as street improvements and bridge repairs.
In the third and final of its annual budget hearings, the City Council decided to take $354,550 from reserves, $100,000 from its solid waste funds and increase its conservative revenue expectations by adding $125,000 to the budget for items they deem necessary in the coming fiscal year.
The previous week, council members reviewed the city’s financials to learn that it expects to bring in a total of $13.863 million in 2017-18 and to have $13.118 million in expenses, which left a preliminary balance of $745,550 for council consideration items. Continue reading “LCF Wraps Up Budget; Pledges $359,375 to Community”