Happy Thanksgiving & upcoming Christmas Events

November 24, 2016

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Thanksgiving Sermons: Pastor Dr. Ross Purdy – “Be Thankful” @ Burbank Pres | Pastor Dave Stewart – “Celebrate Differently” @ South Hills Burbank. Picture c/o Mike Elman from Holiday in the Park with Councilman Bob Frutos & City Clerk Zizette Mullins. Cheers!

Christmas Events & Services: (check back for more to be added shortly)

City of Burbank – Mayor’s Tree Lighting on Sat. Dec 3rd @ 6pm @ City Hall.

Burbank Nativity – Sat Dec 3rd (4-9pm) & Sun Dec 4th (5-8:30pm) @ LDS

Story City Church – Christmas Friday 12/23 @ 7pm @ The Colony Theatre. Free Family Christmas Movie – “ELF” on Fri, Dec. 16th @ The Colony

South Hills BurbankChristmas Eve (Sat) 12/24 @ 2pm, 3:30pm & 5pm. Love-The-818 Christmas Serving Campaign (Dec 6-17th)

Redeemer Burbank – Christmas Eve Candlelight Sat. 12/24 @ 4:30-5:30pm.

Vertical Church – Christmas Eve 12/24 @ 5pm-5.45pm. FaceBook page link

Burbank Pres – Christmas Eve 12/24 @ 7:30pm. Christmas Day 12/25 @ 10:30am. Christmas Together (Live Nativity & Perf.) on Saturday, Dec 17th 6:30-8:30pm.

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2016 Election – Local Races & Measure B

November 1, 2016

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Our 2016 Local Election Endorsements & Value Voter Guide Links fyi:

* State Senate (District 25)Michael Antonovich #45 | WebsiteFaceBook

* Supervisor (5th District)Kathryn Barger #76 | WebsiteFaceBook

* Measure B – Vote NO #192 | WebsiteFaceBook – SaveBurbank

Other Suggestions: U.S. Senator – Loretta Sanchez #36. U.S. Representative (28th District) – Lenore Solis #40. Assembly (43rd District) – Neither. Judges – Steven Schreiner #62, Efrain Aceves #65, Susan Townsend #69, David Berger #72. State Ballot Measures: See Below links.

Voter Guides: Craig Huey | Robyn Nordell | SaveCalifornia.com | Platforms

Candidate Forum Videos: State Senate | Supervisor | Assembly | Measures

*** Special Burbank Election Commentary: Vote NO on Measure B

I have many friends both opposing & supporting Measure B and have tried to keep an open mind and listen to both sides arguments for/against a new 14-gate 355,000 sqft terminal & governance changes. The main arguments for Measure B seem to be increased safety (distance from runway, seismic standards, ADA compliance) and improved passenger amenities & conveniences. Having flown into the recently built Sacramento airport, I can say it certainly was a pleasant experience & I have no problem with the modernization & improvements being proposed. That said, the Airport is safe “as is” & has a certain character/charm I would hate to loose if the replacement terminal is not done right (please see the unsightly, blinding RTIC car rental monstrosity). Unfortunately there are no actual architectural plans or models I can find to see what the replacement terminal might look like, so I guess we’ll have just have to wait & see.

The problem & primary reason I cannot support Measure B at this time is the governance changes that take away Burbank residents rights to vote on any future airport expansion i.e. increases in # gates, and gives them to unelected, unaccountable Airport Commissioners appointed by the City Council; I simply don’t trust them to protect Burbank residents best interests & quality-of-life. Nor do I trust any politician, so replacing them with City Council members who have made many decisions I disagree with (Talaria, BPD litigation “mess” etc.), does not make up for the loss of our voting rights. We also give away our land-use powers, meaning the City no longer has zoning/easement oversight on future airport development. These 2 changes are deal-breakers for me & should never have been agreed to by our City Council.

There are many other concerns I have. The measure was rushed onto the crowded November Ballot instead of being voted on during our local City Elections next Spring where the topic could be debated in much more detail. Most people have no idea what Measure B really is & simply don’t have the time to read through all the measures on the Ballot (17 State + 4 County/Local) and make an informed decision.

We also just learned the FAA is switching from a Radar based air traffic system to a Satellite system called NextGEN, a system that leads to greater flight efficiency and has lead to increased air traffic & new flight paths in some places where it’s already been implemented. And while the Yes folks claim there will be no increased flights due to NextGEN outside of market-driven forces, I prefer to wait-&-see what actually happens beginning November 10 when it’s implemented at BUR airport.

There are serious environmental concerns that still need to be addressed. If approved, construction wouldn’t begin for about 5 years but it would take 5 years to complete. The proposed replacement site is toxic and would need to be cleaned up of all the hazardous waste ala the Empire Center & Home Depot sites and constantly monitored. The construction will have major negative environmental impacts on those who live adjacent to the site, as those adj. to the 5 fwy construction are suffering through. Some opponents have even expressed concern about possible Easterly take-offs over the Hillside based on old FAA documents, although it appears this is not possible based on current FAA rules that prohibit such take-offs due to the runways proximity to the mountains. And while the Airport has threatened to build a new terminal anyway if they loose on the SW Quadrant, this is not their preferred site as it would takes years more to build (7 instead of 5), cost Millions of dollars more, &  may involve land-use related litigation with both the City of Burbank & Los Angeles.

At the end of the day, I believe we can do better than what’s been proposed and will be in a much stronger negotiating position of we Vote NO on Measure B now and force the airport to bring the item back with the above-mentioned protections that should have been there in writing in the first place, on our local election ballot next April. These protections should include a written guarantee that the number of gates can never be increased under any circumstances &/or a Measure B vote of the people, retaining the proposed Super-Majority in light of the fact that airport decisions directly effect/impact Burbank much more than Glendale/Pasadena, retaining existing zoning/easements oversight, continuation of the existing voluntary curfew & ongoing efforts to obtain a mandatory curfew, even though I don’t believe this will ever happen (the FAA already said NO to our Part 161 Study application), actual architectural plans/models for the replacement terminal, and a written guarantee that there will never be flights taking off to the East (regardless of FAA) and no commercial flights landing from the East ever! Do this, and I will support Measure B in 2017.

Links: City of Burbank Measure B information | NO on B | Yes on B

MWD CA Water Tour with Marsha Ramos

October 21, 2016

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Last weekend we were blessed to join our MWD Dir. Marsha Ramos and a diverse group of local community leaders on a Metropolitan Water District Trip to the California State Water Project / Bay-Delta. We toured Feather River Fish Hatchery & Oroville Dam, learned about the Cal Water Fix via presentations by MWD experts Stephen N. Arakawa & Curt Schmutte, and visited the Banks Pumping Plant & Bay-Delta. Guests included Councilman Bob Frutos, Sr. BWP personnel, various Board & Commission members, representatives from the business community & former Dir. Mike Nolan! Below are links to some of the Water Presentations & Trip Pictures fyi. #LearningAboutWater

CA Water Fix Summary | CA Water Fix Presentation | BWP Water Report

FLICKR Photo Album | FACEBOOK Photo Album | VIDEO Highlights

 

 

 

Burbank Police & Fire BBQ @ South Hills Burbank

August 16, 2016

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South Hills Church hosted a wonderful BBQ honoring our Police & Firefighters at their Burbank Campus this past Sunday following their 10.45am Service. The BBQ was a culmination of their Love-The-818 campaign that included helping BUSD Teachers @ various school sites set-up their classrooms and providing Teacher lunches, helping BHC pack 100’s of free backpacks for kids who need them, BTAC undergarment drive, cleaning up Chandler Bikeway & serving at the LA Dream Center projects. In attendance were Burbank Mayor Jess Talamantes (ret. Fireman), his Mom & son Scott; Councilman Bob Frutos (ret. Police); BPD Police Chief Scott LaChasse & Dep. Chief Michael Albanese; and Police & Fire personnel from Orange Groove & Verdugo Fire Stations. It was an honor to serve the men & woman who keep us safe everyday! I also had the chance to chat to the Mayor about a number of topics including various aspects of Police & Fire Dept. operations (recruiting, sro’s), as well as the upcoming Airport Terminal vote. Thank You Pastor Dave Stewart and South Hills Burbank for spreading the love of Jesus throughout our community.

IOS FLICKR Photos | FACEBOOK Photos | South Hills – SHARE Sermon

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New Churches – Story City, South Hills, CityLight

August 11, 2016
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This summer we’ve been spending some time experiencing what God is doing through some of the newer Church plantings in Burbank. Story City Church, South Hills Church & CityLight Church members have been out-&-about all over town serving their Community – from Backpack Giveaways to Flash Gas Buys, Random Acts of Kindness, Encouragement Cards, Free Coffee/Donuts & Water at City Events & much more… Burbank has been saturated with God’s People demonstrating His Love & Generosity in a powerful way. All 3 Churches have hosted Family Movie Nights we’ve attended and we’ve had the chance to visit-worship-fellowship with 2/3 Churches so far, as well as listen/watch several sermons online. Here’s a brief summary of these Churches for those looking to experience a vibrant Jesus centered Faith-Community.

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Story City Church – Pastor Matt Lawson. (818) 823-3955
Meets @ The Colony Theatre Sundays @ 10:30am.
Service length = 75 min. Childcare. Refreshments.
Worship Style – Contemporary current (Hillsong etc.)
Ministries – Midweek Community Groups.
Current Sermon Series – The Art of Neighboring!
Links: Website | FaceBook | Media

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South Hills Church – Pastor Dave Stewart. (818) 934-1029
Meets @ 222 S Victory Blvd, Burbank @ 9am & 10:45am.
Service length = 75 min. Childcare. Refreshments.
Worship Style – Contemporary current (Hillsong etc.)
Ministries – Midweek Growth Groups. Remnant Youth.
Current Sermon Series – SHARE. Campaign: Love-The-818.
Links: Website | FaceBook | Media

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CityLight Baptist Church – Pastor Nick Reed. (818) 736-5556
Meets @ Burbank Adult School Sundays @ 9am & 11am.
Service length = 90 min? Childcare. Refreshments.
Worship Style – Unknown.
Ministries – Midweek Life Groups. Singles. Youth (Wed).
Current Sermon Series – Culture or Bible?
Links: Website | FaceBook | Media

Up-Coming Events Calendar
# South Hills Church
Sun 8/14 @ 12pm – Burbank Police & Fire Appreciation BBQ
Wed 8/31 @ 6.46pm – Remnant Youth Ministry Launch
# Story City Church
Sun 8/21 @ 10:30am – Official Colony Theatre Launch w/FoodTruck.
# Burbank Pres
Sat 8/27 @ 1-4pm – Open House w/Pastor Ross Talks, Food, Games.

Independence Day 2016 – GOD Bless America!

July 4, 2016

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Start your 4th Of July right with this inspiring Independence Day message from Pastor Ross Purdy. Happy Birthday USA! ‪#‎GodBlessAmerica‬

 

2016 John Muir MS 8th Grade Promotion Photos

June 2, 2016

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John Muir Middle School Boosters & Yours Truly are providing FREE HD 1920×1280 Pics from the 2016 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony via FaceBook & FLICKR. These are great for sharing with family & friends on social media & small (4×6/5×7) Prints. Here’s the LINKS:

FACEBOOK Photo Album #1Album #2Album #3 | Promo Party

FLICKR Photo Album #1Album #2 | Promo Party Album

If you like the pictures, please consider a Donation to JMMS Boosters ($5/photo suggested). Here’s the link to Donate now via PayPal.

If you’d like to order full rez. 5k images for larger prints (8×10/11×14 etc.), please email JMMS Boosters with the photo(s)ID as listed on FLICKR i.e. “JMMS8Grad16b-27” etc., and we’ll send you the larger images and a link to Donate via PayPal (if you haven’t already). Please allow 2-3 business days for processing your order. Also, DVD’s can still be ordered for $15 here. Check back for sample Video soon!

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CA Primary Election – Local Races & more

May 28, 2016

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Local Endorsements:

* Assembly (43rd District) – Mark MacCarley #154 | WebsiteFaceBook

* State Senate (District 25) – Michael Antonovich #140 | WebsiteFaceBook

Links: Value Voters Guide – http://www.electionforum.org/la-voter-guide/

2016 CA Primary Election Results (LA Times) *

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Sundheim for U.S. Senate – Campaign Event

May 27, 2016

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I had the privilege of joining Governor Pete Wilson, Councilman Bob Frutos & a host of business leaders for Cocktails & Conversation with U.S. Senate Candidate Duf Sundheim at the beautiful Beverly Hills home of Eric George. After a few words from the Governor & former DA Steve Cooley, Duf shared his background & vision for the State & Country, covering job creation, education & health care, public safety & national security, water & the importance of stopping sanctuary city enabler Kamala Harris from being elected. Harris’ politicization of the Office of AG, unlawful search/seizure of Planned Parenthood videos & failure to defend the will of majority of CA Voters on Prop 8, are just some of the reasons Christian conservatives & constitution loving Americans should look elsewhere this July.

FLICKR PHOTO Album | FACEBOOK PHOTO Album | YouTube Video

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Family Promise National Conf. – Karen Olson

May 25, 2016

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Family Promise held it’s 2016 National Conference @ the Long Beach Hyatt Regency last month. Our local affiliate (FPV) was well represented with Albert Hernandez, JP O’Connor, Sandy Thompson, as well as West Pres. Pastor Paul Clairville presiding over Sunday’s Inter-Faith Service. The conference closed with founder Karen Olson’s Farewell Retirement Speech & a moving Tribute. Thank You Karen for your inspirational life of service!  Links: FLICKR Photo Album | FACEBOOK Photo Album

 


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