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					MEET BURBANK                                                                                                                                                         MEET BURBANK




                                 Meet Burbank                                                                                  Movie (and TV) magic, plus a Mayberry vibe,
                                                                                                                               help make this Southern California success story.




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                                                                                           The Good Life Palm trees down-
                                                                                           town; (below) a fruit tart at
                                                                                           Porto’s Bakery and a horse and
                                                                                           rider in Griffith Park


I T M AY B E T H E M O ST FA M O U S
S C E N E in movie history: the clos-
ing moments of Casablanca, as fog
and darkness shroud the Lisbon,
Portugal–bound plane on the tarmac
while Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid
Bergman speak their final lines to
each other. Any idea where it was
filmed?
   Here’s where it wasn’t filmed: on
location in Morocco, at an airport,
or anywhere in Hollywood. That cli-
mactic scene unfolded on a sound-
stage in Burbank, California.
   For decades Burbank has served as
a largely uncredited location for film                                                                                        PHOTOGRAPHY (FROM TOP) BY IAN GRANT/ALAMY AND DANIEL HENNESSY (2)

and television production, but these
days, the city of 108,000 residents bor-    to stay and raise their kids here         city’s economic base was built on
dering Los Angeles is taking its turn in    because Burbank is a big town with        two industries: entertainment and
the spotlight. Home to more working         a small-town feel,” says Chris Habitz,    aviation. Lockheed Corporation
studios than Hollywood, and boast-          35, an agent with Dilbeck Realtors        made its headquarters here starting
ing a vibrant, redeveloped downtown         and president of the Burbank Asso-        in the late 1920s, and during World
shopping district, the self-styled          ciation of Realtors. “You can feel that   War II, the defense giant employed                                                                          LIVE WORK DINE UNWIND CREATE CELEBRATE FLOURISH
“Media Capital of the World” has cast       vibe, that energy that people know        close to 100,000 workers to design
off its image as a boring suburb. Bur-      everyone and look after each other.”      and build aircraft. At the same time,                                                                       To find out more call 818-238-5180 or visit us online at www.burbankusa.com
bank is attracting new and younger             Located at the eastern end of the      the entertainment industry was
residents who appreciate its relatively     San Fernando Valley and just 15 min-      becoming an enormous economic
light traffic, big-city amenities, quaint   utes from Hollywood and downtown          engine in Burbank, with local stu-
residential neighborhoods, and high         LA, Burbank has always benefited          dios such as Warner Bros. and The
quality of life.                            from its strategic location and sunny     Walt Disney Co. cranking out hit
   “A lot of people my age have opted       climate. For most of its 99 years, the    movies and television shows.


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  Arts
Entertainment
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   The Burbank Philharmonic has
been providing free world-class concerts
    to the residents of Burbank and
     surrounding areas since 1991.          Do the Stroll
818.771.7888 burbankphilharmonic.org
                                            Baby’s day out
                                            in Magnolia Park


                                           “A lot of people my age have opted to stay and
                                           raise their kids here because Burbank is a big town
                                           with a small-town feel,” says Chris Habitz, 35,
Noor Old Town Pasadena: 626.793.4518
  Accommodating 2 to 2,000 guests
  French Mediterranean - Restaurant
                                           president of the Burbank Association of Realtors.
      Ballroom - Indoor/Outdoor
        www.noorevents.com
                                              As Burbank expanded, however,            dozens of new shops and restaurants.
                   The Starlight Bowl      scant attention was paid to amenities.      Nearby, the site of the old Lockheed
                  is Burbank’s premiere
                 outdoor entertainment
                                           In the 1960s and ’70s, the popular TV       Aircraft plant that made the iconic
                      venue and has        comedy Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In          P-38 Lightning fighter jet has been
                entertained generations    and The Tonight Show’s Johnny Car-          transformed into the Burbank Empire
                 of Southern California
                         families.         son took turns lampooning “beautiful        Center, an aviation-themed shopping
                www.StarlightBowl.com      downtown Burbank,” then a haphaz-           and restaurant complex. In homage to
                      818.525.3721
                                           ard collection of industrial buildings      the site’s history, replicas of Lockheed
                                           and blighted commercial strips.             aircraft are perched on pylons at the
                                              “In the early 1980s, Burbank was         entrances to the center. (Lockheed
                                           the entertainment capital of the world,     merged with Martin Marietta Corp. in
                                           but there wasn’t a single movie theater     1995 to form Lockheed Martin, head-
                                           here,” observes Michael Cusumano, a         quartered in Maryland.)
                                           managing director of Cusumano Real             Today, Burbank’s leaders under-
                                           Estate Group, the largest privately held    stand the importance of fostering a
                                           landowner in Burbank.                       sense of community and local identity.
                                              City leaders began plans to revital-     The city promotes a host of events
                                           ize the downtown area in the 1970s,         designed to bring residents together,
     Burbank Historical Society                                                        such as the Mayor’s Cup Charity Golf
 115 N. Lomita St., Burbank, CA 91506
                                           but it wasn’t until the early ’90s that
       Open Saturday & Sunday              their efforts bore fruit with the opening   Tournament in April, a twice-yearly
          1:00 pm - 4:00 pm                of the Burbank Town Center shop-            Fine Arts Festival, free summer con-
818.841.6333 burbankhistoricalsoc.com
                                           ping mall, now anchored by Macy’s,          certs, and the popular fall food fest,
                                                                                                                                  PHOTOGRAPHY BY DANIEL HENNESSY




                                           Sears, and Ikea and offering more than      Taste of Downtown Burbank. Many
                                           100 shops and restaurants, as well as       events benefit local school programs
                                           movie theaters. More recently, down-        and social-service organizations such
                                           town has undergone more than $300           as the Burbank Community YMCA and
                                           million in redevelopment that includes      the Boys and Girls Club. If that sounds
                                           new residential and office buildings,       a bit small-townish, that’s fine with
                                           a 16-screen theater complex, and            most Burbankers.
 Audiences Unlimited, Inc. - Free TV
 studio audience tickets. For show and
  ticket information, visit our website:
www.tvtickets.com or call 818.260.0041
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    Fighting liver cancer … together.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  “We’re right in the middle of this


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             King of Late Night
                                                                                                                                                                                               mega-metropolis, yet if you ask resi-
                                                                                                                                                                                               dents what they value most, it’s the
                                                                                                                                                                                               small-town feel,” says city manager
                                                                                                                                                                                               Michael Flad.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Andrea Wilson knows all about
                                                                                                                                                                                               the city’s spirit and the caring nature
                                                                                                                                                                                               of its residents. A former substitute
                                                                                                                                                                                               teacher for the Burbank Unified
                                                                                                                                                                                               School District, Wilson is president
                                                                                                                                                                                               and founder of Burbank-based Blue
                                                                                                                                                                                               Faery: The Adrienne Wilson Liver
                                                                                                                                                                                               Cancer Association. It’s the nation’s
                                                                                                                                                                                               only nonprofit specifically dedicated
                                                                                                                                                                                               to fighting liver cancer. The organiza-
     Did you know that liver cancer is the 4th most common                                                                                                                                     tion is named in memory of Andrea’s                                                                Heeeere’s Johnny! Carson
        cancer in the world and the 3rd largest cause of                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and (left) Ed McMahon
                                                                                                                                                                                               sister, a former honors student at Bur-
                   cancer deaths worldwide?
                                                                                                                                                                                               bank High School who died in 2001
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Johnny Carson’s legacy                        audience loved it. During that era, being
      For more information, visit our website at                                                                                                                                               at age 15. “The Burbank community                                                       the focus of attention from Carson could
                     www.bluefaery.org                                                                                                                                                         was so supportive,” Andrea says.          lives on in “beautiful                        make or break a guest’s, or a city’s, repu-
                                                                                                                                                                                               “We received numerous monetary                                                          tation. A host of comedians owe careers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         downtown Burbank”                             to appearances on his show, and for
   Founded in 2002 in Burbank, California, Blue Faery’s mission is                                                                                                                             donations so that I could stop work-                                                    Burbank, too, the attention had a posi-
   to prevent, treat and cure primary liver cancer, specifically hepa-                                                                                                                                                                   The arena of late-night talk shows is
   tocellular carcinoma, through research, education and advocacy.
                                                                                                                                                                                               ing to care for Adrienne.”                                                              tive side. Former Burbank mayor Marsha
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         glutted with competing programs, and          Ramos told the Los Angeles Times, “The
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Flad believes part of Burbank’s        battles between hosts are now con-
         Note: Blue Faery is a 501(c)(3) public benefit charity. Tax ID: 13-4236788                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tonight Show put us on the map. Without
                                                                                                                                                                                               small-town ambience stems from its        ducted on air, in print, and online. So       that line from Johnny Carson about beau-
                                                                                                                                                                                               proximity to Southern California’s        unless you’re of a certain age, it may be     tiful downtown Burbank, most people
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         hard to believe that once there was a         wouldn’t even know that we exist.”
                                                                                                                                                                                               wild, open spaces. Bordered on the        simpler time when only one late-night

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Carson retired from The Tonight Show in

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                                                                                                                                                                                               northeast by the spectacular peaks        host really counted for anything.

        Refresh the way
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       1992, passing the torch to frequent guest
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                                                                                                                                                                                               of the Verdugo Mountains and on the       Johnny Carson was the “King of Late           host Jay Leno. Leno has a far higher pro-
                                                                                                                                                                                               south by the rugged hills of Griffith     Night,” reigning over America’s pre-

           you travel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       file in Burbank than the famously private

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         dreamland hours for 30 years. Starting in     Carson had; locals often spy Leno, an avid
                                                                                                                                                                                               Park, Burbank offers easy access to       1962, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny
                                                                                                                                                ater...
                                                                                                                                  ...Dance...The ore!                                                                                                                                  car collector, tooling around town in one
                                                                                                                     mental music                 m                                            miles of hiking and horseback-riding      Carson was broadcast from New York
                                                                                                     Vocal & instru tography....Painting...and                                                                                           for a decade. Then the show moved
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       of his attention-getting vehicles. When
                                                                                                                   .Pho
                                                                                                     Visual arts...                         t more, go to
                                                                                                                                                         :                                     trails. Even within the city limits,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         to Burbank, and so began the 20-year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Conan O’Brien took over the show last
                                                                                                                             , or to find ou                                                                                                                                           year and it moved to Universal Studios
                                                                                                      To volunteer, to donate      org
                                                                                                                                                                                               there are more than 20 parks, so          relationship between a city and its most      Hollywood, it marked the end of an era
                                                                                                                     rbankArtsEd.
                                                                                                      www.TheBu                                                                                most all residents have some green        famous star.                                  for Burbank. It also signaled a further
                                                                                                                                                                                               space within walking distance of          Carson, who died in 2005, was uniquely        fractionalization of the late-night play-
                                                                                                                                                                                               their homes.                              suited to helm the beloved show. Born         ing field. Earlier this year, as the rivalry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         and raised in the Midwest, he was a glib      between Leno and O’Brien heated up—
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Another smaller-city advantage is      conversationalist who had the charm, dry      resulting in Leno reassuming his Tonight
                                                                                                                                                                                               that the municipal government isn’t       wit, and intelligence that allowed him to     Show hosting duties—more than a few
                                                                                                                                                                                               a nameless, faceless bureaucracy.         chat easily with guests ranging from Ron-     entertainment-industry observers noted
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ald Reagan to Tiny Tim. But Carson was        that Carson would never have feuded
                                                                                                                                                                                               Burbank’s mayor is a plain-spoken         first and foremost a superb comic, with       with competitors in public.
                                                                                                                                                                                               businessman, Gary Bric, who owns          a self-deprecating sense of irony and an      When Carson announced his retirement,
                                                                                                                                                                                               a popular restaurant, Gary Bric’s         ability to deftly improvise before an audi-   the City of Burbank honored the legend-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ence of millions. Famed film director Billy   ary host by renaming a public park after
                                                                                                                                                                                               Ramp, not far from the airport. Resi-     Wilder once called what Carson did the        him. Johnny Carson Park is located behind
                                                                                                                                                                                               dents are also likely to know their       “salto mortale,” circus lingo for a death-    NBC Studios, around the block from the
                                                                                                                                                                                               local police officers by name, and        defying somersault on a tightrope—
                                                                                                                                                             PHOTOGRAPHY BY BET TMANN/CORBIS




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       area where, each weekday afternoon,
      Visit nearby major studios and attractions –                                                                                                                                             many cite effective policing and fast
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         without a net.                                lines of Tonight Show audience members
      Universal, Warner Bros., L.A. Live                                                                                                                                                       fire and emergency response times
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         When Carson poked fun at “beautiful           would snake down the sidewalk. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         downtown Burbank,” he wasn’t the first.       small green space features a monument
      Walk to restaurants and shopping                                                                                                                                                         as key factors in helping to maintain     Gary Owens, the announcer for another         bearing a plaque that reads, in part,
      Relax in our poolside cabanas or by the firepit                                                                                                                                           their quality of life.                    popular show filmed in Burbank, Rowan         “Dedicated to the King of Late Night for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         and Martin’s Laugh-In, signed on with         30 years of keeping America up late and
                                                                                                                                                                                                  One thing is certain: As Burbank       the phrase starting in the late ’60s. But     laughing.” That serves as a fitting epitaph
 Courtyard by Marriott Burbank                                                            ®                                                                                                    approaches its centennial next year,      Carson made it a regular bit, and the         for Carson.
2100 Empire Avenue, Burbank, CA 91504                                                 ®
                                                                                                                                                                                               this city has plenty to celebrate.
818-843-5500 www.marriott.com/burcy                                                       ®


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                     as an opportunity to greet neighbors,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     coworkers, and friends. Don’t forget
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     your laptop; Burbank’s entire down-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     town is a free Wi-Fi zone.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The city is also well-known as a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     regional shopping draw, with more
                                                                                                                                                                             ment just steps from a 16-screen        than a dozen chain stores in the mid-
                                                                                                                                                                             theater complex and the Burbank         dle of town. But here’s the Burbank
                                                                                                                                                                             Town Center shopping mall. The          difference: It still offers the mom-and-
                                                                                                                                                                             popular farmers market downtown,        pop shops, services, and eateries that
                                                                                                                                                                             which runs year-round on Saturdays,     are the lifeblood of close-knit com-
                                                                                                                                                                             offers a cornucopia of fresh produce,   munities. You’ll find places such as
                                                                                                                                                                             cheeses, California seafood, and an     the tiny Sous Shoe Repair in Magnolia
                                                                                                                                                                             array of plants and flowers, as well    Park; Milt and Edie’s dry cleaner,




Live
Feeling at     W H E N PE O PL E TA L K A B O U T living in
                                                                      Home Base Downtown boasts the
                                                                      new Burbank Collection, featuring
                                                                      cool lofts, luxe condos, and trendy
                                                                      restaurants and shops.



                                                               as Magnolia Park, a collection of small-scale
                                                                                                                PHOTOGRAPHY BY RICK MEYER/COURTESY OF THE CIT Y OF BURBANK




               Burbank, one catch phrase comes up repeat-      vintage bungalows and ranch houses with
home in        edly: “Mayberry R.F.D.” Burbank may be sur-     stately trees shading the streets. In the Ver-
               rounded by the sprawl of Southern Califor-      dugo foothills to the northeast, you’ll find
Burbank        nia, but it has a small-town feel and a sense   elegant, larger homes that command spec-
               of safety and community that evokes the         tacular views of the San Fernando Valley.
               fictional village portrayed in the old Andy        But Burbank has an urban edge, too. Its
               Griffith comedy.                                redeveloped, pedestrian-friendly down-
                  To get an idea of Burbank’s charm, head      town boasts The Burbank Collection, a new
               to its quiet residential neighborhoods, such    mixed-use loft, condo, and retail develop-


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     MEET BURBANK


       open around the clock, seven days a   place an order.
       week; and Monte Carlo Italian Deli,     Mayberry, but with an Ikea and a
       a foodie mecca where you can hear     Costco? Now that’s a combination
       snippets of Italian as you wait to    you can live with.



       “I love 91505!” Dees quips, adding that the high
       level of entertainment-industry talent in Burbank
       and nearby Hollywood makes his job easy.




Come Out
                                &                                                                                                                                                          322 North Pass Avenue | Burbank, CA 91505
                                                                                                                                                                                         phone 818.842.8887 | reservations 888.956.1900
                                                                                                                                                                                                      www.hotelamarano.com




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                                                                                                                                                                                  Luxurious Service, Hollywood Style, Ideal Burbank Location
                                Enjoy an amazing meal at one of 80                Rick Dees
                                different types of restaurants.                   R ADIO PERSONALIT Y AND
                                                                                  MEDIA ENTREPRENEUR
                                                                                                                                                                              Hotel Amarano Burbank offers superlative service, a quiet location in the heart
                                 Dance in the streets during free                 Rick Dees may be Burbank’s busiest
                                                                                  man in show business. In addition to                                                        of a great city, and a bold yet understated architecture and interior design. Our
                                 band concerts.                                   his weekly internationally syndicated
                                                                                  Top 40 radio show, the multitasking                                                          luxurious suites embody the glamour of old Hollywood. Our location provides
                                 Shop for cool stuff in over 200 stores.          Dees is developing programming for
                                                                                                                                                                                 privacy and tranquility in a truly residential setting while maintaining easy
                                                                                  Scripps Networks’ new Cooking Chan-
                                  Eat, drink & make merry during                  nel, working on content for his web-                                                        access to the business and entertainment center of Burbank. Whether you are
                                                                                  site, and producing a digital network
                                  food & music festivals.                         of music channels for smartphones—                                                          here for a vacation or a weekend getaway, a business meeting or private event,
                                                                                  all at the production facility, Dees
                                   Browse our acclaimed fine art shows.           Entertainment Inc., that he established                                                                 or perhaps an extended stay, our pleasure is to serve you.
                                                                                  in Burbank almost 20 years ago.
                                   Catch a great film at one of 30                “I love 91505!” Dees quips, adding
                                                                                  that the high level of entertainment-
                                   movie screens.                                 industry talent in Burbank and nearby


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                                                                                  Hollywood makes his job easy. During
                                    Kick back & people-watch at a                 his off hours, he doesn’t have to go far
                                    sidewalk café.                                to unwind; as proof, he reports a mere
                                                                                  20,000 miles on his 2003 car. “The
                                                                                  downtown area of Burbank has one
                                                                                  of everything,” Dees says. “There’s a
                                                                                  super mall. There’s a wonderful elec-
                                                                                  tronics store. There’s a coffee shop.
                                                                                  There are numerous restaurants with
                                                                                  all kinds of international cuisine. Park-
                                                                                  ing is free. Where else can you get
                                                                                  that?” rick.com
www.downtown-burbank.org                             818.238.5180
Downtown Burbank is a snap to get to by car…and there’s tons of parking!
             Or ride Metrolink, Metro or Burbank Bus.
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                                                                              Magic Central The Princess and the
                                                                              Frog was the latest hit flick to come
                                                                              out of Walt Disney Animation Studios .




  Work

                                                                                                                                                                              Degrees                                    Majors
                                                                                                                                                                              Bachelor of Architecture                   School of Architecture               School of Business
                                                                                                                                                                              Bachelor of Arts                               Architecture                         Accounting
                                                                                                                                                                              Bachelor of Business Administration            Interior Architecture                Fashion Marketing
   Heeere’s Burbank! The Media Capital of the World                                                                                                                           Bachelor of Fine Arts                                                               Management
                                                                                                                                                                              Bachelor of Science                        School of Media, Culture, & Design       Marketing
                                                                                                                                                                              Master of Architecture                         Animation                            Organizational Leadership
                                                                                                                                                                              Master of Architecture in Real Estate          Communication
                  B U R BA N K WO R K S ; it’s as simple as that.   nies, and digital houses, and it’s easy to see
                                                                                                                                                                               Development                                   Fashion Design                   Institute of Transdisciplinary Studies
                  Each day about 100,000 people converge            how the city got its nickname                                                                             Master of Business Administration
                  here to make movies, produce TV shows,               Still, entertainment isn’t the whole story.                                                                                                           Graphic Design                        Interdisciplinary Studies
                                                                                                                                                                              Master of Organizational Leadership
                  create digital content, administer city serv-     Founded in 1884, Woodbury University                                                                                                                     Psychology                            Politics and History
                  ices, provide health care, and whisk visitors     enrolls approximately 1,600 students in
                                                                                                                       PHOTOGRAPHY BY LOUIE PSIHOYOS/SCIENCE FACTION/CORBIS




                  to and from Bob Hope Airport.                     northeast Burbank and employs more than
                     Nicknamed the Media Capital of the             400 people. Major employers include the
                  World, about 65 percent of Burbank’s eco-
                  nomic base is directly or indirectly entertain-
                                                                    third-largest hospital in the San Fernando
                                                                    Valley, Providence St. Joseph Medical Cen-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                818.767
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         call us at    .0888
                  ment- or media-related. Leading employers         ter; the City of Burbank; Burbank Unified                                                                                                         log on www.woodbury.edu
                  include The Walt Disney Company, Warner           School District; Bob Hope Airport; and
                  Bros. Entertainment Inc., NBC Universal, the      Crane Aerospace and Electronics.
                  Cartoon Network, Clear Channel Commu-                Handling nearly 5 million to 6 million
                  nications, Nickelodeon, Warner Music, and         passengers annually, the airport plays a piv-
                  Yahoo. Add to that more than 800 smaller          otal role in the city’s success. Formerly the


                                                                                                                                                                                                       WOODBURY UNIVERSITY
                  media-related businesses, such as post-           Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport, it was
                  production facilities, special-effects compa-     renamed to honor the legendary comedian


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                                              See the Sights Some celebs prefer the
                                              circa-1930 Bob Hope Airport for its easy
                                              access, and (left) the Warner Bros. water
                                              tower is a local landmark.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Serving
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Air Travelers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Since 1930




                                                                                          PHOTOGRAPHY (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT) BY RAINE VERA/ALAMY, COURTESY OF BOB HOPE AIRPORT, BY DANIEL HENNESSY, AND BY THE ART ARCHIVE/ALAMY
 Take a Break Lunchtime for workers at the
 Vega aircraft plant, Burbank, August 1943
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Michael Cusumano   REAL ESTATE EXECUTIVE/PHILANTHROPIST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Glance around any block in down-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   town Burbank and you’re probably
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   looking at a Cusumano property.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Brothers Chuck and Roger Cusuma-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   no founded the Cusumano Real
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Estate Group 51 years ago, and it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   has always been a driving force in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Burbank’s redevelopment, making
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            55 Southwest flights daily
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   investments when few recognized
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the opportunities. Now managed              Nearby Attractions:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   by Chuck’s sons Michael and Charlie
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   (though all four are active managing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   directors), the Burbank-based com-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   pany manages more than 100 prop-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   erties across Southern California.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The Cusumano family is well-known
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   for its donations to Burbank’s chari-
after his death in 2003. Its relatively         City leaders work hard to make                                                                                                                                                                                     table organizations, but Michael
small size and easy accessibility make       Burbank a hospitable place to set up                                                                                                                                                                                  Cusumano says he’s a believer not
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   just in writing checks, but in get-
it a favorite of business travelers. The     shop. The municipality has invested in                                                                                                                                                                                ting involved personally. “We try to
airport’s valet parking service, in which    infrastructure such as fiber optics and                                                                                                                                                                               support nonprofits in a meaningful
passengers can leave their cars in front     high-speed Internet service to attract                                                                                                                                                                                way so that it has an impact on their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ability to execute their mission,” he
of the terminal, is particularly popular.    and retain businesses that require                                                                                                                                                                                    explains.
    Other businesses demonstrate the         cutting-edge communications tech-                                                                                                                                                                                     His current projects include Bur-
city’s diversity. GB Solutions offers        nology. Unlike Los Angeles, Burbank                                                                                                                                                                                   bank’s first LEED–certified residen-
turnkey custom manufacturing and             doesn’t impose a gross-receipts tax.                                                                                                                                                                                  tial development, Burbank Eco Vil-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   lage, and a separate, companywide
packaging services, including research       “The low business tax rate makes for                                                                                                                                                                                  initiative to make its portfolio of
and product development, Universal           a business-friendly environment,”                                                                                                                                                                                     properties more environmentally
Product Code labeling, screen printing,      observes Terence Curren, president                                                                                                                                                                                    friendly. That’s already paying off in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   “dramatic” savings on utility bills,
and fulfillment. Lanair Group handles a      of post-production house AlphaDogs,                                                                                                                                                                                   Cusumano says. “It’s not just envi-
wide range of information-technology         Inc., and a longtime Burbank resident.                                                                                                                                                                                ronmentally friendly; it’s good busi-
services, such as network security, data     “Those of us who work in Burbank                                                                                                                                                                                      ness.” cusumanogroup.com
management, and e-mail hosting.              would never want to leave.”
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                                                                      it an ideal jumping-off spot to explore South-                                                                                to the sets of actual TV shows and movie                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Millions of people who
                                                                      ern California’s spectacular beaches, top-                                                                                    productions ($45 per person). www2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fly into Bob Hope Airport
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                                                                      Burbank itself. A few suggestions:                                                                                            in Burbank, such as Ellen or The New
                                                                         ■ Take the VIP Tour at Warner Bros.                                                                                        Adventures of Old Christine. Tickets are
                                                                           Studios. The WB offers a two-hour,                                                                                       free, but you must follow strict studio                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nothing But a Good Time The Ellen studio audience gets ready to
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                                       horseback ride through scenic
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                                       equestrian neighborhood where                                                                                                                                                                               secondhand clothing shops that
                                       many residents stable horses on                                                                                                                                                                             lure bargain hunters to Burbank’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Magnolia Boulevard, one stands
                                       their property. sunsetranch                                                                                                                                                                                 out. It’s A Wrap! sells only apparel,
                                       hollywood.com                                                                                                                                                                                               shoes, and accessories from film
                                     ■ Catch a play or a musical at Bur-                                                                                                                                                                           and television productions. Tiara
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Nappi’s mother started the business
                                       bank’s Falcon Theatre, founded                                                                                                                                                                              in the early 1980s, and Nappi has
                                       by renowned writer/director/                                                                                                                                                                                built it into a used-clothing power-
                                       producer Garry Marshall (Happy                                                                                                                                                                              house, with 25 employees and a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   branch on LA’s West Side. Every
                                       Days, Mork and Mindy, The                                                                                                                                                                                   item in the store is marked with the
                                       Princess Diaries, Pretty Woman).                                                                                                                                                                            show or film from which it came,
                                       falcontheatre.com                                                                                                                                                                                           and prices are 35 to 95 percent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   off retail.
                                     ■ Downtown is hopping any
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   “The cachet that it’s from films or
                                       week of the year, but a roster of                                                                                                                                                                           television is what draws people
                                       festivals makes this happening                                                                                                                                                                              in for the first time,” Nappi says.
                                       district especially worth the trip.                                                                                                                                                                         “What keeps them coming back and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   telling their friends are the amazing
                                       Next month, check out the wares                                                                                                                                                                             prices that we have.” And what if
                                       at the spring edition of the twice-                                                                                                                                                                         you’re not the same size as a cast
                                       yearly Fine Arts Festival; in fall,                                                                                                                                                                         member of Gossip Girl? “Definitely
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   there’s a concentration of smaller
Drive, She Said The popular            make time for the delicious Taste                                                                                                                                                                           sizes, but I’m a size 12 and I get all
Be-Boppin in the Park festival         of Downtown Burbank.                                                                                                                                                                                        my clothes here,” she says. “We get
in Magnolia Park features a                                                                                                                                                                                                                        everything.” itsawraphollywood.com
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                                                                                                                                                                                last time you raised your hand,
From Bistro
to Bakery
Not a Hollywood glamour
                                                                                                                                                                                  stepped in and got involved?
puss? Check out these
favorite Burbank eateries:

Bistro Provence
A casually elegant French
restaurant in a supermarket
shopping center? You betcha!
Chef Miki Zivkovic serves
classics like fork-tender beef
bourguignon and roasted
chicken with garlic fries. Save
room for the house-made
desserts. And reservations
are a must. bistroprovence
burbank.com
Granville Cafe
A Bacon and Blue Burger
smothered with applewood-
smoked bacon, caramelized




                                  Eat
onions, blue cheese, sautéed
mushrooms, port sauce, and
horseradish aioli. Catch this
bad boy at this bustling eat-
ery in the heart of downtown.
granvillecafe.com
Handy Market                                                                A retro spot for seeing stars
Be there on Saturdays, when
this small neighborhood
grocer sets up huge grills for
                                                                            and savoring steaks
takeout tri-tip sirloin, ribs,
and chicken in barbecue
                                                                                                                                                                           We are Assistance League, a national nonprot organization that celebrates the power of
sauce. Follow the plume of                                                                                                                                                 the volunteer to evoke positive change in the world. Across this country, the volunteers
smoke, and arrive early—          T H E S O F T L I G H T I N G I N T H E BA R at the   it must be confessed—the well-made cock-
people line up on the street.
burbankshandymarket.com
                                  Smoke House Restaurant makes it easy to               tails, the restaurant still draws a loyal celeb                                    of Assistance League are committed to improving their communities through hands-on
                                  fantasize about who might be sitting a few            following. George Clooney was such a regu-
Porto’s Bakery                                                                                                                                                             involvement and innovative philanthropic programs. And in transforming our communi-
This family-owned Cuban           stools down from you. It could be a group             lar when ER was filming across the street
bakery has been an area           of actors from a popular TV show that just            that he later named his production company                                         ties, we ourselves are transformed.
fave for 35 years, and            wrapped its taping across the street at War-          after the restaurant.
recently opened a new store
                                  ner Bros. Studios. It might be a movie star              When you walk in, it seems that not much
in Burbank. It’s known for                                                                                                                                                 In over one hundred years, we’ve touched the lives of millions of people in our towns and
sandwiches (classic Cuban or      fresh from voicing a character in a Disney            has changed since 1946. The red vinyl
pastrami) and lovely pastries     feature. And that singer at the mike crooning         booths are cushy, the cocktails come with a                                        cities. And we’ve grown into a respected and effective national organization of individual
(apple strudel or Refugiado,
a guava and cheese treat).        an old standard—isn’t she somebody?                   generous extra “sidecar” pour, and the best
portosbakery.com                     Decades of celebrity ghosts haunt the              choices on the menu are big slabs of meat—
                                                                                                                                                                           chapters whose members believe that a giving heart and simple compassionate acts can
Tin Horn Flats                    circa-1946 Smoke House, a steak-and-rib               steaks, prime rib, or barbecued pork ribs—                                         make a world of difference.
Bar and Grill                     joint (with plenty of seafood on the menu)            along with the restaurant’s signature garlic
                                                                                                                                          PHOTOGRAPHY BY DANIEL HENNESSY




Just minutes from the airport,
this local watering hole (since   that’s served a constellation of stars from           cheese bread, topped with a neon-orange                                            We are Assistance League. Caring and commitment in action.
1939) is the place if you’re a    Bing Crosby to Errol Flynn. Jack Paar hosted          coating that is astonishingly addictive. If you
Chicago Bears fan. (A former      The Tonight Show there in 1956, and in the            insist on a vegetable, try the wedge salad, a
owner was a Chicago native.)
If you’re not, you’ll go for      early 1990s, Tom Snyder broadcast his cable           slice of crisp iceberg lettuce slathered with
the decent burgers and the        talk show from the same spot.                         blue-cheese dressing. And don’t forget to
cheapest pitchers in town.           Because of its location near the studios,          check who might be hanging out at the bar.
tinhornflats.com
                                  its hearty meat-and-potatoes menu, and—               smokehouse1946.com                                                                                  To learn more about our programs and membership
                                                                                                                                                                                      opportunities, call: (818) 846-3777 or go to AssistanceLeague.org
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                                                                                                                                                                                                       Center or the stalls at the weekend
                                                                                                                                                                                                       farmers market. Or stay closer to home
                                                                                                                                                                                                       and browse the hotel’s lush gardens,
                                                                                                                                                                                                       with a beautiful gazebo. When you’re
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                                                                                                                                                                                                       your cares away. Rooms start at $199.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                       to vacation hot spots, check in at this
                                                                                                                                                                                                       flyer-friendly property. Host your group
                                                                                                                                                                                                       in the 50,000-square-foot convention
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                                                                                                                                                                                                       Grill Restaurant for cocktails and classic
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Americana, or hop the free shuttle to
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Universal Studios. At the end of the day,
                                                                                                                                                                                                       unwind in one of 20 PURE Rooms, with
               Hollywood-style luxury at a Burbank hideaway                                                                                                                                            allergy-friendly bedding and electroni-
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               WA L K I N TO the Hotel Amarano Burbank and           for an autograph,” vows General Manager                                                                                                                                                    STAURANT
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              RESTAURANT                      E
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        MONTE CARLO DELI
               you immediately sense this is no ordinary hotel.      Tom Whelan.                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ingredients to make your favorite Italian
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ingredie
               The lobby’s sleek, modern decor and designer             Upstairs, the 100 guest rooms are contempo-                                                                                                                                                                     dishes at home



                                                                                                                        PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF HOTEL AMARANO BURBANK AND (OPPOSITE PAGE) SAFARI INN
               furnishings put it at the level of LA’s top luxury    rary in style and cushy in feel, decorated in a
               accommodations. Yet the welcoming, resi-              soothing color palette of soft neutrals, greens,
               dential feel invites guests to make themselves        and blues, with Italian linens and down-filled
               at home and sip tea in front of the fireplace,        duvets on the beds; iPod docking stations; and
               enjoy a cocktail and tapas at the bar, or settle      42-inch, high-definition plasma TVs. Ten one-
               on a sofa and check e-mail (there’s free Wi-Fi        bedroom suites offer the ultimate in space and
               throughout the property).                             luxury, including pillowcases monogrammed
                  The Hotel Amarano Burbank (formerly the            with the guest’s initials, and many rooms have
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Safari Inn
               Graciela Burbank Hotel) opened in 2002 and            kitchenettes. Naturally, the hotel provides                                                                                       Soak up Hollywood history at this            URBAN EATS                          FLOYD’S 99 BARBERSHOP
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               has since become the preferred hotel for savvy        24-hour room service, as well as a fitness cen-                                                                                   1950s landmark that blends retro decor                                           “If Rolling Stone magazine opened up a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “If             e
               visitors and locals. It’s just steps from Warner      ter, meeting rooms, a business center, and an                                                                                     (including the original Googie-style                                             b
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        barbershop, it would look like Floyd’s 99.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                       sign) with modern amenities. Linger                                              — urbandaddy
               Bros. Studios and a few minutes from Walt             array of spaces for functions.                                                                                                    by the outdoor pool or cozy up in your
               Disney, NBC Television Studios, and Universal            Best of all, the Amarano offers guests com-                                                                                    brightly decorated room and take
               Studios. So it’s little wonder that movie stars       plimentary town-car service to and from Bob                                                                                       advantage of the high-speed wireless
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Internet. Keep your eyes peeled for film
               and television celebs are frequent guests,            Hope Airport and any other destination within                                                                                     crews: The Safari’s been featured in
               and hotel staffers are trained to treat celebrities   a three-mile radius of the hotel. Visiting Bur-                                                                                   movies and television shows such as
               with aplomb. “A five-time Oscar winner can            bank without having to rent a car? Now that’s a                                                                                   Six Feet Under, CSI, and Apollo 13.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Rooms start at $129. safariburbank.com
               walk in the door and no one’s going to ask            luxury. Rooms start at $239. hotelamarano.com


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