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Two Burbank officials speak out about redrawing political boundaries for the city

Burbank, like every other community across the State of California, is currently taking part in the once-in-a-decade process of redrawing the political boundaries for elective offices.  Redistricting takes place after the completion of each Census.  Over the course of the next few weeks, the Citizens Redistricting Commission will complete its work and establish the Assembly, Senate, and Congressional Districts that will represent our community in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. In 2008, California voters passed Proposition 11, which created a Citizens Redistricting Commission to draw state legislative districts.  In 2010, California... Read More →

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Thanksgiving message from Burbank Mayor Bob Frutos

This Thanksgiving I am grateful I will be joining my family, like so many families in our community in sitting down together to give thanks for those things we are so thankful for in our lives. When I look back over last year I have served as Mayor, I am grateful for a caring and kind community for your patience, kindness, perseverance and flexibility despite the challenges we all faced last year. Burbank has come through with compassion for one another and we continue to hope for a better 2022.... Read More →

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City of Burbank announces interim police chief

City of Burbank announces new interim police chief. City Manager, Justin Hess, selected Deputy Police Chief, Michael Albanese , for the job, according to a new release put out last Friday, June 4. The move follows the decision by Police Chief, Scott LaChasse, to retire next month. Albanese joined the department in 2010 as patrol captain. In 2015, he moved up to deputy chief. Albanese has more than 40 years in law enforcement and is eager to take on more responsibilities. “I am very proud of the... Read More →

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Letter to the Editor: Burbank update from Councilmember Nick Schultz

Just over 100 days ago, I took my oath of office and was sworn in as your City Councilmember.  While there has been much to learn in my short time on the City Council, I feel increasingly optimistic that our community is well-positioned to build back strong from this unprecedented public health and economic crisis. As a candidate, I advocated for the creation of a Burbank Economic Recovery Taskforce.  Last month, the City Council voted unanimously to re-purpose one of our existing sub-committees and create an Economic Recovery Sub-Committee comprised... Read More →

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A special new year message from Burbank Council member Nick Schultz

Letter to the Editor: Happy New Year Burbank!  I know it goes without saying, but 2020 was a very difficult year for our community.  However, today we have awoken to a bright new day.  A new year brings with it a fresh start and new opportunities.  While we will continue to face many of the same challenges that were before our community last year, I believe that a new year requires new priorities from our local government to address these issues.  Moreover, I am optimistic that 2021 will be a... Read More →

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Final results for Burbank Gen Municipal Election 2020

The final results for the Burbank General Municipal Election 2020 are in. The County of Los Angeles certified the election on November 30. Meanwhile, the City of Burbank did so last Tuesday, November 8. The winners did not change since the release of the early tallies shortly after the election. However, the number of Burbank ballots rose to an incredible 59,034. That amounts to 80 percent of the registered voters. 73, 0444 in the Media City. Pretty impressive. Voter registration and election participation are at the highest point ever. “I... Read More →

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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris win the White House race

President-Elect, Joe Biden, and Vice President-Elect, Kamala Harris, are moving ahead with the transition, after winning a hard- fought battle for the White House. Last Saturday, the Associate Press was the first to call the race for Biden and Harris. Other media outlets quickly followed. The Associate Press reported Biden secured the 20 electoral votes of his home state of Pennsylvania, which put him over the 270 threshold needed to win the presidency. Biden will now become the 46th President of the United States. While Kamala Harris will... Read More →

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Three seats for the Burbank school board on the ballot

Three incumbents on the Burbank Board of Education are facing a tough challenger in the November General Election. There are three school board seats up for election on the Burbank ballot. Running for re-election are Dr. Armond Aghakhanian, Steve Ferguson, and Roberta Reynolds. The challenger is an experienced middle school teacher with a doctorate in education, Emily Weisberg. In a recent candidates forum, Weisberg held her own against the incumbents. During the forum, the candidates were quizzed on a variety of subjects. Among the topics funding,... Read More →

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Three contenders vying for Burbank Treasurer

Current Burbank City Treasurer, Krystle Palmer, is facing two challengers in the November General Municipal Election. The Burbank City Council appointed Palmer as treasurer back in August 2019. Palmer took over for Debbie Kukta who left to become the assistant superintendent of administrative services for the Burbank Unified School District. The candidates are competing to see who will finish out the two years remaining on Kukta’s term. Palmer’s challengers are Darin Shea, local businessman and investor, and Lindsey Francois, product development engineer. All three candidates have statements in the official... Read More →

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Face covering crackdown kicks off in Burbank

Face covering enforcement goes into effect in Burbank today, Friday, October 16. A news release from the Burbank Police Department says the focus will be on certain areas, which received”… the majority of complaints… the Chandler Bikeway, downtown Burbank, the Magnolia Park business district, and City parks.” The Burbank Police Department is taking a support role in the enforcement. The City of Burbank hired an outside firm, Willdan Engineering, to issue administrative citations. The Orange County firm provides technical and consulting services, with emphasis on safety and compliance,... Read More →

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Rent control to be on the November ballot in Burbank

A controversial rent control ordinance is headed for the November 3 General Election ballot in Burbank. Caught between a rock and a hard place, the Burbank City Council last Friday, August 7, voted unanimously to let the voters decide the future of rent control. The council members took this action grudgingly, while complaining of dire consequences if the measure passes. City officials and the city council members have actively opposed rent control and plotted to try to stamp it out. They mounted two legal actions to try to keep the... Read More →

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Burbank city council race 2020 off to a fast start

Some candidates for the Burbank City Council are off to a fast start. Yard signs are popping up. And fundraising is in full swing. Officially the race for two seats on the council began on May 3, 2020, when potential candidates were allowed to begin fundraising. Next, the nomination period opened on July 13, 2020 and is scheduled to close today, August 7. However, candidates wanting to submit nomination papers for the city council race will have an extra few days. That is because incumbent City Council Member, Emily Gabel-Luddy,... Read More →

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John Lewis 1940 – 2020

John Lewis died yesterday at the age of 80. He was a crusader for civil rights and voting rights. Continue his fight. Stand up for what is right. And vote , not only at the national and state level, but locally. That will honor his legacy and make our America better and stronger. "In so many ways, John’s life was exceptional. But he never believed that what he did was more than any citizen of this country might do," former President Barack Obama wrote. https://t.co/HRwZSS88Hw pic.twitter.com/vZkNcJxCSF— USA TODAY... Read More →

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