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A candidate in the 43rd State Assembly race bows out

Days after a poor showing in that special election for the chance to finish the 43rd State Assembly term of Paul Krekorian, Nayiri Nahabedian has officially dropped out of the race for that seat. Nahabedian’s political consultant Paul Mitchell announced the end of her campaign in an article on The Burbank Leader website. However, when I got an e-mail from Nahabedian last Saturday, April 17, I had the feeling something was up. There’s a certain finality in this message from the Democratic contender.


Dear Friends,

When we began our work months ago, we were against the odds – against an opponent with a lot of money and institutional support. What we built in the weeks and months that followed was a broad base of support and strength. We built a grassroots coalition of individuals and groups whose paths would otherwise might not have crossed. They came together at our campaign headquarters because of shared values and a common cause – to make California a better place to live and to work – to make our state government work for the people again.

I want to thank each of you for your involvement in our campaign. Many of you gave your time and your energy – you were in our office calling voters, labeling addresses and walking precincts. Many of you gave your financial support. Some of you opened your homes to neighborhood coffees, and many of you attended our events and activities. All of you gave your good will and support. Thank you!

The numbers on Tuesday did not go our way. However, the issues we care about transcend any one election result. We will stay engaged and active on the issues that matter to California – getting the economy moving, attracting good jobs, and preparing all children to have a path to a college or a path to a career.

Your dedication for a better California inspires me. Together, we continue the work.

With Gratitude,

Nayiri Nahabedian


For the second time in a week, I’m disappointed. First, with the Tuesday April 13 election results in which Nahabedian finished third in the ballot count. And again today with the news that Nahabedian has called it quits. I voted for her. I still believe she has great potential as candidate. So I hope this is merely a setback and not the end of her political aspirations.

In the Leader article, Mitchell says “… we were willing to do the right thing and step out.” The political consultant cites the confusion of the upcoming elections dealing with this Assembly seat as the major reason for Nahabedian’s withdrawal. On June 8, there will be a run-off between Democrat Mike Gatto and Republican Sunder Ramani for the right to finish out Krekorian’s term, which expires in November. Also on June 8, there’s a primary election for a full two-year term for the same seat. It will probably still be somewhat confusing to voters because, among other things, Nahabedian’s name will appear on the primary ballot.


Burbank City council votes to expand the ban on secondhand smoke

It was well after midnight when the Burbank City Council voted 3-to-1 to amend the Secondhand Smoke Control Ordinance to include aeas of multi-family dwellings like private balconies, private patios, children’s play areas, and swimming pools when kids are present. Councilman Dave Golonski decided to skip the vote because he owns apartment units. Councilman David Gordon voted “no” claiming he has doubts about the enforcement of the ordinance, which has been law in Burbank since April of 2007.

The amended ordinance must come back to the city council for a final vote.



A controversial bus accident and my reporting of it came up at that Burbank City Council meeting last night. During the first public comments, Activist Mike Nolan called for an investigation by the City Manager Mike Flad on the bus accident and Community Development Director Greg Herrmann’s e-mails to me about the matter. Nolan began asking questions about the bus accident controversy at the April 6 Burbank City Council meeting. Last night, Flad agreed to look into the matter and report back on what he finds out.


Public hearing on water, refuse, and sewer rate increases!

Photo: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove — Burbank

It’s hard to believe, but Burbank City officials want to squeeze more money out of residents for the essentials like water, refuse, and sewer services. I got the notice of an upcoming public hearing about the proposed rate hikes in my snail mail box this week. The notice included the new fee schedule. I get the feeling this is already a done deal.

The public is offered the opportunity to speak out about the fee increases at the hearing, June 1, 2010, 6 p.m. before the Burbank City Council. Written protests must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by 5 p.m. on that day. If approved, these new rates will take effect in July — just in time for the summer heat when our yards need water the most.  How fair is that?

“Sex and the City 2” a hot selling movie ticket weeks before debut

Fans of the “Sex and the City”  movie/cable series are snatching up tickets for the latest flick more than a month before it opens.  “Sex and the City 2” is scheduled to hit theaters on May 27. Advance tickets are hot sellers according to The Hollywood Reporter. Read about it here.

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10 Responses to Burbank City Buzz

  1. Jaycee Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 12:18 pm #

    Ofcourse they plan to throw more water increases our way via the water bills. After all we all can see with our very own eyes that we have had no rain and no snow for years.

    First we got higher bills because we were not conserving enough water, now we are getting increases because we conserved to much water. I think the people in charge of this do not know what they are doing but get paid way to much to do it.

    The bills are to high and Burbank Water and Power is to rich. What happened to public service ? How did it become get rich off the backs of the poor people ?

  2. Edwin Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 3:30 pm #

    Burbank Water and Power should be audited and rates should be lower, the money is going someplace and someone should check Golonski’s pockets and find it.

  3. The Cat Lover Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 3:33 pm #

    I think we are being overcharged for water and for electric. The city council should look into it and they should lower the bills. Water and Electric are not luxury items they are essentials. Stop taxing them and coming up with extra charges.

  4. Don Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 3:45 pm #

    The public has the opprtunity to speak about higher utility bills ? So what ?

    The council loves money what good does it do to tell them we don’t have more money ?

  5. Jim Friday, April 23, 2010 at 1:20 am #

    The most iritating thing in my life right now is driving down Verdugo. What a joy!

    I sit forever trying to turn off my street onto Verdugo and once I finally get onto Verdugo it takes forever to get anywhere. Who came up with this idea to waste time, gas and create undue frustration ?

    I suggest that if you want stress drive down Verdugo, it makes losing your job seem very desireable. It actually makes foreclosure on your home if you live off Verdugo seem to be appealing. Wow, maybe that’s what they want. Drive us all insane with streets designed by the insane and charges for our water and electric that make us suicidal.

    What is wrong with the people running Burbank ? Do they even live here ? I am beginning to feel as if they are absentee landlords who have no idea how bad they have made life here.

  6. DixieFlyer Friday, April 23, 2010 at 4:05 am #

    The poor judgement demonstrated on Verdugo is an example for all of us to consider when we hear future proposals that include phrases like “sustainable” or “greening”.

    The thought process doesn’t allow for the use of the phrases such as “practical” or “consequential”.

    Picture some of the BMW folks trying to balance a gallon of milk, a package of chicken breasts(boneless) and a bottle of wine–in their reusable grocery bags on their handle bars!!

    This one action, with the backing and encouragement of the members, wives, husbands and daughters of the “Sustainability Task Force”, should alert the rest of us to watch for more of the same.

    “They” know what’s best for “us”. Just ask ’em!

    Team GOLONSKI–Part One.

  7. Jim C. Monday, April 26, 2010 at 5:00 pm #

    Speaking of Verdugo, check out what they’ve done at the corner of Lake and Verdugo, if you want to see real incompetence in action.

    Lake is closed off at Verdugo for street work. Fine. But they’ve put the detour/closed sign at Tujunga, with arrows, telling people to take Tujunga instead.

    Problem is, Tujunga is a dangerous and uncontrolled intersection at Victory. Encouraging people to take that route is reckless.

    And since Lake is closed not at Tujunga but Verdugo, why didn’t they put the sign there, where it belongs? Verdugo is controlled at Victory, AND it provides a true detour at the other direction on Flower.

    No excuse for this stupid and dangerous little stunt. Typical, too.

  8. sara connors Monday, May 10, 2010 at 8:32 pm #

    One lane each way on Verdugo is perfectly fine. Yes, many of us can carry a bottle of wine, and dinner, in our panniers (saddle bags), and we’re a hell of a lot healthier than you car users. Take a look at Iraq, at the Gulf Oil spill – are you happy that your laziness and sense of unearned entitlement has lead us to this?

  9. Lotto am Mittwoch Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 5:40 am #

    5 of my friends & I got tickets for the premiere of the new Sex and the City Movie. I’m so thrilled!

  10. Page Scheidegger Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 12:35 am #

    I will be one of the first to see the new Sex and the City Movie.

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