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It’s a wrap for Burbank Mayor Gary Bric

Photo: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove — Burbank Mayor Gary Bric read a statement about the lawsuits and investigations swirling around the Burbank Police Department at the September 29, 2009 city council meeting. 

Mayor Gary Bric is off the hook… somewhat. Last night, Bric presided over his last Burbank City Council meeting. Over the past months, Bric has improved in his job. The soon-to-be-ex-mayor still needs work in some areas, like when it comes to handling the public comment sections of the meeting.

The way it’s set up, each person gets five minutes to speak on matters related to Burbank or city business in the first comment section. There were 24 cards from people who wanted to step to the podium last night.  As he has in the past, Bric suggested the speakers be brief and not take all of their allotted time. I think folks who come down to city hall and go before the council with their concerns and issues, should not be discouraged from speaking the entire five minutes. It’s their right. The council members have the responsibility and duty to listen and take those concerns seriously — even if the number of commenters push the meeting to a late hour.

Also, Bric has gained the confidence to stand-up to Councilman/tough guy, Dave Golonski. Last night, Golonski became impatient with Burbank resident Eden Rosen’s explanation of the problems in her apartment building and interrupted her. Golonski claimed Rosen’s complaints did not rise to the level of city business. Rosen insisted it was Burbank business because the building on Olive Avenue was subsidized with taxpayer funds. Bric decided Rosen had a right to speak. Council members Anja Reinke, Jess Talamantes, and Dr. David Gordon refused to get involved — so Bric’s opinion won out.

Over on The Burbank Leader website, there’s a farewell statement from Mayor Gary Bric. The mayor doesn’t mention the Burbank police mess (those lawsuits and investigations), instead focusing on events such as the unveiling of the Dr. David Burbank statue and his trip to South Korea with Vice-Mayor Reinke.

Speaking of Reinke, she has the inside track to become the city’s next mayor. That’s reason to worry. Frequently, Reinke is barely attentive at council meetings and has not shown a lot of sensitivity to the concerns of regular Burbank citizens.

Example, Reinke has been dancing around scheduling a town hall meeting for the Burbank Police Commission to hear citizen concerns. At the Wednesday, April 21 Burbank Police Commission meeting, the Vice-Mayor did a clumsy tap-dance around why she hadn’t made any progress in scheduling the town hall meeting. Reinke seems more intent on getting “answers” and “plans” together to defend the city rather than giving citizens the opportunity to speak their minds.

Last night Reinke, who is the liaison from the council to the police commission, brought up the town hall meeting, hinting she might have something relevant to say about it at the next police commission meeting, Wednesday, May 19, 2010. Reinke is a fast talker. I just wish there was more substance in what she says.

Oh, if Reinke is having trouble figuring out how to organize a town hall meeting, perhaps she should ask those who put together the two city council town hall meetings in 2008, which she attended. Below, are a couple of photos from those town hall gatherings.

Photo: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove — Then Mayor Marsha Ramos, Council members Anja Reinke and Dr. David Gordon listen to speakers at a town hall meeting back in the winter of 2008.


Photo: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove — A full house at a town hall meeting held at the Burbank Buena Vista Library in the winter of 2008.

Another controversial firing at a top Hollywood agency

Nikki Finke is reporting on her Hollywood that another talent agency controversy is brewing involving a minority assistant. This time the assistant, Katrina Lopez, was shown the door by United Talent Agency for a writing a blog or blog post called “Confessions of a Hollywood Serial Dater.”  According to Finke’s sources, Lopez did not mention names or where she worked. However, a UTA executive is quoted in Finke’s post as saying the assistant violated a number of company policies (probably some they are busy creating now) as well as she “…chronicled personal details of a UTA employee she was dating.” The UTA executive thinks the firing puts an “…end to the story.”  No way. It’s being talked about on the Internet, and according to Finke, the assistant is considering legal action.

Burbank student wins major scholarship

Burbank High School student Heawon Yang is one of the 2010 Gates Millennium Scholars!  One thousand outstanding minority students were selected from 45 states, Washington, DC, and three U.S. territories. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation shelled out $1.6 billion for the scholarship program, which is administered by the United Negro College Fund.

Gates Millennium Scholars receive financial assistance, academic support, mentoring and leadership training. The program was established in 1999 by Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda. Wow, talking about putting your money to work to help others. These scholars, who come from low-income homes, reportedly have an average graduation rate of almost 80 percent — 45 percent higher than the six year rate for all college students.

“By supporting a diverse cadre of students to earn their degrees, we can help develop the next generation of leaders in communities across the country,” according to Senior Program Officer at the Gates Foundation, Margaret Daniels Tyler.

Bees buzzing Burbank and beyond

I spotted some of those eager pollinators in my flower garden during the past few days. Hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees — the most prolific pollinators. Bees are being watched very carefully not just by researchers, but by average gardeners. In 2006, millions of bees died or mysteriously disappeared. Some experts have labeled it “Colony Collapse Disorder.”

The phenomenon could be the result of a virus, predatory mites or even pesticide. Scientists haven’t reached a definitive conclusion.  The bee decline continues, but has slowed down some. The other pollinators such as wasps and butterflies have suffered as well — but none has been as hard hit as the bees.

Bees help plants and flowers flourish our gardens, as well as  pollinate one third of the crops in our food supply. Due to the bee die-off and its ramifications, I appreciate bees more when I see them at work in my yard.

Meanwhile, researchers up north at U.C. Berkeley have been studying the diversity and habits of native bees in the state since 2005. La Canãda Flintridge is a part of that survey, which is an extension of the Urban Bee Project that’s being ongoing since 1987. The other cities in the survey are Ukiah, Sacramento, Berkeley, Santa Cruz, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara.

So far, La Canãda Flintridge has scored the largest number of bees with 94 species. Probably some of those species go hunting for pollen and nectar in the flower beds and landscaped areas of Burbank as well.  Want to learn more? Loads of bees-in-your-garden tips here.

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43 Responses to Burbank City Buzz

  1. DixieFlyer Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 9:48 pm #

    Mayor Gary Brick inherited the MESS at BPD from GOLONSKI’s watch.

    GOLONSKI was scared to death that his efforts to hide the truth would unravel in his final two weeks.

    Staff members have made reference to even learning that BARLOW & Co went so far as to prepare “dummy” press releases in case more info on the LA Sheriff’s inquiry
    became public before the change over.

    Gary received, and some would say continues to receive, poor legal advise on his ability as an elected official to receive unvarnished truth.

    Word of the continuing Federal Probe was known by GOLONSKI, but not shared with Gary and some of the City Council until the public started asking about it.

    Under the circumstances, Gary weathered the storm better than some expected.

  2. Mike Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 2:11 pm #

    Didn’t see it but glad to hear that the mayor stood up to Golosnky. That guy is a pushy and arrogant guy that should get put in his place often. He sists there like his you know what doesn’t smell but really everything he does smells really bad.

  3. Mary Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 2:14 pm #

    Mayor Bric has been somehwhat of a dissapointment however his star will shine once that Renke lady is mayor. As for Mr Golonski his time is past and he really needs to go. By go I mean leave town and find someplace he likes. I am tired of him changing our city into his own nasty image.

  4. Disco Duck Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 4:42 pm #

    Ms. Groove, Why would Mr Bric bring up something negative (police litigations)during his tenure as mayor? Then again you are a Stanford grad. At least that is what you say.
    Second, who wants to listen to Eden Rosen. She is a broken record. Blah, blah, blah……

  5. Fronnie Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 4:52 pm #

    Disco Duck,

    Eden Rosen makes more sense than your comment. One doesn’t have to be a college graduate to see that.
    Hmm, you sound a lot like that so-called “Burbank Taxpayer” who used to comment here.

  6. ECIO Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 8:21 pm #

    I do agree with Disco Duck, why would Mayor Brick have to bring up anything about the police issue in his outgoing statement. Why bring up a negative issue. He pretty much represented the city well.

    Reinke is a ditz. I dont have a ton of confidence in her. Come to think of it, I don’t have much confidence in any of the others.

  7. Ike Friday, April 30, 2010 at 12:53 pm #

    Eden Rosen makes sense ? Exactly when has that ever happened Mz Lewis ?

    Eden Rosen proves why women should never have been allowed to vote and why they should not be talking so much. That includes Mz Renke who got elected to be the ditz on the council.

  8. Lee Friday, April 30, 2010 at 12:55 pm #

    I agree, Reinke is worse than Bric. She actually chooses not to see anything that is wrong. I think the police scandal (which seems far from over) will blow up on her watch! Couldn’t happen to a nicer person.

  9. Persey Friday, April 30, 2010 at 1:17 pm #

    Renke will not have any idea what is going on when she becomes mayor. Renke must die her hair because she is the typical dumbest of the dumb blondes. When I watch the council meetings on TV it always looks like Renke is just plain bored sitting there. It’s a shame but being mayor in Burbank just means you get to inflate your ego and do nothing for the citizens. What have the last mayors done for the citizens ? Nothing they sit and feel important and that’s about it. Why do we even need a mayor when none of them do a single thing. Renke will be a terrible mayor but who cares mayors don’t do anything anyway.

  10. DixieFlyer Friday, April 30, 2010 at 2:17 pm #

    Some of the folks with the knee jerk reactions are at it again, Fronnie.

    As with GOLONSKI, they don’t get the connection of $Money$ from the taxpayers, being invested in a building owned by Cusamano family members not being maintained to reasonable standards.

    Mayor Bric previously mentioned his willingness to personally inspect the premises. GOLONSKI was sitting right next to the Mayor as he spoke.

    Ms. Rosen has helped many seniors with problems–without fanfare. She’s also been willing to LISTEN when they needed an “ear”.

    The same folks with the glib, flip and otherwise rude remarks will never develop an appreciation for folks like Eden, who will continue to help folks for asimple reason–she cares.

  11. Nat Geo Friday, April 30, 2010 at 2:18 pm #

    Take a look at this. Is this the real Eden Rosen or what ? Looks like she and Reinke share wigs from this picture.

  12. Thomas Friday, April 30, 2010 at 3:44 pm #

    People like Rosen just take up valuable city time so that there is not much time for the real city business. She has issues and she should deal with them herself and not bother the city about her personal problems. We should only have city business done at city meetings.

  13. Sugar Friday, April 30, 2010 at 3:57 pm #

    City Business ? Ok so if you want real business then start letting people like Eden Rosen talk as much as she wants and make Golonski and Reinke keep their long winded talks to five minutes, better yet only give Golonski three minutes. I hit the mute button on Reinke she never talks about the cities business she just talks about herself.

  14. Burbankian Friday, April 30, 2010 at 4:13 pm #

    The council should keep records of who wastes their time and charge them by the hour for it. Dr Rosen lives in North Hollywood and should not be allowed to come to Burbank to complain.

    We need a law that says people who want to complain about Burbank are no longer welcomed or allowed to live in Burbank.

  15. Kyle Friday, April 30, 2010 at 4:25 pm #

    Burbank is all old and has to much going on about sick and old people. Burbank needs to focus on the young and make more clubs. We don’t need all the old people buildings because old people don’t do anything anyway. Burbank has old people stores and those should get changed to younger more current stores. I would be happy if they changed the mall because that place is full of old sick people. Send those people someplace else they walk slow and most of them smell bad. The mall really needs some tatoos shops and more sports shops. We need some young people housing buildings in Burbank to make this place more active and less old.

  16. Carl Friday, April 30, 2010 at 4:48 pm #

    Here is something that Mrs Rosen brought up about noise. I agree with her the noise is one of the biggest problems in Burbank.
    Burbank: Full of Boom Cars and Vroom Cars
    May 1, 2004

    Noise Free America
    For immediate release

    Eden Rosen

    Ted Rueter

    Madison: Burbank, California has won this month’s Noisy Dozen award from Noise Free America for tolerating an avalanche of noise from boom cars, motorycycles, motorized scooters and mopeds, illegal after-market exhausts, leaf blowers, garbage trucks, mobile ice ream trucks, store public address systems, loud parties, and middle-of-the-night deliveries. Burbank officials have consistently refused to address this growing threat to public health and safety.

    Eden Rosen, a twenty-year resident of Burbank, commented that “Burbank just closed a downtown nightclub because of noise, but it took months. I am often awakened by early-morning lawn mowing. In Burbank, parties often go on until 6:00 in the morning.”

    Rosen has found little support among the Burbank police. “Burbank is full of boom cars and vroom cars and I never see a cop around to ticket them. Burbank police officers have told me that ‘noise happens everywhere’ and that I should just move.”

    Rosen has taken her concerns about noise to elected officials. “I testified before the Burbank city council on March 16, 2004 about our city’s escalating problem–but they ignored me. Citizens in the audience applauded. Many people in Burbank are sick and tired of how noisy this place is. But our elected representatives didn’t seem to care. Burbank is becoming just as crazy as everywhere else.”

    Burbank has recently passed an ordinance related to noise in parks. “However,” said Rosen, “it is only a first step–and a small step. The police need to vigorously enforce anti-noise laws, and city officials need to understand just how fed up people are. The process is just too slow.”

    Noise Free America’s director, Ted Rueter, stated that “what’s happening in Burbank is very typical. American cities are becoming louder and louder. In the last 15 years, noise levels in major urban areas have increased six-fold. Excessive noise in Burbank and many other cities is causing stress, aggravation, sleep depravation, and hearing loss. Noise is a tremendous threat to America’s quality of life.”

    “Unfortunately,” Rueter continued, “police departments and elected officials in most American cities do not seem to take noise seriously–in spite of the fact that a Census Bureau report found that noise is Americans’ #1 complaint about their neighborhoods, and the main reason they wish to move. It is time for the police and elected representatives to take strong action against excessive noise.”

    Noise Free America is a national citizens organization opposed to noise pollution. Its web site is Past “winners” of the Noisy Dozen award include Governor Gray Davis, Governor Jesse Ventura, Flowmaster, and Youngstown, Ohio.

  17. Warrior Friday, April 30, 2010 at 4:56 pm #

    I nominate Rosen for the noise polution of the year award. When she speaks she polutes the air with nothing but noise. She should wear that wig more often!

  18. DixieFlyer Friday, April 30, 2010 at 6:24 pm #

    Obviously, the prattle of “trained observers”.

  19. Al in SoCal Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 12:24 am #

    I would like to second Warrior’s motion to nominate Eden Rosen for the Noise Pollution of the Year award! Please all that agree say Aye.

    She has wa$ted more taxpayer $$ with her whining in front of that microphone than any other Tue night groupie. Even when she didn’t live in Burbank (now apparently she does – on our dime of course).

    The thing that gets me about bringing your personal problems to the council is the utter arrogance. As if your problems are sooo top priority that ONLY the mayor and council can act on it. No – sorry Ms. Rosen your problems are JUST as important – or not – as anyone else’s – so please get in the BACK of the line of those who actually used the phone numbers to the correct city departments.

  20. J Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 2:21 pm #

    Think I remember Rosen talking about the Burbank Police and even bringing some misconduct she saw to the attention of the police chief a few years back. Maybe if Al and others had listened back then we wouldn’t be looking at all the lawsuits today.

    Al and others need to open their ears and eyes. Things are not perfect here in the kingdom of Golonski, infact they are anything but perfect. Just take a look at all the employees filing claims for abusive conduct and racism.

    Funny how we can run a day labor center but we can’t even be civil to our own employees here in Burbank. Just why do we run a day labor center is it to keep those minorities in line or what ?

    Looks more and more to me like the racists in Burbank Al are the ones who like to acuse those against that day labor center as racist. The truth is really starting to rear its ugly head on this one Al.

    In your honor Al I say boycot the soup plantation. It serves lousy soup to fat lazy people who think things are perfect so long as they slurp their soup all over the place.

  21. Al in SoCal Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 5:31 pm #

    No J – actually if you REMEMBER the Day Labor center discussion was 55 racists against ONE and ONLY ONE person saying it was ok – which was me. That included Ms. “helping the community” Eden Rosen railing against the “filth and disease” that the workers there would “spread” as if they were some type of insect.

    Don’t hide behind your faux support of the labor center, because we all know what you REALLY think.

  22. Al in SoCal Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 5:35 pm #

    J – don’t be bitter because election after election you lose. Calling people “fat and lazy” in messageboards might be how you like to get things done, but fortunately the people of Burbank have disagreed for the past 16 years. =)

    >>In your honor Al I say boycot the soup plantation. It serves lousy soup to fat lazy people who think things are perfect so long as they slurp their soup all over the place.

  23. J Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 6:37 pm #


    You really think to highly of yourself. Glad to know you are a great mind reader and know what people think regardless of what they say.

    The problem with the day labor center Al is that no one gets a W2 FORM, no one is checked for legal work status and no one is covered by any insurance or any benifits.

    Not exatly much more than a slave labor sweat shop now is it Al. So just why do you like to see people exploited in sweat shop situations Al ?

  24. tko Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 8:26 pm #

    I saw on the semichorus blog that another lawsuit has been filed against Burbank. Can everyone be wrong that this city is under the control of a group of very corrupt and very prejudice fools ?

    Bric is a moron. What a proud thing to have him stand there as mayor. Reinke is a self inflated turd who rambles on and on saying nothing of any substance. Golonski is arrogant and so full of himself that he may implode any day.

    No wonder people are filing lawsuits against Burbank. It is run by self inflated people who have no interest except for their self interest.

    Burbank has become a joke.

  25. tko Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 8:30 pm #

    I already avoid the soup plantation I got sick eating there once and know they have sanitation issues. We don’t need any more resturants in Burbank anyway we already have to many.

  26. Mike Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 8:34 pm #

    If Mz Rosen is so unhappy in Burbank she should just move. I am unaware of any regulation that forces anyone to stay in Burbank. Anywone who is unhappy here should move along and go someplace else.

    She actually complained about waiting for a washer in a laundry room. She should buy her own washer and dryer like the rest of us and stop her complaining.

  27. Terry Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 8:41 pm #

    One day in a parking lot someone who I think was Eden Rosan was driving very fast and almost hit me with her car. When her breaks screeched to a stop behind a car waiting to turn I walked by her and she started shouting at me for walking infront of her car. I told her I was just walking from my car to the store and she gave me her middle finger and started shouting at me like a maniac. I walked fast fearing for my life into the store to get away from her. I am almost certain that it was Eden Rosen because the lady looked like her and had her same accent from Europe just like she does on the television.

  28. Terry Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 8:54 pm #

    I forgot to say that Eden Rosans car needs one of those smog checks also. The thing was making this cloud of smog that almost gagged me after she nearly ran over me. She makes way to much polution with that car I think.

  29. Anna Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 9:04 pm #


    I heard that they took her dirvers license away because of hazardous driving conditions. I think she take the senior bus everyplace she wants to go now.

  30. Al in SoCal Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 9:12 pm #

    You only need to read the transcripts of that council meeting to know all you need to about those who opposed the labor center.

    Your fake sympathy for the workers really made me shed a tear. It’s nice you only have their well-being in mind when you generalize, stereotype, and fill the council chambers with ignorant comments.

    >>You really think to highly of yourself. Glad to know you are a great mind reader and know what people think regardless of what they say.

  31. James Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 9:23 pm #


    I have read you before and you are decribing yourself very well when you use the word (ignorant).

    55 to one tells me you were simply wrong. Why do I suspect you hire laborers and pay them under a living wage.

  32. James Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 9:29 pm #

    We are lucky to have people in Burbank like Eden Rosen. Thy work hard to keep the city honest and bring new ideas to fruition.

    Go Eden Rosen!

  33. Fronnie Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 9:50 pm #


    Yes, the widow and relatives of Sgt. Neil Thomas Gunn Sr. reportedly have filed legal action against the city of Burbank. From what I hear, this has been in the works for months.

    You might remember, Gunn committed suicide last fall. His family is apparently blaming his fatal decision on actions taken by Burbank officials.
    Jim Carlile has more on this as well as a post about The Burbank Leaders’ timing of a report about the firing of Burbank Lt. Omar Rodriguez. Check it out on Carlile’s blog — here’s the link

    Oh, here’s the link to the Leader story

  34. Fronnie Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 10:19 pm #

    Also, finally a judge has dropped that controversial msdemeanor charge of filming without a permit against local producer Kevin Muldoon, according to a report in the Saturday Leader. The charge came out of a filming dispute at the Bob’s Big Boy on Riverside Drive last May. Many felt this charge was bogus and a form of harassment against Muldoon.
    It’s sad that it took almost a year for a judge to throw out the charge. Here’s the Leader’s story

  35. ECIO Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 1:02 pm #

    The judge hasn’t dropped the case yet. It will be dropped provided Muldoon can keep his mouth shut and not doing anything stupid in the next 6 months. Odds are he will do something in the next 6 months. It’s sad that you leave important parts of the story out of your smackdown.

  36. Fronnie Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 3:49 pm #


    It was a comment NOT a story. I gave the link to the story for more details. Yes, there is a condition to the charge being dropped — which is frequently what happens in many of these cases.

    Interesting, YOU put ODDS on Muldoon doing SOMETHING in the next six months. You seem to want to “smack” Muldoon around yourself. Wonder why? Is Muldoon going to be targeted by some members of the Burbank PD?

  37. TTR Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 4:13 pm #

    Living in Burbank how could you even entertain the idea that any members of the Burbank Police Department might target someone ?

    Surely you have heard Mayor Bric and Vice Mayor Renkie assure us that the bad apples are all gone. Don’t you feel assured by their statements ?

    But then again, maybe we should all know at this point that people are indeed targeted and harassed in Burbank. Not enough has changed yet to end the abuse of power Burbank style.

  38. DixieFlyer Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 11:40 pm #

    It’s now been confirmed.

    Apologists for JJ can’t read for comprehension.

    The JUDGE, not JJ or Burbank Police Personnel, made a decision to Dismiss the Muldoon Case.

    Read carefully, the 6 months have already passed.

    THAT’s why the City Attorney’s couldn’t object.

  39. DixieFlyer Monday, May 3, 2010 at 12:15 am #

    In case of confusion, the second paragraph should help those challenged when attempting to comprehend the action reported in the LEADER.

    Careful reading helps most of us avoid embarassment.

  40. Lester Monday, May 3, 2010 at 9:45 am #

    It appears that the Burbank leadership as well as the Burbank Police offer fact as fiction and fiction as fact as if it were the primary meal of choice.

    Such a sad state of affairs to be under a government who makes it’s goal the turning of truth into fiction.

    As for the police, those with the badge have taken to half truths and falsehood simply in a quest for personal power. Ah it is the smell of petty tyrants that fills the air in BurbanK.

    Sadly I hae come to the awares that there is not dignity or honesty among the leaders of this sad hamlet we call Burbank.

  41. Sherwood Anzideo Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 9:29 pm #

    I’m so tired of this, I wish they would just go

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  43. Don't agree Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at 3:12 am #

    Eden Rosen had every right to complain at a meeting couple months back and Mayor Bric did the right thing but letting her continue despite Golonski getting his panties in a wad. The Mayor did it more than once last year and even when that Guererao dude went after Bric god knows how many times during the year he even let him start over and continue after he was interupted by someone in the chamber that night. Bric ran excellant meetings and set the tone early on. Gordon and Golonski were much more civil this past year but have already reverted back to there old form with the new Mayor. Now that I’m caught up having been gone for a while I think I’ll check out what that semi jerk has been up to. He doesn’t ever attend Council Meetings does he.

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