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Burbank City Council to hold special meeting on city manager issue

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank Mayor Bob Frutos at city council meeting November 16, 2015

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G — Burbank Mayor Bob Frutos at city council meeting November 16, 2015

Mayor Bob Frutos returned last Saturday from a trip to Burbank sister city Incheon, South Korea, and immediately jumped on the city manager issue. Frutos began laying the ground work for a special closed-door city council meeting. In a phone interview today, Frutos said the search is on for “a date as soon as possible to discuss the issue at hand without the city manager. ” He added, “you need all five members in the city council to get together .”

The only city staffer at the planned meeting will be City Attorney, Amy Albano, to make sure the council stays within legal bounds on all decisions. Frutos says the city manager’s contract”… clearly states Mark Scott and the council majority (jointly must) come up with date for his last day of work.” Since Scott has already indicated in emails and been quoted in the media as expressing a desire to leave sometime next February, it could be a matter of  simply agreeing on a specific date.

Frutos is eager to get the matter resolved and to “move forward” with setting a course for the selection of a new city manager and interim city manager. Frutos would not comment on speculation about a City Hall candidate saying “all five (council members) intimately involved,” therefore, he wants to wait until the full council meets and discusses the options.

On the subject of Scott’s attempt to apparently blackmail the council into approving a job reclassification/promotion for a public works employee, Frutos insists “the council has the authority to support the city manager in the creation of that position or disapprove it.” Frutos says his scrutiny and questions were based on  “fairness and transparency. ” He believes everyone in the same classification as that employee needed the opportunity “to compete for the newly reclassified job.”

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5 Responses to Burbank City Council to hold special meeting on city manager issue

  1. Mag Park Reader Monday, November 23, 2015 at 3:56 pm #

    Great reporting on this Scott fiasco, Fronnie. Thank you!

  2. Al Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at 12:58 pm #

    The engineer of the airport deal and of the Talaria deal is leaving. If only he could take his Talaria with him. His influence as city manager has harmed neighborhoods for years to come the sooner they help him pack and leave the better.

  3. Will Rogers Sunday, November 29, 2015 at 4:50 pm #

    Just to clarify, and as noted in my follow-up to an article elsewhere within this blog, up to and through the relevant vote addressed here, no one informed me that the City Manager had made an implied or explicit threat to leave his position if the vote did not reflect his wishes. So it is simply not accurate to assert the City Manager either did or attempted to blackmail the City Council.

    Perhaps that spin could be put on the one member of the council who reports that’s what the City Manager told him. But I also know others on the council have told me they, too, heard no such promise, threat or pledge until after the vote had taken place, and even then it did not come from the City Manager, but instead from the Mayor relaying what he was told.

    Others are obviously free to debate whether the term “blackmail” applies, or whether it would be fairer to simply say the City Manager drew what he said would be the last line in the sand for others to cross. What cannot be debated, however, is whether “the city council” was blackmailed or warned, because there are members who insist they were not.

    Personally, faced with someone attempting to blackmail me, or the city council, I would immediately report that to the relevant law enforcement authorities, in this instance starting most likely with the “Public Integrity Unit” of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.

  4. Joel Monday, November 30, 2015 at 9:45 am #

    Interesting Mr Rogers. Maybe the city manager did not come up and issue his ultimatum to you however watching the tape it sure looks like he did come up and issue it to the mayor. Interesting the other tape in which the mayor had questions and the city manager shut those questions down a few weeks before. Maybe he did not come up to you Mr Rogers because he knew he had your vote so why give an ultimatum to one he had in the bag ? Your pains to say no one came up to you does nothing to dismiss the claim the mayor made what so ever.

  5. Stan Monday, November 30, 2015 at 3:46 pm #

    Did Rogers forget that Frutos asked the city manager about it on camera and the city manager never denied he said exactly what Fruto claimed he said ? City manager tried to manipulate the mayor and its time for the city manager to go.

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