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Burbank Mayor Anja Reinke’s daughter drama

Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Burbank Mayor Anja Reinke at a city council meeting last May.

Photo: FLLewis/Media City G — Burbank Mayor Anja Reinke at a city council meeting last May.

The Burbank City Council is dark tomorrow. That should give Council Member/Mayor, Anja Reinke, some extra time to deal with a personal matter that has serious public ramifications. Last Thursday, the popular Semichorus blog was the first to nail down some details on the DUI arrest of Mayor Reinke’s daughter, Ericka Reinke, who happens to be a Burbank City employee.

Here’s what two sources reportedly confirmed for Semichorus.

2:15AM on Sept 1, 2010

Ericka Augusta Reinke

arrested for DUI by the LAPD NorthEast Division.

Placed in Van Nuys Jail

booking # 2461650

$5,000 Bail

Released to Mayor Reinke at 2:00PM

Some reports say that when arrested Ericka Reinke tossed out her mother’s name and position as mayor of Burbank, apparently in hopes of getting some kind of preferential treatment.

You know, Daughter Reinke may have had a shot at getting special handling if her misfortune had happened in Burbank. If she’d been busted here, I suspect proponents of the city hall status quo would have made sure that police arrest report disappeared or at least got sealed up in some kind of legal mumbo jumbo that would prevent the case from ever going to court.

Sadly, DUI arrests happen all the time.This arrest is news in Burbank for a number of reasons. First, many have pointed to Ericka Reinke’s hiring and quick promotion as a  prime example of the brazen and rampant nepotism in Burbank city government.  Yesterday a Burbank employee, who doesn’t want to be identified, told me that in her department the workers in their 20s and 30s are the hardest hit by this culture of favoritism. She says these employees are qualified and skilled, but see themselves as being passed over in career advancements by marginal candidates with connections.

We should keep in mind that at this point, Daughter Reinke has not been convicted of a crime. However, her duties reportedly involved investigating other Burbank City employees with personal problems or issues of concern. If that is the case, Reinke should be removed from handling those investigations immediately.

As Burbank City Attorney, Dennis Barlow, is known to say there is “the potential for litigation” — especially if some of the employees Reinke is or has investigated, would challenge her fitness to conduct those investigations.

Yeah, I know, there is a chance Daughter Reinke could beat the DUI rap or the case  could be thrown out for whatever reason. No matter, in the best interest of the city, Daughter Reinke should step down from her Burbank position. If she’s as bright as supporters claim she is, finding a new job without the influence or the appearance of influence from her mother, should be a breeze.

Those Dog Days of Summer

Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Burbank dog, "Jack,"  enjoys a walk in the Burbank sunshine, except when it's a hot summer day.

Photo: FLLewis/Media City G — Burbank dog, “Jack,” enjoys a walk in the Burbank sunshine, except when it’s a hot summer day.

“Jack”, a five-year-old lovable mutt, is a member of the Settlemoir family. Jim Settlemoir tells me “Jack” was a pound puppy the family discovered at the Burbank Animal Shelter.

I’ve know the Settlemoirs for years, but only met “Jack” on a sunny day last May at the Burbank Fire Service Day event.

Like a lot of canines, “Jack” gets a kick out going outside for a walk.  However when it’s a hot summer day, I’m told, “Jack” seeks out the coolest part of the Settlemoir Burbank home to hang out. Smart dog.

Burbank could get some more upper 90s and 100 degree days through September and even in October. So staying cool is still a concern for pets as well as people.

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5 Responses to City Buzz

  1. DixieFlyer Thursday, September 9, 2010 at 1:13 pm #

    Miss Fronnie,

    Enjoyed your post on “her majesty’s daughter”.

    An exception must be taken to your “a shot at Special Handling in Burbank” etc.

    While such may have been the case in the past, any possibility of the Police Report being mishandled after the departure of Tim Stehr and the arrival of Chief Scott LaChasse.

    As for Barlow & Co. I won’t take exception.

  2. Fronnie Thursday, September 9, 2010 at 2:21 pm #

    Dixie,

    I have to say I do not share your confidence
    in Interim Police Chief Scott LaChasse. The
    police report from that controversial bus
    accident involving a city bus and school
    children is one of the reasons for my lack
    of confidence in the present chief.

    LaChasse’s department has
    refused requests to give the public and the
    media copies of the police report — instead
    handed it over to the City Attorney’s Office
    –which wrapped it in secrecy and that “potential
    for litigation” limbo.

    Gee, there’s a “potential” for rain every day —
    but we don’t prepare for a storm every day – only
    when it’s a serious threat. The police report
    on that accident states some important facts
    — and that’s what is being covered up.
    The truth may come out — because not ALL of
    the copies of that police report are in the
    hands of the BPD or the City Attorney’s Office.

    Also, LaChasse has been less than
    forthcoming in answering questions about the
    police firings and even that Kmart shooting
    involving police officers.

    And from what I hear, LaChasse is spending quite
    a bit of time lobbying city hall for the
    police chief’s job permanently. First, he needs
    to earn the trust of the community — by showing
    some courage and answering some tough questions.
    This murky transparency he talks about is
    pretty worthless. Oh, and the rumblings I
    hear from inside the BPD — not much has
    really chanced since Stehr.

  3. DixieFlyer Friday, September 10, 2010 at 11:51 pm #

    With the flurry of “new” positions, “revised” job descriptions, “enhanced” compensation, “planned ascendancy” and “upwardly mobile future replacements it escaped me that we created a new position of “Interim Police Chief”.

    Can anyone provide a picture of an “Interim Mayor”?

  4. Fronnie Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 3:44 am #

    Dixie,

    I hear what you’re saying about the position
    of “Interim Police Chief.” You know, in reality
    Scott LaChasse is the police chief of Burbank
    right now. No matter what title they want to
    give him.

    Also, in these tough recession it is
    interesting and disturbing that the “staff”
    in Burbank is spending money and time on
    these sneaky ways to provide jobs for, or pump up
    the salaries of, a few.

  5. RESIDENT Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 12:49 pm #

    Insanity has really set in with those who run and administer Burbank City Hall. They claim there are no raises yet again and again they make a slight change in the job title or job description of the favored few and use this change as an EXCUSE to hand over a pay raise. They can call it whatever they like but in the end no one is fooled by these games. It is corruption at it’s worst and everyone in Burbank suffers from the corrupt administration of Golonski, Bric, Talamantes and Reinke. With each passing day these four make Burbank more and more in line with the corrupt policies and practices of Bell.

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