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Election News: Forum, ballot order, and endorsements

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A Burbank City Council candidates’ forum is coming up on Wednesday, March 25. Voters will get a chance to hear the four candidates, competing for two seats, discuss the issues and problems facing the city. The candidates who made it out of the primary and are now in a runoff incumbent Emily Gabel-Luddy, Will Rogers, Juan Guillen, and Chris Rizzotti.

The forum is sponsored by the Burbank Chamber of Commerce and will be held at the Buena Vista Library. Start time 7:30 p.m.

Ballot Order

The ballot packets for the April 14, 2015 Burbank General Municipal Election are set to go into the mail next week. The last date to register to vote for that election is March 30. A random drawing was conducted last month to determine ballot order. Here it is.

City Council

1. Juan Guillen
2. Will Rogers
3. Emily Gabel-Luddy
4. Chris Rizzotti

School Board

1. Greg Sousa
2. Dr. Armond Aghakhanian

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City council candidate, Juan Guillen, has picked up the endorsement of vice-mayor/city council member Bob Frutos. Guillen made the announcement on his Facebook page yesterday.

School board contender,  Armond Aghakhanian, has added more names to his list of endorsements. Last Wednesday, Aghakhanian announced the endorsement of Burbank mayor/councilman, Dr. David Gordon. A day after, he posted on his Facebook page another endorsement — from Congressman Adam Schiff.

Earlier in the week, former school board candidate, Jesse Tangkhpanya, sent this letter out to the media endorsing Aghakhanian.

When I ran for a seat on the Burbank School Board, I did so primarily to help our community grow the legacy we plan on leaving our kids. I want to see parents empowered in the decision making process by actually implementing the word “Local” in the Local Control Funding Formula. I envision school staff and teachers who feel appreciated and valued as the gatekeepers to our children, which is why I continue to vigorously advocate for strong, respectable compensation and benefits for all employees. I envision a bold and forward thinking K-12 School District proactively engaged in our community affairs and neighborhoods; A place where our kids have access and opportunities that neighboring cities would be envious of and seek to replicate.

After our primary, I humbly vowed to continue working to achieve this legacy under the stewardship of our newly elected and reelected School Board members Steve Ferguson and Roberta Reynolds; that’s why I’m endorsing a man who has given much of his life to our community and education at large: Armond Aghakhanian.

Armond will work to protect the safety of our students and staff, and help shine some badly needed sunlight on our budget processes. He is an educator by trade, and well versed in the nuances of our complicated education system. I also believe he will work well with the current board, but independent enough to go against them if he has to, because he has political courage; a quality not lost on those who’ve grown weary of do-nothing politicians.

Please join me in supporting Armond for School Board, and help Burbank build on its legacy.


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5 Responses to Election News: Forum, ballot order, and endorsements

  1. Kevin Harrop Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 8:55 pm #

    Speaking of endorsements, Will Rogers has gained the endorsements of Adam Schiff and the Burbank Leader.

    You might want to cover Will’s candidacy, seeing as he ran such a strong second in the primary.

  2. Fronnie Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 9:28 pm #


    Clearly, you have been blind to the pieces about your candidate on this website. Tsk tsk! I guess you have been so caught up in the months of door knocking and campaigning for Rogers that it has affected your judgment. From what I can tell, Rogers’ endorsement by Congressman Schiff did not happen this week. Those other endorsements did. I don’t see any new endorsements on Rogers’ website or Facebook page.

    Also, the Burbank Leader put up its endorsements late today after I posted this story.

  3. Kevin Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 12:00 pm #

    Trust me, Schiff has endorsed Will. I was with Will when Schiff called to offer the endorsement.

    I HAVE been following your coverage of the campaign and have seen nothing but the most passing references.

    Yes, we have been out walking Burbank. We are on the verge of having stopped at 20,000 residences, with a door knock for each. We have spoken to thousands of Burbank residents.

    Now that Will has run an impressive second in the primary, far ahead of the third and fourth, and received these important endorsements, I assume that you will run a column featuring him and his platform.

  4. Fronnie Monday, March 16, 2015 at 10:04 pm #


    Not very smart are you? If you search my site you’ll see that during this campaign season, Juan Guillen has been mentioned 23 times, Will Rogers 27 times, and Chris Rizzotti 36 times. Why has Rogers and Rizzotti been mentioned the most? They kicked off their campaigns months before the other candidates.

    I covered the kick-off of Rogers’ campaign in August 2014– even though, he did not send an announcement of his candidacy to Media City Groove.

    I cover candidates when they appear at events, including Rogers. However, he is the ONLY candidate who has asked me to remove his photo from a post about an event– the Holiday Baskets. I refused. Here’s a link to that story.

    Your vision is as selective as your memory. You said, “… run a column featuring him and his platform.” A column on Will Rogers and his platform ran on this website back in January of 2015. Here’s the link

    As for your Adam Schiff rant — your favorite candidate just sent out a news release about a Schiff endorsement to Media City Groove and MyBurbank early this morning. Here’ the link to that news release on Myburbank

    I don’t plan on changing the way I am covering Rogers’ campaign. If you don’t like what you see here, please don’t waste my time with any more of your pettiness — go somewhere else.

  5. Mag Park Reader Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 11:42 am #

    Right on, Fronnie! Your coverage has been nigh on exemplary.

    This Rogers campaign zombie’s aggro ‘tude is also a reminder of how puffed up and abusive Rogers himself can be.

    Will is definitely far preferable to Chris John-John but his thin skin and retaliatory nature are, well, icky.

    Slim, slimy pickings in this election.

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