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Good and bad news for Burbank

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Burbank has not escaped the bumps and bruises of the brutal recession, but yesterday it got some good news from one of the top financial agencies. Standard and Poor’s upgraded Burbank’s credit rating to “AAA,” the highest grade possible.  

S&P credited the Media City with a strong local economy, steady tax base, low debt, high reserve balance, and attractive location in the Southland as reasons for the rate hike, according to a press release on the city’s website.

Photo: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove — East Olive Avenue in Burbank

“The City is pleased that the strength of Burbank’s finances has been recognized at a time when all cities and businesses are struggling with the consequences of a severe recession,” says City Manager Mike Flad in that press release. “Burbank has been more resilient due to the foresight of the current and previous City Councils who have built a strong and diversified economic base and adhered to sound financial policies.”

The higher the bond rating the lower the cost of borrowing for the city, which means “savings of taxpayer dollars,” and that is truly good news for residents.

Nevertheless on other fronts, things are not as glowing for Burbank. At last night’s city council meeting, the list of closed session issues before council members included several legal cases such as, Christopher Lee Dunn vs Burbank Police Department alleging wrongful termination due to discrimination, Omar Rodriguez vs Burbank Police Department, an alleged case of employment discrimination, infliction of emotional distress, and other related causes of action, William Taylor vs City of Burbank, alleged employment discrimination, and Angelo Dahlia vs City of Burbank, a case of alleged civil rights violations.

The entire list of closed session items appeared in Tuesday night’s city council agenda. Clearly, some problems that plagued Burbank in 2009 are not solved, and still deserve serious and transparent attention from city officials.

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8 Responses to Good and bad news for Burbank

  1. Ryan Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 9:22 pm #

    From the looks of things trahsparent is not a word City Officials really understand. Someone grab the Windex so they can clean the windows because if they think they send any sign of transparency they are do ing it behind dirty glass.

  2. Fronnie Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 10:09 pm #

    Reminder! Do not impersonate anyone, that includes celebrities and public figures. If you do — your comment will be removed.

  3. Juan Sunday, February 28, 2010 at 11:31 pm #

    These cops are full of hot air. The Burbank Police is the best police department around. Until somebody can show me proof that they were discriminated against because of their nationality, they are nothing but a bunch of liars looking for a free ride off tax payers dollars. Anybody can say anything about anybody but it doesn’t mean it is true. How do you get to be a Deputy Chief and Lieutenant if you are discriimnated against? These are nothing but a bunch of lazy people looking for an easy way out and trying to smear the name of a great reputable city and great police department. Go take your troubles elsewhere!!!

  4. Ryan Monday, March 1, 2010 at 1:10 pm #

    Well Juan it looks like you have never heard of Federal requirements on minority hiring. While you take it that having a minority lieutenant means no racism it could also mean having just one minority at rank to show off to the Feds in the annual reports on department diversity. Just so you don’t get confused the Deputy Chief you refer to is not a minority at all.He is a white guy who reported racism!

  5. ECIO Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 12:20 am #

    So what do you know Ryan? The Deputy Chief is not a good guy as you proclaim. I am sure in the near future you will realize why. Why is he on leave? It is obvious the “new” chief thinks he is dirty too.

  6. Juan Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 12:50 am #

    Oh OK Ryan, now I get it. The Deputy Chief is a white guy who I imagine has been on the job for quite a few years. So during his entire career the alleged racism was so bad at the police department that he did nothing about it and rose through the ranks to Deputy Chief. Then as Deputy Chief, he did nothing about it until he was pegged by the FBI and Department of Justice for allowing his little soldiers to beat the crap out of suspects and violate thier rights. When his back was against the wall, he cries racism and discrimnation. I get it, it’s all starting to make sense. REALLY? IF ANYBODY BELIEVES THIS SO CALLED “MORAL COMAPSS”, THEY NEED A SHRINK!!!!

  7. Stretch Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 2:17 am #

    Normally, I wouldn’t even respond to the false statments Burbank (Officer) Juan is making, but if he is going to outright lie then addressing them is important and the right thing to do. I am not friends with Bill Taylor, but defending the truth is a far greater relationship.

    Officer, first it is important for you to know that slander and libel are illegal and prosecutable even if committed on a blog.

    Bill Taylor has never claimed racism or discrimination. Taylor only reported what officers reported to him, only to have the info fall on deaf ears. If you had seen the pictures of racial epitaphs on the grease board in the detective bureau you would know that (of course you could be the one who wrote them).

    Let’s test your “little soldiers” theory with a little truth. Armen Dermenjian was in charge of SED and Vice during the Portos incident. He attended several (if not all) of the search warrants and he was present at all of the incidents where force was used. Armen also approved all the reports and conducted all of the initial use of force investigations. He even was at the “eye socket” incident and denied one of the suspects medical attention. Why is he not under investigation by the department? Why is he not on admin leave? Why is he being supported by the infamous BPOA? Probably because Armen stood up at a BPOA membership meeting and said there is no racism in the department.

    What about JJ Puglisi? He was in charge of the first Portos investigation (infernal affairs). You remember, the one the FBI and Sheriffs had to redo. Oh, I forgot Bill Taylor must have twisted his little arm and forced him not to be dirty and violate the law. Sounds like you have the wrong guy for the “back against the wall” claim. I remember history class and the old “he made me do it defense” didn’t work very well for the Nazis in WW2.

    Let’s not forget Lt Murphy. He was also in charge of the Persons Detectives handling Portos. Rumor has it he is the only real cop who has told the truth and accepted full responsibility. Of course you wouldn’t know that…doesn’t fit your last ditch effort to mislead.

    There is so much more, but why tell what will eventually will be made public very soon. The truth has a way of hurting. Oh and one last little tidbit…that might come up at a slander trial. According to witnesses, “Moral Compass” is a term coined by Mike Flad to describe Bill Taylor more than once, that is when he was still on good terms with the city.

    No te preocupes Juan…I forgot you don’t speak Spanish.

  8. ECIO Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 11:20 am #

    LOL LOL LOL Good Ol’ Stretch to the rescue. You have your head so are far up your butt, it really has affected your thought process. Your comments are very much comedy relief for a lot of people.
    Now lets go through your BS masterpiece theory. You must be a wannabe lawyer with your threats towards Mr. Juan.
    1) Who reported discrmination? Rodriguez? Wasn’t Taylor and Rodriguez closely affiliated to each other? What you will end up seeing is Rodriguez was using his friend Mr. Taylor. 2) Another joke is the picture of the racial epitaphs. There was nothing racial whatsoever and if they were Stretch lets hear what they were. Now you are the one who is spreading lies. If not then put up or shut up Stretch. 3) About the only valid point you made was made about Dermenjian. You are right, he is fully responsible for his lack of leadership and direction. There are a LOT of people that should be out on administrative leave but are not. I really dont think anyone from the association is supporting Dermenjian and his lack of action. Another one of your misleading points. 4) I believe Mr. Rodriguez and Mr. Taylor had a LOT to do with Mr.Puglisi’s internal investigation. Of course, Taylor and Rodriguez did because it stunk of a lot of misconduct by Rodriguez and friends. 5) Mr. Murphy did nothing during the course of Porto’s. He exactly knew what was going on but of course he was tightly aligned with Rodriguez, Gunn, et al. 6) You are right again when this all comes out public and you look like a giant idiot. So go back in your hole Stretch where you belong and if you are one of those rogue officers, I hope you get what you deserve.

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