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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G - (l-r) Council Member,Jess Talamantes, Vice-Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy, Mayor Will Rogers, Council Members, Sharon Springer and Bob Frutos posed for photos city council chambers in Burbank May 1, 2017

New Burbank City Council and City Hall challenges

The new Burbank City Council is facing some tough challenges with budget decisions, traffic issues, and development/growth concerns. At the Monday, May 1, reorganization meeting, Councilman, Bob Frutos, and new Council Member, Sharon Springer, were sworn in along with a number of other elected officials before a packed crowd in the city council chambers. By far the most anticipated speech of the reorganization meeting was made by outgoing Councilman, Dr. David Gordon.  After 11 years on the council, Gordon was defeated in the general election last month. In his remarks,... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- (l-r) Councilman Will Rogers congratulated by outgoing Mayor Jess Talamantes at Burbank City Hall May first, 2017

Photo Gallery: Will Rogers becomes Burbank mayor

Councilman Will Rogers moved up from vice-mayor to mayor today at the council reorganization meeting. Rogers was selected unanimously by his fellow council members. More coming up on this blog about the meeting at City Hall including comments by outgoing Councilman, Dr. David Gordon, who made it clear he was not going to fade away. Gordon’s comments probably sent chills up the spine of his critics, while giving supporters a reason to cheer. More than likely the selection of Rogers did the same.

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Burbank Councilman Bob Frutos at October 11, 2016 city council meeting

City Elections 2017: Statement from Bob Frutos Campaign

Burbank, CA – Burbank City Councilmember Bob Frutos will seek re-election to his seat in the February 28, 2017 election. Elected in 2013, Bob expressed great appreciation for the opportunity to serve on the Council, and reiterated his promise to continue “working tirelessly for our city and all its residents and neighborhoods.” Noting his strong support among numerous residents from ever part of Burbank and Community Leaders, Councilmember Frutos said, “I am committed to continuing to make a positive and lasting difference in our community.” During the past four... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Pedestrian vs vehicle accident at intersection of Lima Street and Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank November 17, 2016

Pedestrian injured at controversial intersection in Magnolia Park

An elderly woman was reportedly hit by a black sedan in a Burbank intersection considered to be dangerous by many in Magnolia Park. The accident occurred last Thursday, November 17,  at around 12:30 p.m. at the intersection of Lima Street and Magnolia Boulevard. The accident forced Burbank traffic patrol officers to block off eastbound traffic on Magnolia for a while. The accident occurred when a black sedan attempted to turn onto Magnolia. Burbank PIO Sergeant, Claudio Losacco, says: “The vehicle was traveling north on Lima St. and initiated a right... Read More →

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Who’s running for Burbank City Council?

It’s hard to turn away from national politics with the erratic and over the top Donald Trump trying to bully his way into the White House. Especially now that Trump has launched into an all out feud with the Republican establishment. Drama, drama, and more drama! Nevertheless, back here in Burbank, campaigns are quietly gearing up for the battle for three seats on the city council, where very important local issues are decided, such as growth and development in the city. I have heard rumblings that certain... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Ron Davis selected as permanent city manager. Announcement made at Burbank City Council meeting June 14, 2016

Ron Davis selected permanent Burbank city manager

Ron Davis selected permanent city manager. Burbank  Mayor, Jess Talamantes, made the announcement about the elevation of Davis at last night’s council meeting. Talamantes says the action was taken earlier in the day during a closed session: “The city council unanimously selected Mr. Davis to be our permanent city manager. The council will consider an employment agreement for Mr. Davis during next Tuesday’s council meeting.” The council gave the new city manager a round of applause. Many in the audience joined in. During his tenure as  general manager of Burbank... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Councilman Will Rogers requested additional information about controversial emails during Burbank City Council meeting May 10, 2016

Controversial emails and the Burbank City Council

The Tom Angel email scandal is not on the city council meeting agenda tonight, but that does not mean the controversy and the issues sparked by it are dead in Burbank. Some had hoped the council would call on Police Chief, Scott LaChasse, at the Tuesday, May 10 meeting, to explain how his ex-second-in-command, Tom Angel, got only a “slap on the hand” for forwarding derogatory emails.  A report last month in the Los Angeles Times made those emails public. The uproar that followed forced Angel to resign from... Read More →

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Photo courtesy BPD Twitter -- Deputy Chief Tom Angel and Chief Scott LaChasse at Angel's farewell event in Burbank June 23, 2015

Will Tom Angel scandal come up at city council tonight?

Will the Tom Angel scandal come up at the Burbank City Council meeting tonight? There doesn’t appear to be an item related to the scandal on tonight’s agenda.  However, there is evidence that City Hall officials recently received information related to the scandal. On May 1, the news broke that Angel had resigned as Chief of Staff at the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department due to an avalanche of criticism surrounding the revelation he had forwarded some emails, which disparaged, mocked, or degraded certain groups while Deputy Police Chief at the... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Jess Talamantes selected as mayor during Burbank City Council reorganization meeting (L-R) Emily Gabel-Luddy, Vice Mayor Will Rogers, Mayor Talamantes, Dr. David Gordon, and Bob Frutos City Hall May 2, 2016

Tears and tension at Burbank City Council reorganization mtg

The Burbank City Council conducted its annual reorganization meeting last Monday, May 2,  at City Hall. The meeting was pretty routine, except for a few moments that stood out; such as the emotional walk down memory lane for outgoing Mayor Bob Frutos and a tense drama during the selection of vice mayor, which had many on the edge of their seats. At the beginning of the meeting, the focus was on Mayor Frutos. It’s no secret Frutos has had a love affair with the mayoral position. In his farewell speech... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank City Manager threatens to resign over failed vote at city council meeting November 16, 2015

Talk of the Town: Mark Scott’s holiday surprise

Burbank City Manager, Mark Scott, has the town buzzing again. Actually the dust of confusion and shock has not really settled from   Scott’s abrupt resignation last month, uh, he changed it to retirement, no wait, it’s now apparently back to resignation! Last Monday, the San Bernardino Sun reported Scott would be the “city’s interim manager beginning Feb. 8.” The news of Scott’s selection by the San Bernardino City Council was first disclosed publicly in Burbank by a commenter on the Semichorus blog and... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Some of the Holiday Baskets delivered to needy families in Burbank December 12, 2015

550 Holiday Baskets delivered, more than 100 bikes needed

Around 550 families are enjoying some holiday cheer thanks to a huge effort by hundreds of volunteers in Burbank. Last Saturday from a staging area at George Washington Elementary School over on North Lincoln Street, weeks of food collection and donations culminated with the delivered of Holiday Baskets to eligible families with children. Earlier this week at the Burbank City Council meeting, Janet Diel, president of the Burbank Coordinating Council, updated the community on the annual program. Most of  the baskets, which are actually groups of bags, packages, boxes,... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank City Council during final public comment segment of its meeting November 16, 2015

Updated: Burbank City Council closed session today

The Burbank City Council is set to meet in a special closed-door session this evening at City Hall. The main order of business — dealing with issues pertaining to the departure of City Manager, Mark Scott, and selecting his replacement. The meeting comes exactly two weeks after the infamous November 16 city council meeting, where Mayor, Bob Frutos, told the council  members and the public Scott threatened to resign if council members failed to pass the reclassification/promotion  of a public works employee. The item on the consent calendar... Read More →

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City Buzz — Mark Scott, emails, and the city council

Outgoing City Manager, Mark Scott, has B-town buzzing for a number of reasons. First of course, his ultimatum to city council members to approve a reclassification/promotion for an employee under the threat that he would resign if they refused to capitulate. Three council members faced down that threat and voted against the change. At that infamous November 16 city council meeting Mayor Bob Frutos, gave the city manager the opportunity to withdraw his threat or change his position. Scott refused the offer. Since then, Scott has been... Read More →

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

Burbank City Council to hold special meeting on city manager issue

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... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank City Council during final public comment segment of its meeting November 16, 2015

Burbank city manager’s retirement email to city council

There are some indisputable truths in the City Hall drama between the Burbank City Council and City Manager, Mark Scott. The city council hired Scott. They are his bosses. They’ve stood up for Scott from the very beginning. In the face of angry public criticism over Scott’s huge salary and benefit package of around $300,000, each council member publicly declared their support for the new city manager back in the summer of 2013. All five staked their reputations on Scott. The council members at the time,... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank City Manager threatens to resign over failed vote at city council meeting November 16, 2015

City Buzz: Burbank city manager threatens to resign

Last night’s city council meeting produced a bombshell and it had nothing to do with the council’s approval or so-called endorsement of the controversial Bob Hope Airport Replacement Terminal Conceptual Term Sheet. The Burbank Airport Authority overwhelmingly gave this framework for an airport replacement terminal agreement a thumbs up two weeks ago. At the council meeting Monday night, Mayor Bob Frutos provided some exceedingly, long-winded explanations of the document. In the past, many council members claimed they had not made up their minds about it.... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Councilman Will Rogers at Burbank City Council meeting May 19, 2015

Letter: Councilman Rogers speaks out on “Reporting Out”

When I took my seat on the Burbank City Council in May I said I wouldn’t engage in the council’s recent practice of using the “Reporting Out” period to announce events attended since the previous council session. Among other reasons, I said – and still believe – the often lengthy readings offer more benefit to the council members than to citizens waiting for the council to get down to business. The public is entitled to know what elected officials are up to in the city’s service when not at the dais. But I’m certain... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Councilman Dr. David Gordon at the city council meeting in Burbank September 15, 2015

Talk of the Town: Sue Georgino’s consulting job

For months now, there has been chatter around B-town about former Burbank Airport Commissioner, Sue Georgino, and where her true loyalties lie. On the city council agenda tonight, a discussion regarding Georgino’s decision to take a consulting job with the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority less than a year, after resigning her position as a commissioner on that authority representing the interests of the city of Burbank. Recently, Councilman, Dr. David Gordon, requested the matter be agendized after disclosing Georgino was hired last May “to provide strategic planning for a 14-gate replacement... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank Police Chief Scott LaChasse appeared before the Burbank City Council Tuesday July 21, 2015

Body cameras, mug shots, and the Burbank PD

Burbank Police Chief Scott LaChasse and his staff made a major push for body camera equipment for 160 officers before the Burbank City Council last month. The pricey proposal, more than a million dollars, lacked the details that most council members felt were necessary, so the motion to move it forward failed. However in light of the developments nationwide about the positive impacts of bodycam video, the council will have to revisit the subject sooner than later. Body camera video can be game changer Meanwhile, former University of Cincinnati police... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Burbank Water and Power 164 West Magnolia Boulevard, Burbank

City Buzz: Burbank Water and Power letter snafu

Burbank Water and Power is under fire for a warning letter it sent out to thousands of users — a letter threatening further action including fines if water wasting habits are not corrected.  Mayor Bob Frutos and Vice-Mayor Jess Talamantes are among the recipients. However in a major screw-up, some residents who are complying with the city ordinance to save water got that letter, too. Many have bombarded BWP and city officials with emails and phone calls. “The number of calls completely overwhelmed BWP for a couple of... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank City Council held special meeting on Monday July 6, 2015

New terminal for Burbank airport hot topic this week

The hot button issue of a replacement terminal for the Bob Hope Airport will be discussed at two city council meetings this week.  Tomorrow at the regular scheduled city council meeting, members will have what Mayor Bob Frutos calls an “open-minded” discussion of the city’s proposal. On Wednesday, July 15, there will be the special joint meeting of the city council and the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority at the Buena Vista Library 300 North Buena Vista Street. Last Monday, the city council held a special meeting to discuss the agenda and... Read More →

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Photo: Greg Reyna/ Media City G -- Bob Frutos gave first speech as Burbank mayor at city council reorganization meeting May 1, 2015

Burbank mayor speaks out about airport rebranding issue

Burbank Mayor, Bob Frutos, is on an urgent mission to reach out to as many residents as possible and he has very little time to do it. Several meetings concerning some major issues involving the Bob Hope Airport are coming up soon. In these meetings, Mayor Frutos believes “the people’s voice” should be heard. One issue, a replacement terminal at the airport, has been up for discussion for a while. However, recently a movement to rebrand the airport has gained momentum and that has created a lot of chatter in B-town... Read More →

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