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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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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- A green lawn gets watered on South Keystone Street in Burbank July 24, 2014

Burbank City Council approves tougher water restrictions

It’s going to be a lot harder to keep a Burbank lawn green through the coming hot days of summer due to some new water restrictions approved by the city council last Thursday. After a public hearing on the impact of the drought and a new 28 percent water-use reduction imposed by a recent executive order from Governor Brown, council members voted unanimously to move up to stage 111 of the city’s Sustainable Water Use Ordinance. Stage 111 requires residents to reduce outdoor irrigation from the present Stage 11... Read More →

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New board, committee, and commission members in Burbank

  New board, committee, and commission members were appointed by the Burbank City Council last Tuesday. Ninety applicants applied to serve the community in 43 volunteer positions. Here are the names of those selected to serve. CIVIL SERVICE BOARD: Jackie Waltman Miguel Porras PARK, RECREATION AND COMMUNITY SERVICES BOARD: Barry Gussow Carolyn E. Jackson SUSTAINABLE BURBANK COMMISSION (UNEXPIRED TERM UNTIL 5/31/2017): Nazafarin Hadian SUSTAINABLE BURBANK COMMISSION (4 YEAR TERM): Berge Kallibjian Armen Hagobian Diana M. Rosero LANDLORD-TENANT COMMISSION: Suzy Jacobs Jane Smallin TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION: Susan Robles Christopher Haitz... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Sprinklers watered a yard in the 1400 block of West Clark Avenue in Burbank July 30, 2014

Burbank public hearing today on new water restrictions

As the heat of summer approaches, Burbank residents are facing even tougher water restrictions. This evening the Burbank City Council will hold a hearing on tightening the restrictions in the city’s Sustainable Water Use Ordinance enacted back in 2009. Right now we’re at stage 11, which allows landscape irrigation for 15 minutes, per station, once a day, three times a week from April through October. The  city council will be considering bumping that up to stage 111 , which would allow that type of outside watering only two days a week.... Read More →

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2015 Burbank General Election endorsements

The ballots for the April 14, 2015 Burbank General Municipal Election have begun arriving in the mailboxes and mail slots of the city’s registered voters.  In the city council race there’s a run-off involving incumbent Emily Gabel-Luddy, Will Rogers, Juan Guillen, and  Chris Rizzotti. Development is still the hot topic as we head into the final weeks of the campaign. Recently, the long simmering controversy surrounding overbuilt homes or McMansions came to a head at City Hall. Residents showed up in... Read More →

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Election News: Forum, ballot order, and endorsements

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... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank City Council meeting at City Hall (l-r) Emily Gabel-Luddy, vice-mayor Bob Frutos, mayor Dr. David Gordon, Jess Talamantes, and Gary Bric March 10, 2015

Burbank City Council approves moratorium on McMansions

Burbank residents opposed to the “McMansion” trend are breathing a little easier today. Last Tuesday night, the Burbank City Council handed them a major victory by voting unanimously to ask staff to draft an Interim Development Control Ordinance or IDCO,  aimed at temporarily stopping over-sized home projects until loopholes in the building codes can be closed and  new design standards established. The IDCO is retroactive to March 10, 2015. There had been some speculation Gabel-Luddy would vote against the IDCO because of pro-development views, which have dogged her re-election... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- McMansion size home next to average house in 900 block of East Elmwood Avenue in Burbank March 9, 2015

Showdown over “McMansions” in Burbank gets TV news coverage

A showdown over the proliferation of “McMansion” size homes in Burbank is set for tonight at the Burbank City Council meeting. Last week, the city council heard from a number of  residents who spoke out about McMansions sprouting up in Burbank neighborhoods. Some told painful stories about an oversized home being built next door that either damaged their property, or robbed them of the basics like privacy and sunlight. The common refrain, these McMansions exploited loopholes in the code to exceed the building standards and do not fit in with the... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Armond Aghakhanian at the League of Women Voters of Glendale/Burbank forum Burbank January 20, 2015

Election News: Burbank City Council members make endorsements

Today Burbank School Board candidate, Dr.  Armond Aghakhanian, announced the endorsement of Burbank City Council vice-mayor, Bob Frutos. On his Facebook page,  Aghakhanian made the announcement and wrote, “I am truly honored and humbled for the level of support our campaign is receiving from our community. This includes Burbank community leaders and organizations.” Three other council members, Emily Gabel-Luddy, Jess Talamantes, and Gary Bric already have endorsed Aghakhanian. In the general election set for next month on April 14, Aghakhanian is up against Greg Sousa for the... Read More →

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Photo courtesy Jesse "Tangk" Tangkhpanya

Burbank Primary Election follow-up: Concessions and thank-yous

Burbank School Board candidate, Jesse “Tangk”  Tangkhpanya, did not do well in yesterday’s Burbank primary.  Tangk is a relative newcomer to Burbank with some impressive credentials. However, he finished last in a field of six candidates vying for three seats on the board.  Still, the gracious concession post he put up on his Facebook page makes him a winner in my book. Also, Tangk emailed me a copy of his concession post today and here it is. The results are in, and the voters have spoken. I... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Election workers sorted ballots for the primary election at Burbank City Hall February 24, 2015

Some surprises in the 2015 Burbank primary results

The complete count of the ballots cast in the Burbank Primary Nominating Election wrapped up late last night and there were some surprises. The process began at City Hall minutes after the election ballot deadline of 7 p.m. The precinct results started appearing on a monitor at City Hall and on the Burbank city website shortly after 8 p.m. City Council race Incumbent Emily Gabel-Luddy jumped out in front of the pack of city council candidates with the first precinct numbers and held onto the lead to the... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Numerous political signs line a fence of a resident at Verdugo Avenue and Buena Vista Street in Burbank February 23, 2015

Election News: Campaign signs and the Burbank ballot count

The Burbank landscape is dotted with political signs from the various candidates campaigning for the two seats on the city council and the three seats on the Burbank School Board. While most are the typical yard signs you see during the election season — some of the 2015 candidates have come up with some creative alternatives. Love the super-sized Sharon Springer ice cream cone sign. Springer is one of seven candidates running for Burbank City Council. Another council contender, Elise Stearns- Niesen, has a huge banner displayed on the front... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Audience in Woody's Cafeteria for city council candidates forum at Woodbury University in Burbank January 28, 2015

Burbank City Council candidates draw a crowd to Woodbury University forum

It was practically a full house at the city council candidates’ forum in Woody’s Cafeteria at Woodbury University last Wednesday, January 28. Much of the candidates’ opening statements and views expressed were repeats or pretty close to what they said during the recent League of Women Voters of Glendale/Burbank forum.  However, there were some moments that set this forum apart from the previous one. At various times during the forum, candidates David Nos and Chris Rizzotti chose to stand or walk in front of the audience to make their... Read More →

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Photo: Grey Reyna / Freelancer / Media City G -- City council contenders, David Nos and Elise Stearns-Niesen chatted at a forum event held on the Woodbury University campus in Burbank January 28, 2015

Photo Gallery: Burbank City Council candidates’ forum at Woodbury University

Burbank residents were able to watch the 2015 city council candidates express their views at a forum last Wednesday, January 28. It was held in Woody’s Cafeteria on the Woodbury University campus and began around 7 p.m. When not on the panel, the candidates mingled, chatted with supporters, potential voters, and each other. See photos here. The forum was sponsored by Leadership Burbank, Burbank Chamber of Commerce, and The Burbank Leader. More on this forum coming.

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Photo courtesy Elise Stearns-Niesen

Elise Stearns-Niesen has her eye on a Burbank City Council seat

After several years as a Burbank Police Commissioner, Elise Stearns-Niesen is ready to make the move to the city council. Stearns-Niesen believes her leadership experience and ability to relate to the average resident makes her the best candidate for one of two open seats on the council.  Here are her responses to the questions I emailed all of the 2015 city council candidates. 1. Why are you the best candidate for a seat on the Burbank City Council? I love Burbank and I represent the average Burbank resident ‘s point of... Read More →

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