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Burbank school board candidates at Woodbury U. forum tonight

  The six candidates vying for three seats on the Burbank Board of Education will be front and center this evening at a forum on the Woodbury University campus in Burbank. That forum begins at 7 p.m. in the Woody Cafeteria.  The candidates are Steve Ferguson, Dr. Armond Aghakhanian, Roberta Reynolds, Jesse “Tangk” Tangkhpanya, Greg Sousa, and Vahe Hovanessian. Last month, on January 20, the candidates were quizzed at the League of Women Voters of Glendale/Burbank forum held at Burbank City Hall.  Some of the ideas and... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Council candidate Chris Rizzotti defended himself against anti-gay accusations at the Burbank City Council meeting February 3, 2015

The Burbank primary, Chris Rizzotti, and that anti-gay controversy

It seems to happen like clockwork. Just as the ballots go out and shortly before Election Day, out of nowhere ugly charges are dumped on a candidate. As we head into the final days of the 2015 campaign for the Burbank Primary Election on February 24, 2015, city council candidate/Burbank Planning Board vice-chair, Chris Rizzotti, is battling anti-gay accusations. At the Burbank City Council meeting last night, a number of Rizzotti supporters spoke up for his character and what they described as his lack of bias against anyone for their race,... 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: FLLewis / Media City G -- City Clerk Zizette Mullins spoke before the Burbank Coordinating Council meeting in Burbank February 2, 2015

Election News: Ballots, drop-off centers, and political ads

Burbank City Clerk, Zizette Mullins, attended the Burbank Coordinating Council meeting/luncheon yesterday to spread the word about the upcoming Burbank Primary. Last election only 18 percent of the registered voters returned their mail in ballots. In order to improve that low percentage, Mullins told the group “I need your help” in order to make voters aware of the February 24, 2015 Burbank  Primary Election. Last week, around 61,000 election ballots and voter information pamphlets were mailed out to registered voters in Burbank, according to Mullins. They should have... 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: FLLewis / Media City G -- Contenders waiting for the start of the city council candidates' forum at Burbank City Hall January 20, 2015

Burbank candidates face off over the hot issue of development

Development is the hot political issue in Burbank these days. It came up during the city council forum last Tuesday and most likely will be debated at the next council candidates’ forum at Woodbury University tomorrow. Citizen gripes about overdevelopment have been percolating in the Media City for some time, but the debacle with the Whole Foods/Talaria project last October got tempers fired up and tongues a wagging. We’re heading into the thick of the 2015 campaign season with the ballots for the Burbank primary set... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- U.S. Postal Service truck in the Burbank Rancho area October 2012

Election News: Burbank ballots, get out the vote campaign with Erik Estrada

Burbank voters will soon be getting their 2015 mail in ballot packages through the U. S. mail. Burbank City Clerk, Zizette Mullins, told me today “approximately 61,000” mail in ballot packages will be sent to the U.S. Post Office on Wednesday, January 28. Burbank residents will be able to register to vote in the primary until February 9. The City Clerk’s Office will send the final group of mail in ballot packages to the post office after that date. The Burbank Primary is February 24, 2015. Also, actor, Erik Estrada,... Read More →

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UPDATED: Burbank 2015 school board candidate statements on YouTube

Less than a month to go until the Burbank Primary on February 24, 2015. On the mail in ballot, 6 candidates vying for three seats on the school board. Their candidate statements are on YouTube and here on Media City Groove in this post.  (7 city council candidate statements are here) Updated: On Monday, March 2, 2015 I got an email from Burbank public information officer Drew Sugars saying: “We had taken down the individual candidate statements of those who... Read More →

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UPDATED: Burbank 2015 city council candidate statements on YouTube

The 7 candidates running for two seats on the Burbank City Council have statements on YouTube and  you can view them here on  Media City Groove in this post. The Burbank Primary is February 24, 2015. This is a mail in ballot election.  Update: On Monday, March 2, 2015 I got an email from Burbank public information officer Drew Sugars saying: ” We had taken down the individual candidate statements of those who did not advance to the General Election.” However, it appears all of... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- Former mayor/Council member Emily Gabel-Luddy at the city council reorganization meeting May 1, 2014

Emily Gabel-Luddy is seeking a second term on Burbank City Council

Burbank City Council member, Emily Gabel-Luddy, is seeking a second term. Gabel-Luddy is basing her campaign on her lengthy experience in city government and views for the future of Burbank. Here are Gabel-Luddy’s responses to the questions I emailed to all city council candidates.   1. Why are you the best candidate for a seat on the Burbank City Council? I believe my credentials, which combine thirty years of experience as a professional city planner, ten years on the Burbank Planning commission, three and a half years on the city... Read More →

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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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Photo: FLLewis / Media city G -- School board candidates wait for forum to begin in city council chambers at Burbank City Hall January 20, 2015

2015 Burbank candidates’ forums are on YouTube

The 2015 Burbank candidates’ forums are now up on YouTube. Also, you can watch it here in this post or, for the next several weeks, in the recommended videos on Media City Groove. The forums for city council and school board candidates were hosted last Tuesday night in the city council chambers of Burbank City Hall by the League of Women Voters of Glendale/Burbank. There are 7 candidates vying for two seats on the Burbank City Council. There are three open seats on the Burbank... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Contenders waiting for the start of the city council candidates' forum at Burbank City Hall January 20, 2015

Photo Gallery: Candidates’ forums at Burbank City Hall

The candidates for city council and school board participated in two forums last Tuesday, January 20, in the city council chambers at Burbank City Hall. The forums were hosted by the League of Women Voters of Glendale and Burbank and provided a good opportunity for the candidates to be seen and heard. Here are some Media City Groove photos. More on the forums coming.

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Reminder: Candidates’ forums in Burbank tonight

The 2015 candidates’ forums get underway in the Burbank City Council chambers tonight. The forums are sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Glendale/Burbank. The forums will be carried live on the Burbank Channel and taped for replay later. Details here The city council candidates’ forum kicks off the evening at 7 p.m. Two seats on the council will appear on the February 24, 2015 Burbank Primary ballot. The candidates are Incumbent Emily Gabel-Luddy, Juan GuillenDavid Nos, Read More →

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Election Buzz: Latest on candidates’ forums, meet and greets, and endorsements

Good news for voters and folks who want to be in the know. You can now watch the upcoming Burbank candidates forums live from the comfort of your own living room or wherever you do your TV watching. The forums for city council and school board candidates are sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Glendale/ Burbank. Earlier, league president, Thomas Carson, told the public, in a letter to the Leader and Media City Groove, the forums would be taped and broadcast... Read More →

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Greg Sousa wants to be an independent voice on the Burbank School Board

Greg Sousa, a Burbank parent, is one of six candidates competing for three open seats on the Burbank School Board. Sousa, a veteran and graduate student in law, wants to be the independent voice for parents on the board. Here are his answers to the questions I sent out to school board candidates in the 2015 city elections.   1. What are the biggest problems facing the Burbank school district? And what solutions do you have for those problems? The biggest problem facing the Burbank Unified School District is the... Read More →

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Attorney Vahe Hovanessian hopes to be elected to the Burbank School Board

Vahe Hovanessian wears a lot of hats. Community activist, volunteer, parent, and practicing attorney are some of them. Still, Hovanessian is out campaigning to convince the voters his experience and ideas are what are needed on the Burbank School Board. Hovanessian says he has a strong commitment to Burbank Unified School District. He attended Burbank schools and has a child in 1st grade. Hovanessian’s answers to the questions I emailed out to most of the school board candidates are below. 1.  What are the biggest problems facing the Burbank School District? And what... Read More →

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Updated: Election News: Burbank candidates forums and candidates announce endorsements

Got a question you want to ask one of the candidates running for office in the upcoming Burbank elections? The League of Women Voters of Glendale/Burbank is looking for questions from Burbankers to use for their candidates forums next Tuesday, January 20. League of Women Voters of Glendale/Burbank President, Thomas Carson, says the forums “…  will provide the residents of Burbank the opportunity to see the candidates and hear the candidates’ opinions on important community issues.” There will be two forums held in the council chambers... Read More →

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Will Rogers speaks out on why he’s running for Burbank City Council

Veteran journalist, Will Rogers, announced his candidacy for the Burbank City Council last August and he has been campaigning hard ever since. A strong believer in door knocking, Rogers has visited thousands of  Burbank homes over the past several months. In his responses to the questions I emailed to all of the city council candidates, Rogers talks about what he has learned from the residents, his solutions to the problems facing the city, and the qualifications that set him apart from the other contenders. 1. Why are you the... Read More →

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Updated: Dr. Armond Aghakhanian is campaigning for a seat on the Burbank School Board

Dr. Armond Aghakhanian is a parent and a teacher campaigning for one of three open seats on the Burbank School Board  in the 2015 city elections. Dr. Aghakhanian has more than a decade of experience in education and business. He has an MBA and a Doctorate in Education. Aghakhanian  is making a second run for the Burbank Board of Education. In 2013, he failed to get enough votes in the primary to qualify for the general election ballot. Below are his answers to a series of questions I emailed out to... Read More →

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David Nos makes a second run for a seat on Burbank City Council

Former Burbank School Board member and business owner, David Nos,  is campaigning for one of two seats on the Burbank City Council.  Nos is making a second run for the city council. In 2013, Nos qualified for the general election ballot, but fell short of winning enough votes for one of two seats available. Nos came in fourth behind three incumbents, David Gordon, Jess Talamantes, and Dave Golonski. Gordon and Talamantes had the most votes, therefore, winning re-election . Here are the responses from Nos to the questions I sent... Read More →

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Burbank School Board President Roberta Reynolds is seeking a third term

  Roberta Reynolds is President of the Burbank Board of Education and she is running for a third term. Reynolds is a pharmacist and lifetime resident of the city who attended Burbank schools. Recently, Reynolds sent me responses to a series of questions I emailed to all of the school board candidates in the 2015 city elections. The exception is Steve Ferguson who answered similar questions in a video interview last fall. Reynolds emphasized her experience and willingness to seek input from others as key reasons she should... Read More →

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