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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Group of volunteers involved in the various stages of the ballot processing and counting for the General Municipal Election in the basement of Burbank City Hall April 12, 2011. One of only two media photos of this process on election night.

Update on the Burbank election recount drama

What went down in the basement of Burbank City Hall on the night of  the Municipal General Election, Tuesday, April 12, 2011? Inquiring minds want to know. The recount request for the City Council race in that election has B-town buzzing and even folks in Sacramento talking, Oh, City Hall officials are  apparently worried about something and are trying to sink the recount at every turn. Here’s the latest on the election recount drama. The recount request was filed jointly by Burbank resident George Marciniw and the election watchdog group,  Protect California... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Campaign signs for Bob Frutos and Emily Gabel-Luddy, candidates  in a run-off for a seat on the Burbank City Council. The General Election April 12, 2011

More on the recount of the Burbank City Council run-off

The parties behind the recount of one of the tightest races in Burbank election history — had to jump through a number of hoops tossed up by City Hall officials — not all of them legal. Burbank resident George Marciniw and Judy Alter of  Protect California Ballots, an election watchdog group, were first told by Burbank officials that all of the fee for the recount would have to be paid up front — when the request was made. Burbank City Clerk, Margarita Campos, explained to Alter that the full fee... Read More →

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News Alert: Recount in Burbank City Council race

Hold on!  The 2011 Burbank General Election is not quite a done deal just yet. Today a statewide election watchdog organization, Protect California Ballots , joined with Burbank resident, George Marciniw, in sending a letter to Burbank City Clerk, Margarita Campos, requesting a recount in that oh-so close city council run-off between City Planning Board Member, Emily Gabel-Luddy, and Police Commissioner, Bob Frutos. You’re reading about it first on this blog.  Last Friday, Campos announced the final results showing Gabel-Luddy edged out... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Campaign sign for Burbank City Council candidate Bob Frutos

Burbank Campaign News: City Council candidate Bob Frutos concedes

This afternoon Media City Groove was sent this press release about the city council race by the Bob Frutos campaign: BOB FRUTOS CONCEDES BURBANK CITY COUNCIL SEAT TO EMILY GABEL-LUDDY Bob Frutos, Chair of the Burbank Police Commission, entered the race for Burbank City Council to participate in his civic duty as a contributor to the betterment of the City and its residents.  After a much contested primary election, the voters of Burbank selected Bob and Emily Gabel-Luddy to enter into a runoff election for the privilege of serving the... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- City Clerk Margarita Campos answered questions for reporters at city Hall in Burbank April 12, 2011

Final tally for the 2011 Burbank General Election

 Burbank city officials sent out a news release this afternoon with the final numbers for the Tuesday April 12 General Election. The numbers changed from those announced earlier, but the winners did not. Emily Gabel-Luddy won the open seat on the city council and voters passed Measure U — the Modernize Utility Users Tax Ordinance by an overwhelming majority. Here are the final election results: City Council Race Emily Gabel-Luddy        4, 411  votes Bob Frutos                       4, 316  votes Measure U Yes                                        5, 720  votes No                                          2,562  votes 8,866 ballots cast 56,239 registered... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- City Clerk Margarita Campos spoke to reporters at City Hall about the election results April 12, 2011

Burbank General Election winners: Measure U by a wide margin and Gabel-Luddy by less than 100 votes

Burbank’s General Election 2011 is history, but it will be talked about for some time. I joined a small group of election watchers in the lobby of City Hall last night, to wait for the returns to come in. It was a long wait! The deadline for turning in those controversial mail-in ballots was 7 p.m. Despite this early deadline the first return numbers were not posted until after 9 p.m.  Measure U sailed to an easy victory with 5, 264 Yes votes against 2, 555 No votes. A City Hall... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- City Council candidate Bob Frutos spoke to a gathering in Burbank March 23, 2011

City Buzz: Dirty politics in Burbank and the Leader’s attack on Bob Frutos

  I have covered numerous campaigns and elections during my many years working  in television news and now as a freelance journalist/blogger. A last minute attack on a candidate is not unusual, especially if the contender is the front runner or has recently gained some serious ground.  Nevertheless, I was surprised to see the Burbank Leader  fire a full-blown assault at City Council candidate Bob Frutos with less than a week to Tuesday’s April 12 General Election. The Leader has become known for its rather, ah, fluid style of journalism; even so, this attack seemed to come out of... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- City Council candidate Bob Frutos gave his pitch to a high-powered crowd at a fundraiser in Burbank March 23, 2011

Burbank campaign news: One week to the General Election

UPDATED: Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 — As of today four thousand ballots have been received at City Hall, according to Burbank City Clerk, Margarita Campos. The Burbank General Election is just around the corner — on Tuesday, April 12. In the primary a few weeks ago, I dropped my ballot off at City Hall on Election Day. This time, I decided to handle my mail-in ballot differently. My mail-in ballot was little ragged when I retrieved it from my mailbox late last month. Chalk up another negative for this controversial mail-in... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G --Volunteers sort the ballots for the Primary Nominating Election at City Hall in Burbank February 22, 2011

Burbank campaign news: Bric endorses Frutos, Waltman supports Gabel-Luddy

The two candidates remaining in the Burbank City Council race picked up some important endorsements this week. In last month’s Primary Nominating Election, City Councilman Gary Bric won re-election, Bob Frutos and Emily Gabel-Luddy collected enough votes to move forward to the General Election in a run-off for the one remaining vacant seat on the council. Final Primary Nominating Election results: Gary Bric — 4,658 votes Emily Gabel-Luddy  — 3, 858 votes Bob Frutos —  3, 085 votes Jackie Waltman — 2, 140 votes A few days ago,... Read More →

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City Buzz

The campaigning is over  — for now. Today is Election Day — the crucial Primary Nominating Election in Burbank. It’s up to the voters and their ballots to decide the outcome of the campaigns for two seats on the Burbank City Council and three openings on the Burbank Board of Education. In this vote- by-mail election, those who have not mailed their ballots in yet, have only the option of using one of the drop-off centers. They opened at 7 a.m. and will close this evening at 7 p.m. A short... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- 1800-1900 North Screenland Drive February 5, 2011

City Buzz

Next Tuesday is Election Day in Burbank,  but there will be no polling places. City Hall staffers sent out a press release yesterday about the Primary Nominating Election. It was a reminder that if you want your vote to count in this election you have to mail it in or drop off your ballot at City Hall or other designated places. Also, the release announced that the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall is  “…accepting voted ballots weekdays between 8.a.m.and 5 p.m.”  On Saturday, February 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Campaign sign for Burbank City Council Candidate Bob Frutos

City Buzz

The Burbank Primary Nominating Election is coming up fast. Only two weeks to that February 22 election and there’s a lot at stake for the city and its residents. Most of the attention is focused on the two seats available on the city council and the four candidates campaigning hard for them. On the ballot, City Councilman Gary Bric and three challengers: Emily Gabel-Luddy, Bob Frutos, and Jackie Waltman. Over on the popular Semichorus blog there’s been a lively discussion of the candidates, their qualifications, and who will bring real change to the city. Gabel-Luddy’s endorsements and... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Porto's Bakery & Cafe 3614 West Magnolia Boulevard, Burbank

City Buzz

The Leader sues the city of Burbank This is a big weekend for the Burbank Leader. If you check its website — you’ll quickly realize why. Two major developments. The new Sunday edition of the Burbank leader/Glendale News- Press comes out today. The other actually happened last Friday. The lawyers for the Los Angeles Times, the Burbank Leader’s parent company, sued the city of Burbank for the release of those individual employee merit-pay amounts. On December, 20, 2010, I delivered a letter to the Burbank... Read More →

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