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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Election workers at Burbank City Hall April 11, 2017

Frutos and Springer lead in early returns for two Burbank City Council seats

Incumbent Bob Frutos and challenger, Sharon Springer, are holding down the top two spots in the early returns for two seats on the Burbank City Council. It was a busy evening at Burbank City Hall last night for election workers. The only race on the ballot, a run-off for the city council seats. The interest in the run-off has been strong. The final tally for the February 28, 2017 primary, 10, 902 ballots. Last night’s total for the general election 11,142 and there are still more ballots to be counted.... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank General Election 2017 ballot

Burbank General Election 2017 ballots, candidates, and controversies

The candidates are heading into the home stretch for tomorrow’s Burbank General Election. This is a mail-in ballot only election with four city council candidates in a run-off for two seats. The contenders are Juan Guillen, Sharon Springer, and council members Dr. David Gordon and Bob Frutos. As of last Friday April 7,  “… approximately 7, 500 ballots, as compared to the 2015 General Municipal Election, (when) we had approximately 6,600 ballots at this time,” according to City Clerk, Zizette Mullins. By today, Monday, April 10, the number of ballots... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank City Clerk, Zizette Mullins, at City Hall as the ballots were counted on primary election night Tuesday, February 28, 2017

City Clerk releases final results of 2017 Burbank Primary Election

Late today, Burbank City Clerk, Zizette Mullins, released the final results of the 2017 primary election. Per a new Burbank election code, the city clerk’s office could accept mail-in ballots postmarked on or before primary election day, February 28, up until noon on Friday. Mullins says they received  approximately 900 additional ballots, which needed to be processed today. By 10:35 p.m. last Tuesday, 9,903 ballots had been sorted and counted. Just before 5 p.m. this evening, the final results of the primary were announced. In the final tally, veteran Councilman-now-Mayor,... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Sharon Springer for Burbank City Council sign spotted in 300 block of South Griffith Park Drive Burbank January 5, 2017

City Buzz: 2017 campaigns, events, and candidates

The candidates are off and running in the 2017 Burbank Primary Election. Political signs started popping up in yards and on storefronts several weeks ago, despite the long-standing Burbank taboo against it. During the 2015 campaign, candidate/realtor/planning board member, Chris Rizzotti, blew off that antiquated custom of no political signs before Christmas, by allowing his supporters to display his signs for city council as early as November 2014! Rizzotti considered running for council again, but so far has not pulled papers. Still, he has had an impact on... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G --Burbank Mayor Jess Talamantes at city council meeting October 11, 2016

City Buzz: Mayor’s health episode and city election candidates

Burbank Mayor, Jess Talamantes, suffered a health episode over the weekend. After attending the Mayor’s Tree Lighting ceremony on the steps of Burbank City Hall last Saturday night, December 3,  the councilman reportedly went to dinner at Don Cuco restaurant on East Orange Avenue. It is there that the mayor started feeling some discomfort, went to the men’s room, and collapsed! At 8:30 p.m. paramedics reportedly transported Talamantes to Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center over at Buena Vista Street and Alameda Avenue. It was determined the mayor had a syncopal... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton at first presidential debate in New York September 26, 2016

Campaign 2016: Debates, polls, and the candidates

As  the vice-presidential candidates, Democrat, Tim Kaine, and Republican, Mike Pence, prepare for their first and only debate tonight, there is still plenty of fallout from the debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton last month. The presidential debate or rumble at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York back on September 26, was a much-anticipated face off between two candidates carrying their own bag of negatives and positives. When it was over, many — not including Trump, felt Clinton managed to downplay her negatives and come out the winner of the... Read More →

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Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in the Southland today

Presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton. is in the Southland today, fundraising and drumming up support for her campaign for the White House. Clinton is set to appear at an event at a home in Studio City this afternoon, the first of several appearance. Then later this evening, the former secretary of state is the main attraction at a reception hosted by Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, at the Hancock home of “Maze Runner” (2014) movie producer, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein. Tickets reportedly start at $1,000 per person. Yesterday Clinton... Read More →

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Election News: Final 2015 Burbank General Election results

Today Burbank City Clerk, Zizette Mullins, announced the final results of last Tuesday’s general election. All ballots have been counted and verified — the  total 11,032. That represents 18.1 percent of  the ballots mailed out to the 60,853 eligible voters in Burbank.  That is about the same number cast in the 2013 Burbank General Election (11, 161). How many late ballots came in after Tuesday’s 7 p.m. deadline? Mullins told Media City Groove, “approximately 25 ballots” were received after the deadline. As the city clerk has explained... Read More →

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Preliminary results of the city council race in the 2015 Burbank General Election April 14, 2015

More comments from candidates in 2015 Burbank General Election

Both Juan Guillen and Chris Rizzotti missed the cut in the runoff for two seats on the Burbank City Council. Will Rogers and incumbent, Emily-Gabel-Luddy, received the most votes in yesterday’s general election. However, Guillen and Rizzotti are still upbeat about their campaigns and Burbank voters. Here are the statements they sent to Media city Groove this morning. Third place: Juan Guillen 4, 514 votes 24.4% “With my head held high I bid farewell to a campaign that enabled me to reach out to... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Re-elected Burbank city council member, Emily Gabel-Luddy dropped by City Hall to savor her victory April 14, 2015

Burbank General Election 2015: Winners and losers

The race for two seats on the city council in yesterday’s Burbank General Municipal Election was a hard-fought battle. No one knows that better than incumbent Emily Gabel-Luddy who admitted she had to fight to keep her seat for a second term: ” It was important to take it seriously — work to the very end.” On Election night at City Hall, the ballot count zipped right along after the 7 p.m. deadline and was a done deal less than three hours later. Will Rogers, the candidate who claims to... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- (l-r) Burbank City Council candidates Juan Guillen, Will Rogers, Emily Gabel-Luddy, and Chris Rizzotti gathered for photos after the forum at the Buena Vista Library March 25, 2015

City council candidates shine at Burbank forum

A strong showing by all four of the Burbank City Council candidates at a forum held last Wednesday, March 25, at the Buena Vista Library in Burbank. Juan Guillen, Will Rogers, Emily Gabel-Luddy, and Chris Rizzotti are campaigning hard in a runoff for two seats on the Burbank City Council. The forum was sponsored by the Burbank Chamber of Commerce. The moderator, Gary Olson, is president of the organization. Olson asked a good series of questions about issues and controversies from the Bob Hope Airport opportunity site to the Talaria project to... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Buena Vista Library 300 North Buena Vista Street in Burbank

Burbank City Council candidates’ forum tomorrow night

The four city council candidates in the April 14, 2015 Burbank General Municipal will face-off at a forum tomorrow night. The candidates will appear on a panel at the Buena Vista Library 300 North Buena Vista Street in Burbank at 7:30 p.m. The contenders are incumbent Emily Gabel-Luddy, Will Rogers, Juan Guillen, and Chris Rizzotti. They are vying for two open seats on the city council. The forum is sponsored by the Burbank Chamber of Commerce. Chamber President, Gary Olson, will moderate the forum.  Besides opening and... 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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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Burbank City Clerk Zizette Mullins on Election Night February 24, 2015

Election News: Ballots go in mail and new meet & greet

Ballots for the Burbank General Municipal Election are scheduled to go into the mail today. About 61, 000 ballot packets are being sent out to registered voters in the Media City. Again, the election is mail in ballot only. You have to return the ballot envelope in the mail or drop it off at one of the designated drop-off centers. There will not be voting at the polls for this election. During the ballot processing for last month’s primary, there was a problem with some voter signatures. City... 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 -- 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: FLLewis / Media city G -- City Council candidate Juan Guillen in front of The Little White Chapel on North Avon Street in Burbank March 2, 2015

Political campaigns, thank-yous, and the Burbank General Election

Political campaigns for the Burbank General Municipal Election shift into high gear this week. Some of the candidates in the run-off for either city council or school board are already back going door-to-door in various neighborhoods hoping to pick up some extra votes. I ran into city council candidate, Juan Guillen, at The White Chapel on Avon Street where the Burbank Coordinating Council meeting/luncheon was held today. Guillen finished in the top four in last Tuesday’s primary; therefore, he moves on to the general election. He admits it was “a... Read More →

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Final count of the 2015 Burbank Primary Election

The official final count of the 2015 Burbank Primary Municipal Election was released last Friday by the City Clerk’s Office. There were 87 ballots sent to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder for signature verification. So now all the ballots have been verified and the election certified. The final number of ballots returned 10,190 or 16.6 percent of the 61,104 mailed to eligible voters. Bottom line, the results of last Tuesday night, February 24, held steady with two candidates winning seats outright on the school board, while... 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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Fourth “meet and greet” with 2015 Burbank election candidates

The fourth in a series of  “meet and greet events” with the candidates in the 2015 Burbank elections. The event will be from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 18, at the John Burroughs High School library. This is a chance to express your concerns and views directly to the candidates.

Burbank City Clerk’s Office is co-sponsoring the events. For more information go here or call (818) 238-5851 or email cityclerks@burbankca.gov .

 

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Final meet and greet with candidates before Burbank primary election

The Burbank primary election is less than a week away. If you still have questions for the candidates, you can get some answers at a  meet and greet this evening. This is the fourth in a series of  meet and greet events with the candidates running in the city council  and school board races. The event will run from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the John Burroughs High School library  1920 West Clark Ave in Burbank. Burbank City Clerk’s Office is co-sponsoring the events. For more information call... Read More →

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2015 Burbank Primary Election endorsements

There are two seats open on the Burbank City Council in the February 24, 2015 primary election. The biggest issue in this election is development. Incumbent, Emily Gabel-Luddy, is running for re-election, but her pro-development views are problematic. Gabel-Luddy has come across as a cheerleader for development for her “yes” votes and fierce defense of the bloated Talaria/Whole Foods project and the failed very dense North Third Street project. In fairness, Gabel-Luddy was the lone “no” vote on the city council for the controversial Walmart at... Read More →

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