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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- 2017 Burbank city elections sign in the Rancho District March 10, 2017

Burbank city clerk responds to election questions and concerns

The election taking center stage in Burbank right now is the 2017 General Election. Four candidates are battling it out for two seats on the city council. They are incumbents Dr. David Gordon and Bob Frutos, and challengers Juan Guillen and Sharon Springer. Councilman/Mayor, Jess Talamantes, won re-election in the primary. Nevertheless, there are questions and doubts lingering from the recent primary election on February 28.  City Clerk, Zizette Mullins, was re-elected in the primary. Here is my email Q&A with Mullins about the primary and those mail-in ballots. 1.... 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 -- Time is running out to submit those 2017 primary election ballots

Burbank Primary Election time to get those ballots in

Time is running out to return those 2017 Burbank Primary Election ballots. Burbank City Clerk, Zizette Mullins, says approximately 67,000 ballots were mailed out to registered voters in Burbank. So far the return has been disappointing. As of last Wednesday, 5,800 mail-in ballots had been return. By last Saturday, that number had climbed to 7, 890. In the 2015 Burbank Primary, 8,985 were returned. Mullins says they’re “hoping to exceed that number” in the 2017 primary. I hear a lot of complaints about what is wrong in Burbank. If those... 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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It’s now up to you go vote!

It’s now up to you go vote!  November 8 is Election Day. The polls are open. The ballots and booths are ready. Election 2016 has been a real headache for many voters. The debates, the insults, the lies, the threats — from the ugly, contentious presidential campaign to the boiling controversy over Measure “B”– the replacement terminal proposal for the Bob Hope Airport or as it has been rebranded the Hollywood Burbank Airport. Voting. It’s a part of  the foundation of our democracy and a responsibility all... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G --Primary polling location inside fire station 15 at 1420 West Verdugo Avenue Burbank June 7, 2016

California June 7 primary preliminary results

California June 7 primary preliminary results for 2016 are out. In Los Angeles County more than a million voters cast their ballots, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/ County Clerk’s Office. Here’s a tweet sent out by Los Angeles County Clerk Dean Logan. 4,698 (100%) precincts reporting; 1,438,909 ballots for preliminary Election Night final. https://t.co/9E9L8jHgJU — Dean Logan, RR/CC (@LACountyRRCC) June 8, 2016 The number of county residents registered to vote for the primary 4,809,383. Like voters across the county and throughout the state, yesterday thousands of Burbankers... Read More →

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California Primary coming check your voter registration

So far, the presidential nomination for the Republicans as well as the Democrats still up for grabs. Billionaire/ Reality TV star,  Donald Trump, and former-Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, extended their leads as front-runners in yesterday’s New York Primary. Trump, the Republican, and Clinton, the Democrat, both have set their sights on the California Primary and its huge pool of delegates. Usually, the nominations are locked up long before the voters in the Golden State get the chance to cast... 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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Election Day and the Burbank ballot deadline debate

It’s Election Day in Burbank and there’s some chatter on the Internet about how recent additions to the California Elections Code requires city officials to extend the mail-in only ballot deadline. Don’t believe it. Yesterday Burbank City Clerk, Zizette Mullins, sent out this response to all the questions, conspiracy theories, and whatever else is being batted around as fact. Last year, the City Clerk’s Office was informed of the changes proposed by Senate Bill 29 adopted by the California Legislation (Legislature) on September 26, 2014, which became effective... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- 2015 Burbank General Municipal Election ballot envelope

Election News: Burbank ballots, returns and issues

Still holding onto your 2015 Burbank General Municipal Election ballot? It’s time to make a decision and let it go. There’s less than a week to the Tuesday, April 14 election. On that day, all the mail only ballots must be returned by 7  p.m. to be counted. If you plan to make your ballot choices and get the return envelope in the mail today or tomorrow, that will probably be okay. Any later than that, you should return it to one of the designated drop-off centers or the Burbank... 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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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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