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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- (l-r) Councilman Bob Frutos, guest Lourdes de Garcia, and former Burbank Council Member/Mayor, Marsha Ramos smile for photos at a re-elect Frutos rally in Burbank March 27, 2017

Letter: Burbank Councilman Bob Frutos offers thanks for support

  A heartfelt thank you message to Burbank residents: I am grateful to have received your strong support and your vote in this general election. Many of you were there for me four years ago in 2013 and you have shown your trust in me again today. Heartfelt thank you for your vote to get re-elected to the Burbank City Council. Four years ago, I pledged to you my commitment towards working for you and for our city.  Today, I am more committed and dedicated to continue to work tirelessly... 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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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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In the News: March 16, 2016

Primary results from Super Tuesday 3, both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton scored big last night and remain the front-runners heading for a showdown in the November Presidential Election. CNN Politics President Obama called the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate’s bluff and nominated a candidate for the U.S. Supreme Court today. Obama selected Judge Merrick Garland, of the Washington D.C. Federal Appeals Court and a former prosecutor in the Unabomber, Oklahoma Cit and Atlanta Olympics bombings cases. CNN, NPR, The White... 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 -- 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: 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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Third “meet and greet” with 2015 Burbank election candidates

Third  “meet and greet” with the candidates in the 2015 Burbank elections. It’s Wednesday, February 11, at Westminster Presbyterian Church. The event will be from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.

A great opportunity to get some face time with the candidates to chat about issues and concerns.

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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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 -- 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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“Meet and greet” with 2015 Burbank candidates

 

A series of special get togethers with the 2015 Burbank election candidates. There will be four  “meet and greet” events before the February 24, 2015 primary. All events run from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. A great opportunity to get some face time with the candidates to chat about issues and concerns.

The first “meet and greet” with the candidates is Monday, January 26, at Bellarmine-Jefferson High in St. Eleanor Hall.

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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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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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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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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Photo courtesy Will Rogers

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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