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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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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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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- City clerk Zizette Mullins explained the voter information pamphlet during an appearance at the Burbank Coordinating Council meeting at The White Chapel Christian Church in Burbank February 2, 1015

Election News: Burbank primary, ballot count, and drop-off centers

While the candidates are out getting in some final hours of campaigning, the Burbank City Clerk’s Office is gearing up for next Tuesday’s primary election. Seven candidates are running for two open seats on the city council. They are Juan Guillen, David Nos, Chris Rizzotti, Will Rogers, Sharon Springer, Elise Stearns- Niesen, and incumbent Emily Gabel-Luddy. Six candidates are battling it out for three seats on the Burbank School Board. They are Dr. Armond Aghakhanian, Steve Ferguson, Vahe Hovanessian, Greg Sousa, Jesse “Tangk” Tangkhpanya, and incumbent Roberta Reynolds.  (see Media City... 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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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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Second “meet and greet” with 2015 Burbank election candidates

 

A second  “meet and greet” with 2015 Burbank election candidates. It’s Monday, February 9, in the Burbank High School library. The event runs 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 event. For more information go here or call (818) 238-5851 or email cityclerks@burbankca.gov .

 

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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: 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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“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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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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Photo courtesy Elise Stearns-Niesen

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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