Burbank Election Guide – for “Dummies”

* Vote for ROBERT (BOB) FRUTOS for Burbank City Council

Police Commission President Robert Frutos is a 17 year Burbank resident with an outstanding record of community service. He has 24 years of law enforcement experience at LAPD, which makes him the best candidate by far to deal with the BPD “mess” and the institution of real reforms, including an independent Inspector with wide-reaching oversight powers who would report directly to the City Council. He has what I consider a “fiscally-conservative” approach to dealing with many of the financial issues we face; He strongly opposes the controversial payment of over $1 million in bonuses to Burbank public employees, as well as the 7-11% pay increases handed out to Snr. BWP Executives (21% over 3 years for GM Ron Davis) just weeks after our Utility & Water Rates we’re increased, the latter by a whopping 13%. He believes in total transparency with respect to the release of information on public employee salaries & bonuses, which also applies to a recent Civil Service Board members request for a list of all employees who are related to each other during a discussion about nepotism. In short, Robert gets it; He understands the financial hardships many are facing paying their mortgages/rent & utility bills, and is especially sensitive to the needs of our Seniors. He’s also opposed to further cuts in City Services including Police, Fire and Park services. I like his humility and the fact that he shares the same Christian values we do; I’ve seen so much grandstanding, anger & hostility at recent Council meetings, and he would be refreshing change for the better, a voice of reason, a voice of the people.

UPDATE 4/11/11. Bob Frutos Statement in response to Burbank (mis)Leader’s attacks c/o Fronnie Lewis Media City Groove Blog:

““The IBEW represents Burbank City Employees and is a part of our community. As a candidate I do not control who they chose to support or what they chose to do. I appreciate their support of my ideas to balance our city budget and I am very happy they joined me in supporting the idea that our employees should pay into their retirement plans and that employee bonuses must come to an end. From what I have seen the IBEW is not engaged in personal attacks but is asking questions about the source of contributions and endorsements.” – Bob Frutos

* Vote NO on Measure U – Utility Users TAX

Don’t be fooled by the City’s deceptive marketing of this ballot measure as a “modernization” of the UUT to fund City Services; It’s an attempt to expand what the City can TAX and protect themselves from having to refund telecommunication giants such as AT&T & Verizon for what maybe illegal Utility Tax charges on our Cell Phone bills (check your Bills folks…it’s there). They also want to TAX Satellite TV subscribers, so if you’re a Direct TV or DISH Network subscriber like us, you’ll be taxed an extra 7%. VOIP Subscribers (Vonage) will also be subject to this TAX, as will Cable & DSL Subscribers. You name it, they want to TAX it! Very Important Note: As stated by City Manager Mike Flad when questioned in a recent open Council meeting, these funds are “unrestricted” General Fund monies, which means they can be used for anything i.e. revenues generated from the UUT are not set-aside or earmarked specifically for Parks or Safety Services but can be used to pay public employee Bonuses, BPD litigation costs that the City refuses to provide an accounting for, BWP Snr Mgm’t  pay raises, and whatever else they want. Given the City chose to raise Water Rates 13.5% last year (almost twice the actual MWD increase) and hand BWP GM Ron Davis a 21% pay raise over 3 years, voting NO on this measure is also a great way to protest that unconscionable decision. And don’t forget, BWP has proposed more Rate increases (+8.4% Water, +8% Garbage, +4% Sewer) this June. Please spread the word on this …you will be paying more by virtue of additional TAXES  on top of further Utility Rate hikes!

-LINKS-

Bob Frutos for Burbank City Council Web Site

Ballotpedia – CA Utility User Taxes

Burbank Voter Information Pamphlet

Craig Sherwood – BurbankNBeyond.com Commentary

SemiChorus Blog – It’s not “modernization”, it’s extension

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5 Responses to “Burbank Election Guide – for “Dummies””

  1. Kelly Aguilar Says:

    Thank you for your analysis of Measure U. The City Council should be ashamed of the deceptive way it is written… “does not increase the 7% rate…”, as if they are reassuring us no more of our money will be taken from us. I read right through their wording the minute I got it in the mail and marked my mail in ballot NO on Measure U!!!! It allows them to tax any form of electrical communication you have to the outside world. Got another note from BWP with my bill yesterday, about any proposed water rate hike!! What happened to the 5% hike we had 2 years ago for their “green initiative” …. The contract they had with someone FELL Through!!!! Did they lower our rates back?? I encourage everyone to go to the city council meeting to question this New Proposed Water Rate Hike. The Governor announced yesterday that we are no longer in a drought. Burbank will look horrible when everyone stops watering their lawns.

  2. Eric Michael Cap Says:

    Psalm 36:2-3

    In their blind conceit, they cannot see how wicked they really are.
    Everything they say is crooked and deceitful.
    They refuse to act wisely or do good.

    Thanks for your comments Kelly and please get the word out before it’s too late re Measure U (twitter, facebook, email). People need to write letters to the Council now opposing the BWP Rate increases and then show up for the June Public Hearing. You can bet the City will parade BWP Board Member Bob Olson out for another self-serving, long-winded diatribe to justify the rate hikes. And guess who rakes in more money via UUT everytime our Utility Rates increase?

  3. Eric Michael Cap Says:

    A couple of articles to remind folks of last years BWP Rate Hikes & Pay Raises approved by the current Burbank City Council (except Gordon) just weeks later. Disgusting!

    http://articles.burbankleader.com/2010-07-03/news/tn-blr-davis-20100703_1_raise-salary-increases-utility

    http://articles.burbankleader.com/2010-07-03/news/tn-blr-davis-20100703_1_raise-salary-increases-utility

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  5. Walt Gilmore Says:

    Very interesting

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