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Fall in Burbank – November News

November 4, 2017


We’ve launched a new Community FaceBook page to Connect, Inform & Engage Burbank residents to Love & Serve their City. You can connect by Liking our page #iLuvBurbank

November Calendar – Featured Events


South Hills Burbank is kicking off their November Love-The-818 Campaign. Service opps incl. packing Samaritan’s PurseChristmas Shoeboxes, cleaning Johnny Carson Park, Holiday in the Park– Family Fun area, Holiday Baskets & more. Sign-up Love-The-818

CityLight LA are hosting a Grand Opening at their new Church Home located at 1110 S Victory Blvd, Burbank, California 91502 on November 19th at 10am! Join them for free food, activities for the kids, a campus tour, worship and a message from God’s word by Pastor Nick Reed. [ Link: Burbank Leader Story ]

Veterans Day Ceremony on Friday, November 10 at McCambridge Park. Join us as we honor those who have served our great nation. The ceremony begins at 11am with a pre-show concert by the Burbank Community Band at 10:15am. Contact info: 818-238-5378


Holiday in the Park, Friday, Nov. 17th – 5-9pm @ Magnolia Park.

It’s that time of the year again!! Save the date for Burbank’s biggest event happening right here in Magnolia Park. Magnolia Blvd. will be closed for 9 blocks from Hollywood Way to Florence St. Event festivties include: Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Free Candy Apples, Car Show, Snow Play area, Bounce Houses, Crafts, Bubble Play area, Character photo ops, Live music, Dance floor, Dance performances, Police, Fire & SWAT vehicles, Community and non-profit booths, Giveaways, Food Trucks, Face painting & Balloon twisters + Shopping at over 50+ stores.

Salvation ArmyFree Thanksgiving Dinner, Wednesday, Nov. 22nd @ 5:30-8pm. Open Community Dinner. No RSVP/Ticket. 300 E. Angeleno Ave. 818-645-7214.


City Council Meeting – Tuesday, November 7th @ 6pm @ City Hall

AGENDA  & Key items: Rancho Area Re-Zoning for Apartment/Condo project (814 S. Mariposa). New Agreement with Burbank Hospitality Assoc. T-BID

Opinion: I OPPOSE both items. I ask the Burbank City Council to maintain the current Commercial Zoning for Rancho property @ 814 S. Mariposa & urge adj. Resident’s to pay close attention to this item in view of another possible Re-Zoning request from the owner of Pickwick Gardens to build even more Condos.  Re BHA: While I support the goals of BHA, I believe they deliberatey broke the law when they gave an illegal $50k donation to the Yes on Measure B campaign and in doing so undermined the integrity of our Local Elections re Ballot Measures. IMO, the resulting “slap on the wrist” is not sufficient “punishment” to deter similar behavior in future elections. I urge you NOT to support this item & to hold a Disestablishment Hearing instead. [ Link: Burbank Viewpoints story ]

UPDATE 11/8: Burbank City Council Votes 3-2 (Gabel-Laddy, Frutos, Talamantes) to DENY a Developers requested amendment to the General Plan that would have changed zoning from Rancho Commercial to Low-Density Residential for a 4.7-acre property @ 814 S. Mariposa Street to develop 34 Homes. Public Hearing Video link | Staff Report

City NEWS in Brief (Quick links)

State of the City Video | City Budget Crisis | Public Comment Changes | City Parks Weeds


We’re Back! 📺 Fall Podcast

September 21, 2017

In the Fall Podcast we discuss What’s Happening in Burbank. Topics covered incl: La Tuna Fire, CA Water Fix, Columbus Day, Development of the old Ikea site & Pickwick Gardens. If you’d like to hear/see more Podcasts, please Subscribe & consider becoming a Patreon supporter or Sponsor. Support links below:  ©

Show Notes & Links: Calvary Chapel Relief Video | CA Water Fix Letter of Support | MWD CA Water Fix | Burbank Mom on iHeartBurbank | Burbank Viewpoints on iHeartBurbank | Pickwick Gardens | Pickwick Petition | Pickwick NBC StoryCity Council Email

Breaking News 9/20 📰 Burbank Mayor has Cancer – Will undergo treatment

Burbank General Election – Final Four

April 6, 2017


GENERAL (Mail-In): April 11th, 2017  – Official City Election Info

Candidates Video Statements | Save Burbank Candidate Interviews

CITY COUNCIL Candidates (2 seats)  = endorsements

Bob Frutos*: Website | FaceBook | Email | Financials | 823-6541


David Gordon*Website | FaceBook | Email | Financials | 842-2111


 Juan GuillenWebsite | FaceBook | Email | Financials | 557-7700


Sharon Springer: Website | FaceBook | Email | Financials | 388-8483

Quick reminder to please exercise your Civic Duty & VOTE in our Local General Election. There are 4 remaining Candidates competing for 2 City Council seats. You can still Mail In your Ballots (incl. on Election Day – Tuesday, April 11) or drop them off @ McCambridge Rec. Ctr., Buena Vista Library, City Clerk’s Office, Joslyn & Tutle Centers today until 4pm today or on Election Day until 7pm. Additional Election Day sites incl. BHS, JBHS, John Muir & Thomas Edison schools. Good Luck to all the Candidates!


Ballot’s Cast = 11,555 (17.4%). Precincts: 29 of 29 (#1) 29 of 29 (#2)


Bob Frutos: 6,300 votes (54.5%) * ELECTED
Sharon Springer: 5,666 votes (49.0%) * ELECTED
David Gordon: 5,287 votes (45.8%)
Juan Guillen: 3,783 votes (32.7%)


Burbank Elections – 2017 Primary All Mail Ballot

February 18, 2017


Primary (Mail-In): February 28th, 2017  – Official City Election Info

Leadership Burbank Forum Video | Save Burbank Candidate Interviews

LWV Candidates Forum YouTube Video | Candidates Video Statements

LWV School Board Candidates Forum | BUSD Candidate Statements

CITY COUNCIL Candidates (3 seats)  = endorsements (** Full)

David Gordon**Website | FaceBook | Email | Finance 12 | 842-2111

Bob Frutos*Website | FaceBook | Email | Finance 12 | 823-6541

Jess Talamantes*Website | FaceBkEmail | Finance 12 | 478-JESS

Juan Guillen*Website | FaceBook | Email | Finance 12 | 557-7700

Greg Sousa*Website | FaceBook | Email | Finance 12 | 562-3029

Sharon Springer: Website | FaceBook | Email | Finance 12 | 388-8483

Richard Carr: Website | FaceBook | Email | Finance 12 | 599-8285

Konstantine Anthony: Web | FaceBkEmail | Fin. 12 | 323-302-1447


SCHOOL BOARD Candidates (2 seats)  = endorsements (** Full)

Larry Applebaum**: Web | FaceBook | Email | Finance 1-2 | 371-9904

Char Tabet*: Website | FaceBook | Email | Finance 1-2 | 468-6066

Steve Frintner: Website | FaceBook | Email | Finance 1-2 | 381-7640

CITY CLERK (1 seat)

Zizette Mullins** (running unopposed): Email | 438-7554


Debbie Kukta** (running unopposed): Email | 238-5880



Ballot’s Cast = 10,902 (16% of 67K Registered Voters)

CITY COUNCIL (3 seats)  = April General Election

Jess Talamantes: 5,485 votes (50.9%) * ELECTED *
Bob Frutos: 5,320 votes (49.3%) * runoff
David Gordon: 4,799 votes (44.5%) * runoff
Sharon Springer: 3,914 votes (36.3%) * runoff
Juan Guillen: 3,176 votes (29.5%) * runoff
Greg Sousa: 2,465 votes (22.9%)
Konstantine Anthony: 2,117 votes (19.6%)
Bob Carr: 1,429 votes (13.3%)

SCHOOL BOARD (2 seats)

Steve Frintner: 5,745 votes (59.4%) * ELECTED *
Char Tabet: 5,510 votes (57.0%) * ELECTED *
Larry Applebaum: 5,398 votes (55.9%)

CITY CLERK (1 seat

Zizette Mullins: 7,946 votes (100%) * ELECTED *


Debbie Kukta: 7,972 votes (100%) * ELECTED *


2016 Election – Local Races & Measure B

November 1, 2016


Our 2016 Local Election Endorsements & Value Voter Guide Links fyi:

* State Senate (District 25)Michael Antonovich #45 | WebsiteFaceBook

* Supervisor (5th District)Kathryn Barger #76 | WebsiteFaceBook

* Measure B – Vote NO #192 | WebsiteFaceBook – SaveBurbank

Other Suggestions: U.S. Senator – Loretta Sanchez #36. U.S. Representative (28th District) – Lenore Solis #40. Assembly (43rd District) – Neither. Judges – Steven Schreiner #62, Efrain Aceves #65, Susan Townsend #69, David Berger #72. State Ballot Measures: See Below links.

Voter Guides: Craig Huey | Robyn Nordell | | Platforms

Candidate Forum Videos: State Senate | Supervisor | Assembly | Measures

*** Special Burbank Election Commentary: Vote NO on Measure B

I have many friends both opposing & supporting Measure B and have tried to keep an open mind and listen to both sides arguments for/against a new 14-gate 355,000 sqft terminal & governance changes. The main arguments for Measure B seem to be increased safety (distance from runway, seismic standards, ADA compliance) and improved passenger amenities & conveniences. Having flown into the recently built Sacramento airport, I can say it certainly was a pleasant experience & I have no problem with the modernization & improvements being proposed. That said, the Airport is safe “as is” & has a certain character/charm I would hate to loose if the replacement terminal is not done right (please see the unsightly, blinding RTIC car rental monstrosity). Unfortunately there are no actual architectural plans or models I can find to see what the replacement terminal might look like, so I guess we’ll have just have to wait & see.

The problem & primary reason I cannot support Measure B at this time is the governance changes that take away Burbank residents rights to vote on any future airport expansion i.e. increases in # gates, and gives them to unelected, unaccountable Airport Commissioners appointed by the City Council; I simply don’t trust them to protect Burbank residents best interests & quality-of-life. Nor do I trust any politician, so replacing them with City Council members who have made many decisions I disagree with (Talaria, BPD litigation “mess” etc.), does not make up for the loss of our voting rights. We also give away our land-use powers, meaning the City no longer has zoning/easement oversight on future airport development. These 2 changes are deal-breakers for me & should never have been agreed to by our City Council.

There are many other concerns I have. The measure was rushed onto the crowded November Ballot instead of being voted on during our local City Elections next Spring where the topic could be debated in much more detail. Most people have no idea what Measure B really is & simply don’t have the time to read through all the measures on the Ballot (17 State + 4 County/Local) and make an informed decision.

We also just learned the FAA is switching from a Radar based air traffic system to a Satellite system called NextGEN, a system that leads to greater flight efficiency and has lead to increased air traffic & new flight paths in some places where it’s already been implemented. And while the Yes folks claim there will be no increased flights due to NextGEN outside of market-driven forces, I prefer to wait-&-see what actually happens beginning November 10 when it’s implemented at BUR airport.

There are serious environmental concerns that still need to be addressed. If approved, construction wouldn’t begin for about 5 years but it would take 5 years to complete. The proposed replacement site is toxic and would need to be cleaned up of all the hazardous waste ala the Empire Center & Home Depot sites and constantly monitored. The construction will have major negative environmental impacts on those who live adjacent to the site, as those adj. to the 5 fwy construction are suffering through. Some opponents have even expressed concern about possible Easterly take-offs over the Hillside based on old FAA documents, although it appears this is not possible based on current FAA rules that prohibit such take-offs due to the runways proximity to the mountains. And while the Airport has threatened to build a new terminal anyway if they loose on the SW Quadrant, this is not their preferred site as it would takes years more to build (7 instead of 5), cost Millions of dollars more, &  may involve land-use related litigation with both the City of Burbank & Los Angeles.

At the end of the day, I believe we can do better than what’s been proposed and will be in a much stronger negotiating position of we Vote NO on Measure B now and force the airport to bring the item back with the above-mentioned protections that should have been there in writing in the first place, on our local election ballot next April. These protections should include a written guarantee that the number of gates can never be increased under any circumstances &/or a Measure B vote of the people, retaining the proposed Super-Majority in light of the fact that airport decisions directly effect/impact Burbank much more than Glendale/Pasadena, retaining existing zoning/easements oversight, continuation of the existing voluntary curfew & ongoing efforts to obtain a mandatory curfew, even though I don’t believe this will ever happen (the FAA already said NO to our Part 161 Study application), actual architectural plans/models for the replacement terminal, and a written guarantee that there will never be flights taking off to the East (regardless of FAA) and no commercial flights landing from the East ever! Do this, and I will support Measure B in 2017.

Links: City of Burbank Measure B information | NO on B | Yes on B


CA Primary Election – Local Races & more

May 28, 2016


Local Endorsements:

* Assembly (43rd District) – Mark MacCarley #154 | WebsiteFaceBook

* State Senate (District 25) – Michael Antonovich #140 | WebsiteFaceBook

Links: Value Voters Guide –

2016 CA Primary Election Results (LA Times) *



Sundheim for U.S. Senate – Campaign Event

May 27, 2016


I had the privilege of joining Governor Pete Wilson, Councilman Bob Frutos & a host of business leaders for Cocktails & Conversation with U.S. Senate Candidate Duf Sundheim at the beautiful Beverly Hills home of Eric George. After a few words from the Governor & former DA Steve Cooley, Duf shared his background & vision for the State & Country, covering job creation, education & health care, public safety & national security, water & the importance of stopping sanctuary city enabler Kamala Harris from being elected. Harris’ politicization of the Office of AG, unlawful search/seizure of Planned Parenthood videos & failure to defend the will of majority of CA Voters on Prop 8, are just some of the reasons Christian conservatives & constitution loving Americans should look elsewhere this July.





Bob Huff for LA County Supervisor (District 5)

November 20, 2015


CA State Senator Bob Huff spoke recently @ the Burbank Buck & Ballot Brigade “Bakery & Politics Night”. Huff covered a wide range of topics including transportation, water, public safety, helping small business, film tax credits, the demise of redevelopment, working with others across the aisle to get things done (sometimes incrementally) as a minority leader, reaching Latinos, his journey into public service from Church to City Council to State Senator, and his upcoming campaign to replace Mike Antonovich (termed out) for LA County Supervisor. For more information on his candidacy, please visit his website: &/or FaceBook page. Links: FLICKR PHOTO Album | FACEBOOK PHOTO Album

Mark MacCarley for State Assembly (43rd District)

October 22, 2015


Ret. Major General Mark MacCarley speaks about his service in the U.S. Military, veterans affairs, his law practice and candidacy for Assembly in the 43rd District (Burbank/Glendale) in 2016. For more information, please visit FaceBook & the Mark MacCarley for State Assembly (43rd District) website – . FLICKR PHOTO Album | FACEBOOK PHOTOS



Burbank General Election – Results

April 15, 2015


CITY COUNCIL Candidates (2 seats)  

Will Rogers: 5,295 votes (28.6%)  * Elected *
Emily Gabel-Luddy: 5,119 votes (27.7%)  * Elected *
Juan Guillen: 4,514 votes (24.2%)
Chris Rizzotti: 3,540 votes (19.1%)

SCHOOL BOARD Candidates (1 seat)  

Armond Aghakhanian: 5,305 votes (53.5%)  * Elected *
Greg Sousa: 4,593 votes (46.4%)

Precincts Reporting = 29/29 (Unofficial)  Ballots Cast = 11,004 (18%)

Links: Burbank Leader story


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