Posts Tagged ‘Bob Frutos’

Burbank on Parade 2014

April 28, 2014

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CDBG Night @ Burbank City Council

April 23, 2014

Eric Michael Cap speaks in support of Family Promise of the Verdugos @ Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) night @ Burbank City Council, as well as Burbank Pres Open House this Saturday afternoon (1-3pm). Links: www.FamilyPromiseVerdugos.org | www.BurbankPres.org

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Canyon Grille at DeBell Golf Club

April 12, 2014

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Canyon Grille at DeBell Official Grand Opening РFLICKR Photos | FACEBOOK

Links: DeBell Golf Club Website | DeBell FaceBook page | My Burbank story

Bob Frutos – Relections on his 1st Year in Office

March 29, 2014

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Burbank Councilman Bob Frutos – “Reflections on the 1st Year in Office” event @ The Buck and Ballot Brigade Pizza & Politics night in Burbank. Among the topics discussed; Unlicensed Care Facilities and upcoming Public & Council meetings re¬†IDCO, Burbank Airport B-6 Property aka “Opportunity site” ideas/options (incl. Sports stadium), IKEA’s approval, Hobby Lobby, AB 1266 – the Co-Ed Bathroom/Shower Bill, the (premature) announcement by Christopher Rizzoti of his intent to run for Council and the negative (hostile) reaction, and many other local, state & federal issues.

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Next Event: Debbie Kukta, City Treasurer speaks about Burbank Finances

Friday, April 25th 6-8pm. Free Pizza! Links: FLYER | RSVP/Info email

New Mega IKEA Approved – Summer 2016

March 12, 2014

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The Burbank City Council has approved a new mega IKEA store with a unanimous 5-0 Vote following a marathon public hearing last night that went to 1AM. The new store to be located on the old Menasco Manufacturing site @ 805 S. San Fernando Blvd. (between Verdugo & Alameda) will be the largest IKEA in the world @ 470,000 sqft, roughly double the size of the current store, with a 12,000 sqft Restaurant and  1726 underground parking spaces. Construction is set to begin later this year with a Summer 2016 target opening. The new site will have 2 primary entrances/exits, one at the intersection of San Fernando & Elmwood (new Traffic signals & crosswalks will be installed there), and the other on Providencia @ First St., which will be expanded to accommodate south-bound traffic.

The development agreement contains over 150 conditions of approval including traffic mitigations @ the busy intersection of Alameda & San Fernando that will be completed prior to the new stores opening (widening, adding an extra east bound left turning lane going north on SF & more). IKEA dropped their unpopular request to¬†share 50% of the additional sales tax revenue the new store generates above-&-beyond current sales with a $1.2M cap, along with the 20 year sales tax diversion agreement and a potential 15k sqft utility substation property sale. The City will have the opportunity to purchase the substation land at a later date should they choose. Kudos to Vice-Mayor Dr. David Gordon¬†who lead the charge on this issue citing last-minute correspondence with the CA Board of Equalization¬†that suggested such an arrangement was illegal (Note: There was a sometimes heated debate about this with CM Mark Scott), and councilman Bob Frutos¬†who was ‚Äúuncomfortable‚ÄĚ with it, and Gary Bric¬†who eventually supported it after a 10 minute post-midnight recess to allow City Mgr. Scott to confirm IKEA‚Äôs willingness to strike it (Vote 3-2).

Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy was unsuccessful in her attempt to procure an additional $40k from IKEA to study improvements on the east side of San Fernando. to address residents concerns, such as the potential widening of pedestrian paths (Vote 1-4), but her colleagues agreed that this matter can be addressed at a later date by the Council. There were a number of minor alterations including going back to the original proposed 108ft tall freeway sign. Staff also confirmed IKEA will be required to comply with the Arts in Public Places ordinance requiring the installation of Art to the value of 1% of the projects major construction costs or a contribution to the Art’s in Public Places Fund, part of which maybe used for School Public Art Programs. It’s my hope Ikea will choose the later option, or at the very least contribute at least 0.5% to the fund for our kids.

Overall, I feel last night was a win/win; IKEA gets the bigger store they need and a fix for the major parking and merchandise pick-up issues that have plagued their current location; the City gets to keep all the extra Sales Tax revenue; and most of the traffic & environmental concerns appear to be properly mitigated so we (hopefully) don’t have a repeat of the 5-Ways disaster . There are some film/production related small businesses currently sub-leasing who had asked for relocation costs that have to find new homes and while IKEA & the City will not be providing any money (they were on a month-to-month lease and apparently did not receive notice from Western Studios who lease the property from Crown Realty), they did offer to assist them in finding suitable locations. Let’s hope they do. Now if IKEA could bring back their Wednesday Summer Movie Nights or perhaps sponsor the Downtown Summer Concert Series, I’ll be really happy.

Links:  IKEA Staff Report | Staff Report Exhibits | My IKEA Public Comments

Burbank Leader story | Dr. David Gordon РCA Board of Equalization email

Burbank Town Hall Meeting @ John Muir MS

March 5, 2014

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MP3 AUDIO Download Links: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

Burbank City Manager (+ Staff) Meet-&-Greet

November 10, 2013

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I had the privilege of attending a wonderful meet-&-greet for new City Manager Mark Scott hosted by Burbank City Councilman¬†Bob Frutos & Marsha Ramos. Also¬†in attendance were Police Chief Scott LaChasse, City Clerk Zizette Mullins & a host of Burbank community leaders.¬†Scott has impressed many since he took over the reigns as CM a few months ago with his humility & willingness to listen to everyone, regardless of whether they wear a suit & tie or a hawaiian shirt, a refreshing change vs. the previous arrogance & indifference displayed by some Staff members. I’ve also been impressed by his professionalism & honesty, and while I didn’t agree with his $300k contract, I have a lot more confidence that with his experience ¬†& leadership approach we can right the ship, make better/wiser decisions & ultimately make Burbank a better place to live, work & play.

Among the topics I heard discussed during the evening; Tuesday night’s marathon 10hr Council meeting that went to nearly 4am, the Lemonade¬†and Family Services Agency¬†Youth Counseling¬†decisions, the new Bob Hope Airport Terminal Measure B vote (2015) & B-6 property use/sale, the BWP fund transfer lawsuit & recent tragic house fire death¬†of a disconnected customer, the Cusamano’s Talaria Condo project w/Whole Foods, BPD Litigation incl. 2 recent arbitration rulings against the City, the $12M price tag ¬†& the Valento “extortion” indictment, the Walmart ruling re traffic mitigations & Staff’s “dishonesty”, as well as the Council decision NOT to appeal the ruling (3-2 vote), the DeBell Golf course ongoing viability, the Starlight Bowl, traffic,¬†and much more. A night of great food, fellowship & conversations.

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Burbank Water & Power’s 100th Birthday

October 13, 2013

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Photos from Burbank Water and Power’s 100th Birthday Celebration.

Burbank General Election Info & Endorsements

April 5, 2013

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CITY COUNCIL Candidates (2)

David Gordon*: City page | Website | FaceBook | Email | 842-2111
Jess Talamantes*: City page | Website | FaceBook | Email | 478-5377
David Nos: City page | Website | FaceBook | Email | 563-5555
Dave Golonski: City page | Website | FaceBook | Email | 843-2948

SCHOOL BOARD Candidates (2)

Larry Applebaum*: City page | Website | FaceBook | Email | 848-8925
Charlene Tabet*: City page | Website | FaceBook | Email | 468-6066
Steve Ferguson: City page | Website | FaceBook | Email | 415-9048
Dave Dobson: City page | Website | FaceBook | Email | 439-0720

Special Sewer Tax Increase – NO

ELECTION Information: Tuesday 4/09/2013

City Election Information | Burbank Votes FaceBook page

Voting by Mail (free): Mail Ballots no later than Friday 4/5/13.
Ballot Drop-off Times: Sat. 4/6 9am-4pm & Tue. 4/9 7am-7pm.
Drop Locations: City Hall*, McCambridge Recreation Ctr., Buena Vista Library, Joslyn Center & Tutle Center. (* City Hall also open Mon. 8am-5pm)

Ballots Received @ 4/8/13 = approx. 9,000

Links: School Board Candidates Q&A | City Council Candidates Q&A

Burbank Election Commentary & Analysis

April 2, 2013

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Congratulations to Councilman-Elect Bob Frutos on his stunning election win in our recent Burbank Primary, becoming the first non-incumbant to be elected outright in a Primary since Bob Kramer did it 18yrs ago in 1995. More remarkable is the fact that Frutos easily defeated 3 well-known incumbents, whereas Kramer won 1 of 2 open seats at the time. Frutos won the election because while the City Council majority were busy ignoring the BPD Litigation “mess” and majoring on minors (puppy mills, downtown muzak etc), Frutos was having conversations about the Big Issues with the Community such as our ever-increasing Utility Rates & Renewable costs; BPD Litigation costs ($7.1M spent + $3.2M owed), Police Reforms & Public Safety; Bonuses & Pay Raises and their impact on our massive $252 million unfunded Pension Liability; Fiscal responsibility & Budget Priorities that maintain our excellent City Services, Neighborhood Protections and Small Business (see Videos below). Frutos is a very likable & humble leader committed to serving the people’s best interests and I wish him well as he takes his seat in May. May God bless and guide Bob Frutos.

Dr. David Gordon finished 2nd (48%) & was the top incumbent vote-getter by 364 votes over Jess Talamantes (46%) and 20yr incumbent Dave Golonski (44%). This result while surprising to some, was not a surprise to me given Dr. Gordon’s track record on the above-mentioned issues the last 4 years. He’s the only Councilmember who has consistantly asked questions about these issues and challenged his colleagues and staff on their assertions & positions. Now that both Bob Frutos and Juan Guillen are endorsing Dr. Gordon, I expect him to receive a nice bump & easily win re-election, despite the negative campaign being propagated by Pro-Golonski Supporters and the Burbank Leader, providing he continues to campaign & engage the issues.

The race is really for 2nd and that choice is not so clear-cut. When you examine the voting record of Mr Talamantes & Mr Golonski over the last 4 years on the Big Issues, there’s really not much difference. Both have voted to raise Utility Rates 4 years in row while approving a 21% pay raise for BWP GM Ron Davis, who was already grossing $250M, & 7-11% pay raises to Sr BWP Mgm’t in the middle of the worse recession since 1929. Both have supported the virtual blank check given to our City Attorney’s office which has already spent over $7.1 million on outside Attorney’s defending BPD related Litigation. Two of the three cases that made it to trial have resulted in expensive Jury verdicts against the City; we’re currently on the hook for another $3.2M (awards + costs) and now have to deal with a 2nd wave of wrongful termination lawsuits, 3 of which have already been filed by former BPD Officers. Yet we’ve just learned that several fired Officers were cleared of any wrong doing in several independent District Attorney/Sheriff Dept. investigations dating back to 2011. Apparently no one on the Council knew about or had seen these clearance letters, yet they’re directing the City Attorney in these matters. Another epic failure to lead by a Council majority who continue to bury their collective heads in the sand, deny any wrong-doing despite clear trial evidence to the contrary and circle the wagons. It’s not “unfortunate” it’s “unforgivable”!

What that means for you and me is that instead of a new (scaled-down) Central Library or Boys & Girls Club Bldg. or McCambridge Pool, we’re giving $Millions to Lawyers & Law Firms who are getting rich. When the new Council seats in May we need to begin an outside investigation & audit of our City Attorney’s Office re their handling/mis-handling of the BPD “mess”, as well as the City Council’s involvement.

Continuing; Both Golonski & Talamantes voted to support the City’s legal defense against the release of Public Employee Salaries & Bonuses ($4 million paid out) when they were sued by the Burbank Leader’s parent company and lost, although to his credit Mr Talamantes did vote to suspend the Bonus program while it’s creator Dave Golonski defiantly supported it’s continuation. I could go on…their Failure to repay $50 Million in Redevelopment Loans back to the General Fund prior to the Redevelopment Agency’s dissolution c/o Governor Brown, a $2 Million Golf Course bailout while cutting the ($8k) Easter Eggsplosion for our kids, the Recycle Center debacle, the 3yr Verdugo Pool delay etc. Bottom line; neither incumbent has represented the community well and their bad decisions have cost us $Millions.

Which leaves former School Board Pres. David Nos. I like the fact that he’s a small-business owner who’s experienced financial hardship and can hopefully relate to the rest of us and make better financial decisions than the other 2 guys who don’t have F/T Jobs or run a business. The problem with Nos is a) He hasn’t taken a public position on what I consider the Big Issues and b) He’s too far behind. Yes he’s picked up Bob Frutos endorsement but that’s not enough to close a 1200 vote gap IMO. For comparison, Frutos was able to make up about 700 Votes on Emily Gabel-Luddy in 2011 with Gary Bric’s post-primary endorsement. Todd Campbell was able to turnaround 1841 Votes on Bric in 2003 so it’s not impossible given the anticipated continuation of the anti-Talamantes campaign by anti-Walmart forces, but the fear is by voting for Nos you maybe enabling Dave Golonski to sneak past Jess. This is causing many people to choose the lesser of 2 evils (so-to-speak) and Vote for Jess Talamanates in order to keep Mr Golonski off the Council. It’s an interesting delimma.

I like Jess & Dave and have supported them in the past but can’t support both based on what they’ve done the last 4 years. I also think it’s time for Dave Golonski to move on…we have plenty of experience on the Council and I don’t know why anyone would want to serve more than 2 terms (8yrs), let alone 5 terms (20 years). Dave really should take a leaf out of former Mayor/Councilwoman Marsha Ramos playbook; She served just 2 terms before helping to start Family Promise of ESFV, a wonderful non-profit working in partnership with the faith-based community to provide housing & resources for temporary homeless families. She then moved on to become Chair of the CA American Lung Assoc., which I get a real kick out of being one of the guys who campaigned to create our wonderful Second-hand Smoke Control Ordinance in 2007. And just a few weeks ago she celebrated another success with the passage of the Measure S School Bond, a remarkable feat given the relatively small time window to campaign, limited funds, and all the confusion & controversy surrounding the Bond. So the good news for Dave or whichever incumbent is unsuccessful in their re-election bid is – There is Life after the Council. ūüôā

Links: David Nos “Issues” Q&A | Open Letter to Burbank City Council re Bonuses & Burbank Police Dept. Litigation | pltf-evidience-in-opp-to-defs-msj-rodriguez-part-1-2-3789487

[Note: Story updated w/new links. Orig. posted March 22nd]


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