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June 5 Primary Election, Measure T & more

May 26, 2018

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We’ve completed & mailed in our Ballots. If you haven’t &/or are not sure who & what to vote for, please take a few minutes over this Memorial Day Holiday Weekend to read through the Ballot and do a little research. We’re blessed to live in a Democracy where we choose our Government, so I encourage you to exercise your right to Vote and let Your Voice be heard…it’s your Civic Duty! For Faith-based Voters looking to Vote your Values, I’m including links to Craig Huey’s excellent Election Forum Voter Guide, which breaks down Candidates positions & voting records on various issues of importance, as well as Californians For Life. And while I don’t always agree with Craig’s recommendations on Ballot measures, his guide is very useful in lesser-known races such as Judges etc. Whichever way YOU Decide to Vote, may I encourage you to Respect others viewpoints (friends & neighbors) whether you agree or disagree, and to Love People more than their politics & positions. #ILuvBurbank

Burbank Voters are also being asked to weigh-in on 3 Ballot Measures:

Measure T: To maintain essential City services/infrastructure like police, fire, parks, libraries, streets and street lighting, shall the measure be adopted amending the City of Burbank Charter to continue the past practice of transferring not more than 7% of Burbank Water and Power’s gross annual sales of electricity, paid by retail electric rate payers, providing approximately $12.5 million annually to the City’s General Fund until ended by voters, with all money spent to benefit Burbank residents?

A yes vote is a vote in favor of continuing the practice of including a fee in retail electric rates to fund the transfer of up to 7% of Burbank Water and Power’s (BWP) gross annual sales of electricity to the city’s general fund.

A no vote is a vote against continuing the practice of including a fee in retail electric rates to fund the transfer of up to 7% of Burbank Water and Power’s (BWP) gross annual sales of electricity to the city’s general fund.

Burbank, California, Measure T, Utility Funds Transfer Charter Amendment (June 2018) – Ballotpedia

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Measure V: To increase voter participation in City of Burbank elections, shall the measure be adopted amending City of Burbank Charter: 1.) changing City’s odd-numbered year general elections to November of even-numbered years coinciding with State/Federal elections and conforming to state law; 2.) eliminating City’s primary election; 3.) extending elected City official terms, one time, by one year and eight months to transition to even-numbered year elections; 4.) simplifying the election process in the Charter?

A yes vote is a vote in favor of amending the city charter to move city elections from February and April of odd-numbered years to November of even-numbered years to coincide with state and federal elections, beginning in 2020; eliminating primary and general runoff elections; and adding a one-time extension of one year and eight months to the offices of city officeholders elected in May 2015 and May 2017.

A no vote is a vote against amending the city charter to move city elections to November of even-numbered years, thereby continuing to hold city primary elections in February and city general elections in April of odd-numbered years.

Burbank, California, Measure V, Election Procedures Charter Amendment (June 2018) – Ballotpedia

Measure Y: To comply with state law to increase voter participation, Burbank Unified School District is changing its Board elections from odd-numbered years to even-numbered years and will conduct their own elections in conjunction with Los Angeles County’s Election Division. Shall the measure be adopted amending the City of Burbank Charter to clarify that BUSD Board elections will be conducted according to state law election procedures, rather than the City’s election procedures?

A yes vote is a vote in favor of amending the city charter to eliminate primary elections and to hold general elections for Burbank Unified School District in November of even-numbered years to coincide with the statewide general election starting in November 2020.

A no vote is a vote against eliminating the primary election and holding the general elections for Burbank Unified School District in November of even-numbered years to coincide with the statewide general election starting in November 2020.

Burbank, California, Measure Y, BUSD Election Procedures Charter Amendment (June 2018) – Ballotpedia

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Below are some links in support & oppostion so you can make your own informed decision.

In Support: Burbank Elections. Mayor Emily | In Opposition: Save Burbank Neighborhoods – NO on T. NO on V & Y. NO on T, V & Y (5/31). Burbank Viewpoints – NO on V, Video*, Audio*.  NO on Y.

OPINION: A few quick thoughts – Any decision on Measure T should be made in context of understanding the historical roots of the “in-lieu transfer” of up to 7% of BWP’s gross sales of electricity from retail electric rate payers to the City of Burbank’s General Fund, which dates back to Voter approved measures in 1951/8 & 2007; the Court Ruling that determined the Fee is a “Tax” requiring Voter approval as such, hence the change in the Charter language being placed before Voters; our recently approved Budget that is balanced on the back of this continued transfer (and $9 Million in other “sustainable” reoccurring cuts & savings); and the $12.5M short-fall a NO Vote would create and resulting cuts in City services (police & fire, street repairs/lighting, park/recreation programs/facilities etc.) Also important to note that passage of this Measure will not increase retail rate payers’ bills because current rates already include the cost of the transfers.

You may also want to consider the forthcoming November Ballot Measure that is asking for a significant 0.75 cent Sales Tax increase to go towards paying our Unfunded Pension Liability and Deferred Infrastructure Needs. This measure would raise $20M/year of which $9M would go towards those needs and a $11M “surplus” available to restore or add services/programs (FYI: I can support 0.25 cents + $2.3M more in cuts/cost-savings to close the long-term deficit but NOT 0.75). BUSD is also planning a large Parcel Tax measure ($150-$250 per year per ave. property) to go to their General Fund. For comparison sake, Measure S which was approved just a few years ago was about $50 per ave. property for capital projects.

Bottom line: Notwithstanding the ever-increasing costs of Housing, Gas & State Taxes, Burbanker’s can expect to pay a lot more for the privilege of living in the Media Capital of the World!

Measures V & Y are about Election consolidation & alignment as per State Law in order to increase Voter turnout. They would also extend the term of all current Council & School Board members by about 20 months. I have mixed feelings on this as while I’d love to see increased Voter turnout I fear a lot of those additional ballots will be uninformed votes. I also fear local issues will get lost in the barrage of advertising for State & Federal candidates & measures. New candidates will have an even harder time campaigning against incumbents and partisan electioneering will further encroach our local non-partisan elections, with busy voters blindly voting for a slate of candidates based on glossy & expensive mailers rather than studying all the candidates, their values, voting records & positions. In the end, while well-meaning I fear this will end in a consolidation of power which may trump the convenience & cost-saving benefits of the proposed alignment. #ILuvBurbank

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Easter in Burbank – Services & Events

March 17, 2018

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South Hills Burbank – Fri 4-7pm Easter Experience. Easter Sat 5pm & 6:30pm. Easter Sun 8:30am 10am, 11:30am. FaceBook | Easter

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Story City Church – Fri @ 6:30pm. Sun @ 10am & 11:30am. FaceBook

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Burbank Pres – Maundy Thursday 7:30pm (Last Supper). Sun 9:15am & 11:15am. FaceBook

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Emmanuel Church – Good Friday @ 7pm. Sun @ 9:30am & 11am. FaceBook

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CityLight LA – Sun @ 8:45am & 11am. FaceBook
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Calvary Chapel Burbank – Good Fri @ 12pm & 7:30pm. Sun @ 8:30am & 10:30am.

Village Church – Good Fri @ 7pm. Sat @ 5pm. Sun 9am Brunch, 11am Service. FaceBook

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Calvary Bible Church – Sun 9am @ 10:45am. FaceBook

Redeemer Burbank – Sun @ 10:30am. FaceBook

Media City Church – Sun 9:30am & 11:30am. FaceBook

Salvation Army Burbank – Good Fri @ 7:30pm. Sunday @ 11am.

Forest Lawn – Hollywood Hills Easter Sunrise Service from 6-7 a.m. Sermon by Pastor Rick Durrance from Emmanuel Church.

Special Easter Events

Story City Church: Greater La Easter Egg Drop 2018 | FaceBook Event

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The LA Egg Drop is back! Last year, over 2000 people attended this FREE family event! We have more fun in store for you and your family this year!

Watch last years video: https://vimeo.com/212696388

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This free family event will be held in Burbank on Saturday, March 24th. Over 25,000 eggs dropped into age specific drop areas for one of LA’s largest Easter Egg hunts. Activities for the entire family, including:

+ 25,000 easter eggs filled with candy, stickers, & toys
+ Inflatables
+ Face painting
+ Balloon animals
+ Free easter bag to collect eggs
+ Free family photos at our photo booth
+ Giveaways to registered attendees
+ Golden Egg giveaways
+ Easter bunny
+ Live music
+ Free parking

Thousands have attended Story City Church’s free community events over the last two years. We expect this event to sell out. Please only register for the number of kids you plan to bring. You can register for additional attendees later if needed. As with every community event hosted by Story City Church, there is no religious presentation or content.

Emmanuel Church – Easter Eggstravaganza Family Carnival!

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Easter Eggstravaganza Family Carnival! Everyone is Welcome! SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free activities for all: egg hunts, photos with the Easter Bunny, inflatables, face-painting, games for the whole family, and more (as well as food for purchase). EGG-HUNT TIMES: 11:30 am – Ages 3 & under. 12 pm – Ages 4 to 1st Grade. 12:30 pm – 2nd to 5th Grade. Eggstravaganza activities will be at the southeast corner of the church near the corner of 5th and Cypress.

Holiday in the Park w/South Hills Burbank

November 19, 2017

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Another wonderful night @ #Burbank‘s annual Holiday in the Park event! Thank You #HolidayInThePark organizers for a great experience ❤️. We spent most of the evening @ the South Hills Burbank Family Fun Area as part of their #LoveThe818 campaign. Jasmine & her BHS VMA Choir friends sang a few Christmas Holiday songs & we caught up with many Friends enjoying all the fun, food & festivities. The estimates so far are somewhere around 20,000 people showed up.

FLICKR PHOTO Album | FACEBOOK Photos | FB VideoYouTube

BHS Youth Vocal Arts – Night of Magic

November 15, 2017

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Amazing time @ 2017 Night of Magic Fundraising Gala & Dinner @ Pickwick Gardens. Kudos to all the Incredible Performers, BYVAF, Dir. Brett Carroll, MC Sean Holland and everyone who came out to support this wonderful program. FLICKR PHOTO’s | FACEBOOK Album

October Faith-Based Spotlight

October 9, 2017

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Family Month @ South Hills Church

Everyone you know may have differing perspectives on God, Christianity, and the Bible, but one thing most people have in common is a genuine desire to love & lead their families well. We want our romance to last. We want to set our kids up for success. We want to leave our families something other than a laundry list of issues to overcome in therapy. We all want these things. We’re just not always sure how to go about getting them.

Family Month is about setting aside 5-straight weeks to focus on just that. This October we’ll explore ancient wisdom, cautionary tales & best practices together in hopes of learning how to help our families, current or future, be as holistically healthy as possible. What kind of fun can you expect from us?

CEREAL BUFFET / Sunday, October 8
BOUNCE HOUSE & BUBBLES / Sunday, October 15
JERSEY SUNDAY / Sunday, October 22
COSTUMES & CANDY / Sunday, October 29

2 Services & New Series @ Story City Church

Since day one, we have been a church that believes every story matters and no story is too bad, too good, too mad, or too far from God to matter to Him. This past spring and summer, our church had reached the point where our auditorium felt too full for new faces to feel at home. Because of this, we knew it was time to start again and make more room for more stories, which includes yours. Starting this Sunday, October 8th, we are moving to two identical services starting at 10:00am & 11:30am. Both services will have kids ministry for birth through 5th grade. We also begin a brand new series this weekend titled “The Ever Chasing GOD – a Journey through the Book of Jonah”.

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Christianity Introduction @ Emmanuel Church

ALPHA COURSE: ALPHA is a 10 week introductory course into Christianity. Each Sunday evening begins with a free dinner, followed by a thought-provoking video. Participants then break up into small groups for lively discussions. It is a great opportunity to explore life’s difficult questions in a safe, friendly environment. Alpha begins this Sunday evening October 8, 6:30 – 9:00. For more details contact Rick Durrance: rick@emmanuelburbank.org

Reformation 500 series @ Burbank Pres & Calvary Bible Church

Scripture, Faith, Grace, Christ & Glory to God alone.

Fall Festival @ Burbank Pres – Saturday, Oct. 28th @ 5-9pm

Pumpkin Carving, Hay Ride, Jumper, Obstacle Course, Face Painting, Picture Book. BYO Pumpkin. Dinner avail. Admission: $5.

Fun Fest @ Calvary Chapel Burbank – Tuesday, Oct. 31st @ 6-9pm

Community outreach with free food, candy, cotton candy, popcorn, inflatables, carnival style games, face painting, prizes. See this Video from previous event.

Gift of Life Banquet @ The Castaways – Thursday, Oct 12 from 6pm.

Crisis Pregnancy Clinic (aka Avenues Pregnancy Clinic) fundraiser feat. keynote address by Kevin Sorbo (Hercules, God’s Not Dead). Live Music, 3-Course Meal, Testimonies.

Happy Easter Burbank!

April 16, 2017

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Easter Services in Burbank (#HeIsRisen)

April 12, 2017

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EASTER SERVICES: (check back for Additional Church Services)

Story City Church – Good Friday 4/14 @ 7pm @ The Colony Theatre. Easter Sunday 4/16 @ 9am and 10:30am @ The Colony Theatre. {FaceBook page}

South Hills Burbank – Easter Sunday 4/16 @ 8:30am, 10am & 11:30am @ Burbank Campus. {FaceBook page}

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Burbank Pres – Maundy Thursday 4/13 @ 7:30pm. Easter Sunday 4/16 @ 9:15am & 11:15am {FaceBook page}

Calvary Chapel Burbank – Good Friday 4/14 @ 12 noon & 7:30pm. Easter Sunday 4/16 @ 7:30am, 9:30am & 11:30am. {FaceBook Group}

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Calvary Bible Church – Good Friday 4/14 @ 7pm. Easter Sunday 4/16 @ 9am & 10:45am. {Facebook}

CityLight Baptist – Easter Sunday 4/16 @ 9am & 11am. {FaceBook}

Emmanuel Church – Good Friday 4/14 @ 12 noon & 7:00pm. Saturday 4/15 Family Carnival 12-2pm. Easter Sunday 4/16 @ 9:30am. {FaceBook}

Fellowship Church of Burbank – Easter Sunday 4/16 @ 10:30am. {FaceBook}

Media City Church – Easter Sunday @ 9:30am & 11:30am. {FaceBook}

Redeemer Burbank – Good Friday 4/14 @ 6:30pm. Easter Sunday 4/16 @ 10:30am. {FaceBook}

Vertical Church – Good Friday 4/14 @ 6pm. Easter Sunday 4/16 @ 10am. {FaceBook}

Village Church – Good Friday 4/14 @ 7pm. Easter Saturday 4/15 @ 5pm and Sunday 4/16 @ 11am. {FaceBook}

Worship Walk Church – Easter Sunday @ 10:30am. {FaceBook}

Burbank General Election – Final Four

April 6, 2017

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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

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

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

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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!

GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS: * FINAL * | City webpage

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

CITY COUNCIL (2 seats

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%)

Story City LA Egg Drop. South Hills 3rd Birthday.

April 5, 2017

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Story City LA Egg Drop FaceBook Event page | Eventbrite Registration

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South Hills Burbank: FaceBook page | SHB Website | SHB PodCasts

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BHS VMA – Show Choir Nationals in Nashville

March 31, 2017

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Congratulations to BHS VMA’s In Sync and Impressions choirs for their outstanding performances and results at Show Choir Nationals 2017 this past week! Show Choir Nationals is one of the premier competitions in the entire country, and for In Sync to win for the first time ever, and Impressions to place 2nd were amazing achievements for our program. Everyone had a wonderful time in Nashville, TN! Links: In Sync Nashville FLICKR Photos | Impressions – Hart Encore FLICKR Photos

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