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Mid-Term Elections ūüáļūüáł Burbank Police Foundation.

November 4, 2018

#iLuvBurbank РEndorsements & Recommendations

Local Measures: Measure P¬†ūüöꬆVote NO ‚ėí¬†Measure QS¬†ūüöꬆVote NO ‚ėí

P+QS Website links: BurbankMeasureP.com | BurbankMeasureQS.com

State+County Measures: Prop 6 (Gas Tax repeal)¬†‚úÖ¬†Vote YES ‚ėĎÔłé | Prop 5 (Prop 13 Transfer) ‚úÖ¬†Vote YES¬†‚ėĎԳ鬆| Prop 10 (Rent Control)¬†ūüöꬆVote NO ‚ėí |¬†Measure W (Stormwater Parcel Tax)¬†ūüöꬆVote NO ‚ėí

Links: Craig Huey Value Voters Guide (incl. Judges) | Polling Locations

Burbank Police Foundation – Family Fun Day & Car Show

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Back to School. BHS Vocal. Burbank Measure QS.

October 16, 2018

 

South Hills Burbank – Teacher Appreciation & Love-The-818

FACEBOOK Photos | YouTube Song Video

BHS Vocal – BBQ Show

FACEBOOK Photos + Videos | FLICKR Photo Album

Burbank / BUSD – Measure QS

Property Parcel TAX = 10¬Ę/SqFt (+$170/1,700 SqFt Home)

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As many of you know, I’m a Parent of a Burbank High School Jr and was part of the successful YES On Measure S campaign. I/We also own property in the Hillside area adj. John Muir. It might surprise you to know that Gloria & I are Voting NO on Measure QS, as are many other Parents, Property Owners & Measure S Supporters, incl. former BUSD President Larry Applebaum who lead the Bond campaign. Here‚Äôs just a few reasons why we can‚Äôt support this Parcel Tax increase at this time:

1. This Tax is not needed at this time; The BUSD Budget is Balanced for the next 3 years.

“THE SCHOOL DISTRICT CURRENTLY HAS A BALANCED THREE-YEAR BUDGET THAT PROVIDES FOR INCREASES IN PENSION OBLIGATIONS‚ÄĚ – MATT HILL, BURBANK UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT SUPERINDENDENT (BURBANK LEADER)

File Photo. * BUSD Superintendent Matt Hill does NOT Endorse or Oppose Measure QS.

“HOWEVER, WE DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH FUNDING TO PROVIDE FOR A COST OF LIVING WAGE INCREASE OR ANY ADDITIONAL SUPPORTS FOR OUR STUDENTS.‚ÄĚ – MATT HILL

2. The Tax places an unfair burden on Burbank Property Owners & Renters who are still paying for previous School Bonds (until 2032), while approx 1300 Students who live outside the district pay nothing. Businesses with larger footprints are also disproportionally hit.

3. This Tax will exist in Perpetuity (FOREVER), highly unusual for Parcel Taxes which typically have sunset clauses and need to be reconsidered by voters every 4 -7 years.

4. The Tax does not address future Maintenance needs or extra Classrooms needed to accommodate anticipated demand from Planned Development (1200 Units @ old Ikea site adj. BHS etc.), requiring yet another Bond in a few years.

5. The Funding is NOT SUSTAINABLE & most of the money¬†will be used to augment Salaries/Benefits. Having $9M/year that can be re-assigned to any goal ‚Äúpot‚ÄĚ will lead to more BTA demands for Salary/benefit increases, resulting in less money available for Student programs over time. For example, the promised 3% Salary Increase, given annually, would mean that by Year 3, the whole $9M raised would be spent.

6. Obscures the real problem ‚Äď mandatory Pension obligations imposed by the State. Unlike our City, the School District has always dutifully paid its share of Pension contributions. But because of poor management by the State, our contribution to fund Pensions is increasing to 19-26¬Ę per Dollar of Payroll; taking money from current students to pay past obligations. Cost-of-Living-adjustments that previously provided money for modest salary/benefit increases are now being used entirely to Fund Pensions.

In conclusion, the proposed Parcel Tax is a band-aid approach to a STATE issue. Political pressure must be brought to bear at the State level to either provide More Funding to the district or Relax the onerous Mandatory Pension payments. #NOonQS #NOmoreTaxes #iLuvBurbank

LINKS: BurbankMeasureQS.com | Official Argument Against Measure QS | Rebuttal To Argument In Favor Of Measure QS | BUSD Teacher Salaries + Benefits (2013-16) CalMatters.org Story: California Teacher Pension Debt Swamps School Budgets |  Official BUSD Measure QS webpage

Larry Applebaum Commentary @ NoOnMeasureQS.com (scroll down)

Mike & Roy Show on Measures P & QS

Local TAX Hikes: Just VOTE NO in November on P

August 8, 2018

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Just months after pleading with Voters to Pass Measure T: ‚ÄúTo maintain essential City services/infrastructure like police, fire, parks, libraries…‚ÄĚ, Burbank wants to increase our Sales Tax by a massive 0.75¬Ę to 10.25¬Ę, to essentially do the exact same thing.

An honest Ballot statement would read: ‚ÄúTo pay for our Unfunded Pensions because previous Council‚Äôs took a Pension Holiday (now Illegal) and did not contribute what they should have for 6 consecutive years; and our highly paid City Staff Salaries + generous Benefits; future Infrastructure Maintenance needs because we don‚Äôt make Developers Pay their Fair Share in Fees; shall Burbank Taxpayers Bailout the City (again), even though we just passed Measure T, by raising our Sales Tax 0.75¬Ę Forever (no Sunset), giving Burbank the dubious honor of having the Co-Highest Sales Tax in the USA‚ÄĚ?

The City has basically cut-&-paste their Ballot language from Measure T and will no doubt engage in a similar ‚Äúfear-based‚ÄĚ campaign threatening Service Cuts if this massive Sales Tax Hike doesn’t pass. What about Pay Cuts? What about Living Within Your Means like the rest of us? What about getting back to focusing on providing the best Municipal & Public Safety Services instead of wasting time on non-essentials like banning Columbus Day!

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There’s so much the City can/should do before raising TAXES. 1. City Mgr Ron Davis mentioned $2M in potential savings during Budget discussions via Workers Comp changes & Outsourcing certain new positions where it makes sense (IT?). 2. Raise Development Impact Fees to match Glendale/Pasadena to pay for future infrastructure needs (they charge $18k/unit vs $2k). 3. Re-Negotiate Public Service Employee Union contracts requiring all workers contribute 50/50 towards PERS, not just new employees. 4. Remove Per Employee Biz Tax Caps that give large Employers tax breaks on the minuscule $10/employee they‚Äôre suppose to pay vs Gross Receipts other Cities charge. 5.¬†Pay Cuts: 10% for 414 Employees $150k+ & 5% for another 284 Employees making $100-$150k. 6. Close the 1 Wall Remodeling loophole costing us Tax revenue 7.¬†Divest of Assets that are draining City resources like Starlight Bowl, Golf Course, Colony Theatre or explore Public/Pvte. Partnerships, Naming Rights etc.¬†8. Get Back-to-Basics & focus on providing Municipal Services & Public Safety not Wish-List & Pet-Projects until revenue increases.¬†Then, after you‚Äôve Cut Costs & Re-Focussed on Essential City Services, come back to the Voters for a Temp 0.25¬Ę Sales Tax increase with a 3-5 year Sunset clause IF NEEDED, & I‚Äôm sure the good people of Burbank would be willing to help out.

This $20M Measure is 2x what the City actually needs to balance future Budget deficits, creating an $11M annual Cash Pot. It‚Äôs also Bad For Business, esp. those selling higher-ticket items.¬†It takes a just a few minutes more to drive to L.A. for Appliances, Cameras, Computers/Electronics, Cars etc. Local Business are being hit with a double-whammy with the proposed 10¬Ę/sqft BUSD Parcel TAX, meaning additional Taxes or pass-through Rent increases on top of what some have already endured in Magnolia Park. Big Corporations like Ikea & Walmart can afford to absorb the costs, but small Mom-&-Pop stores are going to be hit esp. hard if these new Taxes pass & some will probably go out-of-business.

Before Voting for Measure P, please consider doing the following:

1. Watch this Video explaining Why We‚Äôre in this Financial Mess. * (Start @ 5:38min. Apologies 4 ‚ÄúJack Sprats‚ÄĚ annotated comments – just listen to the City Manager‚Äôs honest reply to Council)

2. Review the Salaries + Benefits our City Employees’ are being paid.

https://transparentcalifornia.com/salaries/2017/burbank/

http://publicpay.ca.gov/Reports/Cities/City.aspx?entityid=170&fiscalyear=2016&rpt=1

3. Compare our Salary + Benefits Costs that account for 80% of the Budget with Glendale (approx $985 vs. $1176 per employee per resident or 20% more).

http://publicpay.ca.gov/Reports/Cities/City.aspx?entityid=186&fiscalyear=2016&rpt=1

4. Read this: Property tax surge reveals the truth: Local tax hikes are all about pensions

https://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/article220100755.html

I love Burbank and want to see our City prosper, but this Taxpayer Bailout only encourages More Spending & Waste. I urge my fellow Burbank residents to Vote NO in November and send our elected Leaders a loud message: Trim The Fat, Cut Spending & Live Within Your Means!

#ILuvBurbank BurbankMeasureP.com¬†& BurbankMeasureQS.com Web Page links. Please READ Before VOTING & SHARE on your Social Media pages. ūüĎć

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

Burbank Elections – 2017 Primary All Mail Ballot

February 18, 2017

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Primary (Mail-In): February 28th, 2017 ¬†‚ÄstOfficial 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 | FaceBk | Email | 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 | FaceBk | Email | Fin. 12 | 323-302-1447

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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

CITY TREASURER (1 seat)

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

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PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS: * FINAL * | City webpage

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 *

CITY TREASURER (1 seat)

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

Burbank Primary Election 2015

January 31, 2015

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Primary 02/24/2015 ‚Äď City Election Information | Election Central

LWV Candidates Forum YouTube Video | Candidates Video Statements

CITY COUNCIL Candidates (2 seats)  * = endorsements

David Nos*: Website | FaceBook | Email | City page | 563-5558

Juan Guillen*: Website | FaceBook | Email | City page | 557-7700

Elise Stearns-Niesen: Website | FaceBook | Email | City | 659-5845

Sharon Springer: Website | FaceBook | Email | City page | 388-8483

Will Rogers: Website | FaceBook | Email | City page | 843-2211

Emily Gabel-Luddy: Website | FaceBook | Email | City page | 559-2015

Chris Rizzotti: Website | FaceBook | Email | City page | 262-5446

SCHOOL BOARD Candidates (3 seats)  * = endorsements

Vahe Hovanessian*: Website | FaceBook | Email | City | 606-4486

Roberta Reynolds: Website | FaceBook | Email | City page | 558-7854

Greg Sousa: Website | FaceBook | Email | City page | 562-3029

Armond Aghakhanian: Website | FaceBook | Email | City | 640-9797

Steve Ferguson: Website | FaceBook | Email | City page | 415-9048

Jesse Tangkhanya: Website | FaceBook | Email | City | 323-877-7577

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Primary Election Commentary – Burbank City Council

We Love Burbank – the Media Capital of the World; It’s Churches, Schools, Police & Fire services, Parks, Small-Town Feel & Quality of Life.¬†But that Quality of Life is under threat from agenda-driven Politicians, Staff bureaucrats & Developers who want¬†to buy & sell Burbank for their own benefit.¬†From the approval of the Cusumano’s¬†Talaria condos traffic nightmare on Olive with it’s extra¬†density¬†& lack of affordable housing, to the 3rd ¬†St. & Cypress Apt. project also approved by the Council*¬†(Gabel-Luddy) & Planning Board (Rizzotti) @ 25% above code, tentative plans¬†for the¬†old Ikea site to be converted to mixed-use Apartments instead of an open commercial retail space, uncertainty re development plans for¬†the massive 58 acre Airport B-6 Property (aka “Opportunity Site”) being sold to fund a new “safer” 14 gate terminal, rampant¬†mansionization, speeding &¬†unlicensed¬†care/sober living facilities‚ĶBurbank is looking/feeling more like Glendale & West L.A. every year.

We need to put the brakes on!¬†We need to change the fundamental direction the City is going in.¬†We need smart growth that puts the needs of the Residents and our Neighborhoods above the profits of Developers.¬†We need New Leaders who’s No.1 desire is to Serve & Protect You and I; Our Families, Our Neighborhoods, Our Livelihoods.¬†So please join us in supporting David Nos & Juan Guillen for Burbank City Council,¬†2 longtime Burbank Residents & Small Business Owners with servant hearts & the right mix of¬†experience¬†& youth to be¬†your voice¬†on the City Council.¬†And let’s¬†work¬†together¬†to make Burbank a better place to live, work & play for everyone.

Update 2/24/15: It’s Election Day! If you haven’t already mailed in your ballot you’ll need to drop it off today before 7pm. Today’s drop-off locations incl. Joslyn & Tuttle Centers, City Clerk’s Office, Buena Vista Library, McCambridge Rec Ctr., John Muir Middle School, Edison Elementary & Burbank Adult School. #VoteBurbank * Check back tonight after 8pm for Election Results.

Open Letter to Mike Gatto re Co-ed Bathrooms

March 22, 2014

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Gloria’s letter to Assemblyman¬†Mike Gatto¬†Re AB 1266 – the Co-Ed Bathroom / Shower Bill (Don’t make Mama Bear angry).

I am writing to voice my strong disapproval of your vote in support of AB 1266, the Transgender Co-ed Bathroom Bill. I cannot believe the legislator I voted for in the past 2 elections would support such a horrendous bill. I am a Parent of a 6th grader in the BUSD and can tell you that my daughter and her friends are horrified at the thought of confused boys going into the girls bathroom, not to mention showers if they elect to play on girls sports team. Why would you choose to inconvenience 99% of our kids to accommodate a handful of students? Why do you care more about promoting the LGBT agenda vs. promoting Family values and protecting our children? I can also tell you the nearly every parent I’ve spoken to in the district and @ Church share my concerns. And this is not a partisan political issue; parents agree regardless of their political leanings.

Gender-confused children are allowed to use Teachers bathrooms in many schools and this should suffice. Some schools are assigning special gender-neutral bathrooms just for these children, again a much better & safer solution. I ask that you re-consider your support for this & move to repeal the law immediately before the voters do. As you know, the Bill is currently in limbo pending approval of a ballot measure to repeal it. Unfortunately Sec. of State Debra Bowen continues to deliberately circumvent the will of the people by first refusing to count all the signatures submitted, & after being ordered by a judge to count them, throwing out 131k signatures she claims are invalid, and doing everything she can to hinder & intimidate those challenging valid thrown out signatures. My husband & I vow to continue to educate parents & members of the faith-based community in Burbank on this issue, to hold lawmakers accountable for their actions, and to protect our Children’s Right to Privacy.

Links: Privacy for all Students websiteFaceBook page¬†|¬†Pacific Justice Institute website¬†¬†–¬†PJI FaceBook page¬†|¬†http://www.faith-freedom.com | http://www.watchmenministry.com | ACLJ.org | ¬†Mike Gatto website¬†| SaveCalifornia.com/Not-Born-This-Way

Public School alternatives: HSLDA website –¬†FaceBook¬†|¬†Village Christian¬†| Catholic Schools –¬†St Finbar¬†| St Francis Xavier |¬†St Roberts¬†–¬†Bell-Jeff

* UPDATE 3/25/14PJI Files Lawsuit against Sec. of State Debra Bowen asserting enough signatures for Co-ed Bathroom Bill Referendum. *

JMMS VMA Winter Concert – Highlights

December 4, 2013

Quick Highlights (single Cam B). Check back for Multicam Edited Video later.

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FLICKR PHOTO Album | FACEBOOK PHOTO Album | YouTube Playlist (3)

Burbank “Bulldogs” 47 – Burroughs “Indians” 21

November 9, 2013

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IOS Comp (above) | MyBurbank.com coverage | Burbank Leader coverage

YES on Measure S School Bond Passes – 61%

March 6, 2013

YES on S Wins

BUSD School Bond Measure S has been approved by Burbank Voters 4,053 (61%) to 2,542 (39%). Congratulations to Campaign Chair Marsha Ramos and her team of dedicated volunteers including all 5 School Board Candidates for their hard work. Our children, schools & community all won last night.

Links: BurbankNBeyond story | Burbank Leader story | FaceBook campaign
Post-Measure S Flappers Celebration Photos: PHOTOBUCKET | FACEBOOK


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