Posts Tagged ‘David Nos’

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.
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Christmas in Burbank

December 6, 2014

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Photos & Video highlights from the City of Burbank’s 2014 Christmas Tree Lighting, as well as Girls Next Door’s performance @ the John Muir VMA “Frozen” Winter Show [¬†VMA FLICKR Photos¬†]. Enjoy! Burbank Channel Video

Tree Lighting Ceremony FLICKR Photos | FACEBOOK Photos | YouTube Video

Downtown Burbank Classic Car Show

July 28, 2014

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FLICKR PHOTO Album | FACEBOOK PHOTO Album * YouTube HD VIDEO *

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.

FLICKR PHOTO Album | FACEBOOK PHOTO Album

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

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

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.

FACEBOOK PHOTO Album | FLICKR PHOTO Album

Burbank General Election Results & Photos

April 10, 2013

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Links: PHOTOBUCKET PHOTOS | FACEBOOK PHOTOS

CITY COUNCIL Candidates (2 seats)

David Gordon*: 5,411 (48.6%) * Elected *
Jess Talamantes*: 5,268 (47.3%) * Elected *
Dave Golonski: 4,557 (41%)
David Nos: 4,355 (39.2%)

SCHOOL BOARD Candidates (2 seats)

Larry Applebaum*: 5,858 (52.3%) * Elected *
Charlene Tabet*: 4,955 (44.5%) * Elected *
Steve Ferguson: 4,595 (41.3%)
Dave Dobson: 2,809 (25.3%)

Special Sewer Tax Increase

YES = 3,795 (44%)
NO* = 4,910 (56%) * Fails *

Total Ballots = 11,123 (99% Counted)

Election Coverage: MediaCityGroove.com | MyBurbank.com | Burbank Leader

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]

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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