Posts Tagged ‘Larry Applebaum’

Back to School. BHS Vocal. Burbank Measure QS.

October 16, 2018

 

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

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BHS Vocal – BBQ Show

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Burbank / BUSD – Measure QS

Property Parcel TAX = 10¢/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’s just a few reasons why we can’t 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” – 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.” – 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 “pot” 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 – 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¢ 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 QSBUSD Teacher Salaries + Benefits (2013-16) CalMatters.org Story: California Teacher Pension Debt Swamps School BudgetsOfficial BUSD Measure QS webpage

Larry Applebaum Commentary @ NoOnMeasureQS.com (scroll down)

Mike & Roy Show on Measures P & QS

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Burbank Elections – 2017 Primary All Mail Ballot

February 18, 2017

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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

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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 on Parade 2014

April 28, 2014

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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

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

Conversation about Measure S – BUSD School Bond

February 22, 2013

Eric Michael Cap interviews Burbank School Board President Larry Applebaum & YES on S Campaign Chair Marsha Ramos. Topics include: What Is Measure S? (0:36) What Type of Bonds are being used? (1:09) What about Prop 30? (4:19) How will funds be used? (6:53) How will it make our Schools safer? (8:35) Specific School Site Improvement Lists. (9:36) How will it benefit the Community? (11:57) How much will it cost? (13:58) Who will pay? (18:25) How can we be sure the money will be spent properly? (20:27) Audits (23:22). Technology (26:50). Leveraging the Bond (28:58). Energy efficiency & water savings (31:55). How to Vote (36:40). Endorsements (40:42)…basically Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Measure S But Were Afraid To Ask!

Burbank Leader: Marsha Ramos Op-Ed | Suzanne Weerts | Paula Trubisky

Burbank Board of Realtors Video | BurbankMom.com | Team Roosevelt

Websites: BUSD Website / Measure S | YES on Measure S FaceBook page

Docs: Bond Structure Paper | Bond Project Budget | Previous Bond Audit

LWV Candidate Forum Photos & Video links

February 2, 2013

LWV Candidate Forum

PHOTOBUCKET PHOTOS Link | FACEBOOK PHOTOS Link

Burbank Election Candidates Meet-&-Greet

January 12, 2013

Burbank 2013 Election Candidates

PHOTOBUCKET Photos Link | FACEBOOK Photos Link

 

 

Burbank City Council, School Board & City Clerk/Treasurer Candidates give a brief speech at the Burbank Board of Realtors Meet-and-Greet event. Featuring Jess Talamantes, Bob Frutos, Dr. David Gordon, Dave Golonski, David Nos & Juan Guillen. Larry Applebaum, Armond Aghakhanian, Steve Ferguson, Charlene Tabet & David Dobson. Zizette Mullins, Nonna Von Sonn & Debbie Kukta.

Burbank on Parade 2011

April 10, 2011

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Burbank on Parade PHOTOS by Eric Michael Cap

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