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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

*** Watch – LA Times Live CA Primary Election Results ***

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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

Sundheim for U.S. Senate – Campaign Event

May 27, 2016

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I had the privilege of joining Governor Pete Wilson, Councilman Bob Frutos & a host of business leaders for Cocktails & Conversation with U.S. Senate Candidate Duf Sundheim at the beautiful Beverly Hills home of Eric George. After a few words from the Governor & former DA Steve Cooley, Duf shared his background & vision for the State & Country, covering job creation, education & health care, public safety & national security, water & the importance of stopping sanctuary city enabler Kamala Harris from being elected. Harris’ politicization of the Office of AG, unlawful search/seizure of Planned Parenthood videos & failure to defend the will of majority of CA Voters on Prop 8, are just some of the reasons Christian conservatives & constitution loving Americans should look elsewhere this July.

FLICKR PHOTO Album | FACEBOOK PHOTO Album | YouTube Video

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JMMS VMA Pop Show 2016

February 29, 2016

It was Pop Show week @ John Muir & John Burroughs. Kudos to all the performers/choirs, teachers/choreographers & parent volunteers who put on 2 incredible shows. Enjoy a few photos & video from the JMMS show below.

FLICKR PHOTO Album | FACEBOOK PHOTO Album | YouTube Vid1 | V2

TV News Anchor Palmira Perez @ BBB

February 19, 2016

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MundoMax TV News Anchor (KWHY Channel 22) Palmira Perez spoke @ this months Burbank Buck & Ballot Brigade meeting @ Alta Dena Express Bakery. Guests enjoyed sandwiches & sweets as Ms. Perez shared her personal story and how the Spanish News Media works here in L.A. Perez took audience questions on a wide range of issues including immigration, presidential candidates, traditional family values, and offered some good career advice. In attendance were last month’s guest – Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian (who also happens to be her husband), former school board members Joe Hoovan, Dave Kemp, Ted Bunch & his wife, organizer Glen Forsch & other interested community members.

LINKS: FLICKR PHOTO Album | FACEBOOK PHOTOS | YouTube VIDEOS

Bob Huff for LA County Supervisor (District 5)

November 20, 2015

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CA State Senator Bob Huff spoke recently @ the Burbank Buck & Ballot Brigade “Bakery & Politics Night”. Huff covered a wide range of topics including transportation, water, public safety, helping small business, film tax credits, the demise of redevelopment, working with others across the aisle to get things done (sometimes incrementally) as a minority leader, reaching Latinos, his journey into public service from Church to City Council to State Senator, and his upcoming campaign to replace Mike Antonovich (termed out) for LA County Supervisor. For more information on his candidacy, please visit his website: http://supervisorbobhuff.com/ &/or FaceBook page. Links: FLICKR PHOTO Album | FACEBOOK PHOTO Album

Mayor David Gordon and Vice-Mayor Bob Frutos

May 1, 2014

 

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Congratulations to Mayor David Gordon & Vice-Mayor Bob Frutos on your selection @ today’s Council Reorganization Meeting. Check back later for more Photos & Video from today’s event. FACEBOOK PHOTOS | FLICKR HQ

Links: Media City Groove story | YouTube – Gordon speechFrutos support

 

Family Promise 2014 Empty Bowl

April 5, 2014

Family Promise of the Verdugos 2014 Empty Bowl fundraiser for homeless:

SUN, June 1st from 11:30-2:30 @ First United Methodist Church of Glendale

More Info & Tickets: http://www.FamilyPromiseVerdugos.org

* Family Promise hiatus – Announcement Letter | Burbank Leader story *

Family Promise Verdugos (x-ESFV) Corporate Video. Chapters: Homeless Intro; Jaci Intro (01:41); Mission (01:56); Population Served (02:47); Inter-Faith Hospitality Network (05:20); IFHN Participant’s Experiences (06:14); Success Stories (07:36); Fundraising Events (10:53); How Can I Help (12:09); Host Testimonials (12:58); Supporter Testimonials (16:23); Participant Call to Action (17:31).

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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