"We need new people on the council with new ideas and fresh
approaches who will uphold the highest standards of ethical conduct,
Murphy stepped down Aug. 30 after being charged with one felony
count of cocaine possession and one misdemeanor count of child
Murphy has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is scheduled to
appear in Pasadena Superior Court on Sept. 28, and then stepped down
so that her legal troubles would not distract the council from city
The council is expected to order the special election at its Sept.
The City Clerk's office has 120 days from that date to have the
A Burbank resident since 1983, Gordon served on the Planning Board
-- including one year as chairman -- from 1995 to 1999, as chairman
of the Magnolia Park Citizen's Advisory Committee for three years and
for two years on the Administrative Services Committee of the League
of California Cities.
Gordon's strong ties to the city will be helpful in the election
said Carolyn Berlin, who served with Gordon on the Planning Board.
"Through his business he comes in contact with the community on a
day-to-day basis," Berlin said. "And he has a good handle on the
Although he is still finalizing the platform he will run on,
Gordon identified traffic congestion, over development, threats to
private property rights and potential expansion at the Bob Hope
Airport as among the issues he will raise.
"I am very concerned with the current trend to change contractual
agreements the city has with large developers," Gordon said. "Those
changes alter the impacts those developments have on the community
without any additional environmental review being done."
With only two weeks having passed since Murphy's resignation, the
field of potential replacements is growing.
Vahe Hovanessian, a lawyer who ran for a council seat in 2003 and
2005; and Bill Wiggins, a former councilman and mayor who is
currently serving as a commissioner for the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena
Airport Authority have also announced they will take part in the
The election would mark Gordon's first foray into running for
His experience on the Planning Board would be helpful to serving
on the council, Gordon said.
"It allowed me a better understanding of how projects are reviewed
and conditioned," Gordon said. "And it allowed a better understanding
of how to assess the impacts of development on the community."
When on the Planning Board, Gordon always did his background
research and homework on proposed projects that came before it,
"He was not a rubber stamp and he listens to the public," Berlin