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BURBANK CITY COUNCIL ELECTION: THE AFTERMATH:

Gordon won eight of the final 15 counted to secure comeback win, while Golonski reigned in populous areas.

April 19, 2009|By Christopher Cadelago

CITY HALL — Incumbent Dave Golonski took 14 of 42 precincts on his way to securing a first-place finish in the April 14 election, according to records released Friday by the city clerk’s office.

Golonski, bolstered by a three-month-long precinct-walking regimen and personal relationships forged over his 16 years in office, drew support from large swaths of the city, including Magnolia Park, Toluca Lake and the Hillside.

The 53,612 eligible voters cast 11,889 ballots, up from 10,990 in the primary. Golonski placed 1,500 signs across the city and alternated his precinct walks between the flatlands and the hills. The result was an 8% increase in votes for Golonski over the Feb. 24 primary — nearly matching the overall increase in turnout in the general election.

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“I think the personal connections in this town are key,” Golonski said. “People want to see the candidate at their door.”

While the gap between Golonski and sixth-place finisher Garen Yegparian changed little since the primary, the second- through fifth-place finishers did some significant shifting.

Newcomer Kimberly Jo increased her vote total from 2,489 to 5,039, carrying much of her native Hillside District and besting her total in the most voter-populated precinct — No. 13 — by 184. Precinct 13 runs along Glenoaks Boulevard below Kenneth Road. She took six of 42 precincts, up from zero in the primary.

“You have to tip your hat to her,” said Larry Applebaum, a student of local politics and president of the Burbank Unified School District Board of Education. “Her numbers are astounding. I have never seen anything quite like this. It blows me away.”

In precinct Nos. 1 though 150, situated predominantly in the hills, Jo jumped out to a 300-vote lead over incumbent David Gordon. The tide turned in western regions of the city, demarcated by the Golden State Freeway (I-5).

Gordon began to establish himself at precinct No. 154, which runs along Alameda Avenue east of Glenoaks Boulevard. Gordon, who collected 11 precincts in all, showed well in the Rancho District, where he gained a following after opposing development of a Whole Foods Market.

He also performed well in Magnolia Park, where he operates an optometry practice, up to areas neighboring Bob Hope Airport.

Gordon won eight of the final 15 precincts, from Nos. 154 to 193, clinching third place behind Jess Talamantes, a retired fire captain.

“I don’t normally go out to the horse races, but last I checked there’s win, place and show,” Gordon said.

Talamantes, who also lives in the hills, picked up eight precincts, including those in his neighborhood, areas that straddle Vanowen Place and wedges west of Victory Boulevard along Magnolia Boulevard.

“The Talamantes name was recognized by a lot of people,” he said.

“My message was being received, and people looked very favorably on it.”

Yegparian won five precincts, and Elise Stearns- Niesen finished with none.

He dominated eastern regions of the city along the Burbank-Glendale border. The area has a high concentration of Armenian voters. He won the same precincts in the primary, only with fewer votes in each.

The 11,889 voters who participated in the election cast 28,355 votes out of a possible 35,667. Residents could vote for up to three candidates, although some voted for two or fewer.


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