Kudos to the League of Women Voters Glendale/Burbank for hosting an excellent candidates forum that actually dealt with many of the issues Burbank residents are concerned with ("Council hopefuls plead their case," Jan. 22). If you didn't get a chance to see it, please try and catch a replay before casting your ballot in the upcoming primary election.
I came away most impressed by Police Commission Chairman Robert Frutos, who has an outstanding record of community service. His years of law enforcement experience at the Los Angeles Police Department makes him the best candidate by far to deal with the Burbank police mess and to institute real reforms, including an independent inspector with wide-reaching oversight powers who would report directly to the City Council.
He also seems to have what I consider a fiscally conservative approach to dealing with many of the financial issues we face. He spoke strongly against the more than $1 million in bonuses to Burbank public employees, as well as the pay increases handed out to senior utility executives just weeks after our rates were increased.