With the speeches over, Jess Talamantes was free to roam the crowd of thousands filling Olive Avenue. He’d already danced with Mickey and Minnie on the steps of City Hall, bantered with a band and weatherman Fritz Coleman, and now he was free for the last order of business at Burbank’s centennial party: join his neighbors not as mayor of Burbank, but as a father, brother, husband and friend.
That was a few weeks ago — a fortuitous honor that he be elected by his City Council peers to serve as mayor on the 100th anniversary year of the incorporation of the city.
Now the party’s over, and he’s back to business. Talamantes is in full swing working his “new” job as mayor — a duty he’s able to perform full time thanks in large part to being retired. On day 87 of his mayorship, the former Burbank firefighter has already seen his share of controversy on two major land issues in Burbank — and the conversations around Walmart and DeBell golf course are only beginning.