For example, when Victory Boulevard near Alameda Avenue was stripped of street parking, he fought to bring back the spots to prevent local businesses from being adversely affected, he said.
“I don't rubber-stamp decisions,” he said.
Gordon said he will continue to fight against “unjustifiably high utility rates.”
This includes speaking up against a state mandate on renewable energy — which has increased the city's energy tab by $17.8 million this year alone — and challenging Burbank Water and Power's pricing structures, he said.
“We need to have rates that reasonably reflect our consumption,” Gordon said.
He also opposes airport expansion and what he said would be misplaced bike lanes.
“We shouldn't put bike lanes in areas where it's going to conflict with vehicular traffic and potentially cause a hazard situation,” he said.
Over the past two decades, Gordon has served on the Magnolia Park Citizens Advisory Committee, the Planning Board and the Administrative Services Committee of the League of California Cities.
Shortly after moving to Burbank in 1981, Gordon opened an optometry clinic, which he still runs today.
Jess Talamantes, 60, who is wrapping up his first term on the council, said his platform priorities include economic development and balancing the budget.
Since the recession, “we've been asking our employees to do more with less,” Talamantes said.
“One of my major goals is to try to get new businesses in Burbank and maintain the businesses we have in Burbank,” he said.
Talamantes served as mayor — a rotating position among the council members — in 2011 during Burbank's centennial year.