Burbank City Council race: Six vie for three seats

Half of the candidates are incumbents.

December 15, 2012|By Alene Tchekmedyian,

Six candidates — including three incumbents — will be vying for three seats on the Burbank City Council in the February primary.

Here's a look at the candidates:

David Gordon

David Gordon, 57, has served on the council for seven years. He touts his commitment to transparency and his ability to ask “tough questions.”

Maintaining his role as a voice for local residents, Gordon said he has consistently fought to preserve Burbank's unique character — whether in supporting the Rancho Master Plan or protecting small businesses.


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

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.

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