At the top of the candidates’ platforms are quality of life issues, including improving infrastructure, controlling traffic and development and maintaining the city’s programs and services.
Three candidates are vying for city clerk, including incumbent Zizette Mullins — who was appointed to the position by the City Council in June — Nonna von Sonn and Gloria Salas.
For city treasurer, incumbent appointment Debbie Kukta is the sole candidate.
With two seats up for grabs on the Burbank Unified School Board, voters will have to choose between five residents — first in a primary in February, and then in the general election in April.
Incumbent Larry Applebaum, currently serving as school board president, hopes to win a seat along with candidates David Dobson, Steve Ferguson, Charlene Tabet and Armond Aghakhanian.
Each candidate has their own reason for running, but one major theme in their campaign so far is adding more technology to classrooms during a time of unprecedented budget cuts that has seen the district lose more than $17.3 million per year for the last five years.
No matter which two candidates take the helm on the school board this April, one likely discussion could entail where further cuts will come from when the district begins to tackle its predicted $6.9 million structural deficit by the end of 2013-14.
Walmart legal issues
The fate of a Walmart in Burbank hangs in limbo as a new judge is sought for a lawsuit that was filed by three residents last year in an effort to stop the company from opening a store in the former Great Indoors adjacent to the Empire Center.