Taking the stage for the first and largest election forum, candidates competing in three citywide races on Wednesday made what could be their highest profile pitches to the voting public before the Feb. 26 primary.
At the forum at Burbank City Hall, which was sponsored by the League of Women Voters Glendale/Burbank, City Council candidates were asked about the projected $1.3-million budget shortfall, climbing utility rates, a $252 million unfunded pension liability and a list of infrastructure needs.
“We need to look at the size of the city workforce, and streamline the way the city works,” said candidate Bob Frutos, a Los Angeles police officer.
Incumbent David Gordon touted his history of fiscal responsibility, noting he was the sole dissenting vote against pay raises for top utility officials in 2010 — a time when the rest of the city was “trying to tighten our belts.”
Still, incumbent Dave Golonski — who is currently serving as mayor — said Burbank’s utility rates are among the lowest in the area.