Dave Golonski shoots for a 6th term; others say it's time for him to move on

Should he stay or should he go?

March 22, 2013|By Alene Tchekmedyian,

In 1993, Bill Clinton was inaugurated as the 42nd president of the United States. The popular NBC sitcom "Friends" was being developed under the title, "Insomnia Café." It's also when Dave Golonski, then 34, was first elected to the Burbank City Council.

Twenty years later, he's running for an unprecedented sixth term.

Critics who say he's been in office too long have suggested instituting term limits, while supporters value what they call his years of dedication and experience.

“We have to have a clean house,” said Irma Loose, a 28-year resident of the city and a Golonski critic. “He's been so long in the political area that he doesn't even have to walk the pavement to be reelected.”


But during the primary, Golonski raked in 4,113 votes, his lowest return ever since his first primary election in 1993, when he collected 3,274 votes.

If elected April 9, Golonski would be the first councilman in Burbank's 102-year history elected to six consecutive full terms. Runner-up is James Lapsley, whose reign on the council ran from 1926 to 1949, with a two-year hiatus starting in 1931.

“I wish he was still around so I could call him for some advice,” Golonski joked recently.

When he ran in 2009, Golonski had said that a fifth term would likely be his last.

“I anticipate being ready to move on after that,” he said at the time. “Hopefully we'll have a council ready to take everything on, and the country will be in better economic times.”

But now, he says there's still work to do.

“I've worked really, really hard to make sure we have conservative, smart, economic fiscal policies that would keep us strong,” Golonski said. “We're facing the biggest challenge to that, ever. I really believe that my experience and knowledge could be beneficial in helping to chart a strong path for the community's future.”

At two recent forums, council candidates were asked to weigh in on term limits.

Incumbent Jess Talamantes and challenger David Nos both said they would support them.

“There may be good people with new ideas and new thoughts that won't run because they feel they won't have a chance,” Nos said.

Incumbent David Gordon said he's generally opposed.

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