Tensions ran high at Thursday’s City Council candidate forum, with two longtime incumbents David Gordon and Dave Golonski unleashing confrontational jabs at each other’s on-the-job performances throughout the night.
Gordon blasted Golonski’s idea of outsourcing city services, while Golonski explained why he’s never voted to appoint Gordon, a seven-year councilman, as mayor.
The forum was hosted by the Burbank Assn. of Realtors and moderated by its president, Eric Benz.
To Golonski, outsourcing services is a better option than raising fees or cutting services to balance the budget, and would save money for repairing the city’s deteriorating streets and to pay down the unfunded pension liability.
“Does it matter to you whether your trees are trimmed by a city employee or a private contractor?” Golonski asked. “It costs like twice as much to have city employees do that.”
Challenger David Nos said he’s not against outsourcing as an option, but Gordon said the cost savings may not be worth it.