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September 21, 2012
In reading the article about Mike Flad's departure (“ Flad plans to exit post ,” Sept. 19), I am concerned about two issues - the huge salary itself and the short notice given to the city of his departure. With all the budget constraints in Burbank, how can the city justify paying the city manager this ridiculous salary? This brings to mind last year's publicity about the city of Bell and City of Commerce. This also brings to mind the Romneyism mentality: Keep the big guys well fed, and let the citizens of the city have all the cutbacks.
NEWS
February 15, 2013
The Burbank City Council invites residents to one of three upcoming forums to gather public input in the search for a permanent city manager. I began serving as your interim city manager on Dec. 3. One of my assignments has been to help guide the city while City Council searches for a permanent replacement. The city manager is a very important position in city government. He/she is responsible for the city's day-to-day administrative operations while supervising all departments in carrying out the policies set by City Council.
NEWS
June 28, 2013
In reading about the new Burbank city manager's salary (“Top dollar to new city manager,” June 26), it just makes me feel ill toward the unethical/greedy practices in our great society. Yes, Burbank is a great little city to live in, but I think the City Council is totally out to lunch in determining such grotesque salaries for top management. Compare the ridiculous salaries for Mark Scott and even Ron Davis to hundreds of city workers, then throw in the many images of city operations cutbacks (like no money to trim ugly palm trees on city streets)
NEWS
October 1, 2013
I am so excited after finding out in two Sept. 28 Leader stories, “Appealing ruling stumps council,” where Mike Nolan exposed a recurring bureaucratic city executive staff boo-boo mindset at Burbank City Hall, and “Council OKs contract change for city manager” that Mark Scott is here. I've known Scott since 1986. I met him in Beverly Hills when he was transportation director and acting ombudsman before he became the Beverly Hills city manager. In Beverly Hills Scott worked long work weeks, came daily to his job during his vacations, attended so many Beverly Hills civic, city and special events, including showing up weekly at the Sunday farmers market.
THE818NOW
January 29, 2013
Burbank will host a series of public forums in the coming months to get input from residents about the impending permanent city manager selection. The City Council hired executive search firm Peckham & McKenney to spearhead recruiting efforts for the top post. But the city wants insights from residents on what makes the “ideal candidate,” spokesman Drew Sugars said in a statement. Applications for the position will be accepted between March and mid-April. The screening and interview process will wrap up in May and the Council will likely hire someone in June, officials said.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene@tchekmedyian@latimes.com | June 21, 2013
Mark Scott's career has led him up and down California, and across the country and back, so it's no surprise he and his wife are always debating about which region they should call home. The 63-year-old Fresno-native spent two decades building his career in the city of Beverly Hills - while living in Glendale - six years leading Spartanburg, South Carolina before a brief stint managing Culver City and, most recently, three years helping to stabilize his hometown after the crippling effects of the economic recession.
NEWS
July 9, 2013
One of my favorite things about Burbank has been the Thursday night summer dances at the AMC walkway. Last week, I found out that the dances had been canceled due to budget cuts. I also learned last week that the City Council has hired a new primo, A-one, first class city manager - apparently we had to go to Fresno to find such a marvel - and that we've agreed to pay him a staggering $300,000 per year. He'll make more than the mayor of Los Angeles. I couldn't help but wonder if we could have hired a very competent, diligent person who is already at City Hall and didn't need relocation or housing expenses.
THE818NOW
April 17, 2014
Burbank City Manager Mark Scott said this week he felt “energized” after a closed-door evaluation with elected officials on Tuesday. “I thought they were extraordinarily constructive in their comments to me,” Scott said by phone Thursday, though he declined to reveal specific concerns broached or comments made. “I felt very positive energy coming out of the meeting.” After the discussion in closed session Tuesday, Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy announced the City Council's full support for Burbank's top executive.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | October 22, 2012
Following weeks of closed-door meetings, the Burbank City Council on Tuesday unanimously appointed Santa Clarita City Manager Ken Pulskamp as Burbank's interim city manager. He's slated to start on Dec. 3. The announcement follows City Manager Mike Flad's surprising decision last month to step down from his post. Though discussions to hire Pulskamp were secret, personnel decisions are legally shielded until being finalized. In an email he sent to city employees, Flad describes Pulskamp as a “seasoned and respected leader” and having the “knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to successfully lead the transition of our city.” Pulskamp announced his intent to retire from Santa Clarita in August - he's been its city manager since 2002.
THE818NOW
January 17, 2013
Deputy City Manager Joy Forbes will take on a new role in City Hall this week as Burbank's community development director, officials announced Wednesday. Forbes, who spent 13 years in community development before serving in the city manager's office, will oversee city planning, building, license and code, transportation, housing, and economic development. “In some ways, I'm returning to my roots,” Forbes said in a statement. She was to start her new job on Saturday. Forbes replaces Greg Herrmann, who retired last month, and will continue her current duties as deputy city manager while Interim City Manager Ken Pulskamp searches for an internal replacement, according to the city.
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THE818NOW
April 17, 2014
Burbank City Manager Mark Scott said this week he felt “energized” after a closed-door evaluation with elected officials on Tuesday. “I thought they were extraordinarily constructive in their comments to me,” Scott said by phone Thursday, though he declined to reveal specific concerns broached or comments made. “I felt very positive energy coming out of the meeting.” After the discussion in closed session Tuesday, Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy announced the City Council's full support for Burbank's top executive.
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THE818NOW
April 16, 2014
Burbank City Manager Mark Scott came out of a closed-door evaluation with elected officials on Tuesday with the “unanimous support” of the City Council, the mayor said. After the discussion in closed session, Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy Tuesday announced the City Council's full support for Burbank's top executive. “We had, I thought, a very frank discussion and a good give-and-take, and it was the conclusion of that meeting to give our unanimous support to the city manager,” Gabel-Luddy said.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 11, 2014
Councilman Bob Frutos on Tuesday requested a closed-session performance evaluation of City Manager Mark Scott, a move that follows weeks of criticism by residents centered around the issue of group homes in residential neighborhoods. When reached over the phone on Thursday, Frutos declined to comment on why he made the request, citing personnel privacy laws. Scott, however, has come under fire by residents in recent weeks following a couple of public outreach blunders. In January, residents were not adequately notified about a public hearing for the state-required housing element . The policy document was approved by City Council and included a section allowing supportive housing - which could mean sober-living facilities that don't require licensing - in single-family residential neighborhoods, which didn't sit well with residents.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | March 14, 2014
Park and recreation officials have created a five-year plan prioritizing capital improvements at city parks, with playground equipment at the top, followed by restroom renovations, picnic shade structures, baseball field shade structures and seating at the Starlight Bowl. In the city report, which was presented to the Park, Recreation and Community Services Board on Thursday, each priority lists between four and seven parks at which the renovations are needed. For the next fiscal year, city officials will request $773,000 from various city funds to address some of the capital needs.
NEWS
March 12, 2014
I am a grandparent of a student at Walt Disney Elementary School and I am concerned about the issue of school-based counseling. We know that early intervention is the key to help in all areas for youngsters, and we have been so blessed this past 10 years to have the assistance of Burbank Family Service Agency to send counselors to our school and in fact to all schools in Burbank Unified School District to provide a boost for those students who are...
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | January 10, 2014
A third former Burbank police officer's firing was disputed by an independent arbitrator, who ruled that a 20-year department veteran, accused by the city of covering up misconduct during a 2007 robbery investigation, should get his job back. In an advisory decision, the arbitrator ruled that former Det. Angelo Dahlia, who has sued the city in state and federal court, should not have been fired, multiple sources confirmed. Burbank's top executive will make the final call on whether to reinstate him. “(Dahlia)
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | December 31, 2013
The Burbank police union president was “disappointed” in the Burbank city manager's decision not to reinstate a fired police officer after an arbitrator recommended he do so, adding that the move was bad for employee morale, according to a statement released Tuesday on behalf of the union's board of directors. Last month, Burbank City Manager Mark Scott declined to return former Burbank Police Det. Mike Reyes to his position with the police department. His decision didn't sit well with Burbank Police Officers Assn.
NEWS
By TCN Staff | December 28, 2013
Burbank marked a busy, busy year in 2013. The City Council welcomed a new member and ushered out a five-term councilman . Many of the top positions in city government - police chief, fire chief and city manager - were either hired or had their position made permanent. The long-awaited Verdugo Pool opened , voters approved a $110-million school bond measure , and a Burbank police officer, involved in a strange love triangle , was indicted for supposedly lying to investigators.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | December 17, 2013
Burbank's top executive declined to reinstate a former Burbank police officer despite an independent arbitrator's advisory ruling that the former officer should get his job back, records show. Mike Reyes, who joined the Burbank Police Department in 2000 after five years with the Los Angeles Police Department, was fired in June of 2010 after city officials accused him of failing to disclose a use-of-force complaint reported to him by a robbery suspect tied to the 2007 Porto's Bakery robbery, and of subsequently lying to investigators a year and a half later to cover up the alleged misconduct.
NEWS
By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | November 9, 2013
A ruling that slammed the brakes on efforts to bring a Walmart to the city will not be appealed by city officials. But Walmart officials said Friday they do plan to file an appeal. The ruling handed down by Judge Allan J. Goodman in September rescinded the building permits issued for the former Great Indoors store adjacent to the Empire Center, in which Walmart planned to open a store. During closed session on Tuesday, Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy, Vice-Mayor Dave Gordon and Councilman Bob Frutos voted not to appeal Goodman's ruling, while council members Jess Talamantes and Gary Bric voted to file an appeal.
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