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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | October 18, 2013
Burbank Police Chief Scott LaChasse this week called the alleged misconduct of a Burbank police officer “an isolated incident” that didn't involve any other police personnel. Anthony Valento, a 17-year veteran of the Burbank Police Department, is accused of lying to federal officials during an extortion investigation involving the officer, his girlfriend and her estranged husband. “There's no evidence that other people were involved or had knowledge of what was occurring,” LaChasse said of the allegations against Valento.
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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.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | September 27, 2013
The City Council on Tuesday signed off on changes to City Manager Mark Scott's contract after discovering - contrary to what officials thought when he was hired - that he doesn't fall under the new employee pension system, and thus would cost the city more money than originally anticipated. Scott gave up a number of benefits in his contract after realizing he qualifies for the old California Public Employees' Retirement System plan, which allows him to earn a larger pension upon retirement.
NEWS
September 10, 2013
I have read numerous articles and have seen on television how little Walmart employees are paid. Burbank did not suffer a loss, but may have gained if Walmart does not open in Burbank. I have seen numerous articles with regard to the many jobs that this store would bring to Burbank. I have not seen anything about the base pay that these employees would be paid. As is often the case wherever a Walmart store is located, most of their employees would not earn enough to survive in the immediate area.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | July 30, 2013
Mark Scott's first goal as Burbank's incoming city manager is simple: to listen. “I really need to spend the first two months getting to know people, and to listen to them,” Scott said in an interview Tuesday. “For a city manager coming into new community, the very first thing you want to do is to get to know your staff and your public.” He'll have a first chance to do so on Thursday afternoon at City Hall, where Burbank will be hosting a meet-and-greet with the city's new top official.
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.
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)
THE818NOW
June 26, 2013
Despite a near-record number of pilots made here this year, Los Angeles is still struggling to keep television production in town. Out of 186 television pilots this season, 96 were produced in the Los Angeles region, the second-largest annual tally in the city's history, according to a study by FilmL.A., a nonprofit group that handles film permits for the city and county. However, the region continued to see a troubling slide in its share of the overall pilot production pie -- especially in the lucrative category of one-hour dramas -- as New York and rival cities grabbed a larger share of business, the report said.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | June 25, 2013
The incoming Burbank city manager is slated to become the highest paid public official in the tri-city region, with a nearly $300,000 salary that had been marketed early on in an effort to recruit "top talent. " With a starting salary of $24,166 a month plus a monthly $1,800 relocation allowance for up to 18 months, Mark Scott will make more than the city managers of Glendale and Pasadena, and the mayor of Los Angeles. After the relocation allowance expires, Scott will earn $298,000 annually, according to the contract brokered with the city . Before Scott was hired, the base salary range for the Burbank city manager was $13,994 to $18,402 a month, or $167,928 to $220,824 annually.
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.
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