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THE818NOW
July 25, 2012
Burbank's newly appointed treasurer and city clerk were sworn in at City Hall Tuesday night, telling the crowd that they looked forward to fulfilling their roles that were opened when their predecessors retired early. City Treasurer Debbie Kutka - who left her seat on the Burbank Unified school board for the appointment - and Zizette Mullins, a former Glendale city official, were sworn in by the Deputy City Clerk Susan Doman at the City Council meeting. Kukta has said she would also step down as president of KO Properties, based in Glendale, to take the city treasurer position.
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan and Maria Hsin, Times Community News | June 22, 2012
When the City Council convenes on June 28 to fill the vacated positions of city clerk and city treasurer, they'll have 17 applicants representing a wide swath of the local political sphere to choose from. The two spots are typically elected positions, but early retirement announcements by former City Clerk Margarita Campos and City Treasurer Donna Anderson prompted the City Council to decide to fill the positions before next year's regularly scheduled election. The 17 candidates each submitted a video presentation along with their applications - all of which are available on the city's website.
THE818NOW
By Maria Hsin and Megan O'Neil, Times Community News | June 29, 2012
Burbank Unified School Board President Debbie Kukta will be the city's next treasurer, while longtime Burbank resident and Glendale Community Relations Coordinator Zizette Mullins was named Burbank city clerk Thursday. Kukta and Mullins were both unanimously named to the interim positions during a special City Council meeting, necessitated by the retirements of City Clerk Margarita Campos and Treasurer Donna Anderson. Campos and Anderson, both of whom hold elected offices, announced their retirements with about a year left in their terms.
NEWS
September 16, 2000
Paul Clinton CIVIC CENTER -- Vice Mayor Bob Kramer's secret is out. The two-term councilman said he will run for the City Treasurer's post in February, putting an end to months of speculation inside City Hall. "I probably will," Kramer said Wednesday. "It's a good opportunity for me." Kramer, who received more votes than any council candidate in the city's 89-year history when he was reelected in February 1999, would have to resign his council seat if he wins, according to the City Charter.
NEWS
June 21, 2000
Paul Wangsness The Leader has reported that a councilman is considering a bid for the $77,000-a-year city treasurer position ("Keeping an eye on the money," May 24). I went through that decision process almost 40 years ago as described in the following. I had left my position in the city manager's office to work on a doctorate at a local university when the dean matched my city salary with a combination of administrative teaching duties, leaving some time for my studies.
NEWS
February 21, 2001
After viewing the TV forum on the qualifications of the candidates for Burbank public offices, I have concluded that Bob Kramer is definitely not qualified to be Burbank's next city treasurer. What are the qualifications for watchdog? The only watchdogs I know have four legs and are trained to protect people and their property. Almost anyone could be a watchdog because it doesn't require any specialized training, education, background or experience.
NEWS
May 2, 2001
Councilman Robert Kramer was reelected to his council seat last time by a large margin. He lost his recent race for city treasurer, also by a large margin. The council election is guided somewhat by popularity. The city's treasurer's race was based on a candidate's knowledge of city finances. Donna Anderson won because of her obvious qualifications for the job as an assistant city treasurer. I would suggest that Mr. Kramer, who has stated that he'd like a higher paying job, consider comedy writing.
NEWS
February 21, 2001
When it comes to endorsing one of the four candidates for Burbank city treasurer, the key here is to look for the individual who possesses the right kind of experience. But first, just what does a city treasurer do? Most important, the treasurer is responsible for managing a portfolio of approximately $250 million. He or she also pays the bills, makes sure there's enough money in the bank to cover the checks, and decides what would be good investments for the city's money.
NEWS
February 10, 2001
Let's say the Burbank city treasurer position is appointive, as it logically should be, and you must select one of the four candidates for the position. You know the position has a hefty $77,000 annual salary, with the principal responsibility of investing millions of dollars in city funds. Guidelines for such investing are a generalized mandate that investments are safe, liquid, and, consistent with the first two, realizing the highest possible rate of interest.
NEWS
February 21, 2001
I voted for Bob Kramer both times when he was running for City Council. I did that because I thought he was a man of integrity who had the best interests of Burbank at heart. I've changed my mind. His willingness to parlay his name recognition into getting elected as city treasurer, so he can (admittedly) have a job paying $70,000 annually for which he is completely unqualified, does not indicate integrity -- quite the opposite. I am equally disappointed in those city employee unions that chose to endorse him. This screams out that political cronyism is alive and well in Burbank.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | December 8, 2012
The office of city treasurer is one race Burbank residents won't have to worry about, with Debbie Kukta - the former school board member who was appointed to fill the vacated post - facing no opposition for her seat. Interim City Clerk Zizette Mullins, however, will face two challengers in the Feb. 26 primary, Nonna von Sonn and Maria Gloria Salas. Mullins was also appointed to fill the vacancy, and so is running for the first time. CITY CLERK CANDIDATES Zizette Mullins Age: 50 Occupation: interim Burbank city clerk Zizette Mullins was appointed as Burbank city clerk in June after a 25-year career working in multiple departments for the city of Glendale.
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THE818NOW
July 25, 2012
Burbank's newly appointed treasurer and city clerk were sworn in at City Hall Tuesday night, telling the crowd that they looked forward to fulfilling their roles that were opened when their predecessors retired early. City Treasurer Debbie Kutka - who left her seat on the Burbank Unified school board for the appointment - and Zizette Mullins, a former Glendale city official, were sworn in by the Deputy City Clerk Susan Doman at the City Council meeting. Kukta has said she would also step down as president of KO Properties, based in Glendale, to take the city treasurer position.
NEWS
By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | July 6, 2012
Burbank Unified officials have set in motion steps to replace outgoing school board President Debbie Kukta via a special appointment. Kukta announced her resignation last week after being appointed interim city treasurer by the Burbank City Council. The remaining board members will follow a traditional rotation, with Vice President Larry Applebaum assuming the presidency and Clerk Dave Kemp assuming the vice presidency. “It is going to be a big set of shoes to fill, whoever takes the seat she occupies right now,” Applebaum said as he bid farewell to Kukta during her final school board meeting Thursday.
THE818NOW
By Maria Hsin and Megan O'Neil, Times Community News | June 29, 2012
Burbank Unified School Board President Debbie Kukta will be the city's next treasurer, while longtime Burbank resident and Glendale Community Relations Coordinator Zizette Mullins was named Burbank city clerk Thursday. Kukta and Mullins were both unanimously named to the interim positions during a special City Council meeting, necessitated by the retirements of City Clerk Margarita Campos and Treasurer Donna Anderson. Campos and Anderson, both of whom hold elected offices, announced their retirements with about a year left in their terms.
THE818NOW
By Maria Hsin, maria.hsin@latimes.com | June 27, 2012
The City Council on Tuesday agreed to the framework for how they will make two interim appointments for the office of city clerk and treasurer during a special meeting on Thursday, including sequestering candidates during the televised interview process. Seventeen people are applying for the two positions, including current city employees and one who submitted an application for both jobs. Written applications and a video presentation from each of the candidates have been available on the city's website in the lead up to the special meeting - the final hurdle before a vote is taken on Thursday.
NEWS
June 22, 2012
In a few days, the City Council will select our next city clerk. The position is an elected office, but the last clerk retired before her term expired. The council will also appoint the next city treasurer the same day because that official also retired early, in the same time period that, according to city staff, and with the council's concurrence, makes it too confusing and expensive to conduct an election for the term remaining. Yes, I'm among 10 applicants for the city clerk's position, but I'm just as interested in assuring Burbankers even know it's happening.
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan and Maria Hsin, Times Community News | June 22, 2012
When the City Council convenes on June 28 to fill the vacated positions of city clerk and city treasurer, they'll have 17 applicants representing a wide swath of the local political sphere to choose from. The two spots are typically elected positions, but early retirement announcements by former City Clerk Margarita Campos and City Treasurer Donna Anderson prompted the City Council to decide to fill the positions before next year's regularly scheduled election. The 17 candidates each submitted a video presentation along with their applications - all of which are available on the city's website.
THE818NOW
By Maria Hsin, maria.hsin@latimes.com | May 10, 2012
The City Council this week decided on a schedule for appointing interim replacements for the elected positions of city clerk and city treasurer as the women who currently hold those offices prepare to retire next month. Beginning May 14, applicants who feel they are qualified will have an opportunity to apply through June 1, although appointments could be made before then, officials said. City Clerk Margarita Campos and City Treasurer Donna Anderson are retiring on June 1 and July 7, respectively - roughly a year before their terms are set to end in May 2013.
NEWS
By Maria Hsin, maria.hsin@latimes.com | April 27, 2012
The Burbank City Council this week decided to appoint interim replacements for City Clerk Margarita Campos and City Treasurer Donna Anderson - both of whom plan to retire from their elected posts early - rather than hold a special election. Campos and Anderson, who each have held their elected positions for more than a decade, will be retiring on June 1 and July 7, respectively - roughly a year before their terms are set to end in May 2013. Campos, who has worked for the city in various capacities since 1974, said in an interview that the time was right for her to go. “The time comes in everybody's life when they need to make a decision in their personal life,” she said, adding that it was about priorities.
ENTERTAINMENT
Davil Laurell | June 2, 2010
W hile 19 more calendar pages must still fall before the official beginning of summer, this past week was the unofficial start as Americans gathered for family barbecues and paused to remember the men and women who have given their lives in military service. In Burbank, along with the observance of Memorial Day and the firing up of the grill, another sign that summer is just around the corner is the annual playing of the Magnolia Park Optimist Burbank Youth Golf Classic at DeBell Golf Course.
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