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March 19, 2013
I had the honor to serve as chair of the 2005-06 Burbank Charter Review Committee, a panel of 15 City Council-appointed volunteers, including now councilmember-elect Bob Frutos. Members of the committee dedicated more than 500 hours of volunteer time to this effort. The council had mixed reactions to our recommendations; however, what stands out was the lack of respect and contemptuous remarks directed at the committee and its work by Councilmember David Gordon. Gordon charged that our work was sloppy and our recommendations useless.
NEWS
February 1, 2013
I was sorry to read that David Gordon is running for City Council again. Burbank is facing a difficult transition in management and many economic challenges. We need council members who are positive, wise team players and who have vision. Gordon is a terrible distraction at council meetings, in my opinion, with his endless questions, long lectures, more questions, occasional rudeness to city staff and colleagues. Most discussions end with him losing on the votes. He is not the noble underdog in city politics.
THE818NOW
By Jason Wells and Alene Tchekmedyian | April 9, 2013
Dave Golonski - who first took office a few months after Bill Clinton became president - lost his bid Tuesday for an unprecedented sixth term. Golonski, who established himself on the City Council dais 20 years ago, lost out to fellow incumbents David Gordon and Jess Talamantes on Tuesday, capping a defeat foreshadowed by his worst primary finish ever in February. Out of 11,123 votes cast, Gordon and Talamantes received 5,411 and 5,268, respectively, according to the unofficial results.
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
May 1, 2010
CITY HALL ? The City Council on Monday is scheduled to replace Mayor Gary Bric and name a vice mayor as part of an annual reorganization. Bric, a restaurateur entering his fourth year on the council, is expected to cede the center seat on the dais to Vice Mayor Anja Reinke when the council votes to shift titles and responsibilities at its 10 a.m. reorganization meeting. Councilmen Dave Golonski, David Gordon and Jess Talamantes are all eligible to fill the seat, which all but guarantees an appointment to mayor in 2011, the city?
NEWS
March 26, 2013
How many times have we read a line like this in the paper? “The sole dissenting vote was cast by David Gordon.” Isn't it an insult to all of us who thoughtfully elected the other four council members to have Gordon's supporters telling us that the folks we chose to represent us are always wrong? If he's so brilliant and all-knowing, wouldn't he have found at least one other person to regularly vote with him in seven years as a council member? The only thing proven about David Gordon is that he's not suited for a democratic, collegial form of government.
NEWS
March 26, 2013
I am responding to a letter (“ David Gordon is bad for Burbank ,” Mailbag, March 20) from Carolyn Jackson charging Councilman David Gordon with having “proven” he is “an uninformed, misogynistic, unreasonable and belligerent bully.” I cannot comment on misogyny, belligerence and bullying, since I was not present at her interactions with him back in 2005-06. Aside from the obvious factor that tossing muddy personal labels and name-calling at a candidate just before an election ought to focus on the accuser highly justified suspicion at the least, I can say that whatever Jackson thinks Gordon has “proven” to her, she has proved nothing to me by her assertions.
THE818NOW
May 10, 2013
Despite being on the council for seven years, David Gordon was elected vice-mayor for the first time by his fellow council members this month . The move, by tradition, puts him in line to be mayor the following year. Bert Ring imagines the scene.  -- Dan Evans, Times Community News Follow Dan Evans on Twitter: @EditorDanEvans .  
NEWS
March 26, 2013
You showed your bias by printing the picture of David Gordon with the caption underneath suggested by your reader, Carolyn Jackson. Gordon gave a thoughtful and helpful suggestion to a client of mine who went before the council with an issue. He was not one of the sheep who simply followed each other's responses. He was thoughtful, analytical and empathetic. I'd recommend the people of Burbank stand up for him and vote him back to the council. Margie Vierra Burbank
NEWS
May 21, 2013
So David Gordon finally thinks he has a city council whose makeup is more to his liking, who might agree with his opinions. His supporters might even begin to believe that this great man of the people will promote some initiative to better their lives here in Burbank. And what is Gordon's first act on this new council? He votes in favor of giving himself a raise. True colors, my friends. True colors. Jeff Traintime Burbank    
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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.
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NEWS
July 26, 2013
Despite being approved years ago, Councilman David Gordon asked the City Council to revisit whether a sidewalk -- which he opposes -- should be installed in a section of Screenland Drive. Bert Ring imagines the scene.  Follow Dan Evans on Twitter: @EditorDanEvans .  
NEWS
June 7, 2013
Did any of you see the “David Gordon Show” at a recent city council meeting? The highlight was a rambling rant that began with him saying that “they” are releasing prisoners into residential communities like Burbank, leading to lawns being covered with beer cans and cigarettes and arrests being made for loitering. Then he launched into unintelligible statements about UN order 21, greenhouse gases, climate change, etc. I do not respect Gordon but I accepted his elevation to vice mayor.
NEWS
May 21, 2013
So David Gordon finally thinks he has a city council whose makeup is more to his liking, who might agree with his opinions. His supporters might even begin to believe that this great man of the people will promote some initiative to better their lives here in Burbank. And what is Gordon's first act on this new council? He votes in favor of giving himself a raise. True colors, my friends. True colors. Jeff Traintime Burbank    
THE818NOW
May 10, 2013
Despite being on the council for seven years, David Gordon was elected vice-mayor for the first time by his fellow council members this month . The move, by tradition, puts him in line to be mayor the following year. Bert Ring imagines the scene.  -- Dan Evans, Times Community News Follow Dan Evans on Twitter: @EditorDanEvans .  
NEWS
May 3, 2013
David Gordon, a man with seven years under his belt as a member of the Burbank City Council, was this week selected by his colleagues to serve the coming year as vice mayor. And, unless his peers lose faith in his leadership abilities within the coming 12 months, it is highly likely they will elevate him to the position of mayor in the spring of 2014. A casual observer might wonder what took so long for Gordon to achieve this position, as it is far more common for city councils to take turns and rotate people into the largely ceremonial positions.
THE818NOW
May 1, 2013
For the first time after seven years on the Burbank City Council, David Gordon was  selected as the city's vice mayor. The largely ceremonial post, which requires the approval of the council, is a prerequisite to becoming the city's mayor, an annual rotating position that has so far eluded Gordon. “I'm very honored to have this position,” Gordon said of the vice-mayorship on Wednesday. After a year as vice mayor, Emily Gabel-Luddy was unanimously selected as mayor. Gordon, a controversial figure who often stands alone on issues, had been overlooked for mayor multiple times during his seven years on the council.
NEWS
April 26, 2013
Being selected by colleagues on the City Council to be the next vice mayor or mayor has absolutely nothing to do with votes garnered in an election. It's not even about extending honor. It's about council members' beliefs in the selected colleague's leadership integrity and ability to work as a member of the team to serve the best interests of the city. David Gordon is one of three council members passed over in the last 16 years. He is a polarizing figure in Burbank politics.
NEWS
April 16, 2013
I would like to send out a congratulations to Bob Frutos, David Gordon and Jesse Talamantes on their election wins, as well as a sincere thank you to Dave Golonski for his years as a council member and mayor of our great city. Thanks for your insight, your temperament, your honest appraisals and your care for the environment. Your presence will be missed and you leave a legacy that will not be forgotten. I note that some of the groups you fought for were the least politically connected and many of us will never forget that.
NEWS
April 12, 2013
I would like to congratulate Jess Talamantes and David Gordon for their victories on Tuesday night's general election. It was a hard-fought campaign and they deserved to win. I would also like to express my appreciation for David Golonski's 20 years of service to our city. Dave, you did a fine job. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the many voters who selected me as their candidate. You have my gratitude, from the bottom of my heart. Lastly I would like to thank my wife, Kimberley; Ron Sabatine, my campaign manager; Mal and Linda Kelman, my treasurers, whose tireless efforts kept me positive and on task; and Bob Frutos and Gary Bric for their unwavering friendship and support.
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