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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | May 1, 2014
After eight years of serving on the Burbank City Council, David Gordon was selected - for the first time - to serve as the city's mayor. Gordon has been elected three times in the last eight years yet has been passed over multiple times for the annual rotating position, which takes the majority vote of the council. But he did spend the last year serving as vice mayor, which is often a stepping stone to mayorship. “It took eight years…but we finally made it,” Gordon said after he was selected for the position, which drew a standing ovation from the audience.
NEWS
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 Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | May 2, 2014
After Roberta Reynolds took her seat as president of the Burbank School Board on Thursday, she congratulated David Gordon for becoming the city's mayor earlier that day - the first time he was selected for that role after serving eight years on the City Council. Reynolds credited him for raising "some very difficult questions" several years ago over the school district's spending of its previous bond that voters approved in 1997. With the district's accountability in question by several residents as well, Burbank Unified spent $300,000 to hire a firm to perform an audit that discovered in 2011 that no fraudulent activity occurred.
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 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
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    
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.
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NEWS
May 2, 2014
We commend the Burbank City Council for voting this week to allow the often-embattled David Gordon to transition to the role of mayor. Gordon has waited a long time for this ceremonial post - eight years, in fact. It took him until now, after a one-year stint as vice mayor, to garner enough votes among his colleagues to be given the gavel. Only the outgoing mayor, Emily Gabel-Luddy, abstained from the vote, saying she did so because she had not seen enough evidence that Gordon has the time to make himself available for the varied activities a mayor must attend on behalf of the city.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | May 2, 2014
After Roberta Reynolds took her seat as president of the Burbank School Board on Thursday, she congratulated David Gordon for becoming the city's mayor earlier that day - the first time he was selected for that role after serving eight years on the City Council. Reynolds credited him for raising "some very difficult questions" several years ago over the school district's spending of its previous bond that voters approved in 1997. With the district's accountability in question by several residents as well, Burbank Unified spent $300,000 to hire a firm to perform an audit that discovered in 2011 that no fraudulent activity occurred.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | May 1, 2014
After eight years of serving on the Burbank City Council, David Gordon was selected - for the first time - to serve as the city's mayor. Gordon has been elected three times in the last eight years yet has been passed over multiple times for the annual rotating position, which takes the majority vote of the council. But he did spend the last year serving as vice mayor, which is often a stepping stone to mayorship. “It took eight years…but we finally made it,” Gordon said after he was selected for the position, which drew a standing ovation from the audience.
NEWS
April 29, 2014
This week Burbank's City Council undergoes its annual “reorganization,” the five choosing from among themselves one to serve as mayor. One contingent argues the decision must be premised upon an occasionally invoked formula that weighs placement in the most recent election. Others favor using only seniority and the record of who has not yet been mayor. There have been many battles over the mayor's seat. Among those denied a “turn,” only to later be given the chance, were Mary Lou Howard and Dave Golonski.
NEWS
April 25, 2014
Re: “ Frutos is the right choice for mayor ,” Mailbag, April 23: I see that Alfred Aboulsaad has launched yet another diatribe against Vice Mayor David Gordon. I'm not sure why he is on such a vendetta against Dr. Gordon, but it grows tiresome. Those of us who elected Dr. Gordon think he's doing just fine for the city of Burbank. He endured the slights of the Golonski regime in repeatedly denying him his rightful turn as mayor and he has more than earned that title come May 1. We've had some real losers on the City Council in the past and they all had their turn as mayor.
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
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 .  
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