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February 19, 2013
The Burbank Leader welcomes letters to the editor on all subjects, including local campaigns. We do, however, adhere to a blackout period prior to the day voters go to the polls. So, those who are interested in writing letters related to the March 5 election must submit them by noon on Thursday, Feb. 21 for inclusion in the Saturday, Feb. 23 issue of The Leader. Please send your letters to carol.cormaci@latimes.com .
NEWS
By By Mark R. Madler | December 31, 2005
Stacey Murphy started 2005 as a shoo-in to retain her City Council seat and ended it in a courtroom pleading guilty to drug and child endangerment.In her last vote as a Burbank City Councilwoman, Stacey Murphy approved changes to the city's ordinance on discharges from publicly operated treatment plants. That was on the evening of July 12, just five months after Murphy was re-elected to her position by a margin of more than 60% in the primary election. The following day the popular, straight-talking Murphy would have the spotlight of media attention focused on her for another reason -- her arrest on a felony possession of cocaine charge and a misdemeanor child endangerment charge.
NEWS
By Ani Amirkhanian | November 18, 2006
BURBANK — The Board of Education agreed on Thursday to select an interim trustee to fill the seat of trustee Paul Krekorian, who is leaving next month to begin his term as state assemblyman. Trustees need to select a temporary board member to fill Krekorian's unexpired term, which expires April 30, Supt. Greg Bowman said. With Thursday's vote, the board will wait for April's election, when voters will have a chance to select a permanent trustee. Krekorian has submitted his letter of resignation as a board member, effective on Dec. 4. Bowman wants the board to appoint someone immediately, knowing that the school board election is coming up early next year, he said.
NEWS
By Alison Tully | June 28, 2008
Ken Ahearn has never seen a presidential election so unique. “Finally we are waking up to what we should do,” he said. “Which is in Martin Luther King’s words, looking at one another’s abilities, not the color of one’s skin.” Ahearn, 80, was one of 20 members of the Burbank Democrats, a local political activist group, gathered Thursday evening to munch on grilled burgers and hot dogs and discuss politics, especially the presidential campaign of Sen. Barack Obama.
NEWS
March 6, 2010
On April 13, voters in the 43rd Assembly District will cast their ballots in a special election for the remainder of Paul Krekorian’s term. If no candidate gets more than 50%, a runoff takes place June 8 to decide the victor. Also on June 8 will be the regular primary election for the same district seat for the regular Nov. 2 election, which, in turn, will decide who serves in the state Assembly for the full two-year term. If this sounds like a mess, it is. That voters will have to go to the polls at least three, maybe four, times between April and November for the same seat, each time racking up the bill for local government, is a bureaucratic absurdity.
NEWS
February 26, 2005
Rosette Gonzales Four of the six candidates vying for two seats on the Burbank School Board will proceed to a run-off in April's general election. Primary election results released just before midnight on Tuesday favored Susan Bowers with 3,413 votes and Debbie Kukta with 3,358. Larry Applebaum followed with 2,780 and Nikki Capshaw picked up 2,364 votes. Roland Armstorff and Ira Lippman will not advance to the general election. "I'm very pleased with the results and it's nice to be so close to the top," Kukta said.
NEWS
February 26, 2003
AS IF YOU ASKED Hooray, the election is over! Now we can look forward to the election! Regular readers know Burbank's municipal elections are a two-step process, and yesterday's primary was the first. As I write this, the polls haven't even closed yet. But candidates who won more than 50% of the votes automatically win their seat, and will take office May 1. The top two finishers for each remaining vacancy will continue to the general election April 8. Residents who don't read this newspaper or otherwise monitor local politics and politicians were doubtless puzzled by the recent spate of campaign signs, this so soon after November's statewide brawl.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | February 15, 2013
Facing criticism that she used a Burbank Unified school board candidate's political consulting company for her election campaign, Interim City Clerk Zizette Mullins this week called it a “non-issue.” Mullins, who is seeking election to the post after being appointed to fill a vacancy, said she didn't know school board candidate Steve Ferguson was associated with the company. And Mullins said that all transactions were done through Devin Cotter, who she did not realize was business partners with Ferguson until well after the fact.
NEWS
By Melanie Hicken | June 5, 2010
After months of campaigning and a contentious primary election, Democrat Mike Gatto and Republican Sunder Ramani will face off in a special election Tuesday for the 43rd Assembly District. The winner will serve the district, which represents Glendale, Burbank and parts of Los Angeles, until the end of the current legislative session in November. Tuesday also serves as the primary election for that Nov. 2 election for a full two-year term that begins next year. The seat has been vacant since January when Paul Krekorian left to serve on the Los Angeles City Council, leaving state Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge)
NEWS
May 21, 2013
As the City Council considers eliminating Burbank's primary election ("Burbank ponders dropping primary," May 18) let's think beyond a choice between primary/run off and general election and consider ranked choice voting as an effective alternative. Reducing the current election cycle would save money. More importantly, it would reduce the campaign expenditures needed to be successfully elected. Given the increasing outside money in recent Burbank elections, reducing the pressure on candidates to raise money would certainly benefit Burbank.
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March 13, 2014
A Missouri lawmaker, Rep. Rick Brattin (R-Harrisonville), contends that public school children in his state who question Darwinian theory are ridiculed. He introduced a bill into the state's General Assembly that would allow parents to opt their children out of evolution teaching. "What my bill would do is it would allow parents to opt out of natural selection teaching," Brattin told a Missouri TV channel, KCTV. "It would not prohibit the child from going through biology from learning about cell structure, DNA and the building blocks of life.
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THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | August 9, 2013
The top fundraisers in Burbank City Council election this year were left with the most disappointing results, recent campaign reports show. The labor union-sponsored political action committee - Burbank Residents Opposed to Jess Talamantes Slashing Public Safety - spent the most money, but was unsuccessful in its effort to boot  the councilman from the dais. Funded by Local 770 United Food and Commercial Workers Union political action committee, the group spent $29,725 in the attempt to unseat the retired firefighter, and last week reported having $10,927 in outstanding debt, records show.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | May 25, 2013
Burbank's primary election will live on after the City Council on Thursday decided not to pursue plans to cut the first of a two-step electoral process in order to save roughly $72,000 a year. Doing so would have required voter approval. The change would have left the city with an extra $144,700 - the average cost of the primary - in its coffers every two years, but the savings was not enough to sway the council. "The cost savings are minimal and I don't think they should be considered in a democracy," said Councilman David Gordon, adding that a one-election system would skew results in favor of incumbents.
NEWS
May 21, 2013
As the City Council considers eliminating Burbank's primary election ("Burbank ponders dropping primary," May 18) let's think beyond a choice between primary/run off and general election and consider ranked choice voting as an effective alternative. Reducing the current election cycle would save money. More importantly, it would reduce the campaign expenditures needed to be successfully elected. Given the increasing outside money in recent Burbank elections, reducing the pressure on candidates to raise money would certainly benefit 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
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.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 12, 2013
Voter turnout in Tuesday's general election reached 18%, with 11,161 out of 60,623 registered voters participating, according to the final election results. In the City Council race, David Gordon came in first with 5,430 votes, while Jess Talamantes finished second with 5,290 votes, results show. Mayor Dave Golonski and David Nos finished with 4,571 and 4,367 votes, respectively. In the Burbank Unified school board race, winners Larry Applebaum and Charlene Tabet amassed 5,882 and 4,967 votes, respectively.
NEWS
April 12, 2013
If I believed in evolution, I'd fear we are devolving into apes with clubs, the clubs being words. I received another hit piece in the mail this week re: Jess Talamantes. I have seen too many hit pieces over the last few years. One is too many, no matter the target. Our local politics have become a microcosm of national politics - special-interest folks with unlimited funds railroading their chosen candidates into office by assassinating the characters of their competitors. Really?
THE818NOW
April 8, 2013
During the last stretch before Tuesday's general election in Burbank, fundraising continued among the four candidates competing for two seats on the Burbank City Council, recent reports show. City Council incumbent Dave Golonski raised $3,410 over the most recent reporting period spanning March 24 to April 3 from 22 sources, boosting his total since the start of the campaign to $18,983. He received $250 each from the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters, Disney Worldwide Services and Warner Bros.
THE818NOW
April 5, 2013
With just four more days until the Burbank general election, officials say it's too late to mail ballots in, but votes can still be cast. Residents can drop off ballots at five locations - the Buena Vista Library, Joslyn Center, Tuttle Center, McCambridge Recreation Center and the city clerk's office at City Hall - between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday and between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesday. The City Clerk's Office will also be open for drop-offs on Friday and Monday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Officials are hoping to exceed the primary voter turnout, during which the city collected 9,869 ballots out of 61,170 eligible voters.
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