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April 13, 2012
Two things drastically need to change in Burbank city politics. First, the way the mayor is chosen. The people should have a right to say who runs our city. We should vote in the mayor. Second, and importantly, there should be term limits. I would vote for a three-term limit. Steve Urbanovich Burbank
NEWS
May 9, 2001
Your editorial ("It's voting time, again," April 7) that suggested Councilman Dave Golonski should not be voted to a third term doesn't hold water. He ran again because he was motivated to continue in his job to serve Burbank. He doesn't need to be a councilman. He has a full-time job in private business as an executive. He doesn't have a rah-rah personality, so he might not be the type to lead the troops into battle. However, he is tough and independent and performs a service.
NEWS
March 8, 2013
The people of Burbank have spoken loud and clear. I, too, agree it is time for a big change in this great community. We have been craving new ideas and new leadership and the time has come. In electing Bob Frutos, as a freshman council member, it is a new beginning. I encourage all my fellow voters to move forward with the same strength and courage and to elect another newcomer - David Nos - on April 9. Then we can once again come together and face new challenges and changes for our council including term limits.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | March 22, 2013
In 1993, Bill Clinton was inaugurated as the 42nd president of the United States. The popular NBC sitcom "Friends" was being developed under the title, "Insomnia Café. " It's also when Dave Golonski, then 34, was first elected to the Burbank City Council. Twenty years later, he's running for an unprecedented sixth term. Critics who say he's been in office too long have suggested instituting term limits, while supporters value what they call his years of dedication and experience.
NEWS
April 4, 2001
Having publicly stated in the past that I am in favor of term limits, I would also like to publicly state what we all know -- there are exceptions to every case. I believe that Dave Golonski is an exception, or more aptly, exceptional. I believe that when an individual demonstrates he can do a job well and desires to continue in that job, as is the case with Dave, then vote him in. I have had the pleasure of working with Dave Golonski for the past eight years and have come to admire Dave's honesty, work ethic and unique ability to "think outside the box."
NEWS
November 11, 2006
You don't even have to be alive to vote On Tuesday, I went to vote in Glendale. When I got to the polling place, there were about a half-dozen voters ahead of me in line. Each took out their driver's license and showed it to the poll-watchers, who checked their name on two lists. When I got to the head of the line I did not recognize or know the poll-watcher. I had never seen him before and he had never seen me before. He probably did not know me from Adam. I did not show my driver's license, for I knew that the California election laws are written so as to not discourage illegal aliens and dead people from voting.
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By Eric Michael Cap | November 1, 2006
I strongly oppose a majority of the Charter Review Committee's recommended changes, as I believe these changes are nothing more than tools to help perpetuate the status quo. They want take away our right to choose a replacement council member via a special election in the event of a vacancy, as well as taking away our right to elect our own city clerk and treasurer. Why? So that they can control who sits in those seats. It seems the powers that be aren't happy that the people of Burbank chose David Gordon in our recent special election over their hand-picked candidate Bill Wiggins, so they want to take that away from us. They also want to do away with the four-fifths vote required to approve our city budget.
NEWS
By By Vince Lovato | December 10, 2005
Rep. Adam Schiff, a Democrat who represents Glendale and Burbank, called for a Government Accountability Office investigation of the Internal Revenue Service practices regarding the tax-exempt status of churches and other houses of worship. Schiff requested a report from the IRS on its practices following reports that All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena was under investigation after an anti-war sermon given by the Rev. George Regas in 2004. Schiff joined two other members in a bipartisan request for a formal investigation.
FEATURES
By Don Mazen | June 21, 2006
In response to the well-written editorial "Don't take democracy for granted," on June 10-11, the apathy that has infected American voters can be traced largely to what is happening in the U.S. political picture, which only gets gloomier and gloomier as the days pass and the voter turnout plummets. I have to say with strong conviction that there are too many politicians who don't give a tinker's damn about the American people. These Washington, Sacramento and local "leaders" only represent themselves and their self-serving interests.
NEWS
July 25, 2009
When Democratic Assemblyman Paul Krekorian announced his candidacy for Los Angeles City Council midway through his second term in Sacramento, we expected his detractors to have a field day, and they did. Almost immediately, they responded with calls for his resignation, claiming he’d be a deadbeat representative for the Assembly’s 43rd District while pursuing Los Angeles’ District 2 seat. Jane Barnett, chairwoman of the Republican Party of Los Angeles County, argued in her July 9 letter calling for Krekorian’s resignation that his announcement was likely nothing more than Paul taking care of Paul, a pursuit of “higher salary, less commute, bigger office and the ability to walk away from our state chaos he helped create.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | March 22, 2013
In 1993, Bill Clinton was inaugurated as the 42nd president of the United States. The popular NBC sitcom "Friends" was being developed under the title, "Insomnia Café. " It's also when Dave Golonski, then 34, was first elected to the Burbank City Council. Twenty years later, he's running for an unprecedented sixth term. Critics who say he's been in office too long have suggested instituting term limits, while supporters value what they call his years of dedication and experience.
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NEWS
March 15, 2013
Your correspondents' attacks on Dave Golonski raise some interesting points. How is it that Golonski has kept his seat on the City Council for 20 years? Because voters have been satisfied with the job he has been doing. He acts like a dictator, writes Arthur Booth. I say that is hard to do when you are one vote out of five. Other than that absurd accusation, there is no substance to either attack on the mayor. What can be substantiated, and in fact should be well known to at least those citizens who bother to vote, is that the city is confronting serious issues that will need council members who know the law, know how City Hall and Sacramento work, and are prepared to put in the time to read the documents and fully grasp the alternative courses of action and their consequences.
NEWS
March 8, 2013
The people of Burbank have spoken loud and clear. I, too, agree it is time for a big change in this great community. We have been craving new ideas and new leadership and the time has come. In electing Bob Frutos, as a freshman council member, it is a new beginning. I encourage all my fellow voters to move forward with the same strength and courage and to elect another newcomer - David Nos - on April 9. Then we can once again come together and face new challenges and changes for our council including term limits.
NEWS
April 13, 2012
Two things drastically need to change in Burbank city politics. First, the way the mayor is chosen. The people should have a right to say who runs our city. We should vote in the mayor. Second, and importantly, there should be term limits. I would vote for a three-term limit. Steve Urbanovich Burbank
NEWS
July 25, 2009
When Democratic Assemblyman Paul Krekorian announced his candidacy for Los Angeles City Council midway through his second term in Sacramento, we expected his detractors to have a field day, and they did. Almost immediately, they responded with calls for his resignation, claiming he’d be a deadbeat representative for the Assembly’s 43rd District while pursuing Los Angeles’ District 2 seat. Jane Barnett, chairwoman of the Republican Party of Los Angeles County, argued in her July 9 letter calling for Krekorian’s resignation that his announcement was likely nothing more than Paul taking care of Paul, a pursuit of “higher salary, less commute, bigger office and the ability to walk away from our state chaos he helped create.
NEWS
July 7, 2007
In hopes of succeeding state Sen. Jack Scott, former Assemblywoman Carol Liu is gearing up for a possible state Senate campaign in 2008. Though Liu, the former mayor of La Cañada Flintridge, has not officially announced her candidacy, she has set up a fundraising committee and filed a statement of intent to run with the California Secretary of State. "I think my time in the Assembly was very short," Liu said. "I have a lot of work left undone." Liu, a Democrat, was termed out of her Assembly seat in December after six years representing the 44th Assembly District ?
NEWS
November 11, 2006
You don't even have to be alive to vote On Tuesday, I went to vote in Glendale. When I got to the polling place, there were about a half-dozen voters ahead of me in line. Each took out their driver's license and showed it to the poll-watchers, who checked their name on two lists. When I got to the head of the line I did not recognize or know the poll-watcher. I had never seen him before and he had never seen me before. He probably did not know me from Adam. I did not show my driver's license, for I knew that the California election laws are written so as to not discourage illegal aliens and dead people from voting.
NEWS
By Eric Michael Cap | November 1, 2006
I strongly oppose a majority of the Charter Review Committee's recommended changes, as I believe these changes are nothing more than tools to help perpetuate the status quo. They want take away our right to choose a replacement council member via a special election in the event of a vacancy, as well as taking away our right to elect our own city clerk and treasurer. Why? So that they can control who sits in those seats. It seems the powers that be aren't happy that the people of Burbank chose David Gordon in our recent special election over their hand-picked candidate Bill Wiggins, so they want to take that away from us. They also want to do away with the four-fifths vote required to approve our city budget.
FEATURES
By Don Mazen | June 21, 2006
In response to the well-written editorial "Don't take democracy for granted," on June 10-11, the apathy that has infected American voters can be traced largely to what is happening in the U.S. political picture, which only gets gloomier and gloomier as the days pass and the voter turnout plummets. I have to say with strong conviction that there are too many politicians who don't give a tinker's damn about the American people. These Washington, Sacramento and local "leaders" only represent themselves and their self-serving interests.
NEWS
By By Vince Lovato | December 10, 2005
Rep. Adam Schiff, a Democrat who represents Glendale and Burbank, called for a Government Accountability Office investigation of the Internal Revenue Service practices regarding the tax-exempt status of churches and other houses of worship. Schiff requested a report from the IRS on its practices following reports that All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena was under investigation after an anti-war sermon given by the Rev. George Regas in 2004. Schiff joined two other members in a bipartisan request for a formal investigation.
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