Letter to the Editor: Burbank Mayor Explains His Run for California State Assembly

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Letter to the Editor:

This has been the question I’ve received consistently from my constituents and neighbors over the last year.  I have been wary of addressing this valid question on the dais at City Hall because I don’t believe it’s appropriate to discuss my political activities during official city business. 

I am running to be your next Assemblymember because I see a huge need for experienced, battle-tested leadership at a time when our state government is working to address a housing crisis, growing homelessness problem, rising crime rates, and an impending climate crisis, while inheriting a forecasted $68 billion deficit.  I don’t believe that any other candidate is as prepared as I am to navigate this difficult position and ensure Burbank’s long-term prosperity.  That’s why I humbly submit my name to the voters as a candidate in next month’s primary election.

By no means am I leaving our beloved city to run for higher office, but instead am aspiring to continue my service to our community by representing it at the state level.

I am often asked what I feel my colleagues and I have accomplished in my 3+ years on the City Council.  The short answer is “a lot.”  When I took office in December 2020, the City of Burbank had a recurring General Fund deficit of several million dollars.  That deficit was quickly eliminated, and we now forecast a recurring General Fund surplus for the foreseeable future. 

My colleagues and I adopted an ambitious update to the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan, reduced homelessness by nearly 10%, approved more affordable housing units than had been entitled in the prior two decades, and have maintained a safe community with exceptional police, fire, and emergency medical services.  I am so proud of what we have accomplished with the help of our dedicated city staff and community members.

Burbank is our home.  I love this community and my neighbors. But the stakes have never been higher.  I’m running today because I am motivated to ensure that our children and grandchildren inherit a community that is safe, affordable, and sustainable.  We need someone in the state legislature who will be a champion for public education.  We need someone who takes the climate emergency seriously.  We need someone who is prepared to balance our budget without cutting essential services and programs to our seniors, kids, and those with disabilities. 

I hope to earn your support.  To learn more, please visit: www.VoteNickSchultz.com.

Nick Schultz
Candidate for Assembly District 44

    BurCal Apartments8715

    2 COMMENTS

    1. 𝙌𝙪𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 𝙁𝙤𝙧 𝘾𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙞𝙙𝙖𝙩𝙚 𝙉𝙞𝙘𝙠 𝙎𝙘𝙝𝙪𝙡𝙩𝙯:

      Your recent social media posts have stated you advocate “Healthcare for ALL.”
      Question: Are you actually favoring providing healthcare for all, including those who illegally enter our country today, tomorrow, etc.? Are you including procedures like heart valve replacement, which can cost over $250,000? If so, have you done the math? Have you considered California Governor’s recently signed bill providing healthcare for all illegal aliens under the MediCal program, and how this will impact low-income Californians currently on MediCal and their long waiting period to receive what many of them consider substandard care?

      Question: With the current County District Attorney’s election in 4 weeks, will you, as candidate and as current Burbank Mayor, please disclose whether you do or do not support the re-election of 𝗚𝗲𝗼𝗿𝗴𝗲 𝗚𝗮𝘀𝗰𝗼𝗻. Candidate 𝗞𝗼𝗻𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗔𝗻𝘁𝗵𝗼𝗻𝘆, who you have donated to for his campaign, has already gone on record stating he supports George Gascon and also donated to Gascon’s campaign. He was transparent in making such a disclosure.

      You state you are transparent. These are important issues. Please be transparent here. Thank you candidate Nick Schultz.

    2. Mr. Schultz, as you know I have followed BWP’s IRP plan and researched what the legislators and Governor want to do with eliminating fossil fuels. Those mandates would result in a 400% increase in rates for electricity. Which effects lower and middle income families the most. Currently, there aren’t enough materials to meet the stat’s mandates and BWP will likely face a fine in the millions of dollars. There needs to be more attention paid to the costs and consider pushing back the deadlines to avoid hurting the residents of Burbank who can afford it the least. I would also ask you to comment on what I believe is a conflict of interest between you and Vice Mayor Perez. Your campaign is paying her partner as a consultant. Thank you.

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