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Letter: Councilman Wishes All a Happy Holiday Season

Letter to the Editor:

“Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays.” 

“It is time to reflect on all of the blessings for which I am thankful.  

I am thankful for another good year of health for myself and my family.  I am continually honored and blessed to serve as your council member of our great city.   I am also thankful for so many residents who care for our community and get involved in our local government.  It is because of your love and dedication that makes this a great community.  

I am thankful for the dedicated employees that work hard, especially our Police and Fire Departments for keeping our city safe.   I am thankful for the men and women who sacrifice so much to keep us free.  

I wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving and a Happy and safe Holiday Season.

Bob Frutos “


Schiff Endorses Frutos in Re-election Bid

The following release was supplied by the candidate:

Congressman Adam Schiff recently endorsed City Councilmember Bob Frutos for re-election to his seat in the February 28, 2017 election.

“In the many years that I have known Bob Frutos, I have seen him take on very complex issues and work with other elected officials to make a difference in our community. He brings valuable experience to the table that benefits Burbank and it’s residents and I am happy to support Bob in his campaign for re-election to the Burbank City Council.” Congressman Adam Schiff

“I am grateful to have received the support and endorsement from our Congressman, Adam Schiff.  As your councilmember, I am committed to continuing to make a positive and lasting difference in our community.”  Bob Frutos said.

Letter to the Editor: Councilman Frutos and Wife Laura Sending Words of Support

With the recent tragic events in Dallas, I believe it is time of us, residents of Burbank to express our support for our Burbank Police Department:

“For everybody who has a relative in law enforcement or knows somebody in law enforcement and for those citizens who respects the job officers do, we know last Thursday marked a very sad day in Law Enforcement. My husband is a retired police officer and we cannot imagine the grief the officers in The Dallas Department must be feeling. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the fallen officers in Dallas Texas.
We also want to take the time to express our support and appreciation for the Burbank Police Department as the Officers keep our city safe. We are also keeping our Officers in our thoughts and prayers and we “Thank you” for protecting our precious community.”


Laura and Bob Frutos

Magnolia Park Merchants Association Energizes For 2014

Magnolia Park merchants met Wednesday evening, January 8, to discuss ideas for the continued transformation of the celebrated shopping and dining district and the formation of the Magnolia Park Merchants Association. About 50 shop owners from the area of Magnolia Blvd. and Hollywood Way convened at local cafe Romancing the Bean to discuss their concerns and thoughts for growing the eclectic area’s visibility and offerings.

Magnolia Park merchants and agenda speakers gather to talk about plans for the coming year. (Photo By Ross Benson & Lisa Paredes)

Magnolia Park merchants and agenda speakers gather to talk about plans for the coming year. (Photo By Ross Benson & Lisa Paredes)

Led by Ashley Erikson, who does media relations, social media, advertising and event coordinating for Magnolia Park, the meeting touched on several ideas, including beautifying the walking experience by redoing planters and tree bases, hanging ‘Magnolia Park’ banners along the streets and getting signs put up by the city designating the area’s borders, among other topics. Also known as “Miss Magnolia Park”, Erikson and local real estate agent Bryce DeVincenzi, also known as “Mr. Magnolia Park,” engaged all the attendees, drawing out comments and questions from the shop owners.

Several themed ideas for upcoming Ladies Night Out events, held on the last Friday of every month, were also discussed. Get ready for a scavenger hunt, car show, ‘Taste of Magnolia Park’, summer fun fair and an art walk in the coming months. A possible district-wide Second Saturdays monthly event is also being discussed as another option for people to come out and enjoy the area’s festive spirit. Towns Burr Gallery debuts the Second Saturdays event January 11 at their art gallery on Magnolia Boulevard, with live music and small bites.

Representatives from Belly Card showed merchants how the company’s universal and customizable reward card and app would work in the area and throughout the country. Burbank Recycling Specialist Ferris Kawar talked about recycling bins and services and launching Magnolia Park as a “green district” in the city.

Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn talks with Magnolia Park shop owners as Councilmember Bob Frutos looks on. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn talks with Magnolia Park shop owners as Councilmember Bob Frutos looks on. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Sgt. Darin Ryburn discussed theft prevention and scams affecting business owners and handed out informational packets to the group. Ross Benson from myBurbank.com demonstrated the recently-launched Magnolia Park page on the locally-focused website. Council member Bob Frutos stopped by to hear merchants’ concerns and talk about his support of the newly-formed Association and his continued enjoyment of the shopping and eating area. He also complimented the group on the recent success of the Holiday in the Park event held in November 2013.

A few years ago, property owners in the district paid a small tax that funded a P-BID (property-based business improvement district), which paid for city services, media relations and special events throughout the year. However, the majority of property owners voted against continuing the P-BID at the end of 2011, and since 2012, the area’s merchants have been on their own. Basically, most city services like cleaning the sidewalks and closing the streets for big events disappeared. While the area struggled during 2012 with major loss of foot traffic, revenue and special events, the merchants have banded together and turned the monthly Ladies Night Out events into a major draw for the area during 2013.

New City Manager Mark Scott and Councilmember Frutos visited with merchants in late 2013 and encouraged the group of just a few merchants at that time to create an association and communicate with the City Council about the area’s needs and ideas. The buzz that has been created by the monthly final Friday events has re-vitalized the area and hundreds of people visit regularly throughout the week. New stores and eateries continue to open, and Magnolia Park has become a desirable destination to shop and hang out.

Shop owners in the Magnolia Park area of Hollywood Way and Magnolia Blvd. interested in joining the Magnolia Park Merchants Association should contact Erikson, who will also serve as the Association President, via email at amerikson@yahoo.com or at 818-632-6888. The association plans to continue to grow Magnolia Park and provide funding for more events and services from which the entire district can benefit.

Sgt. Ryburn talks about scams and theft prevention with Magnolia Park merchants. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Sgt. Ryburn talks about scams and theft prevention with Magnolia Park merchants. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Gatto, Frutos Team Up to Battle Campus Crime

Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Burbank) introduced legislation this week to ensure that crimes committed on college campuses are properly reported and investigated thanks to the help and insight of Burbank Councilman Bob Frutos. The legislation, AB 1433, would require colleges to report certain crimes occurring on or near campus to local law enforcement to investigate, if the victim does not request anonymity.

Councilman Frutos, a 28 year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, sat down for lunch with Gatto last fall at the Burbank Eatery on San Fernando Road. They were discussing a host of issues when the subject of campus crime and public safety arose. Frutos shared his perspective on the underreporting of rapes and other sexual assaults on college campuses, something that has been in the news often.

“Bob Frutos is not just a Councilmember, he’s a veteran cop, someone who has investigated criminal activity for nearly three decades,” said Gatto. “His insight into the issue and the need for campus crimes to be adequately reported and investigated was a catalyst for this bill. Councilman Frutos opened my eyes to this growing problem on a local and statewide level. ”

The legislation comes after several California colleges have been accused of covering-up on-campus sexual assaults because of concerns that higher crime statistics would lead prospective students to choose elsewhere. The unwillingness of campus officials to involve proper non-campus law-enforcement professionals greatly diminishes the chance that a perpetrator is arrested and convicted. This, of course, can allow a perpetrator to strike again.

“Victims of crime should not see their chances of justice hurt, nor should perpetrators be allowed to victimize others, because a school values its public image more than victims’ rights,” said Gatto. “Colleges should focus on teaching, and leave the investigation of crimes to the professionals — local police and sheriffs.”

Two southern California colleges are currently the subject of a federal investigation for their handling of on-campus sexual assaults and other violent crimes. In addition to the federal investigation, five U.S. campuses, including three in California, are the subject of a federal lawsuit alleging violations of Title IX and the Clery Act. The Clery Act is the federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose (once a year, in an annual report) information about crimes that happen on or near campuses.

In addition to failing to report crimes, several California colleges have also been criticized for failing to notice signs of dangerous or abusive criminal activity. At one state university, the administration admittedly failed to recognize the brutal, racially based abuse of a seventeen-year-old African-American student by his roommates. The abuse was discovered only after the young man was allegedly held captive in his room with a bicycle lock chained around his neck.

“Crimes that occur on campus should not be treated any differently than those that occur elsewhere in our community,” said Assemblyman Gatto. “California law needs to make sure that college administrators involve law enforcement when appropriate.”

Final Results Are Tabulated For Burbank’s 2011 General Election

Burbank City Clerk, Margarita Campos, announced that final results are in for Burbank’s General Election held Tuesday, April 12, 2011.  Of the 56,239 eligible voters, 8,866 ballots were cast (8,106 ballots were cast in the 2011 Primary), representing a 15.7 percent return rate.  With all ballots verified and counted, the results remain consistent with those announced last Tuesday evening, although these numbers now include ballots that were pending verification by the Los Angeles County Registrar/Recorder’s Office.

There were two candidates who qualified for the ballot for the City Council seat (in ballot order): Robert “Bob” Frutos (4,316 votes), and Emily Gabel Luddy (4,411 votes).  Emily Gabel Luddy received a majority of the votes cast and therefore is duly elected to office for a full term of four years, ending April 30, 2015.

There was one Measure on the ballot: Measure U – Modernize Utility Users Tax Ordinance, which received the following vote: Yes (5,720 votes), No (2,562 votes).

Gabel-Luddy Wins Seat On Topsy-Turvy Night

Emily Gabel-Luddy sits down with Burbank Public Information Officer, Keith Sterling for an interview on Burbank's Channel 6 (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

By Stan Lynch

It was an incredibly close finish to an election that saw the lead change several times before Burbank City Council candidate Emily Gabel-Luddy just barely edged out Robert Frutos by a mere 84 votes.
The two candidates were never very far apart as the results of the vote counting started coming out Tuesday night.  Gabel-Luddy took the lead when results from the first of the City’s 42 precincts were posted on the government access channel (Burbank TV 6).  She was ahead of Frutos by 62 votes with 5 precincts reporting. However, when the next posting with 8 precincts reporting went up, Frutos had taken a 95 vote lead.

And so it went the entire evening.  It was a real “nail biter” as the tally seesawed back and forth between the two candidates.   It was a real “cliff hanger” as the votes came down to the wire.  Gabel-Luddy won by a razor-thin margin of 84 votes, 4,400 to Fruto’s 4,314 votes.   The other item on the ballot, Measure U, passed with 5,264 votes for it, and 2,555 against.

A total of 8,853 ballots were cast in the election.  Roughly 15% of the approximate 58,000 registered voters in Burbank cast ballots.   Of the votes cast, a total of 7,819 were over Measure U, while 8,714 were for the council candidate.  That left 139 votes unaccounted for.

City Clerk Margarita Campos explained the discrepancy in the numbers.  “There were some ballots that were blank, while some people didn’t vote for either of the council candidates.”    Campos noted that they even received some ballots from the primary election.   They were not counted.

With such a close race, the difference between the two candidates being less than 1%, some at City Hall on election night wondered if there might be a recount.  Campos noted that the machinery used to count the ballots is tested before the actual ballots are counted, and again afterwards to make sure the count is accurate.
“Of course a candidate can ask for a recount,” Campos said, adding, “But they would have to pay for the cost of it.”

Perhaps it is the “all mail ballot” which really is akin to everyone voting by absentee ballot, but the excitement of election night just wasn’t there at City Hall this election.  A “crowd” of maybe 10 people showed up.  Police Commissioner Jim Etter, his wife, and two of his adult children were among the first to show up to watch the results. Councilman David Gordon joined them for awhile.  Both candidates were noticeably absent, with Gabel-Luddy only showing up well after all the votes had been counted and she was the unofficial winner.  The election should be certified by Friday and the newest council member sworn into office on May 2 along with incumbent Gary Bric who won re-election in the primary.

Those who watch the votes live saw the following results:

Election Results as posted by the City Clerk during the vote counting

Precincts  Frutos Gabel-Luddy Measure U:  Yes  No

1          172          217                          231  110

5          552           613                         716  325

8          878           783                         955  419

11       1,349        1,267                    1,552  704

14       1,579        1,622                    1,914  859

17       1,930        2003                   2,305  1,128

20       2,102        2,160                        –         –

23       2,495        2,498                  2,935  1,469

26       2,817        2,791                  3,315  1,664

32       3,389        3,339                  3,955  2019

35       3,670        3,736                  4,429  2,176

38       3,951        4,090                  4,823  2,362

42       4,314        4,400                  5,264  2,555

42 out of 42 precincts counted.  Total Votes Cast:  8,853

Burbank General Municipal Election Preliminary Results

With 8,853 total votes cast, the following are the preliminary results from today’s General Municipal Election:

(42 of 42 precincts reporting)

City Council

Robert “Bob” Frutos – 4,314 votes

Emily Gabel-Luddy – 4,400 votes

NOTE: Emily Gabel-Luddy joins already re-elected Councilman Gary Bric on the Burbank City Council.  Bric was elected in the primary election in February.

Measure U

Yes – 5,264 votes

No – 2,555 votes

Gary Bric Wins Re-Election, All Three School Board Members Voted Back In

Candidate Robert Frutos, standing with current Councilman Dr. David Gordan, and Jacqueline Waltman anxiously await all the voter precincts to be counted Tuesday night at City Hall. (Photo By Steven J. Lynch)

Burbank City Councilman’s Gary Bric re-election bid proved successful as he picked up 57.5% of the vote during the Burbank Primary Election.  It took 50% of the votes cast plus one to bypass the General Election in April

Bob Frutos and Emily Gabel-Luddy will compete for the remaining open seat in the April 12 election

In the school board race, all three incumbents, Ted Bunch, Roberta Grande-Reynolds, and Dave Kemp all picked up the needed votes to also bypass the General Election.

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