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Burbank Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy And Human Relations Council Host Prayer Vigil

Following Saturday’s massacre in Pittsburgh at The Tree of Life Synagogue, Burbank’s Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy joined forces with the Burbank Human Relations Council and several local clergy to host a prayer vigil on the steps of Burbank City Hall on Tuesday, October 30.

Burbank City Council member Tim Murphy lights Marsha Ramos’s prayer candle during the prayer vigil. ( Photo by Ross A Benson)

Gabel-Luddy, along with Marsha Ramos and Mike Chapman of the Burbank Human Relations Council, opened the event at 5:00 p.m. They introduced Burbank Police Chaplain Rabbi Mark H. Sobel of Temple Beth Emet, who offered a welcome and prayers for the community.

A few inspirational songs were performed for the crowd. Everyone in attendance were given candles to be lit at the conclusion of the event.

Rabbi Richard Flom and his wife Lynn Kronzec read the names of the departed from the Pittsburgh massacre. They are also former members of the Tree of Life Synagogue.

Hebrew school students from the fifth and sixth grade and their family members from Burbank Temple Emanu El walked to the vigil from the Temple located at Bethany and Glenoaks.

Rabbi Nathan Roller of Burbank Temple Emanu El leads student to the vigil from the Temple. ( Photo by Ross A Benson)

Burbank Police Chief Scott LaChasse recounted the Pittsburgh police officers actions on the scene of the Tree of Life mass shooting on Saturday, October 27.

LaChasse read the Police Officers’ Creed: “As a law enforcement officer, my fundamental duty is to serve mankind; to safeguard lives and property, to protect the innocent against deception, the ‐weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the Constitutional rights of all men to liberty, equality and justice.”

“I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all, maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn, or ridicule; develop self‐restraint; and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed in both my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land and the regulations of my department. Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature or that is confided to me in my official capacity ‐will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty.”

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

“I will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, animosities, or friendships to influence my decisions. With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminals, I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence and never accepting gratuities.”

“I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and I accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of the police service. I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself to my chosen profession… law enforcement.”

Burbank Police Chaplain Father Jose Poch of Saint David’s Episcopal Church led the gathering with The St. Francis of Assisi Prayer of Peace.

The Reverend Paul Claireville, who is President of the Burbank Ministers Association, spoke as well and offered hope for the gathered.

Local and State Representatives were in attendance and spoke to the crowd, including State Senator Bob Hertzberg, State Senator Anthony Portantino and Assemblymember Laura Friedman.

The event closed with the singing of “God Bless America” and the lighting of candles. People hugged each other and talked with fellow participants.



City Hall Flamingos Support Mayor’s Battle Against Cancer

On Tuesday, September 26, several plastic flamingo lawn ornaments appeared at the back of Burbank City Hall to show support for Mayor Will Rogers who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The plastic flamingos are a nod to Mayor Rogers’ house which he lived in for a number of years when he jokingly crowded his front yard with the lawn ornaments.

His former neighbor Jill Herbertson had the idea to decorate the back of City Hall with the bright pink birds after hearing the announcement of his diagnosis on September 21. Although it has been a decade since they lived in the same neighborhood, Herbertson felt the need to pay tribute to the Mayor as he battles liver cancer and nonalcoholic cirrhosis.

Councilman Bob Frutos said that this declaration from Herbertson and others who have voiced their support for the Mayor represents the city’s “compassion” and “understanding.”

“A lot of people admire him for being willing to commit to public office,” said Councilman Frutos, on the Mayor’s resilience to continue as mayor despite his diagnosis.

Vice-Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy, who is taking on a few of Mayor Rogers’ responsibilities while he spends some time away from work, sees the kindness expressed by many as a testament to Burbank’s spirit.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“The outpouring from the Burbank community is something I expect: we know each other and like good neighbors do, we support one another,” said Vice-Mayor Gabel-Luddy.

When Rogers first noticed the cliche lawn decorations outside the back of the building, he didn’t immediately make the connection as to what they were doing there. Soon, it was brought to his attention that they were in honor of his service to the community, and represented support from his former neighbor.

(Photo Courtesy Mike Elman)

“I believe that the Mayor would love people to stimulate the conversation about cancer, and making sure your loved ones, once in their 50s, go get tested, and hopefully detect it earlier rather than later,” said Councilman Frutos.

Mayor Rogers is grateful for all the support shown to him as he endures treatment and seeks rest but also urges residents to donate blood and become organ donors to help others in need.

“I have heard Will say ‘give life,’ and I believe it means a lot to him to hear about folks donating blood, signing up to be organ donors and in other ways contributing to health organizations that provide people new beginnings and enhanced survival when they face life-threatening conditions,” said Vice-Mayor Gabel-Luddy.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Congressman Adam Schiff Receives Key to the City

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

On Tuesday, August 22, 2017, Congressman Adam Schiff  was awarded the Key to the City by Mayor Will Rogers at Burbank City Hall. Congressman Schiff represents California’s 28th district and has been a resident of Burbank for close to twenty-five years.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

As for what the Key to the City means to him, Representative Schiff said Burbank “is a wonderful town. It’s nice to come home and see a lot of friendly faces. I’ve got my home here, I can walk to my office, I can go to the movies, I can eat out, we have great city services, I feel safe, it’s just a wonderful community. To get this recognition from the city that I love is really quite special.”

Currently, Congressman Schiff is one of the key Democrats involved in the Russia Probe. When asked what he would say to any U.S. citizens who may have wavering faith in our elected officials, be it on a local level or national scale, Representative Schiff had this to say:

We have very good governance here in the city of Burbank. We have a council here that works together very well and I think is doing good things. On the national level, we’re going through a very hard time. Congress has been dysfunctional for quite a while, the administration is also dysfunctional, but we’re going to get through it. We’ll have some bumps along the road, but there are good people in both parties who are doing their best to work together. We need to see a lot more of that and I’m confident that there are better days ahead.

For more information on Congressman Schiff, you can visit his website here!

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)


image0101The Current  City Hall at 275 East Olive has been in service to the public since the early 1940’s. I have had the privilege of working in this fantastic structure for nearly 30 years. I have come to love this building for it superior design and the beauty of the entire structure inside and out.

Did you know that from the top of the tower to the basement floor it is one solid piece of poured concrete! The art from the paintings to the sculptures and the reliefs on the outside is the finest money could buy in its time.

image009Movies have been filmed inside and out. TV programs are awash With city hall images. Famous people have spoken here to huge Crowds including Richard Nixon and George S. Patton!

City Hall is a truly unique place in our City and I encourage you to get to know this building and the great history it has and learn why it has been placed on the “NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES” by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

city-hall1If you only get into the lobby you will be amazed at the fine artwork from the floor to the walls and the Ceiling. It is truly a beautiful structure. To learn more click on this link http://wesclark.com/burbank/city_hall.html also check out the photo section on BURBANKIA and scroll down to “CITY HALL” http://wesclark.com/burbank/photos.html to see more images of City Hall from the past.



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The authors will be doing a Multi Media presentation and book signing at the Buena Vista Library on November 30th at 7 pm. They will have a signing event at the AUTOBOOKS store on Magnolia Saturday December 3 From 10 am to 2 pm.

Burbank City Hall Hosts OPEN HOUSE Tonight

Have you ever wondered where City Manager Mark Scott’s office is or what decorates his walls? How about Mayor Bob Frutos’ office? Does he really store his bike in his office?

These questions and any others you may have can be answered tonight during what the Mayor is calling an ‘Open House’ at your Burbank City Hall.Burbank Council Reorgzation May 2015=806 Fixed

During last week’s City Council meeting Mayor Frutos asked his colleagues if they would be interested in holding a City Hall ‘Open House’ providing the public with special access and a behind-the-scenes look at the day-to-day operations home of your elected officials.

The offices will be open from 6:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. with all your elected officials offering tours, answering questions and even posing for pictures if you bring your cameras. This includes the City Manager’s office, City Clerk’s office, City Treasure’s office and  City Attorney’s office.

Mayor Frutos has greeted many people in the public and thought his idea is a great way for residents to come ask questions or bring concerns to their attention without having to attend a City Council meeting.

There is plenty of FREE parking behind City Hall and even more in the parking lot located west of City Hall. The Mayor even suggested if you want to come get a picture of him or other City Council members to please bring your camera and they will bring their smiles.

Mayor Frutos also thought this would be a great way for kids to see what the City Hall looks like and to introduce them to the field of public service.