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Burbank City Clerk visits Government classes at Burbank High School

Burbank City Clerk Zizette Mullins visited Christina Fahad’s Government classes at Burbank High School last week. Mullins talked to students about the importance of voting, explained Measure B (Voter Approval for Burbank’s Airport Terminal Projects) which will be on the November ballot, and explained the structure of the government of the City of Burbank. Thirty-five BHS students registered to work in polling places around the city for the election on November 8 through the Student Polling Program of Los Angeles County.

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Picture courtesy BUSD

Mullins said, “I am pleased to announce that after speaking with Ms. Fahad’s government classes about the upcoming elections (national, state, and municipal), almost 150 students committed to register to vote.  This was also an excellent opportunity to speak to our future voters about our government and the importance of participating in it. The students were very engaged and I feel that this presentation helped them understand that every vote counts and encouraged them to actively take part in the election process.”

Mullins explained the new registration forms that enable students aged 16-17 to preregister to vote, which allows the state of California to receive their contact information in order to send them sample ballots and voter information in advance of the first election for which they will be eligible to vote. As well, any student who is 17 but will turn 18 on or before Election Day can also register to vote with the same goal in mind.

Burbank’s City Clerk is Now Also in the Passport Business

The Burbank City Clerk’s office is pleased to offer a new, convenient service to residents of Burbank and nearby communities. Beginning Monday, October 12, 2015, the Clerk’s office will provide passport services to those needing a new passport, or renewing an existing one.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Passport services will be available on the following dates:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Appointments need to be scheduled in advance by calling (818) 238-5851, Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Passport photos will be available during the appointment for a nominal fee, or applicants may bring their own photos.

U.S. citizens must present a valid passport book when entering or re-entering the United States by air. U.S. citizens entering the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land borders and sea ports of entry must present a passport book, passport card, or other travel documents approved by the U.S. government.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Information on the cost and how to apply for a U.S. passport is available at www.travel.state.gov or www.burbankca.gov . U.S. citizens may also obtain passport information by phone, in English and Spanish, by calling the National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778 or 951-826-5200.

For more information, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 818-238-5851.

Burbank City Clerk to Hold Open House for Residents

The Burbank City Clerk’s office will host an open house on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, in recognition of National Voter Registration Day.

The open house is part of the ongoing effort to increase voter turnout in Burbank and inform the public that democracy allows us to use our voice – everyone eligible should participate in the basic privilege of voting.

The event is designed to assist those that need to register for the first time, students who have just turned 18 years of age, or those who need to re-register after changing an address. The open house runs from 8:00 A.M. to 5 P.M. and new voters can pick up a registration card as well as taking a tour of the City Clerk’s office. Voters may also register online at www.lavote.net.

For more information, contact the City Clerk’s office at 818 238-5851 or visit online at www.burbankca.gov/departments/city-clerk-s-office/election-information.

Two Elections Down, One to Go – But Do You Really Care?

It’s election season here in Burbank.  In February, we went through our Primary, March saw us vote on a school bond and April will see us finally fill the two remaining seats on the City Council and two open School Board seats.

In most cities this is an exciting time, in Burbank just a handful of people really seem to get excited.

Let’s examine some issues.

First is this all mail election that we have instituted here in Burbank.  Of course, the thinking is that people are just too busy to leave their house on election day and actually go and vote for something that will effect their daily lives.  Now of course, we are far ahead of the thinking in Washington that still makes people travel to a polling place on a certain day and actually physically cast their vote.

But wait, they also have this thing called an absentee ballot, so that the truly lazy (and maybe some who actually are not available election day) can fill out a ballot and be counted from the comfort of their sofa at home.

In Burbank during the Primary, 9,869 voters actually took the time to fill out a ballot – or about 16% of the 61,170 eligible voters (including my father who passed away over a year ago who still received his ballot).   That was up from the Primary two years ago when only 8,106 voters out of 56,239 (including my father who was alive and did vote) equaled only 14%.  So are we now excited that 16% cast votes?

Let’s break it down even farther.

This past election, voters put Bob Frutos onto the council.  From people I talked to, the real issue was the current direction of the council, the money spent on the police litigation, and there were many who really just did not like the way Frutos was treated after the last election, when losing by just 86 votes, was then removed for no apparent reason from the police commission with the person who defeated him, Emily Gabel-Luddy, along with two of the three incumbent challengers (Dave Golonski and Jess Talamantes) both voting to remove him.  Losing by just 86 votes gave him a strong power base that did not go away, but even grew larger.

With that all said, while Frutos received over 50% of the votes cast, he only actually received only a little over 8% of eligible voters.  In other words, just 8% decided our next city councilman, which is just 5% of the population of Burbank (103,340 per the 2010 census).

Here are some more numbers for you as to why it is important to have your voice heard.

We just voted for a $110 million school bond in March.  While the money is needed for modernization, according to the final numbers supplied by the City of Los Angeles, Measure S won by capturing 61.45% of the yes votes, or 4,053 votes out of 6,595 votes cast out of 61,153 registered voters. (Funny how the County says we have 61,153 registered voters and the City of Burbank says we have 61,170 voters – but my dead father did not receive a Measure S ballot, he did receive a City of Burbank ballot).

Break that down and while 61% of voters that day approved it, only 6.6% of the registered voters approved it.  So 6.6% of voters decided to raise taxes on 93.4% of the voters.  For those who did not vote, you can see the results on an upcoming Property Tax bill – coming soon!

Let’s go back to 2011.  We all voted on this great little thing called Measure U.  At that time it passed 5,270 to 2,562 votes cast out of 56,239 voters, or about a little over 9% of the registered voters.  How did that work out and directly affect you?  Take a look at your cell phone bill.  See that nice new item on there called “Burbank City Utility Tax”?  That amount ($3.27 on my current bill) is a direct result of 9% deciding the fate of an entire city.

Make sure you smile when you write your check!

The bottom line is that Burbank people just do not get excited for elections.  Are you upset that so far the City Council has spent over $7.1 million on outside litigation for the police mess (and how much has been spent by our own payed City Attorneys as part of their work day that should also count).  Does it matter that your cell phone bill increased by $3 a month because you did not vote?

I feel that the all-mail elections are a part of the problem.  Even though you were suppose to mail in ballots, the count was held up for hours on election night because they had to verify signatures on about 1,500 ballots received on the day of the election.

With all mail ballots, candidates don’t know where to campaign. If they go door to door, are they wasting their time because the person has already voted?

Another problem is today’s digital social media.  Candidates think the best way to get to voters is on things such as Twitter and Facebook.  They lose the personalization of the campaign process and the human touch and feel of a race.

Whatever happened to good ol’ fashioned campaign rallies.

“So and so will be speaking at a rally today at the park!  Come and listen to him”.  People would get riled up and go home and talk to their neighbors and friends and dialog would start and issues would be discussed.

Now I am not saying we should get on the back of a train and ride the rails like old presidential candidates, but how public really are our campaigns?  They all seem to be small meet and greets with neighbors and nothing big that would create a buzz.

Now they just hoped to be ‘retweeted’ or ‘liked’ by people.

I also miss everyone showing up at City Hall after an election and watching election results come in.  Yes, they used to use an old overhead projector and a grease pen to post results.  Now it is all done over the City’s Channel 6 that you MUST pay for cable TV to get or you can always come down to City Hall and join the few of us (and a couple of candidates) who still believe in the tradition – except now they wheel out a TV and we watch it like others.

BurbankNBeyond was considering endorsing candidates.  After all, we are the ONLY news service that operates on a daily basis that is owned and operated by Burbank people (who DO vote in Buirbank) and have an interest in the election and it’s results (like our cell phone bills) compared to those that do not live in the City or have no financial interest in the City but wants their advertising dollars.  Sounds like an agenda?

Instead, we will send out questionnaires to the candidates and give you their entire answers.  After all, as you have found by this never ending column, the internet is endless and we can give you as much as there is to give.

The bottom line is get off your butt and vote.

I will leave you this to think about:

Everyone goes out of their way to say how much they support our troops (and rightly so).  But what is it our troops, and the troops of many generations have fought for?  It’s our right to be free and hold free elections.  So if you really do support our troops, then get out and vote, that is one direct way that you can thank them, and in most case your fathers or grandfathers, for the sacrifices they made to make this a great country.

Come on Burbank, you can do better.

Burbank 2013 Primary Nominating Election Results Now Official

Burbank City Clerk, Zizette Mullins, has announced that final results are in for Burbank’s Primary Nominating Election held Tuesday, February 26, 2013.

Of the 61,170 eligible voters, 9,869 ballots were cast (8,106 ballots were cast in the 2011 Primary), representing a 16.1 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 six candidates who qualified for the ballot for the three City Council seats (in ballot order): David Nos (3,165 votes), Robert “Bob” Frutos (5,262 votes), Dave Golonski (4,113 votes), Jess A. Talamantes (4,341 votes), David Gordon (4,705 votes); and, Juan J. Guillen Jr. (2,498 votes).

Robert “Bob” Frutos received a majority of the votes cast and therefore is duly elected to office for a full term of four years, ending April 30, 2017. Since no other candidates received a majority of votes cast in the Election, two seats on the City Council will be filled at the General Municipal Election to be held on April 9, 2013, by two of the following four candidates: David Nos, Dave Golonski, Jess A. Talamantes; or, David Gordon.

There were five candidates who qualified for the ballot for the two Board of Education seats (in ballot order): Larry Applebaum (4,473 votes), Steve Ferguson (3,013 votes), Charlene “Char” Tabet (3,026 votes), David Dobson (2,854 votes); and, Armond Aghakhanian (2,749 votes). There being no candidates receiving a majority of votes cast in the Election, two seats on the Board of Education will be filled at the General Municipal Election to be held on April 9, 2013, by two of the following four candidates: Larry Applebaum, Steve Ferguson, Charlene “Char” Tabet, and David Dobson.

There were three candidates who qualified for the ballot for the City Clerk seat (in ballot order): Gloria G. Salas (2,683 votes); Nonna von Sonn (1,680 votes); and, Zizette Mullins (4,437 votes). Zizette Mullins received the majority of the votes cast for the seat and therefore is duly elected to office for a full term of four years, ending April 30, 2017.

There was one candidate who qualified for the ballot for the City Treasurer seat (in ballot order): Debbie Merta Kukta (6,993 votes); and, therefore is duly elected to the office for a full term of four years, ending April 30, 2017.

Detailed results by precinct can be obtained by visiting the City’s Website at www.Burbankca.gov.

City Clerk Candidate Reports Endorsement

City Clerk candidate Gloria Salas’ campaign has reported that she has been endorsed by the powerful Burbank City Employees Association.

Salas, who has a BA in Legal studies and over 15 years as a Legal Administrator, was interviewed with the other two candidates and chosen as the most qualified.

“I interviewed before the Burbank City Employees Association endorsement group and have received its stamp of approval.  I’m very proud of the endorsement and humbled by it as I am a non-city employee and, yet, met its qualifications for endorsement.” said Salas

“This is particularly impressive and interesting in that she is the only candidate from the private sector and NOT a Burbank City employee like the other two candidates.” said a campaign spokesman.

Mullins Receives Multiple Endorsements in Bid for Clerk’s Seat

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Congressman Adam Schiff with Zizette Mullins

Zizette Mullins, currently filling the term of Burbank’s previous City Clerk Margarita Campos, who retired in June, 2012 has received multiple endorsements from local officials in her own
bid for the City Clerk’s position.

“I’m very gratified by the endorsements and encouragement given to me by State Senator Carol Liu, Assemblyman Mike Gatto, Burbank’s Vice Mayor Gabel-Luddy and Council Members Bric, Gordon and Talamantes, along with former City Clerks Marge Lauerman and Merle Woodburn” said Mullins. “I’m especially thankful for the support of my staff, former City Clerk Mrs. Campos and the many community members who have helped me achieve a successful transition into this office through their advice and suggestions.”

Mullins has been a Burbank resident for more than 30 years and holds a degree in Business Management. Previously, she worked for the City of Glendale for 25 years, most recently filling
the position of Community Relations Manager.

“Elections are only successful if we can encourage a large number of residents to get out and vote,” Mullins said. “I’m asking all Burbank voters to return their ballots by February 26 th and
help us achieve the biggest turnout ever.” Mullins added that the postage on the ballots is being paid by the City this year so, “voting is free.”

Armenian National Committee of Burbank Announces Endorsements

The Armenian National Committee of America—Burbank (ANCA-B) has issued its endorsements for City Council, Board of Education, City Clerk and Measure S— a school bond, for the upcoming all-mail elections and separate March 5 election for the bond.

“We are proud to continue our two decades of participation in Burbank’s elections.  It is part of our efforts to integrate the growing Armenian community in town with all other parts of Burbank’s polity”, said Gaidzag Shahbazian, Electoral/Political Chair.

For City Council Bob Frutos, David Gordon, and Jess Talamantes are endorsed in the February 26 Primary election.  A total of six candidates are vying for three seats on the Council.

Dr. David Gordon, an optometrist, is a seven-year incumbent and was endorsed by the ANCA four years ago when he ran for reelection as.  He has been the strongest, on the current city Council, in supporting issues of concern to the Burbank Armenian community.

Jess Talamantes, a retired firefighter, lifelong Burbank resident, and incumbent, has also been helpful when the community needed matters addressed, and actively reached out seeking the community’s support.

Bob Frutos, a law enforcement professional who has served on Los Angeles’ bomb squad, has worked with Armenian community members on issues of concern.  He was endorsed by the ANCA two years ago when he first ran, and failed to get elected by a slim margin.

Larry Applebaum and Armond Aghkhanian are endorsed in the Board of Education race.  A total of five candidates are vying for two seats on the Board.

Larry Applebaum is a two term incumbent, a former pharmacist, builder, and electronics businessman who has earned the ANCA’s endorsement every time he has run.  He has been helpful countless times to the Armenian community, particularly when Homenetmen has needed facilities for its athletes to use.

Armond Aghkhanian is himself an ANCA activist, educator, and has long been politically active.  He brings the passion of a recent father who wants great schools for his child and will serve as a strong voice for the Armenian community’s needs.

Zizette Mullins is endorsed for City Clerk. A contested election for City Clerk does not often occur.  This time there are three candidates, since the previous Clerk retired several months ago.  In short time she has served, the appointed incumbent, Mullins, demonstrated that she is supportive of our minority community’s needs through her helpfulness.  This is a carryover of her actions from when she served in the Glendale City Manager’s office.

For all these positions— City Council, Board of Education, and City Clerk —the endorsed candidates might get elected outright, or, depending on the vote tallies, move on to the April 9 General election.

Measure S, a proposed bond to pay for Burbank schools’ modernization is also being endorsed, though it will be on the March 5 ballot.    Because of a legal quirk, Measure S will be voted on during a separate, regularly scheduled election on March 5, when Burbank residents will vote for Los Angeles Community College Board members.  This election is a traditional, polling place election.

Measure S is a proposal that will help bring the best of modern technology, whether in the form of computer systems or solar panels, to Burbank’s schools.  By doing this, it will reduce some the operating costs, allowing funds to be allocated to other pressing needs.  All this will come at a cost of just over a dollar and a half per month for the average Burbank homeowner over the next 25 years.

“As a parent, I’m proud that we’re endorsing two strong candidates for our School Board and supporting an important bond measure that will improve conditions for all Burbank students.  This continues our tradition of supporting matters important to Burbank, much as we did with Measure L in 2003 to support our libraries,” said Zareh Khachatourian, ANCA Burbank activist.

Candidates Start the Process for Burbank Elected Offices

Although the race for President is over, the real race in Burbank is just starting.

So far, 16 candidates for a total of seven positions have taken out papers since the nomination period began last week.  Candidates will have until 5:00 pm on Friday, November 30 to file the papers to be able to appear on the February 26 ballot.

Robert Frutos accepts a candidates packet after paying his filling fees, from City Clerk Zizette Mullins. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Three seats are up for grabs and all three incumbents; Dave Golonski, Jess Talamantes, and Dr. David Gordon have all taken out papers for re-election.  Bob Frutos, (who just narrowly lost his bid by a couple hundred votes last year in the City Council race), Ryan Ford and David Nos have also pulled papers for the City Clerks Office.

In the school board race with two seats open, both incumbent Larry Applebaum along with appointed interim member John Dilibert have pulled papers to run with Steve Ferguson, David Dobson and Armond Aghakanian also challenging for the seats.

Three are so far vying for the City Clerk’s job with appointed City Clerk Zizette Mullins looking to keep the job while Nonna vonSonn and Gloria Salas also taking out papers for the position.

At this time, appointed City Treasurer Debbie Kukta has been the only one to pull papers for the City Treasurer position.

The requirements for candidates for elective offices of the City are as follows: a United States citizen; at least 18 years of age; a resident of the City of Burbank for at least 29 days prior to filing nomination papers; and, a registered voter in the City of Burbank at the time of nomination. Qualifying individuals may pick up nomination papers at the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 275 East Olive Avenue, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Burbank’s New Treasurer and City Clerk Sworn In

Deputy City Clerk Susan Domen issues the oath of office to new City Treasurer Debbie Kukta and City Clerk Zizette Mullins at Tuesday's City Council Meeting. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank’s new City Clerk, Zizette Mullins along with new City Treasurer Debbie Kukta, were given the oath of office at Tuesday’s City council meeting.

The oath was administered by Deputy City Clerk Susan Doman at the beginning of the meeting.

Both thanked the council for their support, and stated they look forward to working with staff, council, and the residents of Burbank.

The pair were appointed earlier by the Council to fill unexpired terms.  Both are expected to run again in next year’s election.