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Hundreds Gather to Honor Former Councilman Dave Golonski

Several hundred joined together at The De Luxe Banquet Hall next to Burbank’s City Hall to give thanks and present gifts to outgoing City Council member Dave Golonski.

Dave gets thanked by one of the hundreds that stopped by for the occasion. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Dave gets thanked by one of the hundreds that stopped by for the occasion. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank’s new Mayor Emily Gabal-Luddy, was the MC, inviting several guests to speak about their time serving with Dave Golonski. One of the speakers who served with Golonski was current airport commissioner Bill Wiggins, who shared several funny stories of their time working together.

He reflected on several of the great projects Golonski spearheaded, such as the Elmwood Focus Neighborhood. When approached on the council, he then met with gang officer Ed Skarvina, who told them the problems with the block, drug deals, shooting, robberies, etc.

Chief Scott LaChasse  holds a Golden Eagle that was presented to Dave Golonski from the Command Staff of The Burbank Police Department. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Chief Scott LaChasse holds a Golden Eagle that was presented to Dave Golonski from the Command Staff of The Burbank Police Department. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Golonski teamed up with the Police Department, Public Works, City Attorney’s Office, and Redevelopment, and when they were all done, the neighborhood was so safe that Council member Wiggins recalled he visited the neighborhood one day, driving his new convertible Jaguar.  When he returned to his car, which he left the top down, not a thing was touched. The neighborhood now is a model for cities across the nation.

Congressman Adam Schiff flew in from out of State to wish Golonski good luck and thanked him for so many projects he completed over his 20 years of public service.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Then there was a video presentation of Golonski’s 20 years on the City Council – from the first argument at the podium with the then Mayor Robert Bowne – to pictures of him wearing a Santa Claus suit during one of the Burbank On Parades to get attention on a matter that was close to his heart. The video also had several former Mayors speak and former City Manager Robert Bud Ovurm, who truly felt that Burbank is a better place with Dave Golonski serving the past 20 years.

Dave Golonski with his grandson check out the yummy cakes during his thank you party.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Dave Golonski with his grandson check out the yummy cakes during his thank you party.(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Proclamations were presented along with plenty of gifts, including an over-sized thank you card that everyone in attendance got to sign.

Golonski got the chance to thank everyone in attendance including his wife, Barbara Sykes and his family. He received a standing ovation as he ended and greeted everyone as they left.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Golonski Replaces Talamantes as Mayor of Burbank

Presenting outgoing Mayor Jess Talamantes with his City Council Badge & Plaque is Vice Dave Golonski. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Dave Golonski was elected the new Mayor of Burbank by a 4 to 1 vote at the City Council’s annual reorganization meeting Tuesday. He takes over the helm from Jess Talamantes, who will continue his term as a Council Member.

“I am committed to working with citizens from every corner of our city to bring about economic growth while preserving the neighborhood character that makes us all proud to call Burbank home,” says Golonski.  “I believe meaningful community engagement and having a well-informed citizenry are important goals for this upcoming year.”

A veteran of municipal government, Mayor Golonski has served as Burbank’s Mayor three other times over his tenure, rotating the position with his fellow council members. Known for his passion and commitment to sustainability and protecting our most valued natural resources, he works tirelessly to ensure Burbank is fostering a healthy environment for current and future generations. Since joining the council in 1993, he has served on numerous critical committees tackling issues related to youth, homeless services, housing, and infrastructure. A resident of Burbank for more

New Mayor Dave Golonski listens to Councilman Gary Bric recommending the Vice Mayor. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

than 20 years, Golonski is married to his wife Barbara and they have three children – Randi, Russell, and John. They are also the proud grandparents of Grant and JoAnn.

Also at Monday’s meeting, Council Member Emily Gabel-Luddy was elected Vice Mayor by a 4 to 1 vote with Councilman David Gordon casting both no votes.

Vice Mayor Gabel-Luddy was elected to the Burbank City Council in 2011 but her service to Burbank began a decade ago when she was appointed to the Planning Board. During that time, she also served the community as a member of the Blue Ribbon Task Force for Affordable Housing and the Sustainable Burbank Commission. She and her husband Bill have lived in Burbank for almost 20 years.

Each year, the Mayor and Vice-Mayor are chosen from among the five Burbank council members and alternate on an annual basis.

Burbank's new Mayor, David Golonski, sits in the Mayor's chair for his fourth time as his Vice Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy thanks her fellow council members. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)