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Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Continues An Annual Tradition

Dr. David Gordon, Burbank’s new Mayor, faced a large morning audience for the 39th Annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast last Thursday at the Pickwick Banquet & Entertainment Center.  He shared a story about a WWII prayer that has become an enduring part of history:

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Torrential rains were pelting Germany in the days immediately before the Battle of the Bulge, a crucial WWII offensive against the Nazis. One of the Allies’ most brilliant generals, “blood and guts” George S. Patton, was worried that mud and ruts would frustrate his drive into the remaining Nazi strongholds.

On December 8, 1944 General Patton sent a Christmas greeting to his soldiers. He included a prayer that Almighty God “grant us fair weather in battle” that his soldiers “may advance from victory to victory and crush the wickedness and oppression of our enemies.” (It was like General Patton that he didn’t pray to avoid the fight, but instead to have a fighting chance.)

And indeed, the torrential rains ceased. The Allies went on to win the Battle of the Bulge. The following spring, Germany surrendered.

“Did the prayer matter?” asked Mayor Gordon, putting his finger on a question that believers and non-believers alike have wrestled with.  But most, if not all, of the morning’s listeners have come to believe that prayer has changed their lives and, at times, can change the fate of an entire nation.

The Annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast is a local version of the Presidential Prayer Breakfast held annually in Washington, D.C.  Christian Leadership groups in the House and Senate inaugurated this event in 1952. By then, Russia and China had the bomb and the specter of nuclear war drove many to seek divine assistance to avert it. It’s part of a wider tradition of prayer that includes Lincoln declaring a day of Thanksgiving while the Civil War was still raging, and Washington praying on his knees at Valley Forge in the darkest days of the Revolutionary War.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Ross Purdy (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

First Presbyterian Church Pastor Ross Purdy welcomed the attendees, which included County Supervisor Michael Antonovich; Council Members Gary Bric, Vice Mayor Bob Frutos and Emily Gabel Luddy; City Treasuer Debbie Kukta; School Board Members Ted Bunch, Dave Kemp and Vice-President Charlene Tabet; and School Superintendent Jan Britz.

Village Christian School Headmaster Tom Konjoyan gave the Invocation, followed by a special a cappella performance from singer Shyvonne Johnson.  Ross Purdy followed with introductions, followed by Mayor Gordon’s welcome. Master’s Men member Darrell Taylor introduced Guest Speaker Douglas Howe, whose topic was “4 Prayers We All Can Pray” (see companion article.) Master’s Men member and Pastor Wade Mikels concluded the event with the Benediction.

Sponsoring Club Presidents were Glenn Taylor of Master’s men, Gary Oseransky and Terry Scott of Optimist, Dr. Bruce Lily of Noon Kiwanis, Lee Stacy of Sunrise Rotary and Barbara Howell of Noon Rotary.


Councilman David Gordon Speaks about His Plans for the Burbank Council

Following his victory in the Burbank City Council elections, myBurbank caught up with Councilman David Gordon at the Burbank City Hall.  Never soft-spoken, Councilman Gordon was very candid and direct with his priorities, and for establishing his vision for Burbank.

myBurbank: Now that you have been re-elected to the council, what are your priorities?


Dr. David Gordan

Councilman Gordon:  Well, there are several priorities.  For example, we need to address the police issues.  Where we are headed, the current leadership.  The current chief and the police department.  We have to get to the bottom of the police issues.  We can’t keep going on and on and on over the issue.  We have to get to the bottom of it, and I intend to get to it as aggressively as possible, and soon.

We definitely have to go through the process of identifying and retaining a new city manager.  That’s very important for the future of the city.

We need to tackle the budget that is coming up.  I think there is going to be a new approach, and new emphasis with the budget where we’ll have to cut some things, and make sure we don’t cut other things.

I will say one thing very strongly, that I really do not embrace the concept of outsourcing our employees.  We need to keep the employees of our city whom are here.  They do an outstanding job, we depend on those services, we rely on them and depend on them, and we trust our employees.

myBurbank:  Are the utilities we have in Burbank adequate to push us into the next generation of our city?

Councilman Gordon:  I think we have an incredible set of utilities in the city.  Burbank Water and Power is one of the top utilities in the state, if not the country, and I think we’re well-positioned for the future.  But at the same time we have to address the issues and challenges of renewable energy and the effectiveness of those resources.  We have to take a look on how we may effectively move forward in providing energy and water, and other utility-like resources to the cty.

myBurbank:  And the roads?

Councilman Gordon:  Absolutely a priority.  The roads need to be fixed in an incremental fashion, we just don’t have the wherewithal to overnight fix them all given the hundreds of miles of roads we have in the city.  But we do need to identify those in urgent need of the greatest repair and get those done as quickly as possible.

myBurbank:  At least in the media we see the entertainment industry is starting to relocate or look outside of Burbank.  Are you going to go and get them back into Burbank?

Councilman Gordon:  I don’t know if I personally can go and get then back into Burbank, but I do everything I can to go against the so-called runaway production we’ve heard about.  I really think it’s critically important that we enhance and retain our entertainment industry and the many facets of it that are here in Burbank.

It is a great center not only for film production, but there is music, there are all sorts of technologies, such as animation, so Burbank remains a very big center for all that, and we also have a great resource of talent for all that.

So I’m going to do everything I can, on the council to make sure that the industry stays and we continue to be attractive.

myBurbank:  As far as transportation, high-speed rail, development of the Burbank Airport, perhaps attracting parts of the aviation industry back to Burbank, are those a priority target for you and the council?

Councilman Gordon:  Foe what I have seen and understand about high-speed rail, I’m not prepared to embrace it at this time.  It is a fabulously expensive program, and I’m not impressed at all with the concept of having infrastructure done overseas, the rail, the car, the railroad engines,…  I’m sorry, I don’t like that at all.

I’m ready to make American jobs, support American industry, that is what we need to do.  So as far as high-speed rail maybe it has a place, but right now from what I see I have a lot of skepticism about it.

myBurbank:  How about the Burbank Airport, does that expand, contract, do we try to attract more of the industry to Burbank?

Councilman Gordon:  Well, I have not proposed expanding Burbank Airport.  I can see modernizing Burbank Airport, I don’t see expansion in the future of the airport.  I think it is a relatively small airport, in a relatively confined area.  It is a tremendous asset for the city.

Some of the carriers have left, and we can attract more.  We can modernize, and I expect there will be a rebound after the economic downturn with the airport.  But I am not proposing to expand the airport.


Police Ask for Help into Investigation into Attack on Burbank City Councilman’s Office

Burbank Police are asking for the public’s help in finding the man who through a brick through the front window of Burbank City Councilman Dr. David Gordon’s office front window on March 16.

Police responded around 10:12 pm that night to the Councilman’s Optometry Office located in the 800 block of Hollywood Way.  Upon arriving at the scene, officers found a brick had been thrown through the front window.

A review of a surveillance video shows the suspect arriving in a 2005-2006, Silver/Gray Toyota Tundra, 4DR, with a matching tonneau cover, chrome rims, and a sticker in the lower left corner of the rear window.  The suspect is  described as a male (possibly white), approximately 5’10”, heavy build, wearing a baseball cap, dark-colored, “hoodie” sweatshirt, with white  writing on the front, and light-colored shorts.

Police have not responded to questions as to why this is considered just a common vandalism and not a targeted attack on an elected official.  Also, with the Councilman and a family member inside the office with him, why charges of an attempt with a deadly weapon is not being charged.  There have been no other incidents in the area.

Anyone with additional information please contact Detective Kleinfeld at  818-238-3279.

Police were called to the scene March 16 after a brick was thrown through the front window of Burbank City Councilman Gordon's office on Hollywood Way (Photo by Ross A. Benson)