Tag Archives: Election 2015

Ballots Arrive in the Mail for General Election

The Burbank City Clerk’s Office is advising the public that the City’s General Municipal Election Ballots and Sample Pamphlet Books have been mailed to voters last week. These ballots feature candidates for Burbank City Council and Board of Education.

Those wishing to vote in the Burbank General Election must complete their ballots and return by mail prior to April 9, 2015, or turn in at one of the drop off centers on Saturday, April 11, 2015, or on Election Day, April 14, 2015.

Please read your ballot carefully, sign it and submit it to the City Clerk’s office.

For questions and information regarding the Burbank General Election only, please contact the Burbank City Clerk’s Office at 818-238-5851 or visit our website www.burbankca.gov/election

Aghakhanian List Endorsements in School Board Race

Press Release received from Dr. Armond Aghakhanian:

Following the Burbank Primary Municipal Election, Dr. Armond Aghakhanian finished in the top spot for the April runoff with a solid 3710 votes.  Dr. Armond, as he is known to friends and students, will be heading towards a run-off in the April 14th General Election.

Since the strong primary showing, the campaign has earned more endorsements from Burbank’s local elected leaders, including Roberta Reynolds and Steve Ferguson.  Both Reynolds and Ferguson won outright in the primary election by garnering more than 50% of the votes.  Since the March primary elections, Dr. Armond has earned the endorsements of all of the members of Burbank School Board, all of the Burbank City Council and all of Burbank’s county, state and federal legislators. In an unprecedented show of support, all of the elected officials in the region representing Burbank can agree on one thing – that Dr. Armond is the right person for the Burbank School Board.

Dr. Armond has earned endorsements from the following list of local Burbank elected leaders and more:

·         Adam B. Schiff– U.S. Representative, 28th Congressional District*

·         Michael D. Antonovich-Los Angeles County Supervisor*

·         Carol Liu– CA State Senator, 25th Senate District, Chair of the Senate Education Committee*

·         Mike Gatto – CA State Assemblymember, 43rd Assembly District*

·         Roberta Reynolds- President, Burbank Unified Board of Education *

·         Charlene Tabet– VP, Burbank Unified Board of Education *

·         Larry Applebaum– Clerk, Burbank Unified Board of Education *

·         Dave Kemp- Member, Burbank Unified Board of Education *

·         Ted Bunch– Member, Burbank Unified Board of Education *

·         Steve Ferguson– Burbank Unified Board of Education-elect*

·         David Gordon– Mayor of City of Burbank*

·         Bob Frutos– Vice Mayor of City of Burbank *

·         Gary Bric– Council Member & Former Mayor of City of Burbank*

·         Jess Talamantes -Council Member & Former Mayor of City of Burbank*

·         Emily Gabel-Luddy – Council Member & Former Mayor of City of Burbank*

*For identification purposes only

Congressman Schiff Endorses Rogers

Press release sent by the Will Rogers Campaign:

Representative Adam Schiff (Burbank, 28th District) has endorsed Burbank City Council candidate Will Rogers in the upcoming Burbank municipal election.

Schiff, a former federal prosecutor who has held offices representing Burbank since 1994, cited his lengthy experience with Rogers.

“I have known Will for over 20 years as a columnist, activist and friend. I know that he will fight for open, honest and accountable government and we would be fortunate to have him on the City Council,” Schiff said.

“Adam Schiff has earned the respect and bi-partisan support of his district by keeping his word, and by aggressively looking after the interests of his constituents,” Rogers said.  “I’m enormously proud to have his support.”

“I look forward to working as a council member with Adam to address the many issues Burbank has that involve interaction with and cooperation from the federal government,” Rogers stated.  “These run the gamut, from airport issues to job development.”

Schiff, a Burbank resident, is Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and has become a high-profile member of Congress on issues related to National Security and Intelligence.  He has also been extremely active on issues of heightened concern to constituents in Burbank, including having authored bills to impose mandatory curfews at Burbank’s Bob Hope Airport and the Van Nuys Airport.

Schiff has also been a champion of Southern California’s entertainment industry, including working to combat intellectual property theft and piracy.  He is a founder and co-chair of the Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus, a bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers.

With Rogers’ record as an investigative journalist, the two men share another priority:  Schiff co-founded the Congressional Caucus for Freedom of the Press, a bipartisan, bicameral caucus which is chaired by Schiff. The Freedom of the Press Caucus aims to advance press freedom around the world by creating a forum to combat and condemn media censorship and the persecution of journalists around the world.

Gary Bric Endorses Chris Rizzotti for City Council

Press Release from the Chris Rizzotti campaign:

Lifelong Burbank resident and local small business owner Chris Rizzotti received an endorsement from Current Burbank City Council Member Gary Bric in his bid for Burbank City Council.

“It’s an honor to receive the endorsement from Council Member Bric who has served our residents for decades. “If elected, I look forward to continue the work of service that Council Member Bric has established to serve our residents”.

Rizzotti announced his intention to run in March and has been working tirelessly ever since, meeting with community members and sharing his vision for a better Burbank. In the past few months Rizzotti received the endorsement of Assemblyman Mike Gatto of the 43rd District, Burbank Police Officers Association, Burbank Firefighters Local 778 and Burbank Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 761.

Chris Rizzotti is the current Vice Chair of the City of Burbank Planning Board. Rizzotti was President of the Burbank Association of Realtors in 2012, received the Realtor of the Year Award in 2013, was President of the Community Service Foundation in 2013, was a Core Team Member for the Measure S Ballot Initiative, and received an Outstanding Contribution Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration. He has been active in civic and philanthropic engagement for many years.

More information about Rizzotti, and details on his vision for Burbank, can be found on his campaign website: www.abetterburbank.com.

City Clerk Announces Final Primary Election Results

Burbank City Clerk, Zizette Mullins, announced that final results are in for Burbank’s Primary Nominating Election held Tuesday, February 24. Of the 61,104 eligible voters, 10,190 ballots were cast (9,869 ballots were cast in the 2013 Primary), representing a 16.6 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 seven candidates who qualified for the ballot for the two City Council seats (in ballot order): Emily Gabel-Luddy (4,170 votes), Juan J. Guillen (2,324 votes), Sharon A. Springer (1,303 votes), Will Rogers (3,563 votes), Elise Stearns-Niesen (1,464 votes), Christopher J. Rizzotti. (2,378 votes) and David Nos (2,151 votes). No candidates received a majority of the votes cast and therefore two seats on the City Council will be filled at the General Municipal Election to be held on April 14, 2015, by two of the following four candidates: Emily Gabel-Luddy, Juan J. Guillen, Will Rogers or Christopher J. Rizzotti.

There were six candidates who qualified for the ballot for the three Board of Education seats (in ballot order): Steve Ferguson (5,107 votes), Armond Aghakhanian (3,710 votes), Roberta Grande Reynolds (5,362 votes), Jesse Tangkhpanya (1,886 votes), Greg Sousa (3,049 votes) and Vahe Hovanessian (2,971 votes). Steve Ferguson and Roberta Grande Reynolds received a majority of the votes cast and therefore are duly elected to office for a full term of four years, ending April 30, 2019. There being no other candidates receiving a majority of votes cast in the Election, one seat on the Board of Education will be filled at the General Municipal Election to be held on April 14, by one of the following two candidates: Armond Aghakhanian or Greg Sousa.

Primary Election Makes Things a Bit Clearer

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

School Board candidate Steve Ferguson speaks to a gathering of supporters at former Mayor Mary Lou Howard’s home as fellow candidate Roberta Grande Reynolds and Juan Guillen and Mayor David Gordon listen in. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Candidates for both the Burbank City Council and the Burbank School Board braced themselves for results that started to come in around 8:30 pm.  Unlike several other elections, the candidates stayed pretty much the same in voting percentage as the night went on before all 20 precincts reported.

In the City Council race, incumbent Emily Gabel-Luddy was the top vote getter, collecting 4,142 votes, which equaled 41 percent of the votes cast.  For a candidate to be elected outright in the Primary, they would need 50% plus one vote. Will Rogers ran a close second with 3,533 votes.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Fellow City Council member Jess Talamantes joined candidate Emily Gabel-Luddy and others at The Ramp. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Also making their way to the General election was Christopher Rizzotti (2,356) and Juan Guillen Jr. (2,303).  With two seats up for the grabs, the top four received a pass to compete.

Not making it was David Nos (2,140), Elise Stearns-Niesen (1,451) and Sharon Springer (1,202).

In the School Board race, there was much better news for two of the candidates, incumbent Roberta Grande-Reynolds and Steve Ferguson, who both received over 50 percent of the vote and were immediately elected. Grande-Reynolds was the leading vote getter with 5,327 votes while second place finisher Ferguson collected 5,068 votes.

Armond Aghakhanian pictured with his son Arameh Alexander Aghakhanian. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Armond Aghakhanian pictured with his son Arameh  Aghakhanian. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

With three total seats up for grabs, one will remain at play with the next two top vote getters, Dr. Armond Aghakhanian collecting 3,678 votes and will face Gregory Sousa (3,028 votes) in the General election.  Vahe Hovanessian  (2,946) and Jesse Tangkhpanya (1,873) rounded out the field.

While the vote count is unofficial, results are not likely to change.  There are about 130 votes that still need to be certified by the County before a final vote count will be reported on Friday according to Burbank City Clerk Zizette Mullins.

The unofficial results show that of the 61,162 eligible voters, 10,103 cast their ballot for a 17% voter turnout. By comparison, 9,869 ballots were cast in the 2013 Primary; 8106 ballots were cast in the 2011 Primary according to spokesman Drew Sugars of the City of Burbank.

Looking over her husband Bill's shoulder is City Council Candid Emily Gabel-Luddy with other supporters.  (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Looking over her husband Bill’s shoulder is City Council Candidate Emily Gabel-Luddy with other supporters. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Current Councilwoman Gabel-Luddy was happy with her first place showing in the Primary, “I feel great. I just want to thanks all of my friends and supporters.

When you are an incumbent, you run on your record. I know that the issues in the future will be development and of course parking and traffic.”

She also believes that in the coming weeks ‘Mansionization ‘ and the Bob Hope Airport will continue to be hot issues that not only the candidates, but the Council will have to deal with.

Candidates Juan Guillen, Roberta Grande Reynolds and Steve Ferguson. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Candidates Juan Guillen, Roberta Grande Reynolds and Steve Ferguson. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“The Airport giving us a deadline really got us to focus”, she said. “How we move forward from this point is very important”

Some other issues she will look forward to dealing with include the Domestic Violence Task Force and additional strategies for traffic in local neighborhoods.

The General Election is scheduled for Tuesday, April 14 and will once again will be an all mail election.

Get Out and VOTE – City Clerk Trying New Outreach Methods

BUSD- Burroughs Career Day

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

This election season you can’t go many places without seeing some reminder that there is a City  Election taking place. Campaign signs are everywhere, on almost every corner.

City Clerk Meet & Greet

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Burbank City Clerk’s office has also stepped up their efforts in getting more people to vote. This year they have sponsored four Meet & Greet events, they have placed several hundred lawn signs throughout the city, huge signs in city parks and street banners. They have also gotten students in all the High Schools involved and even guided them on how to register to vote.

On Saturday February 21  from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm there will be five ‘Ballot Drop Off Centers’ the locations that voters can drop of their voted ballots. Joslyn Center, 1301 W Olive Avenue; Tuttle Center, 1731 N. Ontario Street; The City Clerks Office, 275 E. Olive Avenue; Buena Vista Library, 300 N. Buena Vista and the McCambridge Recreation Center, 1515 N. Glenoaks Blvd.

DO NOT MAIL YOUR BALLOT any longer for this primary election.

BUSD- Burroughs Career Day

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

On Tuesday February 24 is Election Day from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm and you can drop off your ballots to the following locations:

Joslyn Center, 1301 W Olive Avenue; Tuttle Center, 1731 N. Ontario Street; The City Clerks Office, 275 E. Olive Ave; Burbank Adult School, 3811 W Allan Avenue; John Muir Middle School, 1111 N Kenneth Road; Buena Vista Library, 300 N. Buena Vista Street; Allan Edison Elementary School, 2110 Chestnut Street and McCambridge Recreation Center, 1515 N Glenoaks Blvd.

City Clerk Meet & Greet

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A couple of reminders that you must use black pen when marking you ballots. Make sure you remove the stub from the top of your ballot and put it into the Identification/Return envelope. DO NOT fold the ballot card and do not put any other materials in the Identification/Return envelope.

The City clerks office will be available to answer questions on or after Saturday February 21 at 818-238-5851 or via email to cityclerks@burbankca.gov.

 

 

LETTER: Burbank Association of Realtors Endorse Candidates

Letter received from Burbank Association of Realtors

Dear Editor,

As part of our strong advocacy program, the Burbank Association of REALTORS® undertook a rigorous process of asking candidates for Burbank City Council and School Board to submit written answers to a series of questions and to meet with our Legislative Committee and  Board of Directors for an interview.  After intensive discussion, the Association enthusiastically announces the following:

For Burbank City Council, the Association endorses Emily Gabel-Luddy and Christopher Rizzotti.  We believe both these candidates would serve the city of Burbank with distinction and with honor.  Emily has already proven herself to be a thoughtful member of the Council and Chris has, during his tenure on the Planning Board, shown he can listen to all sides of an issue and make well-reasoned decisions with the goal of improving the quality of life of all residents.  We are very pleased that both the Burbank Firefighters and Burbank Police have endorsed both candidates as well.

For School Board, the Association supports Steve Ferguson, Vahe Hovanessian, and Roberta Grande-Reynolds.  These candidates have the backgrounds and experience to lead our school board.  They understand students come first and will work to ensure that limited school dollars are spent wisely.

We urge you to return your ballots today and consider joining us in voting for Gabel-Luddy and Rizzotti; and Ferguson, Hovanessian, and Grande-Reynolds.

Sincerely,
Alisa Cunningham – President

Aghakhanian Announces More Endorsements

As Election Day quickly approaches, today Burbank School Board candidate Dr. Armond Aghakhanian proudly announced the support of Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.  The endorsement is a continuation of outpour of support for Dr. Aghakhanian not only from Burbank’s community leaders and local elected officials but also from County and state elected officials adding to his growing list of supporters which include:

·         Tom Torlakson– CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction*

·         Michael D. Antonovich-Los Angeles County Supervisor*

·         Carol Liu– CA State Senator, 25th Senate District, Chair of the Senate Education Committee*

·         Mike Gatto – CA State Assemblymember, 43rd Assembly District*

·         Kevin de León- CA Senate President pro Tempore*

·         John Chiang – CA State Treasurer*

·         Jeffrey Prang– LA County Assessor*

·         Scott Svonkin– President, Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Board of Trustees *

·         Steve Veres – Vice President, Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Board of Trustees *

·         Mike Eng– Member of Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Board of Trustees *

·         Anthony Rendon– CA State Assemblymember, 63rd Assembly District, Chair of the Utilities and Commerce Committee*

 

*For identification purposes only

Multiple Ballots Cause Confusion for Burbank Residents

With two different elections coming within a week of each other, Burbank residents have been confused when receiving ballots from the upcoming County Election when they thought they were expecting ballots for Burbank offices.

Burbank’s City Clerk’s Office is advising the public that the City’s Primary Municipal Election Ballots and Sample Pamphlet Books were mailed to voters on Wednesday, January 28, 2015.

These ballots feature candidates for Burbank City Council and Board of Education. Those wishing to vote in the Burbank Primary Election must complete these ballots and return by mail prior to February 19, 2015, or turn in at one of the drop off centers on Saturday, February 21, 2015, or on Election Day, February 24, 2015.

Ballots for Los Angeles County Community College District were also mailed to registered voters the week of January 26, 2015. That election is to be held March 3, 2015.

Voters are urged to make certain the proper ballot is returned to the proper location. Please read your ballots carefully and submit the appropriate one to the City Clerk’s office.

For questions and information regarding the Burbank Primary Election only, please contact the Burbank City Clerk’s Office at 818-238-5851 or visit their website www.burbankca.gov/election