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UPDATED: Reports of Campaign Signs Being Stolen as Election Looms

For the second time in this current election cycle, campaign signs have once again been reported stolen.  This time, the alleged thief was caught by security video.

Both reported instances to BurbankNBeyond have involved candidates for the Burbank School Board.

Last month, Steve Ferguson announced through Facebook posts that he had several signs stolen one night.  He replaced the signs later that week.

The latest theft occurred Monday night when a business on Magnolia had two campaign signs for Charlene Talbet at approximately 6:50 pm on Monday night.  The theft was reported to BurbankNBeyond through a Twitter post Tuesday that also included a photo.  Later Tuesday night, the business involved also sent a copy of the video of the alleged thief as he collected the two signs and fled.

Unidentified man seen leaving the scene after allegedly taking Charlene Talbot campaign signs

Unidentified man seen leaving the scene after allegedly taking Charlene Talbot campaign signs

Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department said that as of this time no one has filed a complaint or a police report of campaign signs being stolen, but the department was interested in the photos and video.

The campaign signs have become a tradition in Burbank during election time with businesses and residents encouraged to display signs on their property.

Click on the link below to watch the short video

sign theft video

UPDATED Feb. 13  – another reader has sent in a video of his campaign signs also being stolen and he claims that he did call the police.

These signs were stolen on Feb 1 and included campaign signs of Zizette Mullins, David Gordon, Bob Frutos and Juan Guillen from his Jolly Drive home.  The homeowner said that Burbank Police were called after the theft.

Here is the video below of the theft.

Signs stolen from residence

Mullins Receives Multiple Endorsements in Bid for Clerk’s Seat

Mullins emdorsement

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.

Elected Leaders Endorse Aghakhanian for School Board

Per a release issued Monday, the following statewide and legislative leaders endorse Armond Aghakhanian for the February 26th Burbank School Board (vote by mail only) election.

John Chiang, California State Controller
Kevin de León, California State Senator
Alex Padilla, California State Senator
Curren D. Price, Jr., California State Senator
Raul Bocanegra, California State Assemblymember
Bob Blumenfield, California State Assemblymember
Reggie Jones-Sawyer, California State Assemblymember
Katcho Achadjian, California State Assemblymember
Mike Feuer, Former California State Assemblymember
Dario Frommer, Former California State Assemblymember
Felipe Fuentes, Former California State Assemblymember
Mike Eng, Former California State Assemblymember
Warren Furutani, Former California State Assemblymember
“I am proud to have the support of these great leaders.  Their work and accomplishments have been an inspiration to me.  I know they share my commitment to education and I will work hard to measure up to the high standards they have set,” Aghakhanian said.
Aghakhanian is a professor at Burbank’s Woodbury University. For the past five years, he has taught courses in business, management, organizational leadership and government. Aghakhanian also serves the community on the Burbank and Greater East Valley Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors, the City of Burbank’s Community Development Goals Committee and the Burbank Kiwanis Club. In 2010, Aghakhanian was honored with the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
Aghakhanian earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from California State University, Northridge and a Master of Business Administration from Burbank’s Woodbury University. He is currently a doctoral candidate at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology.
Armond Aghakhanian and his wife, Dr. Gayane Gasamanyan, are residents of Burbank.  Their son recently celebrated his first birthday.

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.

Nomination Period Officially Begins for Burbank’s 2013 Municipal Elections

The City of Burbank announces the opening of the Nomination Period for the 2013 Municipal Elections. The Primary Nominating Election will be held on February 26, 2013, and the General Municipal Election will be held on April 9, 2013. The elections, which will be conducted by mail ballot, will seek to fill three City Council seats, City Clerk, City Treasurer and two Board of Education seats.

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.

The Nomination Period opens on Monday, November 5, 2012, at 8:00 a.m. and closes on Friday, November 30, 2012, at 5:00 p.m.