Steve Ferguson’s campaign for the Burbank School Board announced the endorsement of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party.
Requiring support of 60% of the party in order to be endorsed, Ferguson earned the endorsement overwhelmingly with 107 votes out of the total 147 votes cast. Burbank School Board candidates Charlene Tabet and David Dobson, who received 46 and 57 votes respectively, suffered greatly when their support from Charter School Super PACs was brought to light.
“It was clear that Steve Ferguson had the support of his community and that the other candidates had the support of charter school interests. I was proud to vote for him,” said Daniel Lopez who serves as President of the Los Angeles County Young Democrats and as a member of the County Party.
Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair and California Democratic Party Vice Chair Eric Bauman issued the following statement about the endorsement, “Steve Ferguson is a true progressive who will stand up for our kids, and protect Burbank’s Schools from those who would privatize them and forever change our community. The Los Angeles County Democratic Party is proud to support Steve Ferguson – the only candidate who has earned our support for Burbank School Board.
Ferguson replied by saying, “I am sincerely grateful for the support of my party and of my party’s Chairman. This support will be essential as I continue to reach out to the voters of this community in this historic race.”
Steve Ferguson’s campaign for Burbank School Board continued its strong momentum today as Paul Krekorian, former Burbank School Board President and State Assemblyman for Burbank, announced his endorsement of the candidate.
“Throughout my service on the School Board, Steve Ferguson was a strong, committed and effective advocate for our students. I worked closely with Steve when he was a student Board member as we led Burbank’s schools through a very challenging time. I know first hand that Steve Ferguson has the experience, independence, and vision necessary to lead BUSD and to ensure that the quality of Burbank schools will not be compromised,” said Krekorian, who now serves on the Los Angeles City Council.
“Steve Ferguson is not a newcomer to the challenges facing Burbank schools – he has devoted much of his life to fighting to overcome them. Burbank schools will be in good hands when Steve is on the Board, and I am very proud to endorse him.”
In a response, Steve Ferguson said, “Paul Krekorian successfully led the Burbank School Board through one of its most fiscally challenging times and knows what it takes to be an effective School Board Member in Burbank. His endorsement means a great deal to me and I am very grateful for the confidence he has shown in my ability to effectively lead our school district.“
Newly elected Councilman Bob Frutos has endorsed City Council challenger David Nos.
“I am humbled by the endorsement of Council Person Elect Bob Frutos. In partnership with Bob we will work together to bring new leadership, fiscal responsibility and meaningful change to the Burbank City Council” said David Nos.
Frutos joins Gary Bric , Dave Kemp, Ted Bunch and many other past Council, School Board members and other Community Leaders who have also endorsed Nos.
David Nos and his Committee will host a Meet and Greet the Candidate and fundraiser to kick off No’s Campaign for The Run-Off Election on April 9, 2013:
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
145 S. San Fernando Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91502
Wednesday March 13, 2013
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm in the Gordon Biersch patio
The Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA) supports the Burbank Unified School District
Ballot Measure S on the March 5, 2013 ballot.
The expansion of the Burbank Unified School District bond program will allow district schools to
modernize their facilities, including technological resources. As the globalized economy generates more
demand for mathematic and scientific training, San Fernando Valley schools must have modern
classroom and laboratories in order to compete for top universities and jobs. Technology is also of
specific importance in the San Fernando Valley, where television & film production are not only
fundamental to the economic well-being of the greater region but the vitality and productivity of one of
its principal industries.
The time for these renovations is now, as the district is in the unique position of receiving an additional
$10 million from the state if the measure passes. As we strive for the most prestigious schools in the
world, our region must work with our state to maintain a standard of excellence.
VICA encourages the passage of Measure S and the timely investment in educational facility
improvements. Our students need the proper resources to compete and thrive locally, nationally and
School Board candidate David Dobson has received the endorsement of local businessman Barry Burnett.
“I am very pleased and honored to have received the endorsement of local Burbank business leader Barry Burnett. Mr. Burnett’s entrepreneurial acumen and dedication to service have benefited our schools and the community immeasurably over the years. Having the support of such a dedicated and charitable person means a lot to me and I thank him for his vote of confidence.
As a member of the school board I expect to work with such leaders in Burbank to take advantage of their ideas and resources and understanding of the community to best benefit our schools.”
The California School Employees Association (CSEA) announced on Monday that the group has endorsed Steve Ferguson for School Board.
This latest endorsement distinguishes Ferguson’s candidacy as he is the only School Board candidate to secure the support of both labor groups in the Burbank Unified School District.
Mary Hyman, Association President said in a statement, “California School Employees Association Burbank Chapter 674 endorses Steve Ferguson for Burbank School Board. Steve is young but has considerable civic and political experience. We feel he will be a valuable addition to the School Board. He will bring a fresh, but informed, outlook to the School Board and will make his views and his voice heard.”
Ferguson replied to the announcement by saying “Classified employees are some of the most hard working individuals I have ever met in my life, and to have their support is absolutely humbling. I know of their work, I have seen their dedication first-hand and I am incredibly honored to have their support!”
Steve Ferguson also announced the endorsement of Mary Lou Stefano and Former Burbank Mayor Vince Stefano, Jr. “The Stefano’s have given selflessly to this community for years. Their support means a great deal to me as I look to maintain our community’s standards in our schools for future generations.”
Congressman Brad Sherman, who represents Burbank and many parts of the San Fernando Valley, announced his endorsement of Steve Ferguson for the Burbank Board of Education.
“Steve Ferguson’s tenure of service in the Burbank community and to the students of the Burbank Unified School District has prepared him well to be a member of the Burbank School Board. I am proud to endorse him,” said Rep. Sherman in a statement via email on Tuesday.
Ferguson, who last week picked up the endorsement of the Burbank Teachers Association, responded by saying, “This is incredibly surreal for me. I am honored to have Congressman Sherman’s support in this race for the future of Burbank’s school system.”
In endorsing Steve Ferguson for School Board, Rep. Sherman joins a broad coalition of that includes School Board Member Dr. Roberta Reynolds, City Council Member Dr. David Gordon, and Former Burbank Mayors Mary Lou Howard and Marsha Ramos.
In another sign that support for Greg Krikorian’s State Assembly campaign is growing, the California Republican Party (CRP) has endorsed Greg Krikorian for State Assembly in the 43rd District.
“With November in sight, I am honored to receive the support of the California Republican Party,” says Greg Krikorian, candidate for California State Assembly in the 43rd District. “The support of my Republican colleagues is essential as Californians are looking for sustainable solutions amidst a fiscal disaster that has produced the third-highest unemployment rate in the country. I will continue to work hard to ensure my campaign speaks for the people of California who are tired of watching our state suffer at the hands of irresponsible leadership.”
The endorsement comes at a time when Californians are waking up to the reality that for decades, the legislature has placed burdensome restraints on small business owners, passed unfunded mandates, and made it impossible for people to do business in California without paying exceedingly high taxes. Together, Greg Krikorian and the California Republican Party stand in opposition to Governor Jerry Brown’s tax increase measures on the November ballot.
But Republicans are not alone. The June 5th primary was a preview leading to what could be a non-partisan referendum against irresponsible governing on Election Day, November 6, when Greg Krikorian looks to unseat Mike Gatto from the California State Assembly’s 43rd District.