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New Era Begins After City Council Swearing In

Burbank City Council with newly elected Mayor Emily Gabal-Luddy center. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank City Council with newly elected Mayor Emily Gabal-Luddy center. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

While the annual Council Reorganization meeting is in itself nothing earth shattering every year, this year’s had two major questions that were on everyone’s mind.

Vice Mayor Emily Gabal-Luddy presents outgoing Mayor Dave Golonski with his gavel and a plaque during Wednesday's reorganization ceremonies. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Vice Mayor Emily Gabal-Luddy presents outgoing Mayor Dave Golonski with his gavel and a plaque during Wednesday’s reorganization ceremonies. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

To start with, how will Mayor Dave Golonski bow out after 20 years on the council?  Secondly, with a strong showing at the ballot box giving the feel of a mandate, will the new council listen to voters and finally give Dr. David Gordon his due as Vice Mayor after seven years of waiting?

Both questions were answered in the nearly two hour meeting. The first came early as Golonski was very reflective in his final comments, talking about the many items over the year’s that he has helped guided and many of the accomplishments while he has been on the council, and current projects such as the Verdugo Aquatic Center that is set to be completed soon.

Outgoing Mayor presented a gift to his number one assistant son John for always helping him and shadowing him at events. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Outgoing Mayor presented a gift to his number one assistant son John for always helping him and shadowing him at events. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

He also spent time thanking his family and friends in a very touching speech after first thanking all of the department heads throughout the City. After that, Golonski and his family gathered and left the Council Chambers together, leaving the Council at four members.

Swearing in ceremonies followed with City Clerk Zizette Mullins, City Treasurer Debbie Kukta, newly elected school board member Charlene Tabet and incumbant Larry Applebaum, and returning council members Dr. David Gordon, Jess Talamantes and newly elected Bob Frutos all given their oath of office. All that was left was the ceremonial selection of Mayor and Vice Mayor.

City Councilman David Gordon thanks his supporters and welcomes Robert Frutos to the City Council. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

City Councilman David Gordon thanks his supporters and welcomes Robert Frutos to the City Council. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Current Vice Mayor Emily Gabel-Luddy moved up to Mayor as expected and after an inspired speech and talking about a new attitude of working together, showed  that this was indeed a new era in Burbank as Dr. Gordon was selected to the position of Vice Mayor. While both positions are mostly ceremonial and rotate on a yearly basis, Dr. Gordon seemed very grateful and showed some rare emotion, lifting both hands over his head, after the vote was final.

City Clerk Zizette Mullins gives the oath of office to City Treasure Debbie Kukta and City Councilman Jess Talamantes, Robert Frutos, and David Gordon. (  Photo by Ross A. Benson)

City Clerk Zizette Mullins gives the oath of office to City Treasure Debbie Kukta and City Councilman Jess Talamantes, Robert Frutos, and David Gordon. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Being administered the oath of office is City Clerk Zizette Mullins from Assistant City Clerk Susan  Domen. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Being administered the oath of office is City Clerk Zizette Mullins from Assistant City Clerk Susan Domen. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank City Council with newly elected Mayor Emily Gabal-Luddy seated. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank City Council with newly elected Mayor Emily Gabal-Luddy seated. (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)