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Burbank Council Member Named SFVCOG Vice-Chair

Burbank City Council Member Jess Talamantes has been named the Vice-Chair of the San Fernando Valley Council of Governments (SFVCOG).

The SFVCOG is a Joint Powers Authority established in 2010 to develop and implement policies and plans including transportation, environmental and development issues unique to the greater San Fernando Valley region.

The Council of Governments is comprised of one Council Member from each of the City Councils of Burbank, Glendale, San Fernando and Santa Clarita, in addition to two Los Angeles County Supervisors and seven Los Angeles City Council Members whose districts encompass the San Fernando Valley.

On Thursday, July 11, 2013, members of the SFVCOG voted to name Los Angeles City Council Member Paul Krekorian as Chair and Burbank City Council Member Jess Talamantes as ViceChair for fiscal year 2013-14.

“I am honored to be given this leadership position to tackle significant challenges like traffic, air quality and planning for our future,” said Council Member Talamantes. “These issues directly impact the quality of life for our Burbank residents and I look forward to making sure that their voices are heard.”

Council Member Talamantes has been a board member of the SFVCOG since its inception in 2010.

City Hall Christmas Tree Makes Its Appearance for 2011

Every tile in the City Hall fountain gets cleaned up for the arrival of Santa & Mrs Claus & Mickey & Mini Mouse. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank City Hall is getting all decked out for The Mayor’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony this Thursday.

Although Burbank’s City Hall isn’t as old as Santa and Mrs Claus, having been built in 1941 and completed and occupied in 1943, it did need a little touching up in places.  This week City crews were preparing for this year’s event. The fountain, for instance, has grout between every tile and needs cleaning.  The fish that squirt water not only get cleaned but the brass around the fish’s mouths get a good brushing.

Forestry Division's Javier Vasquez strings some of the thousands of light that are on this years City Hall Christmas Tree. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Park and Recreation and Community Services division are responsible for getting the tree and making sure it arrives on time. Their crews not only assisted Castella’s Trees to put it into place, they then decorated it.  This year forester Javier Vasquez made sure the star that sits atop the tree properly faces North.

Joining Mayor Jess Talamantes will be Santa and Mrs Claus.   Mickey and Minnie Mouse will make an appearance.  They will all be entertained by the voices from the Burbank High’s award winning choir.  Master of ceremonies for the event will be Galan Gering from “Days of our Lives.”  The fun all kicks off in the street in front of Burbank City Hall at 6 p.m. this Thursday.

The tree might appear to be smaller but the decorations are huge. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Parks & Rec's Forestry Crew gets the City's Official Tree all ready for Thursday's Tree Lighting Event. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Even the fish that sprout water get their teeth brushed before Thursday's big day. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)


The City Hall Christmas Tree is all decked out for Thursday's Tree Lighting Event where Santa & Mrs Claus along with Mickey & Minnie Mouse will preside. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Mayor Talamantes Pronounces Burbank ‘Healthy’ in State of the City Speech

Over 350 City officials and Burbank business leaders gathered at the Burbank Airport Marriott to hear Mayor Jess Talamantes talk about the State of the City (Photo By Ross A. Benson)


Burbank Mayor Jess Talamantes gave Burbank’s annual State Of The City Address Wednesday morning at the Burbank Airport Marriott . The large crowd of over 350 business owners, Chamber of Commerce Members, and City employees were in attendance to hear how Burbank is doing during these rough economic times.  Mayor Talamantes presented his address that Burbank is healthy and presented a differently presentation than previous years.

This year, beside a video presentation, he had a panel of Burbank Business Administrators tell their story of how healthy Burbank’s business Community really is.   Don St. Clair of Woodbury University spoke on higher education, while representation transportation, Dan Feger, Administrator Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena Airport, addressed the current climate.

Speaking for one of Burbank’s Major Studios, Lisa Rawlins, Sr. Vice President at Warner Bros., gave the perspective from the entertainment industry and Julie Sprengel, Chief Operating Officer of Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, spoke on their growth while Burbank Board of Realtor President, Alexandra Kelly, addressed that homes sales in Burbank continue to rise.


Burbank Mayor Jess Talamantes called upon the leaders of the Burbank business community to give their perspective on today's business climate and the future ahead. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

His Time Has Come

By Craig Sherwood
Executive Editor, BurbankNBeyond.com

With May 1 falling on a Sunday this year, the Burbank City Council will have their annual reorganization this coming Monday, May 2 instead.  While the meeting in itself is not really important and no real City business will really be discussed, it is still a ceremonial event where we will bid good-bye to current Mayor Anja Reinke, but also will welcome Emily Gabel-Luddy and reconfirm Gary Bric back to his seat after winning re-election.

Burbank does not elect a Mayor, instead, the Council gets together at this annual meeting to pick both a Mayor and Vice-Mayor for the coming year.  Jess Talamantes is the current Vice-Mayor of Burbank and should move up to the position of Mayor on an unanimous vote.  Talamantes has served the City in numerous ways as a fireman for the City of Burbank and a longtime softball coach.  He will be a great ambassador for the City during it’s Centennial Celebration this July as Mayor.

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