Dave Kemp, a 10-year Burbank Unified school board member, was chosen by his peers to be president Thursday at the annual reorganization meeting.
The hoopla over hateful online comments that were attributed to — and never denied by — newly minted Councilman Zareh Sinanyan was revived at his first meeting Tuesday with the help of someone who knows a thing or two about the power and influence of the Internet.
Glendale Unified on Monday bid farewell to longtime board member Joylene Wagner and welcomed recently elected Armina Gharpetian.
Councilman Dave Weaver held back tears after being appointed mayor Monday night — but not because he was touched by the honor.
A decades-long program that subsidizes trash and sewer bills for low-income seniors and disabled people is at risk of being cut after Burbank voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a special tax to continue its funding source.
The outcome of the races for City Council, clerk and school board remained unchanged Thursday after officials counted roughly 3,500 ballots left over from the April 2 election.
Despite stepping down from office, Mayor Frank Quintero said this week he still plans to be involved in certain local issues such as veterans affairs.
With roughly 80% of the ballots for the Burbank general election counted just after 8 p.m., longtime Councilman Dave Golonski remained vulnerable to defeat.
He was just two minutes too late.
More Glendale voters used the postal service to cast their votes than a polling center ballot box for the election on Tuesday, a trend that’s been on the rise in the city — and across the state — now for years.
During the last stretch before Tuesday’s general election in Burbank, fundraising continued among the four candidates competing for two seats on the Burbank City Council, recent reports show.
With a current City Councilman set to become city treasurer, that leaves an open seat on the dais that could be filled by either an appointment or special election.
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City Councilman Rafi Manoukian successfully defeated Measure A on Tuesday, preserving his successful bid for city treasurer.
An election framed largely by how the City Council should handle employee pensions and utility revenues saw both incumbents headed for re-election early Wednesday morning, along with a city commissioner who encountered his share of controversy on the campaign trail.
A break on the incumbent hold on three Glendale Unified school board seats appeared likely with most precincts reporting into early Wednesday morning.
Note: This post was updated at about 10:10 p.m. with the latest voter returns.
After spending months campaigning for a seat on the Glendale Unified school board, a few of the candidates on Tuesday had made last minute phone calls to voters before polls closed at 8 p.m.
On a day when Glendale voters are being asked to decide everything from City Council and school board races, to the future of the city treasurer position and how utility revenues are handled, traffic at polling booths on Tuesday was slow and steady as the afternoon wore on.
The 12 candidates vying for three seats on the Glendale City Council outline what makes them the best choice.
Glendale officials tried to prevent an interim report by the Los Angeles County Civil Grand Jury on a controversial utility money transfer from being released last week because they believed it could negatively influence the outcome of a related ballot measure on Tuesday.
The seven candidates running for three open seats on the Glendale Univied school board explain why they should be elected.
Assume you are elected onto the City Council, and city staff says you need to cut $3 million, or roughly 2%, from the General Fund to balance the budget. What would you cut and why?
The four candidates running for Burbank Unified school board outline why they're the best choice.
Glendale this year has limited the sample ballot that goes out to all voters to just English and Armenian. But critics say officials should have kept with the prior practice of including all four major languages spoken in the city to avoid disenfranchising voters.
The city has received roughly 4,000 ballots for the April 9 election since they were mailed out about two weeks ago, but candidates are still in campaign mode, continuing to expand their war chests in the final weeks before the election, recent filings show.
The seven candidates competing for three seats on the Glendale Unified school board addressed district issues before dozens of people Thursday night at the La Crescenta Library in the final candidates forum of this election season.
Councilman Rafi Manoukian’s committee against a ballot measure that would make the city treasurer’s position an appointed rather than elected position is in debt to the tune of $10,865.
Glendale Unified school board challenger Armina Gharpetian has raised far more money than her competitors so far, taking in roughly $20,000 as of March 16, according the most recent filings.
Zareh Sinanyan — the City Council candidate at the center of this election season's biggest controversy so far — has also amassed the largest campaign war chest, with $70,065 on hand, according to the most recent financial disclosure filings.
Burbank Leader staff interviewed each candidate for Burbank Unified school board and Burbank City Council.
With the election of Bob Frutos to the City Council last month, Burbank stated that it wants change on the dais. With the general election fast approaching, voters should continue that trend.
As voters go to the polls, they should remember two qualities that are equally important as they decide who will be sitting on the Burbank Unified school board the next four years — experience and passion.
Glendale News-Press staff interviewed each candidate for Glendale Unified school board, Glendale City Council and clerk. Editors also researched and responded to measures A, B and C.
Measure C is a perfect example of a case made by government officials to free themselves of public accountability constraints in an overly wordy way that they hope will dupe voters.
As a voter, you'd be forgiven if you took a look at Measure B and walked away feeling like you just got handed a manual written in Latin.
On three occasions, Glendale voters turned down proposals that would have converted the City Treasurer from an elected position to an appointed one. They should reject it again.
Though it can be a job that is not well-understood by the general public, the position of city clerk is a vital one, particularly when it comes to ensuring open and fair elections. For that reason, we endorse the reelection of City Clerk Ardy Kassakhian, who has greatly improved the voting experience for Glendale's citizens.
Glendale is on track to become an even more vibrant city in the coming years as developments get underway throughout the community — all happening at a time when several other cities are still struggling to climb out of a crippling recession.
There are seven candidates vying for the three open seats on the Glendale Unified School District Governing Board, a healthy field during a pivotal year. The board will be tasked with continuing capital improvements allowed by the $270-million bond approved in 2011, ensuring the district is on track with its Common Core State Standards, and getting teachers’ buy-in during turbulent budgetary times. These and other concerns call for deep institutional knowledge and steady hands.
Before P.J. Gaynard goes to the voting booth, he admits that he typically doesn't know much about local politicians. But the 37-year-old Glendale resident is glued to Twitter and Facebook, and that's where he found Glendale City Council candidate Roland Kedikian.
North Glendale has historically been the cradle from which elected officials hail. It’s also home to the neighborhoods with some of the highest voter participation rates.
Assume you are elected onto the City Council, and city staff says you need to cut $3 million, or roughly 2%, from the General Fund to balance the budget. What would you cut and why?
In 1993, Bill Clinton was inaugurated as the 42nd president of the United States. The popular NBC sitcom "Friends" was being developed under the title, "Insomnia Café." It's also when Dave Golonski, then 34, was first elected to the Burbank City Council.
Steve Ferguson, David Dobson, Larry Applebaum and Charlene Tabet are the four remaining candidates.
If voters elect 24-year-old Steve Ferguson to the Burbank Unified school board on April 9, it's widely believed that not only would he be the youngest elected official in the city's history, but the first openly gay man to hold public office in the city.
The final City Council candidate forum Wednesday was perhaps the most direct in calling candidates out on their perceived faults.
City Council candidates on the campaign trail have lobbed critiques at city employees, bashing their pensions and salaries, and, at a campaign forum Wednesday, their ability to serve on the council.
Mayor Frank Quintero on Tuesday said he was shocked to see his picture on a campaign mailer sent to Glendale residents this week by City Council candidate Edith Fuentes. He has not endorsed Fuentes, he said.
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Bullying among students and the responsibility that parents and district employees have when it happens was addressed by six of the seven school board candidates Monday during a forum hosted by the Montrose-Verdugo City Chamber of Commerce.
Several City Council candidates railed against spending on low-income housing in Glendale at a candidate forum Thursday night, specifically pointing to the high costs of a Habitat for Humanity project completed last year.
It may have been a tiny turnout, but Burbank voters on Tuesday sent Measure S -- the $110-million school bond -- well above the 55% approval threshold needed to pass.
Dave Spence retained his seat on the La Cañada City Council, and will be joined by Planning Commissioner Jonathan Curtis following Tuesday’s vote.
Robert Frutos' City Council victory Tuesday marks the first election since 1999 in which the rare act of an incumbent being unseated is a certainty.
From a view protection ordinance to a restaurant-deficient main street to a proposed freeway tunnel, the Crescenta Valley Community Assn. grilled nine of the 12 candidates for Glendale City Council on Thursday night on issues affecting residents in the northernmost part of the city.
La Cañada Flintridge voters will decide two seats on the City Council in Tuesday's election, but the campaign has so far been quiet.
The Glendale Homeowners Coordinating Council held a forum on Feb. 20 at the First Congregational Church of Glendale featuring candidates running in the April 2 city elections. Participating candidates were Rick Barnes, Jefferson Black, Sam Engel, Laura Friedman, Aram Kazazian, Roland Kedikian, Mike Mohill, Herbert Molano, Ara Najarian and Zareh Sinanyan.
Money is flooding in for City Council candidate Zareh Sinanyan, who has raised $31,815 in cash donations, the most so far of the 12 candidates competing for three seats in the April 2 election.
The super PAC for a controversial Sacramento-based education reform group has spent more than $13,000 in the Burbank school board race, baffling the two candidates who are benefiting from the expenditures and raising the eyebrows of other local stakeholders.
As city manager, I am precluded from advocating for or against a ballot measure. Yet as city manager it is incumbent upon me to help ensure the public has reliable and factual information in voting on such measures. In the case of Measure B, the consideration of amendments to the Glendale city charter regarding generally accepted accounting principles and the charter-authorized General Fund transfer, it is important voters know what is real and what is not.
At the first Glendale Unified school board election forum of the season Wednesday night, candidates discussed districtwide diversity, language programs and commemorating the Armenian genocide.
While city officials have heralded Glendale's growing downtown core as a symbol of the city's economic revitalization, most of the City Council candidates at a forum this week took shots at the nearly 2,000 apartments in roughly a dozen buildings coming online either in the coming months or next few years.
La Cañada Flintridge voters will go to the polls March 5, electing at least one new member to the City Council.
A political action committee sponsored by a labor union that represents about 800 retail workers in Burbank has raised $20,000 in an effort to unseat City Council incumbent Jess Talamantes, with a spokesman for the group citing a “pattern of not making smart decisions” at a time of “dire financial straits.”
Burbank election candidates continued to beef up their campaign coffers during the last reporting period, which spanned through Feb. 9, just as ballots for Tuesday's primary began to arrive in Burbank homes.
"Neighborhood Services Administrator" — it's a job City Council candidate Sam Engel has been out of for nearly six months, but that's how he's describing himself on the April ballot.
Facing criticism that she used a Burbank Unified school board candidate's political consulting company for her election campaign, Interim City Clerk Zizette Mullins this week called it a “non-issue.”
The slate of City Council candidates on the April ballot has been whittled down by one after the Los Angeles County registrar-recorder denied Perlita M. del Rey's nomination paperwork.
Burbank has launched a series of outreach efforts in an attempt to increase voter turnout by roughly 4% for the upcoming municipal election, officials said.
City pensions and looming electricity rate increases were front and center Saturday as 10 of the 13 candidates for City Council faced off at the first election forum of the campaign season.
Burbank Unified's most pressing issues were up for debate Thursday during a forum that called on five school board candidates vying for two seats to address the budget woes of Burbank schools and suggest ways to improve student success.
Taking the stage for the first and largest election forum, candidates competing in three citywide races on Wednesday made what could be their highest profile pitches to the voting public before the Feb. 26 primary.
With the election a month away, an incumbent and a planning commissioner are garnering more financial support than a 24-year-old newcomer in the race to fill two seats on the La Cañada Flintridge City Council, according to records on file at the city clerk's office.
Glendale police on Tuesday night seized an open red ballot box that was found strewn on the roadway at Chevy Chase Drive, officials said.
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Carol Liu has represented La Cañada Flintridge for 20 years, first as a City Council member, then in the state Assembly and now as a state senator.
Rep. Judy Chu (D-Monterey Park) cruised to victory in the redrawn 27th District on Tuesday night, and said she is ready to embrace Pasadena, which she will represent for the first time as she enters her third term in Congress.
Rep. Howard Berman conceded to fellow Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman after a bitter fight with his younger House colleague over a San Fernando Valley seat.
Local education officials are no doubt breathing a sigh of relief as Proposition 30, the tax measure pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown, appears headed for victory.
Local Democratic incumbents for state offices and the U.S. House easily cleared challenges from their Republican opponents Tuesday.
Democrats Chris Holden and Mike Gatto expanded their leads ahead early Wednesday morning in the race for the 41st and 43rd Assembly seats, respectively.
The mood among voters who hit the polls Tuesday in Burbank and Glendale was a mixed bag of frustration, anger, fear and uncertainty — not exactly a ringing endorsement for the next four years.
Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) is maintaining his lead over Glendale school board member Greg Krikorian, with the incumbent garnering 15,340 votes to his Republican challenger’s 13,209.
Brad Sherman holds a significant, but early, lead over fellow Democrat Howard Berman in what has been a bruising internecine battle for the 30th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Incumbent Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) leads his Republican challenger, Glendale school board member Greg Krikorian, in the first round of election returns -- 14,871 votes to 13,145.
A tussle was reported Tuesday afternoon at a local polling place between an attorney for a firm that represents an arm of the California Democratic Party and a campaign staffer for GOP Assembly candidate Greg Krikorian, police said.
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Accusations of electioneering and voter intimidation tactics at polling stations in immigrant-rich neighborhoods -- a recurring gripe in Glendale -- re-emerged Tuesday, despite the observations of watchdogs and elections officials.
The contentious campaign for the 43rd Assembly District seat between incumbent Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) and Republican Glendale school board member Greg Krikorian was reflected in voter sentiment at the polls Tuesday.
Voters lined up at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday in Woodland Hills, where several precincts were combined in a large meeting room at the 53-year-old St. Luke's Lutheran Church on Comercio Way.
With the economy on a slow mend, some voters on Tuesday said they allowed social issues to weigh more heavily in deciding who should be president for the next four years.
At Burbank City Hall, fear over the future of healthcare, the economy and state education funding factored prominently in ballot decisions for some voters.
California voters will decide on a president, the future of the death penalty and whether to allow temporary taxes that will fund education.
It wasn’t long after the polls opened here at Glendale Community Church of God that a line formed out the door, made up mostly of voters who were on their way to work.
A flurry of accusations unleashed over the weekend by supporters of Greg Krikorian — the Republican challenger to Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) — closed out what for months has been a contentious race.
All six candidates joined the Crescenta Valley Town Council Saturday, with about 1.4% of the voting population casting a ballot.
Local lawmakers want to see voters approve Measure J on Nov. 6 and commit more funds for regional transportation projects, but they are making sure transportation officials know they don’t want money to flow toward a proposed extension of the Long Beach (710) Freeway.
An increasingly bitter battle to replace termed-out Assemblyman Mike Eng (D-Monterey Park) spilled over into a Pasadena courtroom on Wednesday, with the wife of Republican candidate Matthew Lin winning a temporary restraining order against the campaign of her husband’s opponent.
Burbank Unified officials this week warned that if Proposition 30 fails on Nov. 6, the district will likely have to resort to pay cuts and layoffs to address a projected deficit next year of more than $13 million.