Maybe there is a God in Heaven.
The only reason why Frutos and Talamantes did not both immediately ascend to instant re-election status last Tuesday night was because of a state law change made two years ago. If it had been up to Burbank alone they’d both be in like Flint right now, and with Gordon forced to slog it out with what was looking to be an increasingly corrupted (or corruptible) Sharon Springer.
Tuesday’s immediate vote count made it appear as if both those incumbents had exceeded the 50 percent threshold. But the late ballot returns obviously watered down these results when it drove Frutos below that limit and boosted Guillen into a runoff that everyone thought on Tuesday night would only involve Gordon and Springer. There are two seats still open now for April, and thus four candidates in the race.
Several years ago we attacked the City of Burbank for its refusal to count these same kind of late-arriving votes. The city clerk had a strict “election day” ballot-arrival deadline and no one was going to change it. Glendale did things differently, and we thought Burbank should also allow election day postmarks to be counted as well. Like why not?
The state legislators obviously thought the same, and Burbank is now forced to do the right thing.
How disappointing for staff though, right? Just like the developers, they’d much rather have “collegial” Sharon Springer in there than rude old David Gordon, who everyone knows always asks so many pesky and irritating questions. Now he has a much easier chance of winning.
So might Guillen. It’s seems time to dust off the old contentious issues again too now, like studios and developers. In Burbank they’re timeless.
Maybe Talamantes is right. Change is good, people! The new rules have helped the dissenters.