Below is what we are hearing:
The insurgent candidate, or the biggest threat to take out an incumbent appears to be Bob Frutos. His signs are everywhere, and his generally kindly personality seems to be endearing him with people around town. We do not know if there is bad feeling still from his runoff against Emily Gabel Luddy, who we adore, so stay tuned on that, and watch to see who if anyone she endorses.
Speaking of endorsements, we have heard through the grapevine that a number of our Democratic elected officials have endorsed Jess Talamantes, including Assemblyman Mike Gatto. This is a major disappointment, and if Gatto is with him, we would ask him to reconsider, because a number of local activists including this blogger thought Talamantes did not do as much as he could during the Walmart fight.
Finally, some poignant David Gordon criticism appears to be bubbling up in the paper, which is an encouraging sign, I suppose, since the coverage in the Burbank Leader on local races has been cursory at best and sloppy at worst. It shouldn't take a letter to the Editor to ask for an article on motivations for candidates running for Council or School Board, and it shouldn't take a letter to express how disruptive, difficult, and just plain random David Gordon has been on the school board. For your convenience, the letter has been reproduced here:
He is not the noble underdog in city politics. He is wrongheaded. Gordon's signs cite him as a proven leader. He's proven that he wants to lead Burbank in the wrong direction.
Our city's challenge is the same as our country's: to balance revenue, debt and investment in the future. Gordon talks too much, listens too little and unfortunately accepts counsel from those who do the same. Consider your vote carefully, for all our sakes.