In Glendale’s most recent election, politicos and journalists — two groups who seem to agree on little — engaged in a bit of mutual handwringing. Election rules, put in place in 2008, limit contributions to candidates to $1,000. Conventional wisdom held that those rules, combined with the weak economy, would severely tamp down the ability of candidates to distinguish themselves — or extinguish their opponents. This, in turn, would result in a low turnout.
It didn’t happen. Turnout was on par with previous elections, and several candidates were still able to run brutal, scorched-earth campaigns with limited financing.
Voters reelected Nayiri Nahabedian and Mary Boger to the Glendale Unified School Governing Board and passed Measure S, the $270-million school bond.
But the results for two hotly contested seats on the Glendale City Council have yet to be determined. A mere 162 votes separate the top vote-getter, Rafi Manoukian, and Councilman John Drayman, currently in third place. Councilman Dave Weaver sits precariously in second place — 27 votes ahead of Drayman. Approximately 3,000 provisional and vote-by-mail ballots, which should nail down the final results, should be counted by the end of the week.
While we await the election results in Glendale, we can look west. The deadline for Burbank’s election is Tuesday, April 12, with voters there choosing between Bob Frutos and Emily Gabel-Luddy for the last open seat on the Burbank City Council. Voters also will be asked to vote on a utility tax ordinance, Measure U.