Q. How many seats will be open for each position?
A. There will be three (3) full-term seats for Member of City Council, one (1) full-term seat for Office of the City Clerk, and one (1) full-term seat for Office of the City Treasurer.
Q. What are the eligibility requirements for becoming a candidate?
A. Pursuant to Burbank Municipal Code Section 2-3-111, in order to run for an elective office in the City of Burbank, one must be 18 years of age, a resident of the City, and a registered voter (at least 29 days prior to pulling Nomination Papers) of the City.
Q. How often does the City Council hold meetings?
A. The City Council holds its regular meetings at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays of each week, unless a Dark Meeting has been declared. Periodically, there are Closed Session meetings, Joint meetings, additional Regular meetings, Special meeting, Study Sessions, and Town Hall Meetings held on other days of the week, as necessary.
Q. Do City Council Members receive compensation?
A. Pursuant to Government Code Section 36516, beginning on September 14, 2019, the salary for each City Council Member shall be increased by 20% from $1,290 to $1,547.99 per month. Notwithstanding the foregoing, said salary increase shall be implemented by setting City Council’s salary as follows:
First pay period after September 14, 2019 - $1,354.49
Pay period containing September 14, 2020 - $1,418.99
Pay period containing September 14, 2021 - $1,483.49
Pay period containing September 14, 2022 - $1,547.99
City Council Members also received medical, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits.
Q. When is the Nomination Filing Period?
A. The opening of the Nomination Period begins on Monday, July 18, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. to Friday, August 12, 2022 by 5:00 p.m. In an effort to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19, the City of Burbank is taking all precautions to ensure the safety of the public and staff; therefore, we will be conducting individual meetings with each Candidate to review/issue the Nomination Papers.
Q. Who can sign my Nomination Papers?
Interested Candidates can call the City Clerk’s Office at (818) 238-5851 or email the City Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and an appointment will be set up to obtain Nomination Papers. Papers may only be pulled or filed during normal business hours which are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
If an incumbent fails to file by Friday, August 12, 2022, at 5:00 p.m., the Nomination Period shall extend five (5) calendar days for non-incumbents to apply with a deadline of Wednesday, August 17, 2022, at 5:00 p.m., for that seat only.
A. Any person registered as a voter of the City of Burbank. No voter may sign more than one Nomination Papers for the same office. Each seat on City Council, Office of City Clerk, and Office of City Treasurer is a separate office. Therefore, a citizen may sign a Nomination Papers for five different candidates (3 Council Members, 1 City Clerk, and 1 City Treasure). The Nomination Papers must contain at least 50 signatures and no more than 100 signatures: a minimum of 50 signatures must be verified for your nomination to be valid, pursuant to Burbank Municipal Code Sections 2-3-125 and 2-3-129.
Q. What happens if some of the signatures obtained on the Nomination Papers are not registered voters or do not live within the City limits?
A. These signatures will not be counted. If unsure of signatures, file the Nomination Papers early so that the City Clerk’s Office may verify them and if insufficient, the candidate will have time to gather the remaining amount of signatures needed prior to the Close of the Nomination Period.
Q. When does a Candidate’s nomination become public?
A. Candidate’s names are public information from the time they submit their Nomination Papers or file a Candidate Intention Statement (Form 501). The Nomination Papers, however, is not immediately available for public review. A complete list of qualified candidates will be available in the City Clerk’s Office and on the website the day following the close of the Nomination Period.
Q. What happens if I change my mind about running for office after filing the Nomination Papers?
A. Pursuant to Burbank Municipal Code Section 2-3-135, A candidate may withdraw at any time prior to the close of nomination period. After that deadline date nothing can be withdrawn, and name will appear on the ballot.
Q. Can someone deliver my Nomination Papers to the City Clerk’s Office for me?
A. Yes. Please be sure that all forms are properly completed. If there are any questions on any form or they are not completed properly, your papers may not be accepted.
Q. Is there a filing fee involved for my candidacy?
A. Yes. There is a non-refundable $25 filing fee that is due and payable to the City of Burbank when the Candidate Handbook is issued to the Candidate, pursuant to Burbank Municipal Code Section 2-3-125.
Q. Is there a fee for my Candidate Statement?
A. Yes. The City shall not provide a subsidy for the English candidate statement submitted to the City Clerk and the candidates shall pay the full cost. The City will translate and print all candidate statements in all mandated languages required by the County of Los Angeles at no cost to the candidates. The total deposit required for Candidate Statement is approximately $1,600. Should the actual costs be less than this amount, a refund will be provided following each election. Moreover, if the costs should be more the candidate will be invoiced the difference following each election, pursuant to Burbank Municipal Code Section 2-3-143.
The Candidate Statement is to remain confidential until the expiration of the filing deadline. (Elections Code Section 13311)
Q. May I change or correct the wording or spelling on my Candidate Statement after submission?
A. No, changes are not allowed once the City Clerk has accepted the Candidate Statement. Ensure the Statement is accurate, check carefully prior to submitting it. It will be printed exactly as submitted. The Statement must be submitted in hardcopy format including the candidate’s signature, and in a Microsoft Word document format emailed to the City Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. The hardcopy and electronic copies must match exactly.
Q. If I submit a Candidate Statement and I change my mind, may I withdraw the Statement?
A. Yes, a Candidate Statement may be withdrawn, but not changed, during the Nomination Papers Period (Elections Code Section 10224).