Wiggins boasts council tenure

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Born in Toluca Lake, Wiggins is the third-generation owner of a Glendale metal finishing company. He has devoted his life’s work to heading up Automation Plating Corp., a business his grandfather started in the 1940s that specializes in zinc plating for the automotive, home building and electronics businesses. Since 1992, he has served as councilman and mayor in Burbank and is now a member of the Airport Commission. During his first stint as mayor in 1994-95, he was instrumental in getting airport commissioners to oppose issuing bonds that could be used to expand the airport, he said. During his second term in 1996-97, he lobbied the state’s Public Utilities Commission to keep the 818 area code in the eastern San Fernando Valley and Burbank. He also helped get funds for a neighborhood “pocket’ park – Permanent Charities Earth Walk – in the Peyton-Grismer area. But his tenure also received another bit of notoriety. He and former council members Murphy and Bob Kramer were responsible for killing a plan to have council members randomly drug-tested. The issue came about after former Councilwoman Susan Spanos became embroiled in revelations that she had used cocaine. She resigned, leaving open the seat Murphy filled. Drug-testing became an issue again this summer when Murphy was arrested on suspicion of felony cocaine possession and misdemeanor child endangerment in a case linked to a local street gang. “I honestly thought that what happened with Susan was an anomaly,” Wiggins said of his decision to vote against drug-testing. “If the current council wants to vote to have drug-testing, I’m totally in support of it.” Fellow Airport Commissioner Charles Lombardo said Wiggins is the best candidate for the job. “We need Bill at this time in our city due to the events in the last six months,” Lombardo said. “He’d be the perfect person to step right in.” Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BURBANK – As a former mayor of Burbank with years of city experience under his belt, Bill Wiggins believes he’s the best candidate for City Council. In the mid-1990s, he fought against the expansion of Burbank Airport, helped keep Burbank in the 818 area code and worked to bring in money for a neighborhood park. If elected Jan. 24 to fill the seat vacated by former Councilwoman Stacey Murphy, he said, he would work to ease traffic congestion and reduce noise at the airport. “My No. 1 priority is traffic,” said Wiggins, 56. “Second is reducing nighttime noise at the airport.” last_img

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Born in Toluca Lake, Wiggins is the third-generation owner of a Glendale metal finishing company. He has devoted his life’s work to heading up Automation Plating Corp., a business his grandfather started in the 1940s that specializes in zinc plating for the automotive, home building and electronics businesses. Since 1992, he has served as councilman and mayor in Burbank and is now a member of the Airport Commission. During his first stint as mayor in 1994-95, he was instrumental in getting airport commissioners to oppose issuing bonds that could be used to expand the airport, he said. During his second term in 1996-97, he lobbied the state’s Public Utilities Commission to keep the 818 area code in the eastern San Fernando Valley and Burbank. He also helped get funds for a neighborhood “pocket’ park – Permanent Charities Earth Walk – in the Peyton-Grismer area. But his tenure also received another bit of notoriety. He and former council members Murphy and Bob Kramer were responsible for killing a plan to have council members randomly drug-tested. The issue came about after former Councilwoman Susan Spanos became embroiled in revelations that she had used cocaine. She resigned, leaving open the seat Murphy filled. Drug-testing became an issue again this summer when Murphy was arrested on suspicion of felony cocaine possession and misdemeanor child endangerment in a case linked to a local street gang. “I honestly thought that what happened with Susan was an anomaly,” Wiggins said of his decision to vote against drug-testing. “If the current council wants to vote to have drug-testing, I’m totally in support of it.” Fellow Airport Commissioner Charles Lombardo said Wiggins is the best candidate for the job. “We need Bill at this time in our city due to the events in the last six months,” Lombardo said. “He’d be the perfect person to step right in.” Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BURBANK – As a former mayor of Burbank with years of city experience under his belt, Bill Wiggins believes he’s the best candidate for City Council. In the mid-1990s, he fought against the expansion of Burbank Airport, helped keep Burbank in the 818 area code and worked to bring in money for a neighborhood park. If elected Jan. 24 to fill the seat vacated by former Councilwoman Stacey Murphy, he said, he would work to ease traffic congestion and reduce noise at the airport. “My No. 1 priority is traffic,” said Wiggins, 56. “Second is reducing nighttime noise at the airport.” last_img

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