Burbank ANCA Announces School Board, Measure S Endorsements

Armond Aghakhanian and Larry Applebaum

BURBANK—The Armenian National Committee of America—Burbank (ANCA-B) endorses the candidacies of Armond Aghakhanian and Larry Applebaum for Board of Education in the upcoming February 26 Primary election. Measure S, a proposed bond to pay for Burbank schools’ modernization is also being endorsed, though it will be on the March 5 ballot.

A total of five candidates are vying for two seats on the Board. Depending on the vote tallies, they could be elected to the position, or move on to the April 9 General election.

Larry Applebaum is a two term incumbent, a former pharmacist, builder, and electronics businessman who has earned the ANCA’s endorsement every time he has run. He has been helpful countless times to the Armenian community, particularly when Homenetmen has needed facilities for its athletes to use.

Armond Aghkhanian is himself an ANCA activist, educator, and has long been politically active. He brings the passion of a recent father who wants great schools for his child and will serve as a strong voice for the Armenian community’s needs.

Measure S is a proposal that will help bring the best of modern technology, whether in the form of computer systems or solar panels, to Burbank’s schools. By doing this, it will reduce some the operating costs, allowing funds to be allocated to other pressing needs. All this will come at a cost of just over a dollar and a half per month for the average Burbank homeowner over trhe next 25 years. Because of a legal quirk, Measure s will be voted on during a separate, regularly scheduled election on March 5 when Burbank residents will vote for Los Angeles community College Board members.

“As a parent, I’m proud that we’re endorsing two strong candidates for our School Board and supporting an important bond measure that will improve conditions for all Burbank students. This continues our tradition of supporting matters important to Burbank, much as we did with Measure L in 2003 to support our libraries,” said Zareh Khachatourian, Burbank ANCA activist.

The Armenian National Committee of America—Burbank advances the social, economic, cultural, and political rights of the area’s Armenian community and promotes its increased civic participation at the grassroots and public policy levels.

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