BURBANK—The Burbank chapter of the Armenian National Committee of America reported that then Burbank Mayor Gary Bric donated his excess reelection campaign funds to the Armenian Relief Society Araz Chapter. He presented Houry Tavitian a check for more than $500.
According to Burbank’s election ordinance, no candidate for city office may retain campaign funds after June 30th of the year of the election. They may return excess funds to the original contributors (pro-rata), transfer them to the city’s treasury, or donate them to charity. Gary Bric chose the ARS Araz Chapter of Burbank as the recipient. This is only the second time that an Armenian organization has received such funds. It had been ten years since the last time.
After winning his campaign for city council, Bric explained that he decided on the ARS to show his appreciation because Burbank’s Armenian community generously supported him during his campaign through the efforts of the ANCA—B.
On April 26, the ARS received more good news from Burbank. The City Council voted to approve funding for the ARS’s Burbank Social Service office. The amount was reduced from last year since the Community Development Block Grant funds that Burbank receives from the federal government decreased.
The Armenian National Committee of Burbank advances the social, economic, cultural, and political rights of the area’s Armenian American community and promotes increased Armenian American civic participation at the grassroots and public policy levels.