Hoping persistence pays off

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 “It’s always an excellent challenge, and for me I enjoy shining through challenges and doing my best,” Hovanessian said, adding he is committed to Burbank and his campaigns are a reflection of that. “It’s worth it to me. It’s worth sleepless nights, it’s worth reading many, many documents.” Hovanessian, who has lived in Burbank since he was a toddler, said his priorities if elected would include tackling the city’s traffic problems and making it as business-friendly as possible. He pledges to analyze proposed development projects for the amount of stress they would put on the city’s infrastructure. “Progress in Burbank is a good thing, it’s just making sure that we don’t progress beyond our capabilities,” he said. Hovanessian is a member of the Burbank Water and Power board. Fellow board member Wendy James said he’s a good board member who takes a keen interest in maintaining the quality of the city’s utilities. “He asks a lot of questions,” she said. Hovanessian is also a member of the Burbank Noon Rotary Club. “We need our retirees to come to the service clubs to help in what’s going on, and we also need our younger people to gain an interest in participating,” Hovanessian said. Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 [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 – When Vahe Hovanessian ran for City Council in 2003, he combined a campaign race with an attempt to pass the State Bar exam. That meant going to City Hall for the results of the Feb. 22 primary election the same day the grueling three-day bar exam started. In the end, he passed the exam but failed to win a council seat. Since then, Hovanessian, 31, has opened his own law firm, has run for City Council again this past April – finishing last – and now has come back to run for the council seat vacated by Stacey Murphy, who resigned earlier this year and pleaded guilty last week to drug possession in connection with an investigation into a local street gang. Ballots go out next week for the mail-only election. last_img

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