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March 3, 2004 |
Talmage V. Burke, who spent 52 years on the Alhambra City Council and served 15 terms as mayor to become one of California's longest serving officeholders, has died. He was 86. Burke, known affectionately as "Mr. Alhambra," died Sunday at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, 10 days after undergoing quadruple heart bypass surgery. Burke had taken a two-month leave from his City Council position to recuperate from the surgery. First elected to the 7.
August 6, 1993 |
For 35 years, AlvaLee Arnold has fought to keep the Long Beach Freeway out of South Pasadena. For 41 years, Talmage V. Burke of Alhambra has fought to push it through. That these septuagenarians have battled for so long--and that their dispute remains unresolved after nearly half a century--shows the stubborn complexities of this freeway feud, and the passions of the people on each side.
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October 29, 1997
A new drought-tolerant garden at the local historical society museum will be named in honor of Talmage Burke, who has served on the City Council for 45 years. The council is soliciting bids from contractors to build the Talmage V. Burke Xeriscape Garden in the northeast corner of the grounds of the Alhambra Historical Society Museum.
May 30, 1991
Mary Louise Bunker took over as mayor Tuesday and Talmage V. Burke replaced Bunker as vice mayor. The Alhambra City Charter requires that the office of mayor and vice mayor be rotated among members of the City Council every nine months. The new mayor and vice mayor will serve until Feb. 24, 1992.
March 2, 1989
Councilman Michael Blanco became mayor Monday night under a system in which the mayor's seat is rotated every nine months among the five council members. Blanco, a 39-year-old attorney, is the first Latino to serve as mayor in the city's 86-year history. He replaces Councilman Talmage Burke, who was reelected in November to his 10th council term. Blanco, first elected to the council in 1984, is serving his second four-year term.
August 27, 1987
Mary Louise Bunker, who was elected to her second four-year term on the City Council last November, became mayor this week under a system that automatically rotates the position among council members. Bunker, who succeeded J. Parker Williams, will serve as mayor until May 23, 1988. Councilman Talmage V. Burke is the new vice mayor and Councilwoman Barbara A. Messina has become chairman of the Redevelopment Agency.