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February 24, 1985 | MIKE WARD, Times Staff Writer
Mayor Talmage V. Burke, who has been on the City Council for more than 32 years, is a traditionalist who undertakes change reluctantly. He has lived in the same house since 1927. He did not get married until he was 40 years old. He has 32 years of perfect attendance at Rotary Club meetings. And he vacations at the same spot every year. "I've been going to Hawaii for 20 summers now," said Burke, 67, a probate attorney, "and I always stay at the same hotel. I'm just a creature of habit."
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March 3, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 2003 | Stephanie Chavez, Times Staff Writer
Talmage Burke can tell a good story about the old days, when the orange haze in the Alhambra skies came from the smoke of citrus smudge pots, not smog; when the houses in his neighborhood had backyard chicken coops; when new "million dollar" City Hall was the most impressive building in town. This evening, Alhambra's perennial city father will be appointed mayor for the 15th time in 50 years, a milestone that the council members planned to coincide with Alhambra's centennial.
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May 27, 2003 | Stephanie Chavez, Times Staff Writer
Talmage Burke can tell a good story about the old days, when the orange haze in the Alhambra skies came from the smoke of citrus smudge pots, not smog; when the houses in his neighborhood had backyard chicken coops; when new "million dollar" City Hall was the most impressive building in town. This evening, Alhambra's perennial city father will be appointed mayor for the 15th time in 50 years, a milestone that the council members planned to coincide with Alhambra's centennial.
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March 3, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
August 6, 1993 | BERKLEY HUDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
June 11, 1992
An overflow crowd with signs, banners and message T-shirts persuaded the City Council on Monday to require a full environmental impact report of a developer who wants to build a 20-unit condominium project on five lots near Huntington Drive. At the suggestion of Mayor Talmage Burke, the council also instructed city staff to develop a plan to downzone the high-density residential area to medium or low density.
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August 6, 1993 | BERKLEY HUDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
February 24, 1985 | MIKE WARD, Times Staff Writer
Mayor Talmage V. Burke, who has been on the City Council for more than 32 years, is a traditionalist who undertakes change reluctantly. He has lived in the same house since 1927. He did not get married until he was 40 years old. He has 32 years of perfect attendance at Rotary Club meetings. And he vacations at the same spot every year. "I've been going to Hawaii for 20 summers now," said Burke, 67, a probate attorney, "and I always stay at the same hotel. I'm just a creature of habit."
NEWS
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.
NEWS
May 9, 1985
The city of Alhambra is mailing to businesses, service clubs and youth groups a wish list of items it would like to receive as gifts. The gift suggestions range from a $10 library book to $250 worth of hose for the Fire Department. The catalogue also invites donations of time and talent to city projects. Mayor Talmage V. Burke said the donations could help the city financially as it faces reduced funding from the state and federal governments.
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