What do you do when a council member quits after pleading guilty to cocaine possession and child endangerment?
In Burbank, elect another one.
Tuesday is the last day to vote in the mail-in-only special election to replace former Burbank Councilwoman Stacey Murphy, who resigned in August after being arrested in July for possession of illegal drugs and weapons following a probe of the dangerous Vineland Boyz street gang.
Vineland Boyz members are suspects in the shooting deaths of two police officers, including the November 2003 murder of then 26-year-old Burbank Officer Mathew Pavelka.
Pasadena Superior Court Janice Croft ordered Murphy, 47, to undergo drug counseling and parenting classes in order to avoid as many as three years in prison.
Her boyfriend, former Glendale Water and Power Commissioner and ex-City Cab Co. owner Scott Schaffer, has pled guilty to a charge of trading two guns to gang members for cocaine, and returns to federal court in June.
Five candidates are vying for Murphy’s former seat on the council: attorney Vahe Hovanessian, business owner Bill Wiggins, attorney Amy Lawrence, optometrist David Gordon and retired FAA controller Michael Dontanville.