But when asked after his speech whether he drives alone to work, Vander Borght acknowledged he did. He has a half-dozen construction projects and clients across Los Angeles. “This is the irony of all ironies,” he said with a laugh, emphasizing that he drives a hybrid electric Toyota Prius. Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “We have a strong economy,” said the Peruvian-born Vander Borght, who is also an architect. “These have been very, very good years.” City Manager Mary Alvord said the mayor’s speech was refreshing. “I think he really drew the audience in to make them realize that Burbank’s a community about working together,” she said. “He delivered.” Gary Olson, president of the Burbank Chamber of Commerce, which hosted the $50-a-plate event, echoed the statements. “He spoke from the heart,” Olson said. “He spoke with conviction. He spoke with passion. He did an amazing job.” BURBANK – Mayor Jef Vander Borght used his first State of the City address Thursday to try to change people’s minds about traffic. While offering no specifics, Vander Borght said motorists have to be willing to give up their solo-driving habits in order to relieve congestion on local streets and freeways. “It’s important that we start looking at alternate means of transportation,” Vander Borght told 400 business and city leaders during his speech at the Hilton Burbank Airport & Convention Center. “We have no more options. We have to shift the way we look at the future.” Vander Borght touted the city’s 96 percent employment rate, a building boom, and sales growth that outpaces that of Beverly Hills and Pasadena. Vander Borght, 54, who was appointed mayor in May by the City Council, highlighted a city that has an equal number of residents as it does jobs – over 100,000 – about 20,000 of whom live and work in the city.