Councilman’s son gets probation

Mark R. Madler

The son of the city’s vice mayor was sentenced this week to three

years probation for pleading guilty to a felony drug charge.

Kyle Vander Borght, 20, must also serve 200 hours of community


service for Caltrans getting rid of graffiti and pay a $200 fine.

Vander Borght and co-defen- dant Gregory Dominguez, of Simi

Valley, pleaded guilty in October to transportation of marijuana

stemming from an incident in May in which they were found with the


drug outside a toy store.

“You two are intelligent young men,” Los Angeles County Superior

Court Judge Shari Silver told the pair during the brief sentencing

hearing Wednesday in San Fernando Superior Court. “You need to comply

with everything I explained.”

The only time Vander Borght spoke during the hearing was answering

yes if he understood and accepted the terms explained by Silver. Vice

Mayor Jef Vander Borght, his father, was in the courtroom.


Burbank Police vice/narcotics unit arrested Vander Borght on May

13 in the parking lot of a Toys R Us in Porter Ranch following an

investigation that started in Burbank. Two baggies of marijuana were


Vander Borght went into a drug treatment program several days

after the arrest. Silver said she received a letter from the program

telling of Vander Borght’s progress.

Dominguez was also ordered to enter a treatment program.


“Anyone who pleads guilty should get into a program,” Silver said.

“If he doesn’t have a drug problem, then it should be easy.”

If the pair complies with all aspects of the order, they will be

eligible in 18 months to have the conviction expunged from their

record, Silver said.