Glendale Board of Education in June ... opened Bliss Unlimited, a retail
store at the Glendale Galleria that provides job training for local teens
... Maxwell has helped set up job-training programs for young people
throughout the U.S. ... while members of the Glendale Hispanic Business
and Professional Assn., the two took part in an organization project in
which they worked with young gang members at a local school ... the
effort led them to start We Care for Youth in 1991 ... volunteer with
other organizations, including Catholic Charities and New Horizons Family
Not ranked last year.
2. JIM STARBIRD
Took over as Glendale city manager in March 1998, coming from West
Covina ... holds the strong respect of the City Council ... helped city's
decision to approve bonds for the construction of a new jail and police
administration building ... his service as interim replacement for
Commissioner Carl Raggio on the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport
Authority resulted in a framework agreement between the authority and
Burbank over terminal expansion plans ... his presence is being felt in
Glendale's budget process in which he is getting the city to take a
longer view over its spending, taking into account how projects such as
the new police building affect future budgets.
Last year's ranking: 3.
3. JIM BROWN
Glendale Unified School District superintendent ... selected
California Superintendent of the Year for 1999/2000 following nomination
by the school board ... makes running a school district look easy ...
co-chairman for the state high school exit exam panel ... settled
teachers union contract before start of school ... races competitively --
did Catalina Marathon and cycles for fun ...avid reader.
Last year's ranking: 13.
4. JAMES ROGAN
Republican congressman represents Glendale, Burbank and the foothills
in the 27th District ... His fight to keep his seat from state Sen. Adam
Schiff has become one of the most closely followed and expensive
congressional races in the nation ... the Republican Party is counting on