of the room. Schiff had a solution.
"Carol could lie down on the table," he said.
The smell of frosting permeated the air at Palm Crest Elementary
School on Tuesday, as students decorated gingerbread houses. It was
so overwhelming, teacher specialist Judi Healey began to think it was
good for her diet.
"It's so strong, I think I'd like some broccoli," she said.
DON'T UNPACK JUST YET
When incoming Chief of Police Randy Adams accepted the position,
his parents may not have appreciated the irony. After he was
appointed chief of Simi Valley in 1995, he told his parents, who were
longtime Glendale residents, they ought to live in the town where he
was chief. They finally made the move to Simi Valley this summer, he
told the Glendale City Council.
Mayor Rafi Manoukian had no doubt they would do it all over again.
"We look forward to having them back," he said.
A TALL DRINK OF WATER
As the City Council was introduced to incoming Police Chief Randy
Adams on Tuesday, one question was clearly on many minds.
"How tall are you?" Councilman Dave Weaver finally asked.
Adams told him not only is he 6 feet 5, he has a son that stands 6
feet 11. That led a local basketball fan in the room to ask, "What
school does he go to?"
The building at 411 N. Brand Blvd. sat vacant for two years with
the exception of several film shoots, including Eddie Murphy's
upcoming "Daddy Day Care."
Regulars to the area became so used to the sight of cameras and
false fronts that they didn't quite know what to do when the
furniture store The Loft opened in October.
"People would peek their head in and I'd ask why they didn't come
in," co-owner Toby Parrish said. "They'd say, 'Is this a real store
or a movie set?'"
TAKING THE GULLIBLE TEST
Mayor Rafi Manoukian and City Manager Jim Starbird had a little
fun recently at the expense of a high school student who attended a
The student, who attended the meeting as part of a government
class requirement, stood up during oral communications to wave at her
teacher on camera, prove she did the assignment and thank the council
for allowing her to attend.
"When there's students here, Mr. Mayor, there's a test at the end
of the meeting, isn't there?" Starbird joked.
"Her eyes just got really big," Weaver said.
Mayor Rafi Manoukian played along.
"Yes, a four-page essay is the first question," Manoukian said.
A STICKY SITUATION
Housing Authority member Don Mincey was put on the spot at a
recent council meeting when asked how he felt about rent mediation in
Mincey said he felt property owners should have the right to do
business as needed, but also believed renters needed some relief from
"I have mixed emotions," he said. "It's like watching your
mother-in-law drive off a cliff in your new car."
As compiled by BEN GODAR, GRETCHEN HOFFMAN, KAREN. S. KIM, JANINE
MARNIEN and GARY MOSKOWITZ.