At the city's largest collection of retail outlets, the Glendale Galleria, the day after Christmas featured large crowds and heavy sales.
The Galleria went into the fourth quarter with sales figures nearly 10% above the same time last year, according to Galleria Senior Marketing Manager Janet LaFevre. And while numbers for the last quarter are not in yet, LaFevre said the mall's bullish trend is likely to play out through to the end of the year.
* A special invitation-only reception gave major Glendale Rose Float Assn. donors a sneak peek at the city's 93rd entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade, the "Imagination Express" on Wednesday night.
Several hundred guests milled about the Rose Palace in Pasadena, enjoying food and refreshments, and getting an advance viewing of the 10 floats being assembled by the Phoenix Decorating Co. and its army of volunteers.
Among them was Glendale's float, a 22-foot-tall whimsical locomotive, complete with animated wheels and "smoke rings" emanating from its stack. The 22-foot-tall creation will feature 10 passengers when it rolls down Colorado Boulevard.
Two arrested in sporting goods burglary
A Pacoima man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly using his own children and an adult accomplice to distract sporting store clerks while he stole an estimated $10,000 in goods and apparel from Landry's Sporting Goods and Big 5 stores, Glendale Police said.
Gilbert Miranda, 44, and Julio Morataya, 23, of Pacoima, were arrested on suspicion of felony burglary and felony receiving stolen property charges after allegedly attempting to burglarize Landry's in Montrose, Det. Keith James said.
At about 1 p.m. Tuesday, Morataya, Miranda and his two youngest children entered the store.