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Week In Review

April 12, 2008

CITY HALL

John Drayman is now pulling his own little red wagon as Glendale’s new mayor one year after he famously turned down a nomination for the position days after winning the municipal office.

At the time, all eyes turned to Drayman to give the swing vote on a stalemate for mayor, but he instead told his new colleagues that he would not climb aboard the “little red wagon” they were pulling and abstained, forcing Councilman Bob Yousefian to change his vote for Ara Najarian.

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This year’s mayoral appointment process was decidedly less chaotic, with a unanimous vote to appoint Drayman to the head post preluding a round of figurative back-patting for getting through what he called a “remarkably productive and dramatic year.”

His appointment as mayor comes three years after a meager showing in the polls during his failed 2005 bid for City Council, and just one year after supplanting former councilman Rafi Manoukian as the top vote-getter in the 2007 election.

 A city commissioner is under fire from his colleagues for apparently sending an e-mail Monday to City Councilman Dave Weaver in which he lobbied to have federal funding increased for two programs on a list of recommendations he had previously voted to support.

The e-mail, written by Community Development Block Grant Advisory Committee Vice-Chairman Gary Cornell, was denounced by Weaver on Tuesday during the joint Housing Authority meeting before calling for his resignation.

The seven-member Housing Authority, which includes all five City Council members and is chaired by Weaver, was scheduled to deliberate on how to disburse $503,154 in federal grants to 20 nonprofit community service organizations. Those deliberations were continued to next week after 50 speakers made their final pitches for funding.

In January, the Community Development Block Grant Advisory Committee voted unanimously to send its recommendations on how the federal money should be divvied up among the applicants after undergoing two all-day pitching sessions and weeks of site visits for evaluation.

PUBLIC SAFETY

Less than two weeks after hundreds of mourners were granted access to Grand View Memorial Park for the first time in 10 months, stakeholders in the troubled cemetery are planning another opening in late May.

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