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Glendale City Council Meeting Wrap-up: Traffic signals

May 20, 2010

The City Council on Tuesday allocated $2.1 million in leftover federal stimulus funds to replace 13 traffic signals on Glenoaks Boulevard east and west of downtown.

The stimulus funds are from public works projects approved last year that came in under budget due to highly competitive construction bids.

WHAT IT MEANS

Glenoaks was chosen for the upgrades because many of its signals were constructed more than 30 years ago, and need updated technology.

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Bicycle improvements

The council allocated about $100,000 in Los Angeles County transportation money to support a series of bicycle and pedestrian improvements in the city.

WHAT IT MEANS

The improvements will include the installation of a bike lane on the Glendale portion of Foothill Boulevard, pedestrian-activated flashing beacons on Colorado Street and a variety of bike racks throughout the city.

Job grants

The council approved the receipt of nearly $500,000 in grant funds to support job training programs through the Verdugo Workforce Investment Board.

Of the total amount, $240,000 is from the United Way to support the Verdugo Power Academy, a joint project between Glendale Community College and Glendale Water & Power that trains people for jobs in the “green” industry. Since the development of the program, which started thanks to stimulus funding, the board has applied for a number of grants to sustain it.

The council will also approved $204,432 in additional stimulus funding to support job training and employment assistance at the Verdugo Jobs Center.

WHAT IT MEANS

The United Way grant will help the Verdugo Power Academy continue classes.


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