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City Council Wrap-Up

August 05, 2010

Settlement payment

The City Council on Tuesday approved a $65,300 check to General Growth Properties to cover repairs needed after a city refuse truck drove into the Glendale Galleria's aerial bridge with forks extended.

City officials deemed the city was liable for the damage.

WHAT IT MEANS

The payment, which is in response to a claim the company filed with the city, compensates the General Growth for the required repairs, officials said.

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VOTE: 5-0

Taxi permits

The City Council approved awarding a five-year operating permit to City Cab after voting last month to overturn a commission decision to reduce the permit's length.

When City Cab's routine five-year permits came up for renewal, the commission voted to instead set the company to expire in 2013 in sync with the expiration date of the last operator permit. Commissioners said the decision could help create a more competitive process for doling out city taxi permits.

Any taxi can drop a passenger off in Glendale, but to pick up, they must have one of 81 city permits.

But City Council members sided with G&S Transit Management Inc., which runs City Cab, that a shorter permit could hurt its ability to convert its fleet to more environmentally friendly vehicles.

WHAT IT MEANS

City Cab is one of the city's five taxi operators. City transportation commissioners have in the past year expressed concern that the current permit process favors incumbent operators and that four of the five companies are under related ownership.

VOTE: 5-0

FYI

What: Glendale City Council meeting

When: 2:30 p.m. Tuesday (Meeting was held at a special time because of National Night Out event.)

Where: City Council Chambers, 613 E. Broadway

Contact: (818) 548-2090

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