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In 2013, much awaits Glendale

December 31, 2012
(Roger Wilson/Staff…)

The year 2013 is already shaping up to be a busy year, with several issues rooted in the past expected to come to fruition. While the year ahead will no doubt unleash its own bounty of surprises, here are some issues we can all count on happening in the months ahead.

Glendale police officers’ lawsuit to move forward

The case of four current and one former Armenian American Glendale police officers suing the city for alleged discrimination and harassment is expected to move to trial in 2013.

This year, a federal judge refused to throw out claims against the city made by police Officers Vahak Mardikian, Robert Parseghian, John Balian, Tigran Topadzhikyan and former Officer Benny Simonzad.

A settlement conference is scheduled for Feb. 1, as well as a jury trial date for March 23, according to U.S. District Court records.

The officers filed the federal lawsuit in 2010 against the city and Police Department alleging years of discrimination, retaliation and harassment because they're Armenian.

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Balian, Topadzhikyan and Mardikian also filed a separate state lawsuit in March claiming that racial discrimination and retaliation continued in the Police Department even after they filed their federal case. That case was held up pending the resolution of the federal lawsuit.

School bond dollars to take shape

Following the approval of a $270 million school bond in April 2011, Glendale schools this year are expected to put a dent in the proceeds as they tackle projects that will bring improvements and technology to school facilities.

Already, hundreds of Apple laptops have been rolled out to Glendale teachers, and solar panels that were installed at several Glendale schools are expected to save $10 million over the next 30 years.

As of November, the Glendale Unified School District had approved $40 million in projects.

The board recently approved a new two-story design for College View School and held a groundbreaking ceremony for the installment of lights at Hoover High’s sports field.

The district will later expand Franklin Elementary, renovate the science lab at Crescenta Valley High School, add solar panels to Glendale High and build onto campuses where an influx in bungalows has invaded the grounds.

With $108 million more approved through the fall of 2016, officials will look to allocate the remaining $162 million in the future.

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