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August 10, 2013
Glendale police are working to identify a man and woman captured on security camera footage of a food kiosk burglary at The Americana at Brand.  Break-ins at the Richie Palmer's Pizza and Häagen-Dazs kiosks occurred at around 4:20 a.m. on July 28, according to a police crime bulletin.  Video from one of the stores shows a woman opening a sliding glass service window and a man entering through it. The man hits his head on the floor, appearing...
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NEWS
August 9, 2013
I was surprised to read in the Aug. 2 edition of the News-Press that the Glendale City Council was proposing to amend city rules to allow digital advertising signs at the Galleria and the Americana. I thought our two mega malls were into classy, upscale ambience. That's not what we'll get with digital advertising. Nothing seems quite as lucrative as advertising these days, but I thought that digital advertising was already thoroughly discredited in Los Angeles, where residents became so repelled by the crass commercialization that this type of signage was causing that the city realized it had to backtrack on ill-advised decisions allowing the liberal use of digitals.
NEWS
By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | August 1, 2013
Digital advertising signs may be coming to Glendale for the first time as the City Council started to pave the way this week to let the Americana at Brand and Glendale Galleria to use the high-tech displays. The council gave a first reading on Tuesday of an proposed amendment of the city's zoning overlay for major commercial developments. The overlay zone applies to developments with at least one million square feet of commercial or retail space, which currently is only the Americana and Glendale Galleria.
NEWS
By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | July 23, 2013
A Dallas, Texas-based investment firm has purchased the Glendale Marketplace on Brand Boulevard, seeing major potential in the retail plaza that is home to stores and restaurants including HomeGoods, Outback Steakhouse, Old Navy and the four-screen Galaxy Theatres. Cypress Equities announced the sale on Monday, though the sale closed on Friday. The cost of the acquisition was not disclosed. Todd Minnis, managing partner of the real estate investment management division of Cypress, said Tuesday that the firm acknowledges the 154,420-square-foot Glendale Marketplace has lost some of its luster.
NEWS
June 14, 2013
Glendale a smoke-free city? What a joke! Everywhere I look in Glendale people are smoking. On the street, in front of the market, in their cars, at the Americana - everywhere. Don't even get me started on all the cigarette trash and butts that litter our streets. To call Glendale a smoke-free city is complete hypocrisy. I laughed out loud when I read in this paper that the city council was voting on whether or not to move smoking sections on patios at restaurants five feet. Five feet?
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | May 30, 2013
A 43-year-old Glendale man was banned from the Americana at Brand and Glendale Galleria after police say he was caught using his cell phone on Monday to photograph the buttocks of girls and women. Paul Martin Birkeland was arrested and released at the scene on suspicion of annoying children and photographing a person for sexual gratification without their consent after he allegedly admitted to masturbating to the images, according to police. He could be arrested for trespassing if he is spotted at the malls, according to Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz.
NEWS
By Liana Aghajanian | May 29, 2013
Last week, I watched with delight and surprise a one-minute video that hit the Internet this month under the title, "Hello Glendale. " Complete with filters that gave a dreamy green tint to L.A.'s iconic palm trees, the ceremonious pouring of alcohol and scenes of bowling, roller skating and cycling in the city, it made me see Glendale in a completely new light - dare I say, a really cool light. The video and website of the same name - which carries the tagline "Let's Get Acquainted" - was so hip, so smooth, that I started to wonder who could have been behind this production.
NEWS
April 30, 2013
Glendale's main street, Brand Boulevard, needs a better mix of retail tenants if it's ever going to promote more pedestrian traffic and coax people out of the Americana. Let's see, a law office, a dentist, two copy stores, a thrift store, a corset shop, a beauty school where you can watch students perform $5 haircuts or sit in their chairs looking bored out of their minds? Yes, there is a Starbucks, but it's the smallest and most cramped one you will every find. And of course, several empty store fronts.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | April 27, 2013
If Teri Hatcher could snag a few items from her own celebrity yard sale, they would include a cashmere sweater from Ellen DeGeneres' closet and a pair of "really sexy" high heels from "Modern Family" star Julie Bowen. "Hollywood is definitely a generous community," the "Desperate Housewives" actress said of the stars - from Al Pacino to Gwen Stefani - who donated to her Juvenile Arthritis Assn. fundraiser at the Americana at Brand Saturday. "And everybody likes a yard sale. " PHOTOS: Yard sale at Americana at Brand hosted by Teri Hatcher   While shoppers could bid on a signed portrait of Jason Alexander in his underpants in a cracked frame or peruse booths selling cupcakes and designer clothes, there were no old lampshades or hand-me-down dishware.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | April 26, 2013
Though surrounded by the shops, residences and restaurants that make up the Americana at Brand, the park in the middle is a public one, and is at risk of being sold by the state as Glendale's redevelopment agency winds down. To protect the popular green space, the City Council unanimously voted this week to take advantage of a state rule that allows former redevelopment properties - like the park and the Alex Theatre - that are for “government use” to be transferred to the city's books.
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