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February 1, 2013
On April 2 Glendalians will vote on Measure B. I've argued the measure legalizes the city's current practice whereby, in violation of its charter, it annually transfers $21 million of electrical receipts to the general budget fund; and, at the same time it claims the electric infrastructure is in dire need of repairs but there is no money for them without a rate increase. That's why, as mandated by Municipal Code 1.08.060, I filed a request with the city clerk to write Measure B's opposition argument.
NEWS
February 21, 2012
Why do religious people who hold firmly to their beliefs get referred to as chest-thumping, saber-rattling, pious Christians? It's a stereotype put out by the media and the press. In Patrick Caneday's column on Feb. 18, “ A 'heathen' teaches a lesson ,” he describes his disagreement with fellow church-goers who object to the proposed healthcare law. They may have legitimate reasons for that. No one can say for sure what mandates are included in it. To say that anyone who objects to it is intolerant is unfair.
NEWS
August 28, 2013
Decisions are based on facts and due process. It is the arbiter's duty to weigh all facts and establish due process. On the utility-rate-increase issue, the arbiter of facts is the City Council. City management advocated its case with both a 50-minute presentation and an additional 10 minutes the following week. To bolster its arguments, it produced its expert witness, the chief electrical engineer for GWP. Funds were spent to produce exhibits and charts. On the opposing side, citizens pleaded in two-minute intervals regarding their own personal financial hardship.
NEWS
December 2, 2002
A Glendale man and his wife were arrested after the man allegedly fired a gun during an argument. The incident occurred just after midnight Wednesday in the 1500 block of East Windsor Road. Raymond Lee and his wife Karen Park were apparently involved in an argument with Lee's brother when Lee fired two shots from a handgun, police reports said. Lee and Park left the scene in a white Mercedes. No one was injured by the shots, at least one of which appeared to have been fired into the ground.
NEWS
January 17, 2005
An argument between roommates ended bloodily Sunday when one man allegedly stabbed another, Glendale Police said. The alleged stabbing occurred at about 4 p.m. at the St. James Apartments in the 400 block of West Los Feliz Road, Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. One man in his 20s was stabbed in the upper back before he ran to a supermarket down the street and dialed 911, he added. The man was taken to Glendale Memorial Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition, Lorenz said.
NEWS
July 5, 2012
A 19-year-old man pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that he allegedly stabbed his brother multiple times during an argument over getting a ride to Burbank, officials said. The man, Robert Godfrey, faces one felony count each of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly stabbing his 25-year-old brother, according to Los Angeles County district attorney officials. Godfrey was arrested Friday on suspicion of attempted murder after his brother was stabbed at the home they shared in the 2900 block of East Chevy Chase Drive, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.
NEWS
December 9, 2004
GRANT GORDON "Individual commitment to a group effort, that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work." -- Vince Lombardi Our area football season has finally passed. Thus, to keep tears from running down this chubby face, here is one final, feeble attempt at writing more about high school football. At least in this columnist's eyes, there isn't one, apparent and clear selection for our All-Area Player of the Year.
NEWS
May 4, 2002
Karen S. Kim SOUTHEAST GLENDALE -- A Glendale man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after allegedly stabbing another man five times during an argument in a parking lot. Edward Garcia, 19, is being held at Glendale City Jail on $500,000 bail. The 21-year-old victim was in serious but stable condition Friday at County-USC Medical Center, police said. The victim, also a Glendale resident, and Garcia were in the parking lot at 1143 E. Broadway at about 9:30 p.m. on Thursday when the two became involved in an argument, police said.
NEWS
July 10, 2013
A Sunland man remained hospitalized Wednesday after he was stabbed twice in Glendale during an argument with another man over his girlfriend, police said. The 30-year-old man suffered a deep wound to his left torso and another cut in his left armpit during Sunday's incident, police said. He was taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where he was being treated for non life-threatening injuries, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. Prosecutors charged his alleged attacker, Rafik Tahmassan, with one count of assault with a deadly weapon, which includes the special allegation that he caused great bodily injury, according to Jane Robison, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
NEWS
April 26, 2000
Your recent coverage of the Private Property Bill has been excellent, especially since you chose to present the arguments by state Sen. Adam Schiff and U.S. Rep. James Rogan side by side. Comparing the two, it struck me that Congressman Rogan chose to focus on the specifics relating to that bill while Schiff did not talk about anything substantive. Schiff cited no facts, gave no legal argument, and did not address the merits of the bill. If Mr. Schiff really has nothing to say except veiled campaign rhetoric against his opponent, it should be seen as what it is -- more Schiff political spin-doctoring.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | February 21, 2014
Prosecutors have charged a 24-year-old Pasadena man after he allegedly pulled a knife on his girlfriend on Valentine's Day, prompting her to jump out of her moving car fearing he would hurt her. Michael Buchanan, who is on parole, faces multiple charges, which include kidnapping, carjacking, making threats and domestic violence with injuries, according to a criminal complaint filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court. He was arrested Tuesday in the 200 block of North Glendale Avenue in connection with the Feb. 14 incident, according to Glendale police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot.
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By June Casagrande | December 28, 2013
Recently, Los Angeles Times columnist Meghan Daum wrote about the word “literally.” It's not OK, she argued, that the Oxford English Dictionary expanded the definition of “literally” to include “informal, used for emphasis while not being literally true.” “If we cave on 'literally,'” Daum wrote, “it will only be a matter of time before we'll be granting equal rights to 'irregardless.'” I like Meghan Daum. She's a brilliant writer with a gift for finding fascinating new perspectives on every topic she touches.
NEWS
August 28, 2013
Decisions are based on facts and due process. It is the arbiter's duty to weigh all facts and establish due process. On the utility-rate-increase issue, the arbiter of facts is the City Council. City management advocated its case with both a 50-minute presentation and an additional 10 minutes the following week. To bolster its arguments, it produced its expert witness, the chief electrical engineer for GWP. Funds were spent to produce exhibits and charts. On the opposing side, citizens pleaded in two-minute intervals regarding their own personal financial hardship.
NEWS
July 10, 2013
A Sunland man remained hospitalized Wednesday after he was stabbed twice in Glendale during an argument with another man over his girlfriend, police said. The 30-year-old man suffered a deep wound to his left torso and another cut in his left armpit during Sunday's incident, police said. He was taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where he was being treated for non life-threatening injuries, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. Prosecutors charged his alleged attacker, Rafik Tahmassan, with one count of assault with a deadly weapon, which includes the special allegation that he caused great bodily injury, according to Jane Robison, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
NEWS
April 17, 2013
I'm dismayed that the Crescenta Valley Water District would increase rebates for artificial turf. It would be much better for the planet if they banned the plastic grass and concentrated on encouraging their customers to replace thirsty lawns with drought-tolerant plants. The use of unnatural, ugly plastic turf, manufactured from petroleum and/or used tires, emits toxic chemicals into the soil and air, poisoning the environment. It does not allow as much rainwater to soak back into the ground and replenish the aquifer as does xeriscaping, and does not generate any oxygen.
NEWS
February 1, 2013
On April 2 Glendalians will vote on Measure B. I've argued the measure legalizes the city's current practice whereby, in violation of its charter, it annually transfers $21 million of electrical receipts to the general budget fund; and, at the same time it claims the electric infrastructure is in dire need of repairs but there is no money for them without a rate increase. That's why, as mandated by Municipal Code 1.08.060, I filed a request with the city clerk to write Measure B's opposition argument.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | January 18, 2013
The outgoing city treasurer, and the city councilman vying for his job, will be facing off on April's ballot as they try to convince voters to either keep the treasurer as an appointment, or change it to an elected position. Councilman Rafi Manoukian and Treasurer Ron Borucki are set to file their 300-word arguments by Jan. 25, a day after the four people who have indicated they want to run for the open seat will have to turn in 100 signatures each to make their candidacy official.
NEWS
July 5, 2012
A 19-year-old man pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that he allegedly stabbed his brother multiple times during an argument over getting a ride to Burbank, officials said. The man, Robert Godfrey, faces one felony count each of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly stabbing his 25-year-old brother, according to Los Angeles County district attorney officials. Godfrey was arrested Friday on suspicion of attempted murder after his brother was stabbed at the home they shared in the 2900 block of East Chevy Chase Drive, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | June 20, 2012
Fears over last week's shooting in Fremont Park came to a head Tuesday night as police solicited help from residents in ramping up safety in the neighborhood. Dozens of residents expressed safety concerns as they gathered for a police community meeting in a parking lot across the street from the park in the 600 block of Hahn where last week's midday shooting took place. “I heard the gunshots and I didn't know what they were, but then I listened again,” resident Roberta Kenney said.
NEWS
April 16, 2012
Attorneys argued Monday that it was either religious intolerance or workplace incompetence that drove systems administrator David Coppedge from a post at Jet Propulsion Laboratory last year. Monday's arguments capped a five-week trial in Coppedge's lawsuit against the NASA lab in La Cañada Flintridge, in which he claimed he was removed from his job in 2011 because of his advocacy of the theory of intelligent design of the universe. “This is a series of retaliation - a series of subtly damaging injuries all starting from David's reaction” to discriminatory actions taken by supervisors, said William Becker, Coppedge's attorney.
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