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By my assessment, my colleagues on the Glendale City Council, acting | April 18, 2003
as the Glendale Redevelopment Agency, made the conscious decision to make a "gift of public funds" to the Armenian Society of Los Angeles (ASLA) last month. A "gift of public funds" occurs when public funds are provided to an individual or organization from which the taxpayers receive no public benefit. In order to bring the Town Center project to fruition, the city of Glendale has been acquiring property, which when purchased will provide the 15 1/2 acres required for the Town Center project.
NEWS
October 17, 2003
Albert Abkarian's commentary of Sept. 24, "Society building sale was a good deal," set forth some interesting points. However, his statement that "the city underpaid for the property" is unfounded. He also compares the transaction with Oakmont V and draws the conclusion that the concern some citizens have with this transaction is not about money but about nationality. The transaction Mr. Abkarian is referring to is the city's purchase of the property at 221 S. Brand Blvd.
NEWS
August 28, 2003
More than 100 members and supporters of the Armenian Society of Los Angeles showed their appreciation to the Glendale City Council on Tuesday night, using signs and words of gratitude to express their thanks for the city's generosity. ASLA and its members have reason to be thankful. The city bought ASLA's property at 221 S. Brand Blvd. for $5 million, allowing the society to move so that part of the Town Center can be built on the property. And the deal was the ultimate no muss, no fuss transaction: ASLA's property was not appraised.
NEWS
September 25, 2003
The Armenian Society of Los Angeles (ASLA) is the most influential and service-oriented Armenian organization with a permanent location in Glendale. The ASLA has been in existence for 47 years -- 25 years of it in its current location. The ASLA provides an amazing 100,000 services a year. ASLA is not affiliated with any political party, and other than the custodian and a part-time office worker, all others are volunteers. The ASLA has never received nor asked any municipality, including Glendale, for any financial assistance.
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By Charles Cooper | May 27, 2005
The troubled saga of the Armenian Society of Los Angeles and its search for a new headquarters took another turn Tuesday as the Glendale City Council rejected the first-stage design for a new center on city-owned land. The ASLA was forced to abandon its Brand Boulevard headquarters when the property was acquired for the Town Center development. The city paid $5 million for the property and offered a location on Isabel Street for a new center. Now the council, acting as the Glendale Redevelopment Agency, voted 3-2 Tuesday to reject the group's design for a new center.
NEWS
September 18, 2003
Like a bad magician trying to bamboozle his audience, the mayor of Glendale is using a tremendous amount of smoke and mirrors to divert our attention from the Armenian Society of Los Angeles (ASLA) deal. He is playing to a tough crowd, however. The citizens of Glendale are not easily hoodwinked. For those of you who are arriving late to this little piece of theater, here is a synopsis of Act I: Privately owned properties in the construction area of the proposed Town Center are being appraised and purchased by the city.
NEWS
September 3, 2003
Be forthright, come clean and get an appraisal In your Aug. 22 edition, you quote City Manager Jim Starbird as saying "We are not obligated to do an appraisal if someone offers their property to the city." If he's right, this is a loophole that should be closed immediately. Any prudent individual would want an appraisal before plunking down $5 million for any piece of property. If the city chooses not to get an appraisal, because it doesn't have to, something has to be wrong and, hence, hidden if possible.
NEWS
May 26, 2004
Is he a concerned citizen or merely a hypocrite? I find it curious that Mr. Vrej Agajanian is criticizing the economics of the Town Center deal. In his letter to the News-Press Mailbag ("Clarifying misinformation and providing the facts," May 4), he states that one of his concerns is "Giving away city land for free that belongs to my children and grandchildren and yours." I almost fell over when I read that. I think the citizens of Glendale need to be reminded of the controversial transaction between the Armenian Society of Los Angeles and the Glendale Redevelopment Agency, which was orchestrated by Mr. Agajanian as chairman of the board of directors of the ASLA.
NEWS
September 26, 2003
4Though he is not an elected official, Glendale City Manager Jim Starbird pulls as much weight as anyone in the city's government. Starbird joined the city in March 1998, coming from West Covina. He helps shape the city's $580-million budget, and serves as a steadying influence on an often tenuous council. This year, he showed his political acumen by escaping a power struggle among the council and coming out stronger. In January, then-mayor Rafi Manoukian claimed that Councilmen Frank Quintero and Bob Yousefian were trying to oust Starbird.
NEWS
April 26, 2003
ASLA deal should take no one 'buy' surprise Well, now we really know who runs our fair city of Glendale (although it has been long suspected by a large segment of the populace, myself included). Many thanks to Councilman Dave Weaver for his insightful and detailed expose of yet another behind-the-scenes deal buy (pun intended) our esteemed council members. This time, it's shoveling money under the door of the Armenian Society of Los Angeles to the tune of several millions of dollars.
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By Charles Cooper | May 27, 2005
The troubled saga of the Armenian Society of Los Angeles and its search for a new headquarters took another turn Tuesday as the Glendale City Council rejected the first-stage design for a new center on city-owned land. The ASLA was forced to abandon its Brand Boulevard headquarters when the property was acquired for the Town Center development. The city paid $5 million for the property and offered a location on Isabel Street for a new center. Now the council, acting as the Glendale Redevelopment Agency, voted 3-2 Tuesday to reject the group's design for a new center.
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May 26, 2004
Is he a concerned citizen or merely a hypocrite? I find it curious that Mr. Vrej Agajanian is criticizing the economics of the Town Center deal. In his letter to the News-Press Mailbag ("Clarifying misinformation and providing the facts," May 4), he states that one of his concerns is "Giving away city land for free that belongs to my children and grandchildren and yours." I almost fell over when I read that. I think the citizens of Glendale need to be reminded of the controversial transaction between the Armenian Society of Los Angeles and the Glendale Redevelopment Agency, which was orchestrated by Mr. Agajanian as chairman of the board of directors of the ASLA.
NEWS
October 17, 2003
Albert Abkarian's commentary of Sept. 24, "Society building sale was a good deal," set forth some interesting points. However, his statement that "the city underpaid for the property" is unfounded. He also compares the transaction with Oakmont V and draws the conclusion that the concern some citizens have with this transaction is not about money but about nationality. The transaction Mr. Abkarian is referring to is the city's purchase of the property at 221 S. Brand Blvd.
NEWS
September 26, 2003
4Though he is not an elected official, Glendale City Manager Jim Starbird pulls as much weight as anyone in the city's government. Starbird joined the city in March 1998, coming from West Covina. He helps shape the city's $580-million budget, and serves as a steadying influence on an often tenuous council. This year, he showed his political acumen by escaping a power struggle among the council and coming out stronger. In January, then-mayor Rafi Manoukian claimed that Councilmen Frank Quintero and Bob Yousefian were trying to oust Starbird.
NEWS
September 25, 2003
The Armenian Society of Los Angeles (ASLA) is the most influential and service-oriented Armenian organization with a permanent location in Glendale. The ASLA has been in existence for 47 years -- 25 years of it in its current location. The ASLA provides an amazing 100,000 services a year. ASLA is not affiliated with any political party, and other than the custodian and a part-time office worker, all others are volunteers. The ASLA has never received nor asked any municipality, including Glendale, for any financial assistance.
NEWS
September 18, 2003
Like a bad magician trying to bamboozle his audience, the mayor of Glendale is using a tremendous amount of smoke and mirrors to divert our attention from the Armenian Society of Los Angeles (ASLA) deal. He is playing to a tough crowd, however. The citizens of Glendale are not easily hoodwinked. For those of you who are arriving late to this little piece of theater, here is a synopsis of Act I: Privately owned properties in the construction area of the proposed Town Center are being appraised and purchased by the city.
NEWS
September 4, 2003
Two top executives of the Armenian Society of Los Angeles will be on "The Larry Zarian Forum," a cable television show hosted by Zarian, at 7 p.m. today to discuss the city's controversial purchase of the society's building on Brand Boulevard. Vrej Agajanian, chairman of the ASLA, and Thomas Alexanian, the organization's president, will appear on the show to talk about the $5-million sale that has divided the City Council and the community. The city purchased the building without appraising the property's value.
NEWS
September 3, 2003
Be forthright, come clean and get an appraisal In your Aug. 22 edition, you quote City Manager Jim Starbird as saying "We are not obligated to do an appraisal if someone offers their property to the city." If he's right, this is a loophole that should be closed immediately. Any prudent individual would want an appraisal before plunking down $5 million for any piece of property. If the city chooses not to get an appraisal, because it doesn't have to, something has to be wrong and, hence, hidden if possible.
NEWS
August 28, 2003
More than 100 members and supporters of the Armenian Society of Los Angeles showed their appreciation to the Glendale City Council on Tuesday night, using signs and words of gratitude to express their thanks for the city's generosity. ASLA and its members have reason to be thankful. The city bought ASLA's property at 221 S. Brand Blvd. for $5 million, allowing the society to move so that part of the Town Center can be built on the property. And the deal was the ultimate no muss, no fuss transaction: ASLA's property was not appraised.
NEWS
April 26, 2003
ASLA deal should take no one 'buy' surprise Well, now we really know who runs our fair city of Glendale (although it has been long suspected by a large segment of the populace, myself included). Many thanks to Councilman Dave Weaver for his insightful and detailed expose of yet another behind-the-scenes deal buy (pun intended) our esteemed council members. This time, it's shoveling money under the door of the Armenian Society of Los Angeles to the tune of several millions of dollars.
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