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March 22, 2012
The Glendale City Council this week voted against televising the meetings of a committee appointed to audit city operations, maintaining the commission's distinction as the only one without a regular spot on GTV6. Although Audit Committee members said taping and airing the meetings would increase transparency, several council members said there wasn't a need to do so. Additionally, council members weren't willing to spend the $800 a year it would cost to run the meeting on Glendale's government access channel.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | January 23, 2012
Under the banner of greater transparency, the committee that oversees audits of city operations has recommended that its meetings be televised. “We're moving into a society where people want to see information. They want an open government,” said Audit Committee Chairman Louie Sadd during a meeting on Monday. Most commission meetings at City Hall - excluding some that deal with personnel issues - are taped and aired on Glendale's government access television channel and archived on the city's website.
NEWS
November 27, 2004
The city has vacancies on the Audit Committee and the Planning Commission. The Audit Committee has three openings for Glendale residents with experience serving as a corporate officer, auditor, attorney or professional consultant to business, government or organizations. The committee performs internal reviews of finances and the city's system of internal controls and gives recommendations regarding those audits. The Planning Commission has an opening for a Glendale resident.
LOCAL
By Nick Friesen | November 3, 2008
Herbert Molano is to be commended for his abiding interest in activities that impact the welfare and well-being of Glendale residents (“Glendale needs fiscal transparency,” Thursday). He has called for accountability by our city staff and management and City Council members. He has suggested in meetings, and in conversation with staff, that measures (“metrics”) be established in the form of a “balanced scorecard” for city operations. He wants this data made public so that all concerned will be able to see how our needs and wants are being addressed.
NEWS
May 18, 2002
Tim Willert GLENDALE CITY HALL -- The city is seeking to fill a vacancy on the audit committee and will accept applications through May 29. Members must be qualified Glendale voters, own a Glendale business or work in the city. The city treasurer serves on the committee along with four other members who should have experience as a corporate officer, auditor, attorney or professional consultant in business or government. Terms last three years and are unpaid.
NEWS
December 21, 2004
Unidentified man critical after hit-and-run SOUTHWEST GLENDALE -- An unidentified man was in critical condition at the University of Southern California Medical Center after suffering major head and leg injuries in a hit-and-run late Sunday on Central Avenue, police officials said Monday. The man did not have any identification on him and police were working to determine his identity Monday. Police arrested Vitalino Torres, 50, of Glendale in an apartment building on the 1200 block of South Orange Street on suspicion of driving under the influence and felony hit-and-run, police said.
NEWS
May 21, 2004
City has openings on two commissions GLENDALE CITY HALL -- The city is accepting applications for the Audit Committee and the Glendale Water & Power Commission. For the Audit Committee, applicants need relevant experience serving as a corporate officer, auditor, attorney or professional consultant to business, government or organizations. The committee member will serve for three years. The GWP Commission recommends changes to the city's water and electric system, and suggests how to pay for the improvements.
NEWS
April 26, 2003
It's time for free scoops of ice cream Wednesday GLENDALE -- Baskin-Robbins stores in Glendale and Burbank on Wednesday will host "Free Scoop Night." For every free scoop of ice cream served during "Free Scoop Night," Baskin-Robbins will make a donation to First Book, a national nonprofit organization that provides free, new books to children from low-income families. For more information, visit www.baskinrobbins.com. The following is a list of participating Baskin-Robbins stores in Glendale: 1100 S. Central Ave. 1217 N. Central Ave. 1010 N. Glendale Ave. The following is a list of participating Baskin-Robbins stores in Burbank: 109 E. Alameda Ave. 4314 W. Magnolia Blvd.
NEWS
By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | January 25, 2011
CITY HALL — Several audits of how thousands of dollars allocated to New Horizons Family Center were spent have been suspended after the debt-ridden nonprofit closed its doors last week, city officials said Monday. City officials initiated the audits last year when New Horizons founder Maria Prieto announced she was scrapping plans for a long-awaited expansion project after spending $300,000 in federal funding — allocated by City Hall — on pre-development costs.
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NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | July 23, 2013
Audit officials are recommending that the city clerk's office speed up the time it takes to do a small manual recount of ballots after each municipal election so that the results can go through another layer of verification prior to reporting a final canvass. Glendale has long done a manual recount of at least 1% of ballots after reporting the final canvass to the City Council, but the state law requires the count be done beforehand. Officials say it can be a difficult task to accomplish when self-imposed rules require the city's final canvass be complete within two weeks of the election.
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NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | March 22, 2012
The Glendale City Council this week voted against televising the meetings of a committee appointed to audit city operations, maintaining the commission's distinction as the only one without a regular spot on GTV6. Although Audit Committee members said taping and airing the meetings would increase transparency, several council members said there wasn't a need to do so. Additionally, council members weren't willing to spend the $800 a year it would cost to run the meeting on Glendale's government access channel.
NEWS
March 22, 2012
The Glendale City Council this week voted against televising the meetings of a committee appointed to audit city operations, maintaining the commission's distinction as the only one without a regular spot on GTV6. Although Audit Committee members said taping and airing the meetings would increase transparency, several council members said there wasn't a need to do so. Additionally, council members weren't willing to spend the $800 a year it would cost to run the meeting on Glendale's government access channel.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | January 23, 2012
Under the banner of greater transparency, the committee that oversees audits of city operations has recommended that its meetings be televised. “We're moving into a society where people want to see information. They want an open government,” said Audit Committee Chairman Louie Sadd during a meeting on Monday. Most commission meetings at City Hall - excluding some that deal with personnel issues - are taped and aired on Glendale's government access television channel and archived on the city's website.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | January 2, 2012
Glendale could be overpaying for park landscape maintenance because the city lacks adequate oversight controls, according to a recent internal audit. The audit said the contractor hired by the city, Parkwood Landscape Maintenance, doesn't submit a weekly work schedule for proper monitoring, which means the firm could be paid for services that aren't rendered. This “increases the risk that contractor's performance is not effectively monitored and that invoice deductions are not made for work not performed,” the audit stated.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | July 18, 2011
Before his CrossFit 818 class began, Zareh Amirian called on his students to run two laps around the block for a half-mile warm-up. Amirian's CrossFit 818 is one of two CrossFit gyms in Glendale and is part of a gym franchise company based in Santa Cruz. The people who work out with CrossFit are dubbed “crossfitters.” Their workouts are timed, intense, completed in a group, and done in one hour. In Amirian's gym, a sign on the wall highlights the “10 Components of Fitness” as cardiovascular endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy - in that order.
NEWS
By Melanie Hicken , melanie.hicken@latimes.com | March 21, 2011
CITY HALL — Glendale’s employee healthcare costs will increase by roughly 9% this summer, officials said Monday — bad news for a city that is bracing for a multi-million dollar budget deficit. That increase, effective June 1, will add to the roughly $21.5 million that Glendale paid to cover employee healthcare costs last fiscal year, according to a city report. Finance Director Bob Elliot, who addressed the Audit Committee on Monday, said it was unclear how much of that 9% increase would be paid by the city, which negotiates employee contributions with each union.
NEWS
By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | January 25, 2011
CITY HALL — Several audits of how thousands of dollars allocated to New Horizons Family Center were spent have been suspended after the debt-ridden nonprofit closed its doors last week, city officials said Monday. City officials initiated the audits last year when New Horizons founder Maria Prieto announced she was scrapping plans for a long-awaited expansion project after spending $300,000 in federal funding — allocated by City Hall — on pre-development costs.
NEWS
By Jason Wells | April 28, 2009
CITY HALL — As the City Council today officially delves into what is expected to be a long and arduous budget process, finance and audit officials have for months been working behind the scenes to squeeze all they can out of local government. In reports to the city’s Audit Committee on Monday, city officials reviewed a number of efforts to shore up inefficiencies and reduce costs throughout City Hall departments as the City Council, fresh off the election circuit, prepares to plug a budget gap estimated at between $6.5 million and $7 million.
NEWS
By Jason Wells | November 25, 2008
CITY HALL — Appointments to four city commissions that face challenging budget-related issues are expected to be confirmed tonight at the City Council meeting. All but one of them would be first-time appointees at a time when City Hall continues to shift into high gear with budget issues as expenditures continue to outpace revenue in the slowing economy. The combination is sure to cause tougher commission reviews in coming months, as the City Council looks to the appointed bodies for recommendations on a number of issues, such as restructuring park fees, allotting precious-few federal grant dollars to local nonprofits and addressing ideas on how to jump-start city arts programming, Mayor John Drayman said.
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