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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | December 6, 2011
Once considered visual clutter, street advertisements were touted as important tools for local merchants Tuesday as the Glendale City Council unanimously voted in favor of lifting a 50-year ban on pedestrian signs. “If they're going to have quality signs, that can certainly add to the atmosphere,” said Councilman Rafi Manoukian. Despite the ruling, some council members were critical at first, fearing that increased flexibility may lead to sidewalks bursting with signs. “I'm not too thrilled about it, quite frankly,” said Councilman Frank Quintero.
BUSINESS
By Melanie Hicken | December 1, 2009
CITY HALL — The City Council on Tuesday will consider 2010 budgets for the city’s Business Improvement Districts. Merchant associations say the funds are especially important during the current bleak economic climate. The Montrose Shopping Park Assn. and the Adams Square Merchants’ Assn. are the city’s two formal Business Improvement Districts, where business and property owners within a defined area pay an annual assessment to finance improvements and maintenance, marketing efforts and events.
NEWS
September 17, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman The Adams Square Merchants Assn. has hit a milestone in its quest to become a business improvement district, and the city Redevelopment Agency is set to decide today whether to commit funding to help it along. In August, Adams Square became the first of Glendale's merchant associations to become a nonprofit organization, board member Carol Cianfrini said. Now it's waiting for help from the city, which could take the form of $30,000 in funding to hire a consultant to help it and the Downtown Glendale Merchants Assn.
NEWS
July 23, 2009
EMPLOYEE CONTRACTS The City Council approved a one-year contract with the Glendale Manager?s Assn., which was previously ratified by the union?s membership. In light of the city?s budget issues, the contract is absent of any pay increase. In an attempt to make up for the static pay, the city agreed to pick up the entire increased cost of medical insurance premiums ? of which the city usually pays half ? and to increase uniform allowances. A similar contract with the Glendale City Employee?
NEWS
October 20, 2003
Ryan Carter An established vision for downtown merchants and parking improvements in a business section in south Glendale topped a list of priorities for local businesses in a recent survey. The survey was part of a city-commissioned study by the San Bernardino County-based Edward Henning & Associates. The goal of the study was to determine if merchants and property owners in Adams Square in south Glendale and downtown Glendale want to become business improvement districts.
NEWS
By Melanie Hicken | October 7, 2009
CITY HALL — The arts festival sponsored by the Montrose Verdugo City Chamber of Commerce will not take place next month after chamber officials dropped an appeal of the city’s denial of a needed permit. The organization had applied for a special event permit to use the city’s parking lot No. 8 — the future location of Trader Joe’s — on Nov. 14 to 15 for the second annual Fall Arts Festival, but was denied in large part because of opposition from the Montrose Shopping Park Assn.
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By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | May 18, 2011
A private effort to bolster business on Brand Boulevard has slowed, even as city leaders worry that budget cuts might limit city maintenance in the core business district. The owner of the Glendale Galleria — an important player in any future business improvement district downtown — has sent mixed signals. Last month, General Growth Properties representatives said they would not participate in creating the district, but recently their tone has changed to full-fledged support. The Chicago-based company owns nearly one-fifth of the proposed district — which stretches from the Americana at Brand to the Ventura (134)
NEWS
By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | November 11, 2010
City leaders gave their approval Tuesday to a plan by downtown property owners to raise and spend nearly $1 million a year to improve the Brand Boulevard corridor. Council members voted unanimously to support a property-based Business Improvement District. Under the proposal, property owners would initially pay roughly 22-cents per square foot, per year to fund enhanced security, marketing and cleaning of the area. The next major step is to take a vote among the 168 owners of property in the district bounded by the Ventura (134)
NEWS
January 25, 2003
Glendale merchants could move closer to forming business improvement districts Tuesday when they interview five potential consultants to aid in the process. Representatives of the Downtown Merchants and Adams Square Merchants associations and the Redevelopment Agency will meet with the consultants, city officials said. Funding for the groups will end in 2006 unless business improvement districts are formed. While membership in the merchant associations are voluntary, members of a business improvement district would be assessed a fee. The consultant will examine the feasibility of establishing the districts, and make recommendations on their potential size, scope and the amount of the assessment.
NEWS
April 5, 2012
The Glendale City Council this week gave communities the ability to assess themselves and to use that money to pay for improvements. The so-called community benefit districts would act in a similar way to the more well-known business improvement districts, in which business owners assess themselves a fee or tax each year and then use that money to pay for infrastructure upgrades and other amenities. Participating property owners in a community benefit district would contribute money and then decide which improvements they'd like made using those funds, including marketing materials, extra security and additional litter removal beyond what the city provides.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | December 6, 2011
Once considered visual clutter, street advertisements were touted as important tools for local merchants Tuesday as the Glendale City Council unanimously voted in favor of lifting a 50-year ban on pedestrian signs. “If they're going to have quality signs, that can certainly add to the atmosphere,” said Councilman Rafi Manoukian. Despite the ruling, some council members were critical at first, fearing that increased flexibility may lead to sidewalks bursting with signs. “I'm not too thrilled about it, quite frankly,” said Councilman Frank Quintero.
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NEWS
By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | May 18, 2011
A private effort to bolster business on Brand Boulevard has slowed, even as city leaders worry that budget cuts might limit city maintenance in the core business district. The owner of the Glendale Galleria — an important player in any future business improvement district downtown — has sent mixed signals. Last month, General Growth Properties representatives said they would not participate in creating the district, but recently their tone has changed to full-fledged support. The Chicago-based company owns nearly one-fifth of the proposed district — which stretches from the Americana at Brand to the Ventura (134)
NEWS
By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | November 11, 2010
City leaders gave their approval Tuesday to a plan by downtown property owners to raise and spend nearly $1 million a year to improve the Brand Boulevard corridor. Council members voted unanimously to support a property-based Business Improvement District. Under the proposal, property owners would initially pay roughly 22-cents per square foot, per year to fund enhanced security, marketing and cleaning of the area. The next major step is to take a vote among the 168 owners of property in the district bounded by the Ventura (134)
BUSINESS
By Melanie Hicken | December 1, 2009
CITY HALL — The City Council on Tuesday will consider 2010 budgets for the city’s Business Improvement Districts. Merchant associations say the funds are especially important during the current bleak economic climate. The Montrose Shopping Park Assn. and the Adams Square Merchants’ Assn. are the city’s two formal Business Improvement Districts, where business and property owners within a defined area pay an annual assessment to finance improvements and maintenance, marketing efforts and events.
NEWS
By Melanie Hicken | October 7, 2009
CITY HALL — The arts festival sponsored by the Montrose Verdugo City Chamber of Commerce will not take place next month after chamber officials dropped an appeal of the city’s denial of a needed permit. The organization had applied for a special event permit to use the city’s parking lot No. 8 — the future location of Trader Joe’s — on Nov. 14 to 15 for the second annual Fall Arts Festival, but was denied in large part because of opposition from the Montrose Shopping Park Assn.
NEWS
July 23, 2009
EMPLOYEE CONTRACTS The City Council approved a one-year contract with the Glendale Manager?s Assn., which was previously ratified by the union?s membership. In light of the city?s budget issues, the contract is absent of any pay increase. In an attempt to make up for the static pay, the city agreed to pick up the entire increased cost of medical insurance premiums ? of which the city usually pays half ? and to increase uniform allowances. A similar contract with the Glendale City Employee?
NEWS
October 20, 2003
Ryan Carter An established vision for downtown merchants and parking improvements in a business section in south Glendale topped a list of priorities for local businesses in a recent survey. The survey was part of a city-commissioned study by the San Bernardino County-based Edward Henning & Associates. The goal of the study was to determine if merchants and property owners in Adams Square in south Glendale and downtown Glendale want to become business improvement districts.
NEWS
September 17, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman The Adams Square Merchants Assn. has hit a milestone in its quest to become a business improvement district, and the city Redevelopment Agency is set to decide today whether to commit funding to help it along. In August, Adams Square became the first of Glendale's merchant associations to become a nonprofit organization, board member Carol Cianfrini said. Now it's waiting for help from the city, which could take the form of $30,000 in funding to hire a consultant to help it and the Downtown Glendale Merchants Assn.
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