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July 28, 2011
It has come to our attention that the City Council has begun discussions on the selection process for the next city manager for Glendale (“Glendale city manager to retire,” July 13). We believe this change in leadership presents a singular opportunity to hire an individual who not only has the requisite expertise in the field, but someone who will be able to address the root causes of challenges that our city will face in the coming years. Hiring such an individual can only and best be accomplished through an open selection process, allowing you to choose from a diverse list of qualified individuals from across the country.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | April 25, 2012
The far-reaching impact of the state's decision to dissolve local redevelopment agencies could end up walloping Glendale, inflating the city's budget deficit to $15 million and forcing widespread layoffs. In a two-page letter sent to city staff this week, City Manager Scott Ochoa mapped out the dire situation that includes the probability of layoffs in June before the start of the next fiscal year. About half of the budget shortfall comes from the loss of redevelopment - a steady stream of incrementally higher property taxes that helped bring in the Americana at Brand and affordable housing.
NEWS
November 9, 2011
Glendale's new city manager, Scott Ochoa, will be making nearly as much as his longtime predecessor - $235,600 plus benefits - according to an agreement approved by the City Council Tuesday night. Ochoa, who is currently Monrovia's city manager, will be replacing Jim Starbird, who makes roughly $240,000 a year, in January. The agreement approved on Tuesday is an upgrade for Ochoa, who makes $180,000 plus benefits in Monrovia - a city less than one-fifth the size of Glendale.
NEWS
February 5, 2012
On the day the redevelopment money machine died, the opening scene of “Saving Private Ryan” came to the mind of Glendale's new city manager, Scott Ochoa. It was the scene where medics are frantically trying to stop the bleeding of a soldier wounded in the D-Day landing and when they do, a bullet hits the solder in the head. “That's sort of how I feel today,” Ochoa said, reflecting on the chaotic situation cities across the state are facing with the termination Feb. 1 of all 400 redevelopment agencies by the governor and Legislature.
NEWS
By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | August 18, 2010
CITY HALL — The City Council on Tuesday promoted Deputy City Manager Yasmin Beers to the No. 2 position at City Hall. As the new assistant city manager, Beers will work as the city's chief operating officer and oversee the general operations of all 15 city departments. City Manager Jim Starbird said Beers has extensive experience with citywide budget oversight, personnel and employee relations, and general operations after 10 years as deputy city manager. "Her experience and knowledge of the organization are a big plus," he said in a statement.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | November 9, 2011
Glendale's new city manager, Scott Ochoa, will be making nearly as much as his predecessor - $235,600 plus benefits - according to an agreement approved by the Glendale City Council Tuesday night. Ochoa, who currently is Monrovia's city manager, will be replacing Jim Starbird, who makes roughly $240,000 a year, in January. The agreement approved on Tuesday is an upgrade for Ochoa, who makes $180,000 plus benefits in Monrovia - a city less than one-fifth the size of Glendale.
THE818NOW
November 4, 2011
Monrovia, from which Glendale's new city manager hails, was named Los Angeles County's most business-friendly city in its category on Thursday. The Eddy Awards, handed out by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp., recognizes two cities each year based on their commitment to economic development, business services, tax rates and fees, incentives and communication with business owners, according to an announcement from the organization....
NEWS
May 18, 2002
Marshall Allen LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE -- La Canada Flintridge City Manager Jerry Fulwood looks forward to his annual evaluation, which began this week, calling it a time of growth and reassessment. "I enjoy the opportunity to better understand how I am doing from the City Council's perspective," Fulwood said. The five members of the La Canada Flintridge City Council met individually with professional facilitator Dr. Bill Mathis on Tuesday. Each gave Mathis their thoughts about Fulwood's performance, which will be shared with Fulwood in a closed-session City Council meeting led by Mathis on June 3. The process is important because "every person wants to know from his boss how they're doing," Mayor Dave Spence said.
NEWS
January 28, 2000
Buck Wargo CITY HALL -- A senior administrative assistant for the Glendale Public Library system has been named deputy city manager. Yasmin Kamria, 29, replaces Steve Adams, who in June was appointed assistant city manager manager in Westlake Village. Kamria was chosen from a field of 90 applicants, said Asst. City Manager Bob McFall. Kamria, who is president of the Soroptimist International of Glendale, will take over on Feb. 14. She will be responsible for working on the city's budget, long-range financial plan and capital improvement program.
NEWS
March 6, 2003
I recently read an article in the News-Press in which City Manager Jim Starbird "blackmailed" taxpayers and the City Council for money. I believe now that we do not have a City Council running this city. We have a mayor named Jim Starbird who has the city hostage. It is a shame that for weeks we were told that the issue with the city manager was his integrity and his management of the city. However, last week we found out that the entire commotion was about one thing: money and more benefits.
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NEWS
April 1, 2014
What really needs to happen regarding the transfer of GWP funds is the City Council needs to make sure the charter is being complied with, and if it isn't to amend the charter so that it is. Secondly, the city manager and his staff along with the council need to realize and fully understand that our utility desperately needs to be maintained and the future cost of doing this is going to be extremely high due to aging infrastructure and new environmental mandates,...
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NEWS
April 1, 2014
The city manager's March 22 op-ed, “Glendale's City Charter is clear ,” accuses me of having “bad facts.” I wish he respected the public enough to have been careful with his. Here are just some examples. I'm not the named plaintiff in any lawsuit against the city, as he claims; albeit I'm a member of a nonprofit organization that is. He writes I've argued GWP transfers to the General Fund violate Glendale's charter. The charter establishes no “general fund”; it establishes two different funds, both using the word “general.” The difference between the two isn't merely semantic; it's substantive.
NEWS
March 28, 2014
There are points in Mr. Kedikian's recent op-ed (“It takes engaged citizen to make a city”) that I agree with. Among them are that personal attacks do nothing to resolve the legal dispute over the GWP transfer. On the first point though, Mr. Kedikian should practice what he preaches. Labeling our city manager as having an elitist attitude toward those governed, and relegating his views as “dismissive cliches” is as offhandedly dismissive as the attitude he rails against. On the second point, I have long believed and have stated in the public record that one must view the legitimacy of the GWP transfer in the context of the decisions that city councils made over the past several decades about how to pay for the public services our residents need.
NEWS
February 7, 2014
Our city manager's Jan. 29 ode, an op-ed titled “ City's growth plans have mobility in mind ,” makes me exclaim: But only selective! Mr. Ochoa, please, visit Adams Hills. See our cracked (or worse) streets like Corona and others, and fix them! Otherwise, the city, as it occasionally does , might have to pay much more in medical costs and penalties to tumbling walkers. Yul B. Draskovic Glendale
NEWS
January 7, 2014
I would like to thank Council members Laura Friedman, Ara Najarian, Zareh Sinanyan, Frank Quintero, former Councilman Rafi Manoukian, Mayor Dave Weaver, City Manager Scott Ochoa and the official voice of our city, Sgt. Tom Lorenz, for paving the road to winning the “Curbed Cup - L.A. Neighborhood Of the Year” award for the city of Glendale. Winning such an award does not happen by accident or by chance. It happens by a vision put together by the council, a road map created by the city manager, implemented by the city department heads and carried out by our dedicated civil servants.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | December 11, 2013
The so-called “building on stilts” at City Hall was added to Glendale's Register of Historic Resources this week, making it the 100th property to become an official historic landmark at the city level. At three stories high, the 55,000-square-foot Municipal Services Building seems to float above four triangular posts at the corner of Glendale Boulevard and East Broadway. Designating the 100th historic property underlines Glendale's devotion to preservation, which can be seen in the city's growing list of historic resources and increasing number of historically designated neighborhoods.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | November 21, 2013
Following a massive restructuring last year, most Glendale city departments have cut back on their spending in the first quarter of this fiscal year, which began July 1, according to a city report reviewed by the City Council Tuesday.. The conservative spending followed annual cuts of more than $10 million to the General fund the past three fiscal years, which slowed to a more reasonable $1.2 million when the city adopted its current fiscal year budget. The General Fund pays for police, parks and other general services and the budget was set at about $171.5 million for this year.
NEWS
November 21, 2013
A big thank you to the following people with the city of Glendale who worked miracles getting the K-rails removed from under the 5 Freeway at Sonora Avenue. As everyone living in this area knows, Caltrans has completely abandoned any and all work of the freeway widening project for several months. Thanks to: Laura Friedman, the one city council member who took up my cause. Scott Ochoa, city manager, who actually cared enough to email me, not once, but three times! And actually listened and understood.
NEWS
October 18, 2013
In June 2013 the Civil Grand Jury reported its survey of various measures concerning the fiscal condition of 88 Los Angeles County cities; it ranked cities accordingly on each. Glendale ranks well on some, low on others. It's low on the measure examining revenues versus expenditures. The city manager, with the silent acquiescence of the City Council, dismissed Glendale's low rankings, saying in his professional opinion, it was garbage in, garbage out. But the exhibits, containing the data determining the rankings, cite their sole data source as city Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports, the cities' independently audited financial statements.
NEWS
October 17, 2013
Congratulations to Bert Ring on his Sept. 28 political cartoon. Our City Council has again come out saying the Los Angeles County civil grand jury report on the fiscal health of our city was not worth the paper on which it was printed. Our financial health had the dubious position of being in the bottom quarter of the 88 cities evaluated. The city manager and council members gave “weather reports” why the grand jury report should be discounted. “Garbage in, garbage out,” said our city manager.
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