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By Melanie Hicken | April 27, 2010
CITY HALL — Fees and rates attached to some city services, such as trash pick-up and the city’s Beeline buses, could increase as city officials try to balance stagnant revenues with the increasing costs of service, officials said. “We are at the point where we are consuming every bit of money each year that we are making,” Public Works Director Steve Zurn said of operating the city’s bus and Dial-A-Ride service. “It’s time for us to get together to talk about what the future is of our lines and service.
BUSINESS
By Zain Shauk | April 7, 2010
CITY HALL — City officials on Tuesday reiterated their commitment to improving Glendale’s economy through a range of plans for business development, luring new companies to the area and building a brand identity that consumers can relate to. Their statements came during an update from Glendale development officials about the state of the city’s economy and efforts to address unemployment and low sales tax revenues. The city’s most recent measure of sales tax revenues, from the third quarter of 2009, shows they were down 13.7%, Development Services Director Philip Lanzafame said.
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By Melanie Hicken | July 30, 2009
CITY HALL — Ethnic diversity in the city’s workforce has continued to increase in recent years, representing a significant jump in minority representation from 1998 to 2008, according to the city’s most recent workforce demographic report. Last year, whites made up 43.9% of the city’s workforce, compared with 57.5% in 1998, according to the report. Meanwhile, representation of most minority groups has grown, with African Americans seeing their ranks grow by 21% within the 10-year period.
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By Melanie Hicken | October 29, 2009
CITY HALL — Adult smoking rates in Glendale have dropped significantly since 2005, but obesity rates have climbed, according to a large-scale report on the city’s health due out Friday. The report culled data from a number of sources, including Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the U.S. Census Bureau and the city’s own statistics. The first report, which took seven years to compile, was released in 2002. In the latest Quality of Life Indicators Report, various measures were chosen using community input to compare Glendale to surrounding cities, the state and Los Angeles County.
BUSINESS
By Zain Shauk | February 23, 2010
DOWNTOWN — Four restaurants have failed since the start of the year on a two-block stretch of the city’s retail core — an area that has drawn the attention of redevelopment officials hoping to stop a trend of closures. The closed restaurants include Baja Fresh Mexican Grill and Daphne’s Greek Cafe at the Glendale Marketplace and Tofu Village and Dolci Mango at the Exchange on Maryland. The now-empty storefronts add to major vacancies left behind by restaurants and large retailers like Circuit City and Linens N’ Things at the two shopping centers, which account for more than 260,000 of the city center’s 2.1 million square feet of retail space.
NEWS
By Melanie Hicken | June 28, 2009
CITY HALL — Major renovations to one of the city’s oldest parks should begin this fall if the City Council on Tuesday approves the final concept plan for Griffith Manor Park. Acquired in 1937, the 3-acre park near the San Fernando Corridor is one of the city’s oldest public facilities and hasn’t undergone a major renovation since the early 1970s. The City Council, acting as the Redevelopment Agency on Tuesday, is scheduled to review a concept plan featuring a 2,400-square-foot community building, new restrooms, lights, irrigation systems, a lighted basketball court, benches and picnic pavilions, a new “splash pad” children’s water play area and an expanded parking lot and playground.
NEWS
January 18, 2008
A contingency fund of $100,000 to cover extra, unforeseen costs for the replacement of the adult recreation center was approved Tuesday. The City Council approved the $10.5-million rebuild of the center in 2006, and since then, several changes have been proposed to the site plan that are expected to total at least $68,000. Architects for the project hope to secure final approval of the project’s building plans this month. The project will put a new adult recreation center — which houses the lion’s share of the city’s seniors programs — near the corner of Louise and Colorado streets and eliminate Central Park’s four tennis courts.
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By Melanie Hicken | June 30, 2009
CITY HALL — A multimillion-dollar contract to operate the city’s four central parking garages comes back to the City Council dais tonight after a protracted bidding war that has drawn accusations of bias and unfair competition. After challenging the city’s initial attempt to contract with a new vendor, Parking Concepts Inc., the firm that has operated the garages for the last 11 years, came in with the lowest bid at $5.3 million for the three-year contract. Last summer, the City Council voted to negotiate exclusively with Los Angeles-based Modern Parking Inc. on a proposed $5.75-million contract after it submitted the lowest of six bids.
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By Yasmin Nouh | July 2, 2009
GLENDALE — While the amount of trash littering Glendale’s sidewalks and public areas remains fairly low overall, more of it gets left behind along the city’s busiest roadways and in the southern region, according to the latest survey. In a report to the Committee for a Clean & Beautiful Glendale on Thursday, Neighborhood Services officials found that, on a scale of 1 to 4 — with 1 reserved for “no litter” and 4 assigned to “extremely littered” — Glendale registered an overall grade of 1.52, mirroring the score for 2008.
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May 2, 2014
For Michael Parker, there would be no better place to carve a 137-foot obelisk into asphalt than a plot of land bounded by the Glendale Narrows of the Los Angeles River, boxy industrial buildings, power lines and the Glendale (2) Freeway. Standing on the massive earthwork - fenced-in on all sides by a 2-foot-deep ditch and piles of infill dirt - visitors are surrounded by a mixture of urban and environmental landscapes, the Los Angeles artist said standing atop his creation this week.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | May 2, 2014
Glendale city officials are working behind-the-scenes to get state, local and federal politicians to back a proposal to close one of the most dangerous railroad crossings in the San Fernando Road corridor and build two bridges over the Los Angeles River and the Verdugo Wash to funnel traffic to neighboring Los Angeles. Earlier this week, representatives from the offices of Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), Rep. Carol Liu (D-La CaƱada Flintridge), State Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake)
NEWS
May 1, 2014
Good morning, readers! Today is Friday, May 2. Weather for the Glendale area is expected to drop slightly with a high of 94 and a low of 63 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. In the news from your area: After eight years of serving on the Burbank City Council, David Gordon was selected - for the first time - to serve as the city's mayor. The Glendale City Council are scheduled next week to discuss comments made by one of their own, Dave Weaver, regarding groping allegations.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | May 1, 2014
Last week, all five candidates for City Council pledged not to take money from city unions, a vow many made once again at a League of Women Voters candidate forum this week, topping it off with a new addition. All the candidates said at the Wednesday forum they will not accept contributions from developers, either. The promises come as an anti-development sentiment has swept the campaign trail following the boom of downtown apartment buildings. Council members also have been criticized in recent years for accepting contributions from developers - especially from people tied to an affordable-housing company the city later sued for fraud.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | May 1, 2014
City Council members are scheduled next week to discuss comments made by one of their own, Dave Weaver, regarding groping allegations. Weaver is currently in out-of-court settlement negotiations with a woman, Lolita Gonzalves, who has accused the councilman of grabbing her breast at a Mexican restaurant last year. Gonzalves has said she wants a written apology and $10,000. Weaver said he has offered $2,000. The incident occurred shortly before Weaver became mayor. He ended his one-year mayoral term in early April.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | April 30, 2014
Although city fees related to Glendale's building boom and a rebound in post-recession sales taxes are expected to boost resources for the city's budget, rising pension, medical, and other costs are expected to eat into those increases, leaving Glendale with deficits over the next seven years. The deficits, which could range between $1.7 million next fiscal year, which begins July 1, and top off at $5.5 million in fiscal year 2018-19, followed by a steady decline, could be tackled in two ways, City Manager Scott Ochoa said on Tuesday morning during the first budget study session for next year.
NEWS
April 30, 2014
Rather than get rid of free self-defense classes offered by a city commission for women and girls that puts the city on shaky legal grounds , the City Council this week unanimously voted to offer similar classes for men and boys. Most of the council members voted reluctantly for the alternative classes, which were prompted after a nonprofit called the National Coalition for Men argued in a letter sent to city officials in March that gender-exclusive self-defense classes violate equal-protection clauses of the constitution.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | April 29, 2014
The City Council called on developers to be imaginative if they want to partner with Glendale to bring new construction to a historic site in North Glendale . "I want to open it up to anything. Creative minds: let's see what people can tell us," Councilman Dave Weaver said before the council unanimously voted on Tuesday to give developers a shot at proposing a project at Rockhaven, a former women's sanitarium that served patients such as Billie Burke, an actress who played Glinda the Good Witch in "The Wizard of Oz. " Glendale bought the roughly 3.4-acre site in 2008 for $8.25 million to save it from development , but as the city's finances shrank because of the protracted recession - Glendale officials forecast multiple years of deficits - the city plans to open the door to development as an attempt to preserve some of Rockhaven's historic character.
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By Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com | April 26, 2014
The League of Women Voters Glendale/Burbank will host a forum for candidates running for Glendale City Council at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in the Glendale City Council Chambers, 613 E. Broadway, second floor. The organization is seeking questions in advance from the community. Questions can be sent to candidateforum@lwvglendaleburbank.org through Tuesday. Candidates running for one vacant seat in the June 3 election are Chahe Keuroghelian, Rick Barnes, Vartan Gharapetian, Mike Mohill and Paula Devine.
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By Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com | April 24, 2014
The City Council approved a 220-unit residential project at the city's southwestern edge this week, despite the developer falling short of prior direction from the dais to reduce density. Tropico Apartments, a five-story residential structure and six-story parking garage at 435 Los Feliz Road, won approval by a 3-2 vote Tuesday, with Councilman Ara Najarian and Councilwoman Laura Friedman dissenting. Before voting, the council rescinded a motion from last month requiring Mill Creek Residential to trim the number of units by 25% . The developer managed to combine only five studio and one-bedroom apartments to create five new three-bedroom units, a reduction of about 2%. Mill Creek's managing director, Michael Genthe, said complying with that request would have killed the deal to purchase the 2.25-acre lot and to build on it. Real estate advisory firm Keyser Marston Associates was hired to examine Genthe's claim and found that at its current density, Tropico Apartments would be valued at $76.2 million after it was built and create a 10% return on investment, said Senior Principal Jim Rabe.
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