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July 23, 2002
The Civil Service Commission will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday in council chambers on the second floor of City Hall, 613 E. Broadway. The commission will consider changes to past due employee evaluation notices, including reducing time frames for first notices from 60 to 90 days to 30 to 60 days. A second motion under consideration would require division heads to appear before the commission upon third notice. Members also will consider job bulletins for three positions: mechanical engineering associate, deputy city treasurer and planning services administrator.
NEWS
By Jason Wells | June 12, 2008
CITY HALL — The Civil Service Commission on Wednesday voted 4 to 1 to retain full oversight of disciplinary appeals filed by city employees amid fears that the use of outside hearing officers would degrade the integrity of the current system. The concept of using a pool of hearing officers to augment the fact-finding portion of appeals hearings filed with the commission has been kicked around the past few years during times when the workload was highest, city officials said.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | December 18, 2013
Two former Glendale police officers who were fired for allegedly taking a department-issued car on a joy ride to Las Vegas almost three years ago have been reinstated. The Civil Service Commission voted 4-to-1 last week to give Fernando Salmeron and Mike Ullerich their jobs back after the pair, along with Officer Patrick Hamblin, were fired for the incident. The officers were reinstated with a 90-day suspension and had to take a pay reduction, according to Garo Ghazarian, commission chair.
NEWS
January 3, 2005
I have read and listened to comments made by some City Council members about the Civil Service Commission in the past month. I am amazed that some in City Council are targeting the commission. I am chairman of Civil Service Commission in the city of Glendale. I was appointed to the post two years ago. I must admit that I have heard and read comments by some in the City Council who believe that Civil Service Commission is being stacked for some political reasons and there is some kind of conspiracy in the commission.
NEWS
September 11, 2001
Tim Willert CITY HALL -- Three city meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, including a hearing with the zoning administrator at 9:30 a.m. in room 105 of the Municipal Services building at 633 E. Broadway. Also taking place in the same location is a Parks, Recreation and Community Services Commission meeting at 3:30 p.m. The Civil Service Commission will meet at 5 p.m. in the council chambers of City Hall, 613 E. Broadway. Call 548-2140 for more information on the zoning hearing; 548-2000 for the parks commission meeting; and 548-2110 for the civil service commission meeting.
NEWS
February 23, 2013
I read the article about the need for a police commission in the city of Glendale ("Forum talks police panel," Feb. 15). Though I strongly agree with a new commission, this action requires an amendment to the city charter prior to the City Council being allowed to create a police commission that will act as a real commission and not as an advisory board. I have served for eight years on the Civil Service Commission. I was also part of the committee that reviewed the city charter many years ago and made recommendations that became part of the new city charter.
NEWS
December 21, 2004
Josh Kleinbaum Controversy over an antiquated city charter reference is dredging up familiar accusations that could reverberate through the city's April municipal elections when four City Council seats will be available. Councilman Dave Weaver accused Mayor Bob Yousefian and Councilman Frank Quintero of attempting to stack the civil service commission with commissioners who would appoint an independent chief examiner instead of having the city's director of personnel fill the role.
NEWS
December 23, 2004
Josh Kleinbaum A behind-the-scenes City Council power struggle poked into the public forum Tuesday when Councilman Frank Quintero tried to switch nominations for the city's civil service commission. On Wednesday, Councilman Rafi Manoukian accused Quintero of trying to extend his influence through the civil service commission, echoing accusations made by Councilman Dave Weaver last week. "[Tuesday] night was another example of Frank trying to stack the civil service commission," Manoukian said.
NEWS
January 11, 2005
Contribution shows link between pair After reading Albert Abkarian's long commentary about Councilman Frank Quintero's latest misdeeds on the City Council ("Commissioner takes offense at influence charges," Jan. 3), I visited the city of Glendale website. There, I discovered Abkarian is a contributor to Quintero's reelection campaign. In my experience, if you're writing big checks to a politician, you probably have a very close relationship to that person.
FEATURES
September 16, 2008
Let’s have fun this Oktoberfest Good gracious! Let’s take care of business and have fun during Oktoberfest 2008 in Montrose Shopping Park in Glendale. So if you business and professional tycoons contribute money to this 2008 Oktoberfest, I will be there to appreciatively shake your hands and thank you for your thoughtfulness. I haven’t enjoyed a real Germanic October festival since my Lutheran boarding school days in Westchester County in New York.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | December 18, 2013
Two former Glendale police officers who were fired for allegedly taking a department-issued car on a joy ride to Las Vegas almost three years ago have been reinstated. The Civil Service Commission voted 4-to-1 last week to give Fernando Salmeron and Mike Ullerich their jobs back after the pair, along with Officer Patrick Hamblin, were fired for the incident. The officers were reinstated with a 90-day suspension and had to take a pay reduction, according to Garo Ghazarian, commission chair.
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NEWS
February 23, 2013
I read the article about the need for a police commission in the city of Glendale ("Forum talks police panel," Feb. 15). Though I strongly agree with a new commission, this action requires an amendment to the city charter prior to the City Council being allowed to create a police commission that will act as a real commission and not as an advisory board. I have served for eight years on the Civil Service Commission. I was also part of the committee that reviewed the city charter many years ago and made recommendations that became part of the new city charter.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | January 25, 2012
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has agreed to review the firing of two Glendale police officers and disciplinary actions taken against a third after they took a department-issued car on a joyride to Las Vegas. In separate legal filings earlier this month, the city and an attorney representing the trio asked the court to review a Civil Service Commission decision to fire Michael Ullerich and Fernando Salmeron but not Officer Patrick Hamblin, who escaped with a demotion and 90-day suspension.
NEWS
November 16, 2011
Repeat City Council candidate Chahe Keuroghelian won't be ruling on city personnel decisions, but instead will help shape decisions about architectural designs. The City Council on Tuesday approved Councilman Rafi Manoukian's appointment of Keuroghelian to Design Review Board No. 2. The 4-1 vote came about two weeks after the council denied his nomination to the Civil Service Commission, which rules on personnel issues. Councilman Dave Weaver objected to Keuroghelian's nomination both times, noting the fact that Keuroghelian was fired from his job as Glendale Police Department spokesman.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine brittany.levine@latimes.com | November 2, 2011
What typically is a routine commission appointment was anything but Tuesday when the City Council blocked the nomination of Chahe Keuroghelian - a perennial council candidate - for the Civil Service Commission. Once again, Keuroghelian's past came back to haunt him, with his nomination by Councilman Rafi Manoukian failing 3-2, with Councilmen Dave Weaver and Frank Quintero and Mayor Laura Friedman voting against. Weaver, who faced off with Keuroghelian during the most recent city election, cited the brutal campaign in declining to support the nomination.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | August 18, 2011
Two Glendale police officers who were put on administrative leave for alleged misconduct are no longer working for the department, officials said. Police spokesman Sgt. Tom Lorenz confirmed that Officer Michael Lizarraga was officially separated from the department as of Aug. 2; Officer Marc Mendoza was separated on June 22. Police officials declined to comment on the cause for their separation, citing personnel matters. Lizarraga and Mendoza were the latest officers to be cut from the department since April, when one of three officers who allegedly took a patrol car on a joyride to Las Vegas was fired.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | April 20, 2011
GLENDALE — Three Glendale police officers who took a patrol car on a joyride to Las Vegas are no longer working for the department after a weeks-long misconduct investigation. City spokesman Tom Lorenz confirmed that Officers Patrick Hamblin, Fernando Salmeron and Mike Ullerich were no longer employees with the city, but declined to say for what cause. City sources confirmed, however, that the trio had taken the patrol car to Vegas, although officials have refused to discuss the case of the subsequent investigation.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | March 21, 2011
City officials on Monday declined to confirm whether two additional Glendale police officers have been put on administrative leave. The Los Angeles Times cited unnamed sources on Monday in its report that two officers had been placed on leave over allegations that one allegedly made a sexual solicitation and that the other created a “hostile work environment.” Human Resources Director Matt Doyle declined to comment on whether the...
NEWS
By Melanie Hicken | July 9, 2009
CITY HALL — Costs incurred by the city for employee disciplinary appeal hearings since 2005 show a significant decrease from previous years, city officials said Wednesday. The city has spent roughly $265,000 on Civil Service Commission disciplinary action appeal hearings since 2005, according to a city report, which was requested by the commission. The majority of the costs in the past several years covered legal fees for attorneys hired by the city for the hearings.
FEATURES
September 16, 2008
Let’s have fun this Oktoberfest Good gracious! Let’s take care of business and have fun during Oktoberfest 2008 in Montrose Shopping Park in Glendale. So if you business and professional tycoons contribute money to this 2008 Oktoberfest, I will be there to appreciatively shake your hands and thank you for your thoughtfulness. I haven’t enjoyed a real Germanic October festival since my Lutheran boarding school days in Westchester County in New York.
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