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November 23, 2011
Oh how I miss yester-years. I miss knowing your neighbors, when we used to be able to at least say, “Good morning, Mrs. Jones.” I miss knowing your neighborhood enough to be able to return a dog to its owner's home down the street, where it got out of an unlocked gate (“Ron Kaye: A Thanksgiving celebration of life,” Nov. 20). I miss the days when you could call one another if you saw suspicious activity in the neighborhood, knowing your neighbor enough to mention, “We're going on vacation; would you keep an eye on the house?
NEWS
July 30, 2010
While I had to be out of town and missed Assemblyman Mike Gatto's recent town hall gathering in Glendale, I am sadly not surprised about hearing of the incident with Peter Mursurlian ("Library boots videographer, July 28). I witnessed a similar unnerving incident earlier this year, and hoped they would end after the June 8 special election. Fortunately, or unfortunately, this time it occurred before far more witnesses, with other entities and agencies forced to get involved over what hardly amounts to "journalism.
NEWS
By Pat Grant | December 10, 2011
The doorbell rang at about 7:30 one evening and our resident official greeter, Kody the wonder dog, made his usual sprint for the door. As I stepped outside to avoid a 95-pound, tail-wagging greeting for our unsuspecting caller, I was met by an attractive young lady with a small gift bag and a great smile. She introduced herself as Natalie from across the street. Handing me the gift bag, she said, “I just wanted to let you know that we will be having a party Friday night, and that if we get too loud, please don't hesitate to let us know so we can turn down the music and the noise.” I was taken aback by the gesture.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 2009
?To be civil ? to behave, that is, in a manner that takes into consideration the feelings and comfort of others ? means practicing the art of giving. By treating you the best way I know how, I appeal to the best in you urging you to do the same. The practice of civility is the applying of gentle force with the goal that everybody be a winner in the delicate game of social exchange.? Dr. P.M. Forni. ?Choosing Civility? ? ?Manners ?Joy ?Relationships ?Thoughtfulness ?
ENTERTAINMENT
September 7, 2007
To have successful business and social relationships, it is essential to understand the differences in the Japanese and American cultures. There is a difference in Japanese and American cultures as they share common values of respect for democracy, free trade and free market economy. Below are some tips on doing business with the Japanese: ?Trust, mutual understanding, and a sense of intimacy is essential before long-term business relationships can be formed. ?Japanese do not respond positively to weakness; therefore, negotiate from a position of strength and confidence.
NEWS
March 29, 2001
Upon reading the Glendale News-Press and the ongoing comments of Mary Boger, I now discover that, according to Mary, our Jewel City lacks "civility." Mary has it as her No. 1 campaign issue. What makes Ms. Boger think we are all a bunch of "clod-busters" that are in need of her "Thought Police" ideas on what is and is not civil? What condescension and arrogance. Glendale is a big city with big city problems and the last thing we need is someone who's primary credential is "volunteer" with her main emphasis on "civility."
NEWS
April 5, 2001
I was totally appalled at the letter from Carole Weling proposing her opinion none too tactfully that "someone who's primary credential is volunteer" cannot be a vital part of city government. Anyone with a functioning brain cell knows that people who are passionate about improving the quality of life for others, in whatever form that may take, do not consider their effort a "tea party" or "chat session for their spare time." Those of us who have done volunteer work have often worked grueling hours without a "thank you," faced "real problems" and were always "ready to work, and work very hard."
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | February 26, 2014
A concerned residents group filed a lawsuit this week asking a Los Angeles County judge to force Glendale to stop transferring tens of millions of dollars from its utility to the city's coffers and return $90 million it had shifted from one fund to another since 2010. “These transfers amount to hidden taxes that are unlawful unless submitted to a vote” of the people, said Arthur Jarvis Cohen, attorney for the Coalition for Better Government, at a press conference in front of City Hall Wednesday.
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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.
NEWS
September 28, 2013
The Los Angeles County civil grand jury got a well-deserved thrashing last week from local officials for its dumbfounding end-of-the-year report on the financial health of the county's 88 cities - a report that made Glendale , Burbank and Pasadena seem more like bankrupt Stockton and San Bernardino than the prosperous suburbs they are. It wasn't the first shot the 23 civic-minded citizens who volunteered for the job took at Glendale....
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | June 12, 2013
Glendale officials have decided to ignore recommendations made by the Los Angeles County Civil Grand Jury in a report that city officials claim muddled the waters around an unsuccessful ballot measure in April. The measure would have changed how millions in electric utility revenues are transferred to the General Fund each year. The civil grand jury serves as a watchdog and is charged with investigating city, county and other special government agencies. In March, it released a scathing report on the controversial practice of Glendale transferring millions of dollars in revenues from its city-owned utility to help pay for police, libraries and other public services.
NEWS
April 1, 2013
Glendale officials tried to prevent an interim report by the Los Angeles County Civil Grand Jury on a controversial utility money transfer from being released last week because they believed it could negatively influence the outcome of a related ballot measure on Tuesday. In a motion filed with the civil grand jury's presiding judge, Senior Asst. City Atty. Christine Godinez argued that the “tone, tenor and timing of the interim report demonstrate that its publication has one purpose: to affect the voters' views of Measure B.” This article has been updated, see note below for details.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | November 30, 2012
The city of Glendale agreed to pay $3,500 to a Burbank man who claimed his civil rights were violated when he was falsely arrested without probable cause for an alleged fight with his girlfriend's son. James West Barker dropped his federal lawsuit this week after he reached an agreement with the city to settle his claims of assault, battery, false imprisonment, negligence, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress and deprivation of...
NEWS
May 10, 2012
The article by Brittany Levine (“No easy answers to budget gap,” May 1) pointed out that the new city manager, Scott Ochoa, has pronounced that a “new normal” is necessary to mitigate the current financial shortfall that our city is facing. I commend Ochoa for his evaluation of the situation in the short time he has been in his position. I believe he has the integrity and management skills to deal with those challenges that he inherited. The most frustrating issue with the current and past city councils has been the disregard of public input concerning financial decisions.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | April 23, 2012
A man who faced down violent crowds and antagonistic schoolmates amid the upheaval of desegregation in the American South encouraged students to be equally purposeful in their pursuit of an education during a visit to Hoover High School on Monday. “You are all executives in charge of your own learning,” Terrence Roberts, a member of the Little Rock Nine, said. “You have brains. You have the capacity to earn 'As.'” Roberts was one of nine black students who in September 1957 began attending Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., integrating a formerly all-white campus in a community where segregation was deeply entrenched.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | April 21, 2012
Two Los Angeles County Superior Courtroom closures announced this week in Burbank and Glendale could affect services for thousands of residents, officials said. Court officials closed Glendale's Department 3, which handled all civil limited matters, and Burbank's Department C, which handles family cases, including restraining orders, county court spokeswoman Mary Hearn said. Cases assigned to those departments were moved to other courthouses and the judges were reassigned, she added.
NEWS
April 13, 2012
America is becoming more rude. That's the opinion of several writers and bloggers, and they're backed up by a Rasmussen Report survey that says 76% of Americans believe the nation is becoming less civilized. A similar study by Weber Shandwick says 65% of respondents believe there is a major problem with civility in the U.S. Writing on www.npr.com, Linton Weeks berates the fact that fewer people seem to be using basic pleasantries such as “please” and “thank you,” and say “no problem,” “sure,” or “you bet,” instead of the traditional “you're welcome.” Weeks quotes Lisa Gache, the co-founder of Beverly Hills Manners, who blames today's casual attitudes for the decrease in manners.
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