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May 31, 2013
The recent letter to the editor regarding the Bob Hope Airport and why it is in trouble is spot on. Everything the writer lists is valid, including the steep daily parking fees, no direct flights and more. I too, long ago, used to use the airport on business and personal trips. But no more, as I got really discouraged when I had a nine- or 10-hour flight with stops in two cities to get to my destination. On top of that, the price difference between Burbank and LAX generally was much higher from Burbank, not to mention the fact that several airlines no longer use the facility.
NEWS
December 3, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman A year after Charter Communications opened the doors to a regional call center -- resulting in a flood of complaints about customer service -- officials say the cable company is consistently meeting industry standards for call-response times. The call center has more than doubled the number of customer-service representatives, to 600 employees, and is answering 90% of all calls in 30 seconds or less, Charter spokeswoman Sandra Magana said.
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September 24, 2002
Freeman Avenue Janine Marnien The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works will be removing six of about 10 chevron arrow signs added to Freeman Avenue, a spokeswoman for Supervisor Michael Antonovich told the Crescenta Valley Town Council on Thursday. The signs had been added to alert drivers to a curve, but complaints from residents that there were too many signs prompted the removal of six of them, said Rita Hadjimanoukian, a field representative for Antonovich.
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By Veronica Rocha | December 14, 2009
GLENDALE — Dozens of homeowners claim they paid for loan litigation services with Los Angeles-based Bander Law Firm and never saw any legal action taken in their cases, causing some homes to foreclose. The homeowners gathered Saturday for a news conference inside a Glendale Days Inn Motel banquet hall, where several signs calling for attorney Joel Bander’s disbarment lined on the walls. Daniel De Leon said he paid the law firm $12,000 to sue his bank to lower mortgage payments on his Hesperia home.
NEWS
July 13, 2005
Robert Chacon The Better Business Bureau has given Glendale-based Cal Repair Inc. a failing grade when it comes to dealing with customer complaints. In the past three years, customers have filed more than 150 complaints about Cal Repair Inc. with the consumer advocate organization which monitors and reports on companies' practices. The downtownbusiness, which provides plumbing, electrical, heating and air conditioning services, has only responded to half of those complaints and has subsequently garnered an F rating by the bureau, spokeswoman Katie Mitzner said.
NEWS
July 27, 2005
Robert Chacon After a more than two-year investigation, the state as revoked the license of a Glendale-based company for five years following hundreds of customer complaints. Following a six-week hearing with an administrative law judge in Sacramento, the California Contractors State Licensing Board found that Cal Repair Services Inc. and its Chief Executive Officer Zohrab Mkhitarian had committed several infractions, including forging signatures on license applications, misrepresenting information on license application forms, failing to get necessary permits for work and charging homeowners for unnecessary work.
NEWS
April 22, 2000
The article "Crimes committed by transients up" (April 20) has the potential for generating the antihomeless sentiments that often lead to violent actions. There is no reference to the type of crimes committed and yet these people are referred to as "criminal transients." A significant difference exists between a "complaint" and an arrest followed by a conviction. Were these complaints for loitering, littering, disturbance of the peace, or for stealing and violent crime?
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By Mary O'Keefe | August 25, 2006
A resident who wrote a letter in favor of The Mix bar on Honolulu Avenue in Montrose has had his vehicles vandalized in recent weeks. "Two days after his letter was published someone wrote profanity in lipstick on his windshield," said Officer John Balian, spokesman for Glendale Police Department. Because of the recent vandalism the police do not want to release the man's name. The letter was published on Aug. 9. On Aug. 11, the lipstick was discovered on his windshield.
NEWS
January 1, 2005
Jacqui Brown For the second time in four months, the Transportation Security Administration changed the guidelines covering searches by airport screeners, this time requiring them to modify the way women passengers are inspected, after numerous complaints about the way more thorough examinations were being conducted. Many women waiting in line at the Bob Hope Airport this week were unaware of the changes or complaints, but said that if an examination of a woman's breasts ensured their safety while aboard an aircraft, then security officials should continue to conduct the inspections.
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By Charles Cooper | October 3, 2008
The Glendale City Council Tuesday accepted a proposal by Police Chief Randy Adams to set up a special committee to meet monthly and hear public issues and complaints about the Glendale Police Department. The council could not take an official vote of approval without making it a legislative action and bringing the controls of the Brown Act and public meeting laws into play. The council met Aug. 22 to consider whether the city should set up a police commission to handle community issues.
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By Brittany Levine | April 17, 2014
Lolita Gonzalves used to think of Councilman Dave Weaver as a father figure, but that was before she filed a complaint with Glendale's city attorney alleging that he groped her at a Mexican restaurant last year. Gonzalves has spoken to Los Angeles County District Attorney officials about the incident and attorneys for Gonzalves and Weaver have been negotiating a settlement to prevent a civil lawsuit. Weaver, who ended his one-year term as mayor last week, had last offered $2,000.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | April 8, 2014
A free women-only self-defense class scheduled for this Wednesday at Glendale Community College has been postponed to an undetermined date as the city attorney continues to review the legality of excluding men from the lessons. The National Coalition for Men, a nonprofit organization based in San Diego, sent a complaint letter to city officials last month claiming two women-only self-defense classes planned for this month violate a host of federal and state civil rights laws, prompting the legal review.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | January 8, 2014
While there are by comparison more fights and numerous police calls at Glendale's emergency winter shelter this year, the issues are happening away from downtown retailers near the shelter's former home: the Glendale National Guard Armory downtown. “At least it's away from the community,” said Alfred Hernandez, an outreach director for Ascencia, Glendale's largest homeless services provider and operator of the shelter. Last winter, there were numerous complaints from downtown retailers, people practicing Tai Chi in Central Park and Adult Recreation Center staff.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | January 4, 2014
The party is over for “party central.” The owner of a roughly 4,000-square-foot Glendale home advertised as “party central” on Airbnb.com , an online vacation rental platform, has agreed to stop renting the house specifically for parties after having six festivities shut down by Glendale police since October. City attorneys are also reviewing possible solutions to similar party houses that may crop up in the future, said city spokesman Tom Lorenz. “You tend to see [these problems]
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | December 17, 2013
Glendale's winter shelter has been running smoothly since Ascencia opened its doors to the homeless earlier this month in the San Fernando Road corridor, officials said. Led by the city's largest homeless service provider, the shelter opened on Dec. 1 on Fernando Court, one of the few times the facility has not operated out of the Glendale National Guard Armory. When the shelter was located at the armory on Colorado Boulevard - its usual location for most of the last 16 years - retailers and patrons of the Adult Recreation Center and Glendale Central Library complained about its patrons.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | September 12, 2013
A federal judge this week green-lighted an anti-smoking advocate's latest 1st Amendment complaint against Councilman Ara Najarian, whom the advocate claims got him fired from Glendale Adventist Medical Center because he spoke out against Najarian's proposal to loosen smoking rules at restaurants . Although the city, representing Najarian, had asked U.S. District Court Judge Dolly Gee to throw out the complaint, in an order published Tuesday she...
NEWS
May 31, 2013
The recent letter to the editor regarding the Bob Hope Airport and why it is in trouble is spot on. Everything the writer lists is valid, including the steep daily parking fees, no direct flights and more. I too, long ago, used to use the airport on business and personal trips. But no more, as I got really discouraged when I had a nine- or 10-hour flight with stops in two cities to get to my destination. On top of that, the price difference between Burbank and LAX generally was much higher from Burbank, not to mention the fact that several airlines no longer use the facility.
NEWS
February 14, 2013
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has quietly added two dozen priests and brothers to its list of clergy accused of child molestation. Though the church deems the allegations against the men credible, the archdiocese has declined to release information about the complaints, including the number of accusers, the dates of the alleged abuse and the parishes where the men worked. The names were disclosed in a two-page report posted on the archdiocese's website last month alongside 12,000 pages of internal records related to its handling of abuse claims.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | November 30, 2012
An alleged drug dealer was charged Thursday with selling cocaine to a Glendale man in front of Mark Keppel Elementary School, officials said. Franklin Vasquez Marquez, 34, of Los Angeles faces one felony count of possessing cocaine for sale and transporting and offering to sell cocaine, as well as one count of child abuse for taking his 3-year-old son along with him for the alleged drug drop off, according to a Los Angeles County Superior Court...
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | July 19, 2012
A 26-year-old parolee pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of selling heroin at a Montrose strip mall parking lot, officials said. Vaghan Stepanyan, who is on parole for a grand theft conviction, faces six felony counts for drug sales, possessing a controlled substance and firearm violations, according to a Los Angeles County Superior Court criminal complaint. Two other men - Tigran Zmrukhtyan, 19, of Pasadena and Nverik Yaghoomian, 26, of Glendale - also were charged with possessing a controlled substance after they allegedly purchased heroin in an alley and tried to rid of it when Glendale police spotted them.
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