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By By Herbert Molano | January 12, 2006
When it comes to politics, Glendale residents might not know Jack -- Jack Abramoff, the lobbyist who pleadsed guilty last wek to federal bribery charges that is. But, we all should. He doesn't live in Glendale, but the practices of influence peddling and corruption under the benign guise of campaign contribution lies at the heart of runaway government. Political contributions in exchange for favors continue to be an accepted practice at all levels of government. For those who remember local Assemblyman Pat Nolan, his conviction stemmed from just such abuse.
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By Liana Aghajanian | December 5, 2009
Despite a few hurdles with line delivery, a musty atmosphere and slight technical difficulties, Aramazd Stepanian?s English adaptation of Saghatel Haroutunyan?s Soviet-era drama, ?If Your Eyes Are Clear,? is an engaging story about the power struggle between honesty and corruption. It transports you to 1970s dreary Armenia, complete with tatty furniture, flowing cognac and retro outfits that should rarely, if ever, see the light of day. ?If Your Eyes Are Clear? centers on the story of Yerevan Judge Henrik Mirbegian (Edgar Allan Poe IV)
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By PATRICK AZADIAN | March 7, 2009
Not all activity is on the decline during times of hardship. During the Great Depression crime and corruption were on the rise. Combined with the Prohibition, which outlawed alcohol, the period witnessed a rapid rise in crime and corruption. During this period, corrupt authorities and a lack of support of the prohibitory laws resulted in a lack of enforcement. As the gangsters bribed the elected officials, it became almost impossible to convict any of them for their crimes. At the time, it was estimated that one out of 12 prohibition agents were taking bribes and some were traveling in chauffeur-driven cars.
NEWS
January 28, 2000
Buck Wargo GLENDALE -- A crew of 70 people were in Glendale Thursday filming a pilot episode of a proposed television series based on the movie, "L.A. Confidential." Warner Bros. Television shot scenes at a Spanish-style home on the 1600 block of Irving Ave. It will be portrayed as the 1950s home of actress Marilyn Monroe, said Gary Watt, location manager for the series. A decision will be made in the next couple of months on whether the one-hour show will be turned into a series on the Fox network, Watt said.
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By By Herbert Molano | December 26, 2005
The Christmas message was misplaced during last Tuesday's City Council session. Can somebody help us find it? For some people, even some self-proclaimed religious types, this holiday season was not immune from vindictive, bitter sentiments of scorn. Irrespective of how one may feel about the day-laborer center, the timing of the message I've been hearing could not have been a more sinister contrast to the Christmas lights outside in the City Hall plaza. It is as if the lights of compassion are not bright enough to shine through to the dark depths of enmity held by a few lost souls.
LOCAL
By Herbert Molano | July 11, 2008
If the human condition could be sustained with decency and fairness inside political boundaries, we would never need Amnesty International, World Ministries International or Doctors Without Borders. But, empathy cannot be contained to political borders. Those who take umbrage that I may write about Glendale may feel justified in proposing that moving my residence across the border can erase two decades of experience living, working and raising my children in Glendale. We don’t transport our empathy for others or our desire for good governance simply because our physical distance to the centers of power has been increased or a political border has been crossed.
NEWS
July 31, 2002
Contract might be legal, but it's not right Let's get this straight: Our state attorney general, Bill Lockyer, claims that Councilman Frank Quintero's $220,000 from the city of Glendale, a city in which he serves on its highest legislative body as a city councilman, is not a conflict of interest? As a practicing attorney, I can say there is no way any serious person involved with the law can claim that Mr. Quintero is not in violation of the conflict of status provisions under California law. As for Mr. Quintero, I would advise him that regardless of any political ruling he got out of the attorney general's office, we, the taxpayers of Glendale, are not going to forget his actions during the next election.
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By Zanku Armenian | November 17, 2010
Looking for violations of ethics and integrity in government always yields interesting results. Our federal government points fingers at developing countries for their crude corruption thousands of miles away. But they are slow to recognize the more sophisticated fraud in our country where the financial stakes are much higher. We often don't call it corruption because the actors wear expensive suits. In Iraq, billions of tax dollars have flowed in for reconstruction, in pallet after pallet of $100 bills.
FEATURES
March 21, 2009
William Lobdell, a former religion writer for the Los Angeles Times, made a splash recently with his book, “Losing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America — and Found Unexpected Peace.” In the book, Lobdell describes how covering scandals and corruption in organized religion led him to question, and ultimately reject, his own belief in God. Have you ever undergone a crisis of faith yourself, and do you ever counsel churchgoers who are struggling with their feelings about religion?
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By Michael Teahan | June 17, 2011
I will confess some small satisfaction when a politician whose politics I dislike suffers the indignity of a private scandal. Family-values candidates found to have none are a particular delight. Trying to use them as a foil to undermine a political point of view, however, is intellectually dishonest. Republican policies aren't wrong because a congressman takes off his shirt on Craigslist, and they aren't right because another hits the wrong key on his Blackberry — even if more than once.
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December 20, 2011
From the day authorities handcuffed and led away eight Bell administrators and politicians in a massive public corruption case, people in this small working-class town have wondered why it wasn't the Bell 9 instead. Missing in the line-up of defendants - from city administrator Robert Rizzo to the pastor who said his lavish paycheck for serving on the City Council was a gift from God - was the town's police chief. For running the city's 46-person Police Department, Randy Adams made more than the Los Angeles police chief or the Los Angeles County sheriff.
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By Michael Teahan | June 17, 2011
I will confess some small satisfaction when a politician whose politics I dislike suffers the indignity of a private scandal. Family-values candidates found to have none are a particular delight. Trying to use them as a foil to undermine a political point of view, however, is intellectually dishonest. Republican policies aren't wrong because a congressman takes off his shirt on Craigslist, and they aren't right because another hits the wrong key on his Blackberry — even if more than once.
NEWS
By Zanku Armenian | November 17, 2010
Looking for violations of ethics and integrity in government always yields interesting results. Our federal government points fingers at developing countries for their crude corruption thousands of miles away. But they are slow to recognize the more sophisticated fraud in our country where the financial stakes are much higher. We often don't call it corruption because the actors wear expensive suits. In Iraq, billions of tax dollars have flowed in for reconstruction, in pallet after pallet of $100 bills.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Liana Aghajanian | December 5, 2009
Despite a few hurdles with line delivery, a musty atmosphere and slight technical difficulties, Aramazd Stepanian?s English adaptation of Saghatel Haroutunyan?s Soviet-era drama, ?If Your Eyes Are Clear,? is an engaging story about the power struggle between honesty and corruption. It transports you to 1970s dreary Armenia, complete with tatty furniture, flowing cognac and retro outfits that should rarely, if ever, see the light of day. ?If Your Eyes Are Clear? centers on the story of Yerevan Judge Henrik Mirbegian (Edgar Allan Poe IV)
FEATURES
March 21, 2009
William Lobdell, a former religion writer for the Los Angeles Times, made a splash recently with his book, “Losing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America — and Found Unexpected Peace.” In the book, Lobdell describes how covering scandals and corruption in organized religion led him to question, and ultimately reject, his own belief in God. Have you ever undergone a crisis of faith yourself, and do you ever counsel churchgoers who are struggling with their feelings about religion?
NEWS
By PATRICK AZADIAN | March 7, 2009
Not all activity is on the decline during times of hardship. During the Great Depression crime and corruption were on the rise. Combined with the Prohibition, which outlawed alcohol, the period witnessed a rapid rise in crime and corruption. During this period, corrupt authorities and a lack of support of the prohibitory laws resulted in a lack of enforcement. As the gangsters bribed the elected officials, it became almost impossible to convict any of them for their crimes. At the time, it was estimated that one out of 12 prohibition agents were taking bribes and some were traveling in chauffeur-driven cars.
NEWS
By Jeremy Oberstein | October 24, 2008
BURBANK — An otherwise civil forum hosted by a local civic group in Burbank on Thursday night erupted into a contentious back-and-forth between Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman and his rival, Republican Navraj Singh, who repeatedly lobbed corruption charges against the congressman, who vigorously denied the allegations. During his opening statement at the Glendale/Burbank League of Women Voters forum, which also featured candidates from the neighboring 29th District, Singh alleged that he paid a campaign donor $5,000 two years ago to facilitate a meeting with Sherman.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | August 16, 2008
GLENDALE — A man who received a $15-million settlement for being the subject of police corruption pleaded not guilty on Thursday to leading police on a high-speed chase in June that started in the city. Javier Francisco Ovando, 31, appeared before a Glendale Superior Court judge to plead on one felony count of evading a police officer and one misdemeanor count of battery, court officials said. Ovando received the largest police misconduct settlement in Los Angeles history in 2000 after being shot and framed by Los Angeles police officers in 1996.
LOCAL
By Herbert Molano | July 11, 2008
If the human condition could be sustained with decency and fairness inside political boundaries, we would never need Amnesty International, World Ministries International or Doctors Without Borders. But, empathy cannot be contained to political borders. Those who take umbrage that I may write about Glendale may feel justified in proposing that moving my residence across the border can erase two decades of experience living, working and raising my children in Glendale. We don’t transport our empathy for others or our desire for good governance simply because our physical distance to the centers of power has been increased or a political border has been crossed.
NEWS
By Joyce Rudolph | March 19, 2008
Producers of Shakespeare at Play are keeping a promise to one company member and fulfilling a dream of another with the production ?Richard III? at The Colony Theatre in Burbank. Actor Jeffrey Paul Whitman expressed interest in playing Richard III 18 years ago to Shakespeare at Play Executive Director Debbie Gates, and she promised if they ever produced the play, he could. This event is a special engagement of the company ? which regularly performs William Shakespeare?s works and other classic plays in the Burbank Unified School District and produces Shakespeare in the Park at Burbank?
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