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December 16, 2011
The Obama administration vowed Thursday at a House committee meeting in Washington that it would not back down from its support of California's bullet train project despite attacks from critics who alleged it is tainted by political corruption. "We are not going to flinch on that support," said Joseph Szabo, chief of the Federal Railroad Administration. Szabo said that his agency had committed itself to provide $3.3 billion for a construction start next year in the Central Valley and that federal law prohibits any change of mind about where to begin building the first segment of the state's high-speed rail system.
March 26, 2012
A series of concessions over the last year to quiet opposition to the California bullet train has created a potentially lethal problem: the revised blueprint for the system may violate requirements locked into state law when voters approved funding for the project in 2008. The Legislature packed the law with an unusual number of conditions intended to reassure voters, protect the project from later political compromises and ensure that it would not end up a bankrupted white elephant.
December 13, 2000
Far from an action film Carolyn Howard-Johnson is a writer who lives in Glendale. As an action flick, "Proof Of Life" is a bit of a bore. As a film of substance, it kept me searching for metaphors long after the credits rolled (which, by the way, were a visual wonder). After being annoyed by way too many journeys through the jungle, it occurred to me that screenwriter Tony Gilroy was after something beyond adventure. He explores journeys of another sort, journeys of faith, ethics, self-discovery.
By Jason Wells | April 1, 2009
CITY HALL — The City Council on Tuesday ratified an offer from Glendale firefighters to forgo $3 million worth of pay raises over two years, and railed against Fire Department critics for what they said were unsubstantiated and malicious attacks. The group of six firefighter managers who belong to a separate management union also announced a tentative two-year agreement to forgo similar pay increases of between 2.5% and 4.5%. For the last two years, a group of City Hall critics has maligned the Fire Department for staffing policies that they claim stoke high overtime costs and protect bloated employee rosters, but their arguments have failed to gain any popular traction.
By Jason Wells | August 13, 2008
CITY HALL — Councilman Dave Weaver, after facing two weeks of heavy criticism over his alleged references to Armenian smokers in a Pasadena Weekly article, fired back on Tuesday, calling his critics’ “ugly charges of ethnic insensitivity” unfounded and politically motivated. Weaver read from a prepared statement at the beginning of the City Council meeting Tuesday after missing last week’s meeting to tend to what he said was a family medical emergency.
By Mike Mohill | November 28, 2008
I often attend City Council meetings, and I guess I must have missed last week’s council meeting regarding the fireworks at the Americana at Brand (“Fiery display riles council,” Nov. 19). I did see our fire chief, Harold Scoggins, sitting in front of me that night, but paid no attention as I entered the Council Chambers late. The week before, I attended a Glendale Redevelopment Agency meeting where all the members were pleased with the report showing the success of the Americana at Brand.
March 1, 2002
As someone who is neither a partisan of Mr. Mangassarian or his critics, I must say that his letter, published on Feb. 18, in defense of himself fails the basic logic test. The motivations of his critics, either good or bad, are irrelevant to the charges made against him. He has either made anti-Semitic and racist comments or he has not, and based on his letter and statements made in Will Rogers' column, he has indeed made statements that most reasonable people would consider bigoted and anti-Semitic.
By Brittany Levine, | January 10, 2014
A psychiatric patient was sent in a taxi from a Glendale hospital to the winter homeless shelter without notice, an incident critics call “patient dumping,” and one that the executive director of the shelter this week described as a reminder for local hospitals and homeless care providers to continually improve their communication. Patient dumping doesn't happen nearly as often in Glendale as it does on Los Angeles' skid row - where shelters have security cameras set up to catch culprits - but when it does occur, it causes confusion and strain, Natalie Profant-Komuro, executive director of Ascencia, the 90-day shelter operator and Glendale's largest homeless services provider, said after a Homeless Coalition meeting this week.
December 30, 2013
Organizers of the Rose Parade are defending the AIDS Healthcare Foundation's plans to hold a same-sex wedding on its float amid criticism and complaints posted online. The float, titled “Living the Dream: Love Is the Best Protection,” was created to celebrate victories in 2013 for gay-marriage advocates, including Supreme Court decisions upholding the repeal of California's Proposition 8 and striking down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act, according to the Los Angeles Times .   Foundation spokesman Ged Kenslea said the organization supports legally sanctioning same-sex marriage because it encourages more stable relationships as well as behavior that will prevent the spread of HIV.   “We believe that marriage saves lives,” he said.
December 28, 2013
In 2012, to raise revenue, Glendale, based on the work of its consultant, Willdan, passed a water rate ordinance, ostensibly compliant with Cal. Const. Art. XIIID (Proposition 218). A Dec. 17, 2013 city report indicates: (1) the ordinance produced an $8 million shortfall, (2) staff isolated the error causing this, (3) Glendale retained a new consultant to correct that single error and (4) this led to a detailed analysis of Willdan's cost of service analysis (COSA) that concluded “a number of errors have been identified...[in Willdan's work-product]
October 3, 2013
Police are seeking the public's help in finding a motorist of a white utility van which allegedly fled after striking and critically injuring a 75-year-old Glendale woman on Wednesday. The woman, whose identity wasn't released, suffered head trauma, broken bones and internal injuries and remained in critical condition Thursday at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, according to Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz. She was exiting her parked vehicle at about 4:22 p.m. in the 1100 block of Western Avenue, when a white utility van struck her and continued driving without stopping at the scene, he said.
By Stephen Ceasar | September 16, 2013
Hoover High School junior Christopher Chung learned while scrolling through Facebook that his school was monitoring students' online activities . Christopher saw an article posted by a friend about the Glendale Unified School District hiring a company to screen students' social media posts. The school district had been doing so for about a year, the Los Angeles Times reported . "I heard rumors that GUSD was doing a little bit of monitoring - but nothing as official as this," he said.
By Brittany Levine, | April 27, 2013
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has cobbled together $40 million to build either an underpass or overpass that would improve safety conditions at one of the most dangerous railroad crossings along the Glendale-Los Angeles border. Although the money is available now, it may be at least two years before officials complete environmental and engineering documents. And it may be longer still before construction begins on the Doran Street crossing in the San Fernando Corridor.
By Brittany Levine, | March 26, 2013
A preliminary Los Angeles County civil grand jury report unsealed this week criticizes Glendale for using its utility as a "piggy bank" to cover budgetary shortfalls and heralds a more thorough review in the months ahead. The report, which was released Monday, comes a week before the April 2 election, when voters will decide whether to approve Measure B, a city ballot measure that would change how the city collects tens of millions of dollars from the electricity fund of Glendale Water & Power.
By Andy Klein | March 22, 2013
"Admission" is a nice movie. You have no idea how depressing it is for a critic to drag out what may be the blandest word in the English language. But it fits. "Admission" is a bowl of oatmeal - instant oatmeal - with nothing added; not sugar, not fruit, maybe a tiny bit of butter. Don't get me wrong: I like oatmeal, even plain. Neither it nor “Admission” is awful, but I can't imagine it getting anyone genuinely stoked. Tina Fey plays Portia Nathan, an admissions officer at Princeton.
By Brittany Levine, | February 15, 2013
State lawmakers said this week that despite complaints from local officials, they are willing to help cities stymied by the end of redevelopment through the dissolution process - if they ask. During a City Hall meeting last week, city and Los Angeles County officials charged with overseeing the end of local redevelopment criticized Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Canada Flintridge) and Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) for not doing enough to help Glendale through a confusing and frustrating dissolution process.
By Joe Piasecki, | October 9, 2012
Traffic, noise and the displacement of Arroyo Seco users top a list of concerns voiced during a recent public hearing on plans to temporarily house an NFL team at the Rose Bowl. The stadium could be ready to accommodate NFL games as early as next fall, but Rose Bowl officials have yet to discuss proposals with the league, team owners or developers planning Farmers Field in downtown Los Angeles, said Rose Bowl General Manager Darryl Dunn. For professional football to come to the Rose Bowl, Pasadena City Council members must waive restrictions on the number of large events at the stadium after approving an environmental study of the proposal.
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