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November 29, 2001
Gretchen Hoffman GLENDALE -- As police crack down on drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks, Glendale has received funding aimed at making students' walk to schools a little bit safer. Gov. Gray Davis directed $24 million in federal funds to a variety of safety projects across the state, including traffic signals, bike lanes and sidewalks. Glendale's share of the funds, allocated Wednesday as part of the Safe Routes to School Program, is $365,400 and will go toward the installation of lighted crosswalks.
NEWS
August 19, 2003
Joshua Pelzer The city is reminding pedestrians to signal, and has put out signs to remind them to use activation devices for new safety lights along crosswalks on North Brand Boulevard. "We've had pavement warning lights in place for three weeks now and we have noticed a lot of pedestrians on North Brand are not aware of them and they don't use them when they cross the street," senior traffic engineer Wayne Ko said. "These signs are temporary to bring [the lights]
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | April 30, 2009
LA CRESCENTA — Town Councilwoman Robbyn Battles is seeking county support for a plan to place safety flags at crosswalks. Battles introduced the plan to fellow Crescenta Valley Town Council members during a March 5 meeting, where they supported the idea and asked her to get feedback from community activists and residents about the flags. “I really want to do it right,” she said. So far, Battles said, her efforts have been positive. She got tips from Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies on where to put the flags.
NEWS
June 15, 2004
Darleene Barrientos The state Office of Traffic Safety awarded Glendale and Burbank more than $100,000 each in federal grants to install flashing crosswalks and continue with existing pedestrian-safety programs. Glendale was awarded $104,000 to install four new flashing crosswalks along Colorado Street at Cedar, Porter and Fischer and Lafayette streets. The city hopes to install the devices by this fall, Glendale Public Works Director Steve Zurn said.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | April 1, 2010
CENTRAL GLENDALE — The large furry rabbit walking between Central and Garfield avenues Wednesday was no hallucination, especially for drivers who failed to yield. For an hour and a half, Glendale Police Officer Tom Broadway donned the eye-catching costume during an enforcement sting aimed at educating motorists to yield for pedestrians walking along unmarked crosswalks. Police cited 24 motorists on suspicion of failing to yield to Broadway as he walked across Central.
NEWS
April 3, 2003
IN-ROADWAY WARNING LIGHT SYSTEM WHAT HAPPENED The City Council appropriated $100,000 for the installation of in-roadway warning light systems for five uncontrolled crosswalks on Glendale Avenue and one on Verdugo Road at Sunview Drive. WHAT IT MEANS Lights will be installed along crosswalks to provide visual warning to approaching drivers. VOTE The council voted 4-0 in favor. Mayor Rafi Manoukian was absent. VICIOUS DOG ORDINANCE WHAT HAPPENED The council approved an ordinance making unprovoked dog bites a misdemeanor offense for owners whose dogs bite a human or another animal.
NEWS
January 19, 2002
Tim Willert CITY HALL -- A rash of traffic accidents involving pedestrians has prompted the City Council to take protective measures. The council on Tuesday is expected to adopt plans and specifications for upgrading pavement markings and warning signs at 48 crosswalks not protected by stop signs or traffic signals. "Anything we can do to make the crosswalks safer is a good thing," Glendale Police Lt. Don Meredith said Friday. The proposed safety features would include more durable paint to outline crosswalks, and clear reflective markers to increase crosswalk visibility at night and during poor weather.
NEWS
May 20, 2003
I read a letter May 9 by Debbie Taylor about her concern of crosswalks and kids on bikes. I'm sorry that you were scared when you saw the young man dart out into the crosswalk, but at least he is OK. As you said, and I agree, it is dangerous in the streets of any community. Kids are in double trouble, not because the way most of them think is wrong, but just because of the way their brains work. Some didn't take a driver's test like us. In their own small world, they are prone to run about in a lot of danger as they play, ride bikes and cross streets.
NEWS
November 27, 2002
Ben Godar Despite a recent pedestrian collision, traffic officials said the number of road deaths is actually down in Glendale. Actress Frances Bay remained in critical condition at County USC Hospital late Tuesday, after being struck by a car Thursday night while crossing Brand Boulevard. Bay has appeared in such films as "Happy Gilmore" and "The Wedding Planner." To decrease the number of pedestrian collisions, the city has installed several in-pavement lighting systems at crosswalks not controlled by a stop light or sign.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | January 28, 2014
An 86-year-old Glendale man died Monday after suffering severe head trauma when he was struck by a vehicle on Western Avenue near Glenoaks Boulevard, police said. Abram Mehrabian was taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead about 5:30 p.m., Glendale police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. Contrary to initial reports from eyewitnesses that Mehrabian reportedly ran across Western outside of the crosswalk, Lorenz said he appears to have been in the crosswalk when he was struck.
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By Tim Traeger, tim.traeger@latimes.com | December 31, 2013
A 74-year-old Glendale woman was struck by a vehicle in a marked crosswalk at Wilson Avenue and Belmont Street on Monday and died later at a hospital, police said. It was the fifth pedestrian-collision fatality in Glendale this year. The woman, identified as Vera Momdjian, was in the crosswalk at about 5 p.m. when she was hit by a Chevrolet Silverado heading northbound and making a westbound turn onto Wilson from Belmont, according to Glendale Police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | November 6, 2013
A 72-year-old woman and her 2-year-old granddaughter were hurt Tuesday after being struck by car driven by a 79-year-old Glendale woman as they were crossing an intersection, police said. The grandmother suffered face and shoulder injuries while the top of her granddaughter's head was bruised, Glendale Police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot said. The pair was taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center for treatment. The woman and her granddaughter were walking west at about 7:50 a.m. in a marked crosswalk on East Honolulu Avenue at North La Crescenta Avenue.
NEWS
October 18, 2013
Re: “Police cite 29 in crosswalk sting,” Oct. 11. Not too long ago, I was driving on Glenoaks Boulevard when I came to a crosswalk but with no signal. There was a man standing on the curb as if to cross the street. I stopped and waited but he didn't move. So I started up, slowly, and he stepped off the curb. I waited again and he stepped back up on the sidewalk and stood there. I started to move again and he did the same thing. So I turned off the motor, got out of the car and said, “Are you going to cross the street or not?
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | October 10, 2013
Officer Larry Ballesteros wasn't wearing his typical blue uniform as he strolled along an unmarked crosswalk in a busy Glendale intersection on Thursday when suddenly the driver of a white van stopped, made hand gestures and yelled at him. This incident was just one of several close calls Ballesteros encountered while working undercover during a pedestrian sting operation that netted 29 citations to drivers for allegedly failing to yield to pedestrians....
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | August 22, 2013
The city has denied a wrongful death claim filed by the family of an 83-year-old Glendale man who was struck and killed by a minivan last year on Broadway in a section of the street they allege is dangerous. Members of Kourkin Anouchian's family claim the city should have posted warning lights and signs alerting motorists to look out for pedestrians who use an unmarked crosswalk at the intersection of Broadway and Maynard Street, according to their claim, which was filed in May. “The city is liable for Mr. Anouchian's death by virtue of its negligent design, construction and maintenance of the roadway,” the family's attorney, Roger Booth, wrote in the claim.
NEWS
May 6, 2013
A 43-year-old mother and her 6-year-old son were injured Monday morning after a motorist struck them in a crosswalk, police said. The mother and her son were walking north on Victory Boulevard about 7:58 a.m. when they were struck by the 52-year-old motorist at Western Avenue, according to Glendale Police Sgt. Harley Wing. The motorist, who stopped at the scene, was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, Wing added. The mother briefly lost consciousness and suffered a cut to her head, he said.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | December 11, 2012
An 83-year-old man was killed Monday afternoon after he was struck by a 40-year-old motorist at an unmarked crosswalk in central Glendale, police said. The man, who officials had not identified Tuesday pending the notification of his family, was taken to Glendale Adventist Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. He was walking at about 4:10 p.m. in an unmarked, but legal, crosswalk at Broadway and Maynard Street when the motorist, who was driving west on Broadway, allegedly failed to yield and struck him. The motorist, Sana Hussein, of Glendale, was driving a minivan and remained at the scene, police said.
NEWS
October 3, 2011
In response to Patricia Tyson's Sept. 29 letter, “Bad bicycle behavior?” riding on the sidewalk is less safe than riding on the street as cyclists on sidewalks are much less visible. However, on some occasions it may be necessary to cross a street using a sidewalk. If I'm cycling on the right side of the road and there are too many cars to safely get across two lanes of traffic into a left-turn lane, it might be safer to stay on the right side of the street and cross the street twice as a pedestrian, and then rejoin traffic in the desired direction after crossing.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | June 22, 2011
DOWNTOWN — The Windsor Road crosswalk is a dangerous path for businessman Barry Wishengrad and his employees who stroll it to conduct dealings between two Brand Boulevard car dealerships. Some of the flashing lights don’t work for the crosswalk, where it’s not uncommon for motorists to speed and not yield for pedestrians. “I have walked this crosswalk and almost been hit two dozen times and so have my employees,” said Wishengrad, general manager of Glendale Nissan and Infiniti.
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