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January 14, 2009
Cell-phone activist deserves credit The neighborhood group presentation to the City Council about cellular towers was informative and impressive (“T-Mobile backs off on tower,” Friday). One speaker acknowledged efforts made by resident Theodore Polychronis to alert the neighborhood and obtain council attention to this issue. I recall council meeting appearances by Polychronis where his efforts to address the issue were met with some impatience, even incivility, because the City Council members appeared to believe that nothing could be done about it. City Council members reacted positively because a big group of residents organized and descended on a council meeting.
By Veronica Rocha | January 13, 2009
GLENDALE — A 12-year-old Woodrow Wilson Middle School student was struck and injured Monday morning by a car driven by a parent who had just dropped off his child at the school, police said. The girl, whose name was not released, was walking to school and entered a marked crosswalk at 8:04 a.m. when Patrick Tchatalbachian, who was driving west on Monterey Road, failed to stop at the crosswalk and hit the girl, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. “He failed to yield for a pedestrian,” Lorenz said.
By Veronica Rocha | December 15, 2008
GLENDALE — An 81-year-old man died in the hospital Sunday after a motorist making a left turn struck him as he walked in a crosswalk at Pacific Avenue and Lexington, police said. The man, whose name was not released, was pronounced dead at 3 a.m. Sunday at Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center, where he was taken to be treated for severe head injuries, Glendale Police Det. Ashraf Mankarios said. He had begun walking from the east to the west side of the crosswalk when the traffic light turned green and gave him the right of way, Mankarios said.
By Mary O’Keefe | February 22, 2008
As the sun was rising on Saturday morning, a vehicle struck a young woman while she was crossing the street in the crosswalk in the 2600 block of Honolulu Avenue. Laurdes Sanchez, 22, of Los Angeles was leaving her job at Verdugo Valley Convalescent Home when she was struck in the crosswalk at 6:45 a.m., according to Sgt. Tom Lorenz of the Glendale Police Department. The car that hit her was driven by Christina Gomez, 31, of Santa Clarita who apparently didn?t see Sanchez. ?
By Angela Hokanson | February 8, 2008
LA CRESCENTA — Neighbors of La Crescenta Elementary School and students’ parents are relishing a victory after the Los Angeles County Highway Safety Commission on Wednesday endorsed several traffic ideas favored by parents for a major intersection in front of the school. The commission — an advisory group that listens to public appeals on county Public Works decisions regarding traffic control measures and school crossing guards and makes recommendations to the County Board of Supervisors for a final decision — voted unanimously Wednesday to keep a marked pedestrian crosswalk at La Crescenta and Prospect avenues.
By Mary O’Keefe | February 8, 2008
Representatives from Glendale Unified School District, Crescenta Valley Town Council, PTA and parents from La Crescenta Elementary joined forces at a meeting with the Los Angeles County Highway Commission on Wednesday. They worked on finding a solution for the dangerous traffic conditions at La Crescenta and Prospect avenues. The commission is recommending that the crosswalks remain in place and that a right turn traffic signal be installed. The signal would affect traffic traveling eastbound in the 2800 block of Prospect Avenue, directing vehicles to turn right onto La Crescenta Avenue, said Hank Paz, student support services.
By Chris Wiebe | October 3, 2007
DOWNTOWN — A man on a bicycle suffered serious injuries Tuesday after a driver failed to yield to a flashing crosswalk on Brand Boulevard, police said. The accident occurred at about 11:30 a.m. between Wilson and California avenues when, according to witnesses, a woman traveling north in a black Honda Civic failed to stop for a man crossing the street on his bike, Glendale Police Sgt. Dennis Smith said. The man was thrown backward off his bike, smashing through the windshield of the car, said Rowland Heights resident Arnold Rowe, who was stopped in the lane next to where the accident occurred.
By Susan Kirchner Vite | September 12, 2007
What’s it going to take? A headline in the local paper describing how an elementary school child was run over and dragged through the freeway onramp on their way to school? School has started, and that means lots of children are walking to and from school. Drivers need to slow down, be more aware and be extra cautious — particularly around schools — before this headline becomes a reality. One of the many intersections that require our extra caution is the Foothill (210)
By Jason Wells | August 13, 2007
CITY HALL — Glendale Police will have more money to back a targeted response to persistent pedestrian safety hazards if the City Council on Tuesday approves a $133,000 state grant for enforcement and education efforts. If approved, the money will pay for a direct public education campaign that will see police officers and staff at high-risk pedestrian corridors interacting with walkers in attempt to get a safety message through that so far has little effect on the city's dismal pedestrian safety numbers.
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