January 15, 2002
Tim Willert DOWNTOWN -- A panel of leaders from Muslim, Arab and Sikh communities will discuss discrimination following the Sept. 11 attacks. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Fire Station 21, 421 Oak St. The question-and-answer session is hosted by the Glendale Human Relations Coalition as a way to heighten tolerance of cultural diversity. The four-member panel will include Robin Toma, executive director of the Los Angeles Human Relations Commission; Edina Lekovic of the Muslim Public Affairs Council; Michael Shehadeh, president of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee; and Nirinjan Khalsa, a Sikh Dharma from the San Fernando Valley Interfaith Council.
June 11, 2001
Alex Coolman GLENDALE -- A man who was fired from his job with the city has filed a $100,000 claim against Glendale alleging racial discrimination. Maurice Brown, who worked as customer service representative for Glendale's building and safety department, was fired after nine months, he said. At the end of May, Brown, who is part Jamaican, filed a claim with the city alleging his supervisor, Guia Murray, had discriminated against him. Specifically, Brown said, Murray told him his clothes made him "look like a gangster" and made jokes suggesting he was a drug dealer.
February 17, 2001
Gary Moskowitz NORTHEAST GLENDALE -- Valley Temps Inc. settled a lawsuit filed by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for $12,000, and agreed to expunge the personnel file of the employee. The temporary job placement agency hired L.A. resident Lydia Martinez as an office assistant at its Glenoaks Boulevard location in March 1999. Her employment was terminated three weeks later by a manager who was unhappy with her Guatemalan accent, said Equal Employment Opportunity Commission senior trial attorney Peter F. Laura.
January 20, 2001
Alex Coolman SOUTHWEST GLENDALE -- The city should broaden its nondiscrimination policies to prevent giving money to groups that exclude people, residents said at a Thursday night symposium held by the League of Women Voters. Dozens of Glendale residents and several city officials attended the meeting on the city's nondiscrimination policy, held at Fire Station 21 on Oak Street. Many of those in attendance, including Glendale resident Marjorie Davis, expressed concern that public money could be going to organizations unwilling to serve all members of the public.
January 15, 2001
Alex Coolman GLENDALE -- Discrimination will be the subject Thursday when the the League of Women Voters hosts a forum on the city's policies for distributing federal money. The forum, which will feature input from groups ranging from the American Civil Liberties Union to the Girl Scouts of America, aims to give direction to the city in its policies for dealing with federal block grant money. Terry Bailey, president of the Glendale-Burbank chapter of the League of Women Voters, said the event stems from an effort that began in August, when the Glendale Human Relations Coalition pushed the City Council to adopt stricter rules against discrimination.
October 17, 2000
Amber Willard CITY HALL -- A recommendation to withhold grants from groups that discriminate hinges on the Glendale City Council tonight. At its meeting, the council will consider last month's recommendation by the Glendale Human Relations Coalition not to give Community Development Block Grants to organizations that discriminate based upon items like sexual preference, martial status, HIV status, gender identity and pregnancy. Council members will decide if they wish to hear further discussion on the issue and if so, direct city staffers to conduct further research.
October 12, 2000
I had to pinch myself that I was really in the USA after reading your editorial of Sept. 28 ("Coalition vote is about what's fair to everyone")! Here we have some self-appointed group setting up to give certain factions special treatment; and woe betide those who are not included, they will be attacked and vilified. This has not been done on a national scale since the days of Nazi Germany, Goebels and Communist Russia. Today we are reliving George Orwell's "1984," but the enemy is now on the inside.
September 21, 2000
Buck Wargo CITY HALL -- The debate over whether Glendale should give out federal block grant funds to groups such as the Boy Scouts of America resumes today before the city's Human Relations Coalition. The coalition put off its vote in August to give its members more to study the exact wording of the recommendation by a three-member committee, which called on the City Council to ban giving any funds to groups that discriminate based on sexual orientation and other categories.
August 31, 2000
The comments in the Aug. 22 News-Press by two of Glendale's civic leaders were troubling. Councilwoman Ginger Bremberg declares the recommendation of a committee of the Human Relations Coalition "reprehensible" for taking a stance against bigotry. She further characterizes discrimination as an issue that does not matter. Coalition member Larry Zarian opposes public money being given to groups that discriminate, but somehow doesn't appear to think discrimination against homosexuals matters.