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February 26, 2013
The Glendale Municipal Election is April 2, and if we experience another poor voter turnout, 25,000 people, or just 16.5% of the potential voters, will elect important city officials. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 151,391 Glendale residents over 19, and our city website shows that 92,544, or 61%, are registered voters. Of this number, less than 25,000 people vote. A handful of residents decides City Council members, school board members and ballot measures. In this environment, it is too easy for special-interest groups to sway the election.
NEWS
May 28, 2013
Even though Zareh Sinanyan has admitted to (and apologized for) writing those crass, bigoted comments on YouTube, a problem remains: the fact that he did not admit to it until after the election. His statements regarding whether or not he was guilty of writing those comments were amorphous - he didn't give us a clear answer, neither outright denial or admission of guilt. He deceived the voters of Glendale. The 365 votes that separated him from Chahe Keuroghelian could have been from people who believed that Sinanyan did not write those comments (especially so, if they were aware of how easy it is to impersonate someone on the Internet)
NEWS
March 29, 2011
Glendale News-Press editor Dan Evans is scheduled to moderate a City Council election forum live Thursday on “The Larry Zarian Show.” All six candidates for election — including former City Councilman Rafi Manoukian, city gadfly Mike Mohill, perennial candidate Chahe Keuroghelian, newcomer Garen Mailyan, and incumbents Dave Weaver and John Drayman — will participate. The April 5 election will determine who secures two available seats. The show airs at 7 p.m. on Charter Cable Channel 380.    
NEWS
November 6, 2011
All six people who ran for the Crescenta Valley Town Council were elected, according to voting results released after the Nov. 5 election. There were just six open seats, so the only real competition was for who got the most votes, which determines who gets a regular seat, and who serves as an alternate. Local volunteer Danette Erickson got the most votes, according to the council's website, followed by retirees Frank Beyt and Charlie Beatty, meaning they will serve as regular council members.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | March 26, 2013
Zareh Sinanyan - the City Council candidate at the center of this election season's biggest controversy so far - has also amassed the largest campaign war chest, with $70,065 on hand, according to the most recent financial disclosure filings. “The money is just flowing in,” Sinanyan said. “People are overwhelmingly supporting me.” Contributions for the April 2 election continued despite a request by some council members earlier this month to remove Sinanyan from his city commission seat because of vulgar and threatening comments that were posted under his name on YouTube and other websites.
NEWS
January 18, 2012
Citing family stresses brought on by his brother's untimely death in 2010 and his mother's ill health, Assemblyman Anthony Portantino announced Wednesday night that he will not seek election in 2012. The surprise announcement comes at a time when the La Cañada Flintridge Democrat was faced with a possible challenge to state Sen. Carol Liu's seat due to his being termed out of the Assembly and newly redrawn district maps. Despite interviewing with local Democratic clubs for their endorsement for Liu's seat, Portantino had so far declined to state his political intentions.
NEWS
February 26, 2013
Mayor Frank Quintero's decision not to run for another term on the Glendale City Council is disheartening. Quintero served Glendale very well with pride and dedication to the entire community. Indeed, he was not afraid to stand against the status quo and vote with the people of Glendale rather than to serve special interests. Quintero was known to stand against rubber stamping the reports and demands of staff on numerous occasions to protect the Glendale public's interests. He voted against utility rate increases numerous times and also voted against the costly and dangerous at-grade crossing project at Flower Street.
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By Melanie Hicken | June 11, 2010
Republican candidate Sunder Ramani on Friday conceded Tuesday’s special election for the 43rd Assembly District to Democrat Mike Gatto, but would not say whether he planned to campaign for November’s general election. “I wish Mr. Gatto well in his new interim position,” Ramani said in a statement released Friday afternoon. “I hope he will honor his pledge, made as a candidate, to approach our state’s spending and budgetary problems as a fiscal watchdog.
NEWS
January 5, 2007
Filing opens this week for the Glendale municipal election taking place on April 3 to fill two seats on the City Council. Up for election are the seats currently held by Mayor Dave Weaver and Councilman Rafi Manoukian. If Weaver runs, he will face his second election in two years, since he won a two-year term in 2005 by finishing fourth in that contest. Announced candidates so far are Montrose businessman John Drayman, who ran strongly in 2005, and school board member Greg Krikorian, who is bidding to be the fourth Armenian-American member on the council.
NEWS
August 7, 2004
Robert Chacon Two La Canada Flintridge City Council members up for reelection next year have so far not raised any campaign money, according to recently filed records. Neither David Spence nor Stephen Del Guercio have begun raising funds for next year's campaigns, according to campaign financial statements filed with the city last week. Government code requires candidates for public office to file two statements each year. Spence, the longest serving member on the council, said he would run for a fourth term during March's election.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | March 12, 2014
Five people have qualified for the June ballot for a single City Council seat, one that comes with a shortened 10-month term. Of the five candidates, four have run unsuccessfully for City Council in the past. The five candidates, in alphabetical order, are: Rick Barnes, a real estate agent, Paula Devine, a Commission on the Status of Women member, Vartan Gharpetian, a Historic Preservation Commission member, Chahe Keuroghelian, a small business owner, and Mike Mohill, a self-declared community advocate.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | February 27, 2014
Come June, Glendale residents will be voting for a new council member to replace an appointed one and following a City Council decision this week, they will also be voting on whether to get rid of the city rules that required the early election in the first place. The current rules for how to fill a seat on the dais after a council member leaves office before the end of their four-year term are costly, confusing, cause voter fatigue, and need to be changed, council members said at a City Hall meeting Tuesday.
NEWS
February 13, 2014
Good morning, 818 readers. Today is Thursday, Feb. 13. Temperatures for tomorrow in the Glendale area will reach a high near 80 and low around 57 . Here are the top headlines in your region:  Burbank Police and the Los Angeles County Coroner's office have blocked off the road to the Stough Canyon Nature Center to further investigate the human remains that were discovered off the road past the main gate leading to the center...
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | February 12, 2014
Six people pulled papers this week to replace outgoing City Council member Frank Quintero in a special election on June 3. Rick Barnes, newcomer Luis Alberto Ramos, Mike Mohill, Chahe Keuroghelian, Vartan Gharpetian and Paula Devine were issued nomination papers on Monday, when the process officially started. Still, none of the six candidates is official because they must still return the papers and collect 100 valid signatures by March 7 to get on the ballot. The City Council unanimously voted last month to consolidate its ballot with the statewide primary election.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | January 29, 2014
A special election to replace outgoing Councilman Frank Quintero is set to take place on June 3 and be consolidated with a statewide primary election following a unanimous City Council vote this week. On the ballot may also be a tax measure proposed by the city and a possible amendment to city rules regulating the replacement of an empty council position midterm. Candidates for the single open council seat can pull papers to get on the ballot starting Feb. 10. They can begin fundraising right away, but must file a form with the secretary of state once they collect more than $1,000.
NEWS
January 14, 2014
Re: “ Gatto resolution creates a flap ,” Jan. 11. Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) has introduced a resolution to the state Assembly urging the U.S. to recognize the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic as a sovereign state. Who/what/where is that and why is this something the state Assembly needs to waste its time on? There are troubles where my ancestors came from but I don't expect the state Assembly or the U.S. to tackle them. We have so many issues here at home that need attention.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | December 30, 2013
At least two people have decided to run for a City Council seat in the special June election, while others who made an unsuccessful attempt in April plan to sit this round out with an eye toward the general municipal election. Chahe Keuroghelian and Vartan Gharpetian confirmed this week that they plan to run after announcing their intent on Armenian television channels. Both said they're prepared for the long haul that will come with the upcoming election cycle, since whoever wins in June will have to run again 10 months later to grab a four-year term.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | December 5, 2013
When Kirk Gelsinger, owner of Zeke's Smokehouse and Amber Road, a gourmet grocery store, was on the Montrose Shopping Park Assn. board of directors in the 1980s, the business promotions group had roughly $25,000 to work with. After Gelisnger got elected to the board after a decades-long hiatus, the shopping association's executive director announced the business improvement district was budgeting $435,000 for its 2014 expenditures. “I hope that I can continue that,” Gelsinger said, noting that over the years, the board has ironed out some of the age-old problems, including increasing oversight of the weekly farmer's market, which provides more than a quarter of the revenue for the business improvement district.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | November 7, 2013
Campaign finance rules that govern regular city elections are now in place for a special election in June to replace Councilman Frank Quintero , following a unanimous City Council vote Tuesday. The council needed to clean up the regulations, which didn't apply to special elections. The rules include a $1,000 cap on individual contributions and a five-month period after the election to pay off campaign debt through fundraising. The council appointed Quintero to an open seat after he did not run for reelection in April.
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By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | November 5, 2013
It appears the three incumbents on the Crescent Valley Water District board may retain their seats, according to early election results Tuesday night. With two out of seven precincts reporting, James Bodnar had received 512 votes, or about 32% of the total votes counted. Kerry Erickson had garnered 445 votes, or about 28%, while Kenneth Putnam had gotten 360 votes, or roughly 22%. Challenger Charles Beatty, a former member of the utility board, had received 287 votes, or about 18%. Beatty currently serves on the Crescenta Valley Town Council, an advisory body for Los Angeles County.
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