August 8, 2008
Fire hydrants can now be added to the growing list of metals being stolen by criminals to cash in at recycling centers. Glendale Water and Power reported that two complete fire hydrants were stolen the last week of July. In the past, fire hydrant parts had been stolen, but the crime has now escalated. ?This is very serious,? said Sgt. Vahak Mardikian. ?If a fire occurs there could be extensive delays.? Mardikian said that police believe the suspects could be dressed in some type of uniform when they remove the equipment.
August 7, 2008
GLENDALE — Police are asking the public to be on the look out for anyone acting suspiciously near city fire hydrants after two were recently stolen. City employees on July 31 learned that the two hydrants were unbolted and stolen from concrete sidewalks on Glenoaks Boulevard and San Fernando Road, said Mike Romanino, water systems operations supervisor at Glendale Water & Power. “I am hoping it doesn’t get out of control because it could be catastrophic if they are not there when they are needed,” Romanino said.
July 7, 2007
BURBANK — The rising value of scrap metal has made fire hydrants a prime target for thieves who strip them and sell the materials for profit. Since the spring, Burbank and Glendale officials said they have seen a sharp increase in stolen metal caps from city hydrants, which are cast in solid bronze. "It's the phenomena of $3-a-pound scrap," Burbank Water and Power General Manager Ron Davis said. "The scrap value of metals with the recent building boom in the last three years throughout the planet — mostly China — have driven metal prices nuts.
February 22, 2003
Last year, I was critical of the Crescenta Valley Water District when we were faced with a water shortage. The water supply to Southern California was adequate, but CVWD's facilities did not have capacity to transfer enough water from the Foothill Municipal Water District. Fortunately, we had a cool summer without any major fires in this area, and we had no water shortage. It appears that CVWD is taking the right steps to improve its water supply.
August 10, 2000
Buck Wargo CITY HALL -- A hillside Glendale neighborhood with low water pressure will soon be getting some relief. The City Council on Tuesday awarded a $325,700 bid to of A.D. Engineering of Burbank to replace water lines on Cavanagh, Cedar, Court and Bohlig roads. The 8-inch lines will replace 4-inch lines installed in 1924 north of Mountain Street. More fire hydrants will also be installed, with spacing reduced from 600 feet to 300 feet between hydrants to help with suppressing fires in the area.
June 30, 2008
WINDOW WASHING The City Council on Tuesday will consider approving a five-year, $316,920 contract with a private firm to clean the windows of city-owned buildings. City crews have sporadically washed windows on municipal buildings no higher than one story, but in 2005, the Public Works Department hired an outside firm to perform the work due to strict state regulations required for taller buildings. City custodians have since concentrated on the routine, detailed cleaning within the buildings, leaving the more specialized window maintenance to a private firm.
May 20, 2000
Jerry Lane Jerry Lane is an elected member of the Crescenta Valley Water District. When Mike Sovich was appointed general manager of the Crescenta Valley Water District, he entered into a close working relationship with the captains of Engine Company 63 of the L.A. County Fire Department. There was a problem that was evident to anyone driving through the area and Sovich and the local fire captains set about to solve it -- the lack of fire hydrants.
January 23, 2007
LA CRESCENTA — Water officials proposed more than $48 million in infrastructure improvements Monday for the foothill area that would include increasing capacity, distribution and emergency capabilities. Consultants and staff members for the Crescenta Valley Water District sought direction from the agency's board on how to prioritize a long list of capital improvement projects they would like to see completed over the next 10 years. "We'd all love to do everything, but is it all affordable?"
December 24, 1999
GLENDALE -- Like scooper planes and firefighters, Glendale's 800-acre grass fire brought elected officials speeding to the city faster than fire trucks Wednesday. Assemblymen Jack Scott (D-Montrose) and Scott Wildman (D-Glendale), opponents in March for a seat in the state Senate, were on the front lines all day. Rep. James Rogan (R-Glendale) flew in from Washington. Even state Sen. Adam Schiff took time from his Christmas vacation to call and say he would help in any way he could.
August 29, 2009
Freeways will fill up regardless When you look at the Glendale News-Press photo on Wednesday’s Forum page, you will see the trucks that are using all freeways. Garry Rankin’s freeway extension letter (“Freeway extension was meant to be,” Aug. 21) proves to me he needs to have a freeway take out his home like the Foothill (210) Freeway did to me to know why the Long Beach (710) Freeway tunnel extension will have many problems. Kathleen Garcia is very right when she wrote as the freeways expand, the traffic expands to fill them (“Residents’ concerns are far from trivial,” Aug. 26)