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By Jason Wells | March 31, 2009
CITY HALL — Two construction firms have withdrawn their protests against a city recommendation to award the contract for a new, $7.92-million Adult Recreation Center to the fourth-lowest bidder, clearing the way for the long-delayed project to move forward when it comes before the City Council today. The contentious project, in the works for more than a decade, was taken off the City Council agenda March 17 after Perera Construction & Design Inc. and G-2000 Construction Inc. formally protested a staff recommendation to go with a local firm at a $120,000-to-$495,000 premium.
BUSINESS
By Zain Shauk | March 9, 2009
The recession has made businesses nationwide uncertain about their finances, but it has also made employees fearful about losing their jobs, something human resources consultants are attempting to remedy. Many small and medium-sized businesses don’t have the funds to hire their own human resources staff members, but the services those representatives provide can be critical to increasing productivity, especially during the economic downturn, said Gary Olson, president of the Burbank Chamber of Commerce.
NEWS
By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | April 26, 2011
Two local businesses with deep ties to the military and aviation sectors recently got huge lifts from a federally funded training program. Glendale’s Accurate Dial & Nameplate and Burbank’s Centerpoint Manufacturing are poised to pick up work from some of the largest companies in the nation thanks to months-long improvement efforts, a financial stake from the Verdugo Jobs Center and the expertise of the nonprofit California Manufacturing Technology...
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By Melanie Hicken and Megan O'Neil melanie.hicken@latimes.com, megan.oneil@latimes.com | March 29, 2011
GLENDALE — Nearly 60% of the money raised to support passage of the $270-million school bond in the April 5 election has come from companies that have a financial stake in the measure’s passage, records show. Of the roughly $160,000 raised in support of Measure S, $93,500 came from firms or their representatives that could benefit from the work generated by the bond, according to the latest campaign finance disclosure forms filed with the city clerk’s office. The contributions included $25,000 from Royal Bank of Canada Capital Markets; $25,000 from Los Angeles-based investment firm E.J. De La Rosa & Co.; $15,000 from Jones Hall, a San Francisco-based law firm that specializes in bond counsel; $10,000 from the chief executive officer of a Chino-based architecture firm; and $10,000 from a Newport Beach-based architectural firm.
NEWS
July 17, 2003
Gary Moskowitz School board members Wednesday began the process of replacing a superintendent they had hoped would stick around a little while longer. Supt. Jim Brown announced Tuesday that he will retire from the Glendale Unified School District on Jan. 31. Brown, 60, has been superintendent of the district since 1996, and his career in education spans more than 38 years. Board members gathered for a special meeting Wednesday afternoon to approve a letter that spells out their plans for finding his replacement.
NEWS
By: | September 2, 2005
Citizen Academy still has openings The Laguna Beach Police Department is still accepting applications for the Citizen Academy, a 12-week course designed to educate the community on local law enforcement. The academy begins Sept. 14 and is free to anyone who works or lives in Laguna Beach. Throughout the course, citizens will learn about crime scene investigation, narcotics enforcement, the police K9 program and more. The class will also include a tour of the Orange County Jail and a chance to shoot a weapon at the police firing range.
FEATURES
November 5, 2009
This paper’s Oct. 31 editorial, “Council did no one any favors,” questioned, quite properly in my view, whether the City Council acted in the public interest in refusing to grant a taxi license to a new applicant. The editorial has now been questioned in the Nov. 2 Community Commentary, “Decision on taxis was pure common sense,” by Jim Weling, a former chairman of the Transportation & Parking Commission. Weling presented several arguments, among them that there is overcapacity in the taxi cabs that serve Glendale and that there is apparent separate ownership of four of the five taxi companies that now serve Glendale.
NEWS
November 24, 2000
Buck Wargo CITY HALL -- Glendale has tossed out six proposals for partnering with the city to operate recycling services in the community. The City Council rejected the proposals after two of the firms at the top of the list did not meet the requirements for documenting their bids. The proposals of four other firms were considered a poor choice for the city, according to a report from the Public Works Department. The two top bidders were Aardvark Recycling of Wilmington and Quality Papers Fibers of Pico Rivera.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha | February 11, 2010
GLENDALE — A design firm has finished an initial plan for Maryland Mini-Park that includes a community garden, a playground and native plant landscaping, officials said. The City Council on Tuesday approved the allocation of $42,136 for Costa Mesa-based David Volz Design firm’s services. The firm’s site plan will be submitted to the state, along with a grant application, to potentially receive funding to help build a portion of the park, officials said. While state officials will announce grant recipients in September, the city has the budget to move forward with the design, said George Chapjian, director of the city’s Community Services and Parks Department.
NEWS
June 7, 2000
Buck Wargo CITY HALL -- A decision could be made as early as next week on whether to replace the consultant who prepared the environmental report evaluating the Oakmont View V subdivision. Glendale Senior Planner Dave Bobardt said the Environmental and Planning Board might meet as soon as June 15 to make a recommendation to City Manager Jim Starbird on who should revise the draft report. Rincon Consultants of Ventura has come under fire from anti-development groups for underestimating the impact of the proposed 572-home project.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | April 30, 2014
Despite filing court documents this week opposing Glendale's request to dismiss a federal lawsuit calling for the removal of a city statue honoring women used as sex slaves by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II, the law firm representing those opposed to the memorial has resigned. The change comes after Mayer Brown, considered a top 20 global law firm, was criticized by several in the legal industry for taking on the case in the first place since the plight of the former sex slaves, known as comfort women, has been recognized by international historians and government officials in Japan and the United States.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | March 21, 2014
A Los Angeles law firm has agreed to represent the city of Glendale for free in its defense of a statue honoring women taken as sex slaves for the Japanese Army during World War II , the installation of which has been called into question by a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court last month. This is the first time in at least three years that a law firm has represented the city on a pro-bono basis, said City Atty. Mike Garcia. "Obviously, there are folks who think the lawsuit doesn't have merit," Garcia said.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | March 20, 2014
A study on the potential construction of bridges along the Glendale Narrows area of the Los Angeles River - including one that may connect to Griffith Park - is set to begin following City Council approval this week of a $725,000 contract with an engineering firm. A half-mile trail along the Glendale side of the Los Angeles River known as the Glendale Narrows Riverwalk opened in December 2012 after a decade of hurdles , but the trail as well as equestrian and park facilities was just the first part of a multiphase project.
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | March 19, 2014
Roosevelt Middle School and Glendale Unified's headquarters will be among the first sites in the school district to receive new camera systems in a district-wide effort to enhance security on campuses. The Glendale School Board approved allocating $3 million in Measure S funds in late 2012 to bolster security at its 30 schools. Since then, crews have made improvements to perimeter fencing and have installed panic buttons at the majority of school sites that allow school staff to make calls to 911 with a single push.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | March 7, 2014
The city of Glendale will hire outside legal help to represent the city in a lawsuit filed last week seeking to force the city to stop transferring tens of millions of dollars from its utility to the General Fund for police, libraries and other general services. The City Council discussed the lawsuit behind closed doors on Tuesday and after the evening council meeting announced that they plan to hire the Los Angeles law firm Colantuono & Levin. The lawsuit, filed by a group called Glendale Coalition for Better Government, asserts that the long-standing money transfer is a “backdoor tax” since the council continued to move money from the utility at the same time it approved electric rate increases to pay for needed infrastructure improvements.
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | February 28, 2014
A law firm was recently hired by Glendale Community College officials to help the school on an “as-needed” basis with redistricting matters. College officials began a discourse over redistricting a little over two years ago when consultants warned college officials in February 2012 that an at-large election process could leave the college vulnerable to lawsuits connected to the California Voting Rights Act. The 2002 act aims to protect the...
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By Tim Traeger, tim.traeger@latimes.com | January 31, 2014
A Glendale technology company has launched a lifestyle application for Apple smartphones designed in the United States, but with much of its development and coding done by workers in Armenia. The Inlight App, aimed at women, provides mobile access to articles and lists on topics such as life, love, family and health, according to Nishe Modoyan, marketing manager for IconApps, Inc. ___ FOR THE RECORD: An A1 story on Jan. 31 (“Armenian workers help local firm create 'app-eal'”)
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | December 13, 2013
The City Council took the final step on Tuesday to implement an annual business registration fee as well as restructure the approval process for some housing projects, among other changes aimed at streamlining the city's code. The most controversial change had been replacing the city's $198 zoning use certificate for new businesses with a $198 business registration fee - and a $50 annual renewal charge. But after some tweaking prompted by Councilman Ara Najarian on Tuesday night, the council decided to charge new businesses the $198 fee as soon as they register with the city.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | September 27, 2013
Two Glendale-based debt collection agencies have reportedly agreed to pay $1 million to the Federal Trade Commission for allegedly falsely posing as law firms and using text messages to threaten legal action against borrowers for unpaid debt. The federal agency announced this week it had reached a settlement with Archie Donovan, who owns National Attorney Collection Services, Inc., and National Attorney Services LLC. Neither business is a law firm, according to the federal agency. A U.S. District Court judge must sign off on the final order.
NEWS
By Stephen Ceasar | September 16, 2013
Hoover High School junior Christopher Chung learned while scrolling through Facebook that his school was monitoring students' online activities . Christopher saw an article posted by a friend about the Glendale Unified School District hiring a company to screen students' social media posts. The school district had been doing so for about a year, the Los Angeles Times reported . "I heard rumors that GUSD was doing a little bit of monitoring - but nothing as official as this," he said.
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