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November 4, 2005
I cannot agree with Glendale City Councilman Fran Quintero's recommendation that the city of Glendale oppose Proposition 74. This measure simply increases a teacher's probationary period from two to five years. What's wrong with that? We need more time to find out how good these new teachers are. I would suggest that Councilman Quintero and the other voters in California consider the recommendations for these propositions from our finest state senator, Tom McClintock, who will be running for Lieutenant Governor at our next general election.
THE818NOW
June 5, 2012
Incumbent Mike Gatto is clinging to a five-point led over challenger Greg Kirkorian in the 43rd Assembly contest. With just under 4% of the votes counted, Gatto, a Democrat, has 7,527 votes to Republican Kirkorian's 6,775. Under California's new open primary rules, both candidates will continue on to the general election in November.  -- Dan Evans, Times Community News email: dan.evans@latimes.com Twitter: @EditorDanEvans    
NEWS
July 23, 2002
Janine Marnien With the November election beginning to loom on the horizon and election plans starting to get underway, the Crescenta Valley Town Council is trying to overcome an early challenge. The election committee is considering options like voting by absentee ballots only or moving the election from its usual time on the first Saturday of November to the general Election Day -- Tuesday, Nov. 5 -- to overcome an election notorious for low voter turnout.
NEWS
June 8, 2012
With the foregone conclusion now behind us in the 43rd Assembly District race, we now look ahead to the November general election - giving incumbent Democrat Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) and his Republican challenger, Glendale Unified school board member Greg Krikorian, less than five months to step up their messages. Until now, the campaign has been a snoozer, both in terms of volume and message. That, admittedly, may have just been a judicious use of resources by both camps - why spend a ton of money and effort when you're assured a spot on the general election ballot under the state's new primary election rules?
NEWS
June 15, 2004
Josh Kleinbaum There's a fine line between fiscal responsibility and trying to buy an election date, and some city officials believe that the owners of the Glendale Galleria approached it Monday. General Growth Properties offered to pay the city's $130,000 cost for an election about the approvals for the Americana at Brand -- as long as it is during the Nov. 2 general election. Officials said that the city is not allowed to accept such offers and must pay for the election itself.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | January 27, 2012
There could be a shake-up on an upcoming ballot as Glendale officials lean toward changing the elected office of city treasurer into an appointed position. The proposal, which requires voter approval, isn't new. But each time the electorate was asked in 1943, 1972 and 1979, they turned the measure down. This week, the City Council discussed trying again, contending that the city treasurer position - occupied by Ron Borucki, who currently manages a city investment portfolio of about $400 million - is too important to leave to politics.
NEWS
September 24, 2004
n First of two parts By Jake Armstrong Voters will encounter a cornucopia of initiatives on a wide variety of issues this November. One initiative local officials will be watching is Proposition 1A, which would make sweeping changes to the state's authority over local government finances. "I support it 100 percent," said Anthony Portan-tino, mayor pro tem of La Cañada Flintridge. Proposition 1A, which has attained bipartisan support, would bar the state from reducing local governments' property tax proceeds and would require local sales tax revenues to remain with local government.
NEWS
June 5, 2012
If I were of a conspiratorial mind, I would think that L.A. County and/or Glendale is trying to make it hard for folks to vote. I live above Santa Carlotta in the Highlands area of Glendale. In the past, we've voted at a church on New York Avenue or at Dunsmore Park, both north of Foothill, and both with a lot of available parking. On Tuesday our polling place was at a church on Dunsmore Avenue south of Foothill, with little or no on-site parking, and not much available street parking close by. I'm afraid that many folks will not have voted - especially in the peak after-work hours, because of this lack of parking - thus effectively having been disenfranchised.
NEWS
June 1, 2012
The June 5 primary is, admittedly, a mostly academic exercise: The two top vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, move on to the November ballot. For most of our readers, that means the 43rd Assembly District race is a wash. With incumbent Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) and Glendale Unified school board member Greg Krikorian the only ones on the ballot, no matter what, they're both headed to November. In fact, the only race that will be winnowed by the outcome of the primary is for state Senate District 25, where incumbent Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge)
NEWS
By: Alicia Robinson | August 11, 2005
The two apparent leading candidates for the 48th Congressional District seat -- former Assemblywoman Marilyn Brewer and state Sen. John Campbell -- continue to battle for endorsements and to fill their campaign coffers as they wait for the special election to be scheduled. On Wednesday, Brewer said she'd secured four endorsements from former assembly GOP colleagues, including one that might particularly rankle with Campbell: Ken Maddox, a now termed-out assemblyman who ran against Campbell for state Senate last year.
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April 2, 2013
On a day when Glendale voters are being asked to decide everything from City Council and school board races, to the future of the city treasurer position and how utility revenues are handled, traffic at polling booths on Tuesday was slow and steady as the afternoon wore on. Voters this year are being asked to make more than a few decisions, with races for City Council, city clerk, treasurer and school board, as well as Measures A, B and C. ...
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By Mark Kellam | September 2, 2012
In politics, the trajectory of an elected official can depend on not only how they interact with their constituents, but how they get along with their peers. And perhaps nowhere is that more apparent than the paths taken by two local assemblymen - Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) and outgoing Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge), who will be termed out of office at year's end. In just two years, Gatto has risen through the ranks to assume the powerful chairmanship of the Assembly Appropriations Committee largely by sticking with the party agenda on high-profile issues - despite what his constituents back home lobbied for, particularly in terms of redevelopment revenues.
NEWS
June 8, 2012
With the foregone conclusion now behind us in the 43rd Assembly District race, we now look ahead to the November general election - giving incumbent Democrat Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) and his Republican challenger, Glendale Unified school board member Greg Krikorian, less than five months to step up their messages. Until now, the campaign has been a snoozer, both in terms of volume and message. That, admittedly, may have just been a judicious use of resources by both camps - why spend a ton of money and effort when you're assured a spot on the general election ballot under the state's new primary election rules?
THE818NOW
June 5, 2012
Incumbent Mike Gatto is clinging to a five-point led over challenger Greg Kirkorian in the 43rd Assembly contest. With just under 4% of the votes counted, Gatto, a Democrat, has 7,527 votes to Republican Kirkorian's 6,775. Under California's new open primary rules, both candidates will continue on to the general election in November.  -- Dan Evans, Times Community News email: dan.evans@latimes.com Twitter: @EditorDanEvans    
NEWS
June 5, 2012
If I were of a conspiratorial mind, I would think that L.A. County and/or Glendale is trying to make it hard for folks to vote. I live above Santa Carlotta in the Highlands area of Glendale. In the past, we've voted at a church on New York Avenue or at Dunsmore Park, both north of Foothill, and both with a lot of available parking. On Tuesday our polling place was at a church on Dunsmore Avenue south of Foothill, with little or no on-site parking, and not much available street parking close by. I'm afraid that many folks will not have voted - especially in the peak after-work hours, because of this lack of parking - thus effectively having been disenfranchised.
NEWS
June 1, 2012
The June 5 primary is, admittedly, a mostly academic exercise: The two top vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, move on to the November ballot. For most of our readers, that means the 43rd Assembly District race is a wash. With incumbent Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) and Glendale Unified school board member Greg Krikorian the only ones on the ballot, no matter what, they're both headed to November. In fact, the only race that will be winnowed by the outcome of the primary is for state Senate District 25, where incumbent Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge)
NEWS
By Dan Evans | May 19, 2012
I want your campaign mailers. You know, the glossy photos of people you don't know who are running for offices that have little connection to your lives? Those. Why? Politicians' bad rep is, no doubt, largely their own fault. California's decline in wealth and prestige can be heavily put on the shoulders of our elected types. But it's our fault as well: Apathy allows poor leadership and horrendous ideas to thrive. Paying attention cures this, and I think this newspaper can help by highlighting what candidates have to say about themselves - and what others are saying about them.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | January 27, 2012
There could be a shake-up on an upcoming ballot as Glendale officials lean toward changing the elected office of city treasurer into an appointed position. The proposal, which requires voter approval, isn't new. But each time the electorate was asked in 1943, 1972 and 1979, they turned the measure down. This week, the City Council discussed trying again, contending that the city treasurer position - occupied by Ron Borucki, who currently manages a city investment portfolio of about $400 million - is too important to leave to politics.
NEWS
By Dan Evans | April 8, 2011
As a reporter and, later, editor, I have covered about a dozen elections on the local, county and state levels. Despite the differences in the issues, the candidates and the offices sought, one thing has remained steadfastly the same: Elections are hard on everyone. They are hard on the candidates, who spend day after day knocking on doors, passing out flyers and endlessly repeating stump speeches. They are hard on us in the media, with partisans of one candidate or another shouting allegations of bias — allegations often made without proof, or even a basic understanding of the term.
NEWS
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.
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