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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | May 1, 2014
Last week, all five candidates for City Council pledged not to take money from city unions, a vow many made once again at a League of Women Voters candidate forum this week, topping it off with a new addition. All the candidates said at the Wednesday forum they will not accept contributions from developers, either. The promises come as an anti-development sentiment has swept the campaign trail following the boom of downtown apartment buildings. Council members also have been criticized in recent years for accepting contributions from developers - especially from people tied to an affordable-housing company the city later sued for fraud.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | May 1, 2014
Of nearly 2,300 Glendale Unified students who began high school in 2009, 90.4% went on to earn their diplomas as part of the class of 2013, according to data that state officials released this week. Meanwhile, nearly 140 students dropped out, giving the school district a 6.1% dropout rate. Overall, Glendale Unified's graduation rate comes in well above the 80% state average. "For the first time in our state's history, more than 80% of our students are graduating - a clear sign of their hard work and the support they receive from their teachers, families and communities," said state Supt.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | April 30, 2014
Although city fees related to Glendale's building boom and a rebound in post-recession sales taxes are expected to boost resources for the city's budget, rising pension, medical, and other costs are expected to eat into those increases, leaving Glendale with deficits over the next seven years. The deficits, which could range between $1.7 million next fiscal year, which begins July 1, and top off at $5.5 million in fiscal year 2018-19, followed by a steady decline, could be tackled in two ways, City Manager Scott Ochoa said on Tuesday morning during the first budget study session for next year.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | April 30, 2014
A rodent chewing wires reportedly caused a power outage Wednesday morning for at least 7,000 Glendale Water & Power customers in downtown Glendale. The rodent was discovered about 7:15 a.m. inside an electrical panel at the utility's Tropico Substation on South Glendale Avenue, said Glendale city spokesman Sgt. Tom Lorenz. It appears to have caused the electrical short, he said.  Crews were able to restore power to customers within half an hour. -- Follow Veronica Rocha on Google+ and on Twitter: @VeronicaRochaLA . ALSO: Alleged shoplifting pair sought by police Charter customers could see changes Man steals bottle of cognac valued at almost $3,000
SPORTS
By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | April 30, 2014
Though the Glendale Community College baseball team saw its run of dominance in the Western State Conference South Division come to a halt following three straight division championships, many of its players still registered fine seasons around the diamond in 2014. The Vaqueros finished 21-15 and 14-7 in the division for third place after advancing to the postseason the previous three seasons. The campaign ended with 10 Vaqueros picking up all-conference recognition, highlighted by three first-team selections.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | April 30, 2014
Construction is on track for the Museum of Neon Art, which was topped off with a 19-foot-tall red neon statue of a female diver last week, one of the many elements museum officials hope will help lure visitors to Glendale's first full-fledged art museum. The $5.2-million construction project to revamp the exterior of the 10,000-square-foot building that will house the museum is expected to be complete by the end of April or early May, said Phil Lanzafame, Glendale's economic development director.
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By Joey Kaufman, Special to the Glendale News-Press | April 29, 2014
GLENDALE - Back in 2011, in its inaugural season, the Glendale High girls' lacrosse team finished winless in eight games, as the Nitros struggled to stay competitive, much less vie for league titles. But fast forward four years, the picture certainly looks a bit brighter since that first season as a CIF sanctioned team. On Tuesday afternoon at Moyse Stadium, Glendale moved within one game of clinching a share of its first Pacific League championship by defeating Chaminade, 8-7. A victory over Westridge on Friday for Glendale (12-5, 6-1 in league)
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | April 29, 2014
A petition to repeal a 7% tax tacked onto Glendale utility bills failed to garner enough signatures to make it onto the April 2015 ballot. The petition to get rid of the utility users tax , which has been on the city's books for more than four decades, fell 198 signatures short of the required 2,192 signatures necessary to get on the ballot, according to a city statement released Tuesday. -- FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated enough signatures were not collected for the June ballot.
SPORTS
By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | April 29, 2014
While competing in the Western State Conference championships, the members of the Glendale Community College men's and women's track and field teams had something more to fend off besides their opponents Friday. With a howling and frigid wind blowing throughout the majority of the meet at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, many of the Vaqueros were able to successfully conquer the opposition and the conditions. It turned out to be a big day in particular for Glendale women's distance runner Lizzy Nelson, who won a pair of events and helped the Vaqueros win the overall team competition.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | April 29, 2014
The City Council called on developers to be imaginative if they want to partner with Glendale to bring new construction to a historic site in North Glendale . "I want to open it up to anything. Creative minds: let's see what people can tell us," Councilman Dave Weaver said before the council unanimously voted on Tuesday to give developers a shot at proposing a project at Rockhaven, a former women's sanitarium that served patients such as Billie Burke, an actress who played Glinda the Good Witch in "The Wizard of Oz. " Glendale bought the roughly 3.4-acre site in 2008 for $8.25 million to save it from development , but as the city's finances shrank because of the protracted recession - Glendale officials forecast multiple years of deficits - the city plans to open the door to development as an attempt to preserve some of Rockhaven's historic character.
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