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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | May 9, 2013
A Glendale police helicopter on Thursday hauled away several hundred feet of the water hoses used last week to fight a 75-acre blaze in Glenoaks Canyon. The hose lines were left behind on May 3 after more than 200 firefighters battled flames that swept through tinder-dry brush and prompted neighborhood evacuations. PHOTOS: Glendale Police assists Glendale Fire to gather hose after fire Officials opted to haul away the water hoses using helicopters to save time and avoid potential injuries to firefighters, who would have had to trek up the hillside to retrieve them, said Glendale Police Lt. Steve Robertson.
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June 6, 2013
A helicopter on a routine flight over Los Angeles made a "hard landing" in Griffith Park around 2:17 p.m. Thursday after experiencing "mechanical problems," fire officials said.  The pilot and three passengers, who were not immediately identified, were treated at the scene and released, according to L.A. Fire Department spokesman Jamie Moore.  The helicopter was on a "routine flight" from Redlands, circled Santa Monica and was preparing...
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October 28, 2013
A thorough servicing of a Glendale police helicopter must be performed, according to police officials, following an unscheduled landing at Dodger Stadium early Saturday morning. The helicopter made the precautionary landing at 12:27 a.m. after a yellow light lit up on its dashboard, indicating that metal may have been in the oil supply, Glendale Police spokesman Sgt. Tom Lorenz said in an email. __ FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this post misstated the nature of the landing.
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October 18, 2001
Amber Willard SOUTHWEST GLENDALE -- It's not uncommon for traffic to be congested on Central Avenue, but it is when there's a helicopter in the middle of it. A medical helicopter landed near the intersection of Central Avenue and Los Feliz Road late Wednesday morning so a critical patient at Glendale Memorial Hospital could be transported, officials said. The hospital does not have a heliport because it is not a trauma center, a spokeswoman said, so the helicopter had to land in the street.
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August 18, 2005
Tania Chatila The sounds of a helicopter could be heard just above Scholl Canyon Wednesday as Glendale firefighters trained with police helicopters in long-line tactics -- the transportation of equipment to fire personnel via choppers. "We do this on an annual basis because we have certain tasks that are high risk, but are low-frequency operations," said Glendale Capt. Vince Rifino, referring to the helicopter transport, which can be dangerous for fire personnel on the ground, but is a tactic used rarely.
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By Alison Tully | May 28, 2008
BURBANK — Students and faculty members at John Burroughs High School are mourning the loss of culinary arts teacher Tania Hurd, 46, who was one of three passengers killed Saturday on a tourist helicopter that crashed on Santa Catalina Island. The Eurocopter AS350 Island Express helicopter carrying six passengers crashed at 9:30 a.m. Saturday near Two Harbors on the northwest end of the island, said Terry Williams, spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board. Hurd and two others were killed, and three passengers, including Hurd’s stepson, C.J. Noecker, were critically injured and are being treated at local hospitals.
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By Veronica Rocha | April 30, 2009
Rocco, a Burbank Police dog, was breathing and salivating heavily Wednesday just seconds after he got off a helicopter that had taken him to the Glendale Police gun range, where he searched and captured a suspect. Rocco was anxious. It was his first time boarding a helicopter, said Burbank Police Officer Joel Rodriguez, who is Rocco’s handler. “He knows it’s play time for him,” Rodriguez said. Wednesday’s helicopter ride at the Benedict Airport in Pasadena was part of an annual training scenario for the police dogs.
NEWS
October 10, 2011
We live in La Cañada but often see the Glendale Police Department helicopter over our little town and over La Crescenta. I imagine there may be situations where the helicopter is used to support a traffic stop originating in Glendale. It seems plausible, but I cannot imagine such scenarios occur as often as we see the Glendale Police helicopter here. It has a very distinctive sound from the Bell Jet Rangers used by L.A. County Fire and sheriff's departments. As a citizen, I wanted to propose to the Glendale leadership the idea of documenting online the flight logs of their helicopter.
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August 27, 2004
Jackson Bell When battling brush fires, the last thing firefighters want to deal with is repeatedly hiking up and down hillsides. So Glendale Fire teamed up with its police counterparts Thursday to practice helicopter sling loading, which had Glendale Police's helicopter unit fly about 1,000 feet of extra hose to firefighters in the steep terrain above Scholl Canyon Golf Course, 3800 E. Glenoaks Blvd. "It's easier and there is less fatigue for firefighters, who are already doing strenuous uphill work," Fire Capt.
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February 13, 2004
Darleene Barrientos The helicopter roaring to and from the Glendale Galleria Tower on Thursday was not responding a hostage situation, but it was helping Glendale Police prepare for one. Members of Glendale Police's Special Response Team and crisis negotiation team spent the day learning hand signals and safety rules for working around the department's 33,050-pound MD 520N helicopter. Each member flew from the department's shooting range in the San Rafael Hills to the top of the Glendale Galleria Tower, near the intersection of Broadway and Orange Street.
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By Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com | March 31, 2014
It was a busy week for Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake), who had several bills approved by various committees, including one piece of legislation aimed at better training school employees to identify and report child abuse. AB 1432, passed by a 5-0 vote by the Assembly Education Committee, would require school employees to take mandatory training on state-developed standards for spotting abuse and neglect and taking the proper steps to report it. “By training school personnel to recognize the signs of abuse, it is my hope we will help stop it,” said Gatto in a statement.
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March 24, 2014
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) sent a letter to Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta on Monday, saying that they have yet to see any demonstrated or significant progress toward reducing helicopter noise nearly a year after their initial report. The letter comes on the heels of a meeting with the FAA in which the agency failed to produce a plan to meet its Congressional mandate to reduce helicopter noise, did not identify quantifiable ways to measure helicopter noise throughout the L.A. basin and failed to study the entire LA basin, instead focusing on small study areas.
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By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | February 11, 2014
Area lawmakers, including Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), are voicing concerns about the FAA's response to their request that the agency better deal with helicopter noise in the San Fernando Valley and the greater Los Angeles basin. Federal Aviation Administration officials, responding to a letter sent by the lawmakers six months ago, do not lay out a timeline for action. In addition, instead of studying the entire Los Angeles basin, they targeted only small areas - Torrance, Hollywood and the Cahuenga Pass - which the lawmakers contend are not sufficient to understand the full problem affecting homeowners and businesses.
NEWS
February 5, 2014
Good morning, 818 readers! Today is Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. Weather in the Glendale area is expected to hit a high of 63 degrees and a low of 44. We're rounding up the top headlines in the region: Five lanes were shut down on the northbound Glendale (2) Freeway yesterday afternoon after a multi-car collision near Mountain Street, officials said. Five people were taken to local hospitals for minor injuries. Brian Hoke, 33, was arrested Sunday after he allegedly broke into the Scholl Canyon Landfill and tried to steal a Glendale Water & Power truck , which he planned to use to return home to Long Beach, police said.
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January 16, 2014
Good morning, locals! Today is Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. The Glendale-area can expect to see a high of 84 degrees and a low of 48, according to forecasters at the National Weather Service . We're rounding up the top news items in the region: The U.S. House of Representatives passed a provision yesterday, inserted by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), that aims to reduce helicopter noise in the airspace over Los Angeles County, including the San Fernando Valley , where residents have complained about the noise for years.
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By Tim Traeger, tim.traeger@latimes.com | January 15, 2014
The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a provision that is designed to reduce helicopter noise in the airspace over Los Angeles County, including the San Fernando Valley, where residents have complained about the noise for years. The provision was part of a yearlong spending package, and it directs the Secretary of the Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration to address helicopter noise in the county. It was inserted in the spending package by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank)
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December 20, 2013
Good morning, 818 readers. Temperatures for today, Friday, Dec. 20, are expected to hit lows of around 44 degrees and highs around 63. Here are the top headlines in the 818 area code: Changing faces of the Glendale police department and fire department: Robert Castro was sworn in as the new police chief Thursday afternoo n , replacing retired Police Chief Ron De Pompa. In a separate ceremony Thursday, Stuart Tom, formerly the building official for the City of Glendale, was sworn as the city's newest fire marshal . An eight-year dream came true for 21-year-old La Cañada resident Kate Hansen , 21, with her selection to the U.S. Olympics luge team this week, two days after turning in the best performance of her career at the fifth Viessmann Luge World Cup in Park City, Utah.
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December 19, 2013
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), along with Reps. Brad Sherman, Henry Waxman, Tony Cardenas and Alan Lowenthal, wrote to the chairman and ranking member of the Transportation Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee on Thursday, urging them to include a provision on helicopter noise in any final appropriations bill. That provision would direct the Secretary of the Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration to address helicopter noise issues in the skies over Los Angeles County.
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October 28, 2013
A thorough servicing of a Glendale police helicopter must be performed, according to police officials, following an unscheduled landing at Dodger Stadium early Saturday morning. The helicopter made the precautionary landing at 12:27 a.m. after a yellow light lit up on its dashboard, indicating that metal may have been in the oil supply, Glendale Police spokesman Sgt. Tom Lorenz said in an email. __ FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this post misstated the nature of the landing.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | October 3, 2013
The Glendale and Burbank police departments are buying a new helicopter for close to $3 million to replace one with nearly 20 years of flight time in the cities' skies. The MD-520N helicopter that is being replaced is the oldest unit of three shared between the cities, and will cost roughly $2.9 million. Glendale and Burbank will split the cost of the new helicopter. City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the purchase of the new helicopter. The aircraft meets the agencies' mission requirements and allows police to participate in specialized operations, according to Police Deputy Chief Carl Povilaitis.
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