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February 7, 2011
Thank you, William Slaughter (“Not a big fan of a sign of the times,” Jan. 27)! It is far more than offensive, it is despicable. I would be very interested to know how this company/person received a license/permit for a billboard that defaces the hillside. Karen Marvin??? La Crescenta??? Police chief moving in the right direction In reference to the Jan. 31 story “Police officers placed on leave,” Police Chief Ron De Pompa should be commended for his no-nonsense, tough approach to this serious issue.
NEWS
April 21, 2011
Regarding Saturday's News-Press story “Soothing hillside burns,” maybe the Forest Service should sooth the hillside homeowners and reimburse them for their loss due to flooding after the fire. The Forest Service I felt was at fault for not putting the fire out immediately. The article does not say anything about surrounding the new trees with chicken wire to protect them from being a meal for the deer. Bob Gregg Glendale Interpreting the election results Now that all the votes have been counted, community-minded Glendalians are trying to sort out the lessons from this month’s somewhat surprising city election.
NEWS
February 16, 2012
The City Council this week decided to hold off on finalizing regulations for hillside development until two affected neighborhoods go through the city's community planning process. Glendale has been grappling with ways to regulate hillside development since 2004. Most of the problems were worked out in 2008, but a few remain. The remaining hillside issues relate to floor area ratios, parking requirements and setbacks, according to a city report. Planning officials recently completed the city's first community plan, which lays out visions and adjusts city rules to meet what residents living in North Glendale want.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | March 8, 2012
For the third time in five years, a proposal to build a home on a North Glendale hillside that overlooks the intersection of Brand Boulevard and Kenneth Road has been shot down by the City Council. The proposed two-story house on an undeveloped knoll between Hazbeth Lane and Glenmont Drive has sparked discontent between property rights proponents and neighbors, who fear the development will scar the hillside and cause geological issues. The proposed project - which would include a 3,278-square-foot house, a garage of roughly 900 square feet, a 510-foot private roadway and a 100-foot tram on a granite bedrock slope - has become one of the most contentious hillside development proposals in years, befuddling the property's' owner, Adel Luzuriaga.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | October 25, 2013
A mountain lion was spotted strolling near a northwest hillside neighborhood in Glendale Thursday night, police said. A resident saw the lion at about 11 p.m. moving north on Larco Way, where it briefly stopped to stare at him and then meandered away, according to Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz. Animal control officers with the Pasadena Humane Society, which serves Glendale, were notified about the sighting and will be distributing fliers in the neighborhood, advising residents what to do if they see a mountain lion, said spokeswoman Ricky Whitman.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | August 5, 2009
NORTHEAST GLENDALE — A blaze that blackened 60 acres of steep terrain and heavy brush was more than 70% contained late Tuesday after firefighters battled flames that came within several feet of hillside homes along Glenoaks Boulevard. Crews continued to work into the night putting out hot spots along the hillside. Nearly 300 area firefighters descended upon the Ventura (134) and Glendale (2) Freeway junction, where a blaze that started just after 4 p.m. on the highway hillside quickly jumped over the mountain, threatening homes on the other side.
NEWS
February 5, 2001
Alex Coolman CITY HALL -- A month after it slapped a temporary freeze on hillside development, the City Council will hold a hearing Tuesday to determine how the measure has been affecting residents -- and how it could be extended. The 45-day ban on steep slope development went into effect Jan. 2. It blocked building on steep and narrow lots and lots where construction would require extensive grading. Since that time, the city has held a study session and a community workshop, aiming to get input from affected property owners.
NEWS
March 15, 2001
Alex Coolman CITY HALL -- Schizophrenic policy was the outcome of this week's attempt by the City Council to deal with hillside development, with officials moving forward on three competing approaches to the problem. Councilman Sheldon Baker, who has expressed strong reservations about the wisdom of a building moratorium, introduced an ordinance Tuesday that would repeal the building freeze. The city's moratorium has been in place since January and restricts building on steep and narrow lots.
NEWS
By Jason Wells | November 6, 2007
CITY HALL — Another package of proposed changes to hillside zoning codes will be presented to the City Council today, nearly three years after the last round of amendments. Since that time, the City Council has increasingly had to deal with complaints about how intrusive a proposed home can be in relation to the lot’s size and slope as neighbor criticisms — and appeals to projects — have continued to mount. What started out as a simple request in November 2004 to review the merits of amending hillside development standards further to include a variable floor-area-to-lot-size ratio, adjusting street-front home setbacks and having different requirements for uphill and downhill lots has turned into a list of 10 proposals after dozens of community and planning staff meetings.
NEWS
February 1, 2005
Jackson Bell Since last month's series of disastrous deluges rocked Glendale into a state of local emergency, city officials will conduct an educational clinic to help hillside residents better guard their homes against future rainstorms. Representatives from the Fire Prevention Bureau and other city departments including Planning and Building & Safety will give tips on preventing soil erosion. The how-to clinic will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the city's Municipal Services Building, room 105, 633 E. Broadway.
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COMMUNITY
By Joyce Rudolph | December 10, 2013
Las Candelas, a woman's group that supports the needs of emotionally troubled children and youth, including those in Glendale, sponsored an assembly on “Reptiles” for Hillsides Education Center in Pasadena last month. The education center is one of the components of Hillsides Residential Treatment Services, which aims to provide a safe and stable environment for children and youth who cannot live at home, after suffering from trauma and who have severe emotional, psychological and behavioral challenges requiring specialized care and treatment.
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NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | October 25, 2013
A mountain lion was spotted strolling near a northwest hillside neighborhood in Glendale Thursday night, police said. A resident saw the lion at about 11 p.m. moving north on Larco Way, where it briefly stopped to stare at him and then meandered away, according to Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz. Animal control officers with the Pasadena Humane Society, which serves Glendale, were notified about the sighting and will be distributing fliers in the neighborhood, advising residents what to do if they see a mountain lion, said spokeswoman Ricky Whitman.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com and By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | August 24, 2013
Much like the Hollywood sign, the large white letters tower on a hillside. Unlike the iconic landmark nearly 11 miles away, this new sign on a squat hill near the Glendale (2) Freeway doesn't evoke glitz and glam. It poses a question - a socio-political one - to commuters. "LIBERTY?" Ironically, a sign eliciting doubt about one's independence from authority has gotten the owner of the site in trouble with government officials. Although the sign, which has been up for at least two weeks, overlooks the interchange between the northbound so-called Glendale Freeway and the westbound Ventura (134)
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | August 5, 2012
Adel Luzuriaga's proposed dream home is a nightmare for her neighbors. Since 2007, Luzuriaga has been trying to make that dream a reality on a piece of prime hillside property in Glendale that she's owned for 20 years. But time and again, her proposals have been shot down by city officials amid stiff opposition from neighbors concerned about the amount of grading and earth moving that would be required to build into the steep slope. Her proposed two-story home on an undeveloped knoll between Hazbeth Lane and Glenmont Drive has become one of the most contentious hillside development proposals in years, sparking discontent between property rights advocates and neighbors who fear the development will scar the hillside and cause geological issues.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | July 23, 2012
A mountain lion mauled a 1-year-old German-Belgian shepherd mix named Cookie to death Saturday, making it the first reported killing of its kind this year in Glendale, officials said. The attack prompted Glendale police officials to renew warnings to hillside residents to keep their pets indoors at night. “She was a great dog,” said Cookie's owner, Karine Tatevossian. “It's just really scary.” The shepherd mix was staying at her parents' home in the 1800 block of Emerald Terrace for the weekend, she said.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | March 30, 2012
The Glendale City Council this week denied a controversial project to build a hillside home on a steep slope in Chevy Chase Canyon after it got entangled in new campaign finance rules earlier this month. The council had moved the vote on the 3,158-square-foot single-family home proposed for a lot bordered by Buckingham Road, Figueroa Street and Linda Vista Road by two weeks so that Councilman Dave Weaver could vote on it. He had to recuse himself earlier this month because he had accepted a $100 donation from the project's architect.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | March 8, 2012
For the third time in five years, a proposal to build a home on a North Glendale hillside that overlooks the intersection of Brand Boulevard and Kenneth Road has been shot down by the City Council. The proposed two-story house on an undeveloped knoll between Hazbeth Lane and Glenmont Drive has sparked discontent between property rights proponents and neighbors, who fear the development will scar the hillside and cause geological issues. The proposed project - which would include a 3,278-square-foot house, a garage of roughly 900 square feet, a 510-foot private roadway and a 100-foot tram on a granite bedrock slope - has become one of the most contentious hillside development proposals in years, befuddling the property's' owner, Adel Luzuriaga.
NEWS
February 16, 2012
The City Council this week decided to hold off on finalizing regulations for hillside development until two affected neighborhoods go through the city's community planning process. Glendale has been grappling with ways to regulate hillside development since 2004. Most of the problems were worked out in 2008, but a few remain. The remaining hillside issues relate to floor area ratios, parking requirements and setbacks, according to a city report. Planning officials recently completed the city's first community plan, which lays out visions and adjusts city rules to meet what residents living in North Glendale want.
THE818NOW
By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | September 17, 2011
A bobcat was spotted near DeBell Golf Club in Burbank Saturday morning near the intersection of Grinnell and Sunset Canyon drives, police said. The cat was seen around 10 a.m. in a wash area near a smaller course called the “Nine Hole, Par 3,” which is part of DeBell, said Burbank Police Lt. D. Yadon. The smaller course is separate from DeBell physically, the two courses divided by a catch basin. The bobcat was in the wash that runs from the basin, Yadon said. Officers were dispatched, but no bobcat was found, he added.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittnay.levine@latimes.com | September 16, 2011
A bobcat was spotted today in an open grass area of Brand Park in north Glendale, said city spokesman Tom Lorenz. The cat, which weighed approximately 20 to 30 pounds, was spotted about 12:30 p.m. before it jumped over a wall into the southeast area of the park. A few seconds later, it hopped back over the wall, returning to the hillside, Lorenz said in an email. Animal control officers were called to the park, but Lorenz said officials did not consider the bobcat to be dangerous.
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