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September 13, 2011
East Los Angeles is moving closer to becoming its own city despite mounting cost concerns and implications of cityhood, Curbed LA reported.  Officials released the final version of the East Los Angeles Comprehensive Fiscal Analysis late last week, which questioned the financial viability of East LA becoming a city.   Recycling raises income of poor households One Occidental College professor's research suggets that recycling bottles and cans could be a significant source of income for poor people given states set their bottle-deposit refunds high enough.
September 16, 2002
This letter is in response to Roberta Gutierrez's commentary "Higher rents hurt local merchants," printed on Sept. 10. She states that merchants in Glendale should be "begging" the city to support rent control so renters would have more spendable income. I guess Ms. Gutierrez believes that renters who choose to live in Glendale because of its higher standards than other cities, and can afford to pay open-market rent, will not spend any money here. I think just opposite happens: The higher the income, the more spending locally.
July 23, 2004
Darleene Barrientos IHOP Corp. closed five of its 32 company-operated restaurants Thursday as the company reported second-quarter income dropped 60%. Executives of the Glendale-based restaurant chain said the dip in income and the closures were all expected as it shifts away from financing new franchises to a more traditional economic model in which franchise owners pay for their restaurant's development. IHOP will also reacquire four franchised restaurants and close three of them.
July 11, 2009
Runaway film Foto-Kem Industries, Inc. v. Wins Income Group LLC, Case No. EC 050226 When a company spends many hours working on a commissioned project, it expects to get paid. But that wasn’t the outcome for Foto-Kem Industries, Inc. The company, which processes film, signed an agreement with Wins Income Group LLC to prepare footage for a film entitled “C ME Dance.” The film is about a teenage girl who has big-city aspirations to become a dancer with the Pittsburgh ballet.
January 24, 2009
Free tax return service offered The AARP is offering volunteers to complete income tax returns for residents at two local locations. The service is free and will be available for middle- and low-income taxpayers and especially for those older than 60. No affiliation with the association is necessary, but taxpayers must bring their income tax returns, social security or identification cards, and all income documents, including W-2 forms...
July 19, 2002
This is written by an "old and poor" Glendalian, who mistakenly voted for Bob Yousefian. I did not care for the remarks you made as quoted in the News-Press. Just because you can bleed the city of Glendale for an obscene amount of money, it doesn't set your up as a person who can be so judgmental. Some day, if you are fortunate, you will be considered "old" and, hopefully, you will have more than poverty-level income to live on. Some of us "old" people have had our income eroded by inflation and misfortunes and have no way to make it up now. Show more compassion for those who aren't as lucky as you. RUTH ANDERSON Glendale
December 20, 2004
Robert Chacon A federal program that provides financial assistance to low-income families is not meeting the needs of some residents in the city, so city officials tonight will consider whether to drop the program in favor of another one. Under the Handy Workers Assistance Program, some residents can receive up to $5,000 for home improvements such as new roofing, windows, doors, paint, locks, water-saving shower heads...
January 31, 2004
Robert Chacon Residents who qualify are eligible for up to $5,000 to make home improvements courtesy of the city's Community Development Block Grant program. La Canada Flintridge has $72,000 available for the programs beginning July 1, the start of the coming fiscal year. Titled the Handy Worker Assistance Program, the grant has been largely unused for the past two years, mainly because the city canceled its contract with the company that did community outreach for the program.
February 5, 2007
Volunteers to help with tax prep AARP Tax Aide Volunteers will be available to help complete income tax forms for low- and middle-income tax-payers from 1 to 4 p.m. each Monday until April 9 at Sparr Heights Community Center, 1613 Glencoe Ave., Glendale. The service is free. Tax-form preparation will also be available from 1 to 4 p.m. every Wednesday until April 11 at the Montrose Library, 2465 Honolulu Ave., Montrose. For more information, call Sparr Heights Community Center at (818)
By Jeremy Oberstein | August 12, 2008
GLENDALE — Pelanconi residents today are once again set to air their long-held opposition to a planned residential complex on Grandview Avenue that some say has no place in their Northwest Glendale neighborhood. The city’s Redevelopment Agency is slated to discuss new plans for the complex, to be located at 1015 Grandview Ave., after residents complained that the initial design of 300 units in a six-story unit would not fit in a community with smaller, single-family homes and nearby Pelanconi Park.
By Brittany Levine, | January 24, 2014
While the Alex Theatre's total income declined 21% during the first quarter of this fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30, the drop was expected due to a massive renovation project underway, according to a financial report released this week at a City Council meeting. Despite the revenue slump, the manager of the historic venue, Glendale Arts, netted $65,000 in sponsorships during the same period, an accomplishment highlighted in the report written by Glendale Arts Chair Harry Hull and Executive Director Elissa Glickman.
By Brittany Levine, | January 21, 2014
A beleaguered summer camp that teaches low-income girls about finance and self-defense has been thrown a life saver as it received about $10,000 from the operator of Glendale Memorial Medical Center and $1,000 from Soroptimists International. The money ensures the camp will run again this year, following recent scares prompted by funding and enrollment issues . “We are thrilled we have support in the community to help us continue to offer Camp Rosie,” said Denise Miller, chair of the Commission on the Status of Women, a city board that organizes the program for at-risk girls, in an interview Monday.
By Veronica Rocha, | December 19, 2013
Just a few weeks ago, new Glendale Police Chief Robert Castro was wearing a different badge and uniform. But he has since shed his police chief garb and duties at the Glendora Police Department, and is now officially Glendale's police chief. “The city of Glendale deserves the best and I will promise every day to give you that,” Castro said Thursday at the Police Department headquarters. “I can tell you each and every day I will work hard to earn the right to wear this badge for you.” In a packed room that was standing room only, Castro was sworn in as the city's police chief as friends, family, fellow police officers and city officials looked on. His wife of 23 years, Cynthia, pinned his official police badge on his uniform Castro, 48, started as the Police Department's top cop on Monday, replacing retired Police Chief Ron De Pompa.
By Veronica Rocha, | December 14, 2013
As Robert Castro prepares to start Monday as Glendale's new police chief , he has set some goals for his first 90 days - the first will be meeting with department staff, community leaders and local residents to discuss their needs and concerns. Castro doesn't have any immediate plans to make sweeping changes in the department. Instead, he said he wants talk to community groups and his sworn and professional staff about what they like about the agency as well as seek suggestions for improvements.
By Veronica Rocha, | October 24, 2013
Robert Castro, who was introduced this week as the new chief of the Glendale Police Department , may not be a household name yet among local residents, but he's already receiving plenty of requests for assistance. Residents Mirna Stanley and Civil Service Commissioner Art Devine are hoping Castro, who is currently chief of the Glendora Police Department, will address traffic safety issues and the recent pedestrian-involved fatalities to “stop the carnage.” Berdj Karapetian, chairman of the Glendale chapter of the Armenian National Committee of America, wants to see more top-level positions diversified in the police department so they reflect the larger community.
By Brittany Levine, | October 16, 2013
An affordable housing complex for artists took a key step forward Tuesday as city leaders approved an exclusive negotiating agreement with the project's developer, but City Council members called for some tweaks to the so-called Glendale Arts Colony as it moves through the development process . The $31.3 million project, which plans to incorporate 70 units and community space for art display and creation, is proposed for a 1-acre site adjacent to...
By Brittany Levine, | September 27, 2013
San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity is seeking applicants to purchase three houses it plans to build in Glendale. The three-story homes will be constructed on a lot at 806 E. Chestnut St. and will each be about 1,300 square feet with three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms. In order to apply, those interested must attend an informational meeting at 7 p.m. on Oct. 3 or at 3 p.m. on Oct. 5 at the Adult Recreation Center, 201 E. Colorado St. Applicants must be first-time homebuyers, be legal U.S. residents, be willing to contribute 500 hours to the construction of the homes, and be low-income.
By Brittany Levine, | June 14, 2013
The new state budget could push Glendale Unified out of contention for extra money earmarked for school districts with a majority of students who are poor or are learning English. The budget draft originally proposed that districts would receive the extra money - called concentration grants - if the district's population of students who are learning English, eligible for free or reduced-price lunches, or in foster care exceeded 50%. At the time, Glendale Unified appeared poised to capitalize on the formula, with about 53% to 56% of its students meeting the criteria.
By Brittany Levine, | May 15, 2013
By 2017, property-tax revenue totaling roughly $700,000 from 20 new downtown developments is anticipated, a sum that at least one council member scoffed at this week as being lower than expected. Once the 20 projects start generating property tax revenues, Glendale could make an average $35,000 per development, which Councilman Ara Najarian on Tuesday called paltry. "I am surprised when I look at the list of those projects," Najarian said. "Those are just drops in the bucket.
By Kelly Corrigan, | May 11, 2013
This post has been corrected. See below for details.  Glendale Community College officials on Friday announced that roughly 100 empty positions that have remained unfilled now for three years will remain so for another. Officials at the meeting on Friday did not go into details on how much spending will need to be cut from the 2013-14 budget plan - that will come later this month - but holding the vacancies over for another year is a clear indication that the college is still in belt-tightening mode.
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