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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | November 23, 2012
A U.S. District Court judge this week dismissed a lawsuit brought by an attorney who claimed a former Glendale police officer began having an affair with his wife after he was arrested for a criminal case that was ultimately dropped. In granting summary judgment for the city and former officer Michael Lizarraga, Judge Dolly M. Gee determined that the attorney, Robert Yousefian, had failed to raise any “triable” issues in his claims. Yousefian alleged Lizarraga, Det. Petros Kmbikyan and the city had violated his civil rights, but Gee stated that he failed to identify the constitutional rights of which he was deprived.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | April 14, 2014
Attorneys for the city of Glendale asked a federal judge last week to dismiss a lawsuit filed against the city that calls for the removal of a local statue honoring women forced to work as sex slaves for the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. The request is the latest development in the controversial saga related to the so-called “comfort women” monument since Glendale installed the 1,100-pound, bronze memorial in Central Park in...
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August 24, 2012
Glendale successfully fended off a legal attempt this week by its largest employee union to reverse a 2010 contract that reduced pay and retirement benefits. The preliminary victory means the city isn't liable for hundreds of thousands of dollars in back wages - for now. The Glendale City Employees Assn. can still appeal the decision by a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge to throw out the union's lawsuit that claimed Glendale engaged in unfair bargaining practices. “This is a challenge to the city's decision in 2010 to implement the terms in 2010,” City Atty.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | February 26, 2014
In City Council chambers packed with about 100 people, Glendale council members said they were not fazed by a lawsuit filed last week in federal district court asking a judge to remove a city statue honoring women victimized by the Japanese Army during World War II. The statue isn't going anywhere, they added. “I think the lawsuit will be put to bed very quickly and we can move on and we can be proud of this statue,” said Councilwoman Laura Friedman, noting that she was glad the statue has focused international attention on Glendale and the women honored by the 1,100-pound memorial in Central Park.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | October 24, 2013
A Glendale man is suing a local police officer who he alleges used excessive force when he used a Taser on him after stopping him for speeding as he was traveling to see his sick father, according to a lawsuit. Banyamin Keshishian claims he was hospitalized after Glendale Police Officer Steve Kim used a Taser to stun him twice as he was seated in his car during the traffic stop June 3, 2012, according to the lawsuit. Keshishian alleges he had only been talking to Kim for about four minutes before he was stunned with a Taser and then arrested for reportedly resisting arrest.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | June 25, 2012
Four current and a former Glendale Armenian American police officers can move forward with their federal discrimination and harassment lawsuit against the city after a judge last week refused to throw out the claims. U.S. District Court Judge Josephine Tucker denied most of the city's motion to throw out the claims, although some that were filed against certain police commanders were dropped. “We were confident that the ruling would occur as it has,” the officers' attorney Carney Shegerian said in an email.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | September 11, 2012
A wildlife sanctuary in Colorado that was blocked by state officials there from taking in the Glendale bear known as Meatball filed a lawsuit Tuesday in an effort to overturn a regulation it claims is being invoked at the expense of the beloved 400-pound bruin getting the best possible home. Colorado wildlife officials have said a state regulation prohibits wild animals such as Meatball from being kept at sanctuaries. Their counterparts in California agree, saying there are no plans to transport the bear to the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado, which filed the lawsuit in Denver.
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May 19, 2004
Josh Kleinbaum When the city released the first version of the environmental impact report for the Town Center, Councilman Dave Weaver described it as one of the best he had ever seen. The city paid more than $500,000 to have an independent consultant put together the three-volume, seven-inch-thick document, which analyzes the effects of the 15.5-acre residential and retail project on the community. In a 108-page lawsuit filed Monday, General Growth Properties, owners of the Glendale Galleria, rip the document, saying that it is nothing more than a rubber stamp for developer Rick Caruso's project, not an unbiased guide for the City Council.
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August 10, 2000
Buck Wargo CITY HALL -- The Glendale City Council has given the go-ahead to file a lawsuit against a contracting firm that wentbankrupt before it could improve access to the Golden State (5) Freeway. The council voted 4-0 Tuesday to allow City Atty. Scott Howard to file a lawsuit against Hillside Contractors Inc. of Stanton. The company was hired in December to install a traffic light on Colorado Street at Kenilworth Drive and make other improvements for access to the freeway.
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February 5, 2005
Jackson Bell A Metrolink civil lawsuit seeking damages against the man accused of causing last week's fatal train crash may just be a move to protect the transit agency from litigation, some law experts say. A train heading toward downtown Los Angeles on Jan. 26 derailed when it hit a Grand Jeep Cherokee parked on the tracks, smashing into another Metrolink train killing 11 and injuring nearly 200. Juan Manuel Alvarez,...
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | April 30, 2014
Despite filing court documents this week opposing Glendale's request to dismiss a federal lawsuit calling for the removal of a city statue honoring women used as sex slaves by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II, the law firm representing those opposed to the memorial has resigned. The change comes after Mayer Brown, considered a top 20 global law firm, was criticized by several in the legal industry for taking on the case in the first place since the plight of the former sex slaves, known as comfort women, has been recognized by international historians and government officials in Japan and the United States.
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April 16, 2014
Good morning, readers. Today is Wednesday, April 16. Forecasters predict the high will be 75 and low 54 in the Glendale region. The top headlines in your area this morning : Attorneys for the city of Glendale asked a federal judge last week to dismiss a lawsuit filed against the city that calls for the removal of a local statue honoring women forced to work as sex slaves for the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. ...
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | April 16, 2014
The city has agreed to pay $80,000 to a Glendale woman who claimed street repair work caused a fire inside her home, leaving her without electricity needed to care for her disabled daughter and niece. The settlement pays for additional repair work and appliances damaged at Colleen Currie's home in the 3400 block of Country Club Drive during the Dec. 5, 2011 incident, said Chief Assistant City Atty. Ann Maurer. In exchange for the settlement, Currie reportedly agreed to dismiss her case against the city.
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April 15, 2014
Good morning, 818 readers. It's Tuesday, April 15, 2014 and its expected to be a sunny day. National Weather Service forecasters predict a high of 81 and low of 46 in the Glendale region. Your top headlines this morning : Glendale city attorneys asked a federal judge last week to dismiss a lawsuit filed against the city that calls for the removal of a local statue honoring women forced to work as sex slaves for the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. A 28-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested at the Bob Hope Airport Sunday evening after he allegedly filmed another man urinating in a Terminal B bathroom, police said.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | April 14, 2014
Attorneys for the city of Glendale asked a federal judge last week to dismiss a lawsuit filed against the city that calls for the removal of a local statue honoring women forced to work as sex slaves for the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. The request is the latest development in the controversial saga related to the so-called “comfort women” monument since Glendale installed the 1,100-pound, bronze memorial in Central Park in...
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | March 21, 2014
A Los Angeles law firm has agreed to represent the city of Glendale for free in its defense of a statue honoring women taken as sex slaves for the Japanese Army during World War II , the installation of which has been called into question by a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court last month. This is the first time in at least three years that a law firm has represented the city on a pro-bono basis, said City Atty. Mike Garcia. "Obviously, there are folks who think the lawsuit doesn't have merit," Garcia said.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | March 12, 2014
A Glendale man has agreed to suspend a suit alleging the City Council's decision to deny a construction project on his hillside property was politically motivated. Vazrik Bonyadi plans to submit another application with changes for his 2.2-acre property in the 2100 block of Rimcrest Drive and again seek approval, said his attorney Fred Gaines. “We hope this can be resolved without future litigation,” Bonyadi's attorney said, adding that he is cooperating with the city. “We are going to see where it goes from there.” Bonyadi had planned to build two additional homes on his property for his two daughters, essentially converting it into three lots.
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March 8, 2014
Good morning, 818 readers. Today is Satruday, March 8, 2014. The Glendale area will have a high of 81 and a low of 56, according to the National Weather Service. Longtime Burbank resident Tom Medley, creator of the "Stroker McGurk" cartoon series that ran in Hot Rod magazine , died Sunday. He would've turned 94 this month. Swedish furniture giant IKEA will face its final hurdle next week in its quest to build its largest store in the country , with the Burbank City Council set to consider the project on Tuesday.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | March 7, 2014
The city of Glendale will hire outside legal help to represent the city in a lawsuit filed last week seeking to force the city to stop transferring tens of millions of dollars from its utility to the General Fund for police, libraries and other general services. The City Council discussed the lawsuit behind closed doors on Tuesday and after the evening council meeting announced that they plan to hire the Los Angeles law firm Colantuono & Levin. The lawsuit, filed by a group called Glendale Coalition for Better Government, asserts that the long-standing money transfer is a “backdoor tax” since the council continued to move money from the utility at the same time it approved electric rate increases to pay for needed infrastructure improvements.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | February 28, 2014
A law firm was recently hired by Glendale Community College officials to help the school on an “as-needed” basis with redistricting matters. College officials began a discourse over redistricting a little over two years ago when consultants warned college officials in February 2012 that an at-large election process could leave the college vulnerable to lawsuits connected to the California Voting Rights Act. The 2002 act aims to protect the...
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