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June 24, 2004
Josh Kleinbaum Emanuels, Jones and Associates might learn that there is some truth to the old saying about first impressions -- they are pretty darn important. In 2002, Glendale Mayor Bob Yousefian met with representatives from the firm, which is the city's lobbyist in Sacramento, when the city and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy were negotiating a $25.25-million deal to purchase 238 acres of hillside land from a developer, preserving the land as open space.
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By Christopher Cadelago | December 15, 2009
CITY HALL — The City Council today is scheduled to consider securing long-term representation in Washington, D.C., months after putting their former federal lobbyist on a temporary contract to explore alternatives. Now, city officials say the alternative wasn’t so attractive, hence the recommendation to re-sign with David Turch and Associates, which would charge Glendale a $78,000 annual retainer fee. The main competition was the Ferguson Group, which represents a large number of Southland cities, but that proposed a $124,200 annual fee. Glendale was without federal lobbying services June 30 through August after the council rejected a one-year, $88,000 renewal with Turch.
NEWS
December 4, 2004
Josh Kleinbaum Two years after signing on with a hired gun in Washington, D.C., the city of Glendale is beginning to see the benefits. As Congress wraps up its 2004 session, Glendale's federal lobbyist, David Turch and Associates, has its first signs of success -- $500,000 for the city's new regional radio network and an expected $2 million for two transportation issues in 2005. "There's no question it has paid off," City Manager Jim Starbird said.
NEWS
July 31, 2001
Karen S. Kim BURBANK -- The Burbank City Council plans to announce tonight that it will pay a lobbyist consultant firm $10,000 per month to monitor federal legislation regarding airport policies. The City Council hired Copeland, Lowery & Jacquez, a Washington, D.C. lobbyist consultant firm, on July 16. The decision to employ the firm came as the council began to fear federal legislation might usurp local control of airports. "For us, it's scary that, all of a sudden, Uncle Sam can come in here and ram something down our throats.
NEWS
June 22, 2004
Josh Kleinbaum After a search for the best lobbyist to represent Glendale in Sacramento, the city determined that it already had the right man. The Glendale City Council is expected to renew its contract with Emanuels, Jones and Associates at its 6 p.m. meeting today. If they do, David Jones, the firm's owner, will continue to represent the city's interests in the state capital. "We believe they've represented us well," City Manager Jim Starbird said.
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By By Fred Ortega | February 2, 2006
Council asks city to advertise for new state lobbyist, but may still go with current company. CITY HALL -- Glendale will seek new candidates for the city's state lobbying job, but hasn't knocked current lobbyist Emanuels Jones Associates out of the running just yet. The City Council decided to advertise for bids for state legislative advocacy services Tuesday night, excluding Emanuels Jones from the process despite an internal city staff review...
NEWS
March 27, 2003
Ryan Carter Legislators for the area are doing a decent job maintaining local interests in Sacramento during the budget crisis, local lobbyists say. But the praise is tempered with concerns of looming tax increases and other revenue cuts. "What we are hearing [from local legislators] is this idea of 'sharing the pain,' that everybody is going to have to share the burden," Glendale lobbyist David A. Jones said. "But what that translates into, we don't know."
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By Melanie Hicken | July 1, 2009
CITY HALL — Apparently convinced that a better deal might be found elsewhere, the City Council on Tuesday voted narrowly to explore hiring a new federal lobbyist after some members on the dais said they wanted to explore other options. The City Council voted 3 to 2 to solicit bids for federal lobbying services after denying a recommendation from city managers to renew the city’s one-year, $88,000 contract with David Turch and Associates, a Washington, D.C.-based firm that has petitioned the federal government on the city’s behalf since 2003.
NEWS
January 30, 2003
Janine Marnien With the availability of state grants uncertain in light of looming state budget cuts, the La Canada Flintridge City Council is considering going to a higher power to help secure funds for capital improvement and other projects. The council is thinking about hiring legislative lobbying firm David Turch & Associates to represent its interests at the federal level. Other cities, including Monrovia and Glendale, employ such firms, and La Canada Flintridge could benefit from their services, Mayor Dave Spence said.
NEWS
May 20, 2009
CUTS ON THE HORIZON The Glendale Community College Board of Trustees got a bleak forecast of upcoming budget cuts from its Sacramento lobbyist, who warned that drastic reductions to college services are looming. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed a set of solutions for the state?s continuing budget crisis, which included a ?disproportionate? cut to community colleges, lobbyist Patrick McCallum said. The severity of the cuts will depend on how lawmakers react to the outcome of Tuesday?
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By Tim Traeger, tim.traeger@latimes.com | January 10, 2014
Accused of bending an ear to Armenian lobbyists, Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) has introduced a resolution in the state Assembly, urging the United States to recognize the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic as a sovereign state, raising the ire of Azerbaijanis in the United States and abroad. Nagorno-Karabakh, a region formerly known as Artsakh, has been at the center of controversy since 1921, when the Soviet Union wrested about 1,700 square miles of mountainous land from Armenia and created its own state.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | August 21, 2013
Seeking a stronger political voice in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., Glendale City Council members voted Tuesday to hire a state lobbyist and enter into negotiations with a federal lobbyist in the hope of steering policy decisions and grant money the city's way. Discussion on the issue grew contentious, however, over which federal lobbyist to choose, and over concerns about applicants' previous clients. Glendale had kept Washington lobbyists on the payroll since 2003, but cut back on advocacy spending in 2011 and went without them last year amid city budget concerns and reduced federal funding opportunities.
NEWS
December 3, 2011
I'm writing to commend reader Amiee Klem for her Nov. 11 letter, “Laughing all the way to the bank.” I felt that her submission went right to the heart of the issues. Throughout the years of the Bush administration, I kept wondering what it was going to take to pry people out from in front of their televisions to get them into the streets. Now that the effects of those disastrous policies are coming home to roost (and make no mistake, we cannot exempt any president since 1980 from some share of responsibility for these problems)
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By Melanie Hicken | December 16, 2009
CITY HALL — The City Council on Tuesday voted narrowly to pursue a contract with a new federal lobbyist after Councilman John Drayman this week railed against what he characterized as a stacked process to rehire the city’s previous firm. The council voted 3 to 2 to negotiate a one-year contract with Washington D.C.-based the Ferguson Group, after rejecting a proposed $78,000 one-year contract with David Turch & Associates, the firm that has represented the city since 2003.
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By Christopher Cadelago | December 15, 2009
CITY HALL — The City Council today is scheduled to consider securing long-term representation in Washington, D.C., months after putting their former federal lobbyist on a temporary contract to explore alternatives. Now, city officials say the alternative wasn’t so attractive, hence the recommendation to re-sign with David Turch and Associates, which would charge Glendale a $78,000 annual retainer fee. The main competition was the Ferguson Group, which represents a large number of Southland cities, but that proposed a $124,200 annual fee. Glendale was without federal lobbying services June 30 through August after the council rejected a one-year, $88,000 renewal with Turch.
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By Melanie Hicken | September 7, 2009
CITY HALL — City officials have moved to a month-by-month contract with its state lobbyist in order to “reassess” how the firm fits in with the ever-changing needs of Glendale Water & Power. With state legislation coming down the pike that could greatly affect how the city’s utility does business, city officials said now is the time to evaluate whether Townsend Public Affairs is the best firm for the job. The city’s annual $64,000 contract with Townsend expired Aug. 31, but city officials held off on recommending the firm for another term to allow time for the evaluation.
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By Melanie Hicken | August 24, 2009
CITY HALL — After two months without a federal lobbyist, the City Council is expected to approve a temporary contract with its former lobbying firm until the bidding process for a new one is completed. The council will review a contract with Washington, D.C.-based David Turch and Associates from Sept. 1 through Nov. 30, when city officials expect the new bidding process to be finished. The city has gone without federal lobbying services since June 30, when the council voted 3 to 2 against a one-year, $88,000 renewal with Turch, instead deciding to explore other possibilities.
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By Melanie Hicken | August 6, 2009
CITY HALL — Congressional lawmakers may be in the process of doling out millions in federal funds, but without a lobbyist for more than a month now, Glendale may lose out in the annual round of appropriations, some city officials say. Congress, which is currently on August recess and is set to return to session in September, spent much of July working on federal appropriation bills in an attempt to meet a Sept. 30 deadline. But so far, the city lacks a federal lobbyist after the City Council voted 3 to 2 June 30 to pass on a one-year, $88,000 renewal with Washington D.C.-based David Turch and Associates to, according to Mayor Frank Quintero, “see what else is out there.
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