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November 19, 2008
Give Glendale its bohemian side This letter is in response to Nora Mossessian’s (“Local color is disappearing,” Mailbag, Wednesday) and Stanton Price’s (“Glendale needs a culture shock,” Mailbag, Friday) letters criticizing the lack of arts and culture in downtown Glendale. While I don’t yet think downtown Glendale is a cultural black hole, at least not north of Broadway, investment in the arts in downtown Glendale is clearly needed.
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March 4, 2014
Re: “ Sign the petition to lower taxes,” Mailbag, Feb. 26 . Thank you, Dolores Francis, for an exceptional presentation regarding the petition to repeal Glendale's 7% utility “water” tax. Now that the facts of this issue are being brought to light by those brave and selfless individuals, Zavos, Molano, Mohill, Allen, yourself and many others, voters can make an informed decision regarding how our elected officials spend our tax dollars....
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April 9, 2013
Recently a letter was published in the News-Press stating that City Manager Scott Ochoa should be fired for not having two or three people “groomed and ready to step up to fill the police chief and “two deputy police chiefs” positions (“ Ochoa should be terminated for cause ,” Mailbag, April 3). I appreciate the writer's opinion and some of the points made in the letter may have applied if we were talking about the private sector. However, I don't believe it applies to civil servants.
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April 9, 2013
I totally agree with Robert Morrison's recent letter to the editor about “Crazy for You,” which was playing at the Centre Theatre. (“ Center Theatre is an entertainment jewel ,” Mailbag, March 27). I saw it twice and did enjoy it so much. I thank Tim and Brenda Dietlein for always having such excellent plays at the theater. Maurine Blakely Glendale
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February 13, 2012
Recent headlines present a thought-provoking juxtaposition: “Changes sown at the Harvest Market” and “Lights, camera, money” on Feb. 3. Change is coming to Montrose, beyond the proposals for the Harvest Market, and here's what I wonder. If Montrose starts to look like Any Other Town, U.S.A., with a Starbucks on every corner, while losing a bit of our frisson due to a ban on politics at our farmer's market (can that even be legal?), will TV and movie production companies continue to be interested in filming here?
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July 20, 2011
It can't be too soon. Don't make us wait until 2012. The affordable housing scam that ripped-off Glendale for millions should never have happened (“Glendale files suit against ADI,” April 25). But it did, on City Manager Jim Starbird's watch. Where were you Mr. Starbird? What were you doing that prevented you from monitoring overcharges? Why is this not mentioned in the “glowing” Glendale News-Press article on July 14, “Starbird to retire at end of year”? Don't wait Mr. Starbird.
NEWS
December 31, 2010
An article in the Los Angeles Times on Thursday, "Lockyer, Chiang freeze money they got from developer," states "Glendale City Council members awarded $14 million to ADI in 2008 and 2009 for a single project, Vassar City Lights, despite warning from their own staff about the company's budget estimates. " Then in the next paragraph, "Money from ADI subcontractors and the subcontractors' families made up nearly one of every four dollars received by the top four candidates in the 2009 Glendale council campaign, or just over $100,000.
NEWS
December 29, 2010
Many readers have written to comment on the latest proposal by Rick Caruso to take over more of Glendale, including the adjacent hotel ("Forcing hotel out would be a mistake," Dec. 27). The Glendale Redevelopment Agency has gone so far as to give the hotel owner 45 days before the possible consideration of eminent domain proceedings. We all understand that eminent domain is an extreme measure where private property is taken for public benefit. My question is: Whose benefit is the Redevelopment Agency considering?
NEWS
December 28, 2010
One homeless shelter shows a need for more In your coverage of the winter shelter, it is clear that many people who are homeless look forward to the Glendale National Guard Armory because operators provide food, shower facilities, social services, and beds for up to 150 people each night up to March 15. And the shelter staff meets with homeless men and women to help them with their more long-term needs. This is wonderful — creating space for the homeless to sleep and getting their needs taken care of decreases the number of sick homeless men and women.
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October 6, 2010
In response to Carl Hunter's recent allegations that Sunder Ramani could not "have an interest in this community if he does not live here," I beg to differ ("Neighbors say they haven't seen much of Ramani," Sept. 17). Ramani's business is in Glendale and was previously in Burbank for his entire adult life. He also owns property in Burbank. But more important, his service to this community has been tireless. For starters, he was one of the founding members of the Burbank Sunrise Rotary and has been a Burbank Rotarian ever since.
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October 5, 2010
The female pedestrian who was hit by a car on Brand Boulevard last week is a friend of mine. Her injuries were very serious and included a fractured pelvis and a broken elbow. I doubt that the driver's insurance company will accept "I didn't see her" as a valid reason for the collision and its subsequent expense. Ultimately, the responsibility for injuring a pedestrian lies with the driver of the car. Although police officers have plenty to do already, it would seem that enforcement of safe driving practices is worth the investment of public funds.
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