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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com and By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | September 8, 2013
The sound of bouncing basketballs and squeaking sneakers echoed through the gym at the Pacific Community Center as Joshua Palpallatoc made his way from one end of the basketball court to the other. During the summer the 16-year-old played basketball at the indoor court three times a week, but on Saturday, Palpallatoc was there to participate in free drills as the city of Glendale celebrated the 10th anniversary of the community center. "The courts are better than playing outside.
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By Melanie Hicken | December 15, 2009
CITY HALL — The City Council on Tuesday held off on giving design approval for the planned public pool slated at Pacific Park after some council members expressed reservations about the size of the deck building. While the pool’s six-lane, L-shaped design won praise on the dais, some council members said they were concerned the design of the associated building was extravagant and not cost effective — especially at a time of deep citywide budget cuts. “My first take on this in terms of the actual building is that it is way, way too much,” said Mayor Frank Quintero.
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May 2, 2000
Buck Wargo GLENDALE -- More than 3,000 people are expected at Pacific Park on Sunday for the return of Fiesta Latina. This is the third year in a row for the event, which was held annually from 1978 until 1991 before being resurrected in 1998. Entry to the festival that includes Armenian and Latino music is free. There is a charge for the food and drink. "It is important to have events like this," said Carlos Reyes, coordinator of the Glendale Community Center, a sponsor of the event.
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By Melanie Hicken | January 11, 2010
Activity filled the Pacific Park gym Saturday morning as local youth and Glendale police officers joined together in friendly games of basketball. The games were the brainchild of Glendale Police Officer Jeff Davis, of the department’s special enforcement detail, who had met many of the teenagers who regularly hang out at the park during his routine patrols. “I think he was tired of arresting kids for marijuana and other minor violations,” said Sgt. Todd Anderson.
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By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | December 3, 2010
SOUTH GLENDALE — City officials and residents on Thursday heralded the groundbreaking of the long-awaited $5.3-million public pool at Pacific Park, which is slated to open by summer. The ceremony came roughly six years after Mayor Ara Najarian began publicly lobbying for a replacement for the city's only public municipal pool, which was demolished in 2003 to make way for the joint city project with Glendale Unified at Edison Elementary School. "Can you guess I'm excited about this pool?"
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By Charles Rich | July 2, 2008
SOUTHWEST GLENDALE ? With Jack Porras in a zone on the mound, everything seemed to click for the 9- and 10-year-old Foothill All-Star Baseball squad. Porras, a right-hander, had a vast array of pitches to confuse Tujunga. He struck out 12 and delivered a key two-run double in the third inning to help Foothill breeze to an 8-0 victory against Tujunga on Tuesday night in a Tri-Cities Little League District 16 All-Star Tournament contest at Pacific Park. Foothill, which opened the tournament Monday night with a lopsided 16-4 win against Jewel City/Jewish War Veterans at Pacific Park, will next face Crescenta Valley or Burbank in a winner?
NEWS
March 26, 2003
The late civil rights leader Cesar Chavez will be honored Thursday at a city commemoration ceremony. City officials will formally name the entrance to the Pacific Park Community Center and Branch Library as "La Plaza de la Cesar Chavez" with the unveiling of a speical plaque. "The name of this plaza will permanently honor Chavez' commitment to improve the lives of all people," city spokeswoman Zizette Ayad said. The event is at 3:30 p.m. at Edison Elementary School's new Pacific Park ball diamond.
SPORTS
June 11, 2009
TODAY MINOR SOFTBALL ?Foothill Two Guys vs. Crescenta Valley Mariners in championship game of District 16 Knock-Out Tournament at Scholl Canyon Ballfields, 5 p.m. ? MAJOR SOFTBALL ?Crescenta Valley Red Hots vs. Burbank Legends in championship game of District 16 Tournament of Champions at Scholl Canyon Ballfields, 7:30 p.m. ? MAJOR BASEBALL ?Vaquero Cougars vs. Crescenta Valley Gangi Builders in District 16 Tournament of Champions at Babe Herman Field, 5 p.m. ?
NEWS
April 28, 2000
Jenna Bordelon PACIFIC PARK -- For a day devoted to family unity and fun in the sun, "Fiesta Latina," fits the bill. Sponsored by the Glendale Community Center, the Chamber of Commerce and Catholic Charities among many others, the festival will be held from noon to 6 p.m. May 7 at Pacific Park, 501 S. Pacific Ave. Fiesta-goers can enjoy food, music and dance, as well as booths sponsored by local businesses such...
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | March 13, 2014
In preparation for the 13 t h annual Cesar Chavez Day celebration in Glendale, Pacific Park Library is hosting weekly events to teach children about Chavez's life. As the children learn lessons about the civil rights activist and farm worker who rallied union laborers for better working conditions, they are also creating crafts that will be on display at the community event on March 29 at the Pacific Park Community Center. On Thursday, the children made paper baskets.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | October 9, 2013
Hoisting gold-colored shovels, Glendale politicos dug into the ground on Tuesday at the proposed Maryland Avenue Park, a project that's been on the horizon for nearly seven years. Once the home of a multi-unit building that could have become affordable housing or a parking lot for nearby Pacific BMW, the 3/4 -acre parcel was snapped up by the city in 2006 in order to build a mini-park in one of Glendale's densest neighborhoods. “The neighborhood has a critical lack of open space,” said Community Services and Parks Commissioner Rodney Khan at the groundbreaking in front of a pile of dirt.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com and By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | September 8, 2013
The sound of bouncing basketballs and squeaking sneakers echoed through the gym at the Pacific Community Center as Joshua Palpallatoc made his way from one end of the basketball court to the other. During the summer the 16-year-old played basketball at the indoor court three times a week, but on Saturday, Palpallatoc was there to participate in free drills as the city of Glendale celebrated the 10th anniversary of the community center. "The courts are better than playing outside.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | August 6, 2013
Living more than 20 years in Glendale, Hranush Burmayan has seen the city change dramatically. Still, as Glendale changes to fit the needs of its shifting population, safety is Burmayan's top concern. "Safety is the most important thing for the city," she said Tuesday night at Pacific Community Center's National Night Out gathering, an effort dedicated to advancing neighborhood safety. Burmayan brought her 12-year-old daughter, Lily Keshishyan, who was set to perform at the gathering alongside fellow members of Toll Middle School's elite dance team.
SPORTS
By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | July 5, 2013
GLENDALE - After falling into a six-run hole, the Vaquero All-Stars created hope for an improbable comeback when they clawed within three runs of Burbank-Tujunga in a first-round game of the District 16 All-Star 10-11 baseball tournament Friday night. Burbank-Tujunga saved its best for an answer in the bottom of the fourth inning when it became a close game. It exploded for four runs on four hits and a leadoff intentional walk to pad its lead and dash the Vaquero comeback attempt for a 12-4 win at Montrose Community Park.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | December 15, 2012
Glendale has raked in $5.4 million in development fees since 2007, more than double the amount the city had made by December last year, officials reported. The revenue is earmarked for curbing the impacts of new developments, and more residents, on parks and libraries. Much of the money - roughly $2.7 million - came in during fiscal year 2011-12. That's up from nearly $1.5 million generated during the prior year. Nearly $1 million of the fees went to improve the Adult Recreation Center and the Pacific Park Aquatic Facility, according to the city.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | July 5, 2012
SOUTHWEST GLENDALE - Andres Rivera isn't afraid to look himself in the mirror. At least twice a week, Rivera will spend some time standing in front of a giant mirror in his room and work on his pitching delivery. It's played a vital role in helping the Vaquero 9-10 Baseball All-Star examine his mechanics. Rivera wasn't too shabby facing live batters in his latest outing, as he struck out 10 and allowed a pair of hits in 4 2/3 innings Thursday afternoon to help Vaquero post a 6-0 District 16 opening-round win against Tujunga at Pacific Park.
SPORTS
By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | July 3, 2012
As coach of Warren Printing, Mike Vinceri watched his team slug its way to the District 16 Major Baseball Tri-Cities championship in June. As coach of the District 16 Crescenta Valley Major Baseball All-Star Team, he's looking for a similar pattern to continue in July. Some of the players from Warren Printing will be a part of Crescenta Valley's squad, leaving Vinceri eager to see if the offense will continue its torrid hitting. "It will be interesting seeing if the bats do come alive again, but you are also now facing tougher competition," said Vinceri, whose team will look to repeat as tournament champion.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | May 25, 2012
After strengthening a ban on artificial turf in residential front yards last year, the Glendale City Council this week approved spending roughly $99,000 for a consultant to prepare plans to install the fake stuff at Pacific Park. Council members extolled the move before unanimously approving the decision. “That overused soccer field, I've seen it turn from beautiful green to mud and dirt,” said Mayor Frank Quintero. “Once this is done, that artificial turf is going to last for such a long time.” The contract with David Volz Design Landscape Architects Inc. is a preliminary expense.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | November 4, 2011
About three years after the city sued a contractor who got about $21 million to build a library, gym and other buildings at Pacific Park, the case has started to thaw in the court system after several subcontractors agreed to settle. Five out of dozens of subcontractors involved in what the city and Glendale Unified School District claim was shoddy construction have agreed to settle for $105,000. The payment is just a drop in the bucket compared to the nearly $6.4 million the city wants as compensation for a blistered and buckling gym floor, leaks at the library and other construction-related issues at the Pacific Park site built by Fedcon General Contractors nearly a decade ago, according to court records.
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