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November 13, 2009
In response to those who say the city of Burbank is “glorifying” Sgt. Neil Thomas Gunn’s death. The candles, flowers and flags flying at half-staff are celebrating the incredible life that Gunn led. As a daughter of a retired Burbank police lieutenant, I understand the incredible sacrifice that these men and women must face while dealing with patrolling and protecting the beautiful city of Burbank. If anyone should know anything about suicide, it would be a police officer, because they are the first ones to respond.
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By Max Zimbert | March 4, 2010
GLENDALE — With a projected $18.5-million shortfall in two years, the school district’s Board of Education instructed officials Tuesday to explore a parcel tax. The move clears the way for district officials to review successful campaigns, determine whether consultants are necessary, and eventually survey the community’s priorities, Supt. Michael Escalante said. District officials are without a timeline for if or when a new tax could be on the ballot. “There’s a great deal of research that needs to be done before we consider doing a parcel tax,” Escalante said.
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By Max Zimbert | March 3, 2010
GLENDALE — A group of parents who want a parcel tax put on the ballot for Glendale Unified School District has grown from a handful to more than 200 members in a few days, organizers said. Parents behind Save Our Schools Glendale, or SOS Glendale, will meet with school board members and parent teacher association representatives next week to discuss possible support for an education parcel tax, said the group’s chairman, Edward Bash. “Our main objective is to get the school board behind getting the initiative on the ballot,” he said.
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By Max Zimbert | April 13, 2010
GLENDALE — School officials have hired a polling firm to survey residents on a possible parcel tax, setting the stage for putting it on the ballot, perhaps as soon as this fall. The firm, True North, would gauge support for a tax that would pay for specific educational programs and school district expenses. The analysis would also determine where the parcel tax funds should be spent. A political consulting group, TBWB Strategies, is working pro-bono to ensure the survey is comprehensive.
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By Max Zimbert | November 12, 2009
GLENDALE — An additional tax that could steer Glendale and Burbank school districts away from a looming funding cliff has piqued the interest of administrators, especially with the latest warning coming down from Sacramento. A parcel tax, which recently won in Culver City and failed in Long Beach, could preserve teaching jobs, class sizes, and arts and athletic programs that might otherwise face additional cuts as state financing fails to meet budget projections. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger predicted Tuesday that there would be additional cuts in education and other funding as the state continues to grapple with a budget cap between $5 billion and $7 billion.
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By Max Zimbert | March 23, 2010
Glendale and Burbank school officials acknowledge they have yet to take the necessary steps for a successful parcel tax campaign this year, saying it may be wise to focus on a ballot measure in 2011. Officials in both districts say they are not ruling out going to voters this year, but it is unlikely. “I don’t see that we have enough time [for the November ballot]. I think that’d be too aggressive,” said Lori Ordway-Peck, interim deputy superintendent in Burbank Unified.
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By Brittany Levine brittany.levine@latimes.com | November 20, 2011
The Glendale City Council shot down a potential tax that could generate nearly $1 million for the city's library system after questions arose whether it was too burdensome for residents still grappling with the ongoing recession. The issue divided leaders at Tuesday's meeting, some saying they opposed the tax because of the extra burden it would place on residents already struggling from a tough economy, while others described it as a necessary means to boost an underfunded system.
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March 15, 2014
Greetings, 818 readers. In the Glendale area today, the high will be 84 and low near 56, according to the National Weather Service. Here are the top headlines in your region this morning: A bear visited a Chevy Chase Canyon neighborhood twice this week and destroyed an orange tree at a hillside home.   La Cañada Unified School District's Measure LC parcel tax has officially passed , garnering 68.12% of the vote, according to certified results released Friday by the office of the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.
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February 4, 2014
Good morning, 818 readers. Today is Tuesday, Feb. 4. National Weather Service  forecasters anticipate a high of 63 and low of 42 in the Glendale area.  Here are some of the top news stories in your region: 'Beautiful Downtown Burbank' is experiencing a loss . The 'Tonight Show' has only a few days remaining at its west coast home for more than 40 years and its most recent host, comedian Jay Leno. The show's role in the community - and Leno - are likely to be missed, the Los Angeles Times reports .    Police say 10 bottles of pain medicine are missing after someone  punched a large hole in a wall and then crawled through it at a Burbank pharmacy on Friday.    Are you a voter within the La Cañada Unified School District ?
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March 15, 2014
Greetings, 818 readers. In the Glendale area today, the high will be 84 and low near 56, according to the National Weather Service. Here are the top headlines in your region this morning: A bear visited a Chevy Chase Canyon neighborhood twice this week and destroyed an orange tree at a hillside home.   La Cañada Unified School District's Measure LC parcel tax has officially passed , garnering 68.12% of the vote, according to certified results released Friday by the office of the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.
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March 5, 2014
Good morning, 818 readers. Today is Wednesday, March 5, 2014. The Glendale area will have a high of 71 and low of 53, according to the National Weather Service. The much-debated parcel tax received more than the two-thirds of the vote it required to pass, the County Clerk's office announced last night. While last weekend's wet weather was a welcome reprieve, it wasn't enough to wash away a statewide drought that is tracking close to the worst one ever in California's history, said a representative from Glendale's water supplier on Monday.
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February 15, 2014
Good morning, 818 readers. Today is Thursday, Feb. 13. Temperatures for tomorrow in the Glendale area will reach a high near 80 and low around 52 . Here are the top headlines in your region:  Los Angeles police searched Friday for the drivers of two vehicles that struck a man in what they called a "gruesome" fatal hit-and-run near Atwater Village . The long simmering issue over the Sagebrush territory in La...
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By Matt Sanderson | February 13, 2014
As city officials try to test the waters about where voters stand on additional taxes, a recent survey revealed that residents are generally pleased with how the city is operating and are not prepared to take on any new taxation measures. Results from the survey, conducted by Los Angeles-based consulting firm Cerrell Associates, were released to the City Council on Tuesday. City officials hired the firm in December to gauge residents' sentiments about possible new taxes. The survey included phone interviews with 501 randomly selected residents.
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February 4, 2014
Good morning, 818 readers. Today is Tuesday, Feb. 4. National Weather Service  forecasters anticipate a high of 63 and low of 42 in the Glendale area.  Here are some of the top news stories in your region: 'Beautiful Downtown Burbank' is experiencing a loss . The 'Tonight Show' has only a few days remaining at its west coast home for more than 40 years and its most recent host, comedian Jay Leno. The show's role in the community - and Leno - are likely to be missed, the Los Angeles Times reports .    Police say 10 bottles of pain medicine are missing after someone  punched a large hole in a wall and then crawled through it at a Burbank pharmacy on Friday.    Are you a voter within the La Cañada Unified School District ?
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January 14, 2014
Re “ New year will follow some familiar stories...Museum, library changes ” (Jan. 2): If a pending Carrell Associates survey is similar to the survey submitted to the City Council by the Rose Institute in late December, it will ask very general questions of respondents about their attitudes toward the city placing a parcel tax (“assessment district”) for parks, libraries and safety services on the June ballot (“Survey: Glendale residents open to new taxes”, Dec. 20). Yet, last July the Glendale City Council, on a closely divided 3-2 vote, voted down the following “Alternative 2: (Should the city)
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March 10, 2012
Imagine what it's like to teach in a community with schools that rank No. 2 in California on standardized tests, where nearly everyone is highly educated and very well to do, and where the kids are really smart and highly motivated, and challenge just about everything you do and say in the classroom. And then one of the best and brightest comes back two years after graduating high school and wins a seat on the school board on a platform that says students should be grading teachers as part of a rigorous evaluation system that leads to paying high performers what they are worth and gets rid of low performers, regardless of seniority, if improvement programs don't bring them up to standards.
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November 25, 2011
I am mystified why a majority of the City Council voted against taking a community survey to determine whether residents of the city would be in favor of a special parcel tax to fund library services. s Just what is wrong about taking a survey to determine if such a tax would be supported (“Council rejects parcel tax idea,” Nov. 20)? Councilman Rafi Manoukian is quoted as saying “increasing fees and taxes...I just think it's the wrong approach.” This proposal would not have increased taxes.
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By Brittany Levine brittany.levine@latimes.com | November 20, 2011
The Glendale City Council shot down a potential tax that could generate nearly $1 million for the city's library system after questions arose whether it was too burdensome for residents still grappling with the ongoing recession. The issue divided leaders at Tuesday's meeting, some saying they opposed the tax because of the extra burden it would place on residents already struggling from a tough economy, while others described it as a necessary means to boost an underfunded system.
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February 24, 2011
Age: 36 Occupation: teacher www.gunnellforkids.com Gunnell has lived in Glendale since 1974. She attended Eugene Field and Mark Keppel elementary schools, Toll Middle School and Hoover High School, where she was a member of the water polo team. Her son is enrolled at Edison Elementary, and her nieces and nephews attend Fremont Elementary and Wilson Middle School. Gunnell has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, and a master’s degree in human development.
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