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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | September 1, 2011
GLENDALE - Two former Glendale park naturalists have filed a lawsuit against the city, claiming they were wrongly terminated when they complained about a manager's misuse of city resources. Russell Hauck and Eric Grossman claim in separate lawsuits filed July 29 in U.S. District Court that they were laid off only after they raised concerns about Dave Ahern, the former capital projects administrator for the city's Community Services & Parks Department, and his alleged use of a city-owned vehicle and public employees for his own landscaping.
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By: Andrew Edwards | September 27, 2005
Orange County park rangers could soon have the power to cite people violating rules and regulations in local parks. County supervisors are scheduled to vote today on whether to give final approval to a proposal that would allow county park rangers to issue citations for minor violations. Last week, all five supervisors gave preliminary approval to the plan. In the Newport-Mesa area, the Upper Newport Bay, Talbert Nature Preserve and Newport Harbor are under the county's jurisdiction.
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June 6, 2009
When the City Council decided two weeks ago to revise the job description for the city’s two full-time park rangers, some reacted as if the golden cow had just been kicked. Understandable. We’ve grown accustomed to seeing our public safety personnel with holstered weapons, and those aviator Ray-Bans. Change is always uncomfortable, if not feared. But the coming change, in which park rangers will assume a more naturalist role and leave most law enforcement to Glendale police, isn’t such a drastic step.
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July 1, 2008
Outdoor smoking ban would be good I do not think smoking should be allowed in outdoor dining areas. I support the outdoor dining smoking ban (“Council eases up on smoking,” June 18). JAN BLAKE Montrose   Rangers need to be in Deukmejian park When I heard that the City Council was considering taking the park rangers out of Deukmejian Wilderness Park, I couldn’t believe they would be so short-sighted (Park Rangers’ base will not be relocated,” June 11)
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August 5, 2002
Gary Moskowitz There are about five or six Glendale children who regularly come by Fire Station 27 on their bikes to hang out with Capt. Carlos Guerrero and other firefighters at the station. Guerrero is hopeful that, by making a personal connection to any one of those children, they will understand local firefighters and police officers are there to help them. "When they grow up, I just hope they remember that we were friends and that might positively affect how they deal with the community later, as adults," Guerrero said.
LOCAL
By Chris Wiebe | September 18, 2007
GLENDALE ? Two months after several safety measures were implemented at Brand Park to cut down on crime, neighbors are reporting significant security improvements. A drive-by shooting at the park on June 26 galvanized nearby residents, who appealed to city officials to confront what they saw as deteriorating conditions at the park, including mounting problems with noise, debris and crime. In response, the city stationed a city employee there to monitor the park and provide visitor assistance between 2 and 10 p.m., cordoned off a parking lot that gave loiterers a good vantage point to spot incoming authorities and removed basketball hoops that neighbors blamed for attracting bad people to the area.
LOCAL
By Robert S. Hong | May 14, 2007
Crowds of people packed the halls of the Glendale Fire Station No. 21 Saturday for family fun, education and a chance to better know their fire department. The scene was the department's Centennial Fire Service Day, and the department went all out to let people know what it is all about. "It's kind of like an open house, we're trying to let the community see who we are and what we do, Glendale Fire Capt. Tom Propst said. The event closed off part of Columbus Avenue, leaving an open area with several fire engines on display.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | March 3, 2013
Two former Glendale park naturalists may call nearly 40 former and current city employees to testify next month in a trial for their lawsuit in which they claim they were fired for raising concerns about a supervisor misusing city resources.  The federal trial for Russell Hauck and Eric Grossman was expected to start on Tuesday, but was put off until April 30 to give attorneys more time to resolve “several outstanding issues,” according to...
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | September 1, 2011
GLENDALE - Two former Glendale park naturalists have filed a lawsuit against the city, claiming they were wrongly terminated when they complained about a manager's misuse of city resources. Russell Hauck and Eric Grossman claim in separate lawsuits filed July 29 in U.S. District Court that they were laid off only after they raised concerns about Dave Ahern, the former capital projects administrator for the city's Community Services & Parks Department, and his alleged use of a city-owned vehicle and public employees for his own landscaping.
NEWS
June 6, 2009
When the City Council decided two weeks ago to revise the job description for the city’s two full-time park rangers, some reacted as if the golden cow had just been kicked. Understandable. We’ve grown accustomed to seeing our public safety personnel with holstered weapons, and those aviator Ray-Bans. Change is always uncomfortable, if not feared. But the coming change, in which park rangers will assume a more naturalist role and leave most law enforcement to Glendale police, isn’t such a drastic step.
NEWS
By Melanie Hicken | May 27, 2009
CITY HALL ? The city?s park rangers will be stripped of their law enforcement duties and peace officer status, according to a contentious proposal unanimously approved by the City Council at a Tuesday budget study session. The change converts the city?s two full-time rangers to focus entirely on naturalist programming, George Chapjian, director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services, said at a City Council budget study session last week. Two other ranger positions, which were vacant for more than two years, were eliminated earlier this year as a part of budget cuts.
NEWS
July 5, 2008
Rangers helped student enjoy park I am a fourth-grader at Fremont Elementary School. I am 10 years old. Last month, my class went to Deukmejian Wilderness Park for a field trip. We saw so many interesting things and learned the history of the park. To begin with, the park was so amazing. It had an animal exhibit that was filled with animals. We saw a rattlesnake. It was my first time hearing its rattle. We also saw turtles swimming in the water and a desert tortoise.
NEWS
By Jason Wells | June 11, 2008
CITY HALL — The City Council on Tuesday directed parks officials to find an alternative to temporarily moving park ranger headquarters to Brand Park as a way to increase the police presence there as part of a $711,000 security upgrade plan that includes Carr Park. The direction came after city Park Rangers Supervisor Russ Hauk, speaking on behalf of the Park Rangers Assn., warned that low ranger staffing, not the location of his headquarters at Deukmejian Wilderness Park, was challenging law enforcement at Glendale’s 41 parks and 5,500 acres of open space.
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By Chris Wiebe | February 12, 2008
GLENDALE — The Glendale Park Rangers Assn. wants to add five rangers to the city’s ranks, saying that staffing shortages are limiting its ability to provide security and law enforcement in the city. The rangers, who are sworn law enforcement personnel, cover 41 parks and about 5,500 acres of open space in Glendale, association spokesman Russ Hauck said. Their duties include writing citations, making arrests and eliminating hazards in city parks, he said. But the existing staffing numbers — two full-time and four part-time rangers — make doing their jobs difficult, he said.
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