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October 18, 2013
Great job by the Glendale Police Department on their sting targeting drivers who don't yield for pedestrians. One intersection, several hours and lots of revenue. I am sure they were counting on the News-Press to get the word out to rest of law-breakers in the city. Now that the driver scofflaws have been addressed, how about the other pedestrian/traffic problem? Nearly every time I drive down Pacific Avenue from Kenneth Road to San Fernando Road a pedestrian enters a crosswalk when the red hand has stopped flashing and is solid red. They start to cross anyway.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | March 6, 2012
Five people were hurt Saturday when an 18-year-old motorist crashed and pinned at least two pedestrians against the former Borders building, officials said. Two of the five people were listed in stable condition Monday at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where one was being treated for fractures, and the other for a non-life-threatening head injury, said Glendale Fire Battalion Chief Greg Godfrey. Paramedics transported two other victims to Glendale Adventist Medical Center, where they were treated for minor injuries, he added.
NEWS
September 19, 2011
Let me understand this: We have a pedestrian who bolts out against the red light into a large oncoming truck, she gets totaled, and some brain surgeon writes that the solution is to ticket more motorists. Amazing (“70-year-old woman struck by delivery truck in Glendale,” Sept. 7). His other “remedy” is to jaywalk in mid-block. There's nothing like jumping out between two parked vehicles into the path of an oncoming vehicle. Other than driving in Rome, I have not witnessed more offensively aggressive - or brainless - pedestrians than in Glendale.
NEWS
October 22, 2013
Recently there has been a lot of concern about hit-and-run accidents in Glendale. I have observed with interest as traffic enforcement, safety and city staff wrestle with trying to get a handle on the problem. Recently my husband and I were driving up Glendale Avenue a few notches below the speed limit. As we proceeded up the street, parallel but slightly less than a half-car length ahead of us was another vehicle. My husband and I (and thankfully, the other driver) watched as a lady walked up to one of the lighted crosswalks, punched the button and proceeded into the crosswalk.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | November 15, 2013
As the city's focus on traffic safety intensifies, police on Thursday took a different approach on the issue and began citing pedestrians who reportedly failed to follow traffic signs. Police cited 34 pedestrians who either jaywalked or crossed a street and ignored traffic signs during an enforcement operation targeting the walking public on Brand Boulevard between Doran and Colorado streets, Glendale Police Sgt. Mike Glassick said. PHOTOS: Police conduct pedestrian violations operation Officers issued another 62 warnings to pedestrians and handed out pamphlets with information about safety and obeying traffic signs, he added.
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By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | September 27, 2010
GLENDALE — Shortly after 10 a.m. Saturday, a bicyclist sped through Glenoaks Boulevard and Grandview Avenue. Minutes later, two women donning workout attire jogged past the same corner. In turn, Pasadena City College student Alberto Luna made sure to mark three hash marks on his clipboard. Luna also noted the direction they were traveling and the fact that the cyclist was wearing a helmet and traveling on the street as opposed to the sidewalk. Luna was one of dozens of volunteers manning street corners throughout Glendale on Saturday morning for the city's second annual bicyclist and pedestrian count.
NEWS
January 31, 2014
I applaud Glendale Police for citing motorists who endanger pedestrians . However, 28 tickets is not going to make an impression in a city of 190,000 where the majority of drivers carelessly zoom by pedestrians. To make a significant impression, this kind of operation will need to be done across the city every day. We will see an improvement in safety when everyone knows someone who has gotten a ticket for ignoring pedestrians. The police will need to write thousands of tickets to impact deeply ingrained driving habits.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | June 22, 2011
DOWNTOWN — The Windsor Road crosswalk is a dangerous path for businessman Barry Wishengrad and his employees who stroll it to conduct dealings between two Brand Boulevard car dealerships. Some of the flashing lights don’t work for the crosswalk, where it’s not uncommon for motorists to speed and not yield for pedestrians. “I have walked this crosswalk and almost been hit two dozen times and so have my employees,” said Wishengrad, general manager of Glendale Nissan and Infiniti.
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By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | January 20, 2011
CITY HALL — Commissioners next week are slated to review a draft report aimed at making streets more inviting for bicyclists and safer for pedestrians in one of the last stops before the much-anticipated policy document reaches the City Council. The so-called "Safe and Healthy Streets Plan" is the result of two years of community outreach and development under a $305,000 grant awarded to the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition in 2008. Through the grant, coalition liaison Colin Bogart has been a regular fixture in Glendale, meeting with residents and city officials to discuss ways to best improve conditions for bicyclists and pedestrians.
NEWS
May 26, 2005
Jackson Bell Glendale Police Sgt. Lewie Guay spent his morning traveling crosswalks back and forth, checking to see if motorists would stop for him. Those who didn't brake for the undercover Traffic Bureau officer -- dressed in plain clothes, sporting a fanny pack and sipping from a 7-Eleven Big Gulp -- were ticketed on suspicion of not yielding to crosswalkers. The operation was part of a Police Department crackdown on drivers who don't properly halt for pedestrians, Guay said.
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By Veronica Rocha | April 18, 2014
Glendale's ongoing issues with pedestrian safety have claimed the lives of two 86-year-old men just within the past four months. The figure is specifically distressing to Daniel Mehrabian because his grandfather was one of those men killed. "I wasn't ready to lose him," he said. Determined to find answers as to why pedestrians, particularly seniors, are being killed by vehicles in Glendale, Mehrabian sat down with community stakeholders Thursday night at the highly-anticipated UC Berkeley pedestrian workshop to discuss the city's enduring traffic safety problem.
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NEWS
April 15, 2014
Walk Bike Glendale expresses its deep condolences to the family of Antranik Melkonian, the 86-year-old Glendale resident who was struck by a car and killed while crossing North Glendale Avenue last week . In just the first few months of this year, our city has already experienced three auto-related pedestrian or bicycle deaths. Our concern for pedestrian and bicycle safety increases with each of these unfortunate and preventable incidents. As a community of people who walk, bike and drive, we can do more to end preventable deaths like these.
NEWS
April 9, 2014
An 86-year-old Glendale man, crossing five traffic lanes with a shopping cart, was struck and killed Wednesday morning a half-mile south of Glendale Community College, police said. The man, identified as Antranik Melkonian, suffered head trauma and was taken to Huntington Memorial Hospital where he was later pronounced dead, according to Glendale police. Police said the man, who was pulling a cart containing groceries and illegally crossing in the 1000 block of North Glendale Avenue, was struck by a 24-year-old driver at about 9:45 a.m. The driver stopped at the scene and remained there as investigators evaluated him. Police determined he was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
NEWS
February 14, 2014
I opened my auto insurance bill yesterday and nearly had a heart attack. I've driven approximately the same miles as the year before, and have had no moving violations, accidents or claims in the past 50 years, yet my insurance bill went up over $200. I called my insurance company to inquire about this sudden raise, and guess what? The reason for this will probably affect all drivers in Glendale. The agent explained that since Glendale had high pedestrian deaths and accidents, as well as high drivers' accidents, all drivers in Glendale insured by this company will have their bill skyrocket.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | February 13, 2014
Police issued warnings and citations Thursday to dozens of people who were reportedly unlawfully dashing across Brand Boulevard. Twenty people were cited for reportedly failing to obey pedestrian signals at crosswalks along Brand and Central Avenue between Colorado Street and the Ventura (134) Freeway, Glendale Police Sgt. Harout Bouzikian said. "Mostly, they were trying to get somewhere quickly," he said. While some pedestrians were cited, 18 people were issued warnings for the same violation.
NEWS
February 4, 2014
I keep reading about accidents, bad driving, fatalities, educating pedestrians, and attempts to address the enormous problem we have in our city regarding this subject. I just read in your paper that an Armenian organization is getting involved to try to educate citizens . Kudos to them. I also read that the daughter of the woman who was the latest victim stated that she believes that the problem is middle-aged drivers. I do not agree with that statement. I've written to your paper before on this subject.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | February 1, 2014
Fourteen pedestrians - most of who were seniors and of Armenian descent - were killed in traffic-related collisions in the past five years in Glendale, a statistic that prompted a local Armenian organization to strengthen its outreach efforts. Glendale's chapter of the Armenian National Committee plans to work with city officials to visit adult day care centers in the city. The committee will also be airing its traffic safety discussion, which was held Thursday , on Armenian TV in an effort to get the word out about pedestrian safety.
NEWS
January 31, 2014
Six Glendale pedestrians died after having been struck by moving vehicles in 2013, a year when the Glendale Police Department logged a staggering 111 pedestrian-involved collisions. O ne has already died this year , putting 2014 off to a grim start indeed. This past week, as part of the city's ongoing efforts to curb this problem, another pedestrian-crosswalk sting was held that generated 28 tickets to drivers who ignored an undercover cop crossing a Glendale street. Obviously all efforts to date to educate the public about pedestrian safety have not been sufficient.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | January 31, 2014
After Lidiya Badalyan was struck in a crosswalk by a driver in July near Glendale High School, she was hospitalized for two months and remained in a full-body brace as she recovered from several broken bones. But life just isn't the same anymore for the 75-year-old resident, said her daughter, Lousine Sogomonian. Badalyan maintained an active lifestyle and worked out four times a week. But she now uses a walker and can't stand for long periods of time. While police are still investigating the incident, her daughter said pedestrian-involved collisions like her mother's incident have become frequent . “I see the problem is middle-aged drivers,” she said.
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