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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | August 19, 2011
A 21-year-old Tujunga woman pleaded no contest Friday to striking and killing an 80-year-old Glendale man with her car last year while she was texting, officials said. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Patrick Hegarty ordered Ani Voskanian to serve three years formal probation, 300 hours of community service and to develop a lecture program for junior and high school students on the dangers of texting while driving, officials said. Voskanian - who pleaded to a felony manslaughter charge for killing Misak Ranjbar - will not be allowed to possess a cell phone while inside a vehicle, officials said.
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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 | April 11, 2011
CITY HALL — A major South Glendale corridor could soon get a slate of traffic calming measures and accommodations for cyclists and pedestrians under a $700,000-project going to the City Council. Updated curb ramps and improved sidewalks, bike lanes and sharrows — or shared lanes with vehicles — and new circular intersections are included in the plans for the corridor that spans Riverdale Drive from San Fernando Road to Central Avenue, Maple Street from Central Avenue to Verdugo Road, Rock Glen Avenue from Verdugo Road to Lincoln Avenue and Lincoln Avenue from Rock Glen Avenue to Colorado Street.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | March 25, 2011
SOUTH GLENDALE—Frightening images of a woman in her 60s being thrown into the air as she is struck by a car while walking in a crosswalk served as a stark example Thursday of the city’s most visible public safety issue. Glendale police Officer Bryan Duncan played the surveillance video during a community meeting in Pacific Park. It showed the woman struck and tossed to the ground after being hit by a motorist at Brand Boulevard and Harvard Street. Miraculously, he said, the woman was able to walk away from the collision.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | March 10, 2011
DOWNTOWN — Traffic through a mid-block crosswalk that extends across North Brand Boulevard in the bustling thoroughfare’s 500 block has so frightened local workers and residents that many say they have opted to avoid the crosswalk entirely. Kim Wiser and her coworkers have used the crosswalk, which stretches over six traffic lanes, but said the designated pedestrian pathway has been a major safety risk because many motorists won’t stop. “It’s to the point where we don’t even want to walk across the street,” she said.
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March 4, 2011
In January, a beautiful article (“More courtesy needed on the road,” January 11) by Camille Levee, executive director of Glendale Healthy Kids, took up being more courteous in our driving habits in relation to pedestrian crossings. Yes, I do concur with that rationale, however, one must practice courtesy on a daily basis for it to be practical, not just dust it aside. Our situation with pedestrian safety crossings needs a long-term solution. Just look at drunk driving and how long it took us to get a handle on it. With our municipal election coming up April 5, this would be an excellent time to put this topic on the candidate forums by the various sponsoring organizations to get input from our six City Council candidates on their perspective on how to find solutions to this quality-of-life issue.
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By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | March 1, 2011
CITY HALL — Roughly a third of Glendale’s bicyclists don’t use helmets, while more than 20% ride on sidewalks, according to a recent citywide survey of cyclists and pedestrians. The count — during which dozens of volunteers manned 26 street corners during a morning and evening weekday commute and a weekend morning — logged more than 2,000 cyclists and more than 15,000 pedestrians. The findings showed a continued need for public-safety campaigns to curb dangerous behaviors, said Colin Bogart, a liaison with the nonprofit Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition who oversaw the count as part of his work on a Safe and Healthy Streets plan.
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By Veronica Rocha, Veronica.Rocha@latimes.com | February 1, 2011
CENTRAL GLENDALE — Police officials and volunteers scoured city streets this weekend to hand out fliers with tips on safely navigating the roads. Glendale Police Department’s latest public education campaign targeted pedestrians, motorists and businesses on Central Avenue. The thoroughfare has recently been the scene of several major collisions. “When you make the contacts, that’s what really counts,” Sgt. Dennis Smith said. Three teams of police employees and volunteers spent Saturday morning walking Central Avenue, visiting businesses and speaking to residents about traffic safety in an effort to reduce the number of pedestrian-involved traffic collisions in the city.
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By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | January 28, 2011
CITY HALL — Longtime Glendale resident and bicyclist Booth Hartley said he was startled this year when he began to see new bike markings appear around town. After years of having few safe bike route options, Hartley said he was pleasantly surprised by the addition of sharrows — markings that indicate where cyclists should travel on the road — on Grandview Avenue and other city streets. "It's made it clear to the cars that were passing me that I have a right here," he told the Planning and Transportation & Parking commissions during a joint meeting Monday.
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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.
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