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August 25, 2011
If the American taxpayers had any doubt that many elected politicians work only to keep their jobs and spend the taxpayers' money, causing huge deficits, they need only look at the scandals in Bell and Vernon and the payments for state legislative office staffs. Then there is the recent decision of the Glendale City Council declaring that a library and fire station need upgrading, so they declared the bathrooms blighted to spend more than $300,000 in redevelopment money on upgrades - an example of why the governor wants to abolish local redevelopment agencies (“Stretching blight's definition in Glendale,” Aug. 12)
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By Brian Crosby | July 18, 2011
Gov. Brown signed a bill last Thursday that requires California schools to use history textbooks and lessons that mention positive contributions from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. No other state has such a requirement. While I have no problem including in a history textbook anybody who is important in human history, I do have a problem when it is mandated by elected officials just because it is politically expedient to do so. No other group of highly educated professionals has so much of their work environment controlled as do teachers.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | December 18, 2013
Three members of Japan's House of Representatives called on Glendale to remove an 1,100-pound statue honoring an estimated 80,000 to 200,000 women from Korea, China and other countries forced into prostitution by the Japanese Army during World War II. The trio, Mio Sugita of the Hyogo Prefecture, Yuzuru Nishida of Chiba, and Hiromu Nakamaru of Hiroshima, are members of the Japan Restoration Party, a one-year-old conservative political party...
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By Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com | February 28, 2014
Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) responded this week to the fact that he was one of 37 state politicians who received warning letters from a state ethics agency for accepting improper campaign contributions. An investigation by the Fair Political Practices Commission found that the elected officials violated the state's $500 cap on nonmonetary contributions when they attended fundraising parties at the residence of lobbyist Kevin Sloat. The commission fined Sloat $133,500 last week for handouts such as free golf games, concert tickets and hosting gatherings where he provided wine, liquor, cigars, water and floral arrangements, said Jay Wierenga, communications director for the commission.
NEWS
October 2, 2012
In regards to the editorial “Smoking issue will linger for a while,” Sept. 29: Without government getting involved in any way, people can decide by themselves if they want to live in non-smoking apartments or hang out in smoke-filled dive bars. Every time citizens cede such choices the government becomes more intrusive, powerful and expensive. Unless we want politicians like Dave Weaver to also run every other aspect of our lives, we should vote for politicians this November who believe in limited government.
NEWS
January 8, 2013
Thank you, city of Glendale. We had a beautiful and wonderful float. It was back on Jan. 31, 2012, I wrote in regarding Brittany Levine's Jan. 24, 2012, article on how Glendale politicians couldn't stop fighting about the float and it was going to be discontinued because no one could agree on anything from design to cost and everything in between. It really struck a chord with me how other cities, as a source of civic pride, have their Rose Parade float, yet Glendale wanted to fight among themselves like children and go home.
NEWS
August 16, 2013
Re: The Korean “comfort women” statue installed in a Glendale park: Memorials and statues that encourage division between cultures demean the people they propose to represent. The people victimized by war include both sides to any conflict and the suffering inflicted is inflamed by public displays created to remind us of the atrocities we all abhor. The governments of warring nations dictate the terms and conditions that the citizens must endure during conflicts and the people have little say in what transpires.
NEWS
July 9, 2001
Our local politicians recently met at St. Mary's Apostolic Church to discuss increasing economic, social and cultural ties with Armenia. From the article, ("Forum aims to improve trade relations," June 21) all seemed to agree that setting up a trade office in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, would be a good thing. It was said in the article that trade between the two countries would strengthen the California economy. State Sen. Jack Scott described it as a win-win situation.
NEWS
January 28, 2014
The public has an opportunity to repeal the 7% utility users tax, which is located on one's Glendale Water and Power utility bill and natural gas bill. A petition is being circulated throughout our city in which the public has a chance to regain control of their local government from the politicians. Enough is enough in taxes and in fees! While struggling families and businesses are coping with today's economy, our politicians lack fiscal responsibility. From 2001 through 2012, Glendale's population declined.
NEWS
June 9, 2003
Re: "Examine tenants' concerns before coming to conclusion," by Robert Morrison: Kudos to Mr. Morrison. Of course Glendale's reigning politicians "should examine the rental problems," that is, if it could be done devoid of bias and only in light of what a truly free rental market would gain for Glendale. But that's a core problem in itself. Rent control of any sort would only compound what's already in the market mix. While there is little to disagree with of what Morrison had to say about Ken Carlson's continuing emotional socio-logic dribble in support of rent control, even his proposal for government to study the "problems" behind "any sort of tenant relief ordinance," is a concession of sorts that in itself lends a measure of false credibility to any rent-control proposal.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | May 2, 2014
Glendale city officials are working behind-the-scenes to get state, local and federal politicians to back a proposal to close one of the most dangerous railroad crossings in the San Fernando Road corridor and build two bridges over the Los Angeles River and the Verdugo Wash to funnel traffic to neighboring Los Angeles. Earlier this week, representatives from the offices of Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), Rep. Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge), State Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake)
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By Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com | February 28, 2014
Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) responded this week to the fact that he was one of 37 state politicians who received warning letters from a state ethics agency for accepting improper campaign contributions. An investigation by the Fair Political Practices Commission found that the elected officials violated the state's $500 cap on nonmonetary contributions when they attended fundraising parties at the residence of lobbyist Kevin Sloat. The commission fined Sloat $133,500 last week for handouts such as free golf games, concert tickets and hosting gatherings where he provided wine, liquor, cigars, water and floral arrangements, said Jay Wierenga, communications director for the commission.
NEWS
January 28, 2014
The public has an opportunity to repeal the 7% utility users tax, which is located on one's Glendale Water and Power utility bill and natural gas bill. A petition is being circulated throughout our city in which the public has a chance to regain control of their local government from the politicians. Enough is enough in taxes and in fees! While struggling families and businesses are coping with today's economy, our politicians lack fiscal responsibility. From 2001 through 2012, Glendale's population declined.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | December 18, 2013
Three members of Japan's House of Representatives called on Glendale to remove an 1,100-pound statue honoring an estimated 80,000 to 200,000 women from Korea, China and other countries forced into prostitution by the Japanese Army during World War II. The trio, Mio Sugita of the Hyogo Prefecture, Yuzuru Nishida of Chiba, and Hiromu Nakamaru of Hiroshima, are members of the Japan Restoration Party, a one-year-old conservative political party...
NEWS
August 16, 2013
Re: The Korean “comfort women” statue installed in a Glendale park: Memorials and statues that encourage division between cultures demean the people they propose to represent. The people victimized by war include both sides to any conflict and the suffering inflicted is inflamed by public displays created to remind us of the atrocities we all abhor. The governments of warring nations dictate the terms and conditions that the citizens must endure during conflicts and the people have little say in what transpires.
NEWS
January 8, 2013
Thank you, city of Glendale. We had a beautiful and wonderful float. It was back on Jan. 31, 2012, I wrote in regarding Brittany Levine's Jan. 24, 2012, article on how Glendale politicians couldn't stop fighting about the float and it was going to be discontinued because no one could agree on anything from design to cost and everything in between. It really struck a chord with me how other cities, as a source of civic pride, have their Rose Parade float, yet Glendale wanted to fight among themselves like children and go home.
NEWS
October 2, 2012
In regards to the editorial “Smoking issue will linger for a while,” Sept. 29: Without government getting involved in any way, people can decide by themselves if they want to live in non-smoking apartments or hang out in smoke-filled dive bars. Every time citizens cede such choices the government becomes more intrusive, powerful and expensive. Unless we want politicians like Dave Weaver to also run every other aspect of our lives, we should vote for politicians this November who believe in limited government.
NEWS
By Herbert Molano | April 20, 2012
As Glendale and other cities throughout the world schedule the commemoration of the Armenian Genocide by the Ottoman Turks nearly 100 years ago, we are often asked why? Why the inhumanity? We are getting closer to the answer. Unlike the sporadic newspaper stories that surfaced of that genocide during World War I, we can now witness nightly the level of atrocity men are willing to perpetrate on their fellow men. We can now dig faster and deeper into the psychic of these perpetrators.
NEWS
February 12, 2012
Time flies faster the older you get, so it seems like only yesterday - not a year ago - that I was offered the opportunity to write a Sunday column for the News-Press & Leader and other community newspapers in the Times Community News group. It has been an eye-opening experience. The contrast between life in the suburbs and in the big city next door is stark in every way. I meet a lot of people who live on the Valley floor, in Eagle Rock, and in other middle-class communities across Los Angeles who share a deep discontent over the state of their city, and who fear the long-term trend toward things getting worse is only accelerating.
NEWS
December 4, 2011
Events in recent days - from the eviction of Occupy L.A. protesters from the grounds of Los Angeles City Hall to the open-records lawsuit inspired by Assemblyman Anthony Portantino's defiance of his party's leadership - have exposed a level of political hypocrisy that ought to make everyone uneasy. Hypocrisy is rampant at all political levels today with what is really going on in the back rooms of government having little or no connection to the story fed to the public. It's just a coincidence that the week's events exposed liberal hypocrites from Sacramento to Los Angeles.
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