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April 6, 2011
I read with amusement the comments of John LoCascio regarding the Mission-style building at 230 South Orange St. (“History may trip up Nordstrom plan,” March 28). He says, as president of the Glendale Historical Society, he wants to preserve this building. It is interesting that when he was asked, in the recent past, by the Mountain/Bellhurst Zoning Committee to become involved in the preservation of a quality 1923 Spanish Colonial Revival home on North Carmen, he displayed no interest at all. It appears that it is only when LoCascio can get his name in the paper is he interested.
NEWS
November 8, 2013
I've lived in Glendale for 10 years. I've never seen such an angry little town with so many peoples clamoring that their faction's cause, pain, history, persecution, suffering, torture be assuaged first and foremost. It's a competition in Glendale, one I myself was deep in the mud-pit of when another one began: the controversy surrounding the memorial for the Korean comfort women. I was not initially absorbed by this piece of art but eventually got curious about its many symbols , like the clenched fists for anger and the empty chair for those who have passed.
NEWS
March 2, 2013
I find it ironic that letter-writer Roberta Medford is upset to see Mike Mohill's posters flourish up and down Honolulu Avenue and elsewhere (“ Not a fan of what Mohill stands for ,” Mailbag, Feb. 13). She states that businesses should not express their politics and that shopkeepers risk turning customers away with partisanship. Where was Medford when former councilman John Drayman, the unofficial mayor of Montrose, ran for office and had posters all over town? Did she object then?
NEWS
June 24, 2011
That thousands of people would clamor to get onto a waiting list for affordable housing that already has thousands of names on it is a testament to the crushing demand that this and other cities will face for years to come. This week, 3,848 applicants took part in a lottery to get one of just 1,200 spots on the waiting list for Casa De La Paloma, an affordable senior housing complex on Kenwood Street. As Gov. Jerry Brown and legislators continue to press for the elimination of local redevelopment agencies to redirect their tax revenues to cash-starved Sacramento, cities like Glendale will lose a key tool for building affordable housing projects.
NEWS
December 29, 2010
Words are important. We can have discussions about politics, policies and ideas and forget the role that words play in shaping how we feel about an issue. It seems, on its face, an obvious thing, but when news agencies dictate the terminology of debate, it's more insidious than Orwell's "1984. " It's more dangerous because most of us take it for granted. Recent revelations from News Corp. that it uses "Government Option" to describe a component of health-care reform as opposed to the term "Public Option" reveals that the company wants to shape the debate by tapping into the inherent mistrust some people have in those we elect.
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By Joyce Rudolph | October 16, 2012
The USC Trojan Guild of Los Angeles welcomed Glendale resident Richard H. Dekmejian, professor of political science and director of the Institute of Armenian Studies at USC, as its guest speaker at the first fall meeting on Oct. 4 in the Davidson Conference Center. Dekmejian is considered an expert in Middle Eastern politics, the Arab-Israeli conflict, Islamic civilization, terrorism, U.S. foreign policy, oil politics, international human relations and religious terrorism. His recent books include “Islam in Revolution” and “The Just Prince: A Manual of Leadership.” Dekmejian's presentation focused on current Middle Eastern issues, which was an appropriate topic, said member Christin Bey Moses, because the meeting was held just before the national election and because it parallels the guild's theme for the year - “USC's Global Reach.” The Trojan Guild has been an active women's philanthropic support group at USC since 1960.
NEWS
December 15, 2012
The way that Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich and the cabalists of the San Gabriel Valley cities treated Glendale Councilman Ara Najarian over his Metropolitan Transportation Authority board appointment because he opposes the 710 Freeway tunnel project is symptomatic of a dangerous trend in our political culture. We are seeing this kind of political thuggery in the name of righteousness in Washington, in Sacramento and in Los Angeles, where widely respected former Mayor Richard Riordan recently was humiliated publicly by the pipsqueak City Council President Herb Wesson for having the temerity to suggest real pension reform is needed to avoid bankruptcy.
NEWS
January 21, 2011
Editor's Note: Numerous instances of plagiarism have been discovered in Dan Kimber's “Education Matters” column, which ran in the News- Press from September 2003 to September 2011. In those columns where plagiarism has been found, a For the Record specifying the details will be appended to the piece. The founders of this great nation had the foresight to separate government and religion, reasoning that the one has no business mixing with the other. The wisdom of that separation, despite periodic efforts to establish a state religion, has been demonstrated throughout our country's history.
NEWS
March 29, 2001
Alex Coolman NORTHEAST GLENDALE -- Religion and politics aren't always the most harmonious mix, but at the 38th annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast, they snuggled together like the sausage links served in the buffet line. Maybe that was because the crowd of those who managed to assemble in the Glendale Civic Auditorium at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday included a healthy selection of City Council candidates. Among those in attendance were Larry Miller, Steve Ropfogel, Tony Tartaglia, Hamo Rostamian, Pam Ellis, Allen Brandstater and -- of course -- Mayor Dave Weaver.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | April 25, 2014
As ‎nearly 1,200 people packed the Alex Theatre on Thursday at the 13th annual commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, attendees were abuzz about a historic statement made by the Turkish Prime Minister the day prior. PHOTOS: Armenian Genocide commemoration at the Alex Theatre Most dismissed the comments made by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ‎Erdogan on the eve before the 99th anniversary of the genocide, in which he offered condolences to Armenian descendants of the massacre and mentioned a "shared pain," but did not directly recognize the massacres of the Ottoman Empire as a genocide.
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By Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com | March 31, 2014
It was a busy week for Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake), who had several bills approved by various committees, including one piece of legislation aimed at better training school employees to identify and report child abuse. AB 1432, passed by a 5-0 vote by the Assembly Education Committee, would require school employees to take mandatory training on state-developed standards for spotting abuse and neglect and taking the proper steps to report it. “By training school personnel to recognize the signs of abuse, it is my hope we will help stop it,” said Gatto in a statement.
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By Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com | March 28, 2014
Two local lawmakers recently announced their picks for “Women of the Year” and they all come from a variety of professional and community-advocacy backgrounds. During a luncheon on Tuesday, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) honored Alexandra Helfrich of Burbank, Cheryl Davis of La Crescenta and Christy Schilling of Glendale, among other women from his district. Helfrich has served on the Burbank Arts for All Foundation board of directors since 2007 and was co-chair from 2010-13.
NEWS
November 14, 2013
I've lived in Glendale for 10 years. I've never seen such an angry little town with so many peoples clamoring that their faction's cause, pain, history, persecution, suffering, torture be assuaged first and foremost. It's a competition in Glendale, one I myself was deep in the mud-pit of when another one began: the controversy surrounding the memorial for the Korean comfort women. I was not initially absorbed by this piece of art but eventually got curious about its many symbols, like the clenched fists for anger and the empty chair for those who have passed.
NEWS
By Dan Evans, dan.evans@latimes.com | October 5, 2013
On my desk sits a pink-and-black political mailer that screams that Assemblyman Mike Gatto is "Porn's Best Friend. " Inside is a nearly 1,000-word piece, taken word-for-word, and without permission, from the Glendale News-Press . Perhaps you've received a copy. The mailer, in politician-speak, is a hit piece, and a massive copyright violation besides. The people that put this out, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, should be ashamed of themselves. Supporting AIDS research and helping those suffering from HIV and AIDS - things the foundation does - are worthy.
NEWS
By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | August 21, 2013
Seeking a stronger political voice in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., Glendale City Council members voted Tuesday to hire a state lobbyist and enter into negotiations with a federal lobbyist in the hope of steering policy decisions and grant money the city's way. Discussion on the issue grew contentious, however, over which federal lobbyist to choose, and over concerns about applicants' previous clients. Glendale had kept Washington lobbyists on the payroll since 2003, but cut back on advocacy spending in 2011 and went without them last year amid city budget concerns and reduced federal funding opportunities.
NEWS
By Megan O'Neil | March 28, 2013
Glendale Unified school board candidates are a very polite bunch. I am convinced, in fact, that our local education race might be the last bastion of civilized discourse in American politics. Two months of campaigning has seen a string of cordial forums during which candidates carefully adhered to time limits and largely avoided voicing criticism. Tension over the prized Glendale Teachers Assn. endorsement - this year it belongs to second-time candidate Jennifer Freemon, but in the past had been touted by incumbents Christine Walters and others - has remained mostly muted.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | March 26, 2013
Zareh Sinanyan - the City Council candidate at the center of this election season's biggest controversy so far - has also amassed the largest campaign war chest, with $70,065 on hand, according to the most recent financial disclosure filings. “The money is just flowing in,” Sinanyan said. “People are overwhelmingly supporting me.” Contributions for the April 2 election continued despite a request by some council members earlier this month to remove Sinanyan from his city commission seat because of vulgar and threatening comments that were posted under his name on YouTube and other websites.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, Alene Tchekmedyian and Kelly Corrigan | March 22, 2013
Before P.J. Gaynard goes to the voting booth, he admits that he typically doesn't know much about local politicians. But the 37-year-old Glendale resident is glued to Twitter and Facebook, and that's where he found Glendale City Council candidate Roland Kedikian. That connection meant one more person watched Kedikian's nearly three-minute campaign video and left this post: “I think it really says something about how you feel about reaching people in 2013!” Elections experts agree social media is an ideal tool for reaching voters.
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