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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May 1, 2012
What a farce! Kim Kardashian as mayor of Glendale! Isn't the country in enough trouble without the Kardashians getting into politics? She doesn't even know that Glendale doesn't elect its mayor! God help us! Francis Adams Glendale
February 15, 2001
Alecia Foster NORTHWEST GLENDALE -- Armen Boyajian waited until the last minute to put together his speech on the influence of money on politics. "I wrote this in about two hours last night," he said. The Crescenta Valley High School student wanted to be able to put in the latest facts and figures into his speech to make it more effective and relevant. On Wednesday afternoon, Armen's speech won him the Glendale Host Lions Club's Student Speakers contest.