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NEWS
April 26, 2004
Larry and Elizabeth Wright of La Crescenta ("Tap into local resources for unique destination spot," April 19) have selected a route that makes sense for the development of a nearly vacant or run-down Glendale neighborhood. Their concept of "Little Armenia" is culturally delightful and economically sound. If Glendale relies on only one person, one corporation for development of a Town Center -- what toponymic advisor elevated a private-sector commercial development to a status above that of the city of Glendale?
NEWS
October 22, 2002
Karen S. Kim The City Council today will consider raising the salary ranges of its top executives. Staff has recommended that 19 department heads -- including the city manager, city attorney, city clerk, city treasurer, fire chief and police chief -- receive varying increases in the maximum amount of salary they can earn. "This is just adjusting the range for market conditions and things like that," Director of Personnel and Employee Relations Jack Hoffman said, adding that it's been about three years since the last adjustment.
NEWS
August 1, 2011
I think it's great that the private sector, instead of the taxpayer, is paying for this year's Tournament of Roses Parade float (“Rose float funds roll in,” July 26) - that's the way it should have always been done. Thank you Rick Caruso for getting “the ball rolling.” David Lee Williams Glendale    
NEWS
December 30, 2004
Teachers' compensation found in more than their paychecks Dick Seeley's letter supporting a pay raise for teachers plays fast and loose with the facts ("Being underpaid seems to come with being a teacher," Tuesday). The salary level Seeley quoted as the median applies to entry-level teachers in Glendale. My sources have told me that teachers with 10 years of experience within GUSD were being paid more than $66,000 per year. So I consulted the GUSD website, which shows that the top tier level for teacher salaries is $73,000 for the 2001-02 school year.
NEWS
August 21, 2012
Something very satisfying is occurring in my neighborhood. Almost every street in Glenoaks Canyon is being resurfaced, and I notice that work has begun on Chevy Chase Drive and other nearby streets. Yet I marvel at hearing more complaints about the noise and inconvenience this work is creating than about the benefits of well-maintained roadways. Also, how about the pleasure of seeing people in the depressed construction industry being put to work doing something beneficial for us? To me, this kind of undertaking is the surest and best way out of our economic malaise.
NEWS
May 30, 2002
I can't believe that the City Council wants such an astronomical increase in its "salary." The founding fathers of our great nation served our country for free! The City Council members should consider it an honor and a privilege to serve our community. Employees in the private sector who are on a "salary" work above and beyond their scheduled work hours every day and do not receive monetary compensation such as this. As a nurse, I have been lucky to receive a 2% raise in four years of service.
NEWS
February 25, 2011
Age: 50 Occupation: Chief financial officer of USATV LLC Political experience: A little. Endorsements: None. Why are you running for Glendale City Council? My experience in the private sector as CFO and in the governmental sector will allow me to make a significant contribution to the financial well being of the city of Glendale. What sets you apart from the other candidates? I'm a CPA and understand accounting, budgets and finance. Glendale is expected to face a General Fund budget deficit upward of $10 million next fiscal year.
LOCAL
By Michael Teahan | July 11, 2009
I never thought that ignoring them would make them go away, but I did hope they would shut up for a while. Am I the only one who has grown tired of the same, continuous rants of Mike Mohill and Herbert Molano? Isn’t there someone in this community with a nice story about cats to submit to the Glendale News-Press? I am certain it would be more illuminating and, unfortunately for us, a greater public service. I am amazed how those critical of government can be so quick to abandon free-market principals.
NEWS
November 2, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman Karl Lembke is using his campaign for the 38th Assembly District as a classroom, and he hopes to take away from it lessons he can use in future bids for election. "I'm basically testing the waters on this run-through," said Lembke, who is running against Assemblyman Keith Richman (R-Granada Hills) and Democrat Paula Calderon. The district includes 7% of residents in unincorporated La Crescenta and Montrose and 6% of voters in Glendale.
NEWS
October 23, 2000
On the front page of the Oct. 3 Glendale News-Press is a piece by Will Rogers criticizing the reelection campaign of Rep. James Rogan for spelling and other errors. On the same page is a piece by Buck Wargo making similar errors. As the saying goes, "those living in glass houses should not throw rocks". The compulsory and binding arbitration legislation was "enacted" when Gov. Gray Davis signed it. It won't become "effective" until Jan. 1. The Wargo article on a bill allowing a mediator to resolve dispute with police unions misleads the reader by printing Mayor Dave Weaver's unsupported, one-sided conclusions without explanation.
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NEWS
August 21, 2012
Something very satisfying is occurring in my neighborhood. Almost every street in Glenoaks Canyon is being resurfaced, and I notice that work has begun on Chevy Chase Drive and other nearby streets. Yet I marvel at hearing more complaints about the noise and inconvenience this work is creating than about the benefits of well-maintained roadways. Also, how about the pleasure of seeing people in the depressed construction industry being put to work doing something beneficial for us? To me, this kind of undertaking is the surest and best way out of our economic malaise.
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NEWS
By Michael Teahan | August 12, 2011
I think it's time to end our 10-year experiment with faith-based economics. This country is in desperate need of jobs and the invisible hand of the marketplace has been, pun intended, a no-show. The stock market has had so many twists and turns this week that Six Flags could do well to name a new attraction “The S&P 500.” This economy needs some direction and it needs a few million jobs right now. Businesses are sitting on more cash than ever, with the lowest effective tax rates in 60 years and so little legislation coming out of Congress that regulatory “uncertainty” is a fairy tale invented by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
NEWS
August 1, 2011
I think it's great that the private sector, instead of the taxpayer, is paying for this year's Tournament of Roses Parade float (“Rose float funds roll in,” July 26) - that's the way it should have always been done. Thank you Rick Caruso for getting “the ball rolling.” David Lee Williams Glendale    
NEWS
July 6, 2011
City officials are embarking on a “new compensation philosophy” that will affect everything from salaries and benefits to job titles and merit bonuses. An outside consultant could be brought in to help revamp the pay system by as early as August, roughly one year after officials said they started their search. Part of the overhaul could include the way bonuses are handled in the future. Documents obtained by the Burbank Leader after filing a public records lawsuit against the city show employees got a collective $4 million since 2007 despite cuts to city services.
NEWS
February 25, 2011
Age: 50 Occupation: Chief financial officer of USATV LLC Political experience: A little. Endorsements: None. Why are you running for Glendale City Council? My experience in the private sector as CFO and in the governmental sector will allow me to make a significant contribution to the financial well being of the city of Glendale. What sets you apart from the other candidates? I'm a CPA and understand accounting, budgets and finance. Glendale is expected to face a General Fund budget deficit upward of $10 million next fiscal year.
NEWS
August 5, 2010
So let me see if I have this right. The Glendale Unified School District is charging private companies more to use its facilities ("School board OKs fee hikes for firms," July 31). Which means these companies will then pass along the extra fees to the private sector. Which means fewer people will attend because they can't afford the hike in fees. Which means private companies will book fewer events because the ticket sales are weak. Here's a novel idea: How about dropping the rental price and making a concerted effort to attract more private companies?
NEWS
By Michael Teahan | December 22, 2009
I am a fan of open government. It’s ours, after all, and we should have access to pretty much any information we think we need to make sure it serves the public good. In fact, I would like to have a terminal in every public building that lets just about anybody dig around to their heart’s content for whatever dirt they can find. However, when I am underwriting the cost for all of the those mid-level managers and administrative assistants to gather and sort out public information requests, I would like think I am getting some bang for my tax dollar.
LOCAL
By Michael Teahan | July 11, 2009
I never thought that ignoring them would make them go away, but I did hope they would shut up for a while. Am I the only one who has grown tired of the same, continuous rants of Mike Mohill and Herbert Molano? Isn’t there someone in this community with a nice story about cats to submit to the Glendale News-Press? I am certain it would be more illuminating and, unfortunately for us, a greater public service. I am amazed how those critical of government can be so quick to abandon free-market principals.
FEATURES
December 18, 2008
Jewel City is getting pretty pricey No doubt Glendale is a nice place to live. It is about time the real estate people and the property owners who are trying to sell property realize that they have to get real regarding prices. There is no way a 1,000-square-foot 1925 vintage home in Glendale, which needs everything replaced, is worth $600,000 to $800,000. Real estate prices and rental cost need to get back to 1990 prices. If people don’t wake up and quit trying to be greedy, especially those landlords who are soaking the poor, you are going to see a mass exodus from Glendale and those who supply your labor services.
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