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NEWS
August 5, 2011
City manager. In Glendale, the person who holds that position is as powerful, if not more so, than a City Council member. The city manager, in addition to running the vast organization at City Hall, wields vast influence over hiring decisions, the agenda of public business and city departments, and has time and again steered the City Council in one direction or another. And yet, for all the potential consequence of the position, the City Council has remained disturbingly mum on how it intends to replace outgoing City Manager Jim Starbird, who plans to retire at year's end. The hiring of a city manager is one of the most important decisions a City Council can face, and yet this current council has been content to meet behind closed doors while the public grows increasingly anxious about what form the process will take.
NEWS
July 12, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman It has been 2 1/2 months since Glendale Police Chief Russell Siverling announced he intends to retire at the end of the year, but the search for his replacement is moving along at a snail's pace. City officials -- who faced criticism over the last selection process, when Siverling was appointed -- seem to be taking a more methodical approach this time. City Manager Jim Starbird said Glendale will be hiring an executive search firm to solicit candidates, but that search firm has not yet been named.
NEWS
October 21, 2011
Nick Friesen did an outstanding job in his 10-point selection process plan (“Points for the City Council to ponder,” Aug. 18), as well as trying to evaluate where we are now with the consulting firm handling the selection process for our new city manager. Now that we are entering the third phase of our selection process for our new city manager, I'd like to concur on a five-member review board. One member would be appointed by each City Council member. This review board would be comprised of very distinguish citizens of our beautiful city who would consider recommendations made by the city manager.
NEWS
July 28, 2011
It has come to our attention that the City Council has begun discussions on the selection process for the next city manager for Glendale (“Glendale city manager to retire,” July 13). We believe this change in leadership presents a singular opportunity to hire an individual who not only has the requisite expertise in the field, but someone who will be able to address the root causes of challenges that our city will face in the coming years. Hiring such an individual can only and best be accomplished through an open selection process, allowing you to choose from a diverse list of qualified individuals from across the country.
NEWS
June 27, 2001
I am responding to David Silva's column ("Inside/Out," , and also to a recent editorial concerning the genocide memorial committee. Silva reported on negative comments made at the committee's first meeting. The column expressed the opinion that the selection process was "rigged" by the Glendale City Council. Let me start off by saying that I am one of the rejects. Out of 81 Glendale community members who applied, each councilman selected six names from a prepared list of applicants.
NEWS
March 23, 2005
PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH PROCEDURE WHAT HAPPENED Physics professor Jean Lecuyer and former Trustee Robert Holmes talked to the Glendale Community College Board of Trustees about the lessons they learned when they last searched for a president superintendent in 1985. WHAT IT MEANS President Supt. John Davitt plans to retire from his position next year, and trustees and school officials are beginning the process to search for and hire a new president superintendent to take his place.
NEWS
February 27, 2004
Robert Chacon The Crescenta Valley Town Council has been awarding scholarships solely to Crescenta Valley High School students since 1989. That could change if a group of parents who home-school their children get their way. The scholarships are small, from $150 to $250, but if the council represents the community, its members need to be aware of other types of students in its neighborhoods, parents and home-schooled students said. It is unclear how many children in the La Crescenta area are home-schooled, but parents said they know of at least 20 families that educate their children at home.
NEWS
By Anthony Kim | November 21, 2006
GLENDALE — Having received the top ranking during every step in the selection process, Dawn Lindsay will become the next vice president of instruction for the Glendale Community College. The Glendale Community College Board of Trustees unanimously approved Superintendent/President Audre Levy's recommendation in favor of Lindsay during the closed session of the board meeting on Monday. "Her energy and her enthusiasm was recognized and it was the best match to the position," Levy said.
NEWS
March 3, 2003
Tim Willert Councilman Bob Yousefian, who protested last month's appointment of Steve Zurn as Public Works director, said Friday he has presented evidence to City Atty. Scott Howard indicating Zurn's hiring was tampered with. The City Council on Tuesday will consider hiring outside counsel to investigate allegations that Zurn was unfairly selected. Members will decide if the review should be limited to Zurn's recruitment, or the city's entire recruitment and selection process.
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NEWS
October 21, 2011
Nick Friesen did an outstanding job in his 10-point selection process plan (“Points for the City Council to ponder,” Aug. 18), as well as trying to evaluate where we are now with the consulting firm handling the selection process for our new city manager. Now that we are entering the third phase of our selection process for our new city manager, I'd like to concur on a five-member review board. One member would be appointed by each City Council member. This review board would be comprised of very distinguish citizens of our beautiful city who would consider recommendations made by the city manager.
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NEWS
August 5, 2011
City manager. In Glendale, the person who holds that position is as powerful, if not more so, than a City Council member. The city manager, in addition to running the vast organization at City Hall, wields vast influence over hiring decisions, the agenda of public business and city departments, and has time and again steered the City Council in one direction or another. And yet, for all the potential consequence of the position, the City Council has remained disturbingly mum on how it intends to replace outgoing City Manager Jim Starbird, who plans to retire at year's end. The hiring of a city manager is one of the most important decisions a City Council can face, and yet this current council has been content to meet behind closed doors while the public grows increasingly anxious about what form the process will take.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine brittany.levine@latimes.com | August 3, 2011
Donors may have saved Glendale's float entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade from the chopping block due to a budget shortfall, but now its circus elephant design - and how it came to pass - is facing scrutiny. The City Council on Tuesday asked to review the float selection process after resident Sharon Weisman said the design of elephant attached to a carriage - drafted for the parade's “Just Imagine” theme - is a loaded symbol that has nothing to do with Glendale. “My first reaction when seeing the design was 'Wow, a symbol of a major political party in an election year,' then 'Didn't I read People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is suing circuses for animal abuse?
NEWS
July 28, 2011
It has come to our attention that the City Council has begun discussions on the selection process for the next city manager for Glendale (“Glendale city manager to retire,” July 13). We believe this change in leadership presents a singular opportunity to hire an individual who not only has the requisite expertise in the field, but someone who will be able to address the root causes of challenges that our city will face in the coming years. Hiring such an individual can only and best be accomplished through an open selection process, allowing you to choose from a diverse list of qualified individuals from across the country.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | May 17, 2011
Pilar Fontenla sat in her Glendale home where her son’s train toys occupied the bookshelf, coffee table and floor. There were plastic tracks, locomotives and a smiling “Thomas the Train” puzzle with all the pieces in place. As Fontenla relayed her life’s current preoccupations — her 4-year-old son, school and work —she looked as excited about life as she has ever been. In the last several years, Fontenla has pulled herself out of a depression that muddled her spirit, leaving her unrecognizable to family and friends.
NEWS
By Melanie Hicken | December 16, 2009
BURBANK ? If all goes well for Thousand Oaks resident Dave Grimm, he?ll be one of thousands of expected applicants picked to serve on California?s first-ever citizen?s commission for redrawing voting districts. The independent 14-member Citizens Redistricting Commission was created last year when voters like Grimm passed Proposition 11, which essentially transferred from the Legislature to the public the power to redraw the districts for 40 state Senate seats, 80 in the Assembly districts and four for the State Board of Equalization.
NEWS
By Melanie Hicken | December 15, 2009
BURBANK — If all goes well for Thousand Oaks resident Dave Grimm, he’ll be one of thousands of expected applicants picked to serve on California’s first-ever citizen’s commission for redrawing voting districts. The independent 14-member Citizens Redistricting Commission was created last year when voter like Grimm passed Proposition 11, which essentially transferred the power to redraw the districts for 40 state Senate seats, 80 in the Assembly districts and four for the State Board of Equalization from the Legislature to the public.
NEWS
September 21, 2007
Friends of Shoseian (Whispering Pine Teahouse) is a small group that supports and maintains the Japanese Teahouse in Brand Park. It has been in Brand Park since its arrival, in 1974, from Higashi-Osaka, Japan, a sister city of Glendale. Recently, the Friends of Shoseian Teahouse and Friendship Garden were troubled by the article in your paper describing a group, headed by a rabbi, who went to celebrate the holiday of Rosh Hashana at the teahouse by feeding bread to the koi in the pond adjacent to the teahouse (“Casting off the year past,” Sept.
NEWS
By Anthony Kim | November 21, 2006
GLENDALE — Having received the top ranking during every step in the selection process, Dawn Lindsay will become the next vice president of instruction for the Glendale Community College. The Glendale Community College Board of Trustees unanimously approved Superintendent/President Audre Levy's recommendation in favor of Lindsay during the closed session of the board meeting on Monday. "Her energy and her enthusiasm was recognized and it was the best match to the position," Levy said.
FEATURES
September 1, 2006
Two outstanding California high school students will be selected to spend a week in Washington, D.C., observing the federal government in action. California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer announced that the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) has begun its statewide selection process. The two California students will join 102 other delegates March 3 to 10, 2007, for the program's 45th Anniversary Washington Week. The program was established in 1962 by Senate Resolution 324, which resolved: "That the Senate hereby expresses its willingness to cooperate in a nationwide competitive high school program which would give several representative high school students from each state a short indoctrination into the operation of the United States Senate and the Federal Government generally, if such a program can be satisfactorily arranged and completely supported by private funds with no expense to the Federal Government."
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