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October 2, 2013
Earlier this year, I received a notice from the Glendale Public Works informing me that along with street enhancement, sidewalks were going to be installed on Alameda Avenue between Glenwood Road and Bel Aire Drive. I was absolutely overjoyed. Those that need to walk on Alameda have always taken their lives in their own hands. Unfortunately, last week I received the letter informing me that the planned sidewalk installation was going to be dropped. The reason given was that the overriding sentiment of the residents was to save the tree canopy.
NEWS
February 17, 2004
Robert Chacon If the La Canada Flintridge City Council approves a $53,000 concrete repair contract tonight, business owners and shoppers will be walking easy beginning in April. Public Works Director Steve Castellanos has recommended that the City Council approve the contract with Glendale-based Vart Construction for concrete repair of at least 48 different locations in the city, most of them along business-lined Foothill Boulevard. The repairs are part of an annual effort by the city to repair concrete that has been lifted by tree roots, driveways damaged by weather and wear, and crumbling curbs and gutters.
NEWS
November 25, 2004
Robert Chacon A long-simmering battle to bring sidewalks to some of La Canada Flint- ridge's residential streets is once again coming to a boiling point. This time, the focus is on Chevy Chase Drive between Descanso Drive and Foothill Boulevard, where some residents say sidewalks are needed to ensure the safety of pedestrians, but others oppose the notion, citing the desire to maintain the area's rural and rustic charm. Homes on this stretch of the street were built on large lots, and owners often kept their horses on the property.
NEWS
June 22, 2005
Fred Ortega Children's safety beat out neighborhood charm Monday night when the City Council approved the installation Monday of sidewalks along La Canada Boulevard. La Canada Elementary School students will no longer have to walk to school along an uneven, rock-lined path. The council voted, 4-0, to install sidewalks, curbs and gutters on the west side of La Canada Boulevard, extending a walkway that already exists in front of the school north to Olive Lane.
NEWS
March 13, 2002
Great Divide? I was raised in the Crescenta Valley. I have lived in both the unincorporated section of La Crescenta and the Glendale annex. I found it interesting that Janet Thompson explained that the Glendale annex section has a "human society" defined by street lights, police service and sidewalks. I guess we who live on the other side of Pennsylvania Avenue are nonhuman by default. It must be the street lights and the sidewalks, because we have great police service from the sheriff's department.
NEWS
June 20, 2005
Fred Ortega The City Council will consider a proposal tonight to install sidewalks on La Canada Boulevard near La Canada Elementary School that some neighbors argue will hurt the look of the community. The proposal, which would also extend an existing loading zone in front of the school, would cost an estimated $500,000, city officials said. Parents, who say that the improvements are needed to protect children walking to and from the school, are going head-to-head with residents like Harriet Hughe, who say installing sidewalks would take away from the area's rural character.
NEWS
September 6, 2001
It seems the complaints of the few carry more weight than the facts in most cases. This letter is in response to your headline story on Friday, Aug. 24, concerning the cutting of carob trees and replacing them with spindly trees. Obviously the complainers haven't experienced the many problems associated with the beautiful carob trees. Have they raked up pods from their lawns and from the streets in front of their houses? Have they experienced the ruining of the sidewalks?
NEWS
January 21, 2005
LA CANADA ELEMENTARY TRAFFIC DEBATED The City Council continued its public hearing period on proposed construction of a student drop-off zone on La Canada Boulevard, behind La Canada Elementary. The council is considering several projects that would result in a less congested street during drop-off and pick-up times. Sidewalks that would make walking to school safer for some students are also being considered. The council heard comments from residents who are for and against sidewalks.
NEWS
January 16, 2009
Local sidewalks to be cleaned The City Council has approved a recommendation from the Department of Public Works to expand an existing sidewalk cleaning contract to include the Montrose Shopping Park. The contract with Hydro Pressure Systems will now include quarterly washing and cleaning of sidewalks and fixtures along Honolulu Avenue between Verdugo and Sunset, on the north and south sides. The contract will also include debris pickup from gutters. The bulk of the contract, which now totals $442,546, will cover work in downtown Glendale.
NEWS
May 4, 2005
Darleene Barrientos Smooth sidewalks, uncluttered treetops and smooth, green, working lampposts in the 2200 block of Honolulu Avenue are a preview of what's to come for the two remaining blocks of the Montrose Shopping Park. City workers erected several of the lampposts Tuesday along the 2300 block of Honolulu Avenue, while shoppers and strollers watched curiously as they walked to the shopping park's cafes and shops. When the lampposts are tested and found to be working properly, the city will repave the torn up and patched sidewalks, said John Drayman, secretary of the Montrose Shopping Park Assn.
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NEWS
March 21, 2014
The Downtown Glendale Merchants Assn. has done a good thing with its beautification project along Brand Boulevard. The friendly clean-up crews leave the sidewalk sparkling with a smile on their faces. Now we have lovely planters on the street corners along Brand. Unfortunately, smokers have decided those planters are their personal ashtrays. Message to smokers: Knock it off. Put your butts were they belong, not in the planters and definitely not on the sidewalks. John King Glendale
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NEWS
February 4, 2014
Crosswalk stings are a start , but only a Band-Aid to the overriding pedestrian issues we face. At a community meeting last August, Deputy Director of Public Works Roubik Golanian said that the city is “mandated to provide a safe place to walk.” Unfortunately, this talk about pedestrian safety has proven to be little more than lip service. Instead of moving ahead with a planned installation of sidewalks on Alameda Avenue, a much-needed safety measure for our neighborhood's pedestrians, officials caved in to a few people unhappy about some tree removal.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | January 25, 2014
Glendale has agreed to pay $30,000 to an elderly couple who was injured on a city sidewalk after the husband tripped on raised pavement near a tree and fell, bringing his wife down with him. The City Council announced the settlement during a meeting this week after discussing the matter behind closed doors. Hamazasp Pirijanlou, 83, was walking arm in arm with his 78-year-old wife, Zartar, in the 700 block of North Louise Street on June 13, 2010, when Hamazasp Pirijanlou tripped and dragged his wife down with him. Hamazasp Pirijanlou displaced his pinky finger and damaged his back, while Zartar Pirijanlou tore her rotator cuff in her left shoulder and suffered bruises on her elbows and knees, according to court records.
NEWS
October 2, 2013
Earlier this year, I received a notice from the Glendale Public Works informing me that along with street enhancement, sidewalks were going to be installed on Alameda Avenue between Glenwood Road and Bel Aire Drive. I was absolutely overjoyed. Those that need to walk on Alameda have always taken their lives in their own hands. Unfortunately, last week I received the letter informing me that the planned sidewalk installation was going to be dropped. The reason given was that the overriding sentiment of the residents was to save the tree canopy.
NEWS
By Ron Kaye | January 12, 2013
Cracked and potholed streets don't just damage your car and annoy you, they also kill - causing accidents, slowing emergency response times, endangering pedestrians, even increasing the risk of West Nile virus by allowing stagnant pools of water to accumulate and become the breeding ground for mosquitoes. Those were among the arguments put forward last week to the Los Angeles City Council by the city's street services chief in urging members to put a measure on the May ballot to raise $3 billion from higher property taxes to repair the long-neglected 6,500 miles of mean streets.
NEWS
November 16, 2012
I would like to substantiate Tom Campbell's comment in the Nov. 14 Mailbag about the sidewalk bicycle law in Glendale. On Nov. 11, I was walking along the sidewalk at Central and Maple after completing a workout at the gym. As I was strolling to my car, I heard the repeated ringing of a bell. It was a bicycle rider on the sidewalk - with a complete sense of propriety - “warning” me of his presence. Had I not been on an “endorphin high” after my gym workout I would have read him the riot act. The audacity!
NEWS
November 13, 2012
Here is a traffic regulation violated so often in Glendale that I don't think many know it exists: 10.64.025, bicycle riding on sidewalks: “No person shall ride or operate a bicycle upon any public sidewalk in any business district within the city except where such sidewalk is officially designated as part of an established bicycle route. Pedestrians shall have the right of way on sidewalks. The prohibition in this section shall not apply to peace officers on bicycle patrol.” Not only is it violated often, but daily I see bicyclists traveling at speeds exceeding 20 mph on sidewalks, weaving around pedestrians.
NEWS
September 7, 2012
A 39-year-old motorist was arrested this week after a Glendale police officer saw him allegedly crash into a parked car, flee the area, and then drive onto a sidewalk when he was ordered to stop. The motorist, Garo Kalindjian, reportedly admitted on Tuesday to taking Suboxone, a pill used to treat opiate addiction, before colliding, according to Glendale police reports. Kalindjian was taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, police said. The officer was driving about 11:29 p.m. on the 1700 block of Broadview Drive when he saw Kalindjian driving toward him and close to the curb, police said.
NEWS
August 30, 2012
Before insisting that increasing the number of bicycle lanes and "road diets" are the way to go, Glendale officials should consider appropriate safety issues. Cyclists must follow accepted traffic rules. I have seen too many cyclists who have blown through stop signs and traffic lights, impede right turns for autos and other cyclists, jump onto and off sidewalks, veer in front of car traffic without looking to go around a parked car; and ride side-by side talking and frequently meandering to the left.
NEWS
June 7, 2012
A man made off with a woman's Louis Vuitton purse Wednesday after a brief struggle while she was walking on Monterey Road, police said. The purse snatching occurred about 12:25 p.m. just west of Jackson Street. Police were unable to locate the man - described as Asian, 18 years old, 5 foot 8 inches tall and clean shaven with a thin build and short black hair - after searching the neighborhood. He was also wearing a black shirt and pants, which were cut off at the shins.
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