April 9, 2013
Strong winds that whipped through Glendale Monday night caused a small tree fire and minor property damage, officials reported. Wires that got caught in tree limbs started a small blaze in a tree in the 1600 block of Ramona Avenue, according to Steve Zurn, who heads public works and Glendale Water & Power. A downed tree caused minor damage to a home on Cottage Grove Avenue and a broken limb damaged a car, Zurn added. No major damage was reported, although there were plenty of fallen palm fronds and street debris.
April 8, 2013
Wind gusts topping 70 mph were recorded Monday afternoon as Southern California was buffeted by a major Santa Ana wind event. The National Weather Service said the high winds were causing dust storms and had created zero-visibility conditions in some desert areas. In Lancaster, winds were clocked at 70 mph amid a sand storm. In Imperial County, a 73 mph gust was reported. Scattered power outages were also reported. A high-wind advisory is in effect across Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley, where gusts could peak at 45 mph, said weather service meteorologist Andrew Rorke.
March 13, 2013
Faced with widespread public opposition, Los Angeles County supervisors on Tuesday sent a proposed parcel fee to combat storm water pollution back to the drawing board. The proposed fee would be levied on all property owners within the county's flood control district, raising an estimated $290 million a year to help cities and the county deal with widespread water quality issues stemming from polluted storm water and urban runoff and the need to comply with new state regulations, the L.A. Times reported . But it faced strong opposition, including from local school districts, which for the first time would be taxed for the program.
March 7, 2013
A late winter storm is bringing rain and possibly thunderstorms to Southern California on Thursday and Friday, along with up to eight inches of snow in the mountains. Rainfall amounts will vary, with the potential for brief heavy downpours and small hail, according to the National Weather Service. The snow level will be in the 3,000- to 4,000-foot range, with four to eight inches likely above 5,000 feet. The roads that could be affected by snowfall include Interstate 5 near the Grapevine, Highway 14 through Soledad Canyon, Highway 138 in the Antelope Valley and Highway 33 in the Ventura County mountains.
February 18, 2013
A cold, blustery storm originating from the Gulf of Alaska is expected to move down the California coast Tuesday, creating traffic headaches in some places, authorities warned. Possible thunderstorms were expected to affect most of the Southland, bringing between one-tenth to half an inch of rain in most areas, the L.A. Times reported. Snow could fall as low as 1,500 feet, and there was high potential for icy roadways, including Interstate 5 from the Grapevine to the Santa Clarita Valley, according to the National Weather Service.
February 8, 2013
Snow has closed the Grapevine in both directions Friday. The closure is at the Grapevine summit, and officials said they don't know when Interstate 5 will reopen. The National Weather Service said snow will drop to the 2,000-foot level, according to the L.A. Times. "A cold storm system will push southward from the Gulf of Alaska across the forecast area today through tonight. Snow levels will plummet to 2000-3000 feet today. Elevations above 4000 feet can expect between 6 and 10 inches of snow, with lesser amounts across the Santa Barbara mountains and lower elevations," the weather service said in a statement.
December 27, 2012
Cool and breezy conditions are expected to give way to another rainstorm later this week, but forecasters say it should be mostly clear and brisk by New Year's Day and the all-important Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena. Gusty northwest winds were expected for some areas through Thursday morning with most of the region experiencing fair weather Thursday and Friday, said experts with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. Many areas will experience 15- to 25-mph winds, they said, and the Antelope Valley and the mountains should see west to northwest winds of up to 45 mph. A winter weather advisory was issued for Thursday until 10 a.m., with blistery snow showers expected on north facing mountain slopes in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
December 3, 2012
In order to avoid steep fines, Glendale plans to install hundreds of storm drain screens to keep trash from getting into the Los Angeles River. The City Council has approved spending $100,000 more, bringing the total cost for 579 screens to $150,000. The screens are required by the state's water quality control board, which requires cities to block trash from getting into the river. The screens prevent trash as small as 5 millimeters in diameter from entering the storm drain system.
November 27, 2012
It's going to be a cold, wet week ahead as the first of two storm fronts blows into the region on Wednesday. Forecasters say rain is likely on Wednesday, with a continued chance of rain through Thursday before breaking up into mostly cloudy conditions, according to the National Weather Service. Daytime temperatures, meanwhile, will likely remain in the low-60s. A brief respite from rainy conditions on Friday will give way to second storm system on Saturday, which will bring a strong chance of rain through Monday, according to the weather service.
November 6, 2012
A strange sound has been emanating from Vanes "Nightmare" Martirosyan's camp over the past weeks - silence. Never one to shy away from talking trash or baiting opponents, the Glendale resident has maintained a decidedly low public profile since his World Boxing Council light middleweight final eliminator bout with Erislandy Lara became a done deal. So what happened to the fighter who had spent months calling out Lara and other top fighters in the 154-pound division, once even promising in an interview to break Lara's ribs and send him to the hospital?