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July 6, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman A transformer blowout left oil pouring into the Verdugo Wash and caused a power outage in north Glendale for hours on Friday, fire officials said. Hazardous Materials crews responded to the Fremont substation of Glendale Water and Power, 601 Hahn Ave., about 2:45 p.m. Friday after a transformer blew out the side of a 1,100-gallon oil tank. "Unfortunately, it dumped into a storm drain instead of into a secondary system," Battalion Chief Corey Creasey said.
April 4, 2005
Mark R. Madler Glendale -- Along city streets early Sunday morning, a 100,000-pound electrical transformer was moved to a power plant as a replacement for a transformer damaged last month. Escorted by four Glendale Police motorcycle officers and monitored by staff from Glendale Water and Power, the trailer hauling the transformer crossed over into opposing lanes of traffic to avoid striking stoplights. "I saw people peeking out their windows just for curiosity," said Ramon Abueg, the city's electrical services administrator.
April 1, 2005
Jackson Bell Glendale Water and Power officials have been unable to pinpoint the cause of three power outages in recent weeks, but they hope replacing a damaged transformer will solve the problems that left about 20,000 customers in the dark this week. A backup transformer weighing more than 100,000 pounds will be shipped from the Tropico substation in downtown Glendale to the Grayson power plant early Sunday morning to replace a broken generator, said Ramon Abueg, the city's principal electrical engineer.
October 4, 2006
Outage affects more than 13,000 residents A bird flew into a transformer on Saturday, causing 13,500 customers to lose power in La Crescenta and Montrose from 8:27 a.m. to 9:15 a.m., Saturday, city officials said. Workers cleaned and repaired the area at the Montrose substation within 45 minutes, said Ramon Abueg, Glendale Water and Power's electrical services administrator. A bird that looked like a crow or a raven flew into a small gap on the transformer, which generates 34,000 volts of energy.
July 3, 2000
Buck Wargo CITY HALL -- Two years ago, a damaged transformer put Glendale Water & Power officials on alert of the potential for power outages. The transformer, one of two in the city, receives power through Los Angeles from plants the city owns in New Mexico, Arizona and Utah and from Hoover Dam and Pacific Northwest hydroelectric plants. When it was knocked out of action, Glendale had to use Burbank as a backup for supplying power, and the city cranked up all eight generators at its Grayson Power Plant, where normally one or two would operate.
By: SHERWOOD KIRALY | October 14, 2005
The other evening I was consulting a book in front of my computer screen with the TV on when there was a sudden "k-zz-zz-t" sound, and both screens and the book went dark. Patti Jo and I looked at our circuit breakers and they were still in the on position, so we walked out front and saw our neighbor Elaine out there too, and knew that our little group had gone Amish again. Up on Alta Laguna Boulevard, there's a strip of seven houses on our block which are connected to the same transformer, and periodically water gets into the transformer and all the power in our houses goes out. When this happens, it's poignant to look across the street and see the facing homes, bright and merry.
September 4, 2002
Alex Smothers NORTHWEST GLENDALE--Temperatures reached as high as 105 degrees over the Labor Day weekend, and some residents had to weather the heat without air-conditioning, thanks to power outages in the area. A two-block area around Royal Avenue went without power Sunday and much of Monday after a transformer blew at the Grandview substation, according to Glendale Water and Power electric superintendent Larry Wolfe. Several dozen residents, businesses and homes were affected.
April 8, 2005
Jackson Bell City officials say they have put an end to a string of power failures that caused large portions of the city to go dark four times in as many weeks. Rerouted high-voltage cables and a backup transformer set to be installed this weekend at Grayson power plant should keep the lights on without interruption, said Ramon Abueg, the city's electrical services administrator. "We believe that after we put in the transformer, everything should be back to normal circulation," Abueg said.
April 2, 2005
CITY HALL Power out, agents in Darkness, stolen signs and so-called undercover agents marked the week leading up to Glendale's April 5 municipal election. About a quarter of the city lost power for two hours Thursday due to a problem with a transformer at Grayson Power Plant. It was Glendale's third blackout in three weeks, and city officials believe the transformer is responsible for all three. The problems began March 8, when an animal got too close to the transformer and caught fire.
By Mark Kellam, | December 26, 2013
Before he was a teenager, Joseph Cordova's mother had died, he was living with his alcoholic grandmother and suffering from serious dental problems that tore down his confidence - and could have eventually led to life-threatening health problems. His front two teeth were chipped terribly. He had missing teeth and the ones that were in his mouth were crooked and riddled with cavities. And he had problems with his gums. However, with the help of Glendale Healthy Kids, a local pastor and a dentist at USC, Cordova now has a smile he is proud of and he's venturing into a real estate career.
By Daniel Siegal, | November 6, 2013
When Bloomingdale's opens its new store in the Glendale Galleria on Friday, it will put a cap on a yearlong transformation of the mall from a 1970s-era brick monolith into a new, sleeker shopping center that fits in with the city's bustling retail hub downtown. Larry Martin, the Galleria's general manager, said Tuesday the renovations went hand in hand with the mall's effort to remain a retail flagship in Glendale, along with the neighboring Americana at Brand. “Clearly, this is really a three-block area in downtown Glendale that is a synergy area driving retail sales and customers to the area,” he said.
By Brittany Levine, | October 31, 2013
It wasn't unanimous, but the City Council approved sending a message of support for a massive $1.08 billion renovation of the Los Angeles River corridor on a 3-1 vote Tuesday with one member abstaining. Glendale would not have to provide any funding for the proposed project. The council's vote won't directly shape the final decision on the project, which covers 11 miles of restoration work along the river from roughly Griffith Park to downtown Los Angeles, but it could influence decision-makers, who are, ultimately, members of the U.S. Congress, officials said.
By Jeff Tully, | August 28, 2013
Football wasn't Alvin Kim's first choice at Hoover High ; it wasn't even his second. “I wanted to play golf when I came in as a freshman,” said Kim, a senior. “But that didn't work out. And then I wanted to try out for the basketball team, but I missed the tryouts.” Never having played organized football, Kim was convinced by his friend, Se Jun Kim, to try out for the Tornadoes football team. The only problem was the football season was more than half over and Alvin Kim had no idea what position he could play, or if he was any good at the sport.
By Brittany Levine, | February 15, 2013
Murals, performing arts programs and lighting upgrades to the Civic Auditorium to showcase art exhibits are among the top priorities for city commissioners who are trying to reshape Glendale as a public arts draw. The Arts & Culture Commission met this week to start strategizing after the City Council on Tuesday unanimously supported a five-year plan to transform Glendale into a popular arts destination, not unlike Pasadena and Santa Monica. “We're on our way with this,” Mayor Frank Quintero said.
By Ruth Sowby | June 12, 2012
TV host Mayte Prida, a Miami transplant from Mexico City, survived four bouts of cancer. For her first cancer diagnosis, third-stage breast cancer, she had no medical insurance. Her father gave her the money to get a second opinion, during which a malignant tumor was discovered growing on one of her kidneys. Her third bout - lung cancer. Her fourth bout - uterine cancer. In 2010, her 15-year-old daughter was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. “Latinos are diagnosed with breast cancer less but die the most,” Prida said.
By Maria Hsin, | April 10, 2012
The European-style prep school that is in escrow to buy the former General Motors training facility in Burbank's Rancho district from a Santa Monica developer is moving ahead with plans to call the site home. The Lycée International de Los Angeles, which has four campuses, including one each in Los Feliz and Pasadena, filed paperwork requesting an administrative use permit with the city to allow a school to operate at the site, officials said. The roughly 5-acre site is zoned for office use. Students in pre-kindergarten to 12th grade attend the bicultural and bilingual school.
March 8, 2012
The bullet trains that would someday streak through California at 220 mph are, in the vision of their most ardent supporters, more than just a transportation system. They are also a means to alter the state's social, residential and economic fabric. But those broader ambitions are triggering an increasingly strident ideological backlash to the massive project. The fast trains connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco would create new communities of high-density apartments and small homes around stations, reducing the suburbanization of California, rail advocates say. That new lifestyle would mean fewer cars and less gasoline consumption, lowering California's contribution to global warming.
By Jason Wells | February 18, 2009
CITY HALL — A 72-unit affordable rental housing complex secured $13.9 million in city assistance Tuesday, advancing the transformation of Glendale’s southern gateway into a residential metropolis. The Vassar City Lights complex, to be built at 3685 San Fernando Road, is among the largest such projects ever planned for Glendale, and will play a major role in transforming the southernmost tip of the city from a drab industrial corridor into a bustling residential neighborhood, city officials said.
By Joyce Rudolph | November 26, 2008
Producers of this year’s Bethlehem Village are adding more sights, sounds and smells to give visitors the most realistic look at what life was like when Jesus was born. The parking lot of First Presbyterian Church of Burbank will be the backdrop where volunteers will build sets for a marketplace and the manger for the Dec. 5 and 6 event. More than 150 church volunteers participate as shop owners or working behind the scenes. As visitors arrive at the village, they will be welcomed by Roman soldiers and directed to census takers who present them with gold coins to spend at the various shops.
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