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NEWS
December 4, 2010
Whatever the public may think of bonuses for government employees — they're not unheard of from city to city — the decision by Glendale to publish the information this week was the right one, although it should have been made years ago. Glendale officials repeatedly denied a City Hall critic's request for the public records, year after year, citing smoke-and-mirrors court cases, but that premise was apparently just that, given the...
NEWS
By Dan Evans | June 13, 2011
I have a confession: I think bonuses for city employees are a good idea. A properly administered program retains and attracts workers, and perhaps most importantly, frees municipal managers from the hell of having to pay an outstanding employee the same as an average one. But I despise opacity and bureaucratic doublespeak. When the city of Burbank refused to provide us with data regarding bonus payouts, I felt we had to enforce our, and your, rights. After all, a bonus structure hidden from view is ripe for abuse.
NEWS
May 20, 2011
The proposed 2011-12 budget needs transparency regarding use of utility fees for General Fund purposes — for purposes other than supplying electricity or water to rate payers. Traditional Charter-authorized water fee transfers to the General Fund — which pays for basic public services — have stopped because they are prohibited by the state Constitution. Electric fee transfers are not prohibited, so the proposed 2011-12 budget includes a $21-million transfer of such fees. One might assume that the $21 million is the total amount of utility fees used for General Fund purposes.
NEWS
May 11, 2012
Whatever the outcome of the embezzlement case brought by prosecutors this week against former Councilman John Drayman, one take-away is sure: There's no substitute for transparency and oversight. In the 28-count grand jury indictment unsealed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Tuesday, prosecutors allege that Drayman committed perjury when he excluded earnings sources on Fair Political Practices forms, submitted a bogus credit application in 2010 to a mortgage lender, and falsified tax returns to hide embezzling up to $880,000 from the Harvest Market, which is put on by the Montrose Shopping Park Assn.
NEWS
By Max Zimbert, max.zimbert@latimes.com | October 9, 2010
GLENDALE— City Councilman John Drayman announced Thursday on the "Larry Zarian Show" that he plans to run for reelection next year. A longtime Glendale resident, Drayman lobbied and led a campaign to purchase the historic Rockhaven Sanitarium in Montrose. He said he has been an advocate for arts and entertainment, like the Museum of Neon Art, helping to further develop downtown Glendale. He highlighted his efforts to boost transparency and accountability in the appointments and design and review processes.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | March 22, 2012
The Glendale City Council this week voted against televising the meetings of a committee appointed to audit city operations, maintaining the commission's distinction as the only one without a regular spot on GTV6. Although Audit Committee members said taping and airing the meetings would increase transparency, several council members said there wasn't a need to do so. Additionally, council members weren't willing to spend the $800 a year it would cost to run the meeting on Glendale's government access channel.
NEWS
March 22, 2012
The Glendale City Council this week voted against televising the meetings of a committee appointed to audit city operations, maintaining the commission's distinction as the only one without a regular spot on GTV6. Although Audit Committee members said taping and airing the meetings would increase transparency, several council members said there wasn't a need to do so. Additionally, council members weren't willing to spend the $800 a year it would cost to run the meeting on Glendale's government access channel.
NEWS
March 21, 2013
At the Montrose Verdugo Chamber of Commerce candidate forum, I was disappointed that my opponent, Stephanie Landregan, concluded her remarks with irresponsible and blatantly false statements. Landregan rescinded her comments the very next day, telling the Glendale News-Press that she “misspoke at the forum.” While I am pleased that Landregan rescinded her comments, I am disappointed that she would resort to making uninformed public statements based on misinformation in an effort to bolster her candidacy.
FEATURES
May 19, 2010
No, I am not a teacher, and I no longer have children at school. I see all the discussion about firing our teachers (“School officials: We have no choice on layoffs,” May 8), reducing our school hours of instruction, increasing class sizes, cutting “non-essential” programs and eliminating after-school programs because “we don’t have money.” And I find myself overwhelmed by outrage, frustration and shame. Yes, shame, shame on all of us, and shame on those whom we elected to run our beautiful city, and our (and their)
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NEWS
By Dan Evans, dan.evans@latimes.com and By Dan Evans, dan.evans@latimes.com | April 26, 2013
On Tuesday evening, I had the chance to speak to a class at Glendale Community College run by the school's police chief, Gary Montecuollo. I have spoken to this class before, which focuses on law enforcement's interactions with the larger community, and enjoyed it each time. Why? Partly because I get to talk about journalism at length to a captive audience. However, it's also a chance to seek what issues students are interested in and concerned about. Interestingly, much of the discussion revolved around online comments, both on the newspaper's websites and elsewhere.
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NEWS
March 21, 2013
At the Montrose Verdugo Chamber of Commerce candidate forum, I was disappointed that my opponent, Stephanie Landregan, concluded her remarks with irresponsible and blatantly false statements. Landregan rescinded her comments the very next day, telling the Glendale News-Press that she “misspoke at the forum.” While I am pleased that Landregan rescinded her comments, I am disappointed that she would resort to making uninformed public statements based on misinformation in an effort to bolster her candidacy.
NEWS
May 11, 2012
Whatever the outcome of the embezzlement case brought by prosecutors this week against former Councilman John Drayman, one take-away is sure: There's no substitute for transparency and oversight. In the 28-count grand jury indictment unsealed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Tuesday, prosecutors allege that Drayman committed perjury when he excluded earnings sources on Fair Political Practices forms, submitted a bogus credit application in 2010 to a mortgage lender, and falsified tax returns to hide embezzling up to $880,000 from the Harvest Market, which is put on by the Montrose Shopping Park Assn.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | March 22, 2012
The Glendale City Council this week voted against televising the meetings of a committee appointed to audit city operations, maintaining the commission's distinction as the only one without a regular spot on GTV6. Although Audit Committee members said taping and airing the meetings would increase transparency, several council members said there wasn't a need to do so. Additionally, council members weren't willing to spend the $800 a year it would cost to run the meeting on Glendale's government access channel.
NEWS
March 22, 2012
The Glendale City Council this week voted against televising the meetings of a committee appointed to audit city operations, maintaining the commission's distinction as the only one without a regular spot on GTV6. Although Audit Committee members said taping and airing the meetings would increase transparency, several council members said there wasn't a need to do so. Additionally, council members weren't willing to spend the $800 a year it would cost to run the meeting on Glendale's government access channel.
NEWS
By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | August 6, 2011
The Los Angeles Times, Times Community News and the Sacramento Bee filed a lawsuit Friday seeking disclosure of state Assembly members' annual budget records in the wake of a dispute between Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) and top lawmakers. The Assembly Rules Committee in July slashed Portantino's staff budget, resulting in furlough notices to all 11 of his staffers in Pasadena and Sacramento. Portantino said the budget cut is designed to punish him for voting against the state budget Democrats proposed in June, and demanded an accounting from the Assembly Rules Committee.
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 Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | July 15, 2011
The seven members of the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee - which will monitor how a $270 million bond is spent for local school facilities upgrades - said this week that they will focus on creating a transparent and efficient process. “In tough economic times, when you are realizing such a large amount of money, there is not much room for error,” said David Gevorkyan, who at 28 years old is the youngest of the group. “There is not much room for compromise because even 1% of that money can make a difference of $2.7 million.” The committee was assembled last month following a vetting process that attracted more than 50 applicants, Glendale Unified officials said.
NEWS
May 20, 2011
The proposed 2011-12 budget needs transparency regarding use of utility fees for General Fund purposes — for purposes other than supplying electricity or water to rate payers. Traditional Charter-authorized water fee transfers to the General Fund — which pays for basic public services — have stopped because they are prohibited by the state Constitution. Electric fee transfers are not prohibited, so the proposed 2011-12 budget includes a $21-million transfer of such fees. One might assume that the $21 million is the total amount of utility fees used for General Fund purposes.
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