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April 1, 2014
What really needs to happen regarding the transfer of GWP funds is the City Council needs to make sure the charter is being complied with, and if it isn't to amend the charter so that it is. Secondly, the city manager and his staff along with the council need to realize and fully understand that our utility desperately needs to be maintained and the future cost of doing this is going to be extremely high due to aging infrastructure and new environmental mandates,...
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By Zain Shauk | February 3, 2010
A contentious initiative that would require public utilities to secure voter approval before proceeding with some infrastructure or expansion plans has qualified for the June ballot, according to California’s secretary of state. If approved, the measure would require public utilities to obtain two-thirds voter approval in their coverage areas before they can make decisions that would result in higher bills for ratepayers, according to the initiative. But while “The Taxpayers Right to Vote Act” has been couched as an effort to give residents more control over publicly owned utilities and their expenses, it would likely create insurmountable obstacles for some providers, utility officials said.
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By Zain Shauk | April 15, 2009
GLENDALE — Local utility managers voiced support Tuesday for a bill that would force them to produce a third of their energy from renewable sources by 2020. The proposed law would help speed the development of power plants and transmission lines in California that could cut down on greenhouse-gas emissions, the managers said. While many of the state’s 46 utilities are not on track to meet the proposed mandate, Burbank Water and Power and Glendale Water & Power are both expected to meet the 33% goal by 2020 because they have joined with other utilities to build green energy plants in other states and transmit that power back to the Los Angeles area, managers said.
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By Melanie Hicken | September 15, 2009
CITY HALL — The governor’s expected veto of pending legislation that would force utilities to use in-state resources to cut emissions 33% by 2020 would not only give officials pause for relief, but ratepayers as well, according to a report Monday to the Glendale Water & Power Commission. State legislators recently approved a pair of bills that would require renewable energy — such as solar, wind and geothermal energy — to make up a third of a city’s power portfolio by 2020.
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September 7, 2000
Buck Wargo CITY HALL -- With the spotlight on electric deregulation and water quality issues, Glendale isn't waiting to hire a full-time director for its water and power utility. Glendale has tabbed Daniel Waters, a retired Los Angeles Department of Water & Power general manager, to serve as interim director of Glendale Water & Power. Waters replaces Bernie Palk who retired, effective Sept. 1. The city will pay Waters $3,750 a week, effective when he starts Sept.
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By Zain Shauk | January 5, 2010
Public utilities in Glendale and Burbank may soon have to secure voter approval for their decisions if a proposed initiative qualifies for the state ballot. The initiative would require utilities to obtain approval from two-thirds of voters within their service areas before they try to expand their offerings, invest in additional infrastructure or band together with other providers for shared investment in new infrastructure. It is awaiting approval from the secretary of state, pending the results of a random sampling of petition signatures.
NEWS
By Anthony Kim | May 17, 2007
GLENDALE — The school district needs to get something in return for letting the city use its facilities for free, Board of Education members said Tuesday. "We truly enjoy sharing the use of facilities and resources with the city…. but the problem is, they're using our facilities at no charge then charging us for utilities," said board president Greg Krikorian. "That doesn't make sense to me." Getting utilities credits or special energy rates for school facilities are some options the district should explore, Krikorian said.
NEWS
October 2, 2001
Will Rogers Considering serious problems recently uncovered within the agency handling Glendale's animal control needs, many worry similar fiascos are waiting to be discovered elsewhere in municipal government. I thought about rerecording my voicemail to address the many readers who called about that. "If you're calling to ask how we can be sure other city operations haven't been rendered dysfunctional due to the absence of competent or even sloppy oversight, please press 2, and then the # sign."
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By Jason Wells, jason.wells@latimes.com | July 28, 2011
In an industry survey that included 93 utilities, Glendale Water & Power got the highest score for breaking new ground and for having an innovative strategy for organizing its $70-million smart grid project. The survey, which the utility announced today, included results from 93 agencies who participated in the Smart Grid Maturity Model Survey, which measures respondents in eight domains, from "strategy implementation" to "societal and environmental responsibility" and then ranks maturity on a score of 1 to 5. Glendale Water & Power General Manager Glenn Steiger said in a statement that the findings are an important metric for measure progress as utilities as they move to modernize their electric grids since "they have to strike an appropriate balance between all the hype and the real progress they are making.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | April 29, 2014
A petition to repeal a 7% tax tacked onto Glendale utility bills failed to garner enough signatures to make it onto the April 2015 ballot. The petition to get rid of the utility users tax , which has been on the city's books for more than four decades, fell 198 signatures short of the required 2,192 signatures necessary to get on the ballot, according to a city statement released Tuesday. -- FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated enough signatures were not collected for the June ballot.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | April 3, 2014
From the booming downtown development scene to new retailers at the Americana at Brand and Glendale Galleria, there are plenty of positives to highlight in Glendale, but there are also looming problems that could take the wind out of the city's sails, Mayor Dave Weaver said at the annual State of the City luncheon Thursday. Weaver was referring to two separate lawsuits aiming to end the annual transfer of tens of millions of dollars from Glendale Water & Power to the city's General Fund that pays for police and other general services as well as a proposed ballot measure to repeal the utility users tax, which also supports the General Fund.
NEWS
April 1, 2014
What really needs to happen regarding the transfer of GWP funds is the City Council needs to make sure the charter is being complied with, and if it isn't to amend the charter so that it is. Secondly, the city manager and his staff along with the council need to realize and fully understand that our utility desperately needs to be maintained and the future cost of doing this is going to be extremely high due to aging infrastructure and new environmental mandates,...
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March 28, 2014
There are points in Mr. Kedikian's recent op-ed (“It takes engaged citizen to make a city”) that I agree with. Among them are that personal attacks do nothing to resolve the legal dispute over the GWP transfer. On the first point though, Mr. Kedikian should practice what he preaches. Labeling our city manager as having an elitist attitude toward those governed, and relegating his views as “dismissive cliches” is as offhandedly dismissive as the attitude he rails against. On the second point, I have long believed and have stated in the public record that one must view the legitimacy of the GWP transfer in the context of the decisions that city councils made over the past several decades about how to pay for the public services our residents need.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | February 26, 2014
A concerned residents group filed a lawsuit this week asking a Los Angeles County judge to force Glendale to stop transferring tens of millions of dollars from its utility to the city's coffers and return $90 million it had shifted from one fund to another since 2010. “These transfers amount to hidden taxes that are unlawful unless submitted to a vote” of the people, said Arthur Jarvis Cohen, attorney for the Coalition for Better Government, at a press conference in front of City Hall Wednesday.
NEWS
February 23, 2014
Good morning, 818 readers! Today is Thursday, February 26, 2014. Rain is expected to continue today, and temperatures will reach a high of 64 degrees and a low of 52 degrees. Here's our roundup of the top headlines in the area: A concerned residents group filed a lawsuit this week asking a Los Angeles County judge to force Glendale to stop transferring tens of millions of dollars from its utility to the city's coffers and return $90 million it had shifted from one fund to another since 2010.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | January 25, 2014
Crescenta Valley Water District customers have been asked to water their lawns and plants every other day following Gov. Jerry Brown's call to California residents to reduce water consumption by 20% in the wake of a statewide drought warning. Officials announced the decision Friday in a press release following a board of directors meeting earlier in the week. The Board of Directors had considered a proposal to implement water conservation measures last year, but decided against it at that time.
NEWS
January 24, 2014
Greetings, 818 readers and happy Friday to those of you wrapping up the work week. Today is Jan. 24, 2014. The National Weather Service expects temperatures for today in the Glendale area to see a high around 76 and a low of 50. We're rounding up the top news headlines in your region: Burbank resident Moises Diaz, 40, pleaded not guilty to one count of murder for the alleged killing of his mother, Maria Huezo Diaz, 77, whose body...
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | January 21, 2014
Glendale Water & Power officials don't expect to implement mandatory conservation in response to Gov. Jerry Brown's announcement last week that the state is suffering from a drought and called for residents to reduce their water use by 20%. Instead, the utility plans to increase conservation education and encourage customers to follow the governor's request for Californians to voluntarily abate water usage. While Glendale Water & Power General Manager Steve Zurn described the situation as “very serious,” he said Glendale did not need to implement mandatory conservation due to ample water storage provided by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, where Glendale gets 70% of its water.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | January 18, 2014
Glendale officials are seeking proposals from artists who want to paint murals on 26 utility boxes to brighten up downtown Glendale. Painting the utility boxes would be the first step in a $1.4 million plan to make Glendale more arts-friendly like other cities such as Santa Monica and Pasadena. The city is on a mission to shake its reputation as boring, an effort that began with a new branding campaign approved a few years ago and a revived downtown plan that has ushered in numerous hip apartment projects.
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