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May 19, 2012
The reported Metropolitan Transit Authority payment of $3.7 million to subcontractors including Pasadena-based Wiltec for environmental impact studies on the proposed 710 connector project is a total waste of money if the reports include junk science. What good does it do to have observers report vehicle trips on local roads and freeways only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays when the impact of any 710 connector will be felt 24/7/365? (“Traffic count begins for report on 710 gap,” May 15.)
NEWS
July 12, 2010
Private waste hauler fees The City Council on Tuesday will consider increasing the city fee charged to private waste haulers who collect trash from commercial businesses. As allowed under state law, the city charges a 15% fee on the company's revenue from trash collection in the city to support mandated waste diversion efforts. Public Works officials propose to raise the fee to 20% starting in January to meet rising waste diversion costs. WHAT TO EXPECT The council will likely approve the request.
NEWS
December 20, 2013
Well, another $500,000 wasted by the Glendale City Council. In the early 2000s, the City Council unanimously approved that allocation to develop a “chess park” and it was opened in 2005 with a ceremony that promised regular use as Glendale had its own chess club. Now cast aside and being used by the homeless and as a lunch spot by others, the chess park is located on Brand Boulevard in a walk-through area between businesses. The reason for this letter is that the News-Press on Dec. 12 reported that the L.A. Holiday Scholastic Chess Championships on Dec. 8 with young people, kindergarten through high school competing, was held not at the chess park but at the Maple Park Community Center.
LOCAL
March 21, 2008
“Time = life; therefore, waste your time and waste of your life, or master your time and master your life.” — Alan Lakein   CA Senior Services knows that time is one resource that we all need more of. This is why they do your research and legwork for you in regard to senior-related needs. CSS is a free referral agency that helps family and friends find the appropriate solution for the needs of their elderly loved ones. Finding a long-term care home is one way of getting assistance with all daily living activities such as house keeping, laundry, medication maintenance, etc. Wherever you or your senior loved ones are in life, CSS can help you explore your options.
NEWS
By Melanie Hicken | April 22, 2010
CITY HALL ? City officials are moving forward with more aggressive efforts to convert waste into energy at Scholl Canyon Landfill, a key city asset that is projected to reach capacity in about 12 years. The City Council on Tuesday allocated $200,000 to fund research on emerging technologies that city officials say could help meet long-term waste reduction goals, while also adding to the city?s energy sources. City officials will work with outside experts to review available waste-conversion technologies, according to the plan approved Tuesday.
NEWS
By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | December 18, 2010
CITY HALL — The City Council this week called on state officials to reopen the Department of Motor Vehicles branch on Glenoaks Boulevard, citing outrage from residents since it was closed indefinitely last month after a nearly $1-million facelift. The branch at 1335 W. Glenoaks Blvd. was one of three offices that were closed as the DMV grapples with reduced staffing amid the state budget crisis. Each day the Glendale branch served about 1,200 customers who are now being directed to offices in Lincoln Park and Pasadena.
NEWS
February 24, 2012
Should anyone be sorry that the landfills are not generating income (“ Landfill sees steep revenue drop ,” Feb. 20)? Have we become some Third World country where our revenue depends on accepting trash? City officials have their policies upside-down. We should be doing everything to reduce waste and extend the life of the landfill. How about establishing a vision of zero waste by 2020? That would translate into zero dollars in revenue from landfill operations. What most Glendale residents may still not know is that the city's expenditures have far outpaced its revenues, starting since well before the recession.
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NEWS
March 21, 2014
Re: “ Pickleball picks up fans,” Weekend Edition, March 15 and 16 . Sounds great. So today, pickleball can be played by not only Glendale members, but Los Feliz YMCA members on the roof of the Glendale YMCA. Now tomorrow, will the Glendale News-Press start being included with Los Feliz and Silver Lake residents'/Glendale denizens' Los Angeles Times' subscriptions? I would obviously hope so myself. By the way, there is also a boxing, etc. exercise room in the Glendale YMCA, located adjacent to the main gym itself.
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NEWS
February 11, 2014
Re: “ Alternatives for Doran rail crossing considered ,” Feb. 8. Yet another article about just how dangerous the Doran rail crossing is. But the most interesting piece of information in the article is right at the beginning of the fourth paragraph: “All traffic crossings along the high-speed route (including our very own San Fernando corridor) will be required to have a flyover for safety” said Pat Somerville, project manager with HNTB, a Metro consultant. I guess that means that the new “safe” rail crossings at Chevy Chase, Broadway/Brazil (still not completed)
NEWS
December 20, 2013
Well, another $500,000 wasted by the Glendale City Council. In the early 2000s, the City Council unanimously approved that allocation to develop a “chess park” and it was opened in 2005 with a ceremony that promised regular use as Glendale had its own chess club. Now cast aside and being used by the homeless and as a lunch spot by others, the chess park is located on Brand Boulevard in a walk-through area between businesses. The reason for this letter is that the News-Press on Dec. 12 reported that the L.A. Holiday Scholastic Chess Championships on Dec. 8 with young people, kindergarten through high school competing, was held not at the chess park but at the Maple Park Community Center.
NEWS
August 20, 2013
Now that Glendale no longer gives free plastic bags at any of the larger stores, I have noticed dog poop everywhere. Not only are there piles next to piles, but I am seeing people not clean up after their dogs. I usually offer them a bag and sometimes they take it, but mostly they pretend they didn't hear me. I guess the city is adding to their “clean city” issues by not thinking of what dog owners would do with their dog feces once they took away our free bags. I was already picking up bags, butts, empty bottles and other items.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Andy Klein | March 16, 2013
In how many ways is "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" a horrible miscalculation? Pretty much all of them. Yes, it has a couple dozen chuckles and maybe a few true laughs, but that's not enough to sustain this written-by-numbers piece of Hollywood "product. " Given the level of talent involved, this is especially disappointing. Director Don Scardino is fresh off of “30 Rock.” Steve Carell can do (almost) no wrong in my book. Steve Buscemi is one of the greatest characters since the fall of the studio system.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Andy Klein | February 7, 2013
There are literally dozens of movies about the Titanic; this 1953 Hollywood version is one of the three best-known (the other two being Roy Ward Baker's “A Night to Remember” and James Cameron's modest little 1997 chamber drama). Like Cameron, director Jean Negulesco (Fox's go-to guy for melodrama at the time), writer/producer Charles Brackett (after the severing of his amazing 12-year collaboration with Billy Wilder), and co-writers Walter Reisch and Richard Breen focused primarily on the romantic lives of fictional characters.
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | November 25, 2012
In a move to save money while also helping the environment, Glendale Unified officials might add a consultant to analyze the district's waste disposal system to see if there's room for improvement. At no cost to the district, MC Waste Consultants would analyze the way schools dispose of trash and recyclables with its current contractor, Southland Disposal. “This just goes toward us looking at every place we can to save dollars in today's world,” said Glendale Unified Supt.
NEWS
May 19, 2012
The reported Metropolitan Transit Authority payment of $3.7 million to subcontractors including Pasadena-based Wiltec for environmental impact studies on the proposed 710 connector project is a total waste of money if the reports include junk science. What good does it do to have observers report vehicle trips on local roads and freeways only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays when the impact of any 710 connector will be felt 24/7/365? (“Traffic count begins for report on 710 gap,” May 15.)
NEWS
February 24, 2012
Should anyone be sorry that the landfills are not generating income (“ Landfill sees steep revenue drop ,” Feb. 20)? Have we become some Third World country where our revenue depends on accepting trash? City officials have their policies upside-down. We should be doing everything to reduce waste and extend the life of the landfill. How about establishing a vision of zero waste by 2020? That would translate into zero dollars in revenue from landfill operations. What most Glendale residents may still not know is that the city's expenditures have far outpaced its revenues, starting since well before the recession.
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