May 17, 2013
Several blocks in East Glendale were left without water Friday after a 12-inch water main broke, officials said. Water was shut off to homes in the 2300 to 2700 blocks of Canada Boulevard and the 1700 block of Capistrano Circle, according city spokesman Tom Lorenz. Repairs to the iron main break were expected to be completed by 5:30 p.m. The break occurred about 11 a.m. at Canada Boulevard and El Rito Avenue. -- Veronica Rocha, firstname.lastname@example.org Follow on Google+ and on Twitter: @VeronicaRochaLA .
April 26, 2013
Supporters of a UCLA water polo player arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting another student have created a YouTube video proclaiming his innocence. The 76-second video - titled "Hakop Kaplanyan - Innocence 2013" - lauds Kaplanyan's athletic accomplishments, calling him "dedicated, intelligent, honest, optimistic and caring. " The freshman "is facing a rough obstacle," people in the video say, "being accused of actions that he did not commit. " "Our friend Hakop is trying to prove his innocence," they said.
April 25, 2013
A scheduled arraignment for a Hoover High standout and former UCLA water polo accused of rape ended anticlimactically Thursday with no charges being filed, though prosecutors said that may yet change. Hakop Jack Kaplanyan, a redshirt freshman, was suspended from UCLA after his arrest earlier this month. "All we can say is the matter is under review for filing consideration," said Shiara Davila-Morales, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles District Attorney's office. Kaplanyan, who is at home in Glendale and out on $200,000 bail, said the future of the case is uncertain.
April 20, 2013
Elissa Arnold, Junior, Crescenta Valley Scored 80 goals, while adding 72 steals and 38 assists during Falcons' title run en route to earning first-team All-Pacific League and All-CIF honors. Katie Benson, Senior, Crescenta Valley Phenomenal defender grabbed 93 steals and was a first-teamer on All-Pacific and All-CIF squads. Also had 55 goals and 42 assists. Ahsha Earwood, Senior, Burroughs First-team All-Pacific League pick kept Indians in every match and led them to second-place league finish and first-round playoff appearance in which she had 21 saves.
April 18, 2013
The Crescenta Valley Water District customers will soon be notified about a proposed 6.9% water rate increase, although efforts to reduce costs at the utility may ultimately bring the final figure down. The district's board of directors on Tuesday voted to move forward with the rate hike, but asked officials to scour the budget to possibly reduce the rate hike before the next public meeting on the matter occurs in June. “The notice will go out very shortly and then the public will react,” said board member Ken Putnam, adding that the amount of the increase can only go down once the letter, required by state law, is sent out. But despite fears of blow back among customers , public reaction so far has been muted.
April 16, 2013
Of the many indignities visited upon Fern Dell, the garden oasis in Griffith Park, one remains a mystery: Who turned off the water? Starlets and health-seekers lined up in the 1920s to fill jugs from the spring that fed this 20-acre fantasia of ferns, footpaths and picturesque bridges. They thought it was a fountain of youth. Now, only the lower stream beds run, and the pools lie motionless and gummy. You might think the city would do something. But instead, Friends of Griffith Park - the nonprofit group that stepped in three years ago to try to reverse the 95-year-old garden's long, sad decline - is on the case.
April 13, 2013
Crescenta Valley Water District officials said this week that they expect a proposed 6.9% rate increase to anger customers, given two other significant increases last year. Though the proposal to again ratchet up water rates has been expected for months, district board member Kerry Erickson said his colleagues expect a negative reaction. "They're not going to be happy," he said. "We've already had a number of raises. " Last week, the board discussed the proposal to raise rates, but tabled making a decision until it could review more financial documents.
April 12, 2013
In an effort to decrease water usage as the cost of imported water keeps climbing, the Crescenta Valley Water District board has agreed to double the rebate it gives to property owners who install artificial turf or drought-tolerant plants. The boost comes as the city of Glendale continues to crack down on those with faux grass in their front yards. The water district has been offering the rebate since 2003, but saw a roughly 40% drop in participants last year compared to the program's peak in 2010, when about 50 rebates were issued.
April 9, 2013
The attorney for a UCLA water polo player arrested for allegedly raping a female student says his client wants to appeal a suspension that forbids him from going to the campus. Berc Agopogulu, lawyer for 18-year-old Hakop Jack Kaplanyan, said his client is "completely innocent. " "We believe this matter will be resolved once the investigation is completed," Agopogulu said in a statement. "Needless to say, Mr. K aplanyan and his family are devastated and shocked by the recent developments.