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By Gretchen Meier, gretchen.meier@latimes.com | March 25, 2011
Starting next month, an arrest in Burbank means more time in the back a police squad car. Any person arrested after April 11 will have to be booked and housed at Glendale’s jail until water damage repairs are completed at Burbank Police and Fire headquarters. The repairs, including the replacement of the entire jail floor, are expected to take at least six months, said Burbank Police Lt. Armen Dermenjian. The damage occurred during construction of the Burbank facility after the contractor failed to take “proper precautions” to prevent water from seeping into the floor, Dermenjian said.
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July 13, 2007
The Glendale City Council has awarded a contract for $1.7 million for improvements at a number of parks, among them Dunsmore and New York parks in the Crescenta Valley. The low bidder for the work was TLD Construction Inc. The funding will come through state grants and the city park improvement program. At Dunsmore Park, the work will include repairing heavy water damage and dry rot in the building, adding a new heating-air conditioning system, plumbing improvements, painting and working to make the restrooms ADA compliant.
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December 18, 2001
Tim Willert NORTHEAST GLENDALE -- The Glendale Unified School District Board of Education today is expected to approve an emergency resolution to pay for $64,000 in water damage to two rooms at Glendale High School. A broken water pipe combined with heavy rains over the Thanksgiving weekend caused significant water damage to the student store and adjacent dance studio room. "It was terrible," Glendale Co-principal Mike Livingston said Monday. "The ceiling had almost collapsed in the student store and there was a lot of standing water on the floor."
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December 14, 2013
Firefighters battled an early morning three-alarm fire that broke out above Glendale's popular Paradise Pastry on Saturday, causing extensive water damage and temporarily closing the business, officials said.  Flames were reported on the second floor of the two-story commercial building about 1:50 a.m. at 1831 W. Glenoaks Boulevard, near Irving Avenue, said Glendale Fire Department spokeswoman Brandy Villanueva. No injuries were reported. It took about 65 firefighters from Glendale, Burbank and Pasadena fire departments to knock down the fire at about 4:45 a.m., she said.
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By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | September 20, 2012
Two companies controlled by billionaire developer Rick Caruso were found liable by a jury this week for water damage to a restaurant formerly at the Americana at Brand and ordered to pay $125,000 in compensation. In May 2009, staff at Caffe Primo noticed the hardwood floor in the restaurant was buckling and shortly thereafter - without any contact from Caffe Primo - Caruso's representatives began sending weekly letters to restaurant owner Tony Riviera demanding the floor be repaired, according to court documents.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | February 20, 2014
Three companies controlled by billionaire developer Rick Caruso are looking to recover at least $2.1 million from a maintenance company for allegedly failing to pay its legal fees stemming from a water-damage claim filed by a restaurant formerly located in the Americana at Brand. The Caruso-controlled companies claim that Able Maintenance breached its contracts when it performed substandard cleaning services at the Americana , according to a lawsuit filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court.
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December 14, 2013
Welcome to the weekend, 818 readers. Today is Sunday, Dec. 15. The National Weather Services predicts temperatures will hit 59 and drop to 41. A three-alarm fire broke out above Glendale's popular Paradise Pastry on Saturday, causing extensive water damage and temporarily closing the business, officials said.  It took about 65 firefighters from Glendale, Burbank and Pasadena fire departments to knock down the fire at about 4:45 a.m.,...
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May 27, 2013
Two firefighters suffered minor injures helping to extinguish a blaze early Monday morning in downtown Glendale, an official said. Firefighters responded to the conflagration in the 200 block of North Brand Boulevard at 12:16 a.m., said Glendale Fire Department spokeswoman Brandy Villanueva. There, they discovered the second floor of the two-story building on fire. “It's a commercial building on the ground floor,” said Villanueva. “The second floor is an eight-unit apartment building, and only one unit had been rented out.” An image of the fire, taken by local photographer Tony Petborisooth, indicates the businesses on the ground floor include: Gold 'N' Dimonds, Skaf's Lebanese Cuisine and Regali Preciozo.
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August 10, 2006
RADAR SIGNS The council approved awarding a $118,000 contract to CSI Electrical Inc. for the installation of permanent radar-activated speed-display signs at 12 spots in the city. WHAT IT MEANS In a report submitted to the council, city staff members suggested the signs be installed at six spots along Chevy Chase Drive, four spots along Glenoaks Boulevard and two spots along Adams Street — to go in both direction on all three roadways. But at Tuesday's meeting, council members brought up concerns about other streets, such as Highland Avenue and Cañada Boulevard.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | February 20, 2014
Three companies controlled by billionaire developer Rick Caruso are looking to recover at least $2.1 million from a maintenance company for allegedly failing to pay its legal fees stemming from a water-damage claim filed by a restaurant formerly located in the Americana at Brand. The Caruso-controlled companies claim that Able Maintenance breached its contracts when it performed substandard cleaning services at the Americana , according to a lawsuit filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court.
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December 14, 2013
Welcome to the weekend, 818 readers. Today is Sunday, Dec. 15. The National Weather Services predicts temperatures will hit 59 and drop to 41. A three-alarm fire broke out above Glendale's popular Paradise Pastry on Saturday, causing extensive water damage and temporarily closing the business, officials said.  It took about 65 firefighters from Glendale, Burbank and Pasadena fire departments to knock down the fire at about 4:45 a.m.,...
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December 14, 2013
Firefighters battled an early morning three-alarm fire that broke out above Glendale's popular Paradise Pastry on Saturday, causing extensive water damage and temporarily closing the business, officials said.  Flames were reported on the second floor of the two-story commercial building about 1:50 a.m. at 1831 W. Glenoaks Boulevard, near Irving Avenue, said Glendale Fire Department spokeswoman Brandy Villanueva. No injuries were reported. It took about 65 firefighters from Glendale, Burbank and Pasadena fire departments to knock down the fire at about 4:45 a.m., she said.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | August 22, 2013
While Benjamin Louie was sleeping, liquid from an allegedly clogged city sewer line flooded the majority of his northeast Glendale home's first floor, basement and stairway. It was 1 a.m. on May 7 when Louie, 78, and his wife Irene, 77, discovered the backup in “full assault,” according to a claim the couple filed with the city. But it would be nearly a week before they discovered that the damage to their home would cost them $44,053.92. The City Council discussed the claim behind closed doors Tuesday.
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By Dan Evans, dan.evans@latimes.com | May 28, 2013
Authorities are investigating the cause of a fire in a building in downtown Glendale Monday that reignited hours after firefighters knocked down the original blaze . Two firefighters suffered minor injures while battling the first blaze early Monday morning in the 200 block of North Brand Boulevard at 12:16 a.m., said Glendale Fire Department spokeswoman Brandy Villanueva. Firefighters on that call arrived to discover the second floor of the two-story building on fire. The building's first floor is commercial, with the second story containing eight apartments, only one of which had been rented out, Villanueva added.
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May 27, 2013
Two firefighters suffered minor injures helping to extinguish a blaze early Monday morning in downtown Glendale, an official said. Firefighters responded to the conflagration in the 200 block of North Brand Boulevard at 12:16 a.m., said Glendale Fire Department spokeswoman Brandy Villanueva. There, they discovered the second floor of the two-story building on fire. “It's a commercial building on the ground floor,” said Villanueva. “The second floor is an eight-unit apartment building, and only one unit had been rented out.” An image of the fire, taken by local photographer Tony Petborisooth, indicates the businesses on the ground floor include: Gold 'N' Dimonds, Skaf's Lebanese Cuisine and Regali Preciozo.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | January 5, 2013
Former Councilman John Drayman's unfinished construction permit issues have become a drain on city resources as building officials try to bring his condominium into compliance more than a year after the issues were brought to light. “It's a burden,” Glendale Building Inspector Stuart Tom said in an interview this week. “It's been going on for over a year.” A former political darling who fell from grace after he was indicted for allegedly embezzling $304,000 from a Montrose business association last year, Drayman has been fumbling through permit issues ever since city officials discovered he remodeled his condominium in 2010 without the proper paperwork.
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By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | September 20, 2012
Two companies controlled by billionaire developer Rick Caruso were found liable by a jury this week for water damage to a restaurant formerly at the Americana at Brand and ordered to pay $125,000 in compensation. In May 2009, staff at Caffe Primo noticed the hardwood floor in the restaurant was buckling and shortly thereafter - without any contact from Caffe Primo - Caruso's representatives began sending weekly letters to restaurant owner Tony Riviera demanding the floor be repaired, according to court documents.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | August 26, 2011
Restoration of Pasadena's historic former YWCA building remains viable despite significant damage and decay, according to the most recent architectural assessment of the structure. Designed in 1921 by celebrated Hearst Castle architect Julia Morgan and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the South Marengo Avenue landmark has remained vacant and become increasingly derelict since its 1996 sale to an investment firm. Sue Mossman, executive director of the preservation group Pasadena Heritage, credits the Morgan building as setting an architectural tone for the Civic Center that influenced development of City Hall, the Central Library and the Civic Auditorium.
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By Gretchen Meier, gretchen.meier@latimes.com | March 25, 2011
Starting next month, an arrest in Burbank means more time in the back a police squad car. Any person arrested after April 11 will have to be booked and housed at Glendale’s jail until water damage repairs are completed at Burbank Police and Fire headquarters. The repairs, including the replacement of the entire jail floor, are expected to take at least six months, said Burbank Police Lt. Armen Dermenjian. The damage occurred during construction of the Burbank facility after the contractor failed to take “proper precautions” to prevent water from seeping into the floor, Dermenjian said.
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