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October 16, 2000
Recently, a local mother wrote to this paper about Adam Schiff's actions regarding chromium 6 in our drinking water. This writer blindly followed what Schiff said, and didn't look deeper in to his legislative proposals. That is a disservice to this community. The cities of Los Angeles, Glendale and Burbank all have agencies investigating this problem and monitoring our water quality. The federal and state government both have multiple agencies overseeing water quality testing.
LOCAL
By Vasken Yardemian | August 22, 2009
Regarding the Aug. 21 letter by Bruce Gibson, “Water district not exactly conserving,” he wrote that he observed Crescenta Valley Water District servicemen flushing the water main at a fire hydrant near his home. Your first thought may be that we are ignoring our own philosophy of conserving water. However, it is necessary to flush water mains in the system, particularly ones that are not “looped” or connected in such a way that water continually flows through these pipes.
NEWS
August 4, 2006
During the July 25 board meeting, the CVWD Board of Directors voted to support Proposition 84, a $5.4 billion water and resources bond initiative on the November ballot. If approved by voters, Proposition 84, known formally as the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006, would provide $5.4 billion in funding for a wide range of water and resource related programs and projects throughout the state. It also would provide funding for local water agencies to carry out critical programs that will benefit all California water users, including $525 million for projects to ensure safe drinking water and improve water quality around the state.
LOCAL
By Melanie Hicken | July 17, 2009
CITY HALL — The city’s tap water now contains more than triple the amount of fluoride since it was folded into a statewide fluoridation project in late 2007, according to Glendale Water & Power’s latest annual water quality report released this week. The higher levels of tooth decay-fighting fluoride in the 2008 annual report, mailed out to customers earlier this week, reflects the full effect of the fluoridation since it began, officials said. State health officials mandated more of the naturally occurring compound in all public drinking water supplies in an effort to increase dental health.
NEWS
By: Andrew Edwards | August 23, 2005
Newport Beach has hired Orange County Coastkeeper to find out how much copper and other heavy metals may be lingering in the waters near Newport's marinas -- work that could lead to restrictions on the paint most boaters use. "We will definitely start sampling in September," Coastkeeper program director Ray Hiemstra said. Coastkeeper is still designing plans to sample waters and sediments around six to eight local marinas. The city subcontracted the work to Coastkeeper after making a deal with the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board to look for copper and other heavy metals in the harbor, said assistant city manager Dave Kiff.
NEWS
July 28, 2005
Robert Chacon The city's tap water has gotten a clean bill of health, according to Glendale Water and Power's annual water quality report released Wednesday. Contaminants that were detected in the water, including aluminum, chromium, arsenic and sulfates, were detected at levels lower than those considered harmful by state and federal agencies. Water was tested at four sites that produce Glendale's drinking water: Glendale Water Treatment Plant, Glorietta Wells, Verdugo Park Water Treatment Plant and the Metropolitan Water District's plant in La Verne.
NEWS
By: Chris Martin | September 2, 2005
Mayor Elizabeth Pearson claims that because of Laguna's beaches, we have fiscal expenses that many other cities don't have. Let's be accurate as to the general structure of this budget. First of all, many of our beaches are under county jurisdiction, which means the city doesn't pay anything for their lifeguards and other services. All of South Laguna can be included in this category. Laguna is not the only city to have unique expenses. Anaheim has Disneyland.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | May 17, 2012
Glendale's water was well within statelimits for contaminants in 2011, but recent tests turned up a pollutant not detected in 2010, according to the city's water quality report released this week. “Everything's pretty consistent with what we've reported in the past,” said Dan Askenaizer, water quality manager for Glendale Water & Power. “Everything's in compliance.” But in 2011, Methyl Tertiary-butyl Ether, a chemical additive once used in gasoline, was found in north Glendale wells.
NEWS
November 19, 2009
Street lights The City Council on Tuesday approved opening the bidding process for the painting of nearly 800 street lights in the next three year. WHAT IT MEANS The cost of the project is estimated at close to $200,000 per year. The funds have already been allocated in the city?s budget. ? Glendale Water & Power award The City Council received a report on Glendale Water & Power?s receipt of the Assn. of Metropolitan Water Districts Gold Award for exceptional utility performance.
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NEWS
June 21, 2013
Glendale police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint overnight Saturday at an undisclosed location in the city. The grant-funded checkpoint will operate from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. and is the second such operation this month in Glendale. Officers will be keeping an eye out for motorists who may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and check to make sure they have a valid driver's license. The checkpoint's location is selected based on the highest number of collisions and DUI-related arrests in a certain area, according to the Glendale Police Department.
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NEWS
By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | June 20, 2013
Glendale's water quality levels continued to track well within state limits for contaminants in 2012, although a pollutant that was detected for the first time in 2011 reared its head again , according to a recent report mailed out to utility customers. For the second straight year, Methyl Tertiary-butyl Ether - a chemical additive once used in gasoline and better known as MTBE - was found in the Glorietta Wells, according to the annual water quality report. However, even the largest sampling, 0.52 parts per billion, is nowhere near the primary state limit of 13 parts per billion.
NEWS
December 7, 2012
The U.S. Supreme Court this week heard arguments regarding whether the Los Angeles County Flood Control District bears responsibility for addressing pollutants found in the county's storm water, even when the source of the pollutants has not been identified. On a related issue, many GNP readers have likely received the District's official notice regarding its proposed Clean Water, Clean Beaches Measure, which would assess property owners an annual fee for water quality improvement projects.
NEWS
By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | May 17, 2012
Glendale's water was well within statelimits for contaminants in 2011, but recent tests turned up a pollutant not detected in 2010, according to the city's water quality report released this week. “Everything's pretty consistent with what we've reported in the past,” said Dan Askenaizer, water quality manager for Glendale Water & Power. “Everything's in compliance.” But in 2011, Methyl Tertiary-butyl Ether, a chemical additive once used in gasoline, was found in north Glendale wells.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | October 6, 2011
A man impersonating a Glendale Water & Power employee stole about $6,000 in cash and jewelry Wednesday from an East Glendale home, officials said. The man knocked on the home's front door at about 2:30 p.m. on the 1400 block of East Wilson Avenue. Under the guise of checking on water quality, the man told the homeowner that he was a Glendale Water and Power employee and had to check the faucets in the kitchen and bathroom, according to Glendale police reports. “We have seen this [scam]
NEWS
By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | July 22, 2011
Verdugo Hills Golf Course, threatened for years by residential development, could be saved if funds from a Los Angeles clean-water bond are used to construct a stormwater treatment facility on the site, officials said. Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian, who is proposing the idea, told a group of about 60 people during a meeting of the Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council's land-use committee earlier this week that if signed off on by his colleagues, about $20 million in Proposition O funds would be allocated to the project.
NEWS
By Melanie Hicken, melanie.hicken@latimes.com | July 13, 2010
CITY HALL — Stalled reimbursements for a multi-million dollar chromium 6 removal project could lead Glendale Water & Power officials to suspend the operation, they said. Because the chromium-stripping facilities have been turned on, levels of the cancer-causing element in water drawn through local wells have edged down, officials said. Still, utility officials say they are considering halting the $5-million multi-jurisdictional facility until the California Department of Water Resources makes good its $2.5-million pledge.
NEWS
November 19, 2009
Street lights The City Council on Tuesday approved opening the bidding process for the painting of nearly 800 street lights in the next three year. WHAT IT MEANS The cost of the project is estimated at close to $200,000 per year. The funds have already been allocated in the city?s budget. ? Glendale Water & Power award The City Council received a report on Glendale Water & Power?s receipt of the Assn. of Metropolitan Water Districts Gold Award for exceptional utility performance.
LOCAL
By Vasken Yardemian | August 22, 2009
Regarding the Aug. 21 letter by Bruce Gibson, “Water district not exactly conserving,” he wrote that he observed Crescenta Valley Water District servicemen flushing the water main at a fire hydrant near his home. Your first thought may be that we are ignoring our own philosophy of conserving water. However, it is necessary to flush water mains in the system, particularly ones that are not “looped” or connected in such a way that water continually flows through these pipes.
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