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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | July 9, 2013
A mosquito sample collected in Glendale tested positive for West Nile virus, making it the first sign of the disease in the city this year. The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District confirmed Friday the infected mosquito sample was collected from the 91208 area, which includes the neighborhoods of Sparr Heights, Oakmont, Whiting Woods, Verdugo Woodlands, Montecito Park, San Rafael Hills and Rancho San Rafael. Last week, Santa Fe Springs, Bellflower and Lakewood were also added to a growing list of cities where the virus was discovered.
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June 19, 2004
Josh Kleinbaum For more than two months, Lynn Brown has noticed dead birds on the sides of trails near the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. So when she heard that mosquitoes in the area had tested positive for the West Nile virus, she wasn't too surprised. "We've been hearing that it's coming," said Brown, vice president of the local chapter of Equestrian Trails Inc., which includes Glendale and Burbank. "The people in the horse community are more prepared than the average citizen, because most of us have been getting our horses vaccinated against the virus for well over a year.
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By Ruth Longoria | July 4, 2008
The West Nile virus made its way to La Crescenta this week in the first confirmed case for the year in the Foothills. A crow that dropped out of the sky into the driveway of Crescenta Valley Town Council Mayor Grace Andrus’ home the evening of June 26 was infected with the disease, according to the Los Angeles County Public Health Department. Andrus’ 15-year-old son Danny saw the bird fall and was “fascinated” by the dead animal, Andrus said. Danny retrieved gloves and a shovel to “bag the bird.
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By Christopher Cadelago | August 20, 2009
BURBANK — County vector officials this week confirmed that a mosquito sample taken in the 91502 ZIP code tested positive for West Nile virus, the city’s first positive sample of an insect population that could easily permeate into Glendale, officials said. The sample, collected from a trap along Elmwood Avenue, was one of 29 additional mosquito samples from 10 cities, including Van Nuys and Sherman Oaks, that tested positive for the West Nile virus, said Crystal Brown, a spokeswoman for the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District.
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August 23, 2004
Committee approves Liu's bill on state offshore contracts LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE -- Assemblywoman Carol Liu's (D-La Canada Flintridge) bill that would limit offshore state contracts was passed by the state Senate Appropriations Committee. The bill would prohibit California from contracting for services from companies that use foreign labor to fulfill contracts. The state has a $400-million contract with workers in India who staff call centers that service California's welfare and food stamp recipients, according to Liu. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.
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September 3, 2007
Saying 'no thanks' to candidate and stance I was absolutely livid after reading Barack Obama’s comments about getting illegal immigrants a path to citizenship (“Obama reaches out to Latinos,” Political Landscape, Aug. 10). Here is his quote: “The key is going to be getting as many legal residents as possible naturalized so that as they go to the polls in 2008, they can tell those who voted against comprehensive immigration reform, ‘You are going to suffer at the polls as a consequence,’” he said.
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July 24, 2008
ON THE AGENDA The following items will be discussed at tonight’s Crescenta Valley Town Council meeting:   Following a July outbreak of West Nile Virus in La Crescenta, the council will officially notify the public about the mosquito-borne disease. WHAT TO EXPECT The council will list relevant contact information for officials that residents should call if they suspect West Nile has hit their neighborhood. Town Council members are slated to read proposed changes to its bylaws, including adding new provisions and updating the set of rules that govern council activity.
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By Veronica Rocha | May 15, 2009
GLENDALE — The recent rise in foreclosed homes in Glendale and Burbank due to the recession has led to an increase in abandoned swimming pools, creating prime breeding grounds for disease-carrying mosquitoes and potential drowning hazards, authorities said. Helicopter patrol officers have reported a 10% to 15% increase in grimy pools over the same period last year, many of them attributable to abandoned foreclosures, prompting agencies to actively seek them out as the West Nile virus season takes hold.
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By Jason Wells | May 28, 2007
GLENDALE — Despite a record dry year for the region, mosquito control officials are warning the public to remain vigilant during this summer's breeding season that could still see a spike in the insect's population growth — and with it, the spread of the West Nile virus. Glendale and foothill residents who have over-watered their yards as the region crackles under a 12-inch rain shortfall this season have unwittingly created choice breeding grounds for mosquitoes that may carry the virus that has now become endemic to the area, said Truc Dever, spokeswoman for the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District.
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July 11, 2013
When Glendale officials proposed a memorial to "comfort women" - sex slaves who served the Japanese army in occupied countries during World War II - they saw it as a quiet gesture of goodwill for the city's Korean community. The planned statue shows a young girl seated next to an empty chair: a symbolic memorial to the estimated 80,000 to 200,000 women, mostly from Korea, who spent the war in Japanese military brothels serving up to 50 men per day. But city leaders soon realized that they had stepped into a major international controversy.
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July 11, 2013
Glendale police are seeking help in identifying thieves who stole a fanny pack and ripped a necklace off a 64-year-old Glendale woman's neck this week after knocking her to the ground. The woman was walking about 9:30 p.m. Monday in the 1400 block of East Chevy Chase Drive, where two men suddenly pushed her to the ground and stole the items, including cash, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. The thieves quickly fled east on Chevy Chase. The woman suffered minor scratches to her knees and elbows, Lorenz said.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | July 9, 2013
A mosquito sample collected in Glendale tested positive for West Nile virus, making it the first sign of the disease in the city this year. The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District confirmed Friday the infected mosquito sample was collected from the 91208 area, which includes the neighborhoods of Sparr Heights, Oakmont, Whiting Woods, Verdugo Woodlands, Montecito Park, San Rafael Hills and Rancho San Rafael. Last week, Santa Fe Springs, Bellflower and Lakewood were also added to a growing list of cities where the virus was discovered.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | September 11, 2012
Eight samples in the tri-city region, including two dead crows, have tested positive for West Nile virus, prompting warnings from vector control officials. The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District collected three positive mosquito samples in Burbank, two in San Marino and one in Glendale. Two dead crows - one found on Garden Street, the other on Hillcrest Avenue, in Glendale - also tested positive for West Nile virus, a mosquito-borne illness. The virus is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes that have bitten infected birds.
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By Christopher Cadelago | August 20, 2009
BURBANK — County vector officials this week confirmed that a mosquito sample taken in the 91502 ZIP code tested positive for West Nile virus, the city’s first positive sample of an insect population that could easily permeate into Glendale, officials said. The sample, collected from a trap along Elmwood Avenue, was one of 29 additional mosquito samples from 10 cities, including Van Nuys and Sherman Oaks, that tested positive for the West Nile virus, said Crystal Brown, a spokeswoman for the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District.
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By Veronica Rocha | May 15, 2009
GLENDALE — The recent rise in foreclosed homes in Glendale and Burbank due to the recession has led to an increase in abandoned swimming pools, creating prime breeding grounds for disease-carrying mosquitoes and potential drowning hazards, authorities said. Helicopter patrol officers have reported a 10% to 15% increase in grimy pools over the same period last year, many of them attributable to abandoned foreclosures, prompting agencies to actively seek them out as the West Nile virus season takes hold.
NEWS
July 24, 2008
ON THE AGENDA The following items will be discussed at tonight’s Crescenta Valley Town Council meeting:   Following a July outbreak of West Nile Virus in La Crescenta, the council will officially notify the public about the mosquito-borne disease. WHAT TO EXPECT The council will list relevant contact information for officials that residents should call if they suspect West Nile has hit their neighborhood. Town Council members are slated to read proposed changes to its bylaws, including adding new provisions and updating the set of rules that govern council activity.
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By Ruth Longoria | July 4, 2008
The West Nile virus made its way to La Crescenta this week in the first confirmed case for the year in the Foothills. A crow that dropped out of the sky into the driveway of Crescenta Valley Town Council Mayor Grace Andrus’ home the evening of June 26 was infected with the disease, according to the Los Angeles County Public Health Department. Andrus’ 15-year-old son Danny saw the bird fall and was “fascinated” by the dead animal, Andrus said. Danny retrieved gloves and a shovel to “bag the bird.
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By Jeremy Oberstein | July 2, 2008
GLENDALE — Close to dusk on Thursday, Grace Andrus and her 15-year-old son Danny returned to their La Crescenta home when they saw a crow fall lifelessly to the ground, inadvertently stumbling onto the first reported case of West Nile Virus in the La Crescenta area. “We thought it was the cat jumping down from the tree or carport,” Andrus said Tuesday. “We thought, ‘That was really weird to have a crow drop from the sky.’ The first thing I thought of was bird flu.” Andrus, the mayor of the Crescenta Valley Town Council, shoveled the bird into a bag and called the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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September 3, 2007
Saying 'no thanks' to candidate and stance I was absolutely livid after reading Barack Obama’s comments about getting illegal immigrants a path to citizenship (“Obama reaches out to Latinos,” Political Landscape, Aug. 10). Here is his quote: “The key is going to be getting as many legal residents as possible naturalized so that as they go to the polls in 2008, they can tell those who voted against comprehensive immigration reform, ‘You are going to suffer at the polls as a consequence,’” he said.
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