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February 10, 2005
Jackson Bell and Josh Kleinbaum The last of two employees involved in a trash-truck crash at the Glendale Public Works corporate yard were released from hospital care, a city officials said Wednesday. The workers -- who were not identified -- were driving across the yard, at 548 W. Chevy Chase Drive, when the truck's hydraulic lift struck an overhead parking ramp, Public Works Director Steve Zurn said. The workers were injured when the jolt threw them forward in the truck, Zurn said, adding that he did not know if they were wearing seat belts.
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February 8, 2003
Karen S. Kim If you'd asked new Public Works Director Steve Zurn 20 years ago if he expected to be the head of a major city department some day, he probably would have said, 'No way.' The 41-year-old UCLA alumnus studied comparative politics in college but landed a job as an administrative assistant with Glendale's Public Works Department in 1986, soon after he graduated. At that point, he'd had no long-term plans for staying. "I wasn't sure if this was what I wanted to do," he said Friday.
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By Jason Wells | December 20, 2006
Glendale's refuse truck fleet is about to get a little cleaner. A new $230,000 refuse truck that runs entirely on compressed natural gas will be introduced into the city's trash pick-up schedule this week, Public Works Director Steve Zurn said. The purchase is in line with the South Coast Air Quality Management District requirements that all purchases for municipal service fleets to be compressed natural gas-fueled in portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
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By Melanie Hicken | August 12, 2009
CITY HALL — Cooking oil is a key ingredient in some residents’ favorite fried foods, but if it ends up in the city’s sewer system, it can wreak havoc. Besides invasive tree roots, grease is the leading cause of sewer system overflows in the city, said Public Works Director Steve Zurn. That’s why the City Council introduced an ordinance Tuesday that would strengthen the city’s ability to regulate the disposal of fats, oils and greases. “Certainly we have had our share of issues related to this type of material,” Zurn said.
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By: Tania Chatila | September 27, 2005
Work on Brand Boulevard, between Colorado Street and Wilson Avenue, should be done in the next two to three weeks, city officials said. Base paving, a last layer of pavement before the final rubberized asphalt is applied, was completed on all but the southbound inside lane on Brand Boulevard, from Colorado Street to Wilson Avenue on Monday, Public Works Director Steve Zurn said. Base paving to the southbound inside lane will not be done until work on the street median from Colorado to Harvard streets is complete, Zurn said.
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June 7, 2005
Fred Ortega Three mature ficus trees lost their limbs to workmen's saws Monday and are being prepared for removal in order to make way for a right-turn lane on Wilson Avenue, city public works officials said. City-contracted crews began trimming the 40-foot trees between Brand Boulevard and Orange Avenue on Monday morning, on the plot of land that is the new temporary home of the Thursday morning farmer's market. "We are widening the street 8 feet at that point in order to create a dedicated right-turn lane from Wilson eastbound onto southbound Brand," Public Works Director Steve Zurn said.
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By By Tania Chatila and Fred Ortega | December 16, 2005
Councilman Bob Yousefian says Brand Boulevard work is too far behind schedule and of inferior quality.DOWNTOWN GLENDALE -- Numerous delays during phase one of Brand Boulevard construction, which is now slated to be completed at least four months late, have some city officials taking a closer look at the workmanship. "I am not happy with the quality of work," said Councilman Bob Yousefian, who is a contractor by trade. "Some of the timing issues I understand, there are issues that come about.
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March 5, 2003
Tim Willert Seeking to resolve allegations that the recruitment and selection of Public Works Director Steve Zurn was compromised, the City Council on Tuesday voted to retain outside legal counsel to investigate the process from start to finish. The council, rather than raise conflict-of-interest questions by approving an in-house legal investigation or turning the matter over to the Civil Service Commission, voted 4-1 to retain one of four law firms that specialize in labor relations.
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By Veronica Rocha | February 3, 2009
GLENDALE — The city has exceeded the state requirement of diverting 50% of solid waste from the Scholl Canyon Landfill for three consecutive years due to more residents and businesses using city recycling programs, officials said, and the amount diverted continues to rise. The city’s diversion rate was 53% in 2006, 54% in 2007 and is expected to exceed 57% in 2008, officials said. “We’re very, very proud,” Public Works Director Steve Zurn said.
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August 8, 2005
Fred Ortega City officials will hold a meeting Thursday to review the environmental impacts of retrofitting the Municipal Services Building, an endeavor expected to cost in excess of $6 million. The work is necessary because of damage to the building identified by several city surveys conducted in the wake of the 1994 Northridge earthquake, Public Works Director Steve Zurn said. The building, on the corner of Glendale Avenue and Broadway, houses several city departments including Planning, Public Works, Traffic and Transportation, Engineering and Redevelopment.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | December 26, 2012
Glendale Water & Power's storage warehouse hasmore than $1 million in tools that haven't been used in four years, according to a recent audit that also found several issues with security and how products are tracked and stored. When Public Works Director Steve Zurn took on his dual role of managing the utility earlier this year, he asked the city's auditor to do a top-down review of Glendale Water & Power's warehouse. “It was just done differently than what I had expected,” Zurn said.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | October 2, 2012
Glendale Water & Power has cut 35 positions, including several top managers, and there may be more reductions to come, the utility's new general manager said during an overview of his first three months at the helm. Speaking to the Glendale Water & Power Commission at a City Hall meeting Monday, Steve Zurn - who also serves as public works director - outlined how he's reorganized the utility that operated in a decentralized fashion, as well as his plans for the future. Part of those plans include eliminating 25 to 35 more staff members through early retirements and layoffs and a possible electricity rate increase come next spring.
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June 27, 2012
A letter to the editor (“ Zurn needs to watch his back ,” June 2) suggested that errors in former Glendale Water & Power General Manager Glenn Steiger's expense account, submitted twice, didn't amount to a hill of beans. I take deep exception with that. When you're in a position of trust, that buck is supposed to stop at the top. The top is supposed to lead by example, with integrity. If this were an error as claimed, then it should have been caught by Steiger's own staff before being submitted.
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June 1, 2012
The caption on the lead article regarding Steve Zurn (“Steve Zurn takes over lead GWP role,” www.glendalenewspress.com, May 30) is interesting. The assumption can be made that Zurn is the new Speedy Alka-Seltzer, brought in to calm Glendale's giant tummy ache. Having worked with Zurn for many years on traffic problems, and as a member/chairman of the Transportation and Parking Commission, I have the highest regard and respect for him, as to knowledge, ability, and as a person. For that reason, I am apprehensive about his assuming this new position.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | May 30, 2012
Public Works Director Steve Zurn's main task in his new role as interim head of Glendale Water & Power will be to conduct an extensive review of the utility's operations, City Manager Scott Ochoa said this week. His marching orders come one week after the former general manager of Glendale Water & Power, Glenn Steiger, resigned abruptly May 23 after city officials began investigating a case of possible double-billing based on expense receipts he submitted to another public agency.
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October 6, 2011
Public Works Director Steve Zurn confirmed this week that he has applied for the open Glendale city manager position. In coming weeks, Beverly Hills-based Norm Roberts Consulting Group is expected to present the 25 candidates who have applied for the job to the City Council. City Manager Jim Starbird plans to retire in December. Roberts has declined to reveal who's on the list to the public until after council review. Community Development Director Hassan Haghani has not confirmed whether he's applied for the position.
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By Veronica Rocha | February 25, 2010
GLENDALE — A push by Los Angeles County officials to free up access to landfills for mud excavated from foothill debris basins was not expected to affect the main site in Glendale. As mud dumping sites reach capacity, county officials have been scrambling to find places to store the large amounts of dirt, especially with more rain on the horizon. The county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday directed officials to seek temporary fee waivers from state and city agencies to dump the dirt at the landfills in an effort to minimize costs.
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By Melanie Hicken | November 13, 2009
CITY HALL — The amount of waste dumped at Scholl Canyon Landfill continues to drop, officials said Thursday, even as regional waste management experts return to studying an expanded site. From 1997 to 2007, the amount of waste dumped annually at the city-owned landfill decreased by more than 20%, from nearly 500,000 tons to 400,256 tons, according to city statistics. City officials attribute the drop to aggressive recycling and waste-diversion efforts mandated under state law. Since then, officials said, waste levels have dropped as a result of the recession, they said.
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By Melanie Hicken | October 21, 2009
CITY HALL ? Public Works officials will begin exploring changes to wastewater rates in an effort to better recoup the cost millions in infrastructure upgrades and maintenance. The City Council on Tuesday authorized a $73,000 study with Kennedy/Jenks Consultants to explore whether higher rates are needed to fund upgrades and management of Glendale?s 400 miles of sewer lines. The last rate analysis was done nearly two decades ago, before stricter environmental regulations and mandates created a need for major infrastructure improvements, said Public Works Director Steve Zurn.
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By Christopher Cadelago | October 18, 2009
NORTH GLENDALE — Concerted disaster-response efforts combined with gentler-than-expected rain prevented mudslides in the region’s first test since the Station fire, but another message is being stressed: Don’t get complacent. “All of us need to be on our toes,” said Public Works Director Steve Zurn. “A lot of times it isn’t even the first year. Sometimes the biggest problems come in year two or year three.” The inevitable deluge of heavy mud and debris will bring Zurn before the City Council on Tuesday as part of a $555,000 request to continue response and recovery efforts.
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