GUSD OKs New District Map

First published in the Nov. 20 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

The Glendale Unified School District approved its redistricting map this week, making a pair of light shifts to help bring its five trustee areas into population and demographic compliance.
To balance populations, school board members agreed to shift around 16 blocks of District C to District B and nine from District E to District D. Prior boundaries otherwise remain in place, and the geometric effect is to make the affected districts more compact.
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Police Need Tips in Cash Theft

First published in the Nov. 20 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

Glendale police are asking for public assistance in its investigation into a vehicle burglary that took place after the victim withdrew money from an ATM.
According to the Glendale Police Department, the burglary happened at 9:11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, where the vehicle was parked in the 200 block of Central Avenue. The victim had parked there after withdrawing money from an ATM at a Los Angeles bank, GPD said, and the thief broke into the vehicle by shattering a window shortly after the victim parked and left.
The thief stole a “significant amount of cash,” according to a representative with GPD.
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Doctor Works to Allay Fear of COVID Vaccines for Children

First published in the Nov. 20 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

Dr. Christine Mirzaian wanted to set an example for other parents.
So as soon as COVID-19 vaccines were authorized for children, the pediatrician brought her 5-year-old daughter to work, at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, to get round one of the shot.
After bearing witness to how the coronavirus has devastated Southern California for 19 months, the Glendale native and resident said she didn’t have to think twice about it.
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Political Rally Targets Leaders in Armenia

First published in the Nov. 13 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

A year ago this week, a large crowd formed spontaneously outside of the Armenian Consulate, where members of the local Armenian diaspora expressed their shock, sorrow and anger that the 44-day war between their homeland and Azerbaijan had suddenly ended.
On Tuesday, a crowd again formed. This time, it was with a more organized and pointed message of disdain toward the Armenian political leadership viewed by some members of the diaspora as botching the defense effort and jumping at the chance to sign a ceasefire that heavily favored the Azerbaijan government in Baku’s objectives.
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GUSD Faces Declining Numbers

First published in the Nov. 13 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

Glendale Unified School District officials are mulling over how to stymie a declining enrollment rate that, during the coronavirus pandemic, has brought the large system to less than 25,000 students.
Although the district is adding new students each year, those numbers have not been enough to replace its losses — generally through graduation, but more recently also through transfers. After enrolling 26,119 students in the 2015-16 school year, officials report there are currently 24,233 students at GUSD schools.
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School Board Looks at District Remapping

First published in the Nov. 6 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

At its next meeting, the Glendale Unified School District Board of Education hopes to commit to a handful of tweaks to its political district maps ahead of its December deadline.
In the meantime, the district’s consultant for the redistricting is expected to prepare charts to compare various demographic information such as literacy, income status and other socioeconomic factors.
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Hit-and-Run Suspect in Custody

First published in the Nov. 6 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

A 19-year-old Elk Grove man remained in custody on Friday after being arrested last weekend for allegedly striking and killing a pedestrian in Glendale.
The suspect was being held in the Twin Towers Correctional Facility downtown Los Angeles on $150,000 bail, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He awaits his next court appearance in Burbank Municipal Court, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9. He faces charges of felony hit-and-run and driving under the influence, according to the Glendale Police Department.
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City Discusses Rockhaven Redo

First published in the Nov. 6 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

Glendale officials are once again mulling what to do with the Rockhaven Sanitarium property, more than a dozen years after the city acquired the historic site and tried thrice to develop it.
This time around, they have $8 million in state funding to help grease the wheel, a grant secured in June by state Sen. Anthony Portantino during Sacramento’s budgeting process. Though there is a catch that whatever happens on the property must include a museum, the city is otherwise free to explore other uses for the site’s buildings and park-like space.
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GPD Says Man Tried to Steal Police Vehicle

First published in the Oct. 30 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

A Los Angeles man was in custody Friday afternoon after allegedly trying to steal a police vehicle while the officer who’d been using it was directing traffic nearby.
The 25-year-old man was booked on suspicion of attempted carjacking after being arrested at 10:58 a.m. Friday near Glorietta Avenue and Verdugo Road, according to Glendale Police Department Sgt. Christian Hauptmann. The suspect was placed in a GPD holding cell while waiting for Los Angeles County sheriff’s personnel to take him to jail, Hauptmann said, adding that the man has a $100,000 bail.
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City’s Pet Project: Seeking Potential Dog Park Site

First published in the Oct. 30 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

More Glendale residents may get the treat of a dog park within city limits, now that the City Council this week has given the go-ahead for the Community Services and Parks Department to consider where to install such an amenity.
Officials will investigate a variety of possible locations, though council members’ preference for the moment seems to be South Glendale, which is the most densely populated part of the city and is far away from the county-managed Crescenta Valley Dog Park. That space is located within city limits in the Crescenta Highlands neighborhood.
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