Redistricting Reshapes Glendale’s Political Representation

First published in the Jan. 15 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

A recently finalized political map splits Glendale in half, a change that has angered some members of the Armenian community concerned that the shift will weaken its political voice.
South Glendale has been absorbed into a different state Assembly district than north Glendale, Burbank and La Crescenta-Montrose, while the entirety of Glendale was redistricted away from Burbank in the state Senate, though it remains connected with La Crescenta-Montrose and La Cañada Flintridge. Because of the new representation maps, which an independent California commission draws following each U.S. Census, this year’s elections will bring south Glendale a new state assemblymember.
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GUSD Deems Student Return Successful Amid Omicron

First published in the Jan. 15 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

The Glendale Unified School District said 85% of its students returned to classes Monday, following a winter break in which families were asked to attest that their children had received negative COVID-19 test results in order to return to school.
An additional 4% of students participated in school via independent study, according to Superintendent Vivian Ekchian. As a response to the Omicron wave of the pandemic — which has produced more than 40,000 confirmed new cases per day in Los Angeles County multiple times in the past two weeks — GUSD officials made the test screening a part of the daily attendance application for students. To pass the check-in period, a student had to attest to have taken a COVID-19 test within the past week and received a negative result.
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Local Hospitals Battle COVID Surge, Strained ERs

First published in the Jan. 15 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

As the Glendale area began to exhibit COVID-19 fallout from holiday gatherings this week, its hospitals are also — again — starting to feel the pressure of the disease.
The spike in ill residents is not yet repeating last year’s winter surge, which left Los Angeles County with no intensive care unit availability for many days. Still, emergency departments have found themselves inundated in recent weeks, with the patient load being exacerbated by staffing shortages as a result of the Omicron variant’s rapid spread.
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Portantino Bill Links Extra School Funding to Enrollment

First published in the Jan. 8 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

State Sen. Anthony Portantino announced a bill this week that would provide supplemental funding to K-12 schools based on student enrollment numbers.
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Man Sentenced in Spree of Trader Joe’s Robberies

First published in the Jan. 8 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

A Huntington Park man was sentenced Monday to 21 years behind bars for carrying out a string of armed robberies or attempted armed robberies of Trader Joe’s markets throughout the Southland — two of which involved his son as the getaway driver.
Gregory Johnson, 44, pleaded guilty in May to one federal count each of interference with commerce by robbery and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
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COVID Surge Tightens Restrictions for Athletes

First published in the Jan. 8 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

With coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County surging to levels higher than last winter, high school athletics have once more been hamstrung.
The County Department of Public Health updated its guidelines and tightened restrictions for youth sports on Jan. 3, which includes high school teams.
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Schiff Recalls Jan. 6 Assault on Capitol

First published in the Jan. 8 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff stood on the floor of the House of Representatives Thursday, the same spot where, one year prior, the congressman observed a surreal insurrection occur on the Capitol.
Schiff, a Burbank Democrat who represents Glendale, said in an interview with the Leader that he still remembers the sound of glass shattering. He recalls shouts from Capitol police and his fellow representatives as a mob tried to force its way into the chambers, aiming to overturn the certification of Joe Biden’s presidential victory.
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County Modifies COVID Protocols for Schools Amid Surge

First published in the Jan. 8 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health revised its health order for schools last weekend in an effort to combat a dramatic spike in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations across Southern California since Christmas.
All school employees are now required to wear medical grade masks — such as surgical or KN95 masks — while working and the county suggests that students also wear them. Students and staff also must wear their masks outdoors in crowded outdoor settings on campus, except when they’re eating, “where [social] distancing cannot be easily or reliably maintained.”
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Motorist Arrested in Alleged Drunken Chase

First published in the Jan. 8 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

A New Jersey man appeared in court this week after being arrested in Glendale for allegedly driving drunk, colliding with several vehicles and leading police on a chase that ended when he flipped his car.
The 51-year-old man, from Westfield, New Jersey, was arrested on Tuesday, Jan. 4, and booked for evading, driving under the influence and numerous hit-and-runs. After posting a $75,000 bond on Wednesday, he appeared in Glendale Municipal Court on Thursday morning. A representative with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office did not have any information on the dispensation of that appearance by the News-Press’ deadline.
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Crimes and Arrests

First published in the Jan. 8 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

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A 21-year-old Glendale man was arrested on suspicion of evading, vehicle theft and identity theft after allegedly fleeing police officers and colliding with two other vehicles at around 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, near Sanchez Drive and Brand Boulevard. The motorist was initially stopped while leaving the Glendale Galleria and was reportedly in possession of a stolen vehicle and driver’s licenses and bank cards belonging to other people. One passenger, a 38-year-old Glendale man, was arrested on suspicion of identity theft for allegedly possessing a fraudulent check, along with banking information, blank checks and credit cards belonging to other people, while a second passenger, a 39-year-old North Hollywood man, was arrested on suspicion of identity theft and for multiple outstanding warrants.
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