City OKs Next Steps in Water Plan

First published in the Jan. 22 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

By Jonathan Williams
Glendale News-Press

The City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve the third phase of the city’s water conservation plan in response to the state’s diminishing water supply.
Phase three, which begins on Feb. 1, will limit outdoor watering to two days per week for no more than 10 minutes. The goal of the ordinance is to increase water conservation leading into the summer.
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Officials Laud Infrastructure Bill

First published in the Dec. 25 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

Congressman Adam Schiff, in a Glendale press conference, recently highlighted the “historic investments” of the bipartisan infrastructure bill passed in Congress — including for roads, bridges, highways, public transit and passenger rail — and how they will improve the lives of Los Angeles County residents.
Schiff, a Burbank Democrat, hosted the conference with Mayor Paula Devine, state Sen. Anthony Portantino, Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, Councilman Ardy Kassakhian and L.A. Metro CEO Stephanie Wiggins. They met at the Larry Zarian Transportation Center in Glendale.
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City OKs $250K to COVID-Test Unvaccinated Workers

First published in the Dec. 11 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

City Council members this week took exception to a request for $250,000 to fund weekly testing for city employees who remain unvaccinated against COVID-19.
Although the council ultimately approved the request — legally, they are required to pay for testing if they require it — they weren’t thrilled about it. Since the city’s employee vaccination policy took effect in November, human resources officials have determined that at least 75% of Glendale’s approximately 1,900 full- and part-time employees have attained full vaccination against COVID-19. The remaining 25%, around 400 employees, have either not reported their status or are unvaccinated.
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Council OKs Scholl Biogas Facility

First published in the Dec. 4 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

To cap off a six-hour meeting, five of which were spent on the topic, the City Council voted narrowly this week to move forward with the biogas power generation facility proposed at the Scholl Canyon Landfill.
Mayor Paula Devine, along with councilmen Vrej Agajanian and Ara Najarian, voted Tuesday to accept the environmental impact report for the project and grant its conditional use permit. Councilmen Dan Brotman and Ardy Kassakhian opposed. The discussion and vote were borne from an appeal by the city against the permit’s denial by the Planning Commission.
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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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Outdoor Dining: Making It Permanent

First published in the Oct. 23 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

They will be gone, but not for long.
After removing several al fresco dining zones ahead of the Montrose Arts & Crafts Festival this weekend, the city of Glendale aims to replace the popular spaces at the Montrose Shopping Park area with more thoughtfully designed and built parklets. While the prior areas, divided from parking spots by concrete K-rail barriers, were intended as a temporary solution to coronavirus pandemic restrictions, the parklets figure to be a part of the shopping park for the foreseeable future.
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City Offers Reward as It Seeks Hit-Run Driver

First published in the Oct. 16 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

The city of Glendale has offered a $25,000 reward for help in identifying the motorist whose vehicle struck a local man this month, leaving him with devastating injuries in the street before speeding off.
Krikor Kassabian, 44, was hit at 12:09 a.m. Friday, Oct. 1, as he crossed East Chevy Chase Drive near Glenoaks Boulevard. Kassabian remains hospitalized after undergoing three surgeries, and his family said there is no timeline for his release.
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SAS on Course to Take Over Alex Theatre

First published in the Oct. 2 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

The Alex Theatre appeared poised for a leadership change after the Glendale City Council voted narrowly this week to give SAS Entertainment exclusive negotiation rights for the venue’s management.
Assuming the forthcoming negotiations are successful, SAS would dislodge Glendale Arts from a role it has held since 2008, when the nonprofit was tasked with bringing the historic theater into contemporary use. The decision Tuesday afternoon moves the city past a conversation that became contentious in June when some officials made it clear they may want to move on from partnership with Glendale Arts.
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Leaders Praise Funding Boost for Hiking, Biking Paths

First published in the Oct. 2 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

A snowy egret practically joined a news conference this week at the Glendale Narrows Riverwalk, as if to underscore the picturesque sights that await the pedestrians and cyclists who will eventually use the Garden River Bridge project that elected officials were discussing.
The project received a major boost this week, as Assemblywoman Laura Friedman announced that she’d helped secure an additional $10 million in state funding for the bridge, on top of the $20 million allocation she’d previously helped arrange. Additionally, Sacramento has committed an extra $5 million for the Colorado Street undercrossing.
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YWCA Targets Domestic Violence

First published in the Oct. 2 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

This month, YWCA Glendale and Pasadena is launching a community-coordinated conversation about domestic violence and how the community can contribute to changing the narrative on this often overshadowed but fundamental topic.
“More prevalent than most realize, one in four women and one in seven men will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes,” the organization said in a statement. “Anyone, regardless of gender, race, sexual identity or orientation, or socio-economic status, can become a victim of domestic violence.”
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