Police to Impose Fines for Ignoring Face-Mask Law

Glendale police officers, shown here at last week’s Cruise 2020 event, are expected to begin fining residents and businesses for not complying with the public face-mask mandate, at their discretion.
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Facing an increasing coroavirus case rate among its residents, the City Council has tasked the Glendale Police Department with imposing fines against residents and businesses that are flouting the city’s face-mask mandate.
First offenders are subject to a $400 fine, with a second offense rising to $1,000 and a third ticket coming out to $2,000. Though Glendale was among the first Los Angeles County cities to impose a mask mandate for those in public, compliance issues have repeatedly been aired to city officials. Continuing spikes in local COVID-19 cases have only added urgency to the issue.
“None of us want to do this,” Councilman Ardy Kassakhian said. “We’re all looking down at a potential other shutdown. I don’t think any of us want another shutdown. Nobody wants us to go under lockdown again, yet if you read the news articles and look at statistics, that’s where we’re headed. So, if it takes a little bit of tough love — and, quite honestly, I’ll trust our law enforcement and the police chief to do whatever they need to do and however they need to do it — then that’s what will be needed.”

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Glendale Hits Cruise Control for Classic Cars

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It was a cruisin’ good time last Saturday for those who caught “Cruise 2020,” the scaled-down version of Glendale Cruise Night, typically the city’s largest public event of the year. About 125 classic and eclectic vehicles rolled up and down Brand Boulevard as outdoor diners took photos and others strolled. “Everyone wore their masks and people seemed happy to get outside and get some fresh air to enjoy the cars,” said Glendale special events coordinator Patty Betancourt.

City Seeks State Aid to Bolster Local Housing

Burbank expects to receive about $477,000 from the state for housing programs, the city’s staff announced recently.
The funds for which the city is applying come from the California Department of Housing and Community Development and would pay for the costs of new initiatives supporting low-income families and those at risk of homelessness.
For example, the city’s Community Development Department is proposing a pilot program that would give matching contributions to homeowners who convert a garage into or build a new accessory dwelling unit. The unit would need to be rented out to a very low- or low-income household. Funding for the program is estimated at $127,182, enough for an estimated six ADUs.
Another $350,000 is also proposed for a rapid rehousing rent program that would give rental assistance and guidance to households at risk of homelessness. The program would be able to help about 60 households struggling financially.
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Council Hopeful, a Renters’ Advocate, Wins Suit Against Burbank

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Konstantine Anthony, who plans to run for Burbank City Council, speaks at a June protest, announcing his lawsuit against the city for denying his petition to put rent regulation measures on the ballot. More than a month later, a judge ruled in his favor.

After successfully suing the city clerk for denying his petition, a tenants’ advocate planning a run for City Council is one step closer to putting a rent regulation measure on the ballot in November.
Konstantine Anthony and his campaign manager Margo Rowder, co-founders of the nonprofit Burbank Tenants’ Right Committee, sued City Clerk Zizette Mullins and the council in June. Mullins rejected the plaintiffs’ petition, which included more than 7,700 valid signatures from voters, in May, saying it had not included a “statement of reasons” explaining the necessity of the proposed ordinance.
However, Anthony’s attorney, Fredric Woocher, argued that Mullins and the city attorney had misinterpreted the Elections Code, relying on a version of the law that was changed in 1987 to remove the requirement the clerk cited.
The judge agreed, approving the plaintiffs’ request to require Mullins to approve the petition on Thursday.
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Past President Still a Force in Tournament of Roses

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Laura Farber, chair of the Rose Bowl Management Committee, oversees the coin toss at the Jan. 1 Rose Bowl Game, when she was Tournament of Roses president. Although the 2021 Rose Parade has been canceled, hopes are still high that there will be a 107th Rose Bowl Game.

Pasadena Tournament of Roses Past President Laura Farber still believes in “The Power of Hope.”
Months after her reign as president, the theme she chose for the 131st 2020 Rose Parade seems more poignant than ever amid the global pandemic and resulting shutdowns that have paralyzed society and led to the cancellation of the iconic 132nd parade on New Year’s Day.
Parade officials last week cited Gov. Gavin Newsom’s phase 4 reopening schedule, health restrictions enacted to slow the spread of coronavirus and interruption of the lengthy preparation needed by participants as their reason for canceling the 2021 parade. But there is still hope that the 107th Rose Bowl Game, “the Granddaddy of Them All,” will deliver an exciting collegiate contest to fans starving for entertainment — and sports.
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LCUSD Commits to ‘Quality’ Distance Learning to Start Year

The La Cañada Unified School District has mulled over scheduling and instruction for the upcoming school year for the past eight weeks, but its governing board’s disclosure this week that the district is going with distance learning simply confirmed an earlier decision by Gov. Gavin Newsom.
The governor announced new guidelines last Friday that would prevent California schools, public and private, in counties on the state’s COVID-19 watch list — which monitors trends in infections and test positivity and hospitalization rates — from providing in-person instruction when the academic year begins.
“Learning is non-negotiable,” Newsom said. “The virus will be with us for a year or more, and school districts must provide meaningful instruction in the midst of this pandemic. In California, health data will determine when a school can physically open — and when it must close — but learning should never stop.”
In a special meeting Tuesday, the LCUSD announced it will open the school year with distance learning at all levels, but officials are hopeful of returning students to campus when it is safe to do so. Details of those plans, whether at half or full capacity, have not yet been finalized.
For the district’s schools to reopen, Los Angeles County must be taken off the watch list, which can happen only if coronavirus cases drop for 14 consecutive days. The recent surge in COVID-19 cases made California the state with the most confirmed infections in the nation, surpassing New York.
“The good news about our virtual academy is that it’s much better than it was before,” LCUSD board President Joe Radabaugh said by phone. “It’s going to be quality education.”
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PUSD to Start School Year With Distance Learning

By Brian McDonald
Special to The Outlook

Brian McDonald

On July 16, the Pasadena Unified School District Board of Education authorized the start of the new school year. PUSD will begin the new school year on Aug. 17 in a distance learning environment.
On July 17, Gov. Gavin Newsom laid out new statewide mandates for schools that affirm the decisions and direction that PUSD is taking to keep our students and staff healthy and safe. PUSD will adhere to state and county mandates. The state mandate addresses safe in-person school based on local health data, requirements of masks/face covering, physical distancing, testing, rigorous distance learning, and the criteria for schools to close when a member of our school community tests positive for COVID-19.

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Obituary | Mary Freda Lohman Patrick

Mary Freda Lohman Patrick

Mary Freda Lohman Patrick passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 27th, 2020, after a brief stay in the hospital.
Mary was born in Los Angeles, CA and raised in Glendale, CA where she attended Fremont Elementary School, Clark Jr. High School and Glendale High School, Class of 1951. After high school she attended the University of Arizona, where she received her degree in Education and was in the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. After college she returned to Glendale to start her teaching career at Horace Mann Elementary School, and she also taught at St. Mark’s Day School, Campbell Hall, Crestview Prep, and to raise her family.
Mary loved giving back to Glendale, volunteering in many school events, was a 30-year member of National Charity League, and her Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumni Group.
She was an avid bridge player where she played 3 days a week at the Arcadia Bridge Center. She was a beautiful needlecraft artist, where she won a Golden Needle award for best in show in 1979 and honorable mention in ’77 and ’78. She owned It’s a Stitch Needlepoint and Knitting store from 1976-86.
Mary leaves behind her Sister Sally Herdman (Jeff), Daughters Sara, Meg and Son Michael. Grandchildren Carly and Declan. Nieces Mary Palmer and Cindy Valdes (Vince) and her family. She will be missed, she loved her friends and was loved by many.
A celebration of life will be held in the near future.

Obituary – William David Evans II

William David Evans II

William David Evans II passed away on Tuesday, July 14, at his home in La Cañada Flintridge. Bill was born on October 21, 1929, in New York City. Named for his grandfather, he was the only child of parents Riva Cluff Evans and Thomas Richards Evans. Growing up in NYC, Bill’s mother would take him by subway to see the New York Giants’ games at the Polo Grounds. So, from age 5, he became a lifetime fan. Bill attended elementary school at Horace Mann School for Boys in the Bronx. After graduating from Horace Mann High School in 1947, he attended Yale University, receiving his B.A. in 1951. This was followed by Law School at the University of Virginia, where he received his LLB. Bill then began his law career with the legal department of New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad in New Haven, Connecticut.
It was about this time, Bill was set up with a blind date for a Yale-Princeton football game in New Jersey by a mutual friend at Riverside Church in NYC. That date turned into a 61-and-a-half-year marriage to Frances Breeland, a recent arrival from Mississippi. In the meantime, Bill had decided to specialize in Labor Law and accepted a position with the National Labor Relations Board in their Los Angeles office. So, after marriage in Biloxi, Mississippi, in 1958, the newlyweds honeymooned all the way to California, eventually settling in La Cañada Flintridge in 1961. His career continued as legal counsel for Texaco, Inc. and then in private practice in Los Angeles and Old Town Pasadena.
Bill and Fran soon started their family with daughter Sharon, then son Jeff, and finished off with son James (Jimmy). He enjoyed being a dad and participated in many of the children’s activities, including YMCA Indian Guides, Cub Scouts, coaching sports teams and chaperoning camping trips. One highlight was seeing Jim’s LCHS varsity basketball team win the CIF Southern Section championship.
The joy of family continued with five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one daughter-in-law, one son-in-law and two grandsons-in-law. Bill participated in numerous community activities, including Tournament of Roses, Rotary International, American Field Service and LCHS Boosters Club. The Evans family was pleased to host two year-long AFS students (Stefano from Italy and Johan from Sweden), and over 25 summer program students from Japan. Bill was an avid sports fan. In addition to being a diehard San Francisco Giants fan, he loved the Los Angeles Rams, Lakers and Kings.
Bill and Fran were founding members of La Cañada United Methodist Church in 1965, remaining active through the present. Bill served as president of the Board of Trustees for many years, as well as playing on the church softball team. Great memories include their travel, both domestic and foreign. Some favorites were camping trips to the beach, desert and mountains, and National Parks, including Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone and Glacier. Also, trips with Rotary to Ensenada, Baja California, to aid children’s orphanages, and visits to Europe and Japan.
The family is grateful for Bill’s long, productive life and all the friendships he had cherished. He will be missed by so many.

City Extends Renter Safeguards, Recognizes Landlords’ Hardships

The City Council once again extended its protections for residential renters this week, prolonging Glendale’s eviction moratorium and rent freeze till at least Aug. 31 as the nation continues to reel from the coronavirus pandemic.
In renewing the eviction moratorium, the council on Tuesday also set modified guidelines by which renters must show pandemic-related hardship as a reason for deferring their monthly rent payments. Those tenants must show documentation — such as bank statements or check stubs indicating income loss, bills showing new medical or child-care expenses or a letter from an employer attesting to reduced work — to their landlords on or before the rent due date.
Council members certainly seem aware of the precariousness of continuing to kick the can down the road with regard to rent deferment. The majority of city residents are renters, a situation that creates a perfect storm of apartment dwellers ­— who already had a hard time affording rent — losing their income and mom-and-pop landlords suddenly suffering their own loss of income.
“It’s a very sad and very difficult time for tenants especially and landlords also,” Mayor Vrej Agajanian said at Tuesday’s meeting. “Nobody was expecting to see something like this and I don’t see any solution to it in the near future.”

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City Plans Racial Reckoning; Panel Discussion July 30

Glendale officials plan to continue researching specific past actions that contributed to a local culture that discriminated against black residents and workers, as part of a long-term reckoning with the city’s former reputation as a sundown town.
The pledge comes after administration officials joined in a variety of outreach sessions with local civic and cultural groups to plot a course to promote racial equity in city government and healing from past practices that excluded minorities from the community. The next step of this process will be a panel discussion hosted by the city on Thursday, July 30, titled “Racism: Past and Present.” In preparation, city employees are diving into the city’s history.
Meanwhile, the city plans to join a regional coalition that works to promote racial equity practices, but City Council members — at the urging of local residents — pumped the brakes Tuesday on adopting a formal resolution acknowledging the past for now.
“Our staff is working on looking through our [past] ordinances at this time and our library staff is working on going through whatever they have in their archives of articles and whatnot and other resources we can go through,” Christine Powers, a senior executive analyst for the city, said at the council’s meeting.

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High School Sports Delayed Until December in CIF’s New Calendar

The CIF State office’s revised calendar has a two-season format — fall and spring — that would give each sport at least 90% of a normal season. There will not be any athletic competition until December at the earliest. The first week of football is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 8.
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The California Interscholastic Federation released its much-anticipated revised high school athletics calendar for the 2020-21 year, announcing a two-season format scheduled to begin in December.
CIF State, the governing body for prep sports in California, announced its schedule for section playoffs and state tournaments on Monday morning. Soon after, the Southern Section, the largest section in the state with 566 member schools, released a calendar that gives student-athletes an opportunity to play “90% to 100%” of a normal season, according to CIF-SS Commissioner Rob Wigod.
“The reason for [the two-season format] was to help with the overlap of sports and trying to have some separation between two seasons to allow for dual-sport athletes, for coaches that coach more than one sport and for maximizing the utilization of school facilities,” Wigod said in a press conference on Monday.
Fall sports include boys’ and girls’ cross-country, 11- and 8-man football, boys’ and girls’ volleyball, boys’ and girls’ water polo, traditional competitive cheer, gymnastics and field hockey.
Boys’ volleyball would officially kick off high school sports on Dec. 12. Week 1 of football is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 8.

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Police Identify Two Who Died at Scene of Shooting

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Burbank police officers who responded to the report of a shooting early Tuesday found two men dead and a woman who was critically injured. Three children were also found and taken to family members.

Burbank police have identified two men who were shot and killed early Tuesday, but the reasons for the incident remain unclear.
After receiving a report of a shooting at about 1:25 a.m. Tuesday, officers responded to a residence in the 900 block of Cambridge Drive and found in the driveway a man who had at least one gunshot wound, according to a Burbank Police Department news release. The man, 34-year old Los Angeles resident Edward Lopez, was pronounced dead at the scene.
While trying to give aid to Lopez, officers heard yelling from inside the home about someone being shot, the department said. They entered the house and found 41-year-old Burbank resident Armen Sahakyan shot in his upstairs bedroom. He, too, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sahakyan’s wife, whom police have not identified by name, was taken from the house to a hospital in critical condition with gunshot wounds. The couple’s three children, ages 7, 13 and 17, were also found in the house and taken to family members.
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