Candidates Seek Your Vote

In the Nov. 3 election, La Cañada Flintridge voters will choose from among four candidates running for two open seats on the La Cañada Unified school board. The seats are being vacated by Ellen Multari, who announced her resignation in May after moving out of the school district, and Brent Kuszyk, who will not seek re-election. The candidates who have filed to run are (in alphabetical order): Caroline Anderson, Jeremiah Arnold, Josh Epstein and Belinda Randolph.

 

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Educational Foundation to Host State of the Schools Oct. 1

The school year is off to an unusual but productive start in Glendale, and the Glendale Educational Foundation stands ready to support high-quality instruction and community engagement.
In partnership with the Glendale Unified School District, GEF will host its first virtual convening and fundraiser, the 16th annual State of the Schools on Oct. 1. The event will be broadcast on Charter 15, U-verse 99 and streamed live on GEF’s Facebook page.
Jennifer Cano has joined GEF as its new executive director. Cano is a youth development professional with more than 20 years of experience in K-12 education policy, expanded learning and civic engagement. Before joining GEF, she served at the United Way of Greater Los Angeles and L.A.’s BEST After School Enrichment Program in senior management positions. She began her education career as a high school teacher in Alhambra and as an elementary teacher in San Francisco.
“I am thrilled for the opportunity to work with the GEF community to further develop its robust partnerships,” said Cano. “I am a teacher at heart and very excited to support a diverse school community served by a remarkable array of public schools.”

GPD Reminds Pedestrians, Drivers of Safety Rules

September is Pedestrian Safety Month, and the Glendale Police Department is taking the opportunity to remind local residents of the importance of looking out for one another.
The COVID-19 pandemic is changing how Glendale residents get around, but the measures they can take to keep pedestrians safe are the same.
“We are all staying at home more, which means more of us are out walking for exercise or fresh air,” Sgt. Scott Byrne said in a news release. “Be alert, careful and mindful of those around you so we are all able to get home safely.”

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LAFCU Raising Funds for Children’s Hospital

In the spirit of “people helping people,” the Los Angeles Federal Credit Union is raising $1,500 for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to support its COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. For every dollar raised in the month of September, LAFCU will match up to $5,000 for CHLA through its charity arm, the Los Angeles Charitable Association. The hospital’s COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund pays for:
• 5,000 daily COVID screenings for patients, families, guests and staff at CHLA
• 300 daily COVID tests for patients and staff at CHLA
• Telehealth resources and artificial intelligence COVID-screening bots
• Staffing to monitor patients with COVID
• Personal protective equipment and sanitation supplies for staff
One hundred percent of the donations raised will go toward direct COVID-19 medical services at CHLA.

For more information, visit lafcu.org/promotions.html.

Parks and Rec Department Announces Fall Updates

With residents’ choices for exercise and recreation limited by COVID-19 health orders, the Burbank Department of Parks and Recreation recently gave updates on its outdoor sites and facilities to inform citizens about their options.
Outdoor Fitness Permits
In support of fitness facilities that have been ordered to close for indoor operations, but allowed to operate outdoors, the department is issuing permits for use of its ballfields for outdoor fitness classes. This program enables fitness facilities outdoor space to continue activities as allowed by Los Angeles County health orders, in a controlled and safe environment.
Permittees are required to submit an application and certificate of insurance, and pay a reasonable and affordable fee to conduct their activity. Groups are also required to adhere to the county health orders. The parks department will monitor permit groups regarding compliance with the orders and enforce all non-permitted park user groups that are currently violating the Burbank Municipal Code by conducting commercial activity on city property. For information, call (818) 238-5300 or email parksandrecreation@burbankca.gov.

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Online Public Workshops on Airport Expansion Set for Sept. 23

The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority is proposing to build a new 14-gate passenger terminal building in the northeast section of the airport. It would replace the existing, 14-gate passenger terminal in the southeast section of the airport, which does not meet current FAA safety standards because of its proximity to the taxiways and runways. The public can read the Draft Environmental Impact Statement online beginning today.
The FAA will host two virtual public workshops on the Draft EIS on Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 1-3 p.m. and again from 6-8 p.m. and a virtual public hearing on the Draft EIS on Thursday, Sept. 24, from 6-9 p.m. FAA representatives will present information about the proposed project and the Draft EIS. Members of the public will be able to submit written questions, which FAA representatives will answer live following the presentation. Virtual public meetings enable public participation in the environmental review process while maintaining safety and compliance with local, state and federal regulations to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
To comply with the National Environmental Policy Act, the FAA has prepared a (Draft EIS) to assess the potential impacts associated with the construction and operation of a 14-gate replacement passenger terminal building.
The existing passenger terminal would be demolished, and parallel taxiways A and C would be extended full length to the ends of runways 15-33 and 8-26, respectively. The project also would include building a 45,900-square-foot aircraft apron, public parking structure, airline cargo building, passenger terminal access road, aircraft rescue and firefighting station, central utility plant and other infrastructures. A number of structures and facilities would be removed or demolished.
To read the report or register to participate in virtual public workshops, visit bobhopeairporteis.com.

U.S. Grants $2.9 Million to Hollywood Burbank Airport

The U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration this week awarded 28 grants totaling just over $105 million to airports throughout California, with the Hollywood Burbank Airport receiving about $2.9 million for taxiway and apron improvements.
Long Beach Airport was allotted the largest sum, $27.3 million, for taxiway construction and reconstruction projects.
Los Angeles International Airport received the third-largest grant among airports in California, $17.5 million, for residential noise mitigation measures.
Other Southland airports receiving funds include the John Wayne Airport in Orange County, which got nearly $1.3 million to install airfield guidance signs, runway lighting and navigational aids; and Whiteman Airport in Pacoima, which received $165,000 for zero-emissions vehicles/infrastructure.
In total, the DOT and FAA awarded 434 grants totaling about $1.2 billion to airports in 50 states and six U.S. territories.
“This $1.2 billion federal investment will improve our nation’s airport infrastructure, enhance safety, and strengthen growth in local communities, which is especially important as the economy recovers from COVID-19,” Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao said.

Adventist Health Glendale Names New Finance Officer

Chris Allen.

Adventist Health Glendale has named Chris Allen finance officer for the hospital. He begins his new role Sept. 21.
Allen joins from Keck Medicine of USC where he has been interim chief financial officer. Previously, he served the organization as executive administrator for financial planning and decision support with responsibility for operating and capital budget practices and analysis to support their strategic development efforts. Before Keck Medicine, Allen worked at UC Irvine Medical Center in a variety of finance roles, including interim CFO.
His previous experience includes director of finance roles at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Mich., and Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee; manager of decision support and financial planning for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and analyst roles at University of Chicago Hospitals and Aurora Health Care.

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Adams Square Mini Park Gas Station Hosts Art Installation

Enjoy artist Valerie Daval’s art installation, “Spindles 100: Hers,” at the Adams Square Mini Park Gas Station located at 1020 E. Palmer Ave. through Oct. 3. “Spindles 100: Hers” is an installation involving 100 suspended textile sculptures.
The tree-pod sculptures symbolize life and time as well as exclusively feminine work made by hand. The handprints are universal and individual and demonstrate memories of touch and our collective unconscious. The installation is essentially about nature, women, community of women, empathy, life, blood, work, courage, pain and compassion. This temporary art installation is sponsored by the Glendale Arts and Culture Commission through funding from the Urban Art Program, and support from Glendale Library, Arts & Culture, Glendale Community Services and Parks, and the Adams Hill Neighborhood Association.
The mission of the Glendale Arts and Culture Commission is to enrich the human experience, reinforce Glendale’s identity and civic pride through arts and culture, and to recognize the importance of arts to the quality of life and to the local economy. This is accomplished by consciously integrating arts and culture into the daily life of the people of Glendale through urban design, planning, economic development and education.
For more information about the Glendale Arts and Culture Commission, visitglendaleartsandculture.org.