Congressman Adam Schiff honored 15 inspiring women from communities in the 28th Congressional District, including Burbank.
Historically, congressional offices honor their districts’ “Women of the Year” in observance of Women’s History Month in March with a ceremony hosted locally. Continue reading “Congressman Honors Inspiring Women”
Folks needed some good news and the continued publication of the Glendale News-Press and Burbank Leader was just what the doctor had ordered. Every small town needs a forum for local news and community interests to be covered and discussed. The absence of a community newspaper makes robust public discourse far more difficult and far less public.
The announcement by the L.A. Times that the News-Press and Leader were originally to be closed deeply affected Glendale and Burbank. Residents and business owners expressed disappointment and fear that issues which would benefit from the sunshine provided by local media coverage would be kept out of the public forum. Continue reading “New Owner To Give News-Press ‘Some Good News’”
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory made headlines recently after announcing its scientists — in just 37 days — have developed a high-pressure ventilator prototype tailored for coronavirus patients, which was given the green light by doctors at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, one of the epicenters of the disease in the United States.
JPL — home base to many Glendale-area engineers, physicists and researchers — noted that one local resident in particular served as a critical member on the JPL team that created the life-saving device, called VITAL (Ventilator Intervention Technology Accessible Locally). The device has been created to free up the nation’s limited supply of traditional ventilators with the intent they may be used on patients with the most severe COVID-19 symptoms. Continue reading “Local JPL Engineer Joins Pandemic Fight by Creating Life-Saving Device”
Mary Virgallito’s fingerprints are all over USC Verdugo Hills Hospital.
Her title as infection preventionist means this isn’t a literal statement — she’ll sooner sanitize and wipe down a window than smudge a handprint on it — but rather metaphorical. Whether it’s food prep, janitorial service or surgery, if it happens at USC-VHH, it’s because the Glendale nurse gave it the thumbs-up.
“This involves every single aspect of what we do, even on the finance side,” Virgallito explained in a phone interview. “It’s something that I never really expected but you get a flavor for every aspect of how a hospital functions. You have to have a snapshot understanding of all of the disciplines. It’s really comprehensive. Many times people will ask me what I do and it’s hard to answer them in one sentence.” Continue reading “Local Resident Plays Key Role at USC-VHH During Pandemic”
On April 24, 105 years ago, 1.5 million Armenian men, women and children were murdered by the Ottoman Empire. Year after year on this day, hundreds of thousands of Armenians around the world usually join together to demand justice and pay respect to the victims of the Armenian Genocide. However, due to the extraordinary circumstances created by the coronavirus pandemic and in this time of social distancing, April 24 was very different than in years past: No marches and no large public gatherings. Continue reading “Mayor Reflects on Armenian Genocide, 105 Years Later”
In a recent public appearance — well, virtual public appearance — state Sen. Anthony Portantino offered a glimpse at what reopening California is slated to look like and how Sacramento is trying to prepare for it.
One of the few crystal clear details is that it’s going to be expensive. The state senator noted how on March 16 alone, state lawmakers appropriated through SB89 $1 billion in general fund dollars for the state’s disaster response to the COVID-19 pandemic and added in another $1.4 billion from the existing disaster response line item. Another item, SB117, applied similar relief to the state’s school districts that largely shut doors in March. Continue reading “Portantino: ‘Every Idea’ on the Table for Recovery”
For 115 years, Glendale residents have been able to read, enjoy, admire and sometimes disagree with what has appeared in their community newspaper, the Glendale News-Press.
I am pleased to be the new publisher of this esteemed publication, having been passed that torch by the previous owner, the California Times (the parent company of the Los Angeles Times).
When it was announced about two weeks ago that the final issue of the News-Press was upcoming, I simply couldn’t bear to see that happen. I felt that this newspaper’s remarkable legacy, dating back to 1905, needed to be preserved. To put the Glendale News-Press launch in historical perspective, Theodore Roosevelt was President of the United States, having followed William McKinley. As a nation, we were still nearly a decade away from becoming involved in World War I. That’s quite a history. Continue reading “Newspaper’s ‘Remarkable Legacy’ Will Be Preserved”
As of now, Ascencia’s general funding is being diverted to accommodate the coronavirus crisis. Many accommodations are now in place:
Outreach teams are working with Glendale, Burbank, West Hollywood, northeast Los Angeles and the County of L.A. to place people in temporary shelters and identify those displaying any symptoms for further care.
Ascencia case managers continue to work with clients remotely.
Ascencia’s hospital liaison continues to work with hospitals to identify high-cost, frequent hospital users.
Ascencia‘s housing location navigator continues to develop relationships with property owners and place people in permanent housing.
Ascencia’s emergency shelter continues to provide a safe place for 45 men, women and children. With the “Safer at Home” order extended, even more community support is needed.
For the past month, “95% of meals have been covered by the community,” according to Duncan.
Ascencia’s staff members are offering programs and services to clients via Zoom so that mental-health needs may be met, at least in part.
What is needed immediately are meals, masks and used computers — especially those with cameras for Zoom programs.
Also needed are volunteers for Ascencia’s new virtual volunteer program. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ascencia made special mention regarding its client Daniel Johnson. He died in March — Ascencia’s first loss to COVID-19. Johnson was 52 years old. He lived on the streets of Glendale for over three years. He originally came to Ascencia during its 2012 winter shelter program.
Johnson was given monthly case management and maintained housing stability in Alhambra for almost two years before his passing.