City Seeks to Speed Approval for Building Plans

Burbank’s Community Development Department is looking to hire a number of workers who its leader believes could cut in half the amount of time needed to check building plans — mainly for residential projects — and issue permits.

The City Council added about $1.5 million to the CDD’s budget this fiscal year, which began July 1, to pay for roughly a dozen new employees and consultant services. Several of those workers, once assigned, will work on matters relating to local development, and according to CDD Director Patrick Prescott will greatly alleviate the strain on the department’s planners, as will changes to local development policy.

Prescott estimates that the department will hire its new workers in about a year, though he hopes to fill the roles sooner. The CDD has needed the extra staff, he added, for about half a decade.

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Morikawa’s Journey From Chevy Chase to Golf Stardom

Golfer Collin Morikawa, who grew up in the area and practiced at Chevy Chase Country Club, is in Tokyo competing in the Olympics. He visited Chevy Chase last year and met with members to talk about the course and his approach on each hole.

Collin Morikawa opened the PGA Tour season as one of the most promising golfers in the world, having won three competitions in his first year as a professional, including the PGA Championship last August.

In the 11 months since then, Morikawa — a native of La Cañada Flintridge who grew up playing at Glendale’s Chevy Chase Country Club — has cemented himself as more of a blossoming legend than a mere phenom by winning the WGC-Workday Championship and, most recently, representing the U.S. in the Olympics and capturing his second major title.

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Mask Mandate Returns as Virus Cases Increase

By Oscar Areliz and Zane Hill

Though the increase pales in comparison to last year’s Fourth of July surge, Los Angeles County is experiencing a concerning spike in COVID-19 infections after recording more than 1,000 new cases for a seventh consecutive day on Thursday.

The rapid rise in daily cases, increasing number of cases involving the Delta variant and a slowing vaccination rate prompted the county to reinstate its mandate that all residents, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask indoors in public spaces, just one month after the state celebrated its much-anticipated reopening. The new health order will be effective late Saturday evening.

“Wearing a mask when indoors with others reduces the risk of both getting and transmitting the virus,” County Health Officer Muntu Davis, a physician, said in a virtual conference on Thursday. “Masking indoors must again become a normal practice by all, regardless of vaccination status, so we can stop the trends and level of transmissions we are currently seeing.”

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Gerald Doran Barrone | OBITUARY

Gerald Barrone, Jerry to his friends, passed away peacefully at his home in Newport Beach on June 22, 2021.

A long-time resident of Glendale, he was born in Tujunga on June 7, 1931, attended Glendale High School and Glendale Community College. He then served 2 years during the Korean War in the Navy before returning to UCLA to graduate college.

After college, Jerry worked at Fidelity Federal Savings and Loan from 1951 to 1986, starting as Teller, working his way up to President. From 1987 to 1996, Jerry also worked at Coast Federal Bank as President and Board of Directors member.

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New Rise in Coronavirus Cases Worries Officials

Though the increase pales in comparison to last year’s Fourth of July surge, Los Angeles County is experiencing a concerning spike in COVID-19 infections after recording more than 1,000 new cases for a sixth consecutive day on Wednesday.

The county Department of Public Health reported 1,315 such cases on Wednesday, and more than 99% of the recent cases have involved unvaccinated individuals. The county averaged 1,090 new cases per day from July 8-14, compared with only 496 from July 1-7.

Prior to Friday, July 9, the number of new cases in one day had not surpassed triple digits since March 11. The county reported 1,107 new cases on July 9 and 1,094 the following day. The 1,000-case streak continued Sunday — even with the weekend lag — with 1,113 cases, and on Monday with 1,059. Tuesday’s total was 1,103.

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Pride Month Helps Energize Glendale LGBTQIA Group

Passerby outside of the Glendale Galleria visit a pop-up tent for glendaleOUT in June. The LGBTQIA organization hopes to continue momentum from Pride Month advocacy and activism to be more of a year-round practice.

After observing Pride Month with enjoyment and putting aside the disappointment of last year’s pandemic-caused festival cancellation, glendaleOUT — the city’s grassroots LGBTQIA organization — is setting its sights on what happens the rest of the year.

The organization and its members had a busy June. They staged a number of “pop-ups” outside of the Glendale Galleria, where passersby could show support or inquire about the group and its cause. In conjunction with the city’s Library, Arts and Culture Department, it produced a number of presentations and videos in observance of the month. The organization, using its “fairy ambassadors,” made contact with a number of businesses and entities to build a network of support. And on the anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, Dave’s on Broadway hosted the group and an LGBTQIA audience for the first in what could become a series of weekly gatherings.

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LCUSD Plan for School Year: More Normal, Still Cautious

The La Cañada Unified School District expects to go back to a full five-day bell schedule for the 2021-22 school year, and Superintendent Wendy Sinnette gave the community a preview of what instruction will look like in the fall, assuming that the coronavirus remains largely at bay.

Sinnette gave a presentation during a virtual LCUSD Governing Board meeting on Tuesday that informed stakeholders and board members of current guidelines from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

LCUSD will reopen with a full schedule on Aug. 16 and current health orders require students and staff to wear masks on campus when indoors, though there are exceptions for special education students. Students and staff will not be required to wear masks outdoors on campus, but Sinnette said employees will encourage students to wash their hands frequently and be socially distanced in the hallways and during lunch.

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Planning Panel to Examine Controversial Building Proposal

The Planning Commission tonight intends to discuss a project that is proposed for 600 Foothill Blvd. Possible development at the 1.29-acre parcel has been a contentious issue for concerned residents and the commission over the past few years.

The La Cañada Flintridge Planning Commission will have just two items on the agenda for its virtual meeting scheduled for tonight at 6, and it’s a loaded topic.

The panel will discuss the development proposal regarding 600 Foothill Blvd. that has been contested by many residents as well as commissioners, who balked at backing an earlier plan, the proposed 72-bed Oakmont Senior Living facility, in January 2018.

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Clark Magnet Graduation Ceremony

Kevin Sarvarian, Romell Shabany, Vardan Mikayelyan, Manuel Vartanian and Meri Sarkisyan

Clark Magnet High School celebrated its graduating senior class of 2021 with an in-person ceremony on the campus field on Thursday, June 10. Nearly 270 students gathered in front of their families, with a limit of four persons per graduate, to receive their diplomas.
There were remarks from ASB President Ani Sahakyan and Clark Magnet Principal Lena Kortoshian. Assistant Principal Brian Landisi presented the candidates for Valedictorian and Salutorian, which were Anaida Haroutiunian, Elen Hovhannisyan, Arpi Keshishian, Cyrus Motallebi and Arno Tatos.

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GUSD Expands Summer Offerings to Combat Learning Loss

The Glendale Unified School District will offer a variety of free, in-person programming this summer in an effort to help fill the educational and social gaps created this school year by circumstances resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.
Throughout June, July and August, the district will host programs for all levels of education and expand the offerings from prior programs, which were typically run through third parties outside of the district. In an effort to promote equity throughout the diverse school district, GUSD has taken over operation of those programs, including accelerated programs.
“These are the courses that have typically been offered through the Glendale Educational Foundation,” explained Chris Coulter, director of teaching and learning, at this week’s school board meeting, “which provides additional opportunities for students to take health for free. Health, math, science and history are the most common of the acceleration courses.”
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