No COVID-19 Spread at Learning Pods

So far, so good for the learning pods that serve many of the Glendale Unified School District’s elementary students.
District officials reported to the GUSD Board of Education this week that no evidence indicates any transmission of COVID-19 among students or staff members involved in the learning pods. Four weeks into the school year, the news came as a relief to officials of the district, which is among the local pioneers of the system.

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Report Details City’s Prior Methodology of Prejudice

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This 1939 map indicates which neighborhoods in Glendale, among other areas, were subject to the “redlining” that was often used to keep minorities from property ownership.

Councilman Ara Najarian didn’t mince words when it came time for his input at this week’s City Council discussion on the local history of racism.
“Glendale was a cruel place, I have to tell you,” he said. “Looking back, there was incredible disrespect and abuse of certain citizens and people of color that, I’m afraid to say, continues to this day.”
The council had just been briefed on a compendium of research by city staff that took them as far back as 1920, when the U.S. Census reported that Black people represented a mere 0.16% of Glendale’s population — and virtually all were likely live-in domestic workers, the research indicated. Since then, the percentage of Black residents in the city has increased tenfold, rising to 1.6%, a stark contrast with the figure for all of Los Angeles County — 9%.
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Two Motorists Booked in Pedestrian Death

Two Los Angeles men were arrested Thursday night after they collided while speeding through town and killed a man in his 60s.
According to Sgt. Christian Hauptmann with the Glendale Police Department, the collision happened just after 8 p.m. Thursday, near the intersection of Brand Boulevard and Maple Street. The two men appeared to have been speeding north on Brand when the collision occurred.
According to Hauptmann, one of the motorists, a 32-year-old L.A. man, was speeding alongside a 27-year-old L.A. man when he tried to pass around a slower-moving vehicle in front of him.

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GUSD Names Teacher of the Year

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Roosevelt Middle School science teacher Jozet Petrosian was just named Glendale Unified School District’s Teacher of the Year.

At this week’s board meeting, Roosevelt Middle School teacher Jozet Petrosian was honored as the Glendale Unified School District Teacher of the Year for 2020, and will represent the district in the countywide competition.
Conferencing into the GUSD Board of Education meeting via Zoom, as a sign of the times, Petrosian said she was honored to join her other peers in the district who previously earned the title.
“I’m very lucky to wake up every morning and go to do what I love to do,” she said Tuesday. “Not many people look forward to going to work. To me, teaching is not a job: it’s part of my life. There’s not a moment that goes by that I’m not thinking about how and what I’m going to be doing next time I’m with my kids.”
Petrosian teaches 7th grade life sciences at RMS and has been with the school since 1997.
“Mrs. Petrosian inspires her students every day by building a culture of belonging and making her students feel important,” Superintendent Vivian Ekchian said. “When you visit Mrs. Petrosian’s class, it is immediately evident that she has a wonderful rapport with her students. Her upbeat and positive demeanor brings a sense of joy to every lesson.”

USC-VHH Holds Suicide Prevention Conference

State Sen. Anthony Portantino

The numerous unexpected challenges, uncertainty and tension brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, social unrest and wildfires have been difficult for many to handle, causing monumental shifts in people’s lives while limiting access to healthy coping mechanisms.
For example, it is more difficult for people to connect with their social networks, unwind at the spa or gym or even take a leisurely walk around the block.
For people who struggle with mental health issues, these are especially trying times. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has acknowledged that the pandemic may worsen existing mental health conditions, including anxiety and depression. Suicide hotlines in Los Angeles County are reporting several thousand more calls than in previous months.

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Kiwanis Club’s Incredible Duck Splash Going Virtual

By Cathy Keen
Special to the News-Press

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Glendale Kiwanis past Presidents (from left) Stacey Nishi, Patricia Larrigan and Cathy Keen, Vice President Kim Guard, and incoming President Monica Sierra attended a previous year’s Kiwanis Duck Splash. This year’s virtual fundraiser will be held Saturday, Oct. 24.

If you have lived in Glendale any length of time, you are probably familiar with the family event held each fall at Verdugo Park, the Kiwanis Incredible Duck Splash.
Sponsored banners promoting the fundraiser will line the streets of Glendale and Montrose for 30 days before the splashdown of about 20,000 rubber ducks. Along with the ducks, racing the Kiwanians provides fun, games and food for the hundreds of people who attend. It’s been happening for 15 years and hundreds of thousands of dollars in proceeds have been directed to stocking food pantries, serving meals to the clients at Ascencia, Glendale Arts, the Glendale Police Foundation, Bringing Up Grades program in elementary schools, scholarships to graduating seniors, CV’s Prom Plus, Book Boxes around the city, the YWCA domestic violence shelters, the YWCA’s Camp Rosie, Glendale Parks and Recreation, and more.

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League of Women Voters Announces Candidate Forums

The League of Women Voters of Glendale/Burbank will host a pair of candidate forums next month regarding legislative races of significance to local voters.
The forums in advance of the Nov. 3 election will be presented live on Spectrum Cable Channel 6 or AT&T Channel 99.
On Monday, Oct. 5, a California State Assembly District 43 forum will take place from 2-3 p.m. Candidates are Democratic incumbent Laura Friedman and Republican Mike Graves.
From 3:30-4:30 p.m. is the Congressional District 28 forum. Candidates are Adam Schiff, the Democratic incumbent, and Republican Eric Early.
Questions to the candidates can be submitted to lwvglendaleburbankca@gmail.com. Due to time constraints and the number of candidates, not all questions will be asked.
Questions should be on the issues and applicable to all candidates. No personal attacks or biased questions will be accepted.

Local Student Honored by Chick-fil-A

Melissa Minassian

Melissa Minassian, who graduated from Crescenta Valley High School three months ago, was recently honored by Chick-fil-A of Pasadena with the restaurant’s Community Student Award.
Minassian, who is currently attending Glendale Community College, was awarded $250 for books and supplies during her freshman year of college as well as a catered Chick-fil-A meal for 10 people.
“Melissa has not only displayed outstanding academic achievements, but she also embodies the aptitude of a servant heart,” said Adaobi Gwacham, owner of the Chick-fil-A Pasadena location. “I believe she will be an exemplary leader of the future and it is a privilege to honor her.”