Changes may be coming to the process through which the position of Glendale mayor is rotated among City Council members, in an effort to make it more predictable and less transactional. The council directed at this week’s meeting that these changes be written out in ordinance form, for later consideration and approval. It also expects to consider an ordinance banning single-use plastics by municipal agencies in the future, after asking for that ordinance as well. At Councilwoman Paula Devine’s suggestion, the council is likely to consider a policy that will organize mayoral hierarchy in a “zip line” fashion — that is, the council member who has waited the longest will serve as the next mayor for the year. Since two or three council members sometimes are elected at the same time, any ties that occur will be resolved on the basis of the number of votes they received in the election.
Police are asking the public for assistance in their effort to determine who fatally shot a 28-year-old man in south Glendale last Saturday. Officers responded to multiple reports of gunshots near Central Avenue and Laurel Street in the Tropico neighborhood at around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, according to the Glendale Police Department. There also were reports of a vehicle being driven erratically and running stop signs in the vicinity. Police found that the driver of that vehicle had been shot, and after officers and members of the Glendale Fire Department attempted life-saving measures, the man was pronounced dead at Los Angeles County USC-Medical Center that morning. Sgt. Christian Hauptmann of the GPD said detectives located the original scene of the shooting, but would disclose only that it was “relatively close” to where officers found the victim. Noting that the investigation is ongoing, Hauptmann also declined to say how many times the man had been shot and whether he lived in Glendale. Police have not yet made any arrests in the investigation. This is the city’s fourth homicide investigation this year. Those with any information are encouraged to contact GPD at (818) 548-4911. To leave an anonymous tip, contact the Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477, use the P3 Mobile App or visit lacrimestoppers.org.
The City Council has asked administrative staff to look into what it might take for Glendale to establish its own public health department. The curiosity follows the mandate from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to shutter all outdoor in-person dining at restaurants, one of many restrictions re-imposed after record-shattering spikes in coronavirus cases in recent weeks. The council has not committed to following through on the bureaucratic expansion, but there remains the chance it finds value in federalizing itself from the county. “Local rule,” coined Councilman Ara Najarian, who advanced the idea.
A Glendale man suspected of firing several gunshots inside a local hotel will be arraigned in Los Angeles Superior Court in May, according to arresting officials. Meanwhile, the Glendale Police Department is not releasing any additional information regarding the man’s Nov. 15 arrest, which occurred after he allegedly fired numerous shots into an empty room at the Glenmark Hotel at about 7 a.m. that day and fled in a vehicle that careened into a nearby business. GPD Sgt. Christian Hauptmann said the suspect will be arraigned in the spring, possibly on a charge of illegal discharge of a firearm. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused delays in court proceedings.
The U.S. Department of Education has announced that Anderson Clark Magnet High School in La Crescenta is one of five finalists in CTE Mission: CubeSat, a national challenge to students to build technical skills for careers in space and beyond. The department issued the challenge to inspire students and help high schools explore approaches that infuse more science, technology, engineering and math in career and technical education, or CTE. From August to October, high schools across the country created mission proposals for CubeSat (cube satellite) projects. CTE teachers led teams from 22 states as they developed missions for studying topics important to their own communities, as well as broader space exploration.
Los Angeles County this week delivered yet another blow to the restaurant industry by announcing the suspension of in-person dining outdoors, and officials later rebuffed an effort to reverse the move, while more restrictions were likely on the way as the number of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continues to climb. Outdoor dining, which had been permitted since July, has been suspended for restaurants, breweries and wineries after an alarming surge of coronavirus cases throughout the county; indoor dining at eateries has long been banned. Meanwhile, Gov. Gavin Newsom imposed a curfew for all nonessential businesses and gatherings between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. late last week.
An eastern redbud tree will soon grow in a peaceful corner of Brand Park, alongside a bench for park-goers to rest and reflect on the woman whom the two amenities commemorate. The City Council this week approved placement of the memorial items that will honor the life of Glendale native Lauren Geoghegan, who with her boyfriend, Jay Austin, and two others were killed in 2018 by militants in Tajikistan who later pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. Geoghegan’s parents, Elvira Muñoz and Robert Geoghegan, approached the city earlier this year about the idea.
A 25-year-old Glendale man was arrested this week after allegedly firing several gunshots inside of a Glendale hotel room. The Glendale Police Department reported receiving the shots-fired call at around 7 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 15. Multiple people reported that there was yelling and several gunshots fired on the fourth floor of the Glenmark Hotel, on the corner of Brand Boulevard and Dryden Street. A man was seen fleeing with a vehicle in the hotel’s parking lot afterward, according to GPD. Surveillance footage showed a man draw a handgun inside the hotel and fire several shots both into the floor and into an empty room before running to the vehicle, police said. Responding officers gathered spent shell casings at the scene and noted a shattered glass door and bullet holes at the crime scene. Nobody was struck by bullets. Officers apprehended the man shortly afterward, GPD said, when the same vehicle seen leaving the hotel collided with a building at the intersection of Brand and Mountain Street. Though the motorist fled from the vehicle, officers apprehended him afterward without incident, the police department said. The department said it expects to charge the man with illegal discharge of a firearm.
Expressing disappointment, sadness and anger, members of Glendale’s Armenian community gathered downtown Monday after news of an accord in the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, with the local demonstration eventually shutting down part of Central Avenue. The effusive mood typically shown by Glendale members of the Armenian diaspora at events outside the Armenian Consulate was replaced by somberness as the crowd processed information that had begun trickling out hours earlier. The throng had learned that the peace agreement signed by Armenia largely ceded land in the Nagorno-Karabakh region to Azerbaijan that the latter’s army had retaken in the six-week war. The agreement, brokered by Russia, is largely seen as a victory for Azerbaijan, which aimed to reassert control of the region — home of Armenian-populated Artsakh — that has mostly functioned autonomously since 1994.
The well-known Mexican observance of Día de los Muertos proved this year to be a community-building medium in Glendale. The Glendale Latino Association typically sets up an altar for the Day of the Dead every year, tipping its cap to its members of Mexican heritage. However, the coronavirus pandemic this year means that access to the organization’s center is closed, so not many people could have seen the piece. Instead, current events — the war involving Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Armenian-populated Artsakh region that resumed in September — opened a door for the local organization to build bridges with Glendale’s prominent Armenian community. What resulted was a Día de los Muertos altar paying homage to Armenia and Artsakh, for all to see on Glendale’s Artsakh Avenue promenade. Jennie Quinonez-Skinner, president of the GLA, said the idea came from one of the group’s recent meetings.