City Approves ‘Hero Pay’ For Local Grocery Workers

For the next four months, employees at the larger grocery and drug store outlets in Glendale will be paid an extra $5 per hour, under an urgency ordinance dictating “hero pay” to those workers.
The City Council approved the policy on Tuesday, after which it immediately went into effect. The discussion of the ordinance throughout March was borne of other cities throughout Southern California also implementing the hazard pay, which has politically been coined as “hero pay” because of the necessity of grocery stores and drug stores throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
“They have been there since the very beginning of this pandemic,” Councilwoman Paula Devine said during last week’s initial debate, noting that grocery employees have had the highest uptick in workplace mortality. “That is extraordinary and scary. Imagine going to work and knowing that you could die. Very easily, you could become infected and be one of the workers that loses their life over this.”

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Unemployment Dropped Steeply in February

Hundreds of local residents returned to work in February following the lifting of statewide coronavirus restrictions, reversing a steep increase in unemployment reported at the beginning of the year.
The Glendale unemployment rate fell from 12.1% in January to 10.4% in February, according to preliminary data from the state Employment Development Department. The drop reversed some of the recent increases in the city’s unemployment rate, which was at a pandemic-era low of 9.9% in December.
The decrease likely reflects Gov. Gavin Newsom’s lifting of restrictions in state regions whose intensive care units were overburdened. His lifting of the stay-at-home order in late January, which allowed in-person dining to resume outdoors and loosened capacity limits for other businesses, accompanied falling COVID-19 hospitalizations and mounting political pressure, including a recall campaign.

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Trio Honored as ‘Women of Influence’ in Health Care

Three women at Glendale hospitals were recognized this week by the Los Angeles Business Journal as being among its “Women of Influence” in health care.
The publication named Alice Issai, president of Adventist Health Glendale, Theresa Murphy, chief nursing officer at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, and Mary Virgallito, associate administrator of quality and patient safety at USC-VHH, among the 40 total honorees.
For its list, the Business Journal said it identified “particularly stellar health industry stewards” in the L.A. region, whose leadership shined throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The health care leaders were chosen by the Los Angeles Business Journal to be recognized for exceptional stewardship and achievement across the full spectrum of responsibility, exemplary leadership as evidenced by the highest professional and ethical standards, and for contributions to the health and wellbeing of the Los Angeles community at large,” the Business Journal wrote.
Issai was recognized for leading Adventist Health through numerous advancements throughout the past several years, including the development of a structural heart program, growth of a number of surgical sub-specialties and the expansion of primary care physicians and specialists at the institution. The Business Journal also noted that the hospital was named among California’s top 5% by the U.S. News & World Report and was among five South California hospitals awarded a five-star rating by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Murphy was lauded for her continued advocacy for improvements to nurse working culture, having helped implement updated work practices for the pandemic and also support services to combat burnout among USC-VHH’s nursing staff. She is chair of the Hospital Association of Southern California’s Nursing Advisory Committee, where she has also developed and led sessions addressing staff burnout and crisis response.
Virgallito was heralded for her quick response at the start of the pandemic to establish new infection prevention protocols that helped reserve the limited supply of personal protective equipment by making use of remote technology and no-touch cleaning. She was the statewide representative for California chapters of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology to the state Department of Public Health’s Healthcare Acquired Infections Advisory Committee.

Louise C. Kent | Obituary

Louise C. Kent

Louise C. Kent (neé Emily Louise Shippey) was born December 13, 1924 in Los Angeles, and died of natural causes in Glendale on March 19, 2021. She was 96.
Louise grew up in the house her father built in South Los Angeles until her family lost their home and business during the Great Depression. They moved in with extended family and she continued to live in Los Angeles until joining her new husband on his various U.S. Navy appointments during WWII. They had two children, Laurence Clarke (Larry) and Susan. The family moved to Lakewood where they lived until her husband’s untimely death in 1954.
Being a single working mother in the 1950s was difficult, so in 1960 the family moved to Vista to be near Louise’s parents. That is where she met the love of her life, Charles Kent, and they married two years later. Charles also had two children, Marcia and Chris, and the family enjoyed taking vacations together.

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Diane Sharon Landisi | Obituary

Diane Sharon Landisi

Diane Sharon Landisi, 78, passed away at her home in Glendale, California, on February 26, 2021. Diane was born December 6, 1942 to Luigi Louis and Emily Melitta Sabatini in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. At 13, her family moved to Burbank, California. After graduating high school, she worked as a secretary in the international division at Crocker National Bank.
On October 25, 1976, Diane married Anthony Gerard Landisi. They were married nearly 46 years. Diane was a secretary for over two decades at Glendale Community College. She was proud of her work and always went above and beyond. She was efficient, organized and reliable.
Diane loved languages, culture, movies and books. She valued education. No doubt this is what inspired both of her children, Tracey Renee and Brian Anthony, to learn and teach Spanish, enjoy traveling and pursue advanced degrees.
Diane was a powerful force and loved her family fiercely. She loved conversation, and treasured her close friends. Diane is survived by her husband, son and daughter, son-in-law, Kenneth Raymond Jones, and five grandchildren: Elena Diane, Anthony Kenneth, Leo Gerard, Dominic Brian and Monica Renee Jones.
Diane was laid to rest on March 26, 2021 at Forest Lawn, Glendale.

Johanna Hahnlein | Obituary

Johanna Hahnlein

Johanna Hahnlein, November 22, 1922 to February 10, 2021, age 98, of Glendale, California, passed away suddenly but peacefully. Her life was filled with adventure and her passion for conversation.
Johanna was born in the farmhouse her grandfather built in the small town of Waizenbach, Germany. She graduated high school in 1936 from a neighboring town and would help out on the family farm after school. She continued her education by taking classes in bookkeeping, cooking, and sewing. Johanna also sang in the local Lutheran Church.
During World War II, she became efficient in collecting, organizing, and sending donations to soldiers. Her work ethic caught the eye of the mayor. He asked her to become his assistant. This included being the town’s bookkeeper and distribution of rationing stamps. Over the course of the next fifteen years, she served under three mayors. In 1945, her town was bombed briefly and several fires were started. Fortunately, her home survived.
When she arrived in Glendale, California, in 1957, she married her sweetheart and has lived here ever since. She was a step mother to Eugene, Richard, and Caryl. She was an avid golfer. She and her husband joined the Chevy Chase Country Club. She hit three holes in one during her golfing days. Her husband, Henry Hahnlein, owned a local manufacturing company and Johanna would frequently help with bookkeeping, parts assembling, and other odd jobs.
Johanna loved to sing and was a member of the Damenchor Frosinn out of Alpine Village in Torrance. She was also a long standing member of the Glendale Women’s Athletic Club. She enjoyed playing Bingo while at Windsor Manor, an assisted living facility, and was quite good at knitting and crocheting. She had an energetic attitude and a genuinely loving demeanor.
She is survived by her brother, Hermann, her stepson, Eugene, and several grandchildren and nieces. Johanna’s family would like to thank friends and extended family for their support and kindness during her stay at Windsor Manor. Her family will celebrate her life privately. May she rest in peace.

YWCA Glendale Merging With Pasadena Location

Photo courtesy YWCA Glendale and Pasadena
Tara Peterson, CEO of YWCA Glendale, and Angeline Chen, YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley board president, embrace at an event in 2020. The two organizations announced this week they are joining forces, under the name YWCA Glendale and Pasadena.

YWCA Glendale and YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley are officially joining forces.
According to an announcement this week, YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley will become a subsidiary of YWCA Glendale, and as the parent organization, YWCA Glendale has changed its name to YWCA Glendale and Pasadena. The two organizations will have fully integrated leadership, operations, and programming under Chief Executive Officer Tara Peterson.
“I am excited to lead this next chapter in YWCA Glendale and YWCA Pasadena’s history,” Peterson said in a statement. “This past year has posed many challenges and widening inequities in our communities — but it has equally presented many opportunities for creative and strategic collaboration to meet the needs of women and children. I look forward to working with community and government leaders in Pasadena to ensure the YWCA has a seat at the table in moving gender and racial equity work forward.”

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GCC Hoops Star Named State’s Top Female Scholar-Athlete

By Alex Leon
Special to the News-Press

Photo courtesy Sam Lee
Tess Oakley-Stilson, who was a two-year basketball standout at Glendale Community College after being the Rio Hondo League MVP at La Cañada High School, was recently selected as the statewide winner of the California Community College Female Scholar Athlete of the Year award.

Tess Oakley-Stilson remembers the exact day, hour and minute her life changed forever.
It was 11:59 p.m. on May 1, 2018, and she was either going to make the computer keystroke to commit to UC San Diego — or take another path after graduating from La Cañada High School. Her basketball career would be over, months after earning Rio Hondo League MVP honors, if she moved on to San Diego or she could take a gap year to figure out her options.
But Glendale Community College head women’s basketball coach Joel Weiss kept calling with a reminder that playing at the community college level was an option. After visiting the college shortly after, she decided to become a Lady Vaquero and her life would never be the same.

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Fin Is On the Other Foot for Driffill

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Even after more than 40 years, Carol Driffill’s passion for Glendale High School’s swimming and water polo programs burns as brightly as ever. Driffill is looking forward to the grand opening of the school’s new swimming facility.

Though she dearly loved the sport of softball, Carol Driffill acknowledges that it wasn’t a sport she excelled at as a youngster.
She has mostly fond memories of growing up in Glendale as Carol Passon, though one brings small pangs of anxiety.
“I loved softball, but I wasn’t very good,” Driffill said with a chuckle. “My coach made me bunt every time I came up to bat. The sign to bunt was he would touch his beard, belt and the bill of his cap. I would think, ‘Here come the three B’s!’”
This revelation was followed by a hearty guffaw.

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Will CIF Spring Sports Have a Postseason?

With fall sports soon coming to a close under the California Interscholastic Federation’s revised calendar, the question now is whether the second season of athletics will have a postseason.
Los Angeles County updated its Reopening Protocol for Youth and Adult Sports Leagues to align with the California Department of Public Health’s guidelines, which permits indoor sports such as basketball and volleyball to resume practice and competition inside a gymnasium. Doors must remain open during activities and no spectators are allowed. Each school must test players and coaches weekly for COVID-19.

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