The U.S. Postal Service continues to investigate two incidents of apparent mail dumping last week, including one instance in which a contractor appears to have discarded a large amount of bagged mail and packages in a parking lot. Meanwhile, Congressmen Adam Schiff and Jimmy Gomez have formally asked for USPS investigators to conduct a broad inquiry alongside the local probe to identify whether the incidents were isolated occurrences or reflect a larger issue with the institution. The dumping of unopened mail, which was partially captured on surveillance footage, is likely to serve as a lightning rod to ongoing controversies regarding the handling of the USPS ahead of a national election expected to rely heavily on mail-in voting.
The coronavirus edition of Brand Associates’ annual fundraising art exhibit at the Brand Library is certainly a conversation starter. What would have been the traditional art opening this weekend — complete with wines, cheese and veggie trays and light music at the iconic library and gallery — will instead take place on computer screens, via Zoom, with any wine and snacks coming self-sourced from our own pantries and fridges. For those ready to partake, the Brand 48 Annual National Juried Exhibition of Works on Paper begins at 2 p.m. today, Sept. 12.
Although the Bobcat Fire is not expected to threaten Glendale or the foothill communities, city officials nevertheless encourage residents to refresh their disaster plans or plan them out if they haven’t already. As of Friday, firefighters had established a 6% containment of the blaze, which has ballooned to more than 26,000 acres. The fire broke out Sunday near the Cogswell Dam and West Fork Day Use area in the Angeles National Forest, and has prompted evacuations in seven foothill communities in the eastern San Gabriel Valley.
In what may be a significant step to promote healing from racist practices in the community’s past, the City Council plans to consider a resolution on Tuesday formally acknowledging and apologizing for what made Glendale a reputed “sundown town” decades ago. The proposed resolution comes months after city officials faced a strong demand from residents to shine a light on those past practices, amid the broader national conversations about how racial discrimination has festered or persisted even after laws forbade its practice. The staff report on the resolution includes references to such phenomena as Black homebuyers being frozen out of various neighborhoods, the “sundown town” practice through which Black employees would face threats if they remained within city limits after work hours, and the general atmosphere of a city that was the home of some Ku Klux Klan leaders and an American Nazi Party branch.
USC Verdugo Hills Hospital will host its 29th annual Golf Classic virtually on Monday, Sept. 21. “We invite members of the community to join us for a bring-your-own-cocktail, ‘Caddyshack’-themed happy hour, comedy show and program,” an event spokesperson said. “Golf and ‘Caddyshack’ trivia, humor, a fabulous online auction and a brief hospital update from CEO Keith Hobbs and USC-VHH’s chief medical officer, Dr. Armand Dorian, will be teed up. “The health-care crisis that prevents us from golfing together is also creating the hospital’s most pressing need for support,” the spokesperson continued. “Since mid-March, our front-line caregivers have worked tirelessly to care for more than 300 COVID-19-positive inpatients and have tested nearly 4,000 people through our Emergency Department.” For more information about how to participate (buy a ticket or bid on online auction items), visit bit.ly/VHHGolf20. The online auction runs Sept. 14-28. To learn more about USC-VHH’s COVID response efforts, visit bit.ly/VHHCovid.
The heat was on at the Alex Theatre on Saturday, when the venue’s nonprofit management company Glendale Arts surpassed its $95,000 fundraising goal in honor of its 95th birthday milestone, which was celebrated with a 12-hour program presented in a telethon format and livestreamed and telecast on multiple platforms. At the close of the Alex95 event, $98,339 had been raised for the preservation of the city-owned Alex Theatre and the programs and services offered by Glendale Arts, with donations continuing to come in from supporters. The performing arts and entertainment center has reduced its staff since the mandated lockdown took effect in March, but it remains committed to its mission of bringing the community together through the arts and entertainment while continuing to maintain the historic building. Alex95 hosts journalist Palmira Perez-Najarian, former NBC4 weathercaster Fritz Coleman, and comedians Alonzo Bodden, Mary Basmadjian, Matt Kirshen and Michael Rayner entertained viewers throughout the program, sharing the wonder and promise of the Theatre with their own special connections and memories. Program highlights included a guided tour of the Alex, video greetings from performers and artists, and familiar faces from the community, including honorary committee members and area elected officials, including Congressman Adam Schiff, state Sen. Anthony Portantino, Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, Glendale Mayor Vrej Agajanian and City Council members Ara Najarian, Paula Devine, Ardy Kassakhian and Daniel Brotman. “We’re thrilled with the outpouring of support for Alex95, which reaffirms the community’s love for its iconic cultural and architectural landmark,” said Glendale Arts Managing Director Nina Crowe.
Firescaping is a landscaping practice that helps reduce the damages from wildfires to properties based on the design of property spaces and proper landscape fire-resistant plants. As wildfires become a norm in California, Foothill Municipal Water District is sponsoring an online firescaping class on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 9-11 a.m., to help the communities in the Foothills learn and implement firescaping practices. Join Douglas Kent (speaker), an expert in ecological land management, the practice of designing and maintaining landscapes for specific environmental outcomes, such as carbon reduction, pollinator attraction or water body protection. Douglas has run statewide educational campaigns and participated in hundreds of landscape projects. Since 2005, he has toured, worked with and spoken to fire-scarred communities throughout California A reservation is required. Visit fmwd.com#Landscaping_and_Classes to sign up for the virtual class. For more information, call Michael Le at (714) 230-9706 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The school year is off to an unusual but productive start in Glendale, and the Glendale Educational Foundation stands ready to support high-quality instruction and community engagement. In partnership with the Glendale Unified School District, GEF will host its first virtual convening and fundraiser, the 16th annual State of the Schools on Oct. 1. The event will be broadcast on Charter 15, U-verse 99 and streamed live on GEF’s Facebook page. Jennifer Cano has joined GEF as its new executive director. Cano is a youth development professional with more than 20 years of experience in K-12 education policy, expanded learning and civic engagement. Before joining GEF, she served at the United Way of Greater Los Angeles and L.A.’s BEST After School Enrichment Program in senior management positions. She began her education career as a high school teacher in Alhambra and as an elementary teacher in San Francisco. “I am thrilled for the opportunity to work with the GEF community to further develop its robust partnerships,” said Cano. “I am a teacher at heart and very excited to support a diverse school community served by a remarkable array of public schools.”
Adventist Health Glendale will celebrate 115 years next week as part of the hospital’s testament and dedication to the men and women who have made this organization what it is today. Since Aug. 24, 1905, Adventist Health Glendale has been providing quality health-care services to residents of Glendale and the surrounding communities. Since its founding in 1905, generations of families have entrusted its physicians, nurses and associates with their health-care needs. With a heritage of dedication and commitment, the hospital continues to bring the highest quality of care to keep the communities healthy, now and in the future.