Obituary | Dorothy Louise McLeod

Dorothy Louise McLeod

Dorothy Louise McLeod, 91, of Glendale, CA, passed away peacefully on November 4, 2020. She was a granddaughter of Glendale early pioneer settlers, Mary and Joseph Maier, and daughter of Marie Maier McLeod of Glendale and Fred McLeod of Boston, MA. Dorothy lived her early childhood in Glendale and in western states along Route 66 where her father was employed by TWA. Later Dorothy attended schools in Kansas City, MO and The Kansas City Art Institute. Her career began at City Hall, Kansas City, MO and continued in Glendale, CA in 1955 at City Hall, The City of Los Angeles, until her retirement in 1985 after 30 years of service. She was a former member of The First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, CA. She continued living in Glendale until 2014 when she moved to Thousand Oaks, CA to be closer to family. Her lifelong interests were art, music, traveling and her family. She is dearly loved, honored and remembered by her sister, Grace Byard of Thousand Oaks, niece Beverly Adelman and her husband Eric Adelman of Moorpark, great-niece Ashley Adelman and her husband Ryan Murry, great-niece Haley Adelman, Suzanne Barger, Joan Byard and Robert Byard. Private services were held at Glen Haven Memorial Park.

Obituary | Allan Forrest Scott

Allan Forrest Scott

Allan Forrest Scott passed away peacefully on Dec. 21 surrounded by his family. He was born Sept. 13, 1944 in Washington to Doreen M. Hanlin (deceased) and Forrest Scott (deceased). Allan was raised in the Kings County area by his mother and stepfather Clifford R. Welborn.
He served in the USAF. Graduated from Glendale College. Allan retired as a manager for the City of Glendale Public Service Dept. after over 35 years. He spent over 15 years as an American Legion Post #127 commander to serve veterans. Allan’s passions included backyard basketball games, dirt bike riding, playing tennis with his brothers, swimming, boogie boarding, collecting rocks, movies, reading and his classic rock albums. Of all the people he touched, none was greater than his daughters Tamara and René … known as “his girls.” Others who meant a great deal to Allan were his grandson Grayden Baker; sons-in-law Matt Baker and Bill Tuck; brothers Ron Bowman (Shelley), Tim Bowman, Mark Bowman, Bob Bowman (deceased); and sister Teresa Sweet (John). He will be fondly remembered by family and friends as a loving father, Dodgers fan, “Scotty,” proud patriot and U.S. Air Force veteran.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to DAV.org.

A Time of Pandemic, Protest, Change

Photo by Zane Hill / Glendale News-Press
A large crowd marches down Central Avenue en route to Artsakh Avenue in support of Armenia and the Artsakh Republic in their conflict with Azerbaijan. The local Armenian diaspora’s efforts have included activism and donation drives.

For many, Friday, Jan. 1, represented a long-overdue turn of the page from a year that lived up to no one’s expectations.
From the beginning of 2020, news trickled into American airwaves and newsprint that a mysterious virus had secretly wreaked havoc throughout much of China and had begun spreading at uncontrolled levels through South Korea, Iran, Italy and Spain. Reports of overwhelmed hospitals, mass graves and widespread lockdowns also spread.
And then the accounts started coming out of New York City. And Seattle. And a well-known pork processing plant in South Dakota.
By March 11, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 was declared to be a global pandemic. Locally, by March 13 — auspicious, indeed, as a Friday the 13th — school districts were closing, cities were declaring states of emergency and officials were openly discussing what would become the Safer at Home orders. Restaurants were limited to takeout or delivery. Personal care services, entertainment venues and bars closed. Nonessential retailers had to close. The NBA suspended its season.

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Habitat for Humanity to Build More Families’ Dreams

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Glendale residents Kevin Garcia and Magaly Duarte Garcia pose with their three sons at the San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity home dedication ceremony last year. The family is celebrating one year of living in their own home.

It’s been nearly one year since San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity helped Magaly Duarte Garcia and her family move into their forever home in Glendale, but the mother of three boys can still hardly believe their good fortune.
“I wake up every day, just so grateful to be able to call it my home and knowing we have security for my family. It’s taken so much stress away,” Duarte Garcia said. “This pandemic has been very stressful, but owning our own home and having space for the boys to study and have their own rooms, it has been a blessing.”
Before Duarte Garcia and her husband, Kevin Garcia, were chosen as homeowners to partner with SGVHH, they and the boys shared a two-bedroom apartment with her mother and sister. The family was constantly trying to stay quiet and out of the landlord’s sight for fear of eviction for overcrowding; at night, the two parents would anxiously shush the busy boys to not jump or run or disturb the neighbors. One of her sons, who is autistic, had a hard time being confined in such a small space and would try to run away.

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Unemployment Rate Falls, as Does Labor Force’s Size

The unemployment rate in Glendale recently dropped below the Los Angeles County figure for the first time during the pandemic, reaching 10.2% in November. But an estimated 400 fewer people were actually working compared with October’s number.
The lower unemployment rate appears to be due largely to a decrease of about 2,700 people in Glendale’s labor force, putting the total at roughly 101,100 in November, according to preliminary data from the California Employment Development Department. It was the largest one-month drop in the city’s labor force since March to April.
About 2,300 fewer people were unemployed in November compared to October, but it is unclear how many of them found jobs rather than simply left the labor force — meaning they reported they were not working and were not looking for work.

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Salvation Army Luncheon Honors Horne

Lew Horne

Lew Horne, president of CBRE Pacific Southwest, was recently honored at the Salvation Army’s Kettle Christmas Luncheon, which was broadcast live on Zoom from the L.A. Red Shield Community Center.
The 13th annual event, emceed by longtime KNBC-TV weatherman Fritz Coleman, raised more than $500,000 for the Salvation Army. In addition to being honored, Horne also was a featured speaker.
“Lew did a fantastic job with the speech he made at the luncheon,” said Robin Dunn of the Salvation Army. “He has a great heart for the homeless issue and the inner-city people who are in need.”
Horne leads CBRE’s strategic direction and performance of the firm’s advisory services business, which includes advisory and transaction services, asset services, capital markets, local project management and valuations. The Pacific Southwest region he oversees includes Southern California, Arizona and Hawaii.

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GUSD Stays Course on Distance Learning

The Glendale Unified School District has committed to continuing distance teaching through at least March 12, with the current surge in coronavirus cases essentially pulling the plug on any potential plans to add more in-person programming at the start of 2021.
Superintendent Vivian Ekchian and the district’s board of education emphatically made that pledge at last week’s meeting, the last of 2020. As for wider in-person instruction, officials also acknowledged the very real possibility that they could move the goalposts further away as they approach March, depending on how Los Angeles County fares through the pandemic.
“We will continue to engage in distance learning,” Ekchian said. “We are not interested in bringing more personnel back to our campuses — teachers, counselors, nurses, itinerant personnel, teacher specialists — during a surge. We will have to hope for the best. March 12 is the end of the third quarter; it seems to be the best next step in terms of our making safe decisions for all employees, students and the community. We are not making decisions beyond that, because much can change between now and then.”

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Language Books Find Home in Little Free Libraries at Franklin

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Franklin Elementary School mom Elizabeth Vitanza showcases French books she has contributed to the French little free library outside of the school.

When schools closed across the board in March, children immediately felt the loss of a storied amenity of youth and education — their school libraries.
That loss became especially pronounced for dual immersion students, whose days spent learning and conversing in their target languages are frequently complemented by reading literature in that language. Unless individual schools were able to organize the resources for a book drop-off system, there was no access to those free books.
Franklin Elementary School — home to Spanish, German, Italian and French dual immersion in Glendale Unified School District — found a way around that, thanks to its school foundation.
“Having access to books in those target languages is important,” explained Elizabeth Vitanza, a Franklin parent who is a French teacher at the Marlborough School in Los Angeles. “With COVID, and moving to distance learning this year, I was thinking in the spring, ‘How do we get books to these kids?’ Our kids would bring home different books every week.

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Food Bank Struggles to Fill Shelves as Hunger Spreads

By Nina Aghadjanian
Glendale News-Press

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Lisette Reyes (right), a case manager at Loaves & Fishes Glendale food pantry, said her agency relies on the L.A. Regional Food Bank to feed its many clients and families.

After nine months of COVID-19 and a third wave underway, the need for food assistance has reached unprecedented levels, sending Los Angeles County into the throes of the one of the worst food crises in modern history.
Today, nearly 3 million Angelenos don’t know where their next meal is coming from. The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank is working to meet the heightened demand, having distributed 143 million pounds of food, or 118 million meals, since March — a 145% increase compared to the pre-pandemic period.
“You can just see the worry on people’s faces when they come by; they’re concerned and understandably so,” said Michael Flood, the food bank’s chief executive.
“Given all the uncertainty, they don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow, next week or next month. So it’s been really rewarding to see the appreciation people have for our service.”
A report from the Urban Institute shows that food insecurity was the most commonly reported hardship in the early weeks of the pandemic. The situation has only worsened. To put things into perspective, Flood’s organization provided food to 300,000 people monthly before the pandemic. That number has since tripled.

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Your Best Wishes for Future? Share Them at the Alex

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In employing the Alex Theatre’s gate as the Wishing Wall, Glendale Arts officials say they want to give residents and fans of the venue a chance to hope for a better 2021.

In need of a small outlet to unload your hope on the world as a largely interminable 2020 hurtles to an end?
The Alex Theatre has you covered. Or rather, it is inviting people to cover its front gate with their hopes, dreams and well wishes for 2021 — the start of which, many believe, signals the beginning of the end for the coronavirus pandemic that upended virtually all plans for this year. Passersby can take a paper tag from the bunch in front of the theater, scribble out their message and tie it alongside others on the metal gate — the Wishing Wall. People also may submit messages so that Glendale Arts staffers can post them on their behalf.

“The Alex has symbolized so many positive things for the community, and it’s done so for 95 years,” said Maria Sakahian, a managing director of Glendale Arts, which operates the theater. “Since we’re not able to open those gates and invite the public inside, we thought, ‘Why don’t we find a way for the physical structure to have that effect and nurture that feeling for the community, when people need it more than ever?’”
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