In its first full-blown competitive football game since the fall of 2019, Crescenta Valley High School hung with Pasadena’s Muir High School through three quarters at the iconic Rose Bowl but ultimately could not overcome six turnovers the Falcons committed, as Muir pulled away late to win 32-14. The Mustangs beat the Falcons on Thursday for the first time since 2013 to move to 1-1 on the season and 1-0 in Pacific League play. CV, which has not played in 16 months, has an 0-1 record.
The City Council affirmed its commitment to fostering a city that is inclusive of its diversity this week, unequivocally condemning a national surge in hateful rhetoric and violence toward Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in a resolution. The condemnation was issued a week after a 21-year-old white man killed eight people in a shooting spree in Atlanta-area spas, six of whom were Asian women. That tragedy followed a year in which Asian and Pacific Islander residents across the country have reported a rise in harassment and attacks by others, a trend corresponding to the coronavirus’ origins in China. In recent months, these attacks have grown increasingly violent and deadly.
On a night in October, a young Glendale girl said she was engaged in the usual social media scroll when she noticed something disturbing, enough for her to hesitantly broach it with her parents and contact the police about it. While using Snapchat — an image- and video-sharing app — the girl told Glendale police later that night that a number of accounts she followed were reposting another user’s content of explicit images and videos involving other underage girls. The posts were sometimes listed with the names of their Glendale middle or high school. Not long after a police detective began working on this investigation on Oct. 18, another officer reached out about a separate report regarding these same posts. Two days later, the Glendale Police Department was granted a search warrant on Snapchat’s databases based on at least 15 underage girls — ages 13 to 17 — whose nude or partially nude photos were shared by at least one account.
Dr. Herbert Harder first walked onto Adventist Health Glendale’s campus in 1948 and 40 years later served as its chief of staff. But Monday’s visit here was among his more memorable: He received his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. At just over 100 years old and quick to show off his recently renewed driver’s license, Dr. Harder returned to the hospital where he began as a lab tech while still in medical school, where all four of his children were born, and where he worked as a pathologist his entire career. He served as chief of staff in 1988-89. “I didn’t feel a thing,” the spry centenarian exclaimed, patting the shoulder in which a nurse administered the vaccine. A lot has changed since he joined the Glendale Sanitarium on the “outskirts” of Glendale. “There were six parking spaces out front and maybe 20 for doctors out back,” he recalled. “Today, Adventist Health Glendale is still serving the community that has grown up around us,” a spokesperson said. “We’re proud of Dr. Harder’s contributions to our history of healing.”
The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner ruled this week that Narineh Avakian died from hypothermia and environmental exposure sometime after embarking on a solo hiking trip in the Angeles National Forest two Sundays ago. The coroner also ruled the manner of Avakian’s death to be accidental. Although it remains unclear when she died, the 37-year-old Glendale woman’s body was located Saturday, March 13, off the Mt. Waterman Trail in the Angeles National Forest, north of La Canada Flintridge. Teams had been searching the area since Thursday last week, when her car was finally located parked at the Buckhorn Day Use Area just off Angeles Crest Highway. She’d been reported missing by her family on Monday, March 8.
Cathay Bank has announced a $1 million donation to the Cathay Bank Foundation to support organizations that work to promote diverse communities and combat anti-Asian hate crimes and xenophobia.
Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. has witnessed the struggle of Asian American and Pacific Islanders against increased violence and harassment fueled by prejudice, hatred and xenophobia. Recent attacks throughout the country reflect a significant increase in anti-Asian hate crimes.
“Racism and xenophobia are antithetical to our values and an affront to what we stand for,” said Chang M. Liu, Cathay Bank president and CEO. “We believe in the equality of all people, treating them with fairness, empathy and acceptance. We condemn this violence against Asian Americans as well as against other ethnic groups and will continue to work and support efforts for greater equality in our business, community and society.”
Dunson Cheng, executive chairman of the board, echoed Liu’s statement and call to action. Continue reading “Cathay Bank Stands Against Anti-Asian Hate, Discrimination”
Phrases like girl power and women empowerment are particularly pertinent and celebrated this month, as March is Women’s History Month. As we honor women this month, I selected a few favorites … and although there are many more past and current names not listed, here are six fun facts that celebrate “female firsts.”
1. Naomi Parker Fraley was the inspiration behind Rosie the Riveter, a cultural icon of World War II. Representing women who worked in factories during the war while men served in the military, her iconic strength highlighted women’s abilities to spearhead new jobs and industries. From the remarkable efforts of Rosie and other women during this era came the famous phrase,“We Can Do It!”
2. Aretha Franklin is a timeless singer and musician who is coined the “Queen of Soul.” She was the first female performer to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. She brightened our musical world with her voice and presence. Continue reading “Celebrating Women’s History Month”
Matthew Leung was sitting at a Rosemead bus stop when a man grabbed his cane and beat his hand and head, causing Leung to lose the tip of one of his fingers. This horrific attack should be unthinkable. Instead, it is just one of a recent spike in anti-Asian hate crimes and incidents happening all across the nation.
What worries so many is that many of the recent victims have been older and more vulnerable. In San Francisco, Vicha Ratanapakdee, an 84-year-old Thai man, was killed in an unprovoked assault while on his morning walk. In New York, a 61-year-old Filipino man’s face was slashed from ear to ear with a box cutter in the subway. In Oakland’s Chinatown, a camera captured a 91-year-old man being thrown to the ground by an assailant, who then went to assault two more victims. This is becoming almost a daily tragedy. Continue reading “Anti-Asian Discrimination Is Not Tolerable”
The City Council plans to consider Tuesday whether to impose a “hero pay” requirement to food and medication retailers in Glendale, a trend that is taking off throughout Los Angeles County as the coronavirus pandemic has passed its anniversary this month. A number of cities in Southern California have enacted a hero pay ordinance in recent months, including Los Angeles, Long Beach, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Irvine and Costa Mesa. Additionally, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors enacted a hero pay ordinance on national grocery retailers that are in the unincorporated parts of the county. Councilwoman Paula Devine asked last week for a report on possibly implementing hero pay in Glendale, with Councilman Dan Brotman offering the endorsement necessary to make it happen.
A film created by two Glendale residents has been selected as one of seven best films in “A Quiet Scene: L.A.,” a film competition and screening initiative that was launched in January. Created and entered by Julia Lee and Tyler Lorita of Glendale, “Manganese” captures the solitude of a single day in a Los Angeles girdled by the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is a central theme to the contest. “‘Manganese’ is serenity,” said Lee, who graduated from California State University, Northridge, with a degree in cinema and television arts. “When Tyler and I began the project, we had a vastly different approach than what ended up as the end product. We began shooting quiet moments within the bustling city, whether it be an elderly couple sharing a lunch or catching a peaceful moment in an empty park. Toward the end of the day, we ended up at a bridge that is quintessential to L.A. It showed the whole view of downtown and the highway leading toward the city.”