City Council Analyzes Budget Proposal at Special Meeting

Michele Flynn
Director of Finance

City councilmembers aired skepticism at what they deemed to be a relatively upbeat outlook for the upcoming fiscal year, which will assuredly be marred by the continuing market slide and volatility as a result of the pandemic.
Uncertainty, city officials asserted, ultimately plagued any previously reliable projection techniques, which means that the City Council and city administrators are going to have to be much more hands-on in adjusting the bottom line throughout the year once they agree on a budget. The City Council took its first look at what the soon-to-come budget proposal will be at a special meeting Tuesday morning.
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Art Happens Anywhere is Seeking Artists

The city of Glendale’s Library, Arts & Culture Department, on behalf of the city’s Arts & Culture Commission (ACC), is accepting proposals from qualified candidates who would like to participate in its Art Happens Anywhere (AHA) Program.
The unprecedented COVID-19 global pandemic has caused devastating financial constraints to the arts community, resulting in artists’ inability to pay for rent, purchase food and obtain necessities. As a result, several organizations and venues made the difficult decision to cancel or postpone art and culture programming.
In response to COVID-19 and its effects on the arts and culture community, Glendale Library and the Arts & Culture Commission (ACC) are re-launching the Art Happens Anywhere (AHA) Program. The AHA Program aims to encourage the expansion of arts and culture activities to benefit local residents during these unique times. This CFA encourages artists to consider non-traditional artwork, experiences and performances that can engage the public in unexpected ways and places, given the social distancing requirements. Continue reading “Art Happens Anywhere is Seeking Artists”

Glendale Sunrise Rotary Club donates face shields to local hospital

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Dr. William Wang, center, chief medical officer at Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital, looks over face shields delivered by Glendale Sunrise Rotary president Alex Parajon, left, and other members of the club, to the hospital on Tuesday.
(Raul Roa/Glendale News-Press)

Members of the Glendale Sunrise Rotary Club delivered 750 face shields to Dignity Health Glendale Memorial Hospital on Tuesday as part of an effort that club members hope leads to the delivery of more face shields to the two other hospitals in the community. Continue reading “Glendale Sunrise Rotary Club donates face shields to local hospital”

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Armenian Genocide commemoration will switch to humanitarian effort

Dancers with the Zvartnots Dance Ensemble perform during the city of Glendale’s Armenian Genocide commemorative event at the Alex Theatre in 2017. This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the annual performance will not be presented, replaced by a humanitarian effort to support Feeding America.(File Photo)
Dancers with the Zvartnots Dance Ensemble perform during the city of Glendale’s Armenian Genocide commemorative event at the Alex Theatre in 2017. This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the annual performance will not be presented, replaced by a humanitarian effort to support Feeding America.(File Photo)

The 105th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide will be commemorated on Friday. However, because of the coronavirus pandemic, the annual March for Justice in downtown Los Angeles and performance featuring speakers, musical and dance groups at the Alex Theatre in Glendale won’t take place.

Instead, the Armenian community is organizing a humanitarian fundraiser to support Feeding America, a hunger relief organization with a nationwide network of food banks feeding the hungry. Continue reading “Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Armenian Genocide commemoration will switch to humanitarian effort”

Glendale News-Press Purchased By Local Company

The Glendale News-Press, Burbank Leader and La Cañada Valley Sun have been purchased by Outlook Newspapers group, it has been announced. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
California Times, the parent company of the Los Angeles Times and previous owner of the three local newspapers, recently announced that the publications were to be closing due to the challenging business environment and unforeseen economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are thrilled to have acquired three iconic newspapers with deep roots and historic legacies in their respective communities,” local publisher Charlie Plowman said. “I heard the outpouring from local residents, as to how much they love these publications, and want to support them. Continue reading “Glendale News-Press Purchased By Local Company”

New Owner To Give News-Press ‘Some Good News’

State Sen. Anthony Portantino
State Sen. Anthony Portantino

By Anthony Portantino
Special to The News-Press

Folks needed some good news and the continued publication of the Glendale News-Press and Burbank Leader was just what the doctor had ordered. Every small town needs a forum for local news and community interests to be covered and discussed. The absence of a community newspaper makes robust public discourse far more difficult and far less public.
The announcement by the L.A. Times that the News-Press and Leader were originally to be closed deeply affected Glendale and Burbank. Residents and business owners expressed disappointment and fear that issues which would benefit from the sunshine provided by local media coverage would be kept out of the public forum.  Continue reading “New Owner To Give News-Press ‘Some Good News’”

Local JPL Engineer Joins Pandemic Fight by Creating Life-Saving Device

Photo courtesy NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory A few members of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory team that created a high-pressure ventilator tailored to COVID-19 patients, which was just green-lit by the FDA on Thursday, pose with the prototype, including Michael R. Johnson (second standing, from left).
Photo courtesy NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
A few members of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory team that created a high-pressure ventilator tailored to COVID-19 patients, which was just green-lit by the FDA on Thursday, pose with the prototype, including Michael R. Johnson (second standing, from left).

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory made headlines recently after announcing its scientists — in just 37 days — have developed a high-pressure ventilator prototype tailored for coronavirus patients, which was given the green light by doctors at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, one of the epicenters of the disease in the United States.

JPL — home base to many Glendale-area engineers, physicists and researchers — noted that one local resident in particular served as a critical member on the JPL team that created the life-saving device, called VITAL (Ventilator Intervention Technology Accessible Locally). The device has been created to free up the nation’s limited supply of traditional ventilators with the intent they may be used on patients with the most severe COVID-19 symptoms. Continue reading “Local JPL Engineer Joins Pandemic Fight by Creating Life-Saving Device”

Local Resident Plays Key Role at USC-VHH During Pandemic

Mary Virgallito
Mary Virgallito

Mary Virgallito’s fingerprints are all over USC Verdugo Hills Hospital.
Her title as infection preventionist means this isn’t a literal statement — she’ll sooner sanitize and wipe down a window than smudge a handprint on it — but rather metaphorical. Whether it’s food prep, janitorial service or surgery, if it happens at USC-VHH, it’s because the Glendale nurse gave it the thumbs-up.
“This involves every single aspect of what we do, even on the finance side,” Virgallito explained in a phone interview. “It’s something that I never really expected but you get a flavor for every aspect of how a hospital functions. You have to have a snapshot understanding of all of the disciplines. It’s really comprehensive. Many times people will ask me what I do and it’s hard to answer them in one sentence.” Continue reading “Local Resident Plays Key Role at USC-VHH During Pandemic”