Five days after suffering its first loss at home, the Hoover High School boys’ water polo team collected a key road win at Crescenta Valley High School in La Crescenta on Tuesday. The Tornadoes pulled away in the second half thanks to some active defense and a scoring outburst from Samvel Manukyan, who finished with eight goals in the Tornadoes’ 14-7 victory. Manukyan’s first goal came with Hoover down 3-1 late in the first quarter. From then until Manukyan and the rest of the starters were substituted out late in the fourth, the visiting Tornadoes outscored the Falcons 13-2. Hoover’s quick-strike offensive attack proved too much for CV, which had no answer for Manukyan’s presence in the center of the pool. “The guy’s a great individual talent and he’s been the lynchpin of our offense since he’s been a sophomore,” Hoover head coach Kevin Witt said. “He knows how to make the right pass; he can read defenses.”
Thanks to scoring contributions from seven different players, including four goals from Malia Abrahamian, Crescenta Valley High School beat Hoover, 11-3, on Tuesday. The Falcons held the Tornadoes to one goal after the first quarter, locking down on defense and seldom letting Hoover get a clean look at the goal. Every CVHS starter (except for goalie Miranda Graham) scored. Kyra Freeman had two goals and starters Katie Ward, Rana Mehai, Lilian Tahmasian and Holly Weston scored one goal apiece, as did A.J. Troop, who came off the bench. The egalitarian approach on offense was by design, according to Falcons head coach Amber Dien. “I’m one coach that really focuses on not just having that star shooter or star player,” Dien said. “We really try to make sure that we’re moving the ball around and giving everyone opportunities.”
He left the actual destruction to the professionals, but Rod Hanners, the interim CEO of Keck Medicine of USC, officially broke ground — er, wall — Thursday last week on what will be a new IR cath lab at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital. Before taking the ceremonial swing with a sledgehammer, Hanners touted the IR cath lab — short form for interventional radiology catheterization laboratory — as being a game-changing addition to the Glendale-based hospital’s ability to treat cardiovascular issues. To say the least, it’s an important ability to have — cardiovascular diseases are the top cause of death worldwide, killing nearly 18 million annually according to the World Health Organization.
The unemployment rate in Glendale saw a major increase in January, according to newly released data, coinciding with renewed industry restrictions that have since been rolled back. The California Employment Development Department recently reported that local unemployment rose from 9.9% in December to 12.1% in January. It represented a 12.2% increase in the number of unemployed workers, from 9,800 to 12,000. About 2,000 fewer residents reported working that month, putting the city’s total employment at 87,100. However, the city’s labor force — the number of people either currently working or looking for a job — increased from 98,800 to 99,100 after two months of steady losses. The increase in Glendale’s unemployment rate was the highest one-month jump the city had seen since the pandemic began. The rate has been steadily falling since May, though it has yet to reach its pre-pandemic level of roughly 4.2%.
The recently passed stimulus package will likely present a boon for the Hollywood Burbank Airport, which has been facing steep revenue losses as passenger levels remain low. In recent meetings, representatives of the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority reported that the number of revenue passengers who traveled through the airport last year fell to about a third of the level in 2019. About 2 million passengers enplaned or deplaned at the Hollywood Burbank Airport in 2020, compared to nearly 6 million in 2019. And in January 2021, officials told Airport Authority commissioners — who include City Council members Paula Devine, Ara Najarian and Vrej Agajanian — this week, the number of revenue passengers dropped by nearly 86% compared to January 2020.
The Museum of Neon Art continues to offer free “Out of the Fire – Artist Talks” via Zoom at 6:30 p.m. Fridays, with past talks being archived on the museum’s website. These talks are specially designed for an interactive Zoom experience, according to MONA. Since launching on Feb. 19, the program has attracted a worldwide audience and enables the audience and artist to interact with each other in the chatroom. Artists from across the country provide a presentation about their career and artistic process, followed by a lively dialogue moderated by MONA. “The ‘Out of the Fire – Artist Talk’ format feels like having a show and tell with some of the most brilliant artists in neon, electric and kinetic art today,” MONA Executive Director Corrie Siegel said in a statement. “It has been a delight to use the democratizing medium of Zoom to have candid conversations with our community about technique, overcoming personal trauma, neon history, and collaboration.”
Roughly 10 minutes before the start of the Crescenta Valley High School girls’ water polo team’s season opener against visiting Pasadena Muir, the storm clouds overhead broke and the sun peeked through. It proved to be an omen for the Falcons, who soared to a 17-3 victory in their first game in over a year. “To finally have a game, especially for girls like my seniors who didn’t think they’d get to have a senior season at all, it was awesome,” said CV head coach Amber Dien, whose team played its first match in 13 months. CV junior Holly Weston finished as the game’s leading scorer with five goals. Fellow junior Kyra Freeman added three goals of her own, as did senior co-captain Rana Mehai. CVHS showed very little rust out of the gate, with Weston, Freeman, Mehai and the team’s other captain, senior Katie Ward, each scoring a goal in the first quarter. “The opening minutes of the game were definitely better than I expected them to be,” Dien said.
It took a makeshift court on a football field and a rain delay scare before the game started, but it was worth it in the end for the John Burroughs High School girls’ volleyball team. Burroughs swept Glendale High School on Thursday in what marked the first official high school sporting event Burroughs hosted on its campus since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic almost exactly one year ago. Though Burroughs (3-0 record) took all three sets convincingly, both schools thought the biggest victory was simply the ability to still compete, even in such abnormal conditions. “It’s very relieving,” said Glendale libero Kelli Bayona, whose team is 0-2. “I just really enjoy the game and the chance to play volleyball again.”
Roubik Golanian will continue his decades-long career with Glendale after the City Council confirmed him this week to be the permanent city manager moving forward. Golanian — who was the assistant city manager under his predecessor, Yasmin Beers, since May 2018 — is now tasked with continuing to guide the city through the end of the coronavirus pandemic, improving the efficiency of the city’s bureaucracy and with implementing the council’s myriad policy goals, which range from ramping up affordable housing construction, developing sustainability practices and modernizing the city’s transportation infrastructure. He had been keeping the seat warm as interim city manager since October, when Beers retired.
He was Uncle Bill to a long list of extended family and friends, stretching through California, into Washington state, to the Canadian Midwest, to Australia. Trips to visit Uncle Bill and his beloved Cypress Mountain Ranch highlighted vacation plans, reunions, and road trips for years. William “Bill” Jacobson, a long-time resident of Glendale, and living his love of everything cowboys and trails in and around Paso Robles, made it clear he’d have none of this nonsense of hospital tubes and hospital confinement, and fitting in a bit of frank ranch talk, made it clear when it’s time, it’s time, get me the hell outta here, and have yourselves a party, at the ranch. No more cows and hummingbirds and ranch vistas on his terms? – then, no, thank you, time to bow out, with a fist, and in control. As that early evening descended on Feb. 22, he lassoed a shooting star, fully content with a life well lived, and rode out into the sunset, smiling at the moon. He was 81.