GUSD High Schools Ranked Among Nation’s Best by U.S. News & World Report

Vivian Ekchian
Glendale Unified Superintendent

All four of the Glendale Unified School District’s comprehensive high schools rank among the nation’s best, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best High Schools ranking. Each ranked in the top 16% of the more than 24,000 schools that were evaluated.Clark Magnet High was the top GUSD representative, ranking in the top 2% nationally. Crescenta Valley High was in the top 4%, Hoover High ranked among the top 10%, and Glendale High was in the top 16%.
“The highest-ranked schools are those whose students excelled on state tests and performed beyond expectations; participated in and passed a variety of college-level exams; and graduated in high proportions,” according to U.S. News & World Report rankings methodology.
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City to Consider Pride Support in Lieu of Festival

In the absence of what would have been Glendale’s first-ever pride fest, the City Council may vote in the future to designate June as the city’s pride month and emblazon City Hall with rainbow lighting in observance of it.
Councilman Dan Brotman brought forth the motion to consider the designation at this week’s meeting, and Councilwoman Paula Devine joined him by seconding it. Brotman said he had previously spoken with the organizations — including glendaleOUT, Equality Armenia and the Gay and Lesbian Armenian Society — which were planning the pride fest.
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Council Considers Bike Path, Traffic Study for Capital Projects

A special budget workshop for the City Council this week included a look at potential capital projects as well as uses for the city’s Measure S sales tax revenue.
In this particular instance, the city will be able to consider whether to merge the two, as both of the capital projects that got a preliminary approval on Tuesday might fall under the umbrella of Measure S, which was marketed as a quality of life and essential services tax when voters approved it in 2018.
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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”