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  • Glendale City Council approves installation of two new cellphone towers

    Glendale City Council approves installation of two new cellphone towers

    A pair of Verizon cellphone towers will be installed at two local parks following City Council approval on Tuesday. A monopole will be set up at Fremont Park, while a monoshrub will be placed at Scholl Canyon Ballfield after council members voted 4-0. In return, Verizon would pay an annual lease...

  • Judge rules in favor of Glendale in lawsuit against state

    Judge rules in favor of Glendale in lawsuit against state

    A Sacramento judge's final ruling was made in favor of Glendale in its dispute with the state's Department of Finance over $40 million the city is owed. Superior Court Judge Shelleyanne Chang said in her decision the finance department abused its discretion when it refused to make payments to the...

  • Glendale's water saving levels drop in December

    Glendale's water saving levels drop in December

    Glendale fell short of its monthly water conservation goal in December — for the second straight month — but it is still meeting a long-term target set by the state. Glendale's monthly goal, established by California's Water Control Board, is 20%. NEWSLETTER: Stay up to date with what's going on...

  • Glendale considers impact of possible hike in minimum wage

    Glendale considers impact of possible hike in minimum wage

    As surrounding cities raise their minimum pay, Glendale may follow suit.

  • Glendale board requests reduction of proposed Adams Hill project

    A plan to build a trio of homes next to each other in the Adams Hill neighborhood will be scaled back after residents argued the designs were uncharacteristically larger than other houses in the area. The city's Design Review Board voted unanimously Thursday to direct the developer to trim the...

  • Council gives Glendale trash truck driver commendation for going the extra mile

    Council gives Glendale trash truck driver commendation for going the extra mile

    On the eve of every trash day, most Glendale residents wheel out their receptacles to the curb for pickup, but there are some who physically might not be up to the weekly task. For those individuals, local trash truck driver Ronny Valtierra takes the extra step of taking their trash bins back and...

  • Glendale City Council backs cell towers for two local parks

    Glendale City Council backs cell towers for two local parks

    Two Glendale parks could end up with new cellphone towers following support for their installation from the Glendale City Council on Tuesday. A first read of plans to build a monopole at Fremont Park and install a monoshrub at Scholl Canyon Ballfield won favor from council members and will be brought...

  • Scholl Canyon Landfill expansion not up for immediate consideration, Glendale city manager says

    Scholl Canyon Landfill expansion not up for immediate consideration, Glendale city manager says

    The environmental review for possible expansion of Scholl Canyon Landfill likely won’t head to the Glendale City Council for consideration until this summer or fall. Even if council members vote in favor of enlarging the site, getting the effort off the ground could be years down the road, according...

  • Glendale works to keep medical marijuana dispensary ban in place

    Glendale works to keep medical marijuana dispensary ban in place

    The City Council wants to uphold its strict local ban on medical marijuana dispensaries and is working to beat a deadline that could hand over regulatory control to the state. With a 4-0 vote, council members introduced amendments to the city code, tightening the prohibition of not just selling,...

  • First-grader takes first prize in Public Works Department contest

    First-grader takes first prize in Public Works Department contest

    A first-grader from Balboa Elementary school has won the Public Works Department’s first craft competition where contestants made art projects out of reused goods. On Thursday, Sophia Zadoorian was announced as the winner of the inaugural Upcycled Holiday Craft Contest. Her submission was a Christmas...

  • Glendale City Council debates how and where to spend park funds

    A laundry list of how to spend a one-time pool of $16 million to build new parks and enhance existing ones in areas heavily impacted by upcoming downtown developments garnered support from most of the City Council Tuesday, but some members were reluctant to allot funds for Deukmejian Wilderness...

  • Burbank, Airport Authority set terms for new terminal at Bob Hope

    After months of negotiations and a stalemate, the city of Burbank and the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority finally hammered out and agreed to a set of basic terms, which the parties expect to be the base for a future development agreement for construction of a proposed 14-gate replacement...

  • Volunteers needed to help Glendale Rose Parade float 'get there'

    The long road to reviving the annual Glendale Rose Parade float entry is almost over as volunteers are now being called upon to start decorating it this weekend. Volunteers must sign up at glendalerosefloat.com/volunteer and head to Phoenix Decorating, 835 S. Raymond Ave. in Pasadena, to lend a...

  • Three sites added to Glendale's historic register; Masonic Temple given Mills Act designation

    The Adams Mini Park Gas Station and a pair of Glendale homes — including one once belonging to a former boxing great — were added to the Glendale Register of Historic Resources on Tuesday, while the owner of the Depression-era Masonic Temple on Brand Boulevard received a property tax break for...

  • Glendale City Council gets a look at proposed design for Armenian American Museum

    A conceptual design of the Armenian American Museum, which its founders hope will one day be a hub of culture and education, was presented to the Glendale City Council on Tuesday. The renderings of the 30,000-square-foot site came a year after the council initially asked a collective of Armenian...

  • Glendale City Council closer on artificial turf issue

    The City Council this week stepped closer to overturning its long-standing ban on artificial turf in frontyards. In fact, only one council member even wanted homeowners to pull a permit to convert lawns to turf. Councilman Vartan Gharpetian asked what would be the point of having an ordinance if...

  • Local officials travel to D.C. to make their case for nighttime curfew at Bob Hope Airport

    Burbank and airport officials are headed to Washington, D.C. to lobby for a long-sought mandatory nighttime curfew, part of a larger agreement that they formally started discussing regarding a possible replacement terminal at Bob Hope Airport. This week, in their first public meeting since agreeing...

  • Repeal of utility users tax heads to vote

    Council chooses to place challenge on 2016 presidential primary ballot.

  • Congressional App Challenge starts for local students

    The Congressional App Challenge, which is the annual science, technology, engineering and math competition started in 2013 by the U.S. House of Representatives, is getting underway for the 28th Congressional District, according to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank). The contest aims to foster an early...

  • Glendale officials mark the opening of Park Paseo, linking parts of downtown

    A neon Clayton Plumbers sign illuminates the message “the leak stops here” above a new walkway near Brand Boulevard, a feature businesspeople and city officials say they hope will link numerous downtown venues. Running at about 120 feet long, the Park Paseo is a half-wooden deck and half-concrete...

  • Glendale water users meeting city's conservation mandate, report states

    Glendale residents once again met the city’s monthly water conservation goal in October, consuming almost a quarter less water than the same period two years ago, utility officials said. Glendale Water & Power customers used 24.5% less than they did in October 2013, according to a presentation...

  • Glendale staffers prepare recommendations for reversal of ban on artificial grass

    The City Council is set on Tuesday to once again discuss how to regulate the installation of artificial turf on residential front lawns. City staffers have narrowed recommendations for council members to consider when adopting an ordinance to allow swapping real grass for fake grass on frontyards...

  • Planning Commission says massage parlors will need permit to operate in Glendale

    Owners of massage parlors will have to take an extra step and obtain a permit if they want to operate in Glendale in the future. The Planning Commission voted 4-0 Wednesday to require all new and existing massage establishments to apply for a conditional-use permit — a process that entails a background...

  • Gatto says he won't run for State Senate seat in 2016

    Only 11 days before a Glendale Democratic Club forum featuring candidates expected to vie for state office in 2016, Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) announced on Wednesday he will not run for state Senate next year, citing “many factors” that influenced his decision. He said the main reason...

  • Cartoonist suits up for the 2016 election with new deck of political playing cards

    As the 2016 presidential hopefuls began to emerge and trade barbs, Peter Green was gathering fodder for his political caricatures — all 54 of them. Every national election cycle, the Glendale graphic artist puts out his latest edition of Politicards, a full deck of playing cards featuring cartoonish...

  • Glendale eyes rules for massage parlors

    Massage parlors may soon need to get a permit if they want to operate in Glendale. The Planning Commission on Wednesday will vote on amendments to the city code that would require all massage establishments — existing and new ones — to obtain a conditional-use permit. A state law expired, and California...

  • Winter homeless shelter reopens in Glendale

    Program, which started last week, is slated to run through March 31.

  • Plan for Fremont Park overhaul slated for Glendale City Council consideration

    Fremont Park — Glendale’s oldest park — is poised for a major overhaul that will include a new community building, soccer field and pickleball courts after a big push from local fans of the sport popular among middle-aged adults and seniors. Last week, the Parks, Recreation and Community Services...

  • Council steers away from change on drive-thru ban in La Cañada Flintridge

    La Cañada Flintridge’s 15-year ban on new drive-thrus will stand, despite years of research into a possible reversal, after council members elected Tuesday not to change local regulations to allow for such facilities at local businesses. Among the arguments for their continued exclusion from the...

  • Petition's success puts utility users tax in Glendale voters' hands

    Glendale voters will get to decide the fate of the utility users tax — which brings in $27 million per year — following a successful push by opponents to get it on the ballot. A petition circulated by two Glendale citizens and a La Crescenta resident amassed 1,532 names, enough to qualify for a...

  • Glendale plots for open space

    Commission says fees collected from developers should go toward lots for parks.

  • Bob Hope Airport's new shuttle bus fleet takes off

    This month, as new, cleaner buses shuttle passengers to and from parking lots and the terminal building at Bob Hope Airport, officials from Burbank, the airport and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority are also promoting a recently expanded BurbankBus route as a way to get...

  • While development booms in Burbank and Glendale, some properties sit empty

    Throughout Burbank and Glendale sit vacant or little-used properties, dusty and seemingly forgotten. Given the nature of the real estate market, these underutilized lots seem more-than-passing strange, begging the question of how they got to their current state and why. Below are the stories of...

  • Glendale's recent growth built on a foundation of years-old decisions

    Downtown Glendale’s future reveals itself a bit more each day as multistory, mixed-use developments continue to build upward. There are more than 20 projects in various stages of construction along downtown’s main arteries: Brand Boulevard and Central Avenue. Three large mixed-use buildings have...

  • Three newcomers win election to Crescenta Valley Town Council

    With the results tallied, three newcomers were elected to the Crescenta Valley Town Council. Lisa Griffin, who was previously a council alternate, won the most support in the election last week with 104 votes, followed by Michael Claessens, a fellow incumbent trailed Griffin with 102 votes. Sophal...

  • Rail officials seek public input for route between Burbank and Union Station

    As California High Speed Rail Authority officials begin to look at the options for the bullet-train section connecting a proposed station near Bob Hope Airport in Burbank to Los Angeles Union Station, they’re seeking expert opinions — from the public. “We need your input,” said Michelle Boehm,...

  • Water district to hold workshops

    The Crescenta Valley Water District will hold the first of three public workshops regarding an upcoming water and wastewater rate study at 6 p.m. next Wednesday in the district’s administrative office, 2700 Foothill Blvd. Representatives from the consultant that will conduct the study, Raftelis...

  • Panel discussion at Glendale YWCA to kick off new health initiative

    Glendale community leaders and business owners will kick off a new initiative next week, starting with a panel discussion about the health of Glendale residents. The effort behind the initiative, called, “We Own the Health of Our Community,” aims to address the health problems facing local residents....

  • Bob Hope Airport officials grappling with impact of Uber, Lyft

    Officials at Bob Hope Airport are working to get a better handle on the activities of drivers for services such as Uber and Lyft in its parking lots as an early step in efforts to improve the parking situation at the Burbank airfield. The on-demand transportation services are "beginning to erode...

  • City clears way for road, sewer-pipe project

    The $2.1M project in the San Fernando Road corridor is slated to get underway next year.

  • Outside firm hired to analyze mobility in Glendale

    Residents will soon see how Glendale stacks up with other cities when it comes to commuting through downtown. While the city collects data on how its parking structures are used, officials say they’re not sure how many people are taking advantage of bike lanes or local buses. Voting unanimously...

  • Airport board clears way for EIR of proposed terminal

    Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority also OKs memo of understanding with city of Burbank.

  • Bob Hope Airport 'B6' parcel sells for $72.5M

    In a unanimous decision during a closed-session meeting, the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority board agreed to sell a 59-acre parcel of land it owns in trust, known as the “Opportunity Site” or “B6 Parcel,” to Gardena-based Overton Moore Properties for $72.5 million. The property is west...

  • 'NoHo to Pasadena Express' bus route, with stops in Burbank and Glendale, approved

    The “missing link” is set to fall into place this spring, connecting the San Fernando Valley and the San Gabriel Valley via the new “NoHo to Pasadena Express” bus route. Last week, the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority approved a 180-day trial run of the express route, which will...

  • City elects not to raise drought charge

    The City Council voted not to raise a drought charge it levied on residents earlier this year because the new fee helped cover declining revenues, according to the city’s top utility official. An extra 75 cents per hundred cubic feet of water — or 748 gallons — was added to water bills this spring....

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