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Glendale Civic News and Politics

  • Officials weigh switching Glendale's Dial-a-Ride provider

    The longtime operator of the city's Dial-a-Ride program for seniors and the disabled could be switched to another provider that costs less and offers technology to improve road safety. The City Council is scheduled to vote on Tuesday whether to contract again with Southland Transit Inc., whose...

  • Eight candidates for county supervisor seat meet, discuss budget

    The 5th District seat for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has been occupied by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich since 1980. However, term limits approved by voters in 2002 will free up the position for the first time in 35 years. On Tuesday, the Glendale/Burbank and Pasadena chapters...

  • Three Senate hopefuls agree on 710 extension

    The proposed 710 Freeway extension figured prominently in a recent candidates' debate for the 25th state Senate District. Candidates Katherine Perez-Estolano, former state Assemblyman Anthony Portantino and retired Pasadena Police Lt. Phlunte' Riddle – the three candidates attending the League...

  • Dozens of residents write Glendale's Design Review Board in opposition to proposed hotel

    Plans to demolish the shuttered Recess eatery just outside downtown Glendale to make way for a six-story boutique hotel are raising concerns among nearby residents who think the project is too large for the neighborhood. The Aloft hotel chain is looking to build an 82-foot-tall structure with 85...

  • County commissioners vote to remove welcome sign from Hindenburg Park

    A wooden sign welcoming visitors to Hindenburg Park in La Crescenta will soon be removed and replaced with another sign that will honor the German American ties to the park but not mention Hindenburg’s name, following a decision by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations on Monday....

  • Jewel City gets a new sister

    The city of Glendale has a new sister city. This time, it's Santiago de los Caballeros in the Dominican Republic. Glendale City Council members approved the new agreement on Tuesday. The Dominican Republic Consul General has an office in Glendale in the 500 block of North Brand Boulevard. It relocated...

  • Glendale city manager objected to Rockhaven's historic designation, citing concern for developers

    More than a month before the State Historic Resources Commission agreed to list the former Rockhaven Sanitarium in Montrose on the state register of historic places, Glendale's city manager sent a letter to the state historic preservation officer objecting to the property's listing. City Manager...

  • Taste of Downtown Glendale set to return to Brand Boulevard next Wednesday

    Organizers of the 15th annual Taste of Downtown Glendale are getting ready to serve up food and fun along Brand Boulevard next week. From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. next Wednesday, ticket holders can pop into restaurants for samples, have wine or beer at designated locations and enjoy entertainment along...

  • Glendale commemorates Armenian Genocide at Alex Theatre

    During the 15th annual Armenian Genocide commemoration on Friday, Glendale Mayor Paula Devine said the city "has long stood with the Armenian community, and I'm proud to stand with you this evening." She said the event, held at the Alex Theatre, is a time to reflect, educate and remember the atrocities...

  • Glendale City Council debates local artists' priority for affordable-housing complex

    Debate erupted this week in Glendale City Hall over the selection process for tenants of the new downtown Glendale Arts Colony, an affordable-housing complex that is an under construction. Factions of the Housing Authority, including Councilman Ara Najarian, contended on Tuesday that the apartments...

  • State commission adds Rockhaven to historic register

    The State Historical Resources Commission unanimously agreed to list the former Rockhaven Sanitarium in Montrose on the state register of historic places during a quarterly meeting Monday in San Francisco, according to Friends of Rockhaven. NEWSLETTER: Get the latest 818 headlines straight to your...

  • Atrocity on exhibit in 'Armenia: An Open Wound'

    Glendale city officials and community leaders recently unveiled an exhibition at the Brand Library and Art Center that explores the history of the Armenian people as well as the context and aftermath of the Armenian Genocide. "Armenia: An Open Wound," which opened Saturday to a crowd of about 500...

  • Rep. Schiff asks Obama to call Armenian Genocide what it is

    Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), lead sponsor of the Armenian Genocide Truth and Justice Resolution in the U.S. Congress, spoke on the House floor Thursday, delivering an open letter to President Barack Obama and urging him to recognize the Armenian Genocide in his final year in office in advance...

  • Local chapter of League of Women Voters to host candidate forums

    The League of Women Voters of Glendale/Burbank is seeking questions and concerns from the public as the California primary election draws near. The local chapter is asking voters to submit questions to ask candidates running for the 5th District seat for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors,...

  • Glendale Water and Power wins industry award for mobile app

    Glendale Water and Power recently won an industry award for its free Mobile My Connect app, which allows customers to manage their energy and water usage on their electronic devices. The award was from the Sacramento-based California Municipal Utilities Assn. in its Large Utility Program category,...

  • Public input sought on Foothill Boulevard median project in La Crescenta

    The Crescenta Valley Town Council will seek public input during a meeting later this month when Los Angeles County Public Works officials are expected to share renderings of medians that are slated to be installed along Foothill Boulevard in La Crescenta. The medians that will be placed between...

  • Glendale councilman Najarian, other Metro officials ride Route 501

    Glendale City Councilman Ara Najarian, who is a member of the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, took a ride Thursday on the “NoHo to Pasadena Express” service, Route 501, that launched last month for a 180-day trial run. NEWSLETTER: Stay up to date with what's going on in the 818...

  • Revenue on the rise at Alex Theatre, managers say

    Downtown Glendale's Alex Theatre was strong both financially and operationally in its latest quarter, managers of the historic venue told the City Council during a presentation Tuesday. Glendale Arts, the nonprofit that oversees the city-owned theater, said revenue rose to $469,224 between Oct....

  • City Council expected to designate Niodrara Drive as historic Glendale neighborhood

    After more than two years of planning and garnering widespread support, a tract of stately homes in Glendale's Verdugo Woodlands neighborhood is nearing the finish line toward becoming officially historic. On Tuesday, the City Council introduced an ordinance that would establish 32 houses, most...

  • Judge sides with Glendale in lawsuit, says language in Measure N ballot argument is misleading

    A ballot argument in favor of the proposed repeal of the city's utility users tax was revised per direction this week from a judge, who said the original language was misleading. NEWSLETTER: Stay up to date with what's going on in the 818 >> Measure N goes before voters on June 7. Each voting pamphlet...

  • Glendale City Council, residents take the bus to 'Workboot'

    A Glendale City Council meeting was held aboard a Beeline bus on Tuesday to give the community a behind-the-scenes look at what makes the wheels go round. The gathering was the latest "Workboot" gathering to educate residents about different departments and utilities crucial to the city. NEWSLETTER:...

  • Crescenta Valley Water District dedicates well at Rockhaven

    The former Rockhaven Sanitarium is known for its place in Montrose history, but now it's also a major source of water for nearby residents. The Crescenta Valley Water District on Friday held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new water well on a corner of the Rockhaven property that will pump about...

  • Hopefuls for L.A. County supervisor seat speak at Glendale forum

    Job creation, water conservation and improving public safety were the key focal points Monday night during a candidate forum for the five hopefuls looking to succeed L.A. County Supervisor Mike Antonovich in the 5th District. In front of a crowd of about two dozen people at Robert Hall & Associates,...

  • Glendale OKs scaled-down version of apartment project

    A three-story apartment project proposed to replace a former Bob's Big Boy restaurant won a major approval from the city this month toward it being built. The 55-unit project at 1407 W. Glenoaks Blvd. is a scaled-down version of a development that drew significant ire from northwest Glendale residents...

  • Mixed-use Next on Lex project breaks ground

    Building with 494 units is one of nearly two dozen slated to go up throughout downtown Glendale.

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