Civic News and Politics

  • 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

    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...

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

    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

    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

    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

    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'

    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. 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

    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 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...

  • Glendale to study possibility of building a 'cap park' over Ventura (134) Freeway

    The City Council on Tuesday ordered a study be conducted to examine the costs and scope of building a park over a section of the Ventura (134) Freeway in Glendale. Three council members flew to Dallas, Texas, earlier this month and visited Klyde Warren Park, a "cap park" over a highway that may...

  • Educator puts brakes on area school districts' joint resolution opposing 710 extension

    Representatives from Glendale Unified, Burbank Unified and neighboring school districts recently drafted a joint resolution opposing a potential tunnel extension of the Long Beach (710) Freeway because of the negative impacts they believe it would have on student and employee health. They hoped...

  • Glendale City Council votes to relocate planned Armenian American Museum to Central Park

    Plans for an Armenian American Museum are heading back to the drawing board after City Council members voted Tuesday to shift the project's potential home from next to the Glendale Civic Auditorium to Central Park downtown. A new negotiating lease agreement was approved with a 4-0 vote so the museum's...

  • 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...

  • Glendale City Council asks for plans for Marriott's proposed 117-room project

    The City Council on Tuesday gave Marriott International the go-ahead to draw up plans for an artsy boutique hotel that could be built behind a pair of downtown restaurants. The idea is to construct a 117-room AC Hotel — the first in California — on the site of a 55-space parking lot at Maryland...

  • Sign offers a historic 'willkommen' to La Crescenta's Hindenburg Park

    A new welcome sign at Crescenta Valley Park is a nod to an era when the open space was used for gatherings by local Germans. It tells visitors they've come to Hindenburg Park, a section of Crescenta Valley Park renamed by Los Angeles County officials in 1992. NEWSLETTER: Stay up to date with what's...

  • Commission agrees on plan for Beeline's location and design

    The historic Larry Zarian Transportation Center could be getting a new neighbor: an administration building for the Glendale Beeline bus system and storage space for its 37-vehicle fleet. Initial plans for a two-story, 10,000-square-foot office structure and a maintenance facility about 40 feet...

  • Disclosures reveal development company's ties to Glendale city officials

    The construction arm of a development company that bilked the city's Housing Authority out of millions was one of the largest contributors to City Clerk Ardy Kassakhian's campaign in 2008. Pacific Housing Diversified, which had the same ownership as Advanced Development and Investment Inc., known...

  • Bullet train planners eye a northerly starting point

    While state officials plan to make a "significant investment" and continue planning for the section of the California bullet train system that would end in Southern California, they are now proposing to build and open a northern section first. The California High Speed Rail Authority's initial...

  • 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

    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 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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...

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