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  • Letter: Denial of building paint job makes him laugh

    Letter: Denial of building paint job makes him laugh

    As I get older if find the strangest things make me laugh out loud. My latest encounter was reading that Roger Kiesel, a case planner for the city, and Community Development Director Philip Lanzafame had decided against allowing Pacific BMW to paint the front of their facility on Brand Boulevard...

  • Guest Commentary: Documentary captures Jewel City's gleam

    Have you ever wondered about all of the vintage buildings and homes in Glendale and how it is that amid the progressive growth of the city, there still remain so many beautiful structures, businesses and people? A documentary entitled "Vintage Glorious Glendale" is in movie theaters and encompasses...

  • Letter: Scalia, others miss an important point

    Justice Scalia and the other opinions given in the In Theory articles are missing a very important point. I believe God is our conscience and he speaks to us every day, telling us right from wrong. He does not necessarily have anything to do with religion. Some religions are very corrupt and they...

  • Letter: Kazaz exhibition was a success

    Earlier this month, there was a successful art exhibition at the Consulate of the Republic of Armenia, in Glendale, presenting the works of the famous artist Emil Kazaz. The opening night was by invitation only and the rooms were crowded. You had to sneak in between people to try to see all his...

  • Letter: Freeway expansion is not a good idea

    Freeways are crowded but each time one is expanded, like the recent multiyear effort on the 405, the traffic doesn’t improve. Yet there was a recent letter to the editor calling for the Glendale (2) Freeway to be extended south all the way to the 90 Marina Expressway and the 710 extended to the...

  • Letter: Armenian American Museum's proposed location is the issue

    Letter: Armenian American Museum's proposed location is the issue

    Here we go again. As if the deaf ears of the Glendale City Council during the approval of the Orwellian remodel of our downtown was not enough. Now we face the potential building of an ultramodern museum structure at the gateway to one of Glendale’s most historic and beautiful neighborhoods. The...

  • Op-Ed: Scholl Canyon has clear and hidden dangers

    Op-Ed: Scholl Canyon has clear and hidden dangers

    Many Glendale residents don't realize the city has operated a dump in Scholl Canyon, in its southeast corner bordering Eagle Rock and Pasadena, for more than 50 years. Now the city is exploring another expansion to the dump, a process initiated with a 2014 Draft Environmental Impact Report that...

  • Letter: Glendale Freeway should be extended

    Around the beginning of the new year, Christopher Hawthorne wrote in the Los Angeles Times about closing the section of the Glendale (2) Freeway south of the Golden State (5) Freeway. As an engineer and a Glendale resident, I strongly disagree with such a proposal. The county freeway system was...

  • Letter: Participation in Glendale is important

    I was glad to see the article covering the meeting on the proposed Armenian American Museum. Having attended the meeting, I will echo what the article said: the location is what people were objecting to, not the museum itself. Since it will be on city-owned property, I don’t think it would be too...

  • Letter: Murder is ultimate blasphemy

    I read the recent remarks regarding the Charlie Hebdo’s latest cover depicting God with an AK-47 assault rifle. Here is my take. The ultimate blasphemy against God is to murder in his name. I think what the Charlie Hebdo cover is saying is that the thugs who murder innocent people using God as...

  • Letter: Phlunte' Riddle run offers alternative for 25th District race

    Recently the local Democratic Club held a forum to meet the Democratic candidates for state Senate District 25. Candidate Anthony Portantino did not attend and I wonder if he thinks he is the only Democratic candidate to consider now the Assemblyman Mike Gatto has decided not to run. One candidate...

  • Letter: Kellogg Substation needs flood defense

    After reading about the Corps of Engineers’ plan to extend the height of the Los Angeles River side walls to be able to handle more water flow, I recalled the concerns about the El Niño rainfall in the 1990s and the concern that the L.A. River might breech the wall at the turn right at the GWP...

  • Letter: Hotel parking will only cost more

    Recently it was announced that a new hotel might rise on a city-owned parking lot at the corner of California and Maryland avenues. It was proudly mentioned the hotel would be required to include replacement parking spaces for the 64 metered spaces that would be plowed asunder. That is all well...

  • Op-Ed: The key to a brighter future isn't fear

    My phone is buzzing. I’m teaching my fifth graders a lesson on the solar system at the 24th Street Learning Center in South Los Angeles. My phone keeps buzzing. Without stopping, I circulate toward my desk to glance at my phone, in case it is something important. But then I stop. It’s a message...

  • Op-Ed: From injury to epiphany

    My recent admission to a well-known rehabilitation center in Burbank prompted me to write an article about my experience. Following a severe injury to my ankle, much to my disappointment, I was admitted to the rehabilitation facility. The 10 days I spent there awakened me to an appreciation of...

  • Letter: Green space adds to quality of life

    Letter: Green space adds to quality of life

    Will every piece of property in the Glendale area that does not have a building on it be turned over to developers and construction? Is that really necessary? Is it really an improvement to our once-charming city? More buildings and more people need green spaces for peace and quiet and relaxation...

  • Letter: Praise for the story on Odgers exhibit

    Letter: Praise for the story on Odgers exhibit

    Thank you for the excellent Kirk Silsbee review of Jayme Odgers’ exhibit at the Off Ramp Gallery (Dec. 19-20). Having known and been awed by the Los Angeles artist since the early ’80s, and having four of his joyous, thoughtful, magical museum-quality pieces, this tribute to Odgers’ documentation...

  • Letter: Bike riders have an alternative route

    Thank you for your informative front-page article on the new rules for the Mariposa Bridge. One misconception in the article, however, was that for bike riders, who are now required to do what they've always done — dismount their bikes and walk them across — it’s a so-called “bridge to nowhere,”...

  • Letter: Greed lurks during holidays

    Ebenezer Scrooge is the prime model of corporations as they greedily count their green money. Congress’ advice is to share our love, for love is pain. This greed-based love lurks around especially during holidays. The Washington, D.C. stairs are filled with lobbyists who march up and down, wishing...

  • Letter: City Council is addicted to development

    Letter: City Council is addicted to development

    I have finally figured it out. The five members of the Glendale City Council are addicted to development. They just can't help themselves. The council can't figure out what to do with the development fees that were collected from the construction of the 4,200 new apartments in downtown Glendale...

  • Letter: Police importance comes to the fore

    While the city of San Bernardino has suffered bankruptcy and seriously bad and perhaps corrupt management and the county of San Bernardino has had some very misguided managers, the San Bernardino Police Department and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department performed with valor and professionalism...

  • Letter: Thoughts on the refugee question

    Barack Obama has an ally in Ray Richmond’s column. Richmond isn’t “proud today of the way my country is behaving.” Neither is our president. Richmond claims our countrymen are telling Syrian refugees “to turn around and go home to lives of certain gloom and likely death.” Apparently he’s unaware...

  • Letter: Intuition is awash in misconception

    Sometimes our intuition is wrong. A big misconception regarding swimming pools deals with how much water they use. In our drought times, people complain that homes with pools use too much water. But last year, the Los Angeles Times printed an article with studies showing that the water evaporating...

  • Letter: Thanksgiving, a corporate holiday?

    What drives us to reflect gratitude on this Thanksgiving Day? How we say our thanks and express our gratitude determines the fabric of our American lives and future. We are manipulated into spending money every Black Friday and Cyber Monday by corporations who, in turn, avariciously fill their...

  • Letter: Parking structure foretold Glendale's future

    Per my own reading of various archives, it was a majority of various City Council members’ acquiescent acceptance over the years of ever-increasing population growth-rate projections that really motivated their ongoing plans to build thousands of additional residential units in Glendale. Downtown's...

  • Letter: Plans for home project don't fit in Glendale neighborhood

    Once again it seems like Glendale City Hall is poised to approve a development project that not only goes against the wishes of the neighborhood but also threatens the essential character of the Chevy Chase Canyon communities as well as the environment and wildlife of the area. There is a project...

  • Letter: The downside to urban development in Glendale and Burbank

    Thank you to Editor Dan Evans and his staff for asking important questions about how development has impacted Glendale's and Burbank's urban cores, how homeless families and young people cope with rising home prices and rents, and how and why land is developed or left undeveloped (Glendale News-Press...

  • Letter: Lack of punishment encourages crime

    On the surface, Glendale seems like such a safe place. It’s a place where parents should feel safe raising their children. They should be able to sleep at night without having to worry about whether or not they set their security alarms. But the amount of crime taking place in our neighborhoods...

  • Letter: On the dangers of walking in Glendale

    This past Tuesday morning, Glendale drivers demonstrated a new low in pedestrian safety. I could have been hit three times in one crosswalk at Broadway, outside the downtown Glendale post office. The first one was a westbound driver who pulled into the crosswalk to turn right. The second was a...

  • Letter: The skill of reading is proven teachable

    In his column Brian Crosby bemoans the fact that kids don’t read as much as they used to. Crosby states teachers have a tough decision to make with students who don't read: either “test them … knowing that they will fail, dummy down the assessments so that even those who didn't do the reading can...

  • Letter: Thoughts on the glory of Armenia

    The Armenian sparrow flies free, soars over the sky, spreads his wings over our galaxy as he watches over our world, salutes our friends searching for truth and never brings his wings down. Unlike the sparrow, humans are chained in Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, with nowhere to fly and afraid of...

  • Letter: Glendale Community College serves generic, narrow options

    One of the most important requirements for students’ success is making healthy and nutritious food choices for daily eating. However, do we have the option of picking and choosing when it comes to dining in the Glendale Community College campus? It is hard to find affordable, healthy, tasty and...

  • Letter: Rocky, barren school fields a health risk to kids

    Parents from Glendale complained to local middle schools’ officials about the poor condition and safety of schools’ fields. They are asking for better lighting and a good space of grass covering the area where students practice sports. A Rosemont Middle School soccer coach raised a concern to the...

  • Letter: Science has answers beyond those of religion

    The In Theory response by the Rev. Bryan Griem seems to lack an understanding of what underlies science. Griem states science is “hyper-naturalistic.” He claims science is full of “speculation” and that it views some things as “postulates rather than possibilities.” He claims evolution is “unobservable.”...

  • Letter: Rockhaven park is a sustainable idea

    Many of the ideas being put forth for the Rockhaven Sanitarium property are for more houses and retail shops. We don’t need more of either. We have very few green park areas where we can relax and enjoy our area. We do have mountains and trails, but many people can’t use them. We pay a lot in property...

  • Letter: Glendale's water issues remain liquid

    Kudos to Harry Zavos and Larry Moorehouse of the Glendale Coalition for Better Government in drafting an alternative proposal to save millions of dollars for a repowering of the Grayson power plant. The GWP report card as given by Steve Zurn of GWP at a recent City Council meeting showed Glendale...

  • Letter: Praise for Glendale police efforts in arrests

    In regards to the article in the News-Press of the capture and arrest by Glendale police officers of a trio of individuals who had allegedly burglarized two homes on Chadney Drive, I had just stopped at the intersection of Chadney and Lenore drives and happened to watch the arrests taking place...

  • Letter: Gratitude for Holy Family coverage

    I would like to thank the Glendale News-Press and Kelly Corrigan for writing about Holy Family Grade School's 90th anniversary. The citizens of Glendale should be very proud of all of our schools — public, private, and parochial. Our city is known for providing an excellent education with the help...

  • Letter: A way to wind up the old power plant

    We understand the city is pursuing a repowering plan for the Grayson power plant in order to produce 250 megawatts of power for the city’s peek electrical demand of 350 megawatts. Here are the particulars: 1) retention of Unit 9, a recently installed 50-megawatt gas turbine driven generator; 2)...

  • Letter: There's no reason to rush on Rockhaven

    Why the sudden rush to sell and develop Rockhaven? In 2009, the city of Glendale purchased the historic property, the last intact sanitarium in a region built on the sanitarium industry, with great promises of a cultural center, park and new library, to be partially funded by the ground lease money...

  • Letter: Thanks accompanied by some confusion

    I would very mush like to express my appreciation to the city of Glendale and the Glendale City Council for its health insurance assistance the past 22 years of my retirement. It was my pleasure to have served the city as its first senior city planner for almost half of my life and the best years...

  • Letter: Biblical reference raises questions

    In her letter, Rachel Melikian writes many people believe that Yerevan was named by Noah! As Noah was obviously not Armenian, it got me thinking, did he know Armenian beforehand? And if not, when did he learn the language? And did he know that the ark would land in Armenia beforehand? Did he learn...

  • Letter: Yerevan celebrates an anniversary

    The capital of Armenia, Yerevan, celebrated its 2,997th anniversary Oct. 12. The Republic of Armenia is now 24 years old. Yerevan is one of the world’s oldest cities. It is believed by many that Yerevan was named by Noah when he landed on Mt. Ararat after the Great Flood, exclaiming “Yerevats!”...

  • Letter: Porto family honor is well-deserved

    I was so happy to read that the Porto family was recently honored by Glendale Memorial Hospital for their many contributions to the community. In 2005 I was involved in a fundraiser for the victims of the mudslides in La Conchita. We were seeking food donations for a reception we were having and...

  • Letter: Benefit's end has ramifications

    Current employees will most likely become retirees someday, and so they will not receive this expected benefit as well! One can be sure that the benefit of medical coverage after retirement was in each employee’s evaluation when they applied for their job at the city of Glendale. Given the forecasts...

  • Letter: Great work by Glendale Fire Department personnel

    I'd like to commend and deeply thank our Glendale Fire Department personnel of Station No. 29. Their early-morning response for my father's health problem was great. The gentlemen were efficient, nice and seemed genuinely caring. When my departed mother was cared for in 2006, they were just as...

  • Letter: Many speed bumps are unnecessary

    I greatly object to the thoughts of letter writer Mark Walcoff about bumps. What a total nuisance. Not only that, some are placed where they are not needed. For instance, on Stocker Street just a few yards short of the stop sign at Maryland Avenue. Or on Jackson Street, between Stocker and Glenoaks...

  • Letter: Glendale's Space 134 sounds like Metro stations

    The Sunday Los Angeles Times had a letter from Matthew Hetz on the topic of an evaluation of Metro stations. He wrote: “If the evaluation had taken into consideration the riders' experience while waiting for the train, every Green and Gold Line station situated in the middle of freeways would receive...

  • Letter: Reason for Glendale's lack of space is clear

    The City Council's lament about Downtown South Glendale being “all built out ... no more room for new parks, etc.” conundrum is ironically virtually 100% thanks to the City Council's earlier votes to develop practically all of South Glendale's then-still open spaces, rather than use such lands...

  • Letter: Sticking it to the retired city workers

    What a wonderful idea, Glendale City Council, to save money by sticking it to the city retired employees by suspending the promised health care contribution. After all, most are old and weak and won't put up much fight. The money thus saved can be spent on grandiose and harebrained ideas such as...

  • Letter: Speed bumps are only way to keep us safe

    It has become apparent that after several years of riding at the top of the nation’s worst drivers that we consider speed bumps for many of our residential streets. There are way too many people here in Glendale who just don’t possess the ability to offer any consideration for their neighbors or...

  • Letter: Shred your papers on 'Shredding Day'

    “Shredding Day,” an annual event sponsored by Northwest Glendale Homeowners Assn., will be Saturday, Oct.17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is available to all residents who want to destroy personal and financial documents while watching them chopped to smithereens. A shredding truck will be in the parking...

  • Letter: Smokers are choking downtown Glendale

    As a resident of Glendale, I am frustrated by the growing number of smokers clogging up our downtown city streets with their smoke. I understand our city ordinance is not comprehensive but it should be. I enjoy the Americana and the Glendale Galleria because they do not allow smoking. But, if we...

  • Letter: Derby House is one of Glendale's gems

    I enjoyed the review of Wild Oak Café that was published Oct. 7. I really must try it out. I did want to correct one statement in the article, though. The article states that Derby House in Chevy Chase Canyon was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Actually, the architect was his son Frank Lloyd Wright...

  • Letter: Cross-Country meet was an enjoyable experience

    Congratulations to Crescenta Valley Coach Mark Evans and all the supporters of the Oct. 3 Kenny Staub Invitational Cross- Country meet. The event went off without a hitch from this spectator’s perspective. It was a glorious morning to watch some of the best high school long distance runners that...

  • Letter: City cutting healthcare subsidy is a mistake

    We were surprised and disappointed to read that the Glendale City Council has voted to unilaterally cut off a healthcare subsidy for retired employees that has been in place for many years. This will undoubtedly create a great financial hardship for many and we hope the council members will reconsider...

  • Letter: Fond memories of earlier CV Park days

    First of all I want to thank Bill Weisman and Mike Lawler for their very detailed responses in Saturday’s Mailbag to Trent Sanders’ Sept. 26 letter to the editor about Hindenburg Park. The Historical Society has nothing to apologize for in its assessment of Hindenburg (Crescenta Valley) Park. I...

  • Letter: Historical society covers good and bad

    I wanted to comment on Trent Sanders’ letter in which he criticizes the Historical Society of the Crescenta Valley for sanitizing the history of Crescenta Valley Park. It appears that Sanders is referring to the “CV Then and Now” column (which I write) that was in the Crescenta Valley Weekly on...

  • Letter: Group doesn't hide Nazis' presence

    A letter to the editor written by Trent Sanders accuses the Historical Society of the Crescenta Valley of whitewashing the Nazi past of Crescenta Valley Park. Nothing could be further from the truth, and this false accusation is insulting and offensive. Sanders also appears to be unaware of the...

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