818 Roundup: Glendale's water savings down, Alex Theatre's revenue up

Good morning, 818. Today is Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. Temperatures for today are forecasted to reach a high of 71 and a low of 45, according to the National Weather Service.

Here are your local headlines:

Crime and Public Safety

Thieves target Glendale pharmacies


Police are investigating a series of break-ins at Glendale pharmacies in which thousands of dollars worth of medications were stolen, police said. In the most recent burglary, early Saturday morning, thieves smashed a window of Med Zone pharmacy and made off with $10,000 worth of medicine. Glendale News-Press

Family speaks out after LAPD commission rules in fatal Burbank shooting

A day after the Los Angeles Police Commission ruled an officer violated LAPD policy in fatally shooting an unarmed man in Burbank, his family and their attorney called on prosecutors to file manslaughter charges against the cop. Los Angeles Times

Driver sentenced for fatal Burbank crash


A 53-year-old driver was sentenced Monday to three months of probation in connection with a crash that killed a 76-year-old pedestrian in Burbank, officials said. Burbank Leader

Burbank man faces slew of charges

Police tied a 19-year-old Burbank man to a string of car break-ins and thefts reported last month in Burbank, police said. Chad Shillinglaw was charged in a 26-count criminal complaint that includes 11 counts of burglary, nine counts of petty theft, three counts of receiving stolen property, and one count each of possessing a controlled substance, grand theft and identity theft. Burbank Leader



Decision reached in lawsuit against Burbank Unified

A California appeals court has ruled that Burbank Unified must pay $3.2 million in legal fees and about $200,000 to a former employee, according to a recent decision following a years-long legal battle that began nearly a decade ago. Burbank Leader


Civic News and Politics

Glendale weighs more of a minimum

The impacts of a possible higher minimum wage in Glendale are being studied by city staffers as the City Council prepares to eventually discuss the issue. Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian said on Tuesday that city officials are already looking into the outcomes of implementing a local pay hike and will rely on data that's particular to the community, not conjecture or anecdotal stories. Glendale News-Press

Practicing for upcoming 'walk-shops' in Burbank

Kendall Flint, a consultant the city hired last year, led community development staff and Planning Board members on a quick wind-blown circuit of Lima, Clark and California streets south of Magnolia Boulevard as a dry-run of upcoming community "walk-shops" the city will conduct in five Burbank neighborhoods on Saturdays this month, beginning this week. Burbank Leader

Crafting a guide toward posterity

Hoping to maintain architecturally significant homes and properties inside city limits, the La Cañada Flintridge City Council explored Tuesday the possibility of creating a historic preservation ordinance and discussed how such a regulation might be fairly applied. La Cañada Valley Sun

Short on water savings goal

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 News-Press

Giving them Congressional clout

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) announced on Tuesday that he has nominated 14 students from the 28th Congressional District to U.S. service academies for the class of 2020. Burbank Leader



Strong financial performance for Alex Theatre

After taking out expenses, the Alex Theatre reported a $148,000 gain in its latest quarter, far outperforming its six-figure deficit the historic venue faced the same time a year before. Glendale News-Press


Ryan Fonseca,

Twitter: @RyFons