Tag Archives: Glendale

My Sunday Column: Living the Dream at Stengel Field — Will the Major League Step Up to the Plate to Help Fund a New Stadium?

Every child ought to have a dream, a big dream. It ought to be a human right. Mine was to be a major league baseball player. It was the summer of 1948 and my family bought our first house and … Continue reading

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My Sunday Column: Glendale and the Armenian Community — Sinanyan admits racist remarks, expresses regrets

  It was a week Zareh Sinanyan will never forget. The man who left the Soviet Republic of Armenia as a 14-year-old a quarter century ago took his seat as a Glendale City Councilman on Monday, faced harsh criticism from residents … Continue reading

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My Sunday Column: The Gadfly’s Choioce: Throwing rocks at the windows of power — or trying to make things better on the inside:

What would your town be like if its harshest critic had a seat at the table of power? The question is a natural one for me to ask, as I am one of the harshest critics of what passes for … Continue reading

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My Sunday Column: Glendale — It isn’t utopia, but it’s far from LA, the dystopia next door

Once long ago, during my year as an old-fashioned rewrite-man at the National Enquirer, the demonic man who owned and ran the tabloid as if it and its journalists were a figment of his over-active imagination sent a reporter around … Continue reading

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My Sunday Column: Trying to extend a 5-second spotlight, Glendale looks to Kim Kardashian for its Rose Parade Float

If you ever tried to spot the Glendale Rose Parade float on television on New Year’s Day, you know you had to stay glued to your set and never blink — you only get a passing glance. So what do … Continue reading

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My Sunday Column: Empty Desks, a New Way of Life for Fiscally Responsible Cities

The email from Moody’s credit rating service that popped up on my computer screen boggled my mind: Glendale was among 40 California cities that were downgraded or are facing downgrades, but Los Angeles and San Francisco could get upgrades. I’m an old … Continue reading

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My Sunday Column: The Trouble with Harry — Persistent Activist Gets the Attention of City Officials

Let’s have a big round of applause for retired law professor Harry Zavos. Citing the state Constitution and a lawsuit won by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn. against the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, he got Glendale officials … Continue reading

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LOADED FOR BEAR: ‘Glen Bearian’s’ popularity adds pressure to a very public wrangle

It was right at 9 a.m. Sunday when I arrived at the quiet cul-de-sac just above Foothill Boulevard where “Meatball” or “Glen Bearian” or whatever you call a 400-pound black bear who has discovered the joy of suburban garbage was nestled comfortably … Continue reading

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Glendale’s Lord of the Gadflies: Retired Law Professor Harry Zavos — My Sunday Column

In the clubby world of Glendale’s gadflies, Harry Zavos gets admiration from the network of regulars who come to most City Council meetings, questioning the ethics of some members as they pepper them with criticism over just about everything they … Continue reading

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Hey Charlie, What’s Up? 1,000 Pot Plants Growing Right Under LAPD’s Nose — Nothing Done Despite Citizen Complaints

There was so much pot growing in a warehouse on North San Fernando Road you could smell it a block away — unless you were among the cops at the LAPD’s Northeast Division Headquarters a block away. (A is LAPD, … Continue reading

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