Politics

New 134-room Holiday Inn hotel proposed for East Colorado Street

New 134-room Holiday Inn hotel proposed for East Colorado Street

A developer is looking to replace a gym on Colorado Street with a Holiday Inn down the street from a series of older hotels and motels that a city official hopes could be inspired by the new project to upgrade their own buildings.

La Cañada Flintridge to purchase recycled water from Glendale to irrigate median plants

La Cañada Flintridge to purchase recycled water from Glendale to irrigate median plants

Not content to let city trees die amid state mandates banning the use of potable water for street medians, La Cañada Flintridge is securing truckloads of recycled water from the city of Glendale to get the job done.

Commissioners OK bare stairway at Masonic Temple

Commissioners OK bare stairway at Masonic Temple

A city staffer and members of the Historic Preservation Commission were divided this week on the issue of whether a proposed outdoor stairway that’s part of a rehabilitation project for the former Masonic Temple should be left open or covered.

City staff proposes $800M budget

A budget of nearly $800 million is proposed for the 2015-16 fiscal year, one a top city official says will include a small surplus, but the years following will entail some uncertainties stemming from a legal battle with the state as well as ongoing increases in paying for employees’...

Glendale considers lifting ban on artificial turf

Glendale considers lifting ban on artificial turf

The potential lifting of a ban on artificial turf for front lawns took a step forward on Tuesday as the City Council directed staffers to begin looking into amending the city code and to bring back a series of options by the end of summer.

Controversial diagonal crosswalk in Montrose removed

Controversial diagonal crosswalk in Montrose removed

A controversial diagonal crosswalk in Montrose, intended to increase pedestrian safety, yet one that mostly just riled business owners and motorists, is gone.

Proposed station in Burbank could serve as hub for California high-speed rail

Proposed station in Burbank could serve as hub for California high-speed rail

There may come a day when a business professional hops on the Metro Orange Line at Warner Center at 7 a.m. and travels to San Francisco for an 11 a.m. meeting without stepping foot on a plane or in a car.

GWP to help Glendale Unified recycle water

As Glendale city officials look to make drastic cuts in the amount of potable water consumed in the city, school officials are looking to tap into recycled water as one way to deal with the state’s severe drought.

Council to weigh artificial turf option

Council to weigh artificial turf option

A discussion that could potentially initiate lifting Glendale’s ban on swapping lush front lawns for artificial turf is planned for a City Council meeting on Tuesday amid ongoing mandates from city officials to help fight the ongoing drought in the state.

City staff supports Masonic Temple revival project with one stipulation

City staff supports Masonic Temple revival project with one stipulation

The second round of design plans for revival of the long-dormant Masonic Temple in downtown Glendale heads to the Historic Preservation Commission for a vote next week, but there’s one element city staff is strongly recommending against.

Schiff will not run for Senate seat held by Barbara Boxer

Schiff will not run for Senate seat held by Barbara Boxer

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) announced Tuesday he will not enter the race for retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer’s seat.

Options for 710 Freeway extension discussed at public hearing

Options for 710 Freeway extension discussed at public hearing

Accommodating the traffic demands of a population that has swelled beyond the load limit of LA’s freeway systems is proving to be a zero-sum game — at least in the case of the 710 Freeway extension project.

Group files suit over Glendale's tiered water rates

Group files suit over Glendale's tiered water rates

Glendale’s water rates are arbitrary and illegal, a group of residents claims in a lawsuit, alleging current fees aren’t backed by research and fall outside state regulations.

City OKs funding for Green Streets project design

A project aimed at bringing more trees, pedestrian-safety enhancements and the ability to capture and reuse rainwater will begin to take shape along a few downtown streets over the next year as the City Council on Tuesday agreed to fund its design phase.

Schiff writes letter to Metro board opposing 710 tunnel alternative

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) sent a letter to Chairman Eric Garcetti and members of the Los Angeles Metro Board this week, opposing a Long Beach (710) North Freeway tunnel alternative proposed in a study by the California Department of Transportation and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan...

Council designates $200K for Rose Parade float

Council designates $200K for Rose Parade float

The City Council set aside $200,000 Tuesday to fund a float entry in next year’s Tournament of Roses Parade, but officials are hoping local fundraising efforts will help stretch that allocation to help pay for future entries as well.

Complaint alleges Glendale Unified violating California Voting Rights Act

Malibu attorney Kevin Shenkman has filed a complaint against the Glendale Unified School District for allegedly violating the California Voting Rights Act, 10 days after voters rejected Glendale Unified’s measure that would have paved the path for them to adopt a district-based voting system.

Bob Hope Airport sees a bump in passengers

The number of passengers traveling through Bob Hope Airport rose by 5.2% in March compared to the same month last year, beating budget projections by the same amount, according to airfield officials.

Glendale floats the idea of fully funding a return to the Rose Parade

Glendale floats the idea of fully funding a return to the Rose Parade

After breaking a century-long tradition with the absence of an entry in this year’s Tournament of Roses parade, the Glendale City Council will consider throwing...

Front yard overhaul to drought-tolerant landscaping saves Glendale residents 200 gallons of water per day

Front yard overhaul to drought-tolerant landscaping saves Glendale residents 200 gallons of water per day

Bill Metzdorf used to have a large and lush front lawn located on the corner of his block, but that all changed after he got a letter from Glendale Water & Power.

Glendale City Council restricts landscape watering to twice a week

Glendale City Council restricts landscape watering to twice a week

Residents and businesses can only water their landscaping twice a week, following a decision by the Glendale City Council to step up mandatory conservation efforts.

Residents weigh in on Rim of the Valley expansion options at town hall

Residents weigh in on Rim of the Valley expansion options at town hall

A town hall forum in La Cañada Monday asked residents to weigh in on a recent National Park Service report that calls for potentially expanding the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area to include the Rim of the Valley corridor of regional mountains.

Memo reveals ineligible votes cast in election for Democratic delegates, prompts ballot redo

As the California Democratic Party prepares for its convention next month in Orange County, an internecine squabble about delegates from the La Cañada, Burbank and Glendale areas has pulled back the curtain on local allegiances and power struggles.

Najarian tapped as mayor while Devine, Gharpetian are sworn in

Najarian tapped as mayor while Devine, Gharpetian are sworn in

Following a series of development projects in downtown that were approved within council chambers last year, newly appointed Mayor Ara Najarian — who voted against those projects — said the coming 12 months will be focused on ongoing infrastructure improvements.

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