<p>In this&nbsp;May 2014 photo, former students and teachers attended La Ca&ntilde;ada&nbsp;High School's 50th anniversary celebration all-class picnic at Memorial Park in La Ca&ntilde;ada&nbsp;Flintridge.</p>

La Cañada fields suggestions for park areas

When a USC graduate program in public administration put out a call for projects students could address, the city of La Cañada Flintridge answered. The result was a series of parks-related suggestions that will be implemented in coming months, particularly at heavily used Memorial Park.

<p>Large sign saying "We love you!!" was raised as former GlKristine Siegal says her official goodbyeenoaks Elementary School principal &nbsp;to her former students at the Glendale school on Friday, August 28, 2015. Siegal was assigned to work as principal of Mark Keppel Elementary School over the summer and students were not able to properly say goodbye until today.</p>

Students bid fond farewell to former principal

Two weeks after school let out last June, parents and students learned their principal at Glenoaks Elementary, Kristine Siegal, would be reassigned to Mark Keppel Visual & Performing Arts Elementary.

Park land, recycled water among topics discussed at Burbank council meeting

The Burbank City Council directed city staff to look into the steps required to put a ballot initiative before voters to decide whether or not the city should give away or transfer city-owned park land to a non-city entity or to require a four-fifths vote of the council for such a transfer or sale.

<p>Members of Compassion and Choices California held a rally in favor of ABX215 in front of Assemblyman Mike Gatto&rsquo;s (D-Glendale) office in Burbank on Friday, August 28, 2015.</p>

Right-to-die supporters rally outside Gatto's office

About two dozen supporters of a right-to-die bill that would let doctors in California prescribe lethal doses of medications to terminally ill patients rallied outside of Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Glendale) office Friday afternoon to try to win his support.

Glendale police union head questions commission appointment

The Glendale City Council on Tuesday appointed Albert Abkarian to the Civil Service Commission, despite opposition by the police union president, who questioned the man’s ability to objectively serve on a board that oversees employee discipline after he filed a complaint against a Glendale police detective.

Burbank medical ward named after record-setting donor

A record-setting $15-million donation to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center this week will help enhance the hospital’s emergency department, which will be named in honor of the donor, a longtime supporter.

<p>A gardener with Four Seasons Landscaping waters plants at an apartment on the 1000 block of Central Aveune in Glendale on Friday, August 14, 2015.&nbsp;For the second straight month and during one of the toughest times of the year to save water, Glendale residents surpassed a state-mandated goal for cutting back on consumption.</p>

Glendale water usage drops 25.9%

For the second straight month and during one of the toughest times of the year to save water, Glendale residents surpassed a state-mandated goal for cutting back on consumption.

Rock-a-Hula makes a splash in Burbank

Rock-a-Hula makes a splash in Burbank

In only its second year, it's hardly an oldie, but Burbank’s Rock-a-Hula event at the Verdugo Aquatic Facility on Thursday afternoon was a goody, many participants said.

Read On: Taking a look at our 'National' days

You should know that this is a very special day, ladies and gentlemen. More special than you will ever know. I’m taking the opportunity right here and right now to announce that today is the first annual National Read Ray Richmond’s Column in the Burbank Leader and Glendale News-Press Day.

<p>A bear takes a break under a tree behind a home on the 500 block of Venado Vista Dr. after a swim in the pool on Wednesday, August 12, 2015.</p>

Editorial: Be aware of our wild neighbors

Like the rest of us, the local wildlife population is becoming increasingly stressed by the multiyear drought. The predatory animals who are our neighbors, including mountain lions, bobcats and coyotes are becoming more frequent visitors to our gardens due to hunger and thirst, sometimes with tragic results. Certain avian residents — hawks, eagles and owls — are also given to snatching whatever they can find here, including small mammals. And, although black bears are best known for consuming grasses and berries and the occasional meatball, they are opportunistic creatures who not only visit us to take swims in our pools or spas, but to forage through our garbage cans and even feast on carrion left behind by others.