La Cañada football gives Zerbel first win in first game of season

La Cañada football gives Zerbel first win in first game of season

LA CAÑADA — Ryan Zerbel could not be certain that the first play he called as head coach of the La Cañada High football team would result in a touchdown, but he had watched enough film to feel confident that something good would come out of it.

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Glendale's Martinez will not be weighed down by excuses

Glendale senior linebacker Abraham Martinez has been selected team captain for the upcoming year. (Roger Wilson/Staff Photographer)

Glendale's Martinez will not be weighed down by excuses

As he took the reins of the Glendale High football program in May, new coach George Maiale was looking for a player to build his team around.

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Burbank's running game, defense ground Monrovia

Burbank's running game, defense ground Monrovia

MONROVIA – Behind a bruising ground game and a relentless defense, the Burbank High football team made quite a statement in its season opener Friday evening.

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Rousey-Holm title bout moved down under in November

Rousey-Holm title bout moved down under in November

Fresh off a victorious title defense in Brazil earlier in August that headlined a pay-per-view that reportedly did north of 900,000 buys, Ronda Rousey is set to headline another card outside of the United States with some lofty expectations.

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Hoover football stumped by Hollywood in opener

HOLLYWOOD — Hoover High’s football team might have suffered from a case of first-game jitters Friday in its season opener on the road at Hollywood.

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818 Roundup: Right-to-die advocates rally at Gatto's office; Glendale water use drops nearly 26%

818 Roundup: Right-to-die advocates rally at Gatto's office; Glendale water use drops nearly 26%

Good morning, 818! Today is Saturday, August 29, 2015. Temperatures for today are forecasted to reach a high of 93 and a low of 70, according to the National Weather Service.

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La Cañada fields suggestions for park areas

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.

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Students bid fond farewell to former principal

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

<p>Crescenta Valley's Laura Perez is expected to be one of the Falcons top performers this season. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)</p>

Girls' Golf Preview: Crescenta Valley begins new chapter

There’s been plenty of success achieved by the Crescenta Valley High boys’ soccer team under Grant Clark.

A Word, Please: The word that is helpful and dispensable

“I have been told by some of my more educated friends that using the word “that” (see, I did it again) is many times unnecessary,” Randy wrote. “I was hoping you would weigh in on the technical side of when and when not to use that.”

The Whiteboard Jungle: GUSD, BUSD should meet to discuss a common calendar

Earlier this month, I wrote about the early start of school in Glendale and now there is an online petition called “Save Our GUSD Schools” for parents to sign who want to push it back closer to Labor Day. Currently, the petition has surpassed 2,000 signatures, nearing the goal of 2,500.

<p>Glendale's new head football coach George Maiale is trying to instill a winning attitude at Glendale. (Roger Wilson/Staff Photographer)</p>

It's about more than just winning for Glendale

As he spoke about his goals and expectations for the 2015 season, new Glendale High football coach George Maiale mentioned winning ... right after a culture change, support, accountability and effort.

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