Drayman on the hook for outstanding debt

Drayman on the hook for outstanding debt

When former Councilman John Drayman begins his five years of probation, expected to begin next month, the first meetings he has with the Los Angeles County Probation Office will include a thorough review of his assets and liabilities to determine how much he will pay monthly toward his $319,000 in restitution.

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Glendale parents signal traffic concerns

Glendale parents signal traffic concerns

Glendale school and city officials are reevaluating where crossing guards are assigned throughout the city due, in part, to concerns raised by parents.

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Armenian Genocide remembered: Commemoration events in Glendale, Pasadena, Los Angeles area

Armenian Genocide remembered: Commemoration events in Glendale, Pasadena, Los Angeles area

Several local events commemorating the 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide will be held in Glendale over the next several days.

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Glendale looking to address pedestrian-safety issue

Glendale looking to address pedestrian-safety issue

Glendale's ongoing issues with pedestrian safety have claimed the lives of two 86-year-old men just within the past four months.

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Grant to give American Legion post a face-lift

Grant to give American Legion post in La Crescenta a face-lift

Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) and the Home Depot Foundation have secured a $20,000 grant to give the American Legion Verdugo Hills Post 288 in La Crescenta a face-lift.

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Design firm proposes fixes to aging Starlight Bowl

Design firm proposes fixes to aging Starlight Bowl in Burbank

A design firm on Tuesday presented an $18-million, 20-year plan to renovate the city's outdoor Starlight Bowl amphitheater, which representatives of the firm called "drastically underutilized" and "slightly tired" in terms of its physical condition and programming.

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News-Press pet of the day: Claudette

News-Press pet of the day: Claudette

Claudette is a 2-month-old, brown tabby kitten. She is an active girl who loves to play chase with other kittens. She loves wet food, fishing-pole toys and Ping-Pong balls.

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The surf-inspired Mystic Braves make waves

The surf-inspired Mystic Braves make waves

As a blood moon casts its red hue over Sunset Boulevard, a lo-fi guitar haze rips the night air and five long-haired, moustached men in trim jackets and denim pound their leather boots. They lure bouncy babes to the psychedelic sway of their kaleidoscopic “Dockweiler.”

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Burbank school district reports fewer students

Burbank school officials reported this week that about 100 fewer students are currently in the district compared to this time last year.

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McKinley Elementary School in Burbank takes on dual language immersion program

McKinley Elementary School will house a portion of Burbank Unified's Spanish dual-language immersion program beginning in the fall with a kindergarten class half made up of native English speakers and the other half native Spanish speakers.

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The Glendale Pops roars back into action at the Alex

The Glendale Pops roars back into action at the Alex

Part of the collateral damage of the Alex Theatre's ambitious physical face-lift has been the suspension of the Glendale Pops series. Saturday night, after a year's absence, director Matt Catingub gave a decisive demonstration of why this remains one of the important SoCal big bands, though it performs only a handful of times each year.

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DVD Review: The feature that helped Siegel break out

DVD Review: The feature that helped Siegel break out

After editing montage sequences at Warner Bros. during World War II, Don Siegel made his directing debut with two shorts, both of which won Oscars in the same year. Neat trick. After being promoted to making features, his output was of mixed quality until his eighth feature, "Riot in Cell Block 11." Two years later, he solidified his reputation with the original "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" and went on to direct "Dirty Harry" and other major Clint Eastwood films.

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In Theory: Should the Boy Scouts salute inclusion?

One of the topics up for discussion at the national meeting of the Presbyterian Church (USA) this year is the suggestion that the Boy Scouts institute polices that allow membership and leadership in the organization regardless of gender and sexual orientation.

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A Word, Please: P, Q mindfulness may effect fewer errors

A Word, Please: P, Q mindfulness may effect fewer errors

A user on Twitter asked me recently about the difference between “affect” and “effect.” Specifically, she wanted to know which to use in the phrase “the affect/effect of celebrity endorsements.”

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Film Review: In 'Transcendence,' Depp plays God, sort of

Film Review: In 'Transcendence,' Depp plays God, sort of

Several years back, after Johnny Depp's twin triumphs in "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" and the first "Pirates of the Caribbean," I started referring to him as the God Who Walks Among Us. (I think that qualifies as "ironic hyperbole.") Now, in "Transcendence," he actually plays the God Who Walks Among Us or, to be technical, the God Who Walks Among, Around, and Inside Us.

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It's a Winn, win result for Burbank High softball against Glendale

Burbank High's Lily Winn was four for four with two triples and a double in the Bulldogs' 13-1 five-inning victory over Glendale on Thursday. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)

Glendale High softball has no answers for Winn

GLENDALE — Burbank High softball Coach Mike Delaney and Glendale Coach Greg Martin walked into distinctly different situations when they took over their respective programs this season.

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Leader Pet of the Day: Joe

Leader Pet of the Day: Joe

Are you an experienced cat owner in need of a fulfilling project? Joe is a gorgeous, brown, domestic short-hair, “tiger” cat with the most beautiful coat and face this side of the Mississippi.

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Live: Traffic updates for your afternoon commute

Live: Traffic updates for your afternoon commute

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La Cañada Crime: Burglary suspect returns to drugstore, confronts employee

A Rite-Aid employee reported an incident occurring at 10:50 a.m. A white man in his 20s, about 5 feet 10 and weighing 160 pounds, walked into the store. When asked if he needed help, he said he was just looking around while his mom shopped nearby.

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Unemployment rates dip in local communities

Unemployment rates in Burbank and Glendale saw a slight decline last month with professional and business services as well as administrative and support services adding the most jobs – 15,100 and 10,700 positions, respectively, across Los Angeles County, according to the latest labor report.

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Arts & Culture Commission to review video exhibits

Glendale arts and culture officials agreed to discuss spending $30,000 Thursday on projects currently outside their scope of work, such as video exhibits and projections in public spaces as well as a photography street exhibit.

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818 Roundup: Former Glendale mayor accused of groping woman, police investigate threat made at Burroughs High

818 Roundup: Former Glendale mayor accused of groping woman, police investigate threat made at Burroughs High

Good morning, readers. Today is Friday, April 18. Forecasters predict a high of 71 degrees and a low of 54 in the Glendale region.

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Live: Traffic updates for your morning commute

Live: Traffic updates for your morning commute

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Weather: Your forecast for Friday

Weather: Your forecast for Friday

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Glendale resident found guilty of bank fraud, ID theft

Glendale resident Rafael Parsadanyan was one of three men who were found guilty on Thursday of bank fraud and stealing the identities of hundreds of 99 Cents Only store customers.

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Ernie Jr.'s to serve up its last taco

Ernie Jr.'s to serve up its last taco

After 70 years in business, Ernie Jr.’s Taco House will close for the last time on Saturday and many lifelong fans are flocking to the eatery this week for their last chance to munch on its Mexican fare.

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Chamlian wins approval to increase enrollment

Chamlian wins approval to increase enrollment

Vahan & Anoush Chamlian Armenian School won approval from the Glendale Planning Commission to increase its current enrollment cap from 500 to 700 students, reversing an earlier city-mandated cap of 500.

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Park Towers in Glendale freshens its look

Park Towers in Glendale freshens its look

With Glendale’s development boom bringing thousands of new residential units to downtown, the management behind a condominium complex built in the 1980s is undertaking a decorative overhaul to remain competitive in the local real estate market.

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Learning Matters: Track meet gives students chance to get involved

Learning Matters: Track meet gives students chance to get involved

This year’s annual track competition among Glendale’s middle schools took place last Friday at Glendale’s Moyse Field. I’m so glad I happened upon the notice through the school district’s website. The Middle School Track Meet offers an emotional boost I wouldn’t want to miss.

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Hiker escorted down Stough Canyon trail after report of mountain lion

Hiker escorted down Stough Canyon trail after report of mountain lion

Police escorted a hiker down a Stough Canyon hiking trail Thursday in Burbank after the woman reported a mountain lion was following her, police said.

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Two La Crescenta schools placed on lockdown following alleged prank call

Two La Crescenta schools placed on lockdown following alleged prank call

Two La Crescenta schools were on lockdown for about 30 minutes Thursday as law enforcement officials investigated what turned out to be a prank call about shots fired.

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Woman accuses former mayor of groping her

Woman accuses former Glendale mayor of groping her

Lolita Gonzalves used to think of Councilman Dave Weaver as a father figure, but that was before she filed a complaint with Glendale's city attorney alleging that he groped her at a Mexican restaurant last year.

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College Update: Crescenta Valley High, Glendale Community College products putting up big numbers at next level

The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level.

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New Crescenta-Cañada YMCA classes help people with balance

Every year, one out of every three people over age 65 experiences a fall. Five years ago, that scary statistic was a reality for La Cañada resident Dianne Osburn.

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Burbank city manager says he's 'energized' following closed-door evaluation

Burbank City Manager Mark Scott said this week he felt “energized” after a closed-door evaluation with elected officials on Tuesday.

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Dee Dee Myers named head of Warner Bros. corporate communications

Former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers has been named head of Burbank-based Warner Bros. corporate communications, replacing longtime studio executive Sue Fleishman. 

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2014 Pasadena Showcase home recalls an English estate

The 2014 Pasadena Showcase House of Design opened last Sunday with much fanfare. Celebrating its 50th Showcase House of Design, Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts members and designers invites guests to tour the English Arts & Crafts style house and grounds in Pasadena through May 11. Seventeen interior and eight exterior designers are displaying their exceptional and innovative imaginings for this historic home and its spacious grounds.

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Police investigate threat made at Burroughs High

Burbank police investigated a threat made by a John Burroughs High School student Wednesday afternoon after the student – who has not been identified – alluded to a teacher that the next day could hold potential danger.

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Hamsters race to the finish

On your marks, get set — roll! That was the call Saturday afternoon at La Cañada's Petco, where local hamster lovers raced their pets in the store's 2014 Hamster Ball Derby.

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First-inning surge stymies Glendale Community College baseball in loss to L.A. Pierce

GLENDALE — Taking a week-long break from competing in the Western State Conference South Division, the Glendale Community College baseball team found itself matched up against a familiar foe in L.A. Pierce on Wednesday.

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Former Glendale Coiuncilman John Drayman, after being sentenced, is taken into custody in handcuffs by a Los Angles Sheriff's Department deputy in Superior Court in Los Angeles on Monday, April 7, 2014 for embezzling proceeds from the Montrose Farmer's Market, and filing false tax returns. His sentence was 365 days in county jail, with 4 days credit for time served, and to pay restitution and all court fees, but spent only eight days in jail and will serve the rest of his sentence in home confinement.

818 Roundup: Drayman assigned to house arrest after eight days in jail, GUSD weighs Sagebrush transfer

Good morning, readers. Today is Thursday, April 17. Forecasters predict a high of 73 degrees and a low of 57 with patchy fog throughout the day in the Glendale region.

With downtown L.A. in the background, traffic moves slowly on a rainy morning on the 5 freeway southbound out of Burbank at the 134 freeway in Glendale/L.A. border on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.

Live: Traffic updates for your morning commute

A man waters his lawn with a hose as the sprinklers also run water onto the grass in the 1400 block of Allen Avenue, just north of Bel Aire Drive, in Glendale on Thursday, April 10, 2014. California is in the midst of a drought.

Weather: Forecast for Thursday

Intersections: Examining the self-defense class issue

Two popular self-defense classes for women hosted by Glendale’s Status on the Commission of Women in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month have been postponed this month because of a letter from the National Coalition for Men that claimed the classes violate federal and California anti-discrimination laws.

Mountain Avenue School in La Crescenta, pictured on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, is one of the schools that falls into the Sagebrush territory.

Glendale school board weighs Sagebrush transfer

Reaction from Glendale school board members on transferring the Sagebrush territory to La Cañada Unified was mixed Tuesday night during the board’s first public discussion of the issue since 350 people attended a town-hall meeting last month and most of the speakers supported the move.

Emergency personnel talk near the wrecked motorcycle of man who was shot and killed early Wednesday morning, October 8, 2008. A reputed gang member accused of killing a Mongols Motorcycle Club member on the Glendale (2) Freeway in 2008 was sentenced on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, to life without the possibility of parole.

Glendale Freeway shooter gets life

A reputed gang member accused of killing a Mongols Motorcycle Club member on the Glendale (2) Freeway in 2008 was sentenced Wednesday to life without the possibility of parole.

Former Glendale Coiuncilman John Drayman, after being sentenced, is taken into custody in handcuffs by a Los Angles Sheriff's Department deputy in Superior Court in Los Angeles on Monday, April 7, 2014 for embezzling proceeds from the Montrose Farmer's Market, and filing false tax returns. His sentence was 365 days in county jail, with 4 days credit for time served, and to pay restitution and all court fees, but spent only eight days in jail and will serve the rest of his sentence in home confinement.

Drayman serves eight days in jail

Victims of former Councilman John Drayman’s embezzlement scheme said they were shocked on Wednesday to learn the convicted felon would serve the remainder of his time in custody — an expected total of six weeks — in home confinement, after spending just eight days in jail.

Field trip talk turns to pot at LCUSD school board meeting

La Cañada Unified School District officials examined their field trip supervision guidelines Tuesday night after learning that more than one student participating in La Cañada High School's annual trip to Yosemite National Park in February was caught in possession of marijuana.

Glendale to pay resident for claim of home fire caused by street repairs

The city has agreed to pay $80,000 to a Glendale woman who claimed street repair work caused a fire inside her home, leaving her without electricity needed to care for her disabled daughter and niece.

Mountain Avenue School in La Crescenta, pictured on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, is one of the schools that falls into the Sagebrush territory.

Sagebrush shows up on GUSD agenda

Reaction from Glendale school board members on transferring the students living in the west side of La Cañada known as the Sagebrush area to the LCUSD was mixed Tuesday night during the board’s first public discussion of the matter since a town hall meeting last month.

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