818 Roundup: Burbank approves utility rate increases; Glendale proposes $800M budget

818 Roundup: Burbank approves utility rate increases; Glendale proposes $800M budget

Good morning, 818! Today is Friday, May 22, 2015. Temperatures for today are forecasted to reach a high of 69 degrees and a low of 56 degrees with a 20% chance of showers during the day and mostly cloudy skies in the evening, according to the National Weather Service.

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La Cañada golf's Morikawa moves on

DESERT HOT SPRINGS — With three holes remaining in his round Thursday and winds continuing to gust in excess of 35 mph at Mission Lakes Country Club, La Cañada High senior Collin Morikawa was on the verge of seeing his final season blown away at the CIF Southern Section boys’ golf championship.

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Late rally by La Cañada softball comes up short

Late rally by La Cañada softball comes up short

LA CAÑADA — Sammy Jedrey liked the chances of the La Cañada High softball team to mount a comeback bid after she hit a towering home run in the fourth inning in an opening-round game of the CIF Southern Section Division IV playoffs Thursday.

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Area swimmers opt out of CIF State Championships

Area swimmers opt out of CIF State Championships

When the inaugural CIF State Swimming and Diving Championships get underway Friday morning at West Clovis High, there will be an interesting void.

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Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy softball goes through Fillmore to get to second round

FILLMORE — It began with a move to the Sunshine League, a subsequent trip south to CIF Southern Section Division V and finally a journey to Fillmore.

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Major League Baseball Update: Bergman handling role well with Colorado Rockies

Major League Baseball Update: Bergman handling role well with Colorado Rockies

The following are updates on area Major League Baseball players.

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Crescenta Valley softball done in by Redondo Union

REDONDO BEACH — It was two spectacular efforts that helped eliminate the Crescenta Valley High softball team from the postseason Thursday afternoon.

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Capili lifts Burbank softball to win in playoff opener over La Mirada

Capili lifts Burbank softball to win in playoff opener over La Mirada

BURBANK — Allyson Capili has had her share of struggles this season for the Burbank High softball team.

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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’ retirement costs.

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Local Memorial Day ceremonies to pay tribute to veterans, fallen soldiers

Local Memorial Day ceremonies to pay tribute to veterans, fallen soldiers

Memorial Day will bring a series of events to the Glendale area that will give local citizens the opportunity to pay respects to veterans, including those from the area who perished in battles overseas.

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Council approves utility rate increases

Council approves utility rate increases

Following a contentious debate about utility rates, Burbank City Council members on Tuesday voted 4-1 to raise the rates for water, power, sewer and refuse services.

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First phase of energy upgrades will save GCC $239K annually

First phase of energy upgrades will save GCC $239K annually

Two years ago, Glendale Community College officials embarked on a multimillion-dollar endeavor to reduce energy costs, and their efforts appear to be proving successful.

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Verdugo Views: Love for tennis drove player's success

Verdugo Views: Love for tennis drove player's success

Glendale High alum Gene Mako was a world-class tennis player and a colorful character, according to two longtime locals who knew him well: Reggie Perry and Jim Pagliuso.

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Walking tour to teach medicinal, food uses of native plants

Walking tour to teach medicinal, food uses of native plants

The Arroyo & Foothills Conservancy will host a guided walk through the Rosemont Preserve on Saturday aimed at teaching participants about the medicinal and food uses of native plants.

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Campaign to book UCLA mascot in Fiesta Days Parade claims success

Campaign to book UCLA mascot in Fiesta Days Parade claims success

The mighty Bruins will march on to victory after a successful campaign by local fans and alumni to have the UCLA mascot featured in the Fiesta Days parade this year, remedying what they saw as an imbalance of representation with the USC mascot, Tommy Trojan, having walked in the parade the last two years.

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#818Spotlight: Ride like the wind

#818Spotlight: Ride like the wind

A rider gallops his horse on the trail at Bette Davis Park straddling the border of Glendale, Burbank and Los Angeles on Thursday, May 14, 2015.

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Burbank cell phone store owner, business partner accused of defrauding insurance company of $1.3 million

Burbank cell phone store owner, business partner accused of defrauding insurance company of $1.3 million

A cell phone store owner from Burbank pleaded not guilty this week to charges that he, along with his business partner, scammed an insurance company out of more than $1.3 million after allegedly filing fraudulent claims, officials said.

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Retiring coach, former student named to LCHS hall of fame

Retiring coach, former student named to LCHS hall of fame

Coach Louie Bilowitz and former Spartan Josh Henderson — whose prowess on the soccer field earned La Cañada High School national honors in 1995 — will be inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame in a ceremony Sunday.

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Fate of sign, a local landmark, in limbo

Fate of sign, a local landmark, in limbo

No one knows exactly when the pole sign in front of La Cañada Imports Pizza and Deli was first erected, but one thing is certain — having been built in the city's public right-of-way, it has to go.

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Piece of Mind: The sublimity and solemnity of Fiesta Days

An outsider dropped into our midst as this holiday weekend unfolds might wonder if our population ever rests. There will be no shortage of activities, despite what some restless kids who live in our “bubble” might want to claim.

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Abundance of events to take place for Fiesta Days weekend

Abundance of events to take place for Fiesta Days weekend

This year’s 42nd annual Memorial Weekend Fiesta Days celebration kicks off Friday night at 6:30 p.m. with Casino Night at the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge, and the fun won’t stop until Monday night, when the band Captain Cardiac and the Coronaries gets hearts pumping with the inaugural concert of this summer’s “Music in the Park” concert series at 4 p.m.

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Thoughts from Dr. Joe: Prom captures a moment in time

My eighth-grade teacher, Sister Delores, said, “Angels protect fools and Joe Puglia.” At the time, I wasn't sure that was a good thing; however, considering the insanity of life that was to follow: I think it was.

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Around Town: Two memorial holidays coincide

Around Town: Two memorial holidays coincide

Memorial Day 2015 comes two weeks after Mother's Day. It also coincides with a Jewish memorial service that is held four times a year.

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818 Roundup: Protesters demand Nestle shut down water bottling operations; Glendale considers lifting artificial lawn ban

818 Roundup: Protesters demand Nestle shut down water bottling operations; Glendale considers lifting artificial lawn ban

Good morning, 818! Today is Thursday, May 21, 2015. Temperatures for today are forecasted to reach a high of 68 degrees and a low of 54 degrees with a 20% chance of showers in the evening, according to the National Weather Service.

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Burroughs swept out of CIF semifinals by Valencia

VALENCIA — Burroughs High's boys' volleyball team quickly found out it was in for a tough clash Wednesday in the CIF Southern Section Division II semifinals against host Valencia.

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Flintridge Prep softball goes down swinging against Vasquez

It had been a while since the Flintridge Prep softball team had been in the playoffs.

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Holy Family softball handcuffed by Pasadena Poly

PASADENA —This season, Holy Family’s softball team got two things back that were missing from its last campaign: its coach and a trip to the CIF Southern Section Division VI playoffs.

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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.

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Brian Esquival steps down from Hoover High baseball

For the time being, it appears that season No. 20 in baseball overall and year No. 3 at Hoover High will be the last in coaching for Brian Esquival.

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Witness stymies alleged attempted murder

A 23-year-old Los Angeles man who was reportedly caught waiting by his ex-boss’ car with two loaded pistols after putting sugar in the gas tank was charged on Wednesday with attempted murder, authorities said.

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Disabled students, peers at Jewel City find sharing facilities to be mutually beneficial

When some of Glendale’s students with moderate to severe disabilities were displaced to another campus two years ago, it marked the beginning of a new relationship between them and fellow middle school and high school students who attend Jewel City Community Day School, where they work to improve their academics and behavior.

Burbank baseball suffers close wild-card loss

Burbank High’s baseball team was able to back into the CIF Southern Section playoffs, earning a postseason berth despite losing its final Pacific League game thanks to Arcadia losing a day later to Crescenta Valley.

<p>Carlos Orozco from Bloom Honey, right, serves customers on a rainy day at the Downtown Glendale Market at Chess Park on Brand Blvd. in Glendale on Thursday, May 14, 2015.</p>

City Briefs: Downtown Glendale farmers market open on Thursday; Crescenta Valley Town Council meeting

The Downtown Glendale Farmers Market will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday in and around Chess Park in the 200 block of North Brand Boulevard.

<p>Nestle's headquarters in Glendale, Calif. on Wednesday, My 20, 2015. Amid the ongoing drought, a coalition of organizations is demanding&nbsp;Nestle to stop bottling California's water.</p>

Protesters call on Nestlé to halt water bottling operations amid drought

Protesters demanding Nestlé shut down water bottling operations in California in the face of the ongoing drought delivered a petition of more than 500,000 signatures supporting their cause to one of the corporation’s plants in South Los Angeles Tuesday.

Trivia contest raises more than $6K for education fund

Trivia contest raises more than $6K for education fund

Thirty teams on Wednesday competed in the 27th annual Smart-A-Thon, a trivia challenge and fundraiser hosted by the Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital.

<p>The junior class at La Ca&ntilde;ada High School, which had opened its doors in the fall of 1963, was planning the school's first prom, to be held in late May 1965. Members of the royal court included, clockwise from left, Ann Fager (who was crowned prom queen at the event), Cindy Madison, Leslie Farley, Suzanne Brown and Janie Day.</p>

La Cañada History: LCHS hosts first-ever prom

La Cañada High School, poised to hold its first graduation since opening its doors, marked another first in May 1965: the junior/senior prom.

<p>Drs. Michelle and Mark Urata chat with Juliete Cullen at the Foothill Guild of Children's Hospital Los Angeles luncheon. Dr. Mark Urata was the featured speaker. Cullen is president of the Guild.</p>

The Valley Line: Flintridge Guild of CHLA holds 'A Day in May'

Not only is it a gray May, but it also turned into rainy May. How wonderful it has been. I love the pitter-pat sound of raindrops on my windowsill. We even had some lightning and thunder last week — a rare experience anymore in our part of the country.

Council weighs new rules to help stem unpermitted construction with liens, higher fines

Council weighs new rules to help stem unpermitted construction with liens, higher fines

La Cañadans will want to think twice about breaking ground without proper permits, as the city imagines new ways to punish offenders who waste hundreds of city staff hours on unpermitted construction each year.

<p>Army Staff Sgt. Scott Studenmund, a 2008 Flintridge Preparatory School graduate who died during military engagement last June, will be honored during this year's Memorial Day service in La Ca&ntilde;ada Flintridge.&nbsp;</p>
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Special tribute to honor fallen soldier, Flintridge Prep alum Sgt. Scott Studenmund

This year's Memorial Day service in La Cañada Flintridge will hold special meaning for a local family Monday, as the city honors Army Staff Sgt. Scott Studenmund, a 2008 Flintridge Preparatory School graduate who died during military engagement last June.

Firefighters battle La Tuna Canyon brush fire

Firefighters battle La Tuna Canyon brush fire

More than 350 emergency responders battled a brush fire in the La Tuna Canyon foothills Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

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