818 Roundup: LCF residents' water use drops in December; Walking flags at Glendale crosswalks

818 Roundup: LCF residents' water use drops in December; Walking flags at Glendale crosswalks

Good morning, 818! It's Thursday, January 29, 2015. Temperatures for today are expected to reach a high of 75 degrees and a low of 55 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

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Bell-Jeff basketball picks up pace in second half to down La Salle

Bell-Jeff basketball picks up pace in second half to down La Salle

PASADENA – The pace was a bit slow during the first half of Wednesday’s Camino Real League game between Bellarmine-Jefferson High and La Salle.

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La Cañada High boys' basketball rolls past Temple City and into first place

LA CAÑADA - Backed by what might have been their best first half of the season, the members of the La Cañada High boys’ basketball team find themselves with a share of the lead in the Rio Hondo League at the halfway point.

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Sample ballots, pamphlets cause confusion

The Burbank City Clerk’s office mailed ballots and sample pamphlet books for the city’s upcoming primary election this week.

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Inventory rises in housing market

After a lengthy string of increases, the median sale price for a single-family home in Glendale dropped slightly last month from the same time last year, and the number of homes sold climbed, according to the latest real estate report.

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Flintridge Prep gets defensive in win against No. 2 Pasadena Poly

Flintridge Prep gets defensive in win against No. 2 Pasadena Poly

PASADENA — Late in the second half of its Prep League boys’ soccer match Wednesday, the Flintridge Prep defense had kept the potent Pasadena Poly offense in check.

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La Cañada High girls' soccer gets last-minute goal to best Temple City

TEMPLE CITY — With time running down in the game, Chloe Kouyoumdian found herself unmarked about three yards from the goal line.

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Online classes at GCC set to expand

As of this week, more than 100 Glendale Community College professors have enrolled in a program to earn certification so they can teach online courses, also known as “distance education,” according to a report presented during a trustee meeting on Tuesday.

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GCC officials get a look at proposed trustee areas

GCC officials get a look at proposed trustee areas

Glendale Community College officials were presented with several drafts Tuesday night for various proposed voting districts as the college moves ahead with switching from its current at-large system.

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Crescenta Valley Briefs: CV Alliance presents parenting discussion; Vegan cooking demonstration for Valentine's Day

The CV Alliance will present “Parent or Friend? Finding the Balance” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3 in the library at Crescenta Valley High School, 2900 Community Ave.

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Residents' water use lessens in December

Residents' water use lessens in December

Local water usage among customers decreased by 33% last month compared to December 2013, according to Foothill Municipal Water District officials. The reduction is the largest in the district and is thought to be attributable to wetter weather conditions inspiring residents to turn off their irrigation systems.

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Sixth-grader's pacing and  practice help spell success

Sixth-grader's pacing and practice help spell success

At the La Cañada Unified spelling bee last week, some competitors spelled words in bunches of three letters at a time. Others plodded through the word's beginning, then rushed through the last several letters in relief.

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La Cañada school board head eyes Gatto seat

La Cañada school board head eyes Gatto seat

Andrew Blumenfeld, president of the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board, has announced his plans to run for California's 43rd Assembly District in 2016.

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Teen parts with furry friend following completion of guide dog training

Teen parts with furry friend following completion of guide dog training

Lexie Dreyfuss took Chloe, a black Labrador retriever, everywhere for 18 months. The 17-year-old junior had the dog lay by her side in class at La Cañada High School, walk through the aisles at Ralphs and resist other furry friends while volunteering at Petco.

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Father arrested after allegedly leaving crying toddler in car while intoxicated

A 37-year-old man was arrested after his 1-year-old daughter was found crying in his parked car alone for what witnesses reported was at least half an hour, police said.

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La Cañada History: Girl Scouts, Brownies sell cookies to raise camping funds

La Cañada History: Girl Scouts, Brownies sell cookies to raise camping funds

Ten Years Ago

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The Valley Line: PSHA presents annual 'Empty House Party'

The Valley Line: PSHA presents annual 'Empty House Party'

Once again Southern California was big news weather-wise this past weekend. While the East Coast was bracing for a blizzard we were basking in 80-degree warmth. Our two stunningly beautiful days inspired me to spruce up the backyard, with al fresco dining in mind.

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Verdugo Views: Union soldier shared war stories in his 90s

Verdugo Views: Union soldier shared war stories in his 90s

These days, stories about 90-plus-year-olds living an active lifestyle are quite common. But this 90-plus-year-old was active back in the 1920s, when life expectancy wasn’t as great as nowadays.

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Police: Homeless man caught urinating at park arrested after wielding knife, chasing city employee

Police: Homeless man caught urinating at park arrested after wielding knife, chasing city employee

A 37-year-old Burbank transient was arrested on Monday morning after wielding a knife and chasing a city employee, who had told him he shouldn't be urinating in public, police said.

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Glendale Community College baseball looks to rediscover winning ways

Glendale Community College baseball looks to rediscover winning ways

With success that has included consecutive Western State Conference championships, regional and super regional appearances along with a state run, the Glendale Community College baseball team turned in a different, if not rarer 2014 campaign.

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College Update: Powdrill, Cal Lutheran prevail in OT thriller

College Update: Powdrill, Cal Lutheran prevail in OT thriller

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

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Big rig, trailer collision temporarily shuts down Golden State (5) Freeway

A big rig that hit a trailer on the northbound Golden State (5) Freeway at Scott Road early this morning caused temporary freeway closures.

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City installs walking flags

City installs walking flags

City officials have installed walking flags at two unmarked crosswalks in Glendale as part of a new pedestrian-safety initiative designed to give drivers better visibility of people crossing the street.

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Wheels turning on bus service

Wheels turning on bus service

Bob Hope Airport officials are moving forward with efforts to implement “high priority” projects to improve ground transportation serving the airfield, including proposed new bus service connecting the cities of Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena.

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818 Roundup: Lessons learned from 2005 Metrolink crash; Burbank council, school board endorsements

818 Roundup: Lessons learned from 2005 Metrolink crash; Burbank council, school board endorsements

Good morning, 818! It's Wednesday, January 28, 2015. Temperatures for today are expected to reach a high of 74 degrees and a low of 54 degrees with partly cloudy skies in the evening, according to the National Weather Service.

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Sports Roundup: Hoover boys' hoops edged by Pasadena

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

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Glendale High boys' soccer completes sweep of Burroughs

BURBANK — After completing a sweep against the reigning Pacific League champion, the members of the Glendale High boys’ soccer team said it wasn’t an easy task.

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Crescenta Valley boys' basketball shoots down Muir

LA CRESCENTA — Crescenta Valley High’s boys’ basketball team’s shooters have retained their reputation with consistent pure shooting from behind the arc.

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Glendale High boys' basketball overcomes large deficit to beat Burroughs

BURBANK — Overtime games have been the norm this season in the head-to-head matchups between the Glendale High and Burroughs boys’ basketball teams.

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Crescenta Valley girls' water polo downs Glendale in first-place matchup

Crescenta Valley girls' water polo defeated Glendale, 16-6, on Tuesday.

Crescenta Valley girls' water polo downs Glendale in first-place matchup

GLENDALE — Crescenta Valley High’s girls’ water polo team has been flourishing as of late no matter what opposition has faced it.

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Flintridge Prep girls' soccer gets different effort, same result against Poly

Flintridge Prep girls' soccer gets different effort, same result against Poly

PASADENA — The first time Flintridge Prep played Pasadena Poly this season in girls’ soccer, the host Rebels lost and left Prep Coach Esteban Chavez unhappy with the effort of his squad.

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Candidates win fans in high places

Candidates win fans in high places

For Juan Guillen, a candidate for the Burbank City Council in the Feb. 24 primary election, endorsements aren’t something he’s been aggressively seeking.

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Climbing toward a Scouting career

About 200 boys participated in this year’s Scout-O-Rama held at Verdugo Park in Glendale where local youth could take part in various activities and find out what Scouting is all about.

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Officials look back at deadly 2005 train crash

It’s been a decade since an SUV left on the tracks at Chevy Chase Drive caused one of Metrolink’s deadliest crashes, one that claimed 11 lives and shook the Glendale community.

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Burbank earns 'B' grade for tobacco-control policies

In its annual report card grading California cities and counties on their antismoking laws, the American Lung Assn. gave Burbank a B grade for the sixth time since it began keeping score in 2009.

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Fun as a catalyst for learning science

Mountain Avenue Elementary students gladly went to school on a Saturday to play catch with a robot, use Red Vines to create DNA helixes and get a hair-raising lesson on electrical fields — all in the name of science.

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Interest in Glendale Unified's dual-language, magnet programs continues to grow

A computerized program will soon determine which students will be placed in Glendale’s elementary dual-language and magnet-school programs for the next school year, when the window to enroll comes to a close later this week.

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Bond funds eyed to meet class size demand

To meet a state mandate to have class sizes at an average of 24 students to one teacher by 2019, Burbank Unified may need to pay for new classroom buildings or portable rooms with bond funds, according to school board member Larry Applebaum.

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Area hospitals earn C grades in safety report

Three of the major hospitals in Glendale and Burbank earned C grades on a recent national report card about patient safety, while local medical officials said improvements are being put in place and that some of the data used to compile the scores was outdated.

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On the Town: Book'd in Burbank hosts its first event of year

If people aren’t reading books these days, no one told that to the attendees that filled Theatre Banshee on Magnolia Boulevard for the first Book’d in Burbank event of 2015 this past week.

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Surveillance footage released of suspect who punched Nordstorm Rack security guard

Surveillance footage released of suspect who punched Nordstorm Rack security guard

Police on Tuesday released surveillance photos of a man suspected of stealing two pairs of sunglasses from Nordstrom Rack in Glendale, and later punching a security guard who confronted him, police said.

Susan Hodgson is the editor and illustrator of the new "Burbank Historical Cookbook" that will be unveiled during a release party and taste off at 2 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Burbank Museum.

Community: Cookbook's special ingredient is history

The Burbank Historical Society has cooked up a fundraiser that should please the palate and shed light on the city's past.

Burb's Eye View: A channel bikeway and backyard politics

A sand-colored cinder-block wall separates the Western Channel Bikeway from a home on Elm Street. It blocks the view of the path, but not the cigarette smoke that wafts into Jorge Pineda's house.

Letter: A thank you to the police department

As a 35-year resident on Corona Drive in the Adams Hill area of Glendale, I would like to publicly thank the officers of the Glendale Police Department for their support of our community. We always enjoy their visits on National Night Out. Their response to any questions or concerns has always been prompt and informative. Thank you for your continued excellent service to our community.

Letter: An answer to a rhetorical question

Re: “The president's veto power is alarming,” Mailbag, Jan 24. I was under the impression our local paper would no longer print this kind of politically biased rant about a national issue. Perhaps it agrees with the complainer, or wishes to fill its local mailbag with polarizing political “discussion.” In any event, I will answer Adams’ rhetorical question. While I agree with the opening statement, “The United States is no longer a democracy where the people are considered,” I differ as to who we are at the mercy of. Wealthy corporate interests that (thanks to the Citizens United decision) now stack the seats of Congress with representatives who will vote in their interests, compel our president (who was voted in twice by actual people) to reluctantly exercise his veto powers to protect the interests of the people....

Letter: What good are the painted signs?

I see that the city of Glendale has painted little pictures of bicycles on the pavement along South Glendale Avenue. I wonder what they are supposed to signify for the motorists roaring down that street at near-freeway speeds? Bonus points for hitting a cyclist?

Letter: On the true form of the government

Re: “The president's veto power is alarming,” Mailbag, Jan 24. First a history lesson for the writer. The only democratic government in history was ancient Greece. We live in a constitutional republic in which the federal Constitution is the basis of our laws. President Obama received almost 60 million votes by citizens of the U.S. who entrusted him to lead and to follow the Constitution. Next a civics lesson. Article one, section seven of that Constitution allows the president to veto any legislation he or she deems inappropriate. Presidents have vetoed congressional legislation since the origin of our country. Ronald Reagan vetoed 78 bills.

Letter: Digging deeper into district spending

If someone in your family gave you a projected household budget four years in a row, and each year significantly underspent their budget by 25 to 40%, would you assume that the fifth year would be any different? Because in the past four years the BUSD consistently and significantly overbudgeted, yet underspent on SACS Budget Code 4000-4999: “Books and Supplies.”

Letter: Fresh faces would bring fresh ideas

I am a product of Burbank schools, and a 30-year employee of the Burbank Unified School District, so I have a personal interest in who manages our schools.

Letter: Candidates answer to developers

I would like to add my voice to recent letters regarding the City Council candidacy of Emily Gabel-Luddy. Gabel-Luddy, who was my junior high school classmate, has endorsed the candidacy of Christopher Rizzotti. Rizzotti is a member of the Planning Board and both he and then-Mayor Gabel-Luddy were involved in the approval of the forthcoming IKEA development project, which could have substantial environmental and traffic impacts on surrounding neighborhoods.

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