A Substantially Different Approach to the Selection of a City Manager

By Herbert Molano Little good can come from closed, behind-the-doors, initiatives, and agreements where major policy decisions are made with virtually no local newspaper that reports regularly on city council actions, the finances of the city, or hold the council to accountability in an open forum. The selection of the city manager, heads of departments, […]

Cronyism in Glendale’s City Manager Election

The most important Civil Service Job in the City of Glendale is the City Manager, and we need a new one. Yasmin Beers, the current City Manager, has resigned and the City Council will soon be appointing her replacement. When the prior City Manager, Scott Ochoa, resigned, Beers was automatically appointed as his replacement (even […]

Staff Salary Increases in Glendale Amid the Recession; An Open Letter to City Council

By Herbert Molano For several years, I’ve looked at the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) of the GMA (Glendale Management Association) with the city and hardly anything has changed to the long list of benefits outside of the regular pay. There are many areas that need further evaluation, and I suggest the city council brings those up […]

Zareh Sinanyan Resigns from Glendale City Council to Accept a Position in Armenian Government

[fsn_row][fsn_column width=”12″][fsn_text] On June 7, 2019, Glendale City Council member Zareh Sinanyan submitted a letter resigning his position on Glendale City Council effective immediately to accept a position with the Armenian government.  Sinanyan will be in charge of Armenia’s diaspora affairs, reporting to the country’s prime minister, a position recently created by the Armenian Government. In his new role Sinanyan would be a liaison between Armenia and […]

Glendale Settles Two Lawsuits Over Tiered Water Rates

[fsn_row][fsn_column width=”12″][fsn_text] The City of Glendale just settled two lawsuits filed by the Glendale Coalition for Better Government related to the method it used to charge for water service. The City owned utility is run as a separate entity, but City Council makes the financial decisions on its operation.  The rate structure in litigation was approved by City Council in August 2014, ignoring repeated protests by the Glendale Coalition for Better […]

Check-Kiting Scheme that Allegedly Defrauded Banks out of nearly $1.5 Million

[fsn_row][fsn_column width=”12″][fsn_text] United States Attorney’s Office Central District of California   Eight San Fernando Valley Residents Arrested in Check-Kiting Scheme that Allegedly Defrauded Banks out of nearly $1.5 Million              LOS ANGELES – Federal authorities this morning arrested eight people named in a federal grand jury indictment that alleges check-kiting schemes that used hundreds of altered Armenian passports […]

Preliminary Hearing Scheduled on Glendale Hit and Run

[fsn_row][fsn_column width=”12″][fsn_text] A motorist pleaded not guilty today to charges stemming from an alleged hit-and-run crash in Glendale that killed a 72-year- old woman four days before Christmas. Mira Gjura, 62, of Glendale, is charged with one felony count of hit-and-run driving resulting in death or serious injury and one misdemeanor count of vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence, according to the Los Angeles County […]

Quick News

[fsn_row][fsn_column width=”12″][fsn_text] On Wednesday April 10 at 10 a.m. the Glendale Water & Power will begin a series of public meetings to gather customer input for an Integrated Resource Plan, a planning document that will provide the publicly owned utility with guidance to establish policies regarding the city’s electricity supply over the long-term planning horizon. […]

State Supreme Court ducks key pension issue….

[fsn_row][fsn_column width=”12″][fsn_text] By Dan Walters | March 2019   The state Supreme Court could have addressed a fundamental issue in California’s public employee pension crisis – whether the so-called “California rule” makes it impossible to reduce benefits. However, the court punted this week, ruling that since the Legislature and former Gov. Jerry Brown legitimately eliminated a way that workers could […]