2018 The Year-end Review For The Glendale Coalition for Better Government

[fsn_row][fsn_column width=”12″][fsn_text] Coalition Meetings Held During the year, we held 11 General Meetings for the members and guests. The meetings are held the third Monday of each month at 6:00 PM and open to the public. The meeting location is posted on the web site and emailed to interested persons on our email list. The […]

Pension benefits hinge on state Supreme Court case

[fsn_row][fsn_column width=”12″][fsn_text] By Dan Walters | Dec. 2018 | California’s public employee unions suffered a potentially heavy blow this year when the U.S. Supreme Court declared that they could not charge “fair share fees” to non-members. Union leaders and their political allies – essentially the entire Democratic Party – feared that the ruling (Janus vs. […]

Glendale City Council Approves Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance Fee to Pay for Affordable Housing

[fsn_row][fsn_column width=”12″][fsn_text] Glendale Media Contact – Thomas R. Lorenz Glendale, CA – On Tuesday, November 13, 2018, the Glendale City Council voted to amend the City’s Zoning Code and other sections of the Glendale Municipal Code to include a Citywide Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance (IZO, a commercial development impact/linkage fee for affordable housing. The City Council […]

Visiting Armenia

[fsn_row][fsn_column width=”12″][fsn_text] By Roman Nykolyshyn Armenia is an interesting place to visit for both Armenians and non-Armenians. You land at Zvartnots Airport which has a brand new terminal. You can then take a cab to the capital Yerevan for just a few dollars. Yerevan is an interesting mix of old Soviet era buildings made of […]

Rent Control for Glendale – A Solution to the States Lack of Affordable Housing

[fsn_row][fsn_column width=”12″][fsn_text] By Frank Gallo Glendale is considering enacting rent control to “limit rent gauging” according to Mayor Zareh Sinanyan, but the measure is truly a local response to a State problem that is beyond the control of local officials. Mr. Sinanyan seems to be ignoring the premise that policy-making can benefit greatly from historical […]

Two Arrested Involving Series of Vehicle Burglaries

[fsn_row][fsn_column width=”12″][fsn_text] Glendale, CA. — On November 8, 2018, Glendale Detectives arrested 25 year old Daniel Physioc of Glendale and 31 year old Stephen Frye of San Gabriel, for a series of vehicle burglaries that occurred in the City of Glendale. On October 22, 2018, between the hours of 2:30 am and 3:05 am, two […]

The politics of California’s killer wildfires

[fsn_row][fsn_column width=”12″][fsn_text] By Dan Walters Californians – most of us, anyway – loath President Donald Trump and the state’s voters punished him this month by possibly flipping nearly half of its Republican-held congressional districts. Donald Trump feels the same way about California and with the votes still being counted, he lashed back by blaming two horrendous post-election […]

Glendale Students Stage Walkout Over Canceled Homecoming Game

[fsn_row][fsn_column width=”12″][fsn_text] October 29, 2018 A large number of Hoover High School students stayed a walkout as they demanded answers from the school district about the Cancellation of the previous week’s homecoming football game, the fourth game canceled since a massive brawl on the campus earlier this month. After the students gathered on the front […]

Glendale City Appealed on General Fund Transfer

[fsn_row][fsn_column width=”12″][fsn_text] By John Samuel. Glendale City Appealed on General Fund Transfer was Heard This Past October 2nd A lawsuit won by the Glendale Coalition for Better Government (G.C.B.G.) against the City of Glendale on the transfer of electric fees to the City’s General Fund in violation of the State law and the City’s own […]

Locals seek new levies despite $4B property tax surge

[fsn_row][fsn_column width=”12″][fsn_text] By Dan Walters Local government officials throughout the state got some very good financial news when county tax assessors toted up changes in taxable property values for their 2018-19 budgets. The state’s uber-strong real estate market generated a 6.51 percent increase in those values, adding another $374 billion to the property tax rolls and […]