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Parade, bowl games to bring big money

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DOWNTOWN — Amid a local economy sacked by underperforming tax revenues, slumping home values and high unemployment, the biggest winners in the Rose Bowl and BCS National Championship Game in Pasadena won’t be taking the field.

The 121st Rose Parade and two post-season college football games are expected to produce an economic impact of $350 million to $400 million for greater Southern California, according to the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and past economic studies.

“This has to be an economic pleasure for the Southern California region,” said Bill Flinn, chief operating officer for the Tournament of Roses. “This year there’s no doubt about the fact. You have two games, four out-of-state teams and a parade that drives hundreds of thousands of people to the area.”

A new rotating collegiate bowl system for the first time brings to Pasadena two major bowl games within a week of each other.

A further economic boon to the area comes in the fact that neither USC nor UCLA are competing in the games, said Bruce Ackerman, president and chief executive of the Valley Economic Alliance.

He noted that not only are the competing colleges from outside Southern California, but the closest school is more than 800 miles away in Eugene, Ore.

Read on.

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Written by Christopher Cadelago

December 31, 2009 at 12:54 pm

The Early Edition: Glendale News-Press

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Jousters battle each other at the Tournament of Roses EquestFest held at the L.A. Equestrian Center in Burbank on Tuesday, December 29, 2009. (Raul Roa/News-Press)

They’re Joust Horsing Around
Horse enthusiasts turned out Tuesday at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center to catch glimpses of jousting, roping, open paddock, exhibits and precision teams as part Equestfest.

Winter shelter reaches limit
DOWNTOWN — The winter shelter at the Glendale Armory has been reaching its 150-bed capacity almost every day due to the colder temperatures and the holidays, officials said.

3 want seat in 43rd District
At least three candidates have publicly stated their intents to replace Assemblyman Paul Krekorian (D-Los Angeles), with a fourth weighing a decision to jump into the race.

Condos 50% sold
DOWNTOWN — Sales of the Americana at Brand’s Excelsior condominiums have steadily grown since owner Caruso Affiliated dropped unit prices by as much as 40% this summer, with more than half of the project now sold, company officials said this week.

Catching on at CV camp
NORTHEAST GLENDALE — For nearly 15 minutes, Phil Torres meticulously hit choppers, grounders and swinging bunts down the third-base line at Stengel Field on Tuesday morning.

Viola brings back crown
NORTHEAST GLENDALE — After 60 minutes of regulation and another 15 minutes watching penalty shots, the members of the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy soccer team were in a festive mood.

Taken for Granted: Knowledge for change
It’s time again for the eternal optimists in our midst to prepare their New Year’s resolutions, most of which will be relegated to the “best intentions” scrap heap within a month.

Written by Times Community News

December 30, 2009 at 9:13 am

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Lifelong learning classes resuming at GCC

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Classes at GCC have advanced since this photo was taken in May, 1948. (Photo by Los Angeles Times photographic archive, UCLA Library via Wikimedia Commons)

Glendale Community College will offer a range of Lifelong Learning Seminars Jan. 4 to Feb. 11.

The free classes are held across Glendale, including the Life Skills Building at the college main campus and Sparr Heights Community Center.

Classes feature discussions like Quality of Life, Where’s My Memory and Contemporary World Affairs. 

Seminars also promote healthy living, such as Health through Aerobics and Health and Exercise. Other courses include Art History, Beginning Sketching and Self-Discovery via Writing.

For course times and locations call 818-243-5196 or visit the website.

Students can register online or during class.

Written by Max Zimbert

December 29, 2009 at 3:06 pm

The Early Edition: Glendale News-Press

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The area by the L.A. River behind Dreamworks and KABC has been proposed to be developed into a walkway. (Roger Wilson/News-Press)

Walkway deal should be done next month
CITY HALL — Six months after city officials said a deal with DreamWorks Animation on a 15-foot strip of land for a walkway along the Los Angeles River was nearly complete, the project remains in a holding pattern as attorneys continue to review the agreement.

Report shows more pedestrian collisions
DOWNTOWN — The number of pedestrian-involved vehicle collisions are up this year despite myriad outreach efforts, according to the latest Glendale Police Department figures.

Coming to seniors’ rescue
LA CRESCENTA — When Robbyn Battles’ mother suffered a “horrific stroke” two years ago, the La Crescenta Town councilwoman stayed by her side at the hospital for weeks.

Five arrested in Avoid campaign
GLENDALE — Five motorists who were driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol were arrested Saturday during a sobriety checkpoint in South Glendale as part of a countywide campaign to crack down on drunk driving, police said.

Koemans’ muscle does the trick
NORTHEAST GLENDALE — For Breeana Koemans, there are times when she’s got to make the necessary adjustments on the fly.

Written by Times Community News

December 29, 2009 at 9:00 am

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VIDEO: California’s water woes

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In recent months, the Glendale City Council as well as the city’s Glendale Water & Power commission have discussed the brewing water crisis facing the state.

In addition to the growing water shortage, crumbling levies at the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta could result in a major disaster for much of the state, state officials have said.

Although the delta is hundreds of miles north of Glendale, city officials say its reliability and ecosystem issues trickle down in a big way to affect a significant portion of the city’s water supply.

If you are interested in learning more about the water issues facing the state, there was a special report on last night’s “60 Minutes” program on CBS. Click here to watch.

Written by Melanie Hicken

December 28, 2009 at 9:44 am

The Early Edition: Glendale News-Press

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Gunnar Starling, 6, serves salad to Jamison Rosenberg during a free post-Christmas meal Sunday for those in need at Salem Lutheran Church in Glendale.

Journey to the feast
Vicki Emami briefed her servers one last time before the lines formed. The four second-graders behind the table were antsy with anticipation, but one question remained.

Life in city is up for debate
CITY HALL —The City Council in January is expected to discuss a wide-ranging report on the city’s quality of life, three months after the figures were first posted online.

Malls enjoy joyous holiday season
GLENDALE — It might not qualify as a Christmas miracle, but sales and traffic around Glendale retail hubs exceeded last year’s numbers, mall operators said.

Dates set for Christmas tree pickup
GLENDALE — As Christmas gives way to the new year and households start packing up their decorations, city officials have announced a number of recycling programs for that withering tree in the living room.

2009 YEAR IN REVIEW: WINTER AND SPRING
Starting the year off with a bang

GLENDALE — Editor’s Note: The following is a recap of the 2009 local sports scene from the winter and spring seasons.

Falcons keep up strong start
PASADENA — Spending five days in Maui over Christmas break didn’t do too much to mellow the Crescenta Valley High boys’ basketball team.

Written by Times Community News

December 28, 2009 at 9:40 am

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The Early Xmas Edition: Glendale News-Press

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Helping families in need

For many, Christmas is a time of celebration and gift giving, but for families struggling to make ends meet, the time of Santa and presents under the tree can be daunting.

Fees not raising much

When the City Council in 2007 imposed development impact fees on new projects in Glendale, they were heralded as a way to bring in tens of millions of dollars to combat the city’s lack of park space and aging library facilities, but a protracted recession has kept that revenue to a trickle, officials said.

Checkpoints to eye DUIs

Drivers who take to the road after sipping a couple of alcoholic drinks at a holiday party stand a greater chance of landing in jail this weekend.

Water district targets independence

Foothill Municipal Water District officials have settled on a $63-million plan — to be presented to the public next month — for projects that a voter-approved bond would help fund.

Rewriting the record book and Hoover history

Unprecedented may be the best word to describe the 2009 season turned in by the Hoover High boys’ water polo team and its best player, Hakop Kaplanyan.

ALL-AREA FIRST TEAM

A list of student-athletes taking home big honors.

Education Matters: Christmas tidings from the hospital

I find it easier to focus on meaningful things at this time of year. Easier also to center my attention away from the vast and the noisy and the troublesome and more on the quiet, the unobtrusive, the inconspicuous, the vital.

Written by Max Zimbert

December 25, 2009 at 9:52 am