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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

Late actress was Burbank resident, student

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Brittany Murphy is photographed by The Times in 2001, the year she appeared in the Michael Douglas thriller "Don't Say a Word." (Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times)

Brittany Murphy, who died Sunday at the age of 32, moved to Burbank from Atlanta with her mother when she was 13, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times where, according to IMDB, she landed her first television role on the show 1990s television series “Blossom,” starring opposite Joey Lawrence and Melissa Manchester.

The actress died in the home she shared with her husband, British screenwriter Simon Monjack.

The actress also attended John Burroughs High School, where she briefly attended but did not graduate, according to IMBD, and San Fernando Valley Professional School, according to the school’s alumni page.

The cause of death is under investigation, The Times reported Sunday, and an autopsy is planned for Tuesday, a coroner’s official said. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Written by Michael J. Arvizu

December 20, 2009 at 11:42 pm

Mapping the past

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(Photo via Flickr user Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the BPL)


A new mapping and database site tracks historical maps through Google Earth. Old maps are scanned in then laid over with current street names and landmarks. 

Basically, you get to see what’s changed and what’s stayed. 

The San Fernando map dates back to 1880 when a state engineer surveyed water routes. The topographer drew in city land divisions, mountains, rivers, railroads and roads.

Written by Max Zimbert

December 17, 2009 at 12:23 pm

CSU students protest budget cuts

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Worth 1,000 words (cartoon by Steve Greenberg via LA Observed)


Pick your poison: more cuts to education or more taxes. 

Students mostly from Cal State Los Angeles protested outside Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s downtown office this morning against likely $21 billion in additional across-the-board cuts. 

Like the UC and community college systems, CSU schools have raised fees while reducing services. 

The state of education, and the state of the state more broadly, is forcing some to wonder, is California is the next Dubai?

Written by Max Zimbert

December 3, 2009 at 10:25 am

La Cañada Wells Fargo branch to close

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The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday afternoon that “Wells Fargo & Co. would close 122 California bank branches as a result of its takeover of Wachovia Corp. last year, including the branch on Foothill Boulevard in La Cañada.

The closures are scheduled to occur in April, the paper reported. 

Wells Fargo, The Times reported, currently has 187 Wachovia offices in California. Of those, 101 will be closed, said bank spokeswoman Jennifer Langan. The company is also shutting 21 Wells Fargo locations. Employees affected by the closures would be given offers at other Wells Fargo branches if they wanted them, The Times reported.

Full story from the times >>>

Written by Michael J. Arvizu

December 2, 2009 at 5:47 pm

World AIDS Day today

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The AIDS Ribbon (Image by WikiCommons)

HIV/AIDS remains an epidemic around the world. In this country, it has changed from being a mostly gay, white disease in the ’80s and ’90s to infecting many poor and minority people in the Southeastern and Southern U.S. 

World AIDS day began in 1988 by the United Nations organization that was renamed UNAIDS. 

According to the LA Gay & Lesbian Center and San Francisco AIDS Foundation:

– As many as 7,000 Californians will become infected with AIDS this year.

– African-Americans make up 6% of California’s population, but account for nearly 19% of those living with HIV/AIDS. 

– Someone is infected with HIV every 9.5 minutes in the U.S. 

– An estimated 56,300 people will become infected with HIV this year. 

– 1.1 million people are currently living with AIDS, 21% of whom are unaware. 

– Americans ages 13-29 account for 34% of all new infections, most of which are through sexual contact. 

– Racial and ethnic minorities account for about 67% of those living with HIV and about 70% of AIDS deaths. 

– AIDS is the single leading cause of death of women globally. 

For more check out the AIDS/LifeCycle.

Written by Max Zimbert

December 1, 2009 at 3:26 pm

LAUSD makes deals to solve its deficit

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(Image via WikiCommons)

A lot of things happening in Los Angeles Unified and South Pasadena Unified that mirror what’s happening, or will happen, in our own backyard.

Glendale and Burbank Board of Education members could follow South Pasadena, and other neighboring districts’ lead, in asking for a parcel tax.

If they do, here’s hoping they don’t make the same mistake as South Pasadena officials, who now must spend $15,000 unrestricted money to get the tax in the books of the Los Angeles County assessors office, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Glendale and Burbank education officials must also choose between cutting deals with their employees or layoffs. A deal was struck with LAUSD officials and some of their unionized employees, however none of them were teachers, which in Glendale’s and Burbank’s case, are the most influential union.

About 20,000 cafeteria workers, bus drivers and other support workers agreed to furlough days, which will save about $7.7 million for the district, according to union officials in the Times.

District officials also asked its union to accept a future 12% pay cut to in the face of this year’s $60-million shortfall and a forecasted $480-million deficit next year, the Times reports.

L.A. is making deals. In Glendale, not so much.

Written by Max Zimbert

November 27, 2009 at 12:10 pm