Beyond Freeways: Commerce, Community and Contention Along Los Angeles’ 710 Corridor

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From the introduction to Beyond Freeways, a four-part series: “In an era of global warming, peak oil, obesity, stress, and foundering economies, it becomes imperative to find better ways to move ourselves, and our goods, among our neighborhoods. More specifically, if we wish to keep the economy we favor in this country and remain somewhat human, we must move as much transport as possible to modes such as rail, which uses one-third the fuel and orders of magnitude less land than individual motor vehicles do to move goods and people alike.
“…This series, by environmental reporter Justin Gerdes and documentary photographer and videographer Leila Dee Dougan, will investigate the premises and promises of differing visions for the 710 corridor and its communities, and how it grew into its present form [...]

Delayed: SR-710 Study Draft EIR Release

From the Metro announcement updated April 16, 2014: “…release of the draft environmental impact report/environmental impact statement (EIR/EIS) for the State Route 710 North Study will be delayed. “…it has become apparent that additional time is required to complete the technical studies, which means that the release of the Draft EIR/EIS must be delayed in […]

Last Week at the Alex: Michael Lewis Takes on Wall Street, Glendale Pops Rocks the House

The Alex Theatre was sold out for author Michael Lewis’ appearance April 10 to discuss his just-published book Flash Boys, which is stirring up controversy on Wall Street. Just two days later, April 12, fans in the know came to the Alex to hear the Glendale Pops deliver the best of all their outstanding performances to date with Fusion: Jazz That Rocks. Honestly, every piece sounded better and richer than the recorded originals! The audience for both events didn’t want them to end. Great programs on history being made and enjoying musical history, right here in Glendale [...]

U.S. Interior Dept Says Cell Tower Emissions Could Impact Birds – Calls for Environmental Review

Impacts from non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation emitted by communication towers could be significant for birds, notes the U.S. Department of the Interior comment letter (a response to this Federal Register Notice). The attachment to the letter cites international studies of tower radiation on migratory nesting birds, saying: “results have documented nest and site abandonment, plumage deterioration, […]

Forum on Public Education, Common Core for Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena, South Pasadena

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Common Core standards implementation and the local control funding issues are the subjects of the 4th Annual Community Forum on Public Education sponsored by the PTA councils of Glendale, Pasadena, South Pasadena and Burbank. The free forum offers a regional perspective and features well-regarded state-level speakers. This year the venue is Glendale’s Pacific Park Community Center, close by for GUSD families. The program is free – more information and registration link at [...]

Connecting Glendale East to West: Move LA Notes

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Notes of interest to Glendale on Move LA’s “strawman” proposal for the 2016 ballot- a new 1/2 cent county sales tax – from discussions at the recent day-long meeting with transportation sector leaders, advocacy groups and elected officials. Mentions: Burbank/Bob Hope Airport terminal and intermodal facility improvements, Doran Street rail crossing, reduced transit fares for students?, and a “Grand Boulevards” proposal [...]

Women: Pack the Room for Miss Representation!

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Miss Representation, an award-winning documentary film, will be screened Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 7pm in the Glendale Public Library Auditorium. The program is sponsored by the Brand Associates, in cooperation with the City of Glendale Commission on the Status of Women and in recognition of Women’s History Month. The 2011 film exposes how mainstream media’s […]

Great Author, Business Networking Events This Week: Downtown LA, Pasadena, Glendale

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Eric Schmidt, Google CEO from 2001-2011, and Jared Cohen, Director of Google Ideas, are the LiveTalks Business Forum breakfast speakers Wednesday, March 5.

Paddy Hirsch, senior editor at American Public Media’s Marketplace, will present his new book Man vs. Markets at the Drucker Business Forum at KPCC Wednesday, March 5.

Here in Glendale, the Valley Economic Alliance hosts a free Business Expo at the Glendale Hilton Thursday, March 6, 9am-2pm.

Glendale Pops a Draw to Rising Downtown

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Classic tunes explored in new styles with a wide range of performers: The Glendale Pops signature approach continues with a short but grand 2014 season scheduled around its home stage renovation, with the final June 21 program a re-opening celebration featuring Emmy-award winner Martin Short. Building its “brand” of eclectic musical experiences just as the […]

710 Report Looms w/ Rose Parade, Old Town Impacts – Shakeups at Caltrans & Metro – Garcetti at Occidental

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The SR-710 Environmental Impact Report is scheduled for release; cities are mobilizing to fight a huge freeway/tunnel proposal. Pasadena Council member Steve Madison, and Joe from El Sereno raise alarms about the Rose Parade and impacts to Old Town Pasadena. Meanwhile, Caltrans is criticized for being highway-centric by an independent review commissioned by Governor Jerry Brown, and senior Metro leaders who are the public face of the SR-710 study are let go. Finally, a great interview with Eric Garcetti at Occidental College where he states, “The old way of navigating the city no longer works.”