WhisperFilmsStudio

New Year, New Business Profile: Whisper Films Digital

Sunroom Desk’s first post of 2015 covers a new local video production business: Whisper Films Digital. Northwest Glendale resident Albert Ruis makes audition tapes for actors, consults on custom demo reels, and produces web series and podcasts in his nearby Burbank studio.


Transportation Plans Around, Through Glendale…

The upcoming Glendale Mayor’s Ride 2014, taking place November 8 and starting at 9:30am, will highlight major transportation projects now being studied or in the works, including the Glendale Narrows Riverwalk. Major road, rail, and river transformations are planned, and big things are happening now, though it seems as if […]

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The Interactive Age

Reflecting on six years of publishing Sunroom Desk, established October 28, 2008, and on Michael J. Arlen’s Book The Camera Age, published in 1981: Among my goals in creating this site: experiencing the shift to online publishing (✓); reviewing books with local angles (✓). In 2008, most people read blogs […]


Getting Trucks Off Local Freeways:
LA2050 Grant Entry Needs Votes by September 16

Green Rail Intelligent Development (GRID) is a proposed urban goods movement container supply chain network that would be a big step toward a cleaner, healthier, and safer region. GRID is entered in a competition for one of ten LA2050 grants of $100,000 each. The grant would fund a feasibility study needed to convince venture capitalists that GRID would provide a good ROI, and move the project towards actual design and construction […]


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Our Own Day Here

Urbanist, cyclist, and sustainable transportation advocate Richard Risemberg wrote these essays between 1997 and 2014, focusing on urban life and community. Most, though not all, have to do with Los Angeles, and many were first posted on his website Sustainable City News.

An LA native, Risemberg’s observations on automobile culture, consumer culture, the Great Recession, the LA River and many other topics will resonate strongly with those who have lived awhile in Southern California, even if they disagree with some of his conclusions. The comments, anecdotes, and scenes are sharp, on point, and still relevant […]


Portantino’s “The Question Is” (for $10+ Billion): To Tunnel or Not To Tunnel?

Anthony Portantino’s latest “The Question Is” focuses on the 710 Tunnel, with Glendale City Council / Metro Board member Ara Najarian, South Pasadena City Manager Sergio Gonzalez, and Crescenta Valley Town Council President Robbyn Battles discussing economic, environmental, technical (think Seattle and Big Bertha!), social justice and quality of life problems with the proposal, and emphasizing several better ways to spend $10 billion to improve regional transportation […]

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Tanouye

Citizen Tanouye: Japanese-American WWII Hero’s Story Explored by Students, Produced by Glendale Resident

Citizen Tanouye follows the life-changing journey of eight Torrance High School students who set out to uncover the story of Ted Tanouye, a Japanese-American Torrance High School alumnus, World War II hero, and Medal of Honor recipient. As the ethnically diverse group dig in to discover Tanouye’s story, they uncover the civil rights abuses suffered during the war years by Japanese Americans such as Tanouye’s family. The students plowed through archival materials, searched online, and conducted insightful interviews with war veterans to get to the bottom of what Tanouye and his family experienced. Glendale resident Robert Horsting produced the documentary, which will screen at the Glendale Central Library August 14, 2014, at 7pm […]