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 [...]

Our Own Day Here

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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?

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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 [...]

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

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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 [...]

Martin Short – Steve Martin LiveTalk at the Alex November 9 – Tix on Sale Starting July 25

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Martin Short returns to the Alex Theatre stage for the second time this year for a Live Talks Los Angeles conversation about his memoir, I Must Say: My Life As a Humble Comedy Legend, with another comedy legend, Steve Martin, Sunday, November 9, 8pm. Short was just at the Alex headlining the Glendale Pops season […]

Future Rail System, Fewer Trucks: California Freight Mobility Plan Proposal – Support Comments Due July 31

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CalTrans is seeking public comments on its huge draft California Freight Mobility Plan (the bare bones 3-page Annotated Outline is here) through July 31. Here is a chance for anyone who drives on Southern California freeways to ask for a sustainable plan that puts most freight arriving at the ports onto rail and gets trucks […]

5 x 3

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Glendale native Paul Ignatius has published a new book, 5 x 3, featuring five creative works by three of the most prominent Armenian writers in English of the early to mid-20th century. Ignatius was acquainted with all of them, and in his short book he gives readers an insider’s view of each writer’s life, works, and impact [...]

Glendale Business Advisor One of Hollywood Film Partners – Travel to Yerevan on Film Business, and a World Cup Tie-In

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Prolific Hollywood TV and film actor Ken Davitian, producer Arsen Bagdasaryan, and Glendale-based finance professional Ara Kachadourian have formed a new company, Hollywood Film Partners, which will seek to bring feature film production to Armenia. Kachadourian is active in the Glendale community and with Glendale Young Professionals. He advises and consults with businesses on matters […]

This Angelic Land

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I stack up books from September to June and place several on the Sunroom Desk virtual bookshelf during summer. This year, the stack from Glendale Public Library events with Armenian experience as a theme stretches back two years. I got Aris Janigian’s book This Angelic Land at his Glendale Public Library appearance back in 2012, shortly after the book’s publication marking the twentieth anniversary of the LA Riots. Unfortunately, events of 2014 in Syria and Iraq provide Armenians more context with which to consider this book’s exploration of the tenuousness of personal and cultural survival in a violent, unstable environment [...]

Innovative State

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Notes from the June 19, 2014 Live Talks Los Angeles Business Forum (featuring top leaders in business, technology, culture and policy – watch for next year’s season!): Aneesh Chopra, the first Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. (appointed by President Obama), in a conversation with Peter Marx, the first Chief Innovation Technology Officer of the […]