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Looking Back At 2018 – Crescenta Valley Weekly

Looking Back At 2018 - Crescenta Valley Weekly

CV Weekly appears again at a yr full of controversy, change and celebration.

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La Crescenta resident and doctor Dr. Slavin was invited to experience on the Metropolis of Hope Rose Parade float


The 2018 Rose Parade theme “Making a Distinction” highlighted people and organizations that serve others. The La Cañada Flintridge Event of Roses Affiliation float “Panda-Monium” acquired the Bob Hope Humor award for many whimsical and amusing float. La Crescenta resident and doctor Dr. Slavin, who focuses on figuring out hereditary illnesses together with genetic elements of most cancers, rode on the Metropolis of Hope float.

New legal guidelines that went into impact on Jan. 1 included the long-awaited and much-debated minimal wage improve. Additionally, California employers might not ask job candidates for his or her wage, compensation or advantages historical past.

In January an excellent moon (when the moon is at its closest strategy to earth in its elliptical orbit), a blue moon (the second full moon in a month) and a lunar eclipse blood moon (when the earth passes between the solar and moon, blocking out all the mild for a short time and giving the moon a reddish hue earlier than and after).

Montrose Search and Rescue staff members headed to Montecito after floods and dirt flows killed at the very least 20 individuals.

The Glendale Metropolis Council authorised quite a lot of enhancements for streets, freeways and bike paths at its first assembly of the New Yr.

The varsity bus drivers’ strike continued. Each the GUSD and the First Scholar bus firm claimed to have been caught off-guard by the strike. Teamsters Native 572, the union that represented the drivers, stated that among the many points being negotiated have been healthcare advantages, pay and holidays.



CVHS jazz band held its annual Jazz Night time on the Café the place locals – residents and college students – have been invited to placed on their dancing footwear and dance the night time away within the CV Falcon Café. For a nominal admission payment, the night time included reside music, dance classes and dessert.

Portos Bakery created the most important ever rosca de reyes, a ring-shaped candy bread with dried and candied fruits loved on Three Kings Day.

Native couples shared their tales of affection for the Valentine’s Day problem. Couple Steve and Karen Pierce reminisced of their assembly many years in the past.

“She was cute,” Steve stated about his spouse.

CVHS welcomed Air Pressure veteran Main Michael Sharpe as the brand new mentor/teacher for the varsity’s JROTC program. The one factor he stated stunned him about his new job: “I didn’t know I used to be going to love it as a lot as I do.”

CERT (Group Emergency Response Coaching) organizers deliberate one other set of free courses to offer coaching to residents on tips on how to reply within the occasion of a pure catastrophe. Courses are sometimes held periodically yearly.

“Charlie Chaplin” (performer Audrey Ruttan] could possibly be discovered on Honolulu Avenue on the Saturday earlier than Valentine’s Day handing out roses to buyers. Hosted by the Montrose Buying Park Assn., the annual occasion features a romantic photograph sales space for buyers to snap footage.

Smoke and hearth crammed the skies above the Crescenta Valley, nevertheless it was a part of a deliberate burn by the hearth division. The prescribed burns have been an effort to attenuate hearth gasoline in a given space.

La Crescenta writer and illustrator Tina Kugler acquired the distinguished Geisel Honor for her fifth ebook, “Snail and the Worm Once more.” The Honor is known as after Theodor Seuss Geisel, higher referred to as Dr. Seuss. It’s awarded to a handful of youngsters’s e-book authors and illustrators in america.

Yasmin Beers was appointed as Glendale’s metropolis supervisor on Tuesday night time, turning into the primary feminine to carry the place within the metropolis’s historical past.



The February assembly of the Crescenta Valley Group Assn. had a better than standard variety of members due largely to the Welcome to Glendale indicators on Foothill Boulevard. The assembly’s members shared numerous opinions relating to the monument indicators, some stating they’re an “eyesore” and are “probably lethal.”

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept. – Crescenta Valley Station detectives continued their investigation right into a juvenile scholar who ingested an unknown quantity of Xanax. The incident occurred at La Cañada Excessive Faculty. The scholar was transported to the hospital and, as a result of he’s a juvenile, no different info was launched on his situation.

A proposed “Proper To Lease” ordinance that might require landlords to offer all potential tenants with a one-year lease together with a potential “Yr 2 Choice,” which would offer tenants with a forecast into the next yr’s rental value, misplaced steam throughout at a Glendale Metropolis Council assembly. The proposed objective of the ordinance was to assist calm the nervousness of some renters over the uncertainty of attainable frequent and/or giant lease will increase. The ordinance would have pressured all landlords to offer a one-year lease to tenants and permit solely annual lease will increase. There would even be an choice to current tenants with a chance for a second yr lease at a hard and fast price.

USC Verdugo Hills Hospital opened its new NICU (neonatal ICU). The division is comprised of six personal rooms which are outfitted with state-of-the-art know-how, together with a digital camera that’s mounted on prime of the incubators. Relations can obtain an software that may permit them to view, on their pc or smartphone, their baby throughout his or her keep.

Opponents of the laws recognized by many because the “four a.m. bar invoice,” which might start a five-year pilot permitting six California cities to increase bar hours previous 2 a.m., held a city corridor panel dialogue in Hollywood Presbyterian Church’s Mears Middle Auditorium.

A solution to the query, ‘Montrose Search and Rescue: Why Do they Do It?’ was explored when a number of workforce members defined what prompted them to hitch a corporation that pays $1 a yr to volunteers to reply the decision when somebody is in hassle.

Senator Anthony Portantino’s SB 972 handed the State Senate Schooling Committee with bipartisan help. The invoice required public, constitution and personal faculties to print a suicide prevention hotline quantity and/or textual content disaster line on the again of scholars’ identification playing cards, in line with a press release from the senator.

Regardless of wet climate, the wine stroll hosted by the Montrose Buying Park Assn. was successful with most of the retailers having fun with time to go to with ticketholders whereas seeing a rise in gross sales.

An replace by Caltrans on the work being achieved on the Foothill (210) Freeway was introduced to the Crescenta Valley City Council. Though the work was deliberate to be accomplished by March of 2018, because of climate and technical points the corporate couldn’t get all the pavement work achieved and so the completion date was prolonged to July 2018.


Zareh Sinanyan was introduced as the brand new mayor of Glendale. This was his second time period as mayor, having been chosen in 2014-15.

The regional spring video games of the Particular Olympics was held at Crescenta Valley Excessive Faculty. The opening ceremony included a parade of athletes and a torch lighting ceremony. Video games have been held within the basketball courts, the decrease subject and the center subject. Athletes performed basketball and bocce ball and competed in numerous monitor and area occasions.

Almost a thousand individuals poured (pun meant) onto Honolulu Avenue for the Montrose Meals and Craft Beer Fest. An estimated 35 distributors offered samples of their wares, with the first providing being beer from quite a lot of Southern California-based breweries.

The way forward for Glendale’s Central Park cleared considered one of its first hurdles when the Glendale Metropolis Council voted to approve the huge redesign of the park that’s set to incorporate the three-story Armenian American Museum.

Supporters of the Armenian Group and Youth Middle confirmed up en masse for the rededication of the Middle because the Meher and Satig Der Ohanessian Youth Middle. The youth middle is situated at 2633 Honolulu Ave.

The annual Hometown Nation Truthful, hosted by the CV Chamber of Commerce, included a parade of automobiles that ushered within the automotive present, quite a lot of retailers that provided distinctive gadgets on the market plus loads of actions, from karaoke to canine parades, with numerous dancing and a pie-eating contest.



It was determined at a Land Use Committee assembly of the Crescenta Valley City Council to endorse the set up of a small cell antenna someday over the summer time on an present phone pole at 4704 Briggs Ave., simply north of the place Briggs Avenue meets Fairmount Avenue.

The Glendale Metropolis Council efficiently handed an extension of a moratorium on downtown space residential improvement, however not with out metropolis councilmembers butting heads on exceptions – or carve-outs – and the implementation of reasonably priced housing necessities. The slender passage of a 45-day moratorium, the 10 months and 15-day extension handed unanimously.

Sixteen groups gathered for Relay for Lifetime of the Foothills and walked the monitor for 24 hours at Clark Magnet Excessive Faculty. The annual occasion is a fundraiser for the American Most cancers Society, elevating cash and consciousness of those that have fought, are preventing or have misplaced their battle with most cancers. The occasion raised an estimated $50,000.

Development on the Foothill Boulevard medians within the unincorporated portion of Los Angeles County in La Crescenta was anticipated to start in late August with an anticipated completion of mid-November. Work would happen 5 days per week (Monday by way of Friday) and the contractor can be approved to work on weekends if wanted to finish the venture earlier than the beginning of the vacation season.

Twelve Oaks Lodge retirement group hosted a festive “grand re-opening” with a day gathering and tour of the amenities and grounds of the brand new Twelve Oaks Senior Dwelling, nonetheless situated on its namesake four.5 oak-covered acres at 2820 Sycamore Ave. in La Crescenta.

Glendale police responded to a car that struck the Welcome to Glendale signal within the middle lane of Foothill Boulevard simply east of Lowell Avenue. When GPD arrived they discovered that a Sunland man, 78, had been touring within the primary lane when he entered the middle median and struck the signal.

The CV Chamber of Commerce partnered with the Historic Society of the Crescenta Valley and the Valley Automotive group to boost $1,500 to buy, insure and ship a silver loving cup again residence to La Crescenta. The inscription reads, “Introduced to Robert A. Walton by the Residents of La Crescenta, Oakdale and Montrose as a token of their appreciation of his providers. July 15, 1915.”

Honolulu Avenue and Ocean View Boulevard was full of individuals honoring those that served within the army and paid the last word worth through the annual Memorial Day ceremony. The ceremony was held on the Vietnam Conflict Memorial website.

The La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce and Group Affiliation kicked off its 45th Memorial Weekend Fiesta Days celebration with its annual On line casino Night time. Different actions included a French toast breakfast, parade and music in Memorial Park.

Quite a few Glendale and
Burbank residents attended a Glendale Metropolis Council assembly to talk out towards the rezoning of a historic equestrian group that borders the 2 cities. The protests have been spurred by an software submitted in February by Artwork Simonian and Thomas Bell to transform the business equestrian zoning right into a multifamily residential.



Clark Magnet and Crescenta Valley excessive faculties bid farewell to just about a thousand graduates whereas Rosemont promoted its class to the subsequent degree.

The streets of Montrose have been full of consumers wanting to convey house distinctive gadgets on the market on the annual Arts and Crafts Pageant.

An grownup feminine cinnamon bear took up residence in a tree on Burgoyne Lane simply north of Foothill Boulevard in La Cañada. The California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife responded alongside the LA County Hearth Dept. and the LA Sheriff’s Dept. to ensure the bear was safely eliminated and relocated.

A ceremony was held commemorating the 50-year anniversary of the dedication of the Vietnam Memorial.

The Glendale Police Dept. held a floor breaking for its GPD Museum. Official hoped to have grand opening for the museum towards the top of 2018.



Lovers of the cackle automotive and the classics had one thing to see on the Montrose Automotive Present held on Honolulu Avenue. Over 270 automobiles lined the avenue.

Hundreds got here to see the night time sky mild up on the annual 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza at Crescenta Valley Excessive Faculty. Along with a colourful fireworks show, ticketholders have been entertained with reside music and kid-centric actions.

The Glendale Metropolis Council voted to have a ¾ of a cent gross sales tax improve positioned on the November poll. The council defended the vote stating that it was a pre-emptive transfer towards different entities laying declare to the tax.



The Glendale Metropolis Council voted unanimously on a number of gadgets relating to the Armenian American Museum, together with discovering the undertaking exempt from the California Environmental High quality Act in accordance to state tips, approving the requirements variance allowing the loading space to be partially situated off-site, approving the stage II design and the bottom lease settlement.

The annual Nationwide Night time Out provided residents and security personnel the prospect to reconnect. A number of native NNO occasions have been a part of a nationwide effort that included hundreds of group occasions.

The Metropolis of Glendale Clerk’s Workplace discovered that a proposed lease stabilization measure didn’t have sufficient signatures to qualify for the Nov. 6 poll.

The Montrose Purchasing Park Assn. board of administrators listened to a presentation a few proposed poll measure relating to an elevated gross sales tax that may seem on the Nov. 6 poll. The measure would improve the present gross sales tax of 9.5% to 10.25% on an area degree bringing in a further $30 million value of income for the betterment of Glendale, in line with metropolis supervisor Yasmin Beers.

The Los Angeles County Dept. of Regional Planning permitted a allow permitting AT&T contractor Eukon Group to connect a small cell website to the phone pole simply north of 4704 Briggs Ave. in La Crescenta.

It was introduced that the OSH on Foothill Boulevard can be closing by the top of 2018.



A motorcade, made up of basic automobiles, hearth engines and regulation enforcement automobiles, wound its approach via the Crescenta Valley commemorating 9/11. Within the night, a ceremony was held at Bob Smith Toyota to recollect those that have been misplaced on Sept. 11.

Locals loved two nights of free outside film enjoyable when the Montrose Movie Pageant screened family-friendly films “Ferdinand” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

Wellness Works Glendale, a non-profit group that serves veterans, lively obligation army and their households by way of numerous packages, held Not on My Watch. The fundraiser introduced collectively the group in help of veterans and lively army personnel.

Development started on the Foothill Boulevard medians within the unincorporated portion of Los Angeles County – La Crescenta.



The Glendale Police Dept. invited the group to its annual open home. Officers and detectives from air help, patrol and professional employees have been available to greet guests.

Mike and Pete Smith of Bob Smith Toyota have been named the grand marshals of the 2018 Montrose Glendale Christmas Parade.

The launch of SpaceX from Vandenberg Air Pressure Base lit up the night time sky giving viewers as far east as Arizona and as far north as San Francisco a peak into historical past.

Hundreds “poured” onto Honolulu Avenue for Oktoberfest the place revelers loved quite a lot of beers, wine, bratwurst and different German meals.

The Satan’s Gate Reservoir Sediment Removing challenge started after years of debate and environmental research. The four-year venture will take away about 1.7 million cubic yards of sediment. The method is to return the dam to a totally operational standing.

Fallout from an on-campus struggle amongst college students at Hoover Excessive Faculty included the cancellation of the Crescenta Valley Excessive Faculty homecoming soccer recreation, a match-up deliberate between Hoover and CV. In response, the Falcon Related scholar Physique organized alternate occasions together with a “powderpuff” soccer recreation, and performances by the CVHS dance workforce and the CV band.

Tons of stood in line to get scared on the annual CV Sheriff’s Station Haunted Jail.



The Glendale Police Dept. collected almost 200 firearms throughout its nameless gun buyback occasion. The forms of arms collected ranged from previous World Conflict II rifles to newer weapons.

Hundreds of rubber geese made their means down “Lake Glendale” at Verdugo Park as a part of the annual Kiwanis Membership of Glendale’s duck splash. The fundraiser benefitted the philanthropic outreach for the Membership.

American Legion Publish 288 and VFW Submit 1614 held a Veterans Day commemoration in Two Strike Park. The ceremony included the popularity of the 100th anniversary of the armistice signing and the top of the Nice Conflict.

Hansen Dam was the location for annual American Heroes Air Present highlighting helicopters and aviation providers. The present hosted over 15 helicopters on show to the general public, lots of which have been open for attendees to climb in and discover.

A 3-part collection about California fires highlighted what wildfires accomplish, learn how to handle hearth fuels and the significance of native firefighters and householders and the way every can do to maintain homes fire-safe.

CV Weekly remembered artist Stan Lee, who died on the age of 95.

The subject of lease management had conferences go into the wee hours of the morning for the Glendale Metropolis Council. Supporters and opponents of lease management approached the dais to share their views with the council.

It was standing room solely on the Crescenta Valley City Council the place dialogue was held relating to the set up of a proposed AT&T cell website attachment to a utility pole simply north of 4704 Briggs Ave.

Elections have been held for the CV City Council. These elected to serve three-year phrases, so as of votes acquired, have been Michael Claessens, Sophal Ear and Desiree Rabinov. All three are incumbents. These elected to serve one-year phrases as alternates have been Carin Hoffman, Donna Libra and Jeffrey Rodriguez.

Throughout a Glendale Metropolis Council assembly, over 100 individuals gathered on the steps of Glendale Metropolis Corridor to protest the shortage of lease management inside the metropolis.

InSight was the most recent lander to the touch down on the Martian floor after a profitable EDL (Entry-Descent-Touchdown) occasion eliciting cheers from the JPL workforce that oversaw the mission.



Chris Peplow, a park service supervisor with Glendale Group Providers & Parks, created a “Winter Village” state of affairs to embellish Glendale Metropolis Corridor and courtyard. Peplow has adorned the property totally free for the final 14 years.

After over a decade of discussing, proposing, rejecting and eventually approving, the set up of the Foothill Boulevard medians within the unincorporated portion of Los Angeles County – La Crescenta was full. A ribbon slicing was held celebrating the completion.

Santa and Mrs. Claus have been among the many honored friends on the La Crescenta Christmas Tree Lighting held on the La Crescenta Library.

The way forward for the property that’s the former website of Rockhaven Sanitarium is once more unsure after the Glendale Metropolis Council determined to halt negotiations relating to the event of the historic property.

After the closure of the OSH retailer on Foothill Boulevard, the signage for the constructing was both eliminated or painted over. No announcement was made relating to future plans for the property.

The Glendale Metropolis Council honored organizers of the Montrose Glendale Christmas Parade throughout its assembly.

Maple Park in Glendale ready to start out development of a playground the place all are welcomed. The inclusive park, designed by Shane’s Inspiration, goes to profit the group by benefiting all youngsters.