Monday, December 29, 2008

More Culture For Glendale?, Part 2

Glendale Rancho resident Joanna Hedge has a nice addendum to City Council candidate Laura Friedman's San Fernando Corridor Arts District revitalization plan in the News-Press today.
...For San Fernando Road in Glendale, this will require an aggressive and magnetic dedication of all that the city’s redevelopment staff can power up. All the freeway ramp “fly overs,” at-grade rail crossing upgrades, widened streets and baby trees in hardscape are fine and good, but they serve only as backdrops for commuting Disney and DreamWorks employees, and other pass-through visitors.

Leadership, flexibility and imagination are needed now so that the area will benefit from the preferences and revenues, even while waiting out an economic downturn, that both commuters and regional residents represent, and attract them to San Fernando Road with arts-related commerce. Now is the time for redevelopment plans for the next big steps needed to attract those businesses with incentives, publicity and the full bag of tricks required — including on a regional, federal, even philanthropic Eli Broad-type level.
Read the rest here.

What Did I Miss?

Not that I was gone exactly, but after a week of epic feasts, Christmas events, Hanukkah parties and long walks in the rain I'm back to work tomorrow and am checking back in mentally...

The biggest story in Glendale (and pretty everywhere else) has been the ghastly murders committed in Covina by local resident Bruce Pardo. He lived in Montrose at 4004 Sunset Avenue. Additionally, last night his second rental car was found in Glendale. His first rental car was booby trapped, so the discovery of the second prompted Glendale PD to evacuate a number of local residents along Glenoaks Blvd near Scholl Canyon while the LA County Sheriff's Department Bomb Squad did their thing. No explosives were found.

Here are items about Pardo in the News-Press from a local perspective:

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Glendale PD Seizes $865,000

This tiny little item jumped out at me in the activity log on the Glendale Police Department's website:
Drug and Cash Seizure – Monday, December 8, 2008:
Vice-Narcotics Detail seized approximately $865,000 in U.S. currency and several pounds of marijuana originating from a Glendale case. Four arrests were made.
I'd imagine they don't seize the better part of a million dollars in cash very often...perhaps they can afford bring back the Citizen's Academy this year?

Friday, December 19, 2008

More Culture For Glendale?

Very promising city council candidate Laura Friedman has written an intriguing community commentary in the News-Press about bolstering the arts within Glendale:
...Currently in Glendale, the Arts and Culture Commission operates under the purview of the Parks and Recreation Department. This is a missed opportunity. As a city, we need a paradigm change. Instead of considering arts and culture nonessential extracurricular activities — services facilitated by the city — we should consider them a genre of industry to be lured to Glendale.

We must view the arts as a way to draw people and businesses to the area. Cultivation of arts-related businesses capitalizes on our geographical proximity to the entertainment industry, develops economic opportunities for residents and revenue sources for the city, and at the same time, can revitalize overlooked areas.
Read the rest of it here.

Related: In Defense Of Glendale

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Making Glendale Bikeable

I'd like to welcome to Glendale Colin Bogart, who is the City's new in-house liason from the L.A. County Bicycle Coalition who will be working to make our streets in Glendale safer and more inviting for cyclists. Read about it in the News-Press here.

The initial scope of the projects being considered at the moment is quite modest, but ultimately the city needs to update the 1995 Bikeway Master Plan and actually IMPLEMENT IT.

The 1995 Bikeway Master Plan was put online in PDF form recently, and I've read it in its entirety. It's a good plan! But the only bit of it that was ever implemented is the baffling three block stretch of bike lane on Riverdale, and, very recently, the new bike lane on Glenoaks. There is currently no meaningful network of bicycle infrastructure that links up in a logical fashion or even attempts to feed the downtown area.

As I was about to bike home tonight (dark, cold, rainy), I walked my bike down the sidewalk to the curb and waited for a gap in traffic.

A Lexus stopped for me.

I waved for the lady not to wait for me.

She waved to let me enter the road.

I DOUBLE waved for her to continue through.

She rolled down her window and yelled, "I promise I won't run you over!"

An offer I couldn't refuse! I biked onto the road.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Jewel City Photo: Suicidal Christmas Hot Dog

After walking through the stinking carcass of Mervyn's going out of business sale (Christmas carols blasting, of course) at the Galleria, I took this snapshot.

Reasons this image disturbs me:
  1. hot dog (dressed like Santa) suicidally squirting himself with ketchup conjures up images of a monk (dressed like Santa) dousing himself with gasoline
  2. small plastic Christmas tree neatly juxtaposed over words "Chili Dog Factory"
  3. "Christmas Special" items just regular items with no plausible Christmas theme
  4. mysteriously open employee door. WHY?
  5. no employees or customers in sight, as if a neutron bomb went off
I know what I'm putting on my Christmas card this year...

Chipotle Moving In Next To Trader Joe's

The China Inn space next to Trader Joe's on Glendale Ave. has now been leased by Chipotle. Seems a bit odd to locate it this far from downtown (my friend John actually wrote the company to encourage them to look at the Famima space) but Chipotle will by default be one of the better nearby Mexican(ish) options.

Side note: while at Trader Joes today, I weirded out the checker by wearing a neon orange jacket (I bike at night!) and only buying entirely orange products- Super Orange Flavor Emergen-C, tangerine juice, etc. It wasn't intentional!

An Incredibly Depressing Tour of the Exchange

I don't know if it's the economy, poor planning, incompetent building management, lack of traffic, or what, but the soaring retail vacancy rate at the Exchange keeps me up at night. Currently available for lease in the square block bordered by Brand, Maryland, Broadway and Wilson: Jamba Juice, Aveda, Togo's/Tom's, Famima (sadly), Ofeli, Hotter Than Hollywood, Anahis Couture, FastFrame (soon, apparently).

Are you depressed yet? I haven't even shown you the Ben Franklin bench. Poor Ben literally had THE U.S. CONSTITUTION stolen from under his nose and sold for scrap!

There are a few bright spots on the block that seem to be doing fairly well: Angela's, Urartu Coffee, Tofu Village, Starbucks, Sansai, Fortune Inn and the recently remodeled Zono Sushi. But something needs to be done to prevent this stretch of mid-Brand from turning into Detroit.

City Center Fountain Remodel Complete

And it looks, uh, okay! Less gaudy, at least. The weird statue things that were previously in the fountain are now upstairs for some reason.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Free Lunchtime Concert Wednesday, Dec. 17th

Another free lunchtime classical concert is coming up on Wednesday, December 17th. This Wednesday's concert will feature violin and cello duos.

The concert is from 12:10-12:40 at the First Baptist Church at the corner of Wilson and Louise in downtown Glendale. Please come over on Wednesday and check it out. I attended the concert on December 3rd with several co-workers and we really enjoyed ourselves.

Charles Phoenix's Moonlight Rollerway Holiday Jubilee

Here are some videos and photos from Charles Phoenix's wonderful Moonlight Rollerway Holiday Jubilee. I've been to several of Charles' slideshows before, but didn't realize that this particular event would be 1/3 slide show and 2/3 wildly inventive roller skating holiday extravaganza. The skaters of all ages were incredible. I enthusiastically second the Atwater Village Newbie's endorsement: "the best 3 hours of Christmas-related fun we could have without standing directly under mistletoe".

Thriller on roller skates.

Some adorable junior skaters.

Jewel City Photo: Frozen Peas At the Moonlight Rollerway

Taken during tonight's wonderful Charles Phoenix holiday extravaganza at the Moonlight Rollerway. Tune in tomorrow for video.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Candlelight Tours of the Doctors House Saturday, December 20th

Hey Glendale, put the credit cards down, drag yourself from the clutches of The Americana and pony up one single measly dollar for a lovely evening of entertainment. Candlelight tours of the Doctor's House are tonight (12/13) and next Saturday.

From The Glendale Historical Society:
Escape the holiday crush and retreat back to a slower, less stressful time. Stroll through the Victorian Doctors House and enjoy the decorations, music, refreshments and unique gift items.

Saturdays, December 13th and 20th from 6:30 to 8:30pm.

No Reservations needed. $1 per person admission.
The Doctors House is located in Brand Park. I volunteer at the Doctors House and will be working there tonight (12/13), probably while wearing an embarrassing bowtie...

Hooray For A New Glendale Blog

Please welcome Everything Glendale to the (very thin) Glendale blog scene! It's a group blog that just started a few weeks ago but has already done some very interesting posts about our city. Here are my two favorite posts thus far:
Everything Glendale is a collaborative/group blog and is currently looking for contributors. If you have something interesting to say about your city but don't necessarily want to deal with the hassles of your own site, please contact them and make yourselves heard.

Here's my current reading list of Glendale-related blogs:
These three real estate blogs are Glendale based and also include good community information.
There is also the Glendale Family Jewels, which is like the cranky uncle in the attic. They are certainly Glendale-oriented, but focus mostly on petty city council drama. I don't include a link to them in my sidebar because, opinions aside, I feel their reflexively dismissive tone is unnecessarily polarizing and detrimental to civic life and engagement.

If you know of any other Glendale blogs, please e-mail me or comment and I will update the list.

With the exception of the News-Press, the coverage of Glendale in major media is incredibly thin for a city of 207,000+ people. The only practical thing we as citizens can do to remedy this situation is to get out there and report what's going on in our own neighborhoods and share our local discoveries. If you'd like to start a neighborhood blog and don't know where to begin, please contact me and I would be glad to help you set one up.

Top Secret Porto's Tips

I saw in the News-Press today that Porto's is going to open another location in Downey. Today Downey, tomorrow THE WORLD!

Frequently when I mention that I live in Glendale to someone who lives far away, and the first thing out of their mouth is "wow, you must go to Porto's all the time, I love their potato balls!" or some such thing. I don't post about Porto's here very often because this is a site for people who live in Glendale, and posting about Porto's is just too obvious. Everyone loves Porto's, and I'm not going to tell you anything about Porto's that you don't already know. Or can I?

Here are my top secret Porto's tips:
  • the plain cheese rolls are the best item in the pastry case (they don't look like much, but they are astonishing)
  • if you ask nicely and know exactly what you want, in the afternoon you can order an item or two from the big pastry section on the north side via the shorter cafe line on the south side and an employee will run over and grab it for you
  • when the cafe line is choked at lunch, the coffee line will take your sandwich order
  • the side salad with balsamic vinegarette is excellent, and densely packed into a little bowl that expands to fill an entire plate
  • if you ask really nicely when Betty or Raul aren't around, you can get a free refill on the already very reasonable and tasty coffee
  • best sandwich, Glendale: Pastrami
  • best sandwich, Burbank: Italian (better bread than Glendale location)
  • best soup: corn chowder (Fridays)
  • Burbank serves amazing mini round Italian rolls with their soup, while Glendale serves horrible flavorless cracker things with the soup. They bear a strong resemblance to communion wafers. At the Burbank location, if you ask very nicely and are good at negotiating (I used to sell cars, which helped), you can arrange to buy the special soup rolls by themselves, but they'll only let you buy around 7 of them, and that's if you're lucky
  • potato balls are great for parties. they keep well and revive nicely after a few minutes in the oven
  • when they tell you a cake is "the size of a sheet of typing paper", imagine that sheet of typing paper is 7 inches tall. and made of cake.
Anyways, when in doubt, just ask someone nicely. I have nothing but praise for the staff at both locations.

Any other Porto's tips? Leave them in the comments.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Night Skies

I intended to hike with the Sierra Club in Griffith Park tonight but completely forgot about the DWP Light Festival traffic. As a result, I arrived about 15 minutes after all of the hiking groups had left, but ran into a group of 5 very nice non-Sierra Club hikers who let me join them on a hike up to Mt. Hollywood. It was quite cold, but the skies were crystal clear and a spectacular panorama of Los Angeles and Glendale was our reward. This is a view I never get tired of:

I took the picture below earlier tonight. Its not one of my more spectacular efforts at first glance.

...but it is actually a (very cruddy) picture of the International Space Station, which was visible tonight in the skies above Glendale from 5:21-5:27pm. I was unsure how visible it would be, but the dot of the space station was quite bright and I was able to easily track it as it swiftly moved across the sky, rising above Burbank and ultimately disappearing beyond Eagle Rock.

If you haven't been to the DWP Festival of Lights already, you are out of luck, as the event is now open to (hellish) vehicular traffic. I walked the festival last week with my parents, but after hiking tonight I thought it might be fun to drive through the festival with the top down on my Miata. After one look at the hundreds of cars waiting to enter the event at 9:30, I decided to save my sanity (and clutch) by heading home.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Sign Up To Decorate Glendale's Rose Parade Float

The Glendale Rose Float Association is looking for volunteers to decorate this year's entry in the Rose Parade. Last year's float featuring the Grand Central Air Terminal was gorgeous, and this year's float featuring The Alex looks fantastic too.

The online sign up form is here:

Walkability Matters

From my apartment I can walk to three markets (Albertson's, Vons, and Ranch Market) within minutes. I didn't appreciate how convenient this situation was until I had to buy supplies for a social gathering at the last minute. I walked out the door to Ranch Market, bought some hummus, cheese and a bottle of wine and was back in my living room in under ten minutes. No traffic, no stress. I found the experience very satisfying and direct.

I'm also fortunate to live within very easy biking distance from my office. I still have my car for far flung errands, but I don't need it to live my life. If oil goes back up to $200 a barrel, I'm fine. If my car breaks down, I'm fine. It's a very liberating feeling.

Tonight I've been playing with an online gadget that looks up amenities within walking distance of an address and then grades that location on walkability. My home address in Tropico scored 88/100 - Very Walkable. And my office in downtown Glendale? 97/100 - Walkers' Paradise.

Look up your WalkScore here. This would be a great tool to use when apartment hunting.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Timeshare Scam At The Galleria*

Mike at Franklin Avenue filled out one of those "Win a car!" contest entry forms at the Glendale Galleria and found himself targeted by a dishonest timeshare company. Read his account here.

Beyond dodgy timeshare schemes, Glendale has an appalling rate of fraud and identity theft, so be extremely wary of giving out your personal information and don't let your credit card out of your sight.

Over the last several years myself and many of my co-workers in Glendale have had our credit cards compromised. Frequently the method is for a restaurant server or sales clerk to discreetly swipe the credit card through a skimmer that stores credit card numbers. Those numbers are later reencoded onto the magnetic strips of other credit cards and used to make fraudulent purchases. Because of this, I avoid using plastic unless its a self swipe machine.

*Update: Here's a description of of a typical identity theft arrest from the Glendale PD activity log.
Identity Theft Arrest – Wednesday, November 26, 2008:
Officers conducted a probation search at the 400 block of West California. During the probation search, three bags of stolen mail, numerous credit cards, CDL’S credit profiles, a card skimmer, a computer and two stolen guns were located. One of the guns was stolen out of Azusa and the other was stolen out of LAPD Mission Area. The probationer was arrested.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Charles Phoenix Holiday Slideshow Coming to Moonlight Rollerway

Charles Phoenix, the world's most entertaining slide-show projectionist, is putting on two holiday shows in Glendale at the Moonlight Rollerway.

From the Charles Phoenix Events page:

Celebrate ALL the Holidays Like You Never Have Before!

  • Charles’ live comedy retro holiday-themed slide show!
  • A roller skating revue spectacular starring sixty champion skaters in a variety of costumed musical acts celebrating all the holidays- New Years Eve, Valentines Day, Cinco De Mayo, Easter, 4th of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas!
  • Live Hammond Organ stylings by “The Worlds Greatest Roller Rink Organist,” Dominic Cangilosi!
  • FREE snack bar treats!
  • After Show All-Skate Party - FREE skate rental!
  • FREE parking across the street at Home Depot!
  • All this at Southern California’s last classic roller rink!

Tickets are $35

Just two performances…
Saturday night
Dec 13, 2008 - 8 pm

Sunday matinee
Dec 14, 2008 - 3pm

If you haven't seen his retro slideshows before I highly recommend attending. The Moonlight Rollerway is always worth a visit as well, and the show even includes skate rental and an all-skate session!

Community Garden Is A Go

Yay! From the News-Press:
Coalition for a Green Glendale, on a 4-1 vote, got approval for its first community-run garden Tuesday, and without even asking for it, seeds were sown for a second site nearby on the Verdugo Wash.

The garden site approved Tuesday will be at 870 Monterey Road, on a vacant city-owned, P-shaped lot near the corner with Cordova Avenue that can accommodate up to 40 raised plots for organic produce farming.

Unlike two other public gardening sites at Palmer and Verdugo parks, the 11,000-square-foot Monterey garden will be the first in Glendale to be independently run with bylaws and a lease agreement with gardeners, all under the administration of a local nonprofit, Coalition for a Green Glendale.

It will also include a drought-resistant demonstration garden and communal fruit trees.
You can find out more at the Coalition For A Green Glendale site. I took the liberty of converting their community garden interest form from a pesky PDF to a JPEG. If you live nearby and are interested in a plot, please print out the flyer and send it in.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Couchwatch: Day 11*

212 W. Palmer. My neighborhood. Eleven days. One couch. One sleepy homeless guy. Four phone calls to the city.

Four times I was told "We'll try to get someone over to it today."

Subpar, City of Glendale, subpar.

*Update: Couch removed on day 12.

Echo Mountain Panorama

Click to view large. If you look very very closely, you can just make out downtown Glendale through the fog. Taken today amidst the ruins of the Mt. Lowe railway and the turn-of-the-century resort at Echo Mountain.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Free Christmas Events

To pummel you in the head with Christmas spirit, here's a house I spotted in Burbank today:

And here are my completely FREE holiday event picks:

City of Glendale Tree Lighting Ceremony
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Glendale City Hall--Perkins Plaza
Description: This holiday celebration features choral music, lighting of the City Hall tree and a special visit from Santa Claus! Free parking is available in the Civic Center Parking Structure (enter off of Wilson). Hot chocolate and candy canes will be served. In case of rain, the event will be cancelled.

Merry Tuba Christmas
December 14, 2008
The Alex Theatre
The annual Merry Tuba Christmas event at the Alex Theatre features hundreds of tuba and euphonium players of all ages from throughout Southern California. Song sheets will be distributed and the audience is encouraged to sing along. Tickets are FREE to the public.

The Griffith Park DWP Light Festival (Vehicle-Free From Now Until December 7th)
Driving through the annual DWP Light Festival simulates sitting in a traffic jam in Reno for 2 hours. Make sure you go on the vehicle-free nights before December 7th to miss the traffic. Last year we parked at the Zoo before walking through and it was quite lovely.

More holiday roundups from local blogs:

Free Classical Lunchtime Concerts

This week during one of my frequent lunches at Angela's Bistro I noticed a flyer for two upcoming free chamber music concerts at the First Baptist Church of Glendale. The first concert was on November 19th and was written up by Ruth Sowby in the News-Press.

The upcoming concerts are on December 3rd and 17th at noon. Sack lunches are available after the show from Angela's for $6. The First Baptist Church is at the corner of Wilson & Louise in downtown Glendale.

Thanksgiving Quote of the Year

This blog entry from Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings sums up the post-Thanksgiving tryptophan haze quite nicely:
I’m still fat and logey and wall-eyed from our big, overstuffed, Rockwellian Thanksgiving yesterday. Last night I dreamed of Squanto teaching the Pilgrims to bury peyote at the bases of their corn plants, giving every soul in Plymouth wonderful, terrible visions of the Second Coming of their Lord, visions so intense that sparks flew from the oversized buckles on their big, black hats.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Old Town Montrose Walking Tour

On Sunday I attended the Old Town Montrose walking tour led by our own very knowledgeable Mayor John Drayman. The tour was written up in detail at Sunroom Desk, which is a new blog focused on Glendale community issues. I don't know Montrose very well beyond the menu at La Cabinita, but I will certainly be back soon to explore further.

Crumbs Is Now Open

Crumbs Bakeshop is now open on Brand, next to Granville Cafe. The space is a bit weird, with no tables or chairs in sight. I had a delicious miniature free sample cupcake and a decent cup of coffee. The sample size cupcakes are a perfect portion size for something so rich, but they don't sell them a la carte- you have to buy them in packs of 12 for $18(!). The regular cupcakes are $3-$4 and approximately the size of my head.

Free sample chocolate pecan cupcake.

Tasty though the cupcakes may be, without smaller portion sizes or a place to sit I won't be making Crumbs a regular part of my afternoon coffee break rotation.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Eighteen Memorable Miles

Today my Dad and I walked from Union Station to the sea with Franklin Avenue's Great L.A. Walk. Our route was Cesar Chavez to Sunset to Santa Monica Boulevard. I had a great time and held up pretty well physically. Here are a few photos.

There's only one way to start an 18 mile day: with a mega-breakfast at Phillippe's. I also satisfied my once-a-year craving for corned beef hash.

The crowd gathers at Union Station.

We're off!

Some hand-scrawled insanity in Santa Monica.

Finally, 18.3 miles after we started, the sweetest sight.

The hero of this year's walk was my Dad. At this time last year, he was recovering from a heart attack and could barely walk around the grocery store without getting winded. In only a year, he's gotten into good enough shape to walk 18 miles!

The full set of photos is up on flickr. And a big thanks to Mike at Franklin Avenue for organizing another great event!

Glendale Oral Histories Now Available On Library Website

Great news from the Glendale Public Library's Book Talk blog:
The Glendale Public Library is pleased to announce that its Oral History Collection is now available through the Library's website. The collection features both traditional one-on-one interviews (conducted by the Glendale Planning Department in the 1990s) and historical recordings of events sponsored by the Glendale Historical Society in the 1950s.

The recordings, in some cases being made available for the first time, can be listened to through the media player (Windows Media, Real, etc.) on any computer--at home, school, or even in the Glendale Public Library.
It's incredibly cool that the library has digitized these histories and made them freely available as mp3's. I look forward to listening to them.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Arthouse Update

This is a follow up to my letter in News-Press this week suggesting that the city attract an art theater such as a Laemmle to the soon-to-be-vacant Mann Exchange 10 space on Maryland. I've just read on the L.A. Now blog that the Laemmle One Colorado theater in Pasadena lost their lease and closed two weeks ago.

Move west, Laemmle! Downtown Glendale is very well placed to attract audiences not just from Glendale, but also from Burbank, North Hollywood, Atwater Village, Glassell Park, Eagle Rock, Silver Lake and Los Feliz. Currently the most convenient independent options for these areas are the Playhouse 7 (too far) or Los Feliz 3 (too small). Opportunity knocks!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Weekend Events: Let's Walk!

Get your feet ready for two great walks this weekend:

Saturday is Franklin Avenue's 3rd Great Los Angeles Walk. I'll definitely be going on this walk. We'll leave Union Station at 9am and hike west on Santa Monica Blvd until we hit the ocean. You can find more info in the Great Los Angeles Walk 2008 FAQ.

And on Sunday, Glendale Mayor John Drayman will lead a walking tour of old Montrose with the Historical Society of the Crescenta Valley. I'll join this walk if I can drag myself out of bed after Saturday's 18-mile journey.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Grand Central Air Terminal, 1940

Google has now made the immense Life Magazine photo archive searchable. Here is a beautiful 1940 Glendale photo from the Life archive:

That of course is the Grand Central Air Terminal with a gorgeous DC-3 in the foreground. The terminal building is still standing, barely. It has been closed since incurring damage in the '94 Northridge quake. The building is currently owned by Disney, which also owns most of the surrounding land that once made up what was formerly the premiere airport in the L.A. area in the days before WWII. The area where the DC-3 is parked is currently used as a parking lot. You can pay a visit to the parking lot and get a good look at the terminal building which is located at 1310 Air Way. Here is a picture I took of the terminal a few years ago.

The best book on the Grand Central Air Terminal is Madcaps, Millionaires and Mose; by John Underwood. It's out of print, but copies are available in the gift shop at the Doctors House.

Monday, November 17, 2008

More On Toonerville Injunction

More info on the preliminary gang injunction against Toonerville:
Glendale PD and the City Attorney have also put up a detailed press release. Here is an excerpt:
Filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, the proposed gang injunction would severely restrict the ability of the Toonerville gang to engage in criminal and nuisance activities within the Los Angeles River-Glendale Safety Zone as defined by a 4.5 square mile area within the Los Angeles Police Department’s Northeast Division and the City of Glendale as well as a 1.25 square mile area within the Los Angeles Police Department’s Foothill Division.

Terms of the proposed injunction include many of the standard gang injunctionprovisions, including limiting the gang’s ability to associate in public with other members, intimidate witnesses, to sell or possess drugs, or to possess weapons or graffiti tools.

The injunction also includes provisions for gang members to stay away from Chevy Chase Park in the Northeast LAPD division and Palmer Park in the City of Glendale – two locations known to be used by the Toonerville gang to hold meetings, engage in gang activity and intimidate residents.

According to law enforcement declarations filed with the court, the Toonerville gang has claimed the area within the L.A. River-Glendale Safety Zone for several years as its territory for criminal and nuisance activity including the sale of narcotics, graffiti vandalism, and intimidation. Members of the Toonerville gang are know to use weapons and violence to facilitate the local drug trade and have been linked to area murders, assaults and shootings.
Here are maps of the areas covered by the injunction:


Sunday, November 16, 2008

Huge Crowds Turn Out For Christmas Tree Lighting

Tonight Anne and I braved the dense smoke blanketing Glendale to walk to the Americana for the Christmas tree lighting ceremony. I'd imagine the possibility of rolling blackouts caused the Americana's operations manager some grief today. When we arrived we found the scene was absolutely mobbed. We made it into the complex and managed to drift through the masses to a spot fairly close to the tree (or "tree", after all of the trauma it's been through!). After 15 minutes of looking at a dark tree, we were getting bored and hungry, so we left to get dinner at In N Out. After eating, we walked south towards the Americana only to find police officers on the sidewalk turning hundreds of people away - the Americana was entirely full and no one else was being allowed in.

I'm sure business all over downtown Glendale was very good tonight. The streets everywhere were densely packed with pedestrians. After walking home, we watched the fireworks display from the kitchen window.