In brief

Rosemont Preserve Open Gate Morning

An “open gate” event is taking place at the Rosemont Preserve on Saturday, May 7. This is a chance for residents to visit the Preserve and wander the trail at their own pace and enjoy the tranquil setting, the wildlife and the natural beauty. Photographers: bring your camera to capture the morning light and citizen scientists, bring your iNaturalist app to add wildlife sightings!

The gate will be open from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and Friends of the Rosemont Preserve Committee members will be available to answer questions and present this community resource.

The Preserve is located at the north end of Rosemont Avenue, just past the chain link fence. As street parking is limited, please park at Two Strike Park, 5107 Rosemont Ave. Those with mobility issues who require a closer parking spot should contact the Rosemont Preserve Committee.

Those planning on walking the trails should wear sturdy shoes.  

This event is free to the public and suitable for all ages; no reservations required. Rain cancels. Sorry, no pets please.  

For further information, contact the Friends of the Rosemont Preserve at


Fire Chief Announces Retirement

Glendale Fire Chief Silvio Lanzas announced his retirement after a 30-year career in public service with 26 years as a firefighter. Chief Lanzas started his career in the fire service 30 years ago as a fire Explorer at the Grand Terrace Fire Station. He was hired as firefighter two days before graduating high school. He has served in all ranks from firefighter to fire chief.

Chief Lanzas has been with the City of Glendale for four and a half years. He was hired by the City in 2017 as a deputy fire chief, and promoted to fire chief in 2018. In addition to his role as fire chief, Chief Lanzas serves as the Region 1, Area C coordinator, the LA Area Fire Chief’s Association vice president, the Foothill Fire Chief’s oresident and the CALCHIEFS Southern Division director. He also serves on several community boards.

Chief Lanzas has been offered and accepted a leadership position in the private sector at M-FIRE Technologies as its chief of Operations.

Glendale City Manager Roubik Golanian said the city will begin a nationwide recruitment for fire chief immediately. Lanzas has been asked to remain in his role until a replacement is found and will help in the selection process.


Info on Local Water Restrictions

On April 26, the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) declared a water shortage emergency after consecutive months of being in drought.

Glendale’s City Council had moved into Phase III, issuing a mandatory conservation ordinance that limits outside watering to two days a week: Tuesdays and Saturdays for no more than 10 minutes at each watering station. To learn more about water conservation efforts in Glendale, visit

Those who receive water from the Foothill Municipal Water District are reminded to employ Extraordinary Conservation measures; watering or irrigating of lawn, landscape or other vegetated area with potable water is limited to no more than three days from April to October. During the months of November through March, watering or irrigating of lawn, landscape or other vegetated area with potable water is limited to no more than two days per week.

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Crescenta Valley Water District has issued a water conservation alert of yellow. Outdoor irrigation will be permitted only on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m. Hand watering is allowed any day and any time.

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