In Brief

Search Begins for Interim GCC President
At a special board meeting on May 9, the Glendale Community College board of trustees approved the job announcement launching the search for an interim superintendent/president to replace Dr. Dawn Lindsay who will leave the college in July for a position in Maryland.

Applications will be accepted through June 1 with an expected start date of July 1 or soon thereafter. The board expects the interim position to last approximately one year.

The board also decided that Donna Voogt, administrative dean, Human Resources will facilitate the recruitment process. The selection will be made by June 29.

As stated in the job announcement, the board is seeking an interactive leader committed to the comprehensive community college and an open shared/participatory governance style to lead the college during the search for a permanent superintendent/president and to carry on the institution’s tradition of outstanding service to the greater Glendale community.

The detailed job announcement is posted on the district’s website at All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

Battle of the Bulge on Society Agenda
Battle of the Bulge veterans Gordon Hearne and Murray Shapiro will be the guest speakers at the next meeting of the Historical Society of the Crescenta Valley on Monday, May 21 at 7 p.m.

This mid-winter battle was one of the worst of WWII, as the last strength of Germany pushed against the Allied lines in December of 1944.

These two soldiers saw intense fighting and will share some of their stories.

WWII re-enactor Taylor Menadue will talk about the equipment and tactics, and will display his collection.

The meeting takes place at the La Crescenta Center For Spiritual Living, 4845 Dunsmore Ave., La Crescenta (at the intersection of Dunsmore and Santa Carlotta).

CVCA to Host Scott Ochoa
Come join the Crescenta Valley Community Association at its monthly meeting on Thursday, May 24 at 7 p.m. Invited guest is Glendale City Manager Scott Ochoa who will give an update on City affairs and answer questions.

For further information, contact Sharon Ragavachary at

The meeting will be held at the La Crescenta Library, 2809 Foothill Blvd., La Crescenta.

SR-710 Open Houses
Metro is presenting a series of six open houses to update the public about the status of the SR-710 North Extension project. The meetings will be an open forum style with information stations where the alternatives for consideration will be shown.

This week are the two, closest to the foothills region. Tonight, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the open house is at Eagle Rock Elementary, 2057 Fair Park Avenue, Eagle Rock. On Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to noon, the open house is at La Cañada High School, 4463 Oak Grove Drive, La Cañada. All are encouraged to attend and submit comments for the EIR study.

This will be the last opportunity to speak out about the alternatives before they are selected.

For further information, go to or

Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!
Remember to help out this Saturday, May 19 at Deukmejian Wilderness Park as part of the City of Glendale’s Community Service’s Third Saturday Wilderness Workday.

The time is from 8 a.m. to noon

57-Hour Closure of Northbound I-5
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close the northbound Golden State Freeway (I-5) off-ramp to Western Avenue in Glendale for 57 hours beginning Friday, May 18 at 9 p.m. through Monday, May 21 at 6 a.m.

The closure is necessary to complete ramp paving and striping. The construction schedule is subject to change. Detours will be signed.

For the safety of the construction crew and motorists, please be attentive to closures, slow for the cone zone, and move over one lane where possible.

Lane closure information for this and other freeway projects is available on the Caltrans website

This project involves the realignment of the northbound I-5/Western Avenue interchange in Glendale. The realigned ramps will begin and end at a signalized intersection with Flower Street. The project will provide congestion relief for current and future local and regional traffic.

Work began in November 2010 and will be completed this month. Caltrans thanks motorists for their patience and understanding during construction.

GWP Mailed Annual Water Quality Report
Glendale Water & Power (GWP) recently mailed the 2012 Water Quality Report to all customers. This report contains important information on the monitoring and maintenance of Glendale’s water quality during 2011.

“The 2012 Water Quality Report assures our community their water continues to meet and exceed requirements set by state and federal safety standards,” stated Dan Askenaizer, Glendale Water & Power’s Water Quality Manager. “The report also focuses on recent capital improvements undertaken to maintain our tanks, wells, and reservoirs to protect and improve water quality, and the installation of over 33,000 Smart Water Meters.”

At GWP, the water quality staff conducts thousands of sample tests each year. Water sampling and testing is done on a weekly basis to ensure its quality and to maintain a safe and healthy water system. GWP staff reports the results to the State Health Department on a monthly basis.

For additional copies or more information on GWP’s Water Quality Report, residents can call (818) 548-3962. The report can also be viewed online at