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Statement in response to the recent incident involving the Mayor and a Glendale City Councilmember at a Royal Canyon Property Owners Association event

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GLENDALE, CA (September 16, 2019) – The Armenian National Committee of America – Glendale Chapter (ANCA-Glendale) is gravely concerned about an incident that occurred at a Royal Canyon Property Owners Association (RCPOA) event on September 8, 2019 where City of Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian and City Councilmember Vartan Gharpetian were asked to leave RCPOA’s Summer Social event citing it was a “non-political” and “members-only” event. The overall poor treatment of two councilmembers of Armenian descent appears to be disrespectful at best and perhaps discriminatory at its worst. This type of treatment of any Glendale resident, much less elected representatives of our city, should be a matter of concern to all residents of our city. Implicit or explicit acts of discrimination are unacceptable and must always…

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ANCA Glendale to Honor Archpriest Vazken Atmajian

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GLENDALE— The ANCA Glendale annual Award and Appreciation Gala will take place on Sunday, August 25 at Renaissance Banquet Hall in Glendale. Born in 1965 in Beirut, Lebanon, Archpriest Vazken Atmajian was dedicated to serving the Armenian community. First as a scholar of Antelias Seminary, then as a member of the Lebanon Homenetmen family, and an altar boy in his hometown’s St. Sarkis Church, Archpriest Atmajian knew he was destined to serve his people. In 1984, he migrated to the United States with his family, where he settled in Los Angeles and attended Glendale Community College. Soon, he began to attend special courses of the priesthood program offered by the Western Prelacy. He married Anahid Jabourian in 1988 and was blessed with two children, Tamar…

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Blood Drive in Commemoration of 1.5 Million Armenians that Lost Their Lives during the Armenian Genocide in 1915

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Glendale – ANCA-Glendale hosted a community Blood Drive on Sunday, March 31. The Blood Drive took place at Glendale Youth Center and was dedicated to the 1.5 million Armenians that lost their lives during the Armenian Genocide. Every year, The ANCA-Glendale in partnership with the American Red Cross and several affiliated community-based organizations organize an annual blood drive to give blood to those in need and to commemorate the 1.5 million lives lost during the Armenian Genocide in 1915. According to the American Red Cross, less than 2 to 3 percent of the eligible donors in Southern California donate blood. One pint of blood can save up to 3 lives and about every two second someone needs a blood transfusion. “Your drive was fabulous! We…

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ANCA Glendale, St. Mary’s Church Host First Responders Appreciation Evening

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February 27, 2019 For Immediate Release Contact: ANCA Glendale office Tel.: (818) 243-3444 Email: admin@ancaglendale.org GLENDALE, CA — The Armenian National Committee of America-Glendale Chapter held an appreciation evening for the city’s first responders at Phoenicia Restaurant on February 20. The event was hosted by ANCA Glendale and St. Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church to recognize and honor the first responders of the Glendale Police and Fire departments and Emergency Medical Services. “It was a successful night as we showed our appreciation jointly with our local Armenian organizations to our first responders, for keeping Glendale one of the safest cities in the country,” said ANCA Glendale Co-Chair Ronnie Gharibian. “During the past several years, the ANCA Glendale, in collaboration with the city’s police and fire departments, has…

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GUSD seeks parent, employee, and community applicants to join Restorative Practices Advisory Task Force

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Glendale, CA – GUSD is seeking parent, employee, and community applicants to join their Restorative Practices Advisory Task Force and provide input on next steps for implementing Restorative Practices throughout the District. Members will be selected from a cross section of the District community. All potential members of the Task Force must have participated in foundational training in Restorative Practices. Learn more about the Task Force Complete an application Applications due by March 1 at 5:00 p.m. GUSD asks that all applicants bring a spirit of goodwill, an open mind, and a willingness to engage in collaboration, inquiry, and meaningful dialogue throughout the Task Force process. Task Force Composition In order to have broad representation of stakeholders, GUSD is seeking up to 21 members for the Task Force:…

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City Council Approves Ordinance Addressing Glendale’s Growing Housing Shortage

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Glendale, CA – On February 12, 2019, the Glendale City Council approved amendments to the Just Cause Eviction ordinance to address the growing shortage of and increasing demand for rental housing in the city of Glendale, Glendale City Department of Communications and Community Relations released a statement on February 14, 2019. According to the press release, the amendments take effect on March 14, 2019 and entitle tenants who meet certain requirements the right to a one-year written lease agreement option and relocation benefits. Among the many requirements of the ordinance: Landlords must offer tenants a written one-year lease on an annual basis where rental rates are set in the agreement and may only be increased once a year. Landlords must pay relocation benefits when a…

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FREE college classes at all of our GUSD high schools

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Glendale, CA – On February 7th, GUSD Career Technical Education department released a statement saying: “Glendale Unified School District Career Technical  Education (CTE) department in partnership with Glendale Community College is excited to offer FREE college classes at all of our GUSD high schools.  Students in grades 10-12 who are making satisfactory progress towards high school graduation are eligible to apply and enroll in FREE college classes.  ALL tuition fees are waived and students can earn both college and high school credits.  If your student is interested in enrolling in a college class, please contact GCC’s Welcome Center (818) 240-1000 For more information on how to apply and course offerings, see attached Dual Enrollment packet.  More information can also be found on the GCC dual enrollment website: www.glendale.edu/dual or the GUSD CTE website www.gusd.net/cte.”

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Silvio Lanzas Appointed as Glendale Fire Chief

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Glendale, CA – On Tuesday, February 5, 2019, the Glendale City Council confirmed the appointment of Silvio Lanzas to Fire Chief of the Glendale Fire Department. Chief Lanzas has been serving the Glendale community since December 2017 when he joined the department as its Deputy Fire Chief, Communications and Community Relations of the City of Glendale reported yesterday. On behalf of ANCA Glendale Board members and entire team we would like to congratulate the newly appointed Fire Chief Silvio Lanzas, wishing him the best of luck and looking forward to a prosperous and supportive relationship with each other to serve our community fully. For more information please visit: https://www.glendaleca.gov/Home/Components/News/News/6956/16?backlist=%2fgovernment%2fdepartments%2ffire-department

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GUSD Superintendent Released

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Glendale, CA –  On January 29, the Glendale Unified School District Board of Education at their Special Board Meeting released (by a vote of 3-2) Superintendent Dr. Winfred B. Roberson, Jr. from his existing contract without cause, effective immediately, pursuant to contract paragraph 11(c), GUSD Board of Education released a statement on January 30th. According to the source, Dr. Kelly King will take on the role of Interim Superintendent while the Board of Education searches for a permanent Superintendent. Dr. King has spent her 28-year career with GUSD, beginning as a teacher in 1990 and most recently serving as Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services. “Our team will assist with a smooth transition and keep the district focused on the important work of educating our students….

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