August 4, 2020

School board race too close to call

first_img“Vahe should’ve done better,” Field said. “I think it’s part of this same situation. (Rodriguez) was essentially of the college and the union, and she came close.” At Glendale Unified, Nahabedian, who is Armenian-American, appeared qualified. She teaches social work at Cal State L.A., finished fourth in the same race two years ago and was endorsed by retiring board member Pam Ellis and other civic leaders. She had a war chest of more than $33,000. “We were a very active campaign,” she said. “… We were all about getting our message out about preparing all kids to be successful at Glendale Unified.” Meanwhile, Hunt, who filed to run just before the deadline, raised about $14,000. The father of four had two endorsements – from former Assemblyman Dario Frommer, a personal friend, and former U.S. Rep. Carlos Moorhead, who attends his church. “I’m just a hometown boy doing this on a shoestring,” he said. “I would hope to think that people connected with me and what I was talking about.” Asked whether ethnic differences affected the school board election, Nahabedian said: “If that was the case, then it would be a sad commentary for our city.” Hunt said ethnicity “may have been some small component. I feel as a community, we’ve got to try to work past that,” he added. “… We have to work with all the children regardless of their background.” (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Incumbent Mary Boger retained her seat with 11,011 votes. But with 2,078 provisional ballots still to be verified, the final results for the second seat won’t be ready until next week. The new board members will take office April 16. “I’m actually confident as more of the provisional ballots are counted, I would have a larger lead,” Nahabedian said. Besides the drama of such a close race, the school and Glendale College board races left some pundits wondering if the divisions between Armenian-American and non-Armenian voters in the City Council race – which might have cost incumbent Councilman Rafi Manoukian his seat while Mayor Dave Weaver kept his – had spilled over. Mona Field, a Glendale College political scientist, pointed to the college board race, where Vahe Peroomian, an incumbent of Armenian descent who campaigned with another incumbent, failed to capture as many votes as his partner. In fact, Peroomian, who has served two years, took second in the balloting, with 30.9 percent of the votes to incumbent Tony Tartaglia’s 38.7 percent. The third candidate, Christine Rodriguez, a former Glendale College instructor endorsed by the college guild, finished with 30.3 percent – just 172 votes behind Peroomian. GLENDALE – The race for the second open seat on the Glendale Unified School District board remained too close to call Thursday, with just 29 votes separating the two contenders. Nayiri Nahabedian, a California State University, Los Angeles, faculty member favored to win one of two open seats, has so far finished second with 7,575 votes, or 21.5 percent. But the biggest surprise was Todd Hunt, a local business owner and first-time candidate, who apparently took third with 7,546 votes, or 21.4 percent. “The results were certainly a very pleasant surprise,” he said. “… It was pretty cool to see that we did as well as we did.” last_img read more

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Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) celebrates his catch in the red zone to set up a game winning touchdown against the Green Bay Packers during the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 26-20 in overtime. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires To think that a year ago this time the Valley was concerned about the future of Larry Fitzgerald. With a $23.6 million dollar cap hit coming up we all knew there was no way that Arizona could keep its franchise face at that price. Arizona needed to renegotiate with Fitzgerald, but needed him to agree to take a massive pay cut in order to make a deal work. Two teams — Cleveland and Oakland — were willing to trade for Fitzgerald and pay him the $23.6 million because they needed credibility. The Cardinals organization loved Fitzgerald but they viewed him as an older player who was in a steady decline and no longer capable of putting up the numbers that made him one of the game’s great wide receivers. In fact, the organization viewed him as a fourth option behind Michael Floyd, John Brown and Andre Ellington.But Michael Bidwill was intent on getting a deal done and keeping Fitzgerald home. Home is where Fitz has two children, has endorsements with companies like University of Phoenix and Desert Schools. Home is Arizona, and for the first time in his career, Fitzgerald was open to the pay cut.He could have hit the open market and maybe got a 3-year deal for $24 million from some team in need of a wide receiver. But he actually did better during that five-minute negotiation at Bidwill’s house. Fitz got a two-year deal for $22 million to stay in Arizona and remain the face of the franchise.No one at that time of the signing could have imagined he would turn back the clock and put up numbers reminiscent of his prime. He had a career high 109 receptions for 1,215 yards and nine touchdowns. And then he tacked on a performance for the ages versus Green Bay in the Divisional Round playoff game on Saturday, grabbing eight balls for 176 yards and a touchdown.center_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Clearly keeping Fitz was the right thing to do. But it won’t be long before we are back to wondering about Fitzgerald’s future. He now has one year left on his contract and there is some thought with those that know him that next year could be his last season in the NFL. That he could retire not wanting to go through the grind of training camp, the ice tubs, the therapy. The game has taken a toll on his body and there is probably a cozy TV gig waiting for him if he decides to make 2016 his final season, plus quite a few endorsement opportunities. He could also decide to take it year-by-year and maybe play an extra season if the money is right.Either way we know the end is near for Fitzgerald. It’s highly unlikely he would ever put on another uniform. At this point he is going to retire a Cardinal. So enjoy him while you can because this time next year we could be debating whether we have seen the last of Larry Legend. – / 40 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

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