Urban Toot will pass along any official corresponding regarding public safety that is submitted to us. We hope all of our neighbors stay safe and vigilant. Please pass this along.

Neighborhood Watch Leaders:

Along the western edge of Rossmoyne and into our West Command, there have been several attempts and a few successful residential burglaries. The MO is the same as what we have seen: The residents that have seen and thwarted the burglars, have reported a knock at the front door. When they have not answered, the suspect (so far, all male) walks toward the side of the residence and begins to attempt entry. In these cases, the residents have chased off the suspect and called us after they have lost sight of the suspect. We have had vehicles stolen (300 block East Dryden and 1100 Block Campbell on Jan 13), and another residential burglary (also on Jan 13th). This burglary was similar to the one on Cordova (shared driveway with obscured view from street) with jewelry being the target. The residents secured the home around 9:00AM and returned at 4:30 to find a pried rear slider door. No suspects were seen. Our detectives are working leads, but it is always observant residents who make the difference. When in doubt about who the person at your door is, don’t open the door. Acknowledge them with a, “Who is it?” and if they still seem unsavory, call us right away. The general dispatch number is: (818) 548-4841. When in doubt, call 911.

Send this to those in the area. Hopefully, we can collect new Neighborhood Watch members and host a meeting with a terrific topic in the next month!!!


Officer Sue Shine

East Command, Lead Officer

Glendale Police Department

131 North Isabel Street

Glendale, CA 91206

Parents in Preschools: Seek first to understand

As a preschool director I find one of the most important things I can do is to understand parents. And at the same time I find it can be one of the hardest things to do. While I am a parent my children are grown. I have a different perspective having gone through adolescents with three strong willed children who were bound and determined to push me away as far as they could, only to come back as amazing adults.

Well, I have a puppy, and in this experience I have been reminded of how it feels to be a new parent, with a vulnerable being. My puppy is 2 pounds eight ounces and her name is Sofi. She reminds me of a toddler, with her uncoordinated body, her inability to regulate herself, her neediness and her fun spirit.

At the same time I an anxious, waking up in the middle of the night, wondering if she is ok when I am at work, showing pictures of her and telling everyone how smart she is.

When we work with parents I believe we have an obligation to see their child as that little pup, so young and fresh, their pride and joy. When you are looking for a preschool be sure to get a feel for the director and the teachers by interacting with them when possible. Do they smile when you walk in the classroom? Are you greeted or glared at?

Many times I have heard teachers being negative about parents coming into the school environment. While it can be disruptive, I believe we make unstructured time in a school program where parents are welcome to come in and have a visit. Many days I have seen the need for a parent to come in and observe their child, watching them and being able to see what is going on in the school. This can create trust, build a bond and reassure parents that their child is settled and doing well.

When looking at preschools take the time to tour and visit the school while in session. You will come to know if it is a place where parents are being understood and valued. A place where you can chat with a teacher, hear how your child is doing, a place where you belong.

 Debbie has been an early childhood educator for the past twenty years as a preschool teacher, director and parent educator. She is a member of the National Association of Early Childhood Educators, Pasadena City College’s Advisory Board and a local preschool directors networking group. Debbie is the owner and Director of La Canada Preschool. Her vision is to provide the best environment for children to experience discovery and their sense of wonder at this magical moment in human development. 

School Zone

This past Monday a group of over twenty parents from a local elementary school, Verdugo Woodlands, attended a Special Meeting of the  Glendale Unified School District (GUSD) Board meeting. The meeting was scheduled to discuss ORG Money that addresses the removal of the portable classrooms (some of which have been on site since World War II). GUSD is planning on removing the portables and building new construction of classrooms.

The parents of Verdugo Woodlands Elementary School spoke up and shared with the School Board their concerns about the growth of the student body and traffic safety. They explained that they didn’t understand how the school could expand to such a size and that they didn’t think that the new building that is planned for the site would be large enough. The parents were also very vocal about their concerns about the students safety in regard to the high traffic that surrounds the school. One of the parents, Stephen O’Bryan said “we want to partner with the Board of Education in finding real solutions to the issues surrounding our local school and our community. We want to have real solutions to these very real problems while maintaining our sense of community.”

Bad Driver, Bad!


What I’m going to say isn’t going to shock anyone who has lived in Glendale for more then a day. Glendale, California has some of the worst drivers in the nation. A recent article in Forbes  points out the top cities for the worst drivers in America. In fact what they said is:

3. Glendale, Calif.

Glendale residents are estimated to get into an accident once every 5.5 years.


Now it’s easy to say to one’s self. Hey, one accident every 5.5 years isn’t bad. So that’s like a fender bender and one rear end while my kid is in Middle School and then High School. Another way to look at it is well at least we are number three! Those other people in Washington D.C. and Baltimore must be really bad drivers! In fact the truth is that in Washington D.C , Forbes reports that they average accidents 4.8 years and Baltimore is every 5.3 years. Again, that might not seem very bad until you realize that the average US driver, on average, only is involved in an accident once every 10 years!

So my big question is why? Why are we such bad drivers? I mean seriously? We are worse then Newark, New Jersey? Seriouly? When I was a young man I used to work for a rent a car company and had to drive in the Newark area on a regular basis. Let me tell you that Glendale is no Newark, nor do we ever want to be! We shouldn’t be anywhere Newark in this regard!

Don’t even get me started that we are worse drivers then Jersey City! Jersey City is where the Holland Tunnel enters and exists into and out of New York City! They only get into accidents once every 6.4 years and in 2007 they had 34,698,000 vehicles go through. How do they have a better traffic rate then Glendale?

So my question is why are we such bad drivers? Aren’t Glendale and Burbank so similar in so many ways? Don’t we share a helicopter with Pasadena and Burbank? Don’t we share an airport? I’m sure that we share a bunch of other things but we don’t seem to share our bad driving habits with them? What is Burbank’s driving record? What about Pasadena? I know that no two or three cities are never the same but come on. Why are they completely out of the top 12 and we are number 3? What are our elected officials doing about it? What is the police doing? What are we as a community doing about it? What are we as a city doing about it? What are we as drivers doing about it? What are we as citizens doing about it?

I’d love to hear your thoughts about this? Why do you think Glendale, California is home to so many bad drivers? Maybe even more important is the question, What can we do to improve our city so that we get off that list and start being safer?

Next week! My top ideas to make Glendale, California a safer city to drive in!





It’s a Love/Hate Relationship

There are downsides to everything; there are unintended consequences to everything. The most corrosive piece of technology that I’ve ever seen is called television – but then, again, television, at its best, is magnificent.– Steve Jobs, 2003

It may not be PC to admit I love television.  I’ve always loved television.  Yes, I believe I could live without it if I had to, but I would miss it terribly.  That said, there are programs on TV whose premise is simple despicable to me.  First and foremost I hate reality show “faux-lebrities” (fake celebrities).  The reality is there is no reality. Honestly, who are these people?  They don’t possess any talent other than the ability to focus our attention on their dysfunctional lives.  The situations are planned, staged, arranged…call it what you will.  To say it’s dramatized is to suggest they can act.  Furthermore, they crossover into entertainment news media, i.e., Us Magazine, The Insider, and insist “everybody’s talking about them.”

Here are the shows on my PLEASE GO AWAY list

  • Teen Mom (MTV)
  • Sister Wives (TLC)
  • Toddlers & Tiaras (TLC)
  • 19 Kids and Counting (TLC)
  • Kardashian-anything (E)
  • Housewives of Orange County, Atlanta, New Jersey, New York City, and Beverly Hills (Bravo)
  • The Bachelor (ABC)

The top three shows on my list are simply disturbing and creepy.  Teen mothers, polygamists, and baby-women are not to be revered or envied, yet that’s exactly the message these shows are sending.

The “I Don’t Get It” Award has to go to Extreme Couponing.  I love to save money as much as the next person, but to frame a show about the ability to buy 50 tubes of toothpaste for $1.00 at the checkout is absurd.

Now that I got that out of my system, there is an abundance of programs I do like.  Based on genuine laughs, intelligent drama, educational, and irreverence, here are my Prime Time Top 10:


  • Modern Family (ABC)
  • 30 Rock (NBC)
  • The Soup (E)
  • Criminal Minds (CBS)
  • What Not to Wear (TLC)
  • Project Runway (Lifetime)
  • Whitney (new) (NBC)
  • Hoarders (TLC)
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
  • Sex & the City – reruns (E)

I could go on and on singing the praises of shows about biographies, medical reality, history, mysteries, UFOs, and the paranormal, but suffice it to say there’s far more out there to love than hate.  The sheer abundance of information available is enough to develop just a little crush, no?  What shows are on your Hit List?

Sleep and Weight

Sleep.  Not many of us get enough.  Whether we work long hours, are taking care of family obligations or lay awake at night having trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep, we could all use some more.  But did you know that there is a correlation between your weight and your sleep patterns?

Think about the last time you were running on next to no sleep. What did you eat that day?  Did you care about what you were putting into your body?  Were you more hungry than usual?

Think about the new mom that is having trouble losing her baby weight.  Is she lazy?  More than likely, no.  She is in a losing battle.  She is taking care of her newborn, while trying to recover herself on little or no sleep.  Her body is unable to function normally because of the lack of sleep that she is getting.

When our bodies do not get enough sleep, the hormones that keep our appetites in check start working differently.  Leptin, which functions as an appetite suppressant is lowered and Ghrelin, which stimulates appetite is boosted.  This in turn can cause an increase in caloric intake far above what is needed, especially a craving for foods with high amounts of carbohydrates.  This would in turn support the findings by Emmanuel Mignot and his colleagues that people with short durations of sleep have higher Body Mass Indexes (BMI)*, which is directly related to one’s risk of disease.  A poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation found that the average time Americans were sleeping had decreased from 8.0- 8.9 hours a night in the 1960’s to 6.9-7.0 hours in 2000.  Pair those statistics with the fact that obesity has been on the rise and a startling pattern can be made between lack of sleep, overeating and weight gain.

A study in the journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine showed that people with sleep disorders tend to eat a diet that is higher in cholesterol, protein and total fat, including saturated fat.

Another interesting find is that according to the Archives of Internal Medicine, people that are getting five or fewer hours of sleep a night are more likely to be diabetic.

The moral of the story: sleep is a precious commodity and everyone needs to make time for it.  Whether it is working a little less, cutting back on television or not staying out as late, sleep needs to be in the forefront of everyone’s mind who is trying to lead a healthy lifestyle.  Leading a healthy lifestyle encompasses more than just eating right and getting exercise.  It is about one’s total health, which includes allowing the body the proper amount of sleep that it needs to recover and function properly. 

To find your BMI:

Underweight = <18.5

Normal weight = 18.5-24.9

Overweight = 25-29.9

Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater


Light’s Out! It’s time for Bed, Us News and World Report

Sleep duration Affects Appetite-Regulating Hormones, Public library of Science

The Impact of Sleep Deprivation on Hormones and Metabolism, Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Insomnia and sleep Health Expert column



Channel Surfing – Indecision or A.D.D.?





In 1992 Bruce Springsteen released a song titled, “57 Channels and Nothing On.”  Here it is almost 20 years later, and as a long-time Glendale cable subscriber I find myself saying the same thing.  On any given day you’d think I’d be able to settle on something among 177 channels (and those are just the free ones).  Personally, I’m finding it increasingly difficult to commit to watching anything running over 30 minutes.Typical example, on a lazy weekend afternoon after flipping through the full cycle of channels, not once, not twice, but three times, I come across the 1960 classic La Dolce Vita, a movie I have amazingly never seen.  Just 15 minutes into it, I’ve run out of excuses to pass it by.  Though it’s over 50 years old, the theme is still very current – confused, unfulfilled Italian man-about-town meets vivacious American actress hounded by paparazzi in Rome and all the reckless consequences that follows. Eventually it becomes tedious to divide my attention between the subtitles and action on the screen.  After 35 minutes, my wanderlust is reactivated.  I change the channel AGAIN, and end up watching the last 10 minutes Toy Story 3 (which I’ve seen before).  Terminal cuteness wins over sophistication and nostalgia.

More often I find myself sitting in front of the TV while simultaneously browsing the internet on my laptop.  In between checking e mail, looking for recipes, and Google-ing random trivia.  That’s not to say I don’t have favorites: Modern Family, 30 Rock, Criminal Minds, Project Runway, and What Not to Wear.  Don’t hate me because I don’t watch Dancing with the Stars (recaps on Access Hollywood are enough) but I totally get why it’s so popular.  I’m not above lovingSouth Park and Family Guy.  Hoarders is a guilty pleasure.We’re inundated with information more than ever and feeling truly satisfied with none of it, which is why we conclude there’s nothing on.  I’ve never believed that television is the “vast wasteland” as some detractors portray it. In fact, those people really piss me off.  There’s something out there for everybody.  Finding it is now a major challenge.

Evil Gift Bags

Which evil woman came up with the idea of birthday goody bags? That is what I want to know. I would also like to know how her children turned out.

Spread Out!

It used to be that  would tell one of our three sons, “It is a BIG planet people, spread out!” As I watched our twelve year old walk to Rosemont for his first day as a seventh grader last week, all I could think was, “please don’t grow up too fast.”  Funny how that works, huh?

Glendale Editoral Cartoon

Used with Permission by the artist.

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