July 10, 2018
The Glendale City Council was back in session on Tuesday, July 10 after a three-week break. The Council’s agendas included Housing Authority business, and both special and regular council meetings.
Potential Tech Accelerator in Glendale
City Council directed the Community Development Department to prepare a request for proposal – also known as RFP – seeking qualified respondents who want to operate and manage a tech accelerator pilot program in Glendale. For the specifications of the RFP, visit the City’s RFP page.
With over 1,000 tech firms in Glendale, this action addresses a need for more high quality office space for the Glendale tech industry. According to the City’s Tech Sector advisor, Glendale has a leg up with its current diversity of spaces for tech.
An accelerator is different than an incubator. An accelerator recruits a high quality cohort of startups to provide support, such as mentorship, to entrepreneurs to help them get to the next stage and pitch to investors. Startups have to meet a competitive set of criteria related to growth and scale potential to participate. The program is limited in time and space. Find the full agenda report here.
Grayson Unit Turbine Repair Approved
The Council unanimously approved the repair of the turbine in Unit 8 of the Grayson Power Plant. The turbine was damaged due to an internal explosion, which prompted an investigation.
With the conclusion of the investigation, Glendale Water and Power received Council approval to send the turbine to the manufacturer in Connecticut for repairs. The labor and materials involved in the repairs will cost $600,000. The turbine is expected back in Glendale in late August, and to be reinstalled in September. Find the full agenda report here.
Local generating capacity on Friday, July 6 was exhausted due to the hot weather and an aging power plant.
Fire Department Purchased 7 New AEDs
The City Council approved the purchase of seven new Automated External Defibrillators (AED). An AED provides a clear image of the heart, and transmits all medical data collected to the hospital prior to the patient’s arrival.
Four AEDs will be purchased with donations from local hospitals and the community. The other three are budgeted for as a capital outlay in the City’s budget. This critical front-line equipment will be placed in each of the city’s front-line fire engines and ambulances. With the purchase of these seven new AEDs, the City of Glendale will own a total of 12 AEDs. Find the full agenda report here.
Council approved a resolution that adopted adjustments for field workers represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). The adjustment brings the classifications a closer to the labor market average. The adjustment is informed by a survey of comparable classifications in the Cities of Pasadena and Burbank. The adjustment is consistent with a memorandum of understanding (MOU) approved between the City and the IBEW in 2015. Find the full agenda report here.
Council certified the results of the June 5 election, which saw the overwhelming approval of local Measure P. The measure cleans up City Charter language to agree with a state law that require low voter participation jurisdiction to consolidate their elections with the state’s primary or general election in even-number years. Find the full agenda report here.
The next City Council meeting is on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers at Glendale City Hall, 613 E. Broadway, Glendale, CA 91206. The agenda for that meeting will be available at the City Clerk’s website at least 72 hours prior to the start of that meeting.
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