ARMENIAN SCHOOL IN GLENDALE SEEKS $6M IN DAMAGES FROM CITY
- A private Armenian school in Glendale that has been fighting to operate for nearly two years is seeking up to $6 million in damages from the city that it claims it suffered as a result of being temporarily shut down.
Glendale News-Press reports that Scholars Academic Foundation claims in its lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court that the city violated its rights to due process and caused economic harm when officials closed the school by "yellow-tagging" the building in February 2010.
The school is seeking $2.75 million to $6 million in damages, according to court documents.
But City Atty. Mike Garcia argued in court documents that the school's claims lack merit, and even if they didn't, the most Scholars Academic Foundation could recover is three to five weeks' worth of rent.
"The economic impact of the 'yellow-tagging' is minimal," Garcia contended.
A judge took the case for review last week, but Garcia said in an email that a decision isn't expected for some time.
The city maintains it had the right to shut down the school after a fire inspection found an inadequate fire alarm and locked or blocked exits. The school's attorneys have said the issues were quickly fixed and the shutdown was excessive.
The school's principal, Anahit Grigoryan, said during court proceedings that the city's former zoning administrator, Edith Fuentes, said the school could operate in its new building if it quickly applied for permits. But that turned out to be an incorrect assessment.
The city sent the kindergarten-to-12th-grade school violation notices but never received a response. In a surprise February visit, a fire inspector found it unsafe to occupy.
After the safety issues were fixed, the city still wouldn't let the school open, according to court documents.
- 1219 Death of Armenian King Levon the Second (Kingdom of Cilicia).
- 1817 General Yermolov, Commander of the Caucasian forces and Governor of the Caucasus, stops in Echmiadsin on his way to a mission in Persia.
- 1869 Death of the Armenologist Victor Langlois. He translated Armenian historical sources into French under the sponsorship of Noobar Pasha.
- 1900 Death of Hovhannes Aivazovsky (seascape artist) in Feodosia (the Ukraine). He was born in 1817.
- 1916 The "France-Armenie" committee is organized in Paris. Members of the Academy and other political figures are members.
- 1917 The First Assembly of Western Armenians opens in Yerevan under the Presidency of General Andranik.
- 1919 The Publication of Constantinople's Extraordinary Military Tribunal's decision about the perpetrators of the deportations of Booyook Dere's (Constantinople's district) Armenian population.
- 1930 Creation of the Kanaker Power Station.
- 1965 Death of Hrachia Kochar (writer and public figure). He was born in 1909.