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Robert Castro named Glendale Police Chief At the Tuesday, October 22, 2013 Glendale City Council meeting, City Manager Scott Ochoa introduced Robert Castro as the 12th Police Chief for the City of Glendale. Robert Castro is currently the Chief of Police for the city of Glendora, a position he has held for the past three years. Chief Castro began his law enforcement career working for the City of Glendora as a police cadet in 1985. He was hired as a police officer in 1986 and worked his way up through the ranks to Chief of Police. Chief Castro attended Azusa Pacific University obtaining a Bachelor and Masters Degree in Business Management. He is a Graduate of the POST Command College and the West Point Law Enforcement Leadership Program. He holds a POST Executive Certificate and is a member of the California Police Chiefs’ Association and the International Association of Police Chiefs. As the Police Chief of Glendora, Castro transformed the police department into a highly effective and efficient organization, an evolution hastened by the Great Recession. Difficult financial conditions resulted in a 20% personnel reduction in Glendora PD, however, Chief Castro was able to use the financial crisis as an opportunity to innovate. He implemented Focus-Based Continuous Improvement Policing and District Policing programs which included the use of innovative technologies. His management philosophy is predicated on exceptional customer service, valuesbased management, and continuous performance improvement. Chief Castro is very active in regional policing efforts in the San Gabriel Valley as a means of delivering quality, costefficient service. Through his leadership, Glendora maintains a strong regional profile in diverse areas such as helicopter/air support, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), jailing services, and public safety radio systems. Castro has managed the Office of Traffic Safety Traffic DUI and Traffic Safety Grant for all of Los Angeles County for the past five years. His Focus-Based Policing program resulted in injury traffic collisions declining

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5% each year. He has been very successful in obtaining grant funds to implement many of the programs and technologies used to meet the contemporary challenges of public safety. His community involvement includes being a member of Kiwanis, PTA, Chamber of Commerce, and numerous community committees in the city of Glendora. “Glendale is truly an incredible community which is diverse, proud, and has wonderful involvement and support. I am honored to have the opportunity to bring my experiences and ideas to this dynamic community, organization, and management team.” said Chief Castro. “I believe by working with and listening closely to employees, community members, and city leaders we can improve the quality of life for all who live, work, and visit Glendale. I am very excited to replicate many of the successful processes I have used during my career here in Glendale.” City Manager Scott Ochoa heralded Castro’s arrival in Glendale by saying, “Chief Rob Castro will capitalize on the significant gains made by Glendale PD over the recent years. Building on the successes and expectations established during Chief Ron De Pompa’s administration, I am very confident that Chief Castro will sustain our positive momentum. He understands and appreciates our organization’s values, he is an innovative leader, and he appreciates and respects the role of community support in maintaining Glendale as a very special – and safe – place.” Chief Castro is expected to take over as the Chief of Police on Monday December 16, 2013. Chief Castro, 48 years, and his wife, Cynthia, an elementary school teacher, have two sons, Nicholas, 16, and Robbie, 18. He and his family enjoy fitness activities, such as running and mountain bike riding.

State Sen. Carol Liu takes a serious look at poverty in schools State Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge) recently visited Madison Elementary School in Pasadena as part of her “Pathways to Partnership: Community Schools Strategy in Action” tour, an office spokesman said. Liu came to Pasadena to support student success and strengthen families and discuss Pasadena area initiatives, such as the City/School/Community Workplan and the district’s Healthy Start centers. Liu said the bus tour is designed to help families throughout the state. “It looks at poverty in California,” said Liu, who is chair of the Senate Education Committee. “This year we’re looking at how we can assist children in need in communities and schools up and down the state.” Liu added it is important that the city of Pasadena and the Pasadena Unified School District collaborate on these initiatives. “That’s a partnership between the city and school

By Shel Segal district to see how they can work together to help these students,” she said. “It’s a three-year program to see how they can better help the students and families. They teach parents to be better advocates for their kids and how to access services if they need services.” The City/School/ Community Workplan is a framework for building the commitment for stakeholders to work together cooperatively in order to improve student outcomes, support the local economy and to ensure the community grows as a local and global center of innovation. Using research, models and previous school, city and community planning efforts, a draft framework and set of existing and proposed strategies was jointly approved by the Pasadena Unified Board of Education and Pasadena City Council last February. PUSD’s Healthy Start program operates at five school sites: Madison Elementary School,


Cleveland Elementary School, Jackson Elementary School, Eliot Middle School and Rose City High School. The sites provide students and families with case management services and a multitude of resources including health and mental health services, classes for parents, assistance for basic needs, and academic services for students. The Madison Healthy Start Center was recently completed under Measure TT, a $350 million school bond initiative passed by area voters in 2008. The centerpieces of the new facility are preschool classrooms that serve 35 to 40 students each year. Also part of the facility are rooms for health education, parent education, social services referrals and other services. The center is staffed by a Healthy Start coordinator and caseworkers as well as dedicated parent volunteers. (Shel Segal can be reached at ssegal@

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