By Julie BUTCHER
The Crescenta Valley Community Association (CVCA) met for the first time in 2017 on Jan. 26 to hear from all corners of the community and to receive and discuss updates on a large number of local issues.
Sharon and Bill Weisman invited the meeting participants to introduce themselves and share a bit about their interests and issues of concern. The meeting continued with updates and discussion.
On the status of Rockhaven, Mike Morgan updated the group. On April 18, 2016 the Rockhaven Sanitarium District was granted inclusion in the California Registry of Historical Resources over the objections of the City of Glendale. On Jan. 23, the City of Glendale approved a six-month extension to review six various options for development and preservation. The CVCA is on record supporting proposals that do not include permanent housing elements.
Friends of Rockhaven (www.friendsofrockhaven.org) is joining with the Friends of the Rialto (Theatre) for a “Vintage Valentine” celebration and fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Rialto Theatre, 1023 Fair Oaks, South Pasadena.
Concerning the wireless cell tower proposed for Dunsmore Park, the appeal hearing has been rescheduled to April 18 while AT&T seeks alternative commercial sites. Cell towers cannot be prohibited for health reasons; they may, however, be challenged based on land use requirements.
Grant Michals of the Montrose/Verdugo City/Sparr Heights Neighborhood Association (MVSNA) reported on Glendale’s Planning Streamlining Task Force that is meeting to determine ways to streamline the City’s planning and design review processes.
The condo project proposed for 3037-3045 Foothill Blvd. invited continued controversy as community member Sharon Raghavachary vowed to “fight this development.”
“The [CV] Town Council didn’t even see final plans, just renderings,” Raghavachary exclaimed. “It fails to meet the Community Standards we worked on for seven years in different ways: the lack of adequate set-backs, the lack of a pitched roof, the lack of any use of indigenous rock.”
The group discussed the next steps in the review process and determined to “stay on top of it because we have to.”
Sharon Weisman reported on statewide activity regarding “granny flats.” AB2299 and SB1069 potentially limit local municipality’s ability to restrict these types of smaller second units on properties zoned for single-family homes. The City of Glendale is also investigating ways of restricting or controlling short-term rentals such as those offered by Airbnb.
Local elections are set for Tuesday, April 4 for the City of Glendale and on March 7 for neighboring Los Angeles City Council District 7 after Felipe Fuentes quit to move to Sacramento to become a lobbyist. Weisman reported that the two predominant candidates in that election are Karo Torossian and Monica Rodriguez and, given that there are nearly 20 candidates running for the office, there will likely be a run-off election in May. There are elections in both the Glendale Unified School District (GUSD) and for the Glendale Community College District (GCCD) on April 4 as well; the GCCD will elect representatives by district beginning with this election.
The City of Glendale recently held an open forum regarding the City’s plan for implementing recently approved Proposition 64 legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. The City has a robust presentation and survey tool on its website and is encouraging full participation in the dialogue before the City enacts policies.
In other news, the CVCA’s leadership announced concerns about a potential development at 2817 Montrose Ave.
The Crescenta Valley Community Association meets monthly on the fourth Thursday of the month. Its next meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23 at the La Crescenta Library, 2809 Foothill Blvd.