Changes in Glendale and a Fair in the Foothills
Like the rest of the nation, Glendale is feeling the winds of change beginning to stir. The Glendale City Council election this week ushered at least one (as of this writing) new face onto the dais, replacing Mayor Frank Quintero who has served the city in one way or another for more than a decade. Frank may have stepped down from the Glendale City Council, but he has not stepped away from the city he loves.
This love was evident at the annual state of the city and awards luncheon held last Thursday at the Glendale Hilton. Frank gave the address after the awards presentations. (A side note – the acceptance speeches by those recognized were inspiring and I congratulate each of them.)
During his address, Frank acknowledged the tough choices made by the council over the last few years due to the economic downturn. But these choices resulted in a $50 million reduction in costs for the city. Frank was full of praise for City Manager Scott Ochoa who he credited with implementing many of these decisions.
He also outlined many new projects that are taking place in the city that were showcased in a three-minute video. These included Veterans Village that will provide affordable housing with a preference to veterans, and the Narrows Riverwalk, which will provide a half-mile of landscaped recreational trail along the north bank of the Los Angeles River across from Griffith Park. These are just some of the highlights of a city that is coming out of a recession and looking to a future that appears to be full of promise.
I left the luncheon feeling inspired about the changes that are coming to Glendale – a much more positive feeling than those of years past when the outlook was one of caution and holding on by one’s fingernails.
I would be remiss if I didn’t extend an invitation to this Saturday’s Hometown Country Fair at Crescenta Valley Park (3901 Dunsmore Ave. in La Crescenta). This is the eighth year that the chamber has hosted the fair and I’ve been fortunate to be a part of each year’s event.
There really is something for everyone. We’re talking barbecue, carnival rides, a hot rods and classic cars show, live entertainment, arts and crafts, a dog parade, a chance to win an iPad and – yes! – there’s even more.
The fair is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and CV Weekly will be there. Hope to see you, too!