Two-time chair of the Committee for a Clean & Beautiful Glendale (CCBG) passed away this past Monday, Oct. 25. After 25 years of service on CCBG, Arnold Milner leaves a legacy of accomplishments that Glendale residents will benefit from for many years to come.
Arnold demonstrated a lifelong commitment to youth in our community. He served as scoutmaster for the Boy Scout troop that he joined as a boy, participating until recently in their camping trips and High Sierra hikes.
Arnold had two interests that have forever improved the community. He and his wife raised their three sons in southern Glendale. As a result, he got involved in the effort to address the problem of graffiti in our community, long before it became fashionable. In this spirit, he was a founding member of the Knock-Out Graffiti in Glendale Committee, which developed Glendale’s first graffiti-response program and the city’s zero-tolerance policy, which are the primary reasons that Glendale does not now have the graffiti problem that plagues our neighbors.
He also championed the efforts to get abandoned shopping carts off of the sidewalks throughout town. He was relentless in pressing the issue, even when no one else seemed to care. Through his perseverance, Glendale did adopt a program that was immediately effective, making Glendale an example for our neighboring cities.
His pride in Glendale was evident when he accepted the top honors by Keep America Beautiful on behalf of the city during his chairmanship. In spite of all his efforts throughout the community, Arnold preferred to work behind the scenes and usually stayed away from the spotlight.
Services will be Thursday, Oct. 28 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Sinai Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills. The family has requested that remembrances or gifts in honor of Arnold’s many contributions to the community be made to Glendale Clean & Beautiful, Inc, a non-profit corporation established to benefit environmental education and the beautification of Glendale. Contact Julie Shermer at (818) 550-4508 for more information.