Council Narrowly Passes Budget

By Brian CHERNICK Glendale City Council members successfully adopted the city’s proposed annual budget on Tuesday night, but not without passionate debate regarding water rate increases and the transferring of funds out of Glendale Water & Power into the general fund. The adopted budget – which was calculated to include a $20 million transfer of […]

Residents Ask for ‘Horse Sense’

By Brian CHERNICK A number of Glendale and Burbank residents attended the Glendale City Council meeting Tuesday night to speak out against the rezoning of a historic equestrian community that borders the two cities. The protests were spurred by an application submitted in February by Art Simonian who founded Metro Investments and serves as a […]

Speed Hump Regulations Eased

By Brian CHERNICK Glendale streets are expected to see more speed humps in the near future after Glendale City Council voted to reduce requirements for their installation. Revisions to the city’s Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program aims to improve safety around schools and parks by reducing the required percentage of community consensus, allowing the installation of […]

Verdugo Park to See Improvements

By Brian CHERNICK A major redesign of Verdugo Park was greatly scaled back after the master design proposals received pushback from residents urging Glendale City Councilmembers to reject the proposed plans for paved walkways and exercise equipment in favor of more trees and open space. Councilmembers voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve the replacement of […]

Moratorium Passes – But Not Happily

By Brian CHERNICK The Glendale City Council on Tuesday night successfully passed an extension of a moratorium on downtown area residential development, but not without city councilmembers butting heads on exceptions – or carve-outs – and the implementation of affordable housing requirements. After a narrow passage of a 45-day moratorium, the 10 months and 15-day […]

Park Plans Move Forward

By Brian CHERNICK The future of Glendale’s Central Park cleared one of its first hurdles Tuesday night after Glendale City Council voted to approve the massive redesign of the park that is set to include the three-story Armenian American Museum. Council was presented with three design options that reimagined the layout of Central Park’s green […]

Power Plant Plans Halted

By Brian CHERNICK After a nearly nine-hour-long hearing on Tuesday, Glendale City Councilmembers voted 4-to-1 to halt plans to renovate the city’s natural gas-fired power plant while they explore renewable-energy alternatives. Hundreds gathered in and outside City Hall to protest the city’s $500 million project with over 400 individual submitted requests to speak on the […]

New City Mayor Announced

By Brian CHERNICK Glendale has a new mayor in town after the now former mayor Vartin Gharpetian finished out his one-year term. He has passed the title to his colleague Zareh Sinanyan. This is his second term as mayor, having been selected in 2014-15. “As with my previous mayorship, the following one will be a […]

Vote Postponed on Boutique Hotel Project

By Brian CHERNICK Glendale City Council failed to bring up a vote on a boutique hotel project design at the April 4 meeting after more than three hours of presentations, public comments and deliberation. The hearing regarded the design of a future Hotel Indigo, a six-story 140-room high-end establishment owned by the InterContinental Hotel Group […]

Halt Put On New Projects

By Brian CHERNICK At Tuesday night’s meeting, the Glendale City Council narrowly passed a 45-day moratorium on all new residential development projects in the downtown area. Brought forth by Councilmember Ara Najarian, the purpose of the moratorium is to allow staff the time to study and present possible amendments to the city’s downtown specific plan […]

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