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Citizens Oppose Verdugo Wash Project

First published in the Dec. 3 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.

On Wednesday, Nov. 16, the Glendale City Council approved a motion to allow the Verdugo Wash Visioning Project to continue in its full scope.
This was done despite the objections of many concerned citizens present at the meeting, the several individuals who called in with their objections, the more than 600 citizens who signed a petition objecting to the project, and an admitted shortcoming in the city information outreach, and even the recommendations of city staff.
If we were to look for winners and losers here, the losers would certainly be all the citizens of Glendale who will pay for this project one way or another. But the more important losers will be the citizens of South Glendale who will be denied a concentrated effort to give them the green space and recreational opportunities they need and deserve.
Any money spent to move this project into North Glendale would be better spent in the south of Glendale. Winners in this effort can only be found in the picture published in the Nov. 12 issue of the News-Press, where eight local dignitaries appear gladly accepting a $6 million check to be spent on this project from a state that announced it has a budget deficit.
Should we not be concentrating our efforts on homelessness, crime prevention, traffic management and projects that will really provide needed public services?

Larry Van Avery

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