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Historical Society Grades Councilmembers With Preservation Score

The Glendale Historical Society recently announced the creation of a new ranking system called the Glendale Preservation Score, based on each City Councilmember’s voting record on preservation issues.
Each item voted on is ranked in importance (low, medium, high) by the Preservation Advocacy Committee and approved by TGHS’s board. Those items are then included in the calculation and are weighted accordingly.
The purpose of the Glendale Preservation Score is to provide transparency and accountability, and to enable TGHS members and all Glendale residents to quickly and easily determine each Councilmember’s commitment to historic preservation, maintaining context about Glendale’s past for future generations.
“Our organization is well aware of the city’s pressing need for housing, but we believe that the desirable goals of preservation and development are not mutually exclusive,” said TGHS President John Schwab-Sims. “For example, TGHS strongly encourages new development projects that incorporate historic resources in an environmentally sensitive manner.”
The Glendale Preservation Score will be updated with each preservation-related Council vote and will be included on the organization’s website (glendalehistorical.org) and in its quarterly newsletter. Notification will also be sent to membership when the scores are updated.

The Glendale Historical Society was founded in 1979 as a nonprofit organization. They seek to recognize and highlight all aspects of Glendale’s history, and works to identify and preserve the city’s historic, architectural and cultural resources through advocacy, education and outreach. TGHS also maintains and manages the Doctors House, a Queen Anne/Eastlake-style Victorian house museum located in Brand Park.

First published in the August 12 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.

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