At its Aug. 15 meeting, several City Councilmembers mentioned Glendale’s nickname, the Jewel City. After a long and contentious hearing on an appeal by the Glendale Homeowners Coordinating Councilmembers Ara Najarian, Elen Asatryan and Ardy Kassakhian voted to allow a development that actually decreases affordable housing in central Glendale. They approved demolishing three affordable units and replacing them with one while giving the developer more market rate “bonus” units than he is entitled to as well as many waivers and concessions. Thus demonstrating that in Glendale developers get the gems and residents get the paste.
First published in the August 19 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.