City Council meeting, only one spoke in favor of the ordinance, and
his arguments for keeping the ordinance were not compelling.
The simple truth is that the law is outdated and overly intrusive
into the private lives of our citizens. Those people in favor of
having open spaces may choose to landscape their properties in such a
manner, but to impose this single style of landscape architecture
upon a diverse community where this style is either not practical,
desired, or even appropriate is unfair, unjust and meddlesome.
The use of the informational lien is even more problematic and
oppressive as it has resulted in the inability for some to obtain
refinance loans or sell property with it in force (it has apparently
even prevented one citizen from obtaining the money to become
compliant with the ordinance).
It is clear that a significant proportion of Glendale does not
like this ordinance and wishes it repealed. If you use the mayor's
metrics (he chastised the City Council audience for not showing up in
previous years and thus in his view there must not have been any
opposition to the ordinance prior to this most recent meeting), then
89 out of every 90 residents of Glendale oppose the law. We suspect
that if the ordinance was put to a popular vote rather than placed
under the sole discretion of the City Council, the law would suffer a
resounding defeat. can see no compelling reason to keep this
oppressive law on the books. Glendale is a very different community
compared to 1922, when the ordinance was enacted, and our laws need
to reflect the times and sentiment of the community.
The City Council meeting on Tuesday was a very interesting and
disappointing affair to attend. Of the City Council members present,
four were principally involved in the discussions. Ara Najarian
recused himself from the discussion because his property contains a
fence in violation of the ordinance. As a member of the audience, he
spoke eloquently about the issue and showed great dignity and
decorum. Remaining to discuss the issue were (from audience left to
right) City Council members Bob Yousefian, Rafi Manoukian, Dave