May 10, 2008

Not much puppy love for the Americana

I have been reading the articles that have been in the Glendale News-Press these past few weeks on the Americana at Brand (“Americana tests traffic plan,” Wednesday, “Galleria unfazed by arrival of the Americana,” Tuesday, “Brand-new day for shoppers,” May 3 and “A taste of Americana,” May 2).

I have been a supporter of the project from the beginning. I was part of the Community Development Block Grant Committee for five years. My family worked on the Edison-Pacific project. But after what happened to me and my family on Wednesday night, I’m not so sure about developer Rick Caruso and his Americana.


I live one block from the Americana and have been looking forward to its opening. I saw it to be a place that we could walk to in the evenings with the family and our dog and enjoy the surroundings. Wednesday night we took the dog (a Great Dane) for her walk over to the Americana.

We were stopped by a rent-a-cop and were told we had to leave the Americana because our dog was too large. We pointed out to this young man that no signs were posted at any of the entrances that no dogs were allowed, let alone the size of the dog.

He informed us that if you cannot carry the dog you cannot bring the dog in.

Now, on Monday, we had taken the dog for her walk over to the Americana and were not bothered by anyone or told we could not bring our dog here.

We had a very nice evening walk. We even stopped and talked to a group of Glendale police officers who all commented on our dog, and not once were we told that we could not bring our dog in.

Our dog is well behaved and doesn’t bother anyone on her walks. In fact, she doesn’t even pee or poop on her walks; she does that when we get back home.

She just likes to walk and take in the views. I feel by telling me my dog is not allowed that this is size discrimination. You either let all dogs in or no dogs at all. As the rent-a-cop was talking to us and asking us to leave, I pointed out several small dogs that were not being carried and ask if he was going to talk to them also. That they needed to carry their dogs. He said he would but I never saw him do it.

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