Arnold said she represents a portion of the community that needs representation on the council. “We have a lot of older and senior representation, but our community is made up of a lot of younger families with kids and I’m capable of representing that. We need that part of our community represented because I feel like schools are the lifeblood of our community.”
Robbyn Battles, 45, is the owner of Battles Real Estate in Montrose and has lived in Montrose most of her life. The daughter of Rocky and Ann Battles of La Crescenta, she moved to Montrose from San Diego with her parents when she was 2 years old. Her parents were the longtime owners of Many Mansions Realty on Foothill Boulevard, and Robbyn worked there while in high school. She attended the former Montrose Elementary School, on Florencita Avenue, and later Rosemont Middle School. She graduated from Crescenta Valley High School in 1981.
After a short stint in college, she opted to work as a cashier at Ralphs Market in Glendale and then for the 7-Up Company stocking shelves and building displays. “I worked really hard,” she said, adding that she eventually realized “real estate was really my thing.”
That’s when she went back to work with her parents, and eventually took over the business when they retired.
She met her husband Frank Paschal when he was an advertisement representative for the Glendale News-Press. The two married in 1992 and have a daughter, Taylor, 9, who is a student at Monte Vista Elementary School.
She enjoys spending time with her family, and their terrier, Teddy. She’s taking a horseback riding class with her daughter at Tom Sawyer Camp and she also likes to watch her daughter dance with Revolution Dance Studio.