Mayor Frank Quintero said he anticipated many of these items would be revisited in the coming months.
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The idea to combine community groups, nonprofit organizations and volunteer efforts is not novel for Glendale.
“In the past, we’ve had committees that have worked with nonprofits to coordinate their efforts and schedule events, so I think it’s a good idea to explore that idea,” Quintero said.
Quintero said one option could be an informal committee of nonprofit members. Friedman, though, hopes to create a more formal commission comprising five leaders from major nonprofits. However, she anticipates that the commission’s success would engender greater investment in the city, thereby offsetting associated costs.
Be it a new commission or committee, the City Council looks to become the conduit to help service groups coordinate their efforts by offering a dedicated forum in which to gather, exchange ideas and meet on a regular basis.
“We need to really take it to heart and make it part of the city’s mission to support volunteer efforts,” Friedman said.
The city is gearing up to discuss usage of a vacant city-owned lot on Maryland Avenue behind Pacific BMW. Although the city has owned the lot for years, Quintero said, it has only recently become disentangled from legal issues.
According to City Manager Jim Starbird, the parcel was originally purchased as a neighborhood park.
“It’s part of an overall city upgrade to the area,” Quintero said.
That upgrade includes transforming the parcel into a mini-park/community garden in order to complement an affordable housing project less than a block from the site.