A draft ordinance could be ready for the council by the end of October and will unlikely take the entire year allotted, said Christina Sansone, general counsel for the city’s Public Works Department. In the meantime, city officials plan to host community meetings and collect input from cell-phone service providers on the draft ordinance.
The City Council on Tuesday appeared to embrace the expected return of a homeless winter shelter to downtown Glendale, despite its controversial stay in Burbank last winter.
County and local officials expect the shelter to operate out of the National Guard Armory on Colorado Street this winter. It would be a homecoming of sorts, given that the armory had hosted the Los Angeles County-funded program for more than 10 years before it moved to Burbank in 2007 to allow for construction and building upgrades.
The move to Burbank got an early warm reception, but last year, residents living near the armory there started to complain, sparking community meetings and discord on the Burbank City Council on what to do with the shelter. Then in March, state National Guard officials said the Burbank armory would be closed to homeless shelter programs this winter to accommodate military deployments to the Middle East.
Democratic Assemblyman Paul Krekorian is “strongly considering” a new job.
The Burbank resident, who now has an apartment in Valley Glen, said in a statement that he is contemplating a move to the Los Angeles City Council to replace Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, who was elected earlier this year to be L.A.’s city controller effective July 1. Greuel’s seat represents Council District 2, which covers a portion of the San Fernando Valley that overlaps with Krekorian’s constituency, the 43rd Assembly District.