The incompatibility centered on Foothill Municipal’s sale of water to the Crescenta Valley Water District, which creates a potential for conflict, said Dave Demerjian, head deputy attorney for the district attorney’s Public Integrity Division.
While the dual roles are not criminal, the district attorney’s office would have sought permission to file a civil lawsuit to remove Atwater from the board if he had not voluntarily resigned, Demerjian said.
District officials are seeking applicants for the vacant spot. The board will appoint Atwater’s replacement during or after its March 2 meeting, officials said.
Six months after north Glendale resident Adriana Fong capped off a major home remodel with a new lawn and fresh landscaping, she walked out her front door to find city contractors digging a hole in her yard.
The crews were planting a pine tree, one of many the city has put into the neighborhood in recent weeks.
“It would have been nice for them to let us know,” she said.
Other residents in the neighborhood were similarly confused by the sudden arrival of new trees in front of their homes. No notice was given about the coming change, they said.
For some, the trees have been a tough change to swallow.
Some were also upset that trees had apparently been planted on their property without permission, as reported Thursday by columnist Gary Huerta.
Others said the addition of new greenery to the area was a good thing, but they would have liked to have offered some input into how the trees were placed in front of their homes.
Glendale Public Works Director Steve Zurn acknowledged that the city did not follow its typical process of informing residents about the new trees, but said most concerns have been a result of confusion over the public right-of-way.