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Notable Quotables

May 14, 2010

“This project will not only enable the physical transformation of the San Fernando Road corridor, but will also provide fiscal benefits that will contribute to the vitality [of the area].”

Neil Jurgens, vice president of design and delivery for Walt Disney Co., on a proposed 338,000-square-foot expansion to the company’s creative campus.

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“We know there are a lot of plant materials, native and drought-resistant plant materials, that require almost no water or no water that can be used that are a living alternative. I just don’t see [artificial turf] as a solution.”

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— Glendale City Councilwoman Laura Friedman.

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“You’re taking these unused plots of land and turning them into serviceable property.”

Sam Engel, the city’s Neighborhood Services administrator, on community-run gardens.

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“To me, that is a good way to balance the impact of new development with a fee that actually will bring art and culture to larger numbers of our residents.”

— Glendale City Councilman John Drayman on his proposal to scrap the on-site public art option of the city’s Downtown Specific Plan and instead require a 1% fee, which could then be used to fund city art programs.

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“This is going to be projected as one of the most significant asset forfeiture years that we have had in more than a decade.”

— Glendale Police Capt. Ray Edey on the $1.3 million in asset forfeiture funds collected by the department this year.

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“Our people are the types who don’t like to hear the phones ringing.”

Don Wise, executive director of the Verdugo Fire Communications Center.


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