Many readers have written to comment on the latest proposal by Rick Caruso to take over more of Glendale, including the adjacent hotel ("Forcing hotel out would be a mistake," Dec. 27). The Glendale Redevelopment Agency has gone so far as to give the hotel owner 45 days before the possible consideration of eminent domain proceedings.
We all understand that eminent domain is an extreme measure where private property is taken for public benefit. My question is: Whose benefit is the Redevelopment Agency considering? Obviously Caruso will benefit personally, or he would not be requesting action by the agency. But how does the public benefit?
If I were part of the Redevelopment Agency, I would feel duty bound to determine the following:
1) What parking is going to be available for the general public? Despite what Caruso says, one truth remains — shoppers park at the Glendale Galleria for free and walk to the Americana, where parking either costs or is limited in validation.