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Not a big fan of a sign of the times

January 27, 2011

Not a big fan of a sign of the times

Am I the only one in Glendale who is "offended" by the real estate agents' billboard on the hillside above the Glendale (2) and Ventura (134) freeways?

William Slaughter

Glendale

Gym variance would be a parking nightmare

Planning Commissioner Stephanie Landregan hit the nail on the head in summing up the commission's decision to deny a variance for the construction of a school gym — the school would benefit without considering the significant disadvantage to the neighborhood ("Planning Commission denies proposed gym at Chamlian Armenian School," Jan. 21).

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What the owner of this school has requested is not trivial — it wants the full benefit of a gym but intends to provide less than half the required onsite parking. Where does it think the 80-plus cars it will not be able to accommodate are going to park?

Thank you to the Planning Commission for having a backbone and saving Glendale from yet another business that considers only its interests. Let's hope that the City Council remembers that the integrity of Glendale's residential neighborhoods is key to the success of the city, and to question on what factors its staff bases its recommendations.

Does the city planner really think that an indoor facility ripe for any type of recreation or event will draw less intensive use than an outdoor playground? Ever try playing bingo outdoors on a breezy day?

Laurie Collins

Glendale

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