Hillside signs are on property in L.A.

February 11, 2011

Lately, there has been much commentary regarding the real estate signs placed on the hillside overlooking the interchange of the Glendale (2) and Ventura (134) freeways (“Billboard defaces local hillside,” Feb. 7).

Many readers have suggested that the city of Glendale’s Municipal Codes, which regulate signs, should be enforced to address this problem. These signs are located on property within the city of Los Angeles, outside of the boundary of Glendale.

Unfortunately, this means that Glendale has no jurisdiction over them. However, in an effort to get the signs removed or reduced in size, Glendale’s Neighborhood Services staff has contacted Los Angeles city officials on behalf of our residents.


Los Angeles city staff advised us that the signs are legal in Los Angeles and would be allowed to remain. The city agrees with residents that the size and location of the signs are inappropriate in our community. Mayor Ara Najarian plans to work directly with L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar, in whose district these signs are located, to seek a resolution.

The good news is that Glendale residents think these issues are important and want their community to be a better place. Glendale residents expect and enjoy a community that is reasonably free of such signs.

The resulting cityscape is the consequence of thoughtful regulations now in place, the reasonable enforcement of those codes over time and those expectations of our residents that this will be the case. These three factors, combined with specific efforts over the past 20 years to eliminate some 70 billboards, have resulted in Glendale being a community that is well-maintained and free of visual blight.

Hassan Haghani


Editor’s note: Haghani Glendale’s community development director.

Americana revenue puts it ahead of game

At 9 a.m. on Tuesday in the City Council Chambers, competing proposals for either the expansion of the Americana at Brand or redevelopment of Golden Key Hotel will be made before the Glendale Redevelopment Agency.

The competitors are Caruso Affiliated, the developer of the Americana, and the owner of the Golden Key Hotel — the last remaining parcel of property in contention. Hopefully these proposals will clarify and bring a decision from the Redevelopment Agency, putting an end to the controversy associated with the Americana.

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