Though the city can'tgive the Love Ride, an annual charitable motorcycle event, the same monetary support as in years past, the City Council gave the event a solid endorsement this week.
“It's great for the local economy. It's great for the charities,” Mayor Frank Quintero said about the motorcycle caravan that begins at Harley-Davidson of Glendale and continues to Castaic Lake.
Glendale used to give the charitable event $15,000 annually to cover police and other city support. But the money came from the city's now defunct Redevelopment Agency. Redevelopment ended in February following a state mandate that redirected most of the city's incrementally higher property taxes to Sacramento.
In the past, the Love Ride, which brings tens of thousands of people from all over the world to Glendale, has supported medical causes. But this year, at the urging of actor and self-described motorcycle enthusiast Robert Patrick, the beneficiary will be the USO, a nonprofit that supports military.