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Glendale Mayor Frank Quintero op-ed: Good stories were plentiful in 2012

January 08, 2013|By Frank Quintero

While reading the Glendale News-Press article, “A year of highlights and low points,” I couldn't help but reflect on 2012. Although last year was difficult for the global economy, we would be remiss not to remind ourselves of the great accomplishments we achieved at home.

Quality of Life

Parks: Just this past December, Glendale Narrows Riverwalk opened. The project included two small parks, an equestrian facility, a public art project, and a half-mile recreational trail. The project was awarded a $975,000 grant to assist in the completion of Phase II by the California Natural Resources Agency. Also introduced to the city is Maryland Avenue Park in South Glendale. 2012 projects continue to provide new investments in our parks that will carry into 2013.

Housing: Doran Gardens opened, providing 57 affordable housing units for moderate income first-time home buyers. We partnered with an affordable housing developer to build “Veterans Village,” a 44-unit complex that will give preference to veterans. Numerous other mixed-use housing/commercial projects were approved in 2012 and will be on the market within the next several years. We look forward to the vibrancy the new additions like ICIS and Broadway Lofts will bring to our downtown area.

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Libraries: The Brand Library renovation completed much of its work, transforming the historical location into a new and improved jewel in Glendale's educational facilities. Glendale Libraries launched its new Cloud, providing access to downloadable e-books. What a wonderful way to read books for free on your laptop, Kindleor iPad from the comfort of your home without having to drive anywhere.

A plane crashed in Glendale! The plane made a crash landing during the evening hours in a residential neighborhood. Although there was an immediate loss of power to the residential area as four power poles were destroyed, our Glendale Water & Power Department was able to repair and replace poles, restoring power by the next morning.

Economic development

Glendale has seen a spike in development and interest in retail and business. The Downtown District in particular has attracted new clients such as the Regional Headquarters of Whole Foods. Bloomingdales and Nordstrom both began construction, the first Disney Baby Store in the country opened in Glendale, and the list of new businesses goes on.

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