Does anyone even want this Project?

What is the point of this project??

Is it really worth the millions of dollars it will cost to ride a bike from CV Park to the Oakmont Country Club?

  • There are many homes along the wash in thriving established neighborhoods
  • There are no shops or restaurants along this route
  • There are no schools along this route
  • There is no need for revitalization along this route
  • There is currently low crime along this route

Someone needs to put a price tag on this 9.4 mile project so let’s assume development cost is 300 Million and $2 Billion.

The city proposal DOES NOT include annual maintenance, utilities, police and fire services.

So, who wants this? Someone that feels:

  • rains and potential flooding is of no concern;
  • their personal recreation at another neighborhood’s detriment is of no concern;
  • neighborhoods reluctant to embrace a public attraction between their homes is of no concern;
  • introducing strangers into family-friendly neighborhood with young children at play is of no concern;
  • negative consequences to neighborhoods is of no concern;
  • lack of budgeted funds to maintain, patrol and respond to pedestrian and bike related
    emergencies is of no concern.

See latest comments on the Plan from neighbors

So who is really pushing this plan?

City of Glendale Staff
Not sure why, but it may be because of potential funding, or may be because of the development of a high-profile restoration plan looks good for them.  Many indications suggest major proponents and so-called stakeholders have been influenced from interests residing outside of Glendale.

There are elements within the City who feel a bike and walking path will be a benefit to merchants and restaurants as users will have easy access to their establishments. This of course does not apply to North Glendale where path users will need to exit the path and utilize several miles of 4-lane streets with existing bike lanes or invade residential surface streets for access to establishments in Montrose.

Elements within the City also feel a bike and walking path will facilitate the migration away from travel by car and motorcycle. This may be a lofty goal and may work for the urban portions of the City, but in suburban North Glendale there’s a considerable altitude change to downtown that would result in an approximate 9% grade for the pathway making for a difficult ride up hill for the novice rider.

LA County and the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA)
Bicycle Master Plan – infrastructure that supports walking, biking and public transportation as the future primary mode of transportation.

Special Interest Groups
A small group of enthusiasts (by % of population) feel an enormous amount of infrastructure investment is needed to support personal recreational use, and an even smaller group of users who would use this for primary transportation needs.

One petition, which may have led to the city’s feasibility study, asked for the city to determine possible  alignments for the trail along the Verdugo Wash (all the way from the Los Angeles River to Crescenta Valley Park), cost estimates, transportation connectivity and include comprehensive community input.

So far, there  have been no estimates for the impacts on the adjacent properties and cost for ongoing security and maintenance, and there has been little community input.

 

“Stakeholders” according to the City

Without full representation, the City has quietly chosen a committee to guide this plan.

Besides the Glendale Homeowners Coordinating Council (GHCC), which actually represents only a small portion of the city, the committee does not include any representatives of the neighborhoods most impacted by the plan.

Here’s a list of the City-chosen “Stakeholders” represented on this committee:

1. Arroyo and Foothills Conservancy
2. Friends of the Los Angeles River
3. Glendale Chamber of Commerce
4. Glendale Environmental Coalition
5. Glendale Homeowners Coordinating Council (GHCC)
6. Glendale Parks and Open Space Foundation
7. GoGlendale
8. Los Angeles River Works
9. Northeast Trees
10. Southern California Association of Governments
11. Walk/Bike Glendale
12. Representatives from the City of Glendale departments

Although the GHCC, an organization consisting of dues paying HOA’s in Glendale, may be considered a stakeholder for neighborhoods and homeowners, it has been non-responsive to concerns brought to their attention by some of its own members and seems to have embraced the City’s vision without full disclosure of the project.

The VWNC admires and supports many of the projects that these organizations stand for, but we would like to have a full discussion with these groups to see how the Verdugo Wash Visioning Plan would actually fulfill their goals and what type of funding these organizations would authorize to make these projects happen.