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Glendale Seeks Community Input on Integrated Resources Plan

Glendale has scheduled city-wide neighborhood meetings to discuss Glendale's Integrated Resources Plan. City staff will solicit public opinions about the overall picture of local power resources, including changes at the Grayson Power Plant and developments at the Scholl Landfill. One of those meetings is scheduled to be held at…

Scholl Canyon Landfill Article

Mary Stewart Douglas

Mary Stewart Douglas

Below is an interesting and informative article written by Mary Stewart Douglas, a Washington DC environmental attorney about the Scholl Canyon landfill along with the other planned energy projects proposed by the City of Glendale. 

Community Groups Look to the Future But Glendale Officials Largely Cling to Tipping Fees and Fossil Fuels

Comment on MND relating to Biogas Renewable Generation Project

Gerry Rankin, a GOCHA Board Member and a 76 year resident of Glenoaks Canyon, submitted the following comment on the City's intent to adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration relating to "Biogas Renewable Generation Project." 

It is an important read and provides some important information about the proposed Biogas Plant that GWP wants to build on the Scholl Canyon Landfill.

Gerry Rankin - Biogas Project on Landfill

Landfill Fact Sheet

Landfill Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet on the Scholl Canyon Landfill Prepared by the Glenoaks Canyon Homeowners Association (GOCHA)

Background The Scholl Canyon Landfill opened in 1961 and currently serves as a waste shed for the cities of Glendale, Pasadena, La Can ada-Flintridge, San Marino, Sierra Madre, South Pasadena, and unincorporated communities of Altadena, La Crescenta, Montrose and East Pasadena. The Landfill consists of 535 acres…

Important Public Hearing Regarding Scholl Canyon Landfill

On Wednesday, March 21st at 5:00 PM, the Glendale Planning Commission will be hearing oral comments and will be voting whether to approve the Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) for the Biogas Renewable Generation Project (Power Plant) at the Scholl Canyon Landfill.  Meeting location is  633 E. Broadway, Room 105, in Glendale.

What this means is the City is trying to fast track the installation of a new power generating system on top of our landfill without a full and proper analysis of environmental hazards.  An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) would more fully examine these hazards and would also provide alternatives solutions.  GOCHA is calling for a full EIR report.  Be advised that if this MND is approved on Wednesday, the power plant will be built on the landfill.

It is important that we get a big turnout for this very important meeting. We need the city to hear us. 

Please see attached flyer and plan to attend this important meeting regarding a power plant that would affect all of us in the canyon as well as in surrounding areas.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 5:00 pm

Municipal Services Building 633 E. Broadway Room 105

Public Hearing Flyer

Informational Meeting - Glenoaks Elementary Traffic Concerns

Good evening fellow canyon residents. On Wednesday, February 28th at 6:30pm, there will be an informational meeting at the Glenoaks Elementary School Auditorium to discuss traffic concerns around the school and more specifically at the corner of Glenoaks Blvd. and Waltonia Dr. The city will listen to resident input and lay out the several options they are considering to address the traffic issues during school pick-up and drop-off.

February 28, 2018 6:30pm Glenoaks Elementary School Auditorium 2015 E. Glenoaks Blvd. Glendale, CA  91206

Mayor Najarian Addresses Canyon Residents at GOCHA Annual Meeting

Mayor Najarian

Mayor Najarian

On Wednesday, September 16th, Mayor Ara Najarian addressed a lively crowd of Glenoaks Canyon residents at the GOCHA annual meeting held at the Joe Bridges Clubhouse. The mayor talked about the growth in Downtown Glendale and how the city council has focused on the downtown area so that they could limit the growth in the hillside communities like Glenoaks Canyon.

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Najarian went on to say that there will be 4,000 new apartment units available in downtown over the next twelve months. With that will come new restaurants and nightlife. The downtown region is flourishing although there is concern about additional traffic that will impact the area. There is also concern that the units being developed are apartments which will cater to more transient residents. Some of these apartments will be renting for up to $4,000 per month which will most likely not attract young families which is what the city wants. 

The mayor also brought up that there will be a new transportation measure coming before voters in the next year that could provide the funds for a light rail system to connect the Orange and Red lines (Pasadena and North Hollywood) with two stops in Glendale.

There was a lot of dissension among the residents at the meeting towards the mayor and city council for allowing this kind of "irresponsible" development to happen.

Residents also asked the Mayor and Steve Zurn who was also in attendance about the Glendale water rate hikes as well as the Scholl Canyon Landfill. There were really no satisfactory or definitive answers coming from the city on either topic. The landfill expansion continues to be evaluated but nothing concrete has been discussed.

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GOCHA also awarded Mark and Veronica Tharp with its annual resident appreciation award for all that they have done for our community, most notably organizing the annual dog parade and being great neighbors. Congratulations Mark and Veronica!

GOCHA Delivers Landfill Position Paper to Glendale City Council

IMG_4070GOCHA board members Joan Morris and Gerry Rankin delivered the GOCHA Position paper regarding the Scholl Canyon Landfill. This paper expresses our opposition to the proposed expansion of the landfill that is being considered by the city. The final copy of the position paper is attached here. [Please note the file is rather large and may take a bit to load.]

GOCHA Position Re Further Development of Scholl Canyon Landfill - FINAL

Scholl Canyon Landfill Press Conference 8/20/14 9:00 am

Wednesday morning (August 20, 2014 - sorry for the late notice), there will be a press conference organized by Eagle Rock community representatives and LA City Councilmember Jose Huizar who oppose the expansion of the Scholl Canyon landfill. The press conference will be held from 9:00 - 9:45am at Richard Alatorre Park at Figueroa Blvd. and Scholl Canyon Rd. just north of the 134 freeway.

The press conference has been organized to express opposition to the expansion plans for the landfill and to raise concerns about Glendale’s draft Environmental Impact Report which documents significant unavoidable adverse impacts related to the proposed expansion, particularly on local air quality.

If you are at all concerned about the landfill expansion or just want to hear more about it, Wednesday’s press conference should be informative. Please see attached Media Advisory for more information.

Press Advisory: 8/20/14 Scholl Canyon Landfill

City Extends Landfill Expansion Public Comment Period

Due to the overwhelming turnout at the May 19th meeting held at the Joe Bridges Clubhouse, the city has decided to extend the public comment period to July 31st in order for everyone to have a chance to have their opinion heard. In an email written to GOCHA President David Weeks, General Manager of Public Works Steve Zurn said that it was important to give residents a chance to have their opinions heard and therefore the city is extending the public comment period by 60 days. This will give residents more time to digest the Environmental Impact Report and comment. If you would like to have your voice heard, please take the time to look at the report and let the city know your opinion.

All comments must be submitted in writing to the Sanitation Districts (Attention: Ms. Debra Bogdanoff) at 1955 Workman Mill Road, Whittier, CA 90601 or by email at sclfeir@lacsd.org no later than July 31, 2014. Any comments provided should identify specific environmental concerns related to the proposed project. If you have any questions or need additional information, please call Ms. Bogdanoff at (562) 908–4288, extension 2734.