910 Laird Dr. CCEA Urges City Council to Deny


Dear Mayor and Honored City Council Members of Glendale California:

The Chevy Chase Estates Association urges The Glendale City Council to stand behind two Planning Commission’s findings and four Design Review Board’s findings and vote not to grant the owner’s appeal to 5 years of Planning’s findings.  (In an old warning, “Never buy a pig in a poke.”)

There is so much bad five-year history.  Watch the video below of planning officials turning down 910 Laird.  Five years of deliberations boiled down to 9 minutes.  Watch their deliberations but mostly watch the concern in their faces.

 Over five years there was a reason 910 Laird was never granted a green light by all the experts at Glendale Planning.  There was a reason neighbors and the Chevy Chase Estates Association opposed this deeply troubled project.

  1. Grossly inaccurate plans submitted to the Planning Commission where Glendale Planning Engineers determined the grading was off by 1000 cubic yards.

  2. House square footage misrepresented.

  3. Impact retaining walls grossly undercalculated.

  4. Illegal and unpermitted driveway, unpermitted illegal grading, with cut and fill dumped on neighbors and city land before any city design approval.  This dumping may cause extreme property and life loss the next time we have a 2005 rain when the wash with illegal grading diverts raging mountain flood waters into Laird and Chevy Chase Drive homes. 

  5. Bad and inappropriate structure siting on a pristine hillside.  Both the Planning Commission and the DRB told the owner he needed to change the siting but for five hearings he more or less ignored them. 

  6. His illegal DIY driveway still climbs up on a hillside right next to neighbors’ second story bedroom windows.  Loss of privacy not to mention a precarious roadway that puts neighbors below in harms way.

  7. The owner’s newest plans still call for a house protruding on pristine hillside 50% bigger than the average residential structure.  And once again the accuracy of the latest plans has been challenged but not vetted by planning engineers.  Again, a Pig in a Poke.

This is an unusual appeal to come before the council, normally petitioners ask you to overturn an approved project by the DRB and planning processes.  Almost always council sides with the informed decisions of planning.  

This is the opposite.  We ask you to side with all these smart people in Glendale Planning who found serious problems over the last five years with this project.  Watch the people in Glendale Planning who constantly rejected this project for all the causes listed above. 

Again watch their faces.  This video tells all about five years of disturbing problems at 910 Laird.  For some on council they will be faces you know or knew well.

This information has been shared with all Council Members shown below.  If anybody in Glendale wants to contact our council members to share your ideas about the appeal of five years of 910 Laird Drive rejections, please send them an email.

Mayor Vrej Agajanian:                       vagajanian@glendaleca.gov

Councilmember Paula Devine:          pdevine@glendaleca.gov

Councilmember Ara Najarian:             anajarian@glendaleca.gov

Councilmember Ardy Kassakhian:    akassakhian@glendaleca.gov

Councilmember Dan Brotman:          dbrotman@glendaleca.gov

Director Philip Lanzafame:                planzafame@glendaleca.gov

Case Manager Roger Kiesel:            rkiesel@glendaleca.gov

Public Hearing
The Project described above will be considered by the Glendale City Council at a public hearing in the City Council Chambers, 613 East Broadway, Second Floor, Glendale, CA on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2020, AT OR AFTER THE HOUR OF 6:00 p.m.
The City Council meeting will be available to the public electronically.
The meeting can be viewed: On local cable: Charter Cable Channel 6
Streaming Online: https://www.glendaleca.gov/government/public-meeting-portal

For public comments and questions during the meeting call 818-937-8100.

City staff will be submitting the questions and comments in real-time to the appropriate person during the City Council meeting.

If you desire more information on the proposal, please contact the case planner Roger Kiesel in the Planning Division at818-937-8152 or via email: RKiesel@glendaleca.gov. The staff report and case materials will be available before the hearing date at www.glendaleca.gov/agendas.

Once again, the Chevy Chase Estates Association along with Laird and Chevy Chase neighbors have joined with Glendale Planning to oppose what we believe to be a sketchy, dangerous, and illegal development.  We ask City Council to find with the City of Glendale and say no to five years in the making of a neighborhood can of bad worms.
Graeme Whifler
Co-President Chevy Chase Estates Association



Join Your Neighbors for the Canyon Cleanup!

What: Pride of Buckingham/Chevy Chase Estates Association Canyon Cleanup
When: 8:15AM / Saturday, October 10, 2020
Where: Meeting point is the Chevy Chase Library parking lot.
What to bring: a mask/face covering, gloves, sun protection, water, and a desire to clean up our canyon!

Please join us in cleaning up our canyon by volunteering to pick up litter along East Chevy Chase to Emerald Isle Drive, and Linda Vista to Buckingham Road (and beyond??). Meet your Neighbors and help keep our canyon clean!

We will provide trash bags, and trash pickers at the meeting point. Please arrive between 8:15-8:30 to pick up your materials. You may then start your cleanup in the area where you wish, but let us know where you’ll be working so we don’t crowd each other. Start your cleaning, and at 10AM return to the meeting point to deposit your collected trash (and return the pickers) and pose for a group photo! We will have the City of Glendale do a special trash pickup for us on Monday.

If you cannot make the day and time, we are also running a month-long campaign to clean up our streets individually! Litterati is an app for iPhone and Android that enables tracking of group cleanup efforts over time. Here’s how that works:

1. Download the Litterati app (https://www.litterati.org/ or via your OS app store) and enter our challenge code: 421444

2. Between Oct 1-31, grab your gloves and trash bags and visit your favorite spot in the canyon to do your cleanup! Even just one or two items on your daily walk add to the tally.

3. Use the Litterati app to photograph and tag the individual items of trash you collect.

4. Pack out the trash with you and dispose of it or recycle it properly.

5. Take our survey and send a selfie or group photo to sarahb@chevychaseestates.us to complete your trash report!

About the Organizers:
The “Pride of Buckingham” group was established with the intent of bringing the folks who reside on Buckingham Road and Buckingham Place together in sharing this beautiful Canyon and taking pride in keeping the environment clean. The Canyon Cleanup event has been happening (usually quarterly) for more than a decade.

The Chevy Chase Estates Association (CCEA) was founded in 1937 and is the oldest association of homeowners in California. Through its Board of Directors, this Association is actively involved in all issues that impact the quality of the Chevy Chase Canyon lifestyle. The CCEA Board is a group of twelve Canyon volunteers who are dedicated to maintaining and enhancing the quality of life in Chevy Chase Estates.

Virtual “Town Hall” with Councilmember Ardy Kassakhian

Calling All Glendale Residents

Wednesday, July 29, at 6:00 pm.
ZOOM link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85938375282

The Chevy Chase Estates Association invites all Glendale residents to meet, greet, and share ideas with Glendale’s newest City Council member, Ardy Kassakhian on Wednesday, July 29th at 6: pm.  This will be a Zoom meeting done on your computer, laptop, or phone.   If you have not tried Zoom, you’re going to love it.  Just click on the Zoom link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85938375282 at 6:00 pm this Wednesday and say hi to everybody.  Don’t be late!

Ardy Kassakhian

Safer at Home: Resources from the CCEA

The Chevy Chase Estates Association (CCEA) has been dedicated to maintaining and enhancing the quality of life in Chevy Chase Estates for 83 years. The CCEA Board of Directors aims to provide members with current and useful information on the many issues affecting Canyon residents. We have all been impacted by the current “safer at home” order. But even in these challenging and uncertain times, we feel confident that as a community, we can get through this together.  Below we have included some information from the City of Glendale that may be helpful to canyon residents, as well as a way to support our local business during this time. 

Wishing all of our neighbors good health and safety.


Glendale Water and PowerGlendale Water & Power will not disconnect electric or water services or charge late fees through April 2020 to customers due to their inability to pay utility bills. Customers are encouraged to contact GWP to arrange alternate payment options. The Southern California Gas Company has also indicated that they have temporarily suspended service disconnects for residential customers. They are also offering assistance with bill payments and are waiving late payment fees for small business customers. MORE INFORMATION


Seniors having supplies delivered

The City is also offering food and grocery shopping services for seniors and vulnerable populations through the Community Services & Parks and Glendale Fire Departments. For more information on senior meals, call (818) 548-3775. For more information on grocery shopping services, call (818) 548-4814. Both lines are in service Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. More about help for seniors, including a meal distribution service. MORE INFORMATION


Glendale is open for business

The City of Glendale’s Economic Development Division and Community Development Department are exploring and sharing ways to temporarily relieve the impact on the business community. MORE INFORMATION


Flwndle unified School District

Glendale Unified School District is providing updates and resources on their Remote Learning page. The resources cover distance learning and independent study, school meal delivery, accommodations for students with disabilities, and more. MORE INFORMATION


Food offered at Chevy Chase Country Club

The Country Club kitchen is OPEN for pick-up & delivery orders only, from 11-7, Tuesday-Sunday.

Take Out (Pick-up) MenuCall (818) 246-5566 to place your order.

Delivery (Uber Eats) MenuUber Eats is now offering a $10-OFF promotion for all new users who sign up & place their first order. Use this promo code for your discount: eatstogether6j3f9jh

The Country Club also offers family-style food packages for pick-up. See their website for details! You can also subscribe to their mailing list for ongoing specials and other updates at the bottom of their website. MORE INFORMATION

Food offered at Chevy Chase Country Club


Our 83rd Annual Meeting!

For 83 Years The Chevy Chase Estates Association Has Protected and Preserved Our Canyon.

Our CCEA annual meeting at the Chevy Chase Country Club was a huge success.  And it was different from annual meetings of past, we had far more speakers from our canyon addressing our canyon history and resources.  The speakers were fascinating and local.  Here a few photos of the evening.


Our first speaker was Sylvana Khachtourian from Chevy Chase Country Club who talked about all the great things that are happening at the CCCC.  Really great things.

Next was Nick Agakanian, an owner of the CCCC who was blindsided by the CCEA and almost cried.  We brought him upstage to gift him with a ceramic art piece created by James Ward, our CCEA co-president.  We wanted a way to thank the CCCC for their support of the CCEA.  Nick gave the most amazing thank you speech.

Dan Suttles, Sargent, City of Glendale Police Dept talked about our Glendale Police Department.  Despite AB109 and prop. 47, our GDP is PROACTIVE.

Jeff Ragusa, Battalion Chief City of Glendale Fire Dept. gave us an update on the new way Glendale is identifying brush fire hazards.

Next up was the amazing Glendale Katherine Yamada who talked about canyon history.  Katherine wrote a local history column for the News-Press for a number of years.









Mary Betlach, Chevy Chase Garden Club President spoke of Graden Club activities and invited canyon residents to join.






Watercolors by Garden Club member, Candyce Binzley.

Our next speaker was Steve Hunt, Glendale Historical Society President who shared info on all the amazing programs the Historical Society provides as well at is work in historic preservation.


Last to speak was Viktor Sjoberg, Community Engagement Librarian for Glendale Library.  He touted the explosive growth in online services offered by our library.

Chevy Chase Library




This Wed. the 11th of March.

Our Yearly Get Together With Friends and Neighbors.

Since 1937 your Chevy Chase Estates Association has hosted annual meetings for our members, and for everyone who calls Chevy Chase Canyon home.  The 83-year-old CCEA is the oldest association of homeowners in California and canyon residents can join for only $35 a year. 


Have you seen our Annual Meeting signs on the streets this year? 

annual meting 2020












This annual meeting will be a bit different.  We have once again invited Glendale Police and Fire for brief updates, but this meeting will be a tribute to our canyon with speakers talking about our canyon history, our canyon institutions, canyon secrets, and cool things many have never heard or seen.

Derby House Chevy Chase ca




















Come all this Wednesday the 11th 2020 to join the CCEA at our annual celebration.  We will meet at the new Chevy Chase Country Club at 7:00 pm. 

Protecting and preserving our canyon for 83 years.

Bad Development Alert Hearing CANCELED

Tomorrow’s Wed. 2/19/20 2508 St Andrews Hearing Canceled

“As of this afternoon, the owner has requested that the case not be heard tomorrow and that it be continued to an unspecified date in the future.

The matter will be re-noticed once the case is rescheduled.

Any and all comments submitted for tomorrow’s hearing will be forwarded to the Hearing Officer for his/her consideration at the new hearing.

If you have any questions, I may be reached directly at 818-937-8154 or via email.

Best regards,


Vilia Zemaitaitis, AICP, Principal Planner ● City of Glendale ● Community Development Department

633 East Broadway, Room 103 ● Glendale, CA 91206 ● (818) 937-8154 ●  vzemaitaitis@glendaleca.gov

2508 St Andrews Glendale development sign











A letter submitted to the Chevy Chase Estates Association by concerned property owner and former CCEA director, Jean Simone.

Hello neighbors,

Sometimes certain projects don’t pass the smell test. We have one on St. Andrews Drive.

A few years ago, we caught the owners of the property at 2508 St. Andrews Drive chopping down a beautiful oak tree. We contacted the Glendale arborist at the time. She confirmed it.

Not long after, a woman claiming to be the property owner knocked on my front door…..weeping…and asked if my husband and I would sell some of our land so they could build on the property. Not a chance. We actually like green space….and so do our neighbors.

And then a phone call from her attorney asking to purchase part of our property so they could build…. nope. From the very beginning, this lot was not suitable for building. The property owners knew it. They knew the oak tree was in the way and cut it down. Getting caught destroying the oak tree caused them to wait a few years. But now they’re back. Hoping that time has passed and they can move forward and make a profit building on this unsuitable lot.

The property at 2508 St. Andrews is too steep (they are saying the slope is 60%, but it appears much steeper) It is too small to build on- hence the effort to buy land from us. it had a beautiful oak tree in the middle. The owners knew the lot was too small. They knew it was too steep. And they knew the protected oak tree in the middle would have prohibited any building at all. So they chopped it down. They tried to make the lot fit the standard size required by trying to buy land from us. They bought a lot that is unbuildable and hope to defy every rule and build

The Hillside Ordinance was crafted to prevent this type of building. It was crafted to protect our Canyon from anyone trying to make a fast buck while ignoring the rules and regulations. It was crafted to protect us from anyone buying a cheap, unsuitable lot and profiting. This is an attempt to completely circumvent the Hillside Ordinance and make a buck.

Planning Hearing THIS Wednesday FEBRUARY 19, 2020 at 9:30 am
633 East Broadway, Room105
Case #PVAR 1726875

Please join us in expressing our concerns that this project is even being considered. The more voices the better!

If you cannot be there in person, please send an email to the planner:
Vilia Zemaitaitis email: VZemaitaitis@glendaleca.gov  tel: 818937-8154

2508 St Andrews Glendale development sign