The Pride of Buckingham Celebrates…

National Night Out

Way to go canyon neighbors of Buckingham Dr.  Great potluck evening with friends, family, and neighbors.  Click on photos below.

Join Your Neighbors for a Canyon Cleanup – June 26, 2021

What: Pride of Buckingham/Chevy Chase Estates Association Canyon Cleanup
When: 8:30AM / Saturday, June 26, 2021
Where: We’ll meet at the intersection of East Chevy Chase and Linda Vista.
What to bring: 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 at 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 when you’re done, return to the meeting point to deposit your collected trash (and return the pickers) and pose for a group photo!

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.

The CCEA Strongly Opposes SB 9 & SB 10

Two new bills are being considered by the California State Legislature, SB 9 and SB 10, that would both seriously impact local zoning regulations and allow major new development in residential areas.

Watch the video below.

The CCEA board opposes both of these bills, as do countless other homeowner associations around the state, as well as local governments.

These bills threaten to destroy the beautiful environment here in Chevy Chase Canyon with large apartment buildings and countless homes.  There are also no provisions for infrastructure improvements to support all the new development, and the fire danger would undoubtedly be increased.

We encourage you to reach out to Assembly member Laura Friedman and State Senator Anthony Portantino to let them know what you think.. This is urgent so please act as soon as possible.

State Senator Anthony Portantino

Capitol 916-651-4025; Local District: 818-409-0400

Office Staff ben.edelstein@sen.ca.gov

https://sd25.senate.ca.gov/contact

Assembly member Laura Friedman

Capitol 916-3192043; Local District 818-558-3043

https://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/ContactPopup.php?district=AD43

The neighborhood you save may be your own.

SB 9 & SB 10

NEW CHEVY CHASE CHRISTMAS PORTALS!

The Warren Binzley Family moved to the Chevy Chase area in the 1980.   For several years, they have been decorating the portals at Christmas time that welcome everyone who pass on their way up and down the Canyon.

The Warren Binzley Family

The darling Nutcracker Soldiers who brought so much happiness to all of us in the past few years are taking a rest.

In their place, four beautiful angels are heralding the Advent Season.  These angels are the work of Candyce Binzley, daughter-in-law who even though she and her husband Russ are no longer residents, returned to make this joyous contribution to our canyon.   Along side Candyce, who is an artist, was Joan Binzley adding her finesse.

Candyce Binzley

Christmas Angel at Chevy Chase Glendale CA.

As in every undertaking of such a large project, the whole Binzley family once again contributed to making our Season bright and beautiful.  The angels will be standing guard until January 6.

Thank you Binzleys for the many years you have shared your time and talents.  You have brought joy and happiness to all during the Christmas Season.  The Chevy Chase Estates Garden Club who began decorating the portals in 1947 is so very appreciative the tradition is being continued.

Mary Betlach, President

Chevy Chase Estates Garden Club 

910 Laird Dr. CCEA Urges City Council to Deny

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2020, AT OR AFTER THE HOUR OF 6:00 p.m.

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.
 
Cordially,
 
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.