Chevy Chase Canyon Historical Photos, Mapped!

Did you know there is a collection of historic photos of Chevy Chase Canyon on our website?

Check out our History & Photos page for a look back in time, including photos, newspaper clippings, and more!

You can also view some of the photos on the map below. Admire our neighborhood Lloyd Wright house from when it was originally constructed! Shudder at the location of the discovery of the third victim of the Hillside Strangler! Marvel at the historic sinkhole of ’69!

Do you have historic photos of your home or the canyon? Please send them to us at sarahb@chevychaseestates.us and we will add to the map!

Note: click on the marker, which will bring up a thumbnail of the photo – if you’d like to see the photo full sized, click again for full screen!

Glendale Elections Candidate Forums

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From GlendaleVotes.org: “In accordance with the California Voter Participation Rights Act (SB 415) and after the passage of Measure P by Glendale voters in 2018, General Municipal Elections shall be held to coincide with any statewide primary election date in even numbered years. The next Glendale Municipal Election will take place on March 3, 2020.

As this year’s election date was changed to just BEFORE the CCEA annual meeting, we are unable to provide a Candidate Forum at this year’s annual meeting (to be held March 11, 2020) but not to worry, we will have an interesting and exciting agenda for the meeting nevertheless  The CCEA Board of Directors is discussing a vote to amend our constitution to change the meeting date so we will be in sync for future elections.

We hope Chevy Chase Canyon residents will attend one of the many candidate forums being hosted in the coming months – find out about the candidates and where they stand on positions important to you and your neighborhood!

Candidate Forums: https://www.glendalevotes.org/candidates/candidate-forum

Photos from the Gingerbread House Party at the Chevy Chase Library!

The Gingerbread house making bash at our Chevy Chase Library was a huge success. It may have been the best-attended library event ever. And so many creative and wonderful gingerbread houses were lovingly crafted, everybody had a blast. But wait, there was more besides gingerbread houses, there was a 3D printer printing red things, there was a whole lot of reading and checking out of books, lots of families, a raffle, free refreshments, and The Chevy Chase Knitting Club got their yarn on! The knitting club meets monthly at the library every 2nd Saturday from 1 pm to 4 pm. Our canyon library was a beehive of fun on Gingerbread House Day.  Check out the photos. Click on the little arrows upper right to see the full photos.

YOUR Chevy Chase Estates Association sponsored this event with a lot of help from CCEA volunteer directors who have given freely their time and resources to protect and preserve our canyon since 1937.  Can you give back to protect our canyon?   Household memberships $35 per year.    Read about the history of our canyon here: https://www.chevychaseestates.us/history-of-the-chevy-chase-estates-association/ 

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Gingerbread House Day at the Chevy Chase Library!

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Saturday, December 14
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Chevy Chase Library

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from your over 70-year-old canyon protector! Enjoy Holiday magic at our canyon library, build your own gingerbread house!  All ginger builders are welcome no matter the age.

Sponsored by the Chevy Chase Estates Association! Gather together to enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, all while decorating a gingerbread house you can proudly display all season long!

Cost is FREE! Supplies will be provided. Quantities are limited and available on a first-come-first-serve basis.  Get there early!

Canyon Cleanup – THANK YOU!

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Many hands make light work! Chevy Chase Canyon neighbors came together on a Saturday morning, as they’ve done for over ten years, to clean up our local streets.  The morning ended with breakfast at our canyon’s wonderful Wild Oak Cafe.  We had a great group of a dozen volunteers (two didn’t make it into the photo) who harvested about FIFTEEN 40 gallon plastic bags of rubbish!! The cleanup gang had a lot of fun working with their neighbors.  See this previous post to get the history of this event and who made this all possible. Thank you to the volunteers who came this morning!

Canyon Cleanup, November 16

Pride of Buckingham volunteer street cleanup in Glendale, CAPride of Buckingham Canyon Cleanup
8:30 AM / Saturday, November 16, 2019
Meet at the intersection of East Chevy Chase & Linda Vista

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. Meet your Neighbors and help keep our canyon clean!

Please contact Leticia Gonzalez at 818-434-4647 or gonzalez.lecitia11@gmail.com for more information.

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.

Neighbors Cleaning Secret Steps Made Amazing Discovery, and new garbage cans!

Thanks to the Chevy Chase Estates Association Director Sarah Emery Bunn for again organizing a cleanup event on our canyon’s historic hidden stairs.  Our team was made up in part by Ken Batchelor, Leticia Gonzalez , Graeme Whifler, Douglas Hughes, and Zak Grausam, and Sarah Emery Bunn.  It was fun dirty dusty work that brought neighbors together for about 90 minutes.

After we got the stairs spick and span, we planted poppy seeds for a beautiful orange show next spring!

Poppy seeds planted by the Chevy Chase Estates Association.

And then on the newly scrubbed stairs, somebody noticed a faint long lost message pressed into the concrete the day it was poured.  It read Oct. 15  29.  Almost to the day, we had come 90 YEARS later to clean and honor the works of those before us. The date discovery humbled us all.

Discovered in the concret steps the date Oct. 15 1929

But there’s MORE!!!

New public trash can on Chevy Chase Drive thanks to CCEA James Ward

The new garbage cans on Chevy Chase… please thank CCEA co-president James Ward who worked with the city for months to get this done.

Linda Vista/Buckingham Secret Stairs Cleanup

What: 2nd Annual Linda Vista/Buckingham Secret Stairs Cleanup
Where: Meet at the bottom of the Buckingham stairs on Linda Vista, across from Dunsmere Road.
When: Saturday October 12 at 9AM

Did you know there is a Secret Stairway in Chevy Chase Canyon? It’s part of a city-owned path that connects Buckingham with Linda Vista.

The stairs had all but disappeared under years of washed down dirt and leaves – the city hadn’t cleaned them for over 25 years, secret stairs are not high on their priority list. Last year a group of neighbors spent two hours trimming, shoveling, scraping and raking, and we unearthed the vanishing trail and stairs.

The stairs are still in pretty good condition from last year’s cleanup, but could use a little tidying to get ready for winter. Join us for a fun get together to meet your neighbors and beautify a source of pride in our canyon! Bring your garden gloves, rake, broom or any other garden tools you think might be helpful, and above all your enthusiasm!

Sponsored and endorsed by the Chevy Chase Estates Association.

Canyon Homeowner’s Insurance Not Renewed? Come to Our Library Sat. Oct. 5th at 2 pm.

After the recent devastating California wildfires, most insurers will no longer write policies in brush zones like Chevy Chase Canyon.  Many canyon residences have reported that fire insurance is near impossible to acquire unless one purchases the state-run California FAIR Plan.  What are the options?  Hear from an expert.

Homeowner watches as a wildfire bears down on their neighborhood.

This Saturday, October 5th at 2 pm at our Chevy Chase Library, 3301 E. Chevy Chase Drive, the Chevy Chase Estates Association will be hosting a free talk by insurance expert Robert Feldman.  This is NOT a sales spiel but rather just information from someone who knows the good, the bad, and the ugly about fire zone insurance.

Robert Feldman, insurance expert.

Robert Feldman is a 20-year Insurance Agency Owner, representing Allstate Insurance plus 14 other carriers, with agencies located in La Crescenta, West LA, and Malibu.  Robert serves on various committees working to improve homeowners insurance options in CA.  Robert’s agencies specialize in high fire zones and other hard to place insurance policies.  Today, Robert will discuss the current status of the insurance market, Fire scoring, how Homeowners insurance is rated, and solutions for those who have been negatively affected by non-renewal notices, brush zone locations and claims.

CANYON RABIES ALERT UPDATE!

Rabies found in our canyon.  Click on the image below to see all the info!

Rabies advisory for Glendale, CA.

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For more information on bats and rabies please click the following links:

Although bats are the major animal species that carry rabies in Los Angeles County, only a very small percentage (1-2%) of bats in nature have rabies.  Every year bats are tested positive for rabies throughout Los Angeles County.

This website contains step by step instructions for residents if a bat is found inside their home.

Rabies Map 2019.