A New Night Time Look for Chevy Chase Drive

The City of Glendale has been slowly updating our unique street lamps along Chevy Chase Drive from the older ones using yellow sodium vapor technology to the newer white light and more efficient LED lamps.  Progress.

For more info on LED and sodium lamps please check out these two links.   http://www.stouchlighting.com/blog/led-vs-hps-lps-high-and-low-pressure-sodium  or this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9Lw2oV7nSc

Call to Action – Please Make Your Voice Heard, Again.

Canyon Development Alert!  3rd Stirke?!!!


Details on rescheduling coming soon.

Send emails objecting to this project to:  kduarte@glendaleca.gov

Three years ago the Glendale Planning Commission said NO to this proposed development because placement of the structure at this site would have compromised the forested hillside.


Two years later the developer came back, proposing a home ON THE EXACT SAME SPOT as was previously vetoed.  The Design Review Board again said NO to this development.  They suggested a small house at the bottom of the hill next to Laird Street would be acceptable, and the neighbors agreed.  Massing a huge house up on the hillside was an eyesore that violated the spirit of the Hillside ordinance.


And now the same developer is back with this for ROUND 3!  This third proposal drafted by architect number 3 moves the building site about 80 ft. west and lowers the height a few feet but, it’s still a massive structure almost twice size the neighborhood average, and it still towers over surrounding homes and encroaches upon a pristine hillside.   It’s still not the smaller home at the bottom the hill recommended by the DRB at last years hearing, nor the surrounding neighbors had agreed to.

At 5:00 pm this Thursday, October 26th, the city’s Design Review Board (DRB) will approve or deny the construction of a new home on Laird Drive.  The CCEA and concerned neighbors have repeatedly opposed this project for 3 ½  years because its location behind and above existing homes would eliminate the privacy those homes have enjoyed for many years and would compromise the forested hillside that is part of the Chevy Chase Canyon charm.  Another reason this project should be denied is because of the precedent it would set for other developers who are not concerned about preserving the woodland character of the Canyon.  They are hoping for an opportunity to build on hillside areas that have historically been off limits.  If this project is allowed to move forward, they will get that opportunity.

You can help the effort to preserve the beauty of Chevy Chase Canyon by registering your objection to this project by letting the DRB know your position.  The best way is to appear at the hearing and say this project is incompatible with the neighborhood and you request denial of the project.  The next best thing is to send an email to the case planner for the project, stating your objection.  The more people who express their position, the better the DRB will understand the wishes of the community.   Information to communicate your position is below.

Address of the proposed construction:  910 Laird Drive
Case No. :  PDR1709694
Case Planner: Kathy Duarte
Hearing: Thursday, October 26th, 5:00 pm – 633 East Broadway, Room 105

Send emails objecting to this project to:  kduarte@glendaleca.gov

If you have questions, send an email to Questions and Comments.  You will receive a rapid response.


October 24, 2017


Kathy Duarte

Planning Division

Community Development Department

Re: Objection to 910 Laird Drive development plans PDR1709694

Ms. Duarte,

The current plans submitted by the applicant have made progress toward incorporating changes recommended in previous visits to the Planning Commission and DRB, but these changes have not been significant enough to extinguish objections by the Chevy Chase Estates Association.

Besides expressing our dismay over the applicant’s apparent disregard for the spirit of the Hillside Design Guidelines, the CCEA’s primary objections to this project can be distilled into five issues:

  1. Potentially dangerous topographic alterations – Unpermitted grading by the applicant with heavy earthmoving equipment on a hillside designated as a landslide hazard zone is in itself cause for alarm. That the applicant was cited and ordered to restore the topography and never held accountable for failing to do so, calls into question the city’s fiduciary obligations.  Flow control through this site during previous rainstorms was shown to be deficient and will likely be exacerbated the next time because of unknowledgeable landform alteration and increased impermeability from an excessively large structure.
  2. Inappropriate site – The CCEA strongly advocates for preservation of the natural beauty of the hillsides wherever possible. We object to the proposed site because it runs counter to the city’s Comprehensive Design Guidelines, which state a new development should, “…relate well to its surrounding context…,” and “…enhance the beauty, livability and prosperity of the community.”  Interrupting the wooded hillside with an oversize home that will be clearly visible from many points in the canyon is not consistent with this design goal.  Mistakes have been made in the past when less stringent guidelines were in place, with the beauty of the hillsides suffering as a result.
  3. Incompatible mass and scale – A large home higher on a hill than is necessary does not conform well to the design goal of compatibility with the surrounding context. There is a degree of monumentality associated with this three-story design that is out of step with neighboring homes.
  4. Compromised Neighbor privacy – The proposed height on the hill and the proximity to neighboring homes will naturally compromise neighbor privacy. Precedent discussions regarding the development at 1410 Colina Drive, on a milder slope than the present project, can be instructive when considering privacy concerns as available sightlines increase.
  5. Bad precedent – The city has gone to great lengths and considerable expense to preserve the wooded hillsides in Glendale, with residents and prospective residents alike finding high value in areas such as Chevy Chase Canyon. This particular home, as presently proposed, does not fit within the context of hillside preservation and, if approved, will serve as bad precedent that will inform other developers holding hillside lots that fit the description of the one at 910 Laird Drive.  A home on a hill behind another that affects the privacy of neighbors, is not compatible with the area and inconsistent with the expectations of those who have purchased neighboring homes.

It’s worth mentioning that a plan lower on the hill closer to Laird, proposed by the previous architect, satisfied both applicant and neighbors.  But further efforts on this plan were abandoned because the city arborist declared the new project’s incursion on one tree’s dripline to be unacceptable.  In this case, it seems the greater good would be best served by choosing preservation of the wooded hillside over possible interference with one tree.

Respectfully submitted,

Brian Duran


Chevy Chase Estates Association

The Library’s Petting Zoo

Meet the Farm Animals, Chevy Chase Library’s Miniature Petting Zoo was a smash success.  The farm animals were a hit with both young and old, and the event drew so many canyon neighbors the crowd spilled over from the Library’s front lawn to assorted fun and games inside.  The Chevy Chase Estates Association was pleased to have helped sponsor this library event. Photos below.

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy’s Master Plan Seeks Support

Our next door, on top of the hill neighbors, with historical ties to our canyon, the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy is looking to update their campus.  A few years back they made a presentation to the Chevy Chase Estates Association Board of Directors sharing ideas on proposed upgrades to their school.   It sounded good; they were looking to diminish any adverse effects to folks in our canyon.

Their plans are now finalized and you can see them here.

The Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy is a girl’s school with enrollment capped at 425 students (compared to the average Glendale High School of 3,000) is located on one of the most beautiful and desirable mountain top properties in California.

A little history: Flintridge Sacred Heart Academies 41-acre campus was originally the site of the Flintridge Hotel, which was designed and built by architect Myron Hunt in 1926 atop the San Rafael Hills, at the direction of Frank Putnam Flint, a United States senator from what was then called La Cañada Flint owned the land on which the hotel was built and commissioned Hunt, due to his expertise in designing in the Mediterranean Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival architecture styles. The Flintridge Hotel, soon acquired by Bowman-Biltmore Hotels, was the renamed the Flintridge Biltmore Hotel. It included a large main building with a dining room, lounge, and patio, in addition to six smaller cottages meant to house whole families. The grounds also included a pool, tennis courts, golf course, archery range and several large lawn areas. The business failed as the Great Depression continued, and the hotel was closed and sold in 1931.

For a short time, Chevy Chase had bus service through our canyon via this vehicle that went between the Biltmore Downton and The Flintridge hotel.

If you haven’t toured this amazing site please check out these photos of the current campus where the bungalows of the 1926 hotel are used still by the girls’ school.

For more info about this school…. 

Rat Poison kills rats; and HAWKS, OWLS, BOBCATS, MOUNTAIN LIONS, and your DOGS AND CATS.

Three young mountain lions have been found dead recently in the Santa Monica Mountains over the last several weeks, according to the National Park Service. The most recent to be discovered was P-34, a female who was apparently killed by rat poison.

Please watch this video. Please don’t use poison.

Want to be rat free?  Try these guys.  A few more owl families would be a wonderful addition to our canyon.

For more information on protecting our local wildlife check out the great folks at CLAW.  

Rat poison or anticoagulant rodenticides interfere with blood clotting, resulting in uncontrollable bleeding that leads to death.  Second-generation anticoagulants — including brodifacoum, bromadiolone, difethialone and difenacoum — are especially hazardous and persist for a long time in body tissues. These slow-acting poisons are often eaten for several days by rats and mice, causing the toxins to accumulate to many times the lethal dose in their tissues. Predators or scavengers like hawks, owls, foxes and mountain lions that feed on poisoned rodents are then also poisoned.

CLAW has petitions and contact info to ban the use of rodenticides that are killing our hawks, owls, mountain lions, bobcats, not to mention our pets.  In Los Angeles County 95% of bobcats tested have rodenticides in their tissues.

P-22 was captured and successfully treated for rodenticide poisioning.

Wild Oak Cafe on Eye on LA!

Chevy Chase Canyon’s very own Wild Oak Cafe was featured on the TV show Eye on LA!  Check it out.

Located on the outskirts of Glendale, the Wild Oak Cafe is a hidden gem that offers some super tasty breakfasts. Everything is made in-house, including the cream cheese-stuffed French toast, which is a crowd favorite. Once an old gas station, the location has been transformed into an amazing brunch spot in the middle of a residential area.

Clubhouse Progress at the Chevy Chase Country Club

Close to completion, a first look at the Chevy Chase Estates Country Club new clubhouse. In a word, IMPRESSIVE, a grand affair.  With landscaping it will be spectacular.  But the two little things that tell the most in these photos, the two little details that reveal the owners intent on their vision of a first class club… the mission frieze work and the Restoration Hardware used throughout. The small details tell all.  Check out these new photos!

It’s that time of year, time to renew your membership or become a new member. 

Why join the CCEA like canyon residents have done for 80 years?  Click to find out.

Online CCEA memberships and / or purchase the new Chevy Chase History Book.   Donate here!

Membership and History Book

CCEA Annual Meeting and Candidate Forum Photos!

Our annual meeting and candidate forum at our Chevy Chase Library was a smash success.  Each Glendale City Council candidate was grilled to perfection by CCEA Board Director Marion Pyle, and each offered articulate and insightful responses to issues that are of concern to canyon residents. Thank you, candidates, one and all.

Photos from the evening…

It’s that time of year, time to renew your membership or become a new member. 

Why join the CCEA like canyon residents have done for 80 years?  Click to find out.

Online CCEA memberships and / or purchase the new Chevy Chase History Book.   Donate here!

Membership and History Book

80th Annual CCEA Meeting! Come one come all.

Read what the Glendale News Press says about the candidates.

It’s that time of year, time to renew your membership or become a new member. 

Why join the CCEA like canyon residents have done for 80 years?  Click to find out.

Online CCEA memberships and / or purchase the new Chevy Chase History Book.   Donate here!

Membership and History Book