Silvio Lanzas, Glendale Fire Chief’s video message to Chevy Chase Canyon!
All canyon residents are urged to join the Glendale Fire Department’s evacuation drill Saturday May 14th at 9 am. In case of a fast-moving wildfire or other disaster, nobody wants their family, friends, or pets trapped in the canyon. A trial run now for both Glendale First Responders and canyon neighbors will spell future safety!
What will happen during the drill?
You will be notified via text, voice message or email at 9:00 AM on Saturday, May 14 that the drill is on, where to go and what to do. (Hint: We will be evacuating to a nearby undisclosed location where there may be a small thank-you gift waiting.)
Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.
After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for several days. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. Use the resources here to build your kit. Consider what unique needs your family might have, such as supplies for petsor seniors.
Watch a Zoom recording of the CCEA 85th Annual Meeting held on March 9th, 2022.
Jonathan Payne, Fire Captain & Emergency Manager of the Glendale Fire Department discussed the planned Chevy Chase Canyon Evacuation Drill. And Patty Mundo, Vegetation Management Specialist spoke about fire safety brush clearance in our canyon. Also on the evening’s agenda were CCEA updates, and a call for all canyon members to cast votes on two CCEA resolutions.
Here are some useful links and contact information from the meeting as well:
What: Linda Vista/Buckingham Secret Stairs Cleanup
Where: Meet at the bottom of the Buckingham stairs on Linda Vista, across from Dunsmere Road.
When: Saturday January 22, 2022 at 2PM
Neighbors cleaning the stairs in 2019.
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. In 2018 (and 2019) a group of neighbors spent two hours trimming, shoveling, scraping and raking, and we unearthed the vanishing trail and stairs.
After a year or two of pandemic-induced neglect, our stairs could use a little tidying. 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. We also welcome contributions of wildflower seeds or other plants that could beautify the stairs. If you can’t attend the cleanup but would like to contribute something, please get in touch!
The stairs cleanup is organized by the CCEA in association with the Pride of Buckingham group. 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 for over a decade. They meet on select Saturdays once a quarter at the parking lot of the Chevy Chase Library and pick up litter along Chevy Chase to Emerald Isle and Linda Vista.
Homes were photographed at random and some we miss. We also try to find new displays. If your house has been overlooked, perhaps it can be found in the lights of years past below. Enjoy these beautiful canyon treasures, Merry Christmases (Glendale is so cool, we celebrate two, the 25th and the 6th.), Happy Holidays, and a very Happy New Year from your neighbors at the CCEA.
The UPDATED History of the Chevy Chase Estates Association and the Community it Serves – SECOND EDITION is once again available for purchase as we’ve printed up a few more. Get yours today for only a $5 donation to cover the cost of printing. A great gift for cherished neighbors, and a great welcome-to-the-neighborhood for new families.
Read about the floods, fires, and secret bridle trails, how from the very beginning the state’s oldest association of homeowners has fought back schemes to make the canyon into a garbage dump, turn the country club into a low-income housing project, or route a freeway straight through the valley. This is a fantastic book lovingly written by a Chevy Chase local. This is the official updated 85-page edition including gorgeous new black and white photos. A must read. A great present that will be cherished for generations. AND IT’S ONLY FIVE BUCKS!
The Glendale Planning Commission staff has recommended a denial of this variance. Below are specifics as outlined by the city.
Construct a 2,764 SF single-family residence on at 6,069 SF vacant hillside lot.
Reduction of the required minimum 10-foot interior setback (for the building and retaining walls), and to allow a reduced interior setback of zero for the building along the north-easterly (left side) property line and propose the construction of two, five-foot high retaining walls within five feet of the interior property line.
Reduction of the required minimum 40% ungraded open space on a lot with an average current slope greater than 30%; the project proposes 31.8% ungraded open space.
Increase the maximum allowed floor area ratio (FAR) to 0.42 on a lot with an average current slope greater than 40%, where 0.3 is the maximum.
The minimum lot size for purposes of constructing a new dwelling unit on lots divided prior to June 26, 1986 is seven thousand five hundred (7,500) square feet (GMC 30.11.030 and GMC 30.11.060).
Building and structures permitted after May 2, 1991, shall be setback a minimum of 10 feet from the interior property line (GMC 30.11.030 Table 30.11-B), and retaining walls within five feet of the interior property line must be under three feet high.
A minimum of forty (40) percent of the site area in the R1R zones shall be ungraded open space for any lot exceeding an average current slope of thirty (30) percent (GMC 30.11.040 F).
The maximum floor area ratio shall be 0.30 for the first 10,000 sq. ft. of lot area on a lot with an average current
Staff believes the required findings of fact for Variances to construct a new 2,764 SF, three-story house has not been demonstrated, and therefore, recommends the Planning Hearing Officer deny the following variances requesting to:
Reduce the required interior setback to zero along the north side of the property where a minimum 10-foot interior setback is required (for the building and retaining walls greater than three feet high); and
Reduce ungraded open space to 31.8 percent where a minimum 40 percent ungraded open space is required on a lot with an average current slope greater than 30 percent; and
Increase the total floor area ratio (FAR) to 0.42 where the maximum allowed is 0.30 on a lot with an average current slope greater than 40 percent.
Meet your Neighbors and help keep our canyon clean!
What: Pride of Buckingham/Chevy Chase Estates Association Fall Canyon Cleanup When: 8:30 AM / Saturday, November 13, 2021 Where: Meet at the Chevy Chase Library 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. (We might extend the clean up to the Chevy Chase Estates portals if enough participants join). Contact Leticia Gonzalez at 818-434-4647 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 ice cream social celebrating the reopening of our neighborhood library was a grand success. Kids, parents, dogs, and canyon neighbors enjoyed the sunny day and free ice cream. And the topper… canyon residents were treated to presentation detailing the new cutting-edge changes coming soon to our beloved library. Check out all the day’s photos below.