City Council pauses gas plant project after public calls for clean energy

The Glendale City Council voted unanimously on March 1, 2022, to revise its prior 3-2 vote from February 15, when it approved a $260 million purchase of gas generation equipment. The new vote defers the decision on purchasing the gas equipment until the end of 2022 so that clean energy and other alternatives can be explored.

Urgent Public Message

Council will consider Councilmember Brotman’s motion at their next meeting, March 1. This is our LAST CHANCE to insist that Glendale commit to a clean energy agenda starting now.

Grayson Repowering EIR Narrowly Approved

By a 3-2 vote, Glendale City Council certified the Grayson Repowering FEIR. With another 3-2 vote, they approved the report’s Alternative 7, which includes five new fossil fuel burning engines at an estimated cost of $260 million, along with a battery energy storage system. Council has agreed to consider amending the project approval in two weeks.

City Council Recap – July 20, 2021

Glendale City Council votes unanimously to move forward with Glendale joining the Race to Zero campaign. Council members raise various subjects including increasing EV charging in Glendale, potential city support for a state-wide ban on gas-powered landscaping equipment, and a potential ordinance to prevent excessive light pollution.

City Council Recap – June 29, 2021

Glendale City Council votes unanimously to move forward with an ordinance change to allowing backyard beekeeping in residential zones, Councilmember Najarian introduces the Metro Micro service and Councilmember Brotman requests an implementation plan for the transition of all of Glendale’s parks and properties from gas to electric landscaping equipment, now that funding has been allocated, as well as a plan to expand this policy city-wide.

City Council Recap – April 27, 2021

Sustainability Director David Jones offered a presentation on the “Race to Zero” campaign.

City Council Recap – March 30, 2021

Ascend Analytics’ 100% Clean Energy by 2030 analysis is well received, follow up action requested; Hazard Pay passes; The ordinance for a ban on polystyrene and single use plastics for city sponsored events and city facilities had its first reading and will come back for a vote; the city plans for 5 electric buses and accepts funding for charging infrastructure.

City Council Recap – January 19, 2021

Joel Peterson is appointed to the GWP Commission. Alek Bartrosouf and Jennifer Pinkerton are appointed to the Sustainability Commission. Creating a roadmap to a 100% Clean City Fleet, reviving the CERT program and doing something about graffiti and bulky item dumping is discussed. Urban Beekeeping will be considered by the Sustainability Commission and brought back to Council.

City Council Recap – January 12, 2021

City Council approves motion requesting staff to prepare an ordinance prohibiting use of Polystyrene and Single Use Plastics at City Facilities and City Events and council members make first two nominations to Sustainability Commission.

City Council Recap – November 17, 2020

CITY COUNCIL RECAP November 17 2020, 6PM EXCERPTS (Eco-related Items only) Full Agenda & Meeting Video  Consent Item (pulled): Consent Item 4F: Public Works, re: Contract Award for Weed Control Services. The motion authorizing the Interim City Manager to execute a contract with Pest Options, Inc. in the amount of $122,400 annually for a period of three years or $367,200…

City Council Watch – May 24, 2022

This week at City Council: Flashing beacons (Pedestrian Plan component), Transformative Climate Communities Grant Program, Public Works Purchase of Electric Street Sweeper, Tweaks/Minor Amendments to Downtown Specific Plan

City Council Watch – March 22, 2022

This week at City Council: Single Use Plastic Prohibition Expansion, and Polystyrene prohibition; Amendment to the City of Glendale Building Code to Require All Electric Design, Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic, and Higher Energy Performance for New Construction

Commission Watch – Sustainability Commission – March 3, 2022

This week at the Sustainability Commission: Consideration of Motion Recommending the City Council direct staff to prepare an ordinance regulating the use of single use plastics food service ware, polystyrene food service ware, polystyrene coolers, polystyrene food packaging trays and on premises dining reusable food service ware. Earth Day Planning Update, Climate Action Plan Update