City Council 6 PM: Item 8c, final decision on the Grayson Repowering and purchase of internal gas combusion engines.
City Council Recap – August 16, 2022
Clean Energy Resolution Passes; Council Votes 4–1 to Take Next Steps on Grayson Repowering with 3 Engines
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 – February 16, 2021
Council unanimously approved the letter from City of Glendale opposing the proposed Griffith Park Tram. Mr. Najarian’s nomination to the Sustainability Commission, Haig Kartounian, was unanimously approved. Mr. Kassakhian nominated Rondi Werner to the Sustainability Commission (final nomination for this commission. If approved, the commission can begin to meet.)
City Council Recap – February 2, 2021
Council voted to have staff draft a letter opposing the Griffith Park Aerial Tram project which they will then review and vote upon. A Metro Board funding increase to the Doran railroad crossing project was discussed and key project highlights announced. There was a request for additional reporting to be included in an Urban Tree Report.
City Council 6 PM: (Item 8a) Status Update on the Request for Proposals (RFP) for Local Clean Distributed Energy Resources (DER); (Item 8b) EcoMotion Report—Review of Glendale Water & Power Department Public Benefit Charge Programs, Findings and Recommendations
City Council 6 PM: Creative Crosswalks update; development of city-wide Polystyrene and Single Use Plastic regulations.
City Council 6 PM: Adoption of REACH CODE ORDINANCE (Building Electrification, Solar Photovoltaic and Electric Vehicle Charging Installations); Final Verdugo Wash Visioning presentation and next steps; RFP for development of a plan to significantly increase solar penetration and develop additional Distributed Energy Resources (DER) in Glendale.
Spread the word! Small businesses and sole proprietors can purchase discounted zero-emission lawn mowers, blowers and more through funding from the CARB’s Clean Off-Road Equipment (CORE). There are $27 million of voucher funds available, but funding will go fast.
City Council 6 PM: Hollywood Burbank Airport Update; Interum Urgency Ordinance Prohibiting Development of New and Conversion of Existing Drive-throughs; Introduction and Adoption of 2023 Glendale Building and Safety Code; Introduction of REACH CODE ORDINANCE (Building Electrification, Solar Photovoltaic and Electric Vehicle Charging Installations); Commission/Board Term Limits.; Title 30 amendments re: SB9 projects, JADUs and ADUs etc.
3 PM: Citywide Bicycle Detection Technology; 6 PM: Dunsmore Park Improvements Project, 2023 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Curb Ramp Installation and Sidewalk Repair Program, Streamlining the Historic District Designation Process, Solar Energy on City Owned Properties & RFP for Six Proposed Project Sites
6 PM: Beeline Bus Chargers grant award, New Hotel Permits Prohibition Ordinance, Citywide Bicycle Transportation Plan, Vision Zero, La Crescenta Avenue Rehabilitation Project
City Council has TWO sessions this Tuesday. 3 PM: SCPPA Contract, Slow Streets Program update; 6 PM: Adoption of Extension of Interim Urgency Ordinance No. 5978 Prohibiting Issuance of Entitlement and/or Permits for Hotels in the Downtown Specific Plan Area of the City, City of Glendale Investment Policy, Report Regarding Potential Ban on Gas-Powered Lawn and Landscaping Equipment
SB 1255 (Portantino), which would have offered grants to K-12 Schools to purchase and install dishwashers to reduce waste and waste related costs, was vetoed by Governor Newsom, but hope lives on!