Saying he had accomplished most of his key goals, Glendale City Councilman Jerold Milner announced Tuesday that he will not seek a third four-year term in the April 2 election.
Milner, 60, said he agrees with the California voters who approved term limits for state officeholders in last month’s election, although the measure does not apply to Glendale officials.
“I think the people of California have decided there should be an eight-year limit on how long people should serve,” the councilman said.
Milner said he had accomplished the two major goals he set for himself when he was elected to the council: to control the city’s growth and improve the city’s redevelopment program.
The councilman played a leading role in preparing the growth management program enacted recently to reduce the number of new apartments and condominiums that can be built in Glendale.
Milner said the city faces several challenges “that would be lots of fun to address.” He said the city must assist Glendale car dealers, whose expansion plans have been opposed by nearby residents, and address the problem of day laborers who congregate at two Glendale sites. Other unresolved issues, he said, include developing new design rules for single-family houses and providing more open space.
But, Milner said, “I think the philosophy of limited service in office overrides the temptation to continue.”
He said his greatest disappointment was the council’s failure earlier this year to approve an overnight on-street parking ban that was strongly opposed by residents. Milner said the parking restriction would have helped the city reduce the size of Glendale households, and he predicted that the council would reconsider the matter in the future.
His announcement ended the uncertainty regarding the reelection plans of two council members whose seats are at stake in the spring election. The other, Mayor Larry Zarian, last week launched his campaign for a third term.
Although nomination papers cannot be filed until January, two other candidates, Mary Ann Plumley and Eileen Hadley Givens, have already begun campaigning for the council.
Milner, who said he does not plan to endorse anyone in the April race, said he is disappointed by the number of candidates. “I would like to see the people of Glendale have a choice among four or five business-oriented candidates,” he said.
The councilman said he favors candidates with such a background because he considers the operation of the city a big business.
Milner’s announcement could trigger the entry of other candidates who were reluctant to challenge a well-known incumbent. When Councilman John F. Day decided not to seek reelection in 1979, 13 candidates filed and Glendale had its most widely contested campaign in four decades.
Milner, a native of Boulder, Colo., who grew up in Cheyenne, Wyo., and San Carlos, Calif., has lived in Glendale for 27 years. In 1987, he retired after 33 years as a manager with Pacific Bell.
He said he plans to remain active in civic organizations including the Glendale Kiwanis Club and the Glendale Symphony Assn. after he steps down from the council.