Eight candidates in the running for six seats on the Crescenta Valley Town Council

Six open seats on the Crescenta Valley Town Council are up for grabs this weekend with eight candidates vying to represent the La Crescenta-Montrose community.

Voters will be asked to choose up to three candidates, with the top three vote-getters elected to regular council seats for three-year terms. The next three candidates who receive the most votes will each serve one-year terms as alternate members.


Some of the issues candidates would like to address include the continued beautification of Foothill Boulevard, greater transparency on the council and a resolution to the ongoing Sagebrush territory issue, according to questionnaires they completed and are available online at


Harry Leon, council vice president, is running for reelection. He is also chair of the Scholarship and Sagebrush Territory Transfer committees as well as the Cresecenta Valley Youth Town Council. Along with pursuing more transparency on the council, he wants to build a larger community center in Crescenta Valley Park.

All three current alternates on the council are seeking to fill a regular position.

Aram Ordubegian, president of the Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce, is again running on a platform to beautify Foothill Boulevard and park areas to attract businesses. Charles Beatty wants to resolve the Sagebrush issue and change the way lighting is adopted in the community. Jo Ann Stupakis, a Glendale Unified employee, said she would volunteer to serve as recording secretary and advocate for preservation.



11:03 a.m.: A previous version of this story misidentified the president of the Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce. His name is Aram Ordubegian, not Adam Ordubegian..


Former town council member Kyle Studebaker doesn't have a long list of items on her questionnaire should she be elected, but she said she would actively engage in the needs of the community.

Real estate agent Kerry Lewin wants to give attention to the relationship between residents and businesses along Foothill Boulevard.

Brandon M. Lee, an English teacher and recent college graduate, touts many platforms including scholarship opportunities for youth, addressing mental health issues in the community and creating study commissions to track emigration, housing and ethnic data.

Patent lawyer Joshua Wade, who ran unsuccessfully last year, is again pursuing his sole agenda item of helping Glendale annex the remainder of unincorporated La Crescenta.

The election will be held over two days — from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at St. Luke's of the Mountains Episcopal Church, 2563 Foothill Blvd., La Crescenta.


Jeff Landa,

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