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MAILBAG

Course is a jewel to be treasured

I am writing to encourage you to please help the citizens of the foothills preserve the Verdugo Hills Golf Course as a public park (“Developer wants to close course,” July 13).

We are outraged to hear the developer has filed an application and plans to destroy this beautiful landmark in our community, along with mature oak trees.

We ask you to please request the city of Los Angeles prepare an Environmental Impact Report for this project to analyze the effect it will have on the surrounding area. We believe the report will show the project should not be approved due to the negative effect on traffic, in an already busy and very dangerous area; air quality; grading; and recreational resources.

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This is one of the last places for families and friends to spend time together golfing (and learning to play) without going to another community. Our son has wonderful memories of learning to play golf at Verdugo Hills.

Also, a beautiful, open green space would be gone forever.

Too many such treasures are rapidly diminishing, as hillsides and chaparral give way to new developments with no regard for the natural topography that initially made this area desirable to residents.

We implore you, please do not let the developer build 229 homes without considering all of the concerns of the community and how it will significantly and adversely change our beautiful area.

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JULIA AND TOM LEEPER

La Crescenta

Must save ‘country living’ close to city

I am a resident of Glendale living in Glenoaks Canyon. Montrose Shopping Park and the surrounding vicinity has been in the news lately, so that when the city of Glendale planning committee plans for its future, the voices of the community should be heard. We as residents should make our voices heard again and again regarding retaining the ambience of this community.

As a senior citizen in Glendale, I would like to voice my opinion regarding the area of Montrose and the Montrose Shopping Park.

This area is a haven for us, where we can have a leisurely walk with our family and our pets without the hustle and bustle of city life. The ambience of the place is very soothing to our ears, devoid of too much noise and the busy-ness of city life, even if it is only a few miles from Glendale.

I do honestly believe that this part of Glendale needs to be preserved, with it’s old-town ambience as it is, without any commercial or any other developments of apartments, condos or town houses adding traffic and noise to its ambience.

Older residents of Glendale still want to live in Glendale in spite of the drastic changes that have taken place in the city in a short span of time.

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We moved to Glendale from Los Angeles because of its nearness to L.A., besides feeling like you are living in the country.

We loved the mountains and the access to nature trails. The changes to the city of Glendale have been phenomenal, and we want the city to have its development, but not too much.

We as individuals may be slow to adapt to the changes, but enough is enough. We need to preserve Montrose Shopping Park and the surrounding areas of its small-town atmosphere. We say we want developments.

And of course, we do need development, because it brings more money to the city. But we have to consider the effect of too much development on the lifestyle of its residents, too.

Too much development will bring more traffic, crime and all the sickness of big-city life, which we do not want our children to inherit.

We want our future generations to have the quietness of living in a small town close to the city of Glendale, where we can do business, shop at the Glendale Galleria and the coming Americana at Brand.

The Montrose Shopping Park and Kenneth Village have their own uniqueness, which adds to the appeal of the city of Glendale to future residents.

Save the Montrose Shopping Park and the surrounding area and its greenery, where we can have country living close to city living. We will never regret doing so for the future generation to have.

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EVELYN TAN

Glendale

Courtesy and dignity blow a long way

The smokers have the right to smoke, but I have the right not to smell their smoke (“City inches toward smoking ban,” Aug. 11). The freedom of the smoker ends where my freedom begins.

They may smoke in their cars (with closed windows) or in their house.

All this is about courtesy; don’t blow your smoke in the face of other people. Dignity is respect for other people.

Glendale


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