Community Turns Out to Raise Concerns

GLENDALE–Over 100 community members turned out March 15 to voice their opinions at the City of Glendale’s Long Range Planning Forum. The forum–held at St. Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church on South Central Ave–was co-hosted by the Armenian National Committee – Glendale Chapter (ANC – Glendale).

"The decisions that we make about our community will affect us for years to come. The more we can involve people in understanding how the city works and engage them in meaningful ways to give us feedback and direction–the better our city will be," said Sam Engel–Neighborhood Services Administrator for the City of Glendale. "Working with the ANC to reach out to a larger population helped the City meet its goals to involve residents who might not have previously participated in City government. We are tremendously pleased with the result of this partnership and look forward to future collaborations."

Forum participants worked in groups of six at one of several tables. With the assistance of city staffers–participants placed a set of markers or "chips" into various city services–marking what they felt was a priority. Top issues included Housing–Transportation–and Community Services. Participants also worked through a worksheet of priorities–raising concerns regarding business retention and overall economic vitality as well as public safety issues such as better lighting on streets and more police officers.

"A variety of issues were discussed among separate groups. Some groups were very specific and knew exactly what they wanted while other groups engaged in healthy debates over the city’s priorities," noted George Garikian–chairman of the Glendale ANC.

The forum was the last in a series of forums that had initially been planned for January and February. At the ANC’s request–the City of Glendale hosted the final forum in an attempt to reach out to the Armenian – American communities and residents of South Glendale. While the ANC worked with St. Mary’s Church to provide the facilities–the City of Glendale supplied all program materials as well as dinner and childcare in order to make the forum as convenient as possible. The main presentation was conducted predominantly in Armenian–however–bilingual staffers alternated between both Armenian and English during group discussions. All materials were also provided in both Armenian and English in order to accommodate attendees.

For more information on ANC – Glendale–please contact our offices at (818)243-3444. You can also email us at info@ancglendale.org.

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