GLENDALE–At a press conference Monday morning–Glendale Mayor Eileen Givens announced that she would not be seeking a fifth term on the City Council–saying she would like to devote more time to her familial obligations.
"Being in the City council is challenging–fascinating and fun–but because it takes so much of my time and energy–it has also made it difficult for me to do anything except City Council these past eight years. That’s why I’ve decided not to seek re-election to the City Council next spring.
Givens was elected mayor in April. She has also served as mayor from 1994 to 1995. Throughout her eight years on the City Council–Givens has chaired numerous city agencies and has assumed leadership positions on several civic organizations.
Givens has been a staunch supporter of Armenian-American issues–and has worked closely with the Glendale chapter of the Armenian National Committee and other organizations–supporting the concerns of the large Armenian community in Glendale.
"Mrs. Givens has served the city of Glendale with dignity and prowess. We are sad that she has decided not to seek another term–but wish her well in her future endeavors," said Pierre Chragchian–a representative of the Glendale ANC who added–"she has always been a strong advocate of Armenian issues at City Hall."
"It wasn’t an easy decision–because I really do love this job–but I’ve said from the beginning of my first campaign that I thought eight years would be time enough for me to be on the City Council," said Givens–who added "I’ve devoted the last eight years to City Council work–and after April–I want to be able to devote more time to my family and to new challenges and opportunities.
She was quick to say–however–that she was not ready for retirement yet.
"During my next four months as Mayor–I expect to be extremely busy and will stay focused on my job just like always," Givens announced–outlining some the projects she would be spearheading–including "Glendale 2010"–a long-range financial planning effort for the city.
Givens said she felt fortunate to have been part of the long history of Glendale–adding she fully intended "to continue helping shape Glendale’s future as mayor until April 1999 and–after that as an active and involved private citizen."
In her announcement–she also cited the numerous advances the city had made since her tenure in the City Council.
"Glendale’s quality of life remains the envy of cities everywhere," Givens stated–adding that the city was one of the safest big cities in the country.
The completion of two new civic garages–the approval of the Greater Downtown Strategic Plan to revitalize and strengthen the downtown area and surrounding neighborhoods–the renovation of the Civic Auditorium–the expansion of the entertainment industry in the city and the selection of a new city manager were cited by Givens as some of the achievemen’s during her tenure.
Givens developed the City Hall in Your Neighborhood forums. As mayor in 1994–she appointed a Blue Ribbon Task Force on Hate Crime–which has now developed into the Glendale Human Relations Coalition chaired by Givens–herself. She also co-founded the Glendale Youth Coalition and worked to develop comprehensive plans for making Glendale a more youth/family-oriented city.