At the September 22, 2020 City Council meeting, Paula Devine made a motion to request staff for a report on “a proposed tram in Griffith Park which could negatively impact our Rancho area.”
She cited the negative affects the Los Angeles project could have upon the local equestrian community and strong opposition to the proposal in in LA. Her concerns are also shared by neighboring Burbank Rancho, Los Angeles Equestrian Center (LAEC) users from surrounding areas, Sierra Club Angeles Chapter, Friends of Griffith Park, and the Griffith J. Griffith Charitable Trust (see Trust letter at end of this post).
Devine added: “And, of course, I feel that we want to save the Rancho.”
Councilmember, Ardy Kassakhian, was quick to second the motion.
Paula Devine has been a strong advocate for Glendale’s Riverside Rancho neighborhood and surrounding areas in past years. In 2018, she opposed the tearing down of Silver Spur Stables for a condo development proposed by Glendale’s Design Review Board member, Art Simonian (appointed to DRB by Councilmember, Ara Najarian).
In 2019, Devine was the only member of City Council who voted against urbanizing the semi-rural Riverside Rancho with the development of a 3-story, 64-room hotel within 500 feet of a public school and abutting residential properties.
Griffith Park gondola proposal sparks opposition from area residents and environmentalists
Megan Calfas, LA Times • October 23, 2020
Friends of Griffith Park: Griffith Park’s Aerial Tram: History Repeats
TravelYourWay.net March 18, 2020: Griffith Park Aerial Tramway Routes Revealed
Urbanize–Los Angeles August 27, 2020 Details Emerge for Proposed Griffith Park Aerial Tram
Los Angeles Times/Glendale News-Press June 2018 Glendale and Burbank residents protest potential rezoning of Silver Spur Stables