VOICE has always aspired to the highest level of professionalism and effectiveness. We have been praised as a model organization by Joe Edmiston, the Executive Director of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, and other public officials. We are proud to count among our current and former Board of Directors several former presidents of Glendale homeowners associations, the former president of the Crescenta Valley Town Council, and the City of Glendale’s representative to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. The quality of our leadership ensures that we will continue to be effective far into the future
Since 2005, Glendale-Crescenta V.O.I.C.E. has been involved in a campaign to save the historic Verdugo Hills Golf Course from a proposed housing development by Snowball West Investments. The developers, if they get their way, will subdivide and subsequently develop 215 units on the 58-acre project site, destroying a precious community resource forever.
A Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) was released to the public for review and comment in 2009 and we and other community members submitted hundreds of comment letters to the Los Angeles Department of City Planning. Subsequent portions of the DEIR were recirculated in December 2015 and others in September 2017.
Notwithstanding significant public opposition, the LA City Planning Commission ultimately certified the revised FEIR, approved the vesting tentative tract map for the project and recommended approval of the vesting zone change. However, when the matter went to the City Council, the Council voted to deny the zone change based in part on the safety hazards of the project in such a dangerous fire zone and the significant traffic impacts.
Subsequently, the property owners, Snowball West Investments, sued the City in superior court. The court ruled in the City’s favor and now the owners have filed an appeal of that decision.
V.O.I.C.E. is still working with all parties to try to preserve for open space as much of the golf course property as possible.