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City of Glendale Councilman Najarian and Glendale Public Works Department Receive Awards from the APWA Southern California Chapter

Post Date:12/11/2017 3:56 PM

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Glendale, CA –City of Glendale Councilman Ara Najarian and the Glendale Public Works Department were recently presented with two separate awards by the American Public Works Association (APWA) – Southern California Chapter. City Council Member Ara Najarian was named the “2017 Top Elected Official” for being a champion of public works in Glendale and LA County, and the Glendale Public Works Department was awarded for “Project of the Year” for the Proposition 84 Green Streets Demonstration Project. The awards will be presented at the APWA Annual Awards Luncheon on Thursday, December 14th.

As a council member and three-time mayor of Glendale, Najarian led the way on several major public works projects. He played an instrumental role in bringing to fruition the Fairmont Avenue flyover bridge project, Doran Street and Broadway/Brazil Grade Separation project, Chevy Chase sewer and reservoir projects, and many others.

He has continued to lead the way by calling for a study to analyze the feasibility of a downtown Glendale streetcar, connection from Glendale to the Metro Gold and Orange Lines via bus rapid transit (BRT), and several other public works projects.

As a director on the board of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority, also known as Metro, representing the northern corridor cities, Najarian voted to advance numerous public works mega-projects to include the Gold Line Foothill Extension, the Downtown Regional Connector, obtaining equity funds from Measure R, renovating Union Station, electrifying the Orange Line, the Northwest 138 Corridor studies, freeway improvement modifications, connection to LAX, and more.

On the Metrolink board, where he serves as its Second Vice-Chair, Najarian’s focus is on safety. He has advocated for double tracks on rail lines, and championed lifesaving technology called Positive Train Control (PTC), a GPS-based safety technology that can stop a train and prevent train-to-train collisions, over-speed derailments, and unauthorized train movement. Najarian has also authorized the procurement of Tier 4 locomotives, improving locomotive reliability and reducing emissions. He was also responsible for the additional rail station at the Hollywood Burbank Airport for the Antelope Valley Train, expected to wrap up construction in May 2018. Najarian has continued on his quest for safer transit with his efforts behind a quiet zone in Glendale, quad gates, new rail passenger cars, and crash energy management.

Najarian was first elected to the Glendale City Council in 2005 and first appointed to the Metro Board of Directors in 2006. He is the second longest serving metro board member. Najarian held the position of Chairman of the MTA Board of Directors, a multi-billion dollar agency, in 2008.

“I’m honored to receive this prestigious award by The American Public Works Association, Southern California Chapter. Seeing as there are so many qualified and talented local public elected officials. It makes this recognition even more significant,” Ara Najarian said.

The Proposition 84 Green Streets Demonstration Project was the City’s first opportunity to combine multi-modal infrastructure improvements with enhancements to water quality and stormwater management. The project is located on Harvard Street between Brand Boulevard and Glendale Avenue, and on Louise Street between Colorado Street and Wilson Avenue, adjacent to the newly reopened Central Library and Adult Recreation Center. The Proposition 84 grant allowed the City to install curb extensions, mid-block crossings, and additional landscaping and irrigation to the project area. An additional enhancement is the installation of bioswales, which are landscape elements designed to reduce or remove pollution from surface runoff water.

This project also enhanced the walkability in these areas and encourages more walking and biking to popular downtown destinations, while improving water and air quality, and increasing safety for all modes of transportation.

The American Public Works Association, Southern California Chapter, provides leadership to and serves the public works community by promoting professional excellence and public awareness through education, advocacy, and the exchange of knowledge.

For more information regarding the American Public Works Association – Southern California Chapter, please click here.

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