History of Valley Glen
The Beginnings 1990 – Neighborhood Watch, Area 966
Doug Claybourne, then a resident on Allott Avenue, organized a neighborhood watch program for LAPD Area 966, which is bounded by Victory on the north, Fulton on the east, the MTA right-of-way on the south and Woodman on the west. This group did graffiti cleanup, created the Safe House program (which was later adopted by LAUSD) and obtained a traffic light for Erwin and Fulton after a pedestrian hit and run accident.
In 1993, co-founders Doug Claybourne and Carol Morell suggested a homeowners association for Area 966 with the goal of pursuing a name change for the area. Their effort led to the formation of the Valley Glen Neighborhood Association, qualifying Doug and Carol as the founding members.
1994 – Proposed Name Change for Area 966
Block captains in Area 966 attended a meeting to consider possible name changes. Ideas included College Park, Erwin Oaks, Valley Oaks, Erwin Ranch and Walnut Grove. This effort led to an interim name, College/Walnut Park.
1996 – Neighborhood Association is formed
Recognizing that many of the issues that needed to be addressed were beyond the charter of Neighborhood Watch, the neighborhood association was formed in 1996. The bylaws were drafted and approved by the organizing group and the first elections were held.
1997 – Association boundaries expanded and a community name selected
Valley Glen is born. Marc Thurston, the first elected president of the association, led the effort to finalize the bylaws, decide upon the boundaries and, most importantly, to seek community approval of a new name for the area. The boundaries were expanded to Victory on the north, Coldwater on the east, Burbank on the south and Hazeltine on the west. The name, Valley Glen, was selected. This name change received the support of 87% of the homeowners in the expanded area. The presentation and petitions were so well received that 5th District Council Member, Michael Feuer, offered an opportunity to the surrounding areas to join in the name change.
1998 – The Valley Glen boundaries are set and the signs go up
Councilman Feuer divided his Council District area into quadrants and agreed to include all quadrants that received signatures from at least 70% of the homeowners. Twelve of the thirteen quadrants banded together and with expanded boundaries became officially known as Valley Glen on June 23, 1998. Signs denoting this were erected (by LA Department of Transportation) throughout the area shortly thereafter. The Valley Glen Neighborhood Association expanded its boundaries to conform with our new City boundaries and to this day, no other political body represents identical boundaries in Valley Glen.
2003 – Los Angeles City Council designates Valley Glen as a recognized city within Los Angeles
This was a critical step in gaining more official recognition to put Valley Glen on par with distinct cities like Sherman Oaks and Valley Village. Notably, this action caused Cal Trans to erect “Valley Glen Next 2 Exits” signs on the 170 Freeway.
This action also got us recognition by the MTA as it completed the Orange Line and named the Station at Oxnard and Woodman, “Woodman / Valley Glen.”
2008 – On September 5, 2008, the United States Postal Service recognized Valley Glen
This action by the Postal Service now allows the Valley Glen name to be recognized nationally; especially in making purchases over the Internet. Today, Valley Glen is recognized by all of the schools in the area, many of the merchants and most of the homeowners.
We have had many Presidents as we provide a one year term for our Presidents. Many of our Presidents have been able to serve multiple terms. Some have left mid-term to pursue higher office which is accommodated by the Vice President automatically succeeding to the Presidency. Here is a historical list of Presidents:
|Marc Thurston||December 1996||December 1997|
|Peer Ghent||January 1998||December 1998|
|Marc Thurston||January 1999||December 1999|
|Carlos Ferreyra||January 2000||November 2001 (resigned to run for Valley Secession City Council seat)|
|Asta Criss||November 2001||February 2005 (bylaw change made term end in February)|
|Peer Ghent||March 2005||February 2007|
|Mickey Jannol||March 2007||February 2009|
|Judy Price||March 2009||February 2011|
|Carlos Ferreyra||March 2011||August 2013 (resigned to become President of neighborhood council)|
|Dean Abston||August 2013||Present|