Glendale, California: Libertarians helping hotel owner fighting city eminent domain

Forwarded to contact.ipr@gmail.com:

From: Alan Pyeatt

First: I don’t know who all received it, but Beau Cain sent an email about an action in Glendale this coming Tuesday morning. The City of Glendale is in the process of “acquiring” the Golden Key Hotel through eminent domain, so they can give it to Rick Caruso to expand the Americana at Brand shopping mall. Ray Patel, the owner, is working with the Institute for Justice. They will be holding a rally at the hotel as follows:

Tuesday, Feb. 15th at 8am

Golden Key Hotel

123 W. Colorado Street

Glendale, California

Followed by public hearing at 9am

City Council, 613 E. Broadway Street

Michael Lundburg of Region 63 (Libertarian Party of California – P) and I plan to attend, and we are working on a flier to hand out at the event. Despite the ungodly hour, it would be very helpful if other libertarians showed up in support of our efforts. There is more information available at the website
http://SaveTheGoldenKeyHotel.com.

Second: The Riverside County LP has passed a resolution supporting Governor Brown’s plan to close the Community Redevelopment Agencies in California (425 or so total). Ted Brown and I discussed this at the Region 63 meeting this past week, and I think it’s a great idea. It’s a very rare opportunity when we can actually support an effort by the Governor, and I would like LPLAC to pass a resolution supporting this effort at our next meeting.

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I hope you will agree with me that this is a good idea.

Yours in Liberty,

Alan Pyeatt

Region 63 Representative

18 thoughts on “Glendale, California: Libertarians helping hotel owner fighting city eminent domain

  1. Jill Pyeatt

    Although I won’t be able to attend Tuesday’s event, I think activism on a local level is the direction I’d like to go in. There are certainly plenty of things going on in this little corner of Los Angeles county.

  2. John C Jackson

    This is terrible, but I don’t think we should be blaming the guy from NYPD Blue and CSI. I think you got the wrong Caruso.

  3. Jill Pyeatt

    Hahaha–I should explain the Rick Caruso is the rock star of building high-end malls, at least in So CA.

  4. Porn Again Christian

    This is good. More Libertarian Party locals should do this, this is going on all over the country.

  5. Bruce Cohen

    I’ll be pleasantly surprised if either Pyatt does anything but call themselves and pat themselves on the back.

    Please actually DO something, for the first time.

  6. Gains

    The local party that the Pyeatt’s are involved with is doing great. 2 years ago, the monthly meetings were being called off more often than they were being held. Since Jill became chair, the room has been steadily filling and their group has well over a dozen people each month, they will be pushing twenty people soon and will need a new venue.

    They have concentrated a lot of their efforts on outreach and have been getting libertarians out to protests. It seems to be working, they signed up two new paid members last meeting.

  7. paulie Post author

    The local party that the Pyeatt’s are involved with is doing great. 2 years ago, the monthly meetings were being called off more often than they were being held. Since Jill became chair, the room has been steadily filling and their group has well over a dozen people each month, they will be pushing twenty people soon and will need a new venue.

    They have concentrated a lot of their efforts on outreach and have been getting libertarians out to protests. It seems to be working, they signed up two new paid members last meeting.

    That’s what we need more of.

    And more people sharing their success stories and tips for success, too.

  8. Jill Pyeatt

    Gains @ 9: Thanks for sticking up for us. I’m in the practice of ignoring Bruce Cohen, as I notice most everyone else does on IPR, but it astounds me that he continues to make stuff up. What a sad and lonely life he must have.

  9. Alan Pyeatt

    Thanks for the good words, Gains! Jill and I are trying, but of course Ted Brown is the one who has kept our region going through thick and thin, in addition to all his work on candidate recruitment and training.

    I just returned from Glendale. After delaying the hearing for 1 hour and 45 minutes, the Glendale Redevelopment Agency took less than 5 minutes to adjourn, continuing the hearing to 2:30 PM on February 22 (also a Tuesday).

    The good news is that I was able to pass out 30 fliers inviting people to our next Region 63 meeting, and the Council chambers (where the hearing was to be held) was absolutely PACKED with Patel’s supporters. In fact, an overflow crowd watched the hearing (such as it was) from the Glendale Police Station via closed circuit feed. If I had known he would be able to get that many people to turn out, I would have printed up twice as many fliers.

    Unfortunately, City Manager Jim Starbird pointed out that the Brown Act does NOT require the Glendale Redevelopment Agency to hear public comments on the 22nd. As a result, I don’t expect them to take any public comments.

    I have a meeting scheduled for that afternoon, but if I can’t reschedule, we will try to make sure someone else is there to hand out fliers and represent the LP.

  10. FYI! [More Don Lake]

    I notice most everyone else does on IPR, but it astounds me that he continues to make stuff up …………

    [Lake: well not every one, but he is an on going liar and agitator, whom, like Grundman and Quirk, ‘makes it up as he goes along’. Team motto: blame don lake, blame don lake ………..]

  11. Gains

    Jill, Alan,

    No offense is meant by this, but I would like to point out that I was not sticking up for you. I was defending the party from attack that used you as a hammer.

    Personally I am impressed by your hard work. But in my experience and observation, personalities play little into it; it is the work that is relevant to me and I think to all other Libertarians. It is valuable, appreciated and worth talking about. I hope others emulate it for success.

    Some of the key elements that the Pyeatts have help fostered in their region:

    1. Fun incentives for bringing new people.
    2. Productive and friendly banter before and after meetings.
    3. An active calendar giving calls to action each month.
    4. Multiple people greeting new people and engaging them with the intent to let them know that their presence is valued.

    There was actually a three way race for one of their region’s offices last month. I hope that the Pyeatts will take some time and flesh out some of the details of what helps make a region become active again and start to build after a period of stagnancy. It rarely has to do with one person, but more with a change in perspective and approach by many.

  12. paulie Post author

    I hope that the Pyeatts will take some time and flesh out some of the details of what helps make a region become active again and start to build after a period of stagnancy.

    Good idea. Send us an article when you get a chance.

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