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Glendale residents told to remove mirrors attached to trees

September 22, 2011 |  7:05 am

Glendale tree mirror
The city of Glendale is making residents along a busy stretch of Glendale Avenue take down mirrors the residents have attached to trees to better see oncoming traffic from their driveways.

The residents living north of the 134 Freeway say they were forced to install the round, convex mirrors because there aren't any speed-reduction enhancements, such as speed humps, on the street, the Glendale News-Press reported.

But city officials say the mirrors aren’t allowed on city trees.

Joseph Vargas and two of his neighbors installed the mirrors following several near misses over the years with cars heading south on Glendale Avenue.

Two other residents had planned to install mirrors, but changed their minds after the run-in with the city, Vargas said.

According to city officials, Vargas added, the straps are damaging the tree bark. “But it’s a mature tree,” he said.

Jano Baghdanian, traffic and safety administrator for the city, said city codes bar anything from being attached to city-owned trees or street-light poles.

If public demand is strong enough, the City Council could consider changing the code, Baghdanian said.

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Photo: Glendale resident Joseph Vargas stands near mirror he put up on tree near his driveway on Glendale Avenue. Credit: Cheryl A. Guerrero / Glendale News-Press.

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