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'CSI Miami' actress' gate controversy could come to a close in Glendale

February 22, 2010 |  7:58 am


Glendale could finally put to rest a long-simmering controversy concerning "CSI Miami" actress Eva La Rue and her illegal gate.

As the City Council looks to finalize its decision forcing La Rue to remove the illegally built gate in front of her north Glendale home, Councilman Ara Najarian is looking to avoid future controversy by clarifying the city’s appeals process.

The council on Tuesday will consider a motion officially denying La Rue’s appeal of a Planning Commission denial of a zoning exception based on public safety needs, after the council voted 4 to 1 last week to uphold the commission’s decision.

The appeal centered on the wood gate La Rue’s built in front of her Cordova Avenue home, which she said guarded her and her daughter from an alleged stalker

After La Rue was cited by city code enforcement officials for the gate, which was built too close to the public right-of-way, a zoning administrator granted the actress a variance, according to the Glendale News Press. That move generated discontent from neighbors and homeowners groups, and, after an inquiry from Planning Director Hassan Haghani, the case made its way to the Planning Commission and eventually the City Council, which ruled against La Rue.

Though the specific case will be resolved, the council debate may not be over; Najarian, who cast the sole dissenting vote, successfully placed a discussion of the appeals process on a coming council agenda.

-- Melanie Hicken, Glendale News Press

Photo: AP