Help Fight The Proposed McDonald's at 3901 Eagle Rock Blvd.
- There many of us who are opposed to a proposed McDonald's at 3901 Eagle
Rock Blvd. in Glassell Park; we are asking our neighbors to join us.
The reasons for our opposition include (forgive the length but there is
a lot here to deal with):
a) Our area has more than enough fast food chains (at last count,
there are over 60 fast food establishments - including 7 McDonald's -
within a 3 mile radius of
the proposed McDonald's at 3901 Eagle Rock Blvd.). This was underscored
by last month's LA Times article by Mary McNamara which pointed out how
production staff from Playboy (who recently moved to Glassell Park from
Beverly Hills) have nowhere to go for lunch but burger joints.
b) Another McDonald's is contrary to the Planning Commission's own
Northeast Community Plan, which calls for a diversity of commercial
c) Northeast LA needs (and would support) other types of businesses
in the area besides drive-through fast food chains, such as retail
ventures, bookstores, coffeehouses and
sit-down restaurants. The tax revenue the City of Los Angeles could
receive from such businesses ends up going to our neighbors in Glendale
This is because those of us who live in Northeast LA are forced to go
elsewhere because of the lack of diversity of commercial services as
cited in the Northeast Community
d) The Glassell Park Improvement Association (GPIA) has done two
different marketing surveys of residents over the years. The results of
both surveys show
that, overwhelmingly, residents want a sit-down restaurant as their
first choice for new development in the area and not another fast food
chain with a drive-through.
In November, a referendum was brought before the GPIA membership on
whether they would support a McDonald's with a drive-through at 3901
Blvd. 82.7% of the members who voted opposed this McDonald's.
e) Fast food restaurants are notorious for generating garbage on the
streets of the neighborhoods where they are located. We do not need
another source of
pollution in our community.
f) Crime and gang activity is a major concern. In McDonald's
presentation to the Zoning Administrator, they want to have this branch
open until 1:00am during
the weekends. We are concerned that this will become a hang-out for
gang members. In their presentation, McDonald's said they would not
provide any additional
g) Traffic flow on Eagle Rock Blvd. will be negatively impacted by
the proposed McDonald's. In McDonald's presentation to the Zoning
asked that a left turn area be placed on Eagle Rock Blvd. between
Verdugo Road and Avenue 40 to enter the proposed McDonald's. The
constant ingress and
egress from a drive through onto Eagle Rock Blvd. will cause greater
congestion than what already exists. In the immediate area is the off
ramp for the
northbound 2 Freeway, as well as a charter school, the Glassell Park
Recreation Center, a post office and an apartment complex, which are
across the street.
h) There is nothing in McDonald's presentation that includes any
type of crosswalks. This poses a great risk to the children at the
charter school and those who
might come from the Recreation Center who may want to cross Eagle Rock
i) With all the efforts LAUSD is taking to rid the schools of junk
food, it would be a travesty to allow one of the worst offenders of
malnutrition of our children
so close to a school.
j) The Eagle Rock Blvd. corridor is one of the areas where there is
great potential for better development. It is one of the reasons it has
been included in the
proposed CDO for Cypress Park and Glassell Park. The area of 3901 Eagle
Rock Blvd falls within the boundaries of this CDO. As proposed right
CDO would not allow for this McDonald's to be built. Why allow it now?
k) Anyone reading the business section of the paper is aware that
McDonald's is in financial trouble. Profits for McDonald's are lower
for the seventh time in the
last eight quarters. In October, McDonald's Corporation announced it
will pare down new openings of McDonald's and close existing locations.
will also step up investment in its other chains, including Chipotle
Grill, Boston Market and Donato's Pizzeria. Various financial analysts
have pointed out that
management at McDonald's newer locations have been sub par and are a
major reason for both the poor quality of service and food. If
McDonald's does open a new chain at 3901
Eagle Rock Blvd., is that what can be expected from yet another
McDonald's in our area?
For those who are opposed to the proposed McDonald's, there are a number
of ways to help:
1) Sign a copy of the petition that is available and have your friends
and neighbors sign it also (please contact me if you would like a copy
of the petition).
2) Send emails expressing your opposition to the proposed McDonald's to
Councilmember Eric Garcetti (the McDonald's is within his council
district). Please be sure to note that you are opposed to the granting
of the Conditional Use Permit for the proposed McDonald's at 3901 Eagle
Rock Blvd. in Glassell Park. Please cc a copy to me
(tscud1@...); I will be presenting the petitions and emails to
the Zoning Administrator to show the community's opposition to this
Councilmember Garcetti's email address is garcetti@...
3) Anyone who wants to help in any other way can contact me at
Thanks for your time and consideration. If you have any questions,
please feel free to contact me.
Happy New Year to you all!
- It is interesting that while McDonald's is rushing to build new restaurants
in N.E. LA, recent news reports on NPR and in the LA Times indicate that
since the McDonald's Corporation has been losing money, their new trend is
toward "fewer but better" restaurants. Is their intention to glut the 3rd
world of LA (or their perception thereof) with crappy food, before upgrading
their Beverly Hills stores? One would love to see their coporate plans on