President's Message

    Our neighborhood is changing!  One effect of low interest rates, along with increased property values, is a surge in home improvement and remodeling.  On every street one can hear the sound of hammers and saws and feel the crunch of contractors' trucks on street parking availability.  When this surge ends, which it inevitably must, we will have a freshly painted, newly landscaped and improved neighborhood, along with many new neighbors.  There are new families and children on every street who have come to Greenbriar and Royal Canyons because they know, as do those of us who have been here many years, what a wonderful neighborhood this is.

    Your Board of Directors is planning two events to help us all get to know one another better: first, the RCPOA Family Picnic on Sunday, July 17 at Verdugo Park from Noon to 3:00 PM, and second, our annual Summer Member Party on Sunday, August 21.  More information on the Picnic can be found elsewhere in this newsletter, and information will follow on the Summer Party.

    Your board is following closely the City's plans to replace dying palms on Royal Boulevard and an accompanying article also details the current situation regarding these beautiful trees.

    I want to say thank you, on behalf of all our members, to Robert Merry, who has so ably served as our President for the last two terms.  Robert and his wife Carol, as well as their son Jon, all have served our neighborhood for many years and we sincerely appreciate their hard work.

    I hope to see many of you soon at our picnic in Verdugo Park on Sunday, July 17.  Let's get to know each other.  Your board will continue to keep you informed of issues relating to the well being of our neighborhood.  If you are not now a member, please join us.  We welcome you.

Dan Cabrera, President, RCPOA

Replacing Dying Palms on Royal

By Dan Cabrera

    Of the original 83 California Fan Palms planted on Royal Blvd. in 1926, 76 remain.  Seven have been removed due to disease brought on by old age, fungus and rot.  Approximately six are scheduled to be replaced this summer.

    Although there are a few other palms on the boulevard that were planted privately, the palms planted in 1926 all have the botanical name Washingtonia filifera, but are commonly called the California Fan Palm.  This palm, with a fairly thick trunk, grows to a height of about 60 feet.  In an interview with Ms. Deborah Day, urban forester for the city of Glendale, she stated that there are plans to replace the palms in groups of three or so as they die or become diseased and require removal.

    Ms. Day did say that the City is actively attempting to prolong the life of the palms with fertilizing, spraying of fungicide, and careful trimming.  One primary element in fertilizing is potassium, a key nutrient for the palm.  The trees are trimmed every three years by a private contractor hired in 2000, West Coast Arborists.  They were last trimmed in 2003 and are scheduled to be trimmed again in July of 2006.

    One decision to be made is what size tree to use for replacement.  The palms will be replaced with the same type tree, but older, taller trees will not last as long and will cost much more.  Your board of directors will be maintaining contact with Ms. Day regarding this project, which is so important to the long-term beauty of our neighborhood.