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Though many of the names and faces of Glendale’s top leadership have changed over the last few years, a decades-old culture of condescension prevails among some of the city’s top brass.
Further, it seems the flow chart of the city places citizens below their elected representatives in order of importance, with city management reigning above all. Citizens are treated as subjects and discouraged, if not overtly prohibited, from communicating with their mayor and council except through city management and staff.
From the mayor’s office and downtown business owners to the chamber of commerce and taxpaying residents, all are equally subject to a standard practice of elitism that is neither necessary nor warranted.