The challenges arising from Glendale's changing population will be examined by business, education and political leaders in a seven-week series of private talks beginning this week.
The forum, titled "Understanding Glendale for the Future," will open with an invitation-only session from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday in the City Council Chamber, 613 E. Broadway. Occidental College President John B. Slaughter will give the keynote address.
Participants will then meet on five successive Wednesday evenings in private homes to discuss such issues as crime, traffic, transportation, housing, education and cultural diversity.
The forum is sponsored by the city of Glendale, Glendale Community College and Glendale Partners, a group of Glendale business owners and chief executive officers.
"Ideally, this process will result in a better understanding of each other's cultures and an appreciation not only of our differences but also of all the things we have in common," said Martha Thayer, chairman of the education/ethnic mix committee of Glendale Partners, which organized the forum.
A closing session will be held Nov. 2.