A standoff over sewage between the cities of Glendale and La Canada Flintridge may force Marvin Berkman to shut down his family-owned carwash.
"Unless we can find another way to dispose of our waste water, we're out of business," said Berkman, who owns the carwash with his wife, Sheila. He said the business, which employs 35 people, is his family's only source of income.
Because La Canada Flintridge is largely without a sewer system, that city had asked Glendale to sell the rights to treat and dispose of 61,000 gallons per day of waste water through a system that it operates with Los Angeles. The new sewers would serve only a small commercial stretch of Foothill Boulevard bordering Glendale and including Berkman's Foothill Car Wash.
La Canada Flintridge agreed to pay $305,000 for the rights.
But Tuesday, the Glendale City Council voted 3 to 2 not to sell its sewage rights.
"This isn't, in my opinion, our problem," said Councilwoman Ginger Bremberg, one of those voting against the sale. She said La Canada Flintridge residents, who have opposed citywide sewers, should not expect Glendale to provide help in one small area.