GLASSELL PARK — Glendale Kia is now actually in Glendale. Despite its name, Glendale Kia had operated for many years in Glassell Park, where some residents had been annoyed by the Korean auto dealer’s refusal to acknowledge its Glassell Park location. But last week Glendale Kia moved to Brand Boulevard within the Glendale city limits.
Back in Glassell Park, the Glendale Kia signs have been removed from the San Fernando Road car lot and replaced by signs and a billboard for Cars911, a used car dealership. Pictures of Onnik Mehrabian, who owns Kia Glendale, also appear on the Cars911 billboard.
The Eastsider could not reach Mehrabian to explain the move. Last year, Mehrabian found himself in the middle of a feud between termed out City Councilman Ed Reyes and his replacement, Gil Cedillo, over a plan to sell a small plot of city-owned land to the car dealer, according to the L.A. Times. Cedillo opposed the sale while Reyes, according to the Times, “said he was looking to keep a pivotal business from leaving the city.”
It appears the sale, according to City Council records, never took place.