Negative reasons cited for transiting the City of Glendale to districts:
Resource Allocation Challenges
When city council members represent specific districts, there might be competition for resources between districts, leading to potential unequal distribution of funding and services.
Difficulty in Addressing Citywide Issues
Some challenges faced by cities, such as transportation networks, infrastructure improvements or environmental concerns, require citywide solutions. District-focused representation can make it challenging to coordinate efforts and implement holistic policies.
Appearance of Disproportionate Control
A view has also been expressed that, as has occurred in other cities with council districts, councilmembers may come to view their districts as their “fiefdoms” – able to make all decisions affecting their district – despite the fact that all policy decisions will still require approval of the City Council.
Directly Elected Mayor
Some members of the community, including sitting council members, express the view that having a directly elected mayor is unnecessary and duplicative of the council’s role. The view has been expressed that a citywide mayor be wrongly perceived as more powerful or otherwise more important than other elected councilmembers even though the mayor’s duties and authority will be nearly the same as those of the councilmembers with the exception of some minor ceremonial and ministerial duties.