Killackey Announces Run for School Board

Mike Killackey
Mike Killackey

Attorney Mike Killackey has waded into the school board race, recently announcing his candidacy for the San Marino Unified School District Board of Education election in November.
A three-year resident of San Marino, Killackey said he had three areas in mind as a prospective school board member: student wellness, course innovation and the school facilities bond proposal. Continue reading “Killackey Announces Run for School Board”

‘Hackademia’ Aims for Young Tech Devotees

Photo courtesy Hackademia La Cañada High School students Justin Hyon, Rucha Kadam and Kamyar Salahi have spent a year bringing to life Hackademia, the first high school hackathon in Southern California. The free event takes place July 28 at UCLA.
Photo courtesy Hackademia
La Cañada High School students Justin Hyon, Rucha Kadam and Kamyar Salahi have spent a year bringing to life Hackademia, the first high school hackathon in Southern California. The free event takes place July 28 at UCLA.

Kamyar Salahi, a rising senior at La Cañada High School, wished he could enter a hackathon for people his age in L.A.

The problem was that nothing of the kind existed in Southern California. Not yet.

Continue reading “‘Hackademia’ Aims for Young Tech Devotees”

Center Envisions More Swingin’ Times for Seniors

Photo by Mary Emily Myers / OUTLOOK Ellie Wildermuth (left) and Joan Williams help Don Williams celebrate his 86th birthday at the“Swingin’ Seniors” event at the Community Center.
Photo by Mary Emily Myers / OUTLOOK
Ellie Wildermuth (left) and Joan Williams help Don Williams celebrate his 86th birthday at the“Swingin’ Seniors” event at the Community Center.

About 80 local people at least 50 years old came Tuesday to dine and dance and, in some cases, check out the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge for the first time.
The “Swingin’ Seniors” event offered free lunch, raffles and an opportunity to listen to live jazz from the L.A. Diamond Trio. In exchange for all that, attendees filled out surveys, sharing basic demographic information and their input on what types of events and activities they’d like the center to offer. Continue reading “Center Envisions More Swingin’ Times for Seniors”

HOPE Cafe Thrives on Serving Food With a Mission

Photo courtesy Tony Lancaster HOPE Cafe and Catering owner Tony Lancaster and his wife, Ann, donate 10% of their sales back to local nonprofits such as Door of Hope that work to help families experiencing homelessness.
Photo courtesy Tony Lancaster
HOPE Cafe and Catering owner Tony Lancaster and his wife, Ann, donate 10% of their sales back to local nonprofits such as Door of Hope that work to help families experiencing homelessness.

Some stories tell themselves, and that of HOPE Cafe and Catering owner Tony Lancaster might just be one of those, including chapters that could be titled Rehab, Rebirth and Redemption. Continue reading “HOPE Cafe Thrives on Serving Food With a Mission”

Budget Planning Creates Long Hours for City Officials

When the City Council met Monday, July 2, it wasn’t for a regularly scheduled meeting; it was, instead, a continuation of its meeting from the prior Friday morning.
This continuation was born of the fact that the Friday meeting, which was a preliminary look at the formal budget proposal coming later this month, lasted more than six hours. This was not unexpected, at least as reflected in various conversations with city officials in the days leading up to the meeting. The city is, after all, undergoing a deliberately prolonged budgeting process not least because of a mutual desire to overhaul the way San Marino’s government conducts business. Continue reading “Budget Planning Creates Long Hours for City Officials”

LCHS Seeks to Reintroduce Peer Counseling Class

Hoping to cultivate student wellness, school district officials recommended at Tuesday’s Governing Board meeting that the district reintroduce a peer counseling elective for the upcoming academic year.
“The goal here is to have a class which, in essence, trains schools in peer counseling skills for about three quarters and the last quarter [students will] begin to work with students,” said Jim Cartnal, the La Cañada Unified School District’s executive director of pupil and personnel programs and services. Continue reading “LCHS Seeks to Reintroduce Peer Counseling Class”

City Considers Parking Rules for Large Vehicles

La Cañada Flintridge City Council members want the city to regulate oversized vehicle parking in the public right of way, likely by issuing temporary permits — but they’re leaving the details to the Public Works and Traffic Commission.
The subject arose when a resident approached the City Council at a recent meeting to complain about a neighbor who was parking his recreational vehicle on the street for long periods. Continue reading “City Considers Parking Rules for Large Vehicles”

Huntington Library Names New President

Karen Lawrence
Karen Lawrence

After more than a year of searching, the Huntington Library has selected its new president, naming academic Karen Lawrence as the new executive last week.
Lawrence will take the helm on Sept. 1 as the institution’s ninth president, replacing Laura Trombley, who resigned March 2017 after receiving a Twain Scholarship award and embarking on a book-length study. Lawrence, who has spent the past decade as president of Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, New York, will live at the Huntington Library. Continue reading “Huntington Library Names New President”

LCHS Grad Nominated for UC Student Regent Role

Hayley Weddle
Hayley Weddle

Hayley Weddle, a La Cañada Flintridge native and UC San Diego doctoral student, has been nominated to be the 2019-20 student regent by a University of California Board of Regents special committee.
If approved this month, the 2007 La Cañada High School graduate would become the 45th student regent since the position was established in 1975. She would serve as the student regent-designate for the coming year and be able to participate in all deliberations, then will have voting privileges when her one-year term begins in July 2019. Continue reading “LCHS Grad Nominated for UC Student Regent Role”

LCF Resident Promoted to Managing Editor at L.A. Times

Scott Kraft
Scott Kraft

La Cañada Flintridge resident Scott Kraft was named managing editor of the Los Angeles Times last week, the newspaper reported.
“Scott’s promotion is an acknowledgment of the role he instinctively took on during the past tumultuous year, working with teams throughout the newsroom to produce journalism of the highest quality,” said Executive Editor Norman Pearlstine, according to the Times. Continue reading “LCF Resident Promoted to Managing Editor at L.A. Times”

Obit: Ellen Hutchinson Ellis

Ellen Hutchinson Ellis
Ellen Hutchinson Ellis

Ellen Hutchinson Ellis died peacefully on June 19.
She was born in Baltimore in July of 1918 to James Howard Hutchinson Sr. and Corabel Palmer Hutchinson.
She graduated from Scripps College with a B.A. in 1939 and later that year married Herbert Bailey Ellis. They moved to La Cañada in 1944. With the exception of two years in Georgia, they lived the rest of their lives in the La Cañada Flintridge and Pasadena areas.
They had three children. Continue reading “Obit: Ellen Hutchinson Ellis”