Union Rescue Mission Leader Committed to Ending Homelessness

Photo courtesy Union Rescue Mission Union Rescue Mission CEO, the Rev. Andy Bales, is dedicated to finding housing solutions for those experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County.
Photo courtesy Union Rescue Mission
Union Rescue Mission CEO, the Rev. Andy Bales, is dedicated to finding housing solutions for those experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County.

It was a recent Wednesday afternoon, and the Rev. Andy Bales, Union Rescue Mission CEO, had already put in a 38-hour workweek. As head of one of the nation’s largest and oldest missions of its kind, perched in the dubious center of Skid Row on South San Pedro Street, the Pasadena resident has doubled down on his efforts to rescue the estimated 58,000 men, women and children experiencing homelessness across L.A. County. 
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Greater HMS Family Gathers for Centennial

Decades’ worth of Huntington Middle School alumni, current and former faculty, and parents filled the school’s cafeteria last Wednesday morning to celebrate its centennial.
Those in attendance found a table with dozens of yearbooks and class photos from HMS during its lifetime, including its first class from February 1918. A slideshow throughout the centennial breakfast also showcased images from earlier times. Continue reading “Greater HMS Family Gathers for Centennial”

SMHS Students Run, Hide, Learn During Active Shooter Drill

In the estimation of Principal Issaic Gates, the planned active shooter drill conducted at San Marino High School last week could not have gone better for his students.
Beginning at 12:25 p.m. last Wednesday with what sounded like two fireworks exploding, the drill sent students where they had been directed to go in the event of a real lockdown. Instantly, students filling the quad area for lunch scattered, some crying out in alarm, to find shelter in a classroom or otherwise flee campus. Continue reading “SMHS Students Run, Hide, Learn During Active Shooter Drill”

LCHS 7/8 Principal, Students Engage in Honest Dialogue

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
Principal Jarrett Gold told LCHS 7/8 students, “This is you guys being part of the conversation and having a voice,” and they responded by sharing thoughts on a range of topics, including vaping, bullying and school safety.

Principal Jarrett Gold went on a listening tour in 7th-grade English classes and 8th-grade history classes over the past few days, inviting a dialogue with all 700-plus students enrolled at La Cañada High School 7/8.
“This is not a talking to,” Gold told students in Valerie Gochez-Frasch’s English class on the morning of Thursday, March 1. “This is you guys being part of the conversation and having a voice.
“Nothing is more important than what you guys are thinking,” he continued. “I have a perception of what the school is, but your guys’ perception is much more important than what mine is.” Continue reading “LCHS 7/8 Principal, Students Engage in Honest Dialogue”

LCHS Student Arrested for Alleged Threats

A La Cañada High School student was arrested Tuesday night for allegedly making criminal threats, authorities said.
The male student, who is a minor, was arrested away from the school, booked at the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station and transported to juvenile hall in Los Angeles, according to Sgt. Don Knight.
There is no current threat to campus, Knight said.
“Apparently, he made threats through other students, who basically reported them,” Knight said. “They got to us and it’s still an ongoing investigation.”
Knight said sheriff’s officials went to the boy’s house and now are following up with detectives to figure out how credible the alleged threats — which Knight said were not made recently — might have been. Continue reading “LCHS Student Arrested for Alleged Threats”

Town Hall Addresses LCF’s Safety Concerns

By Perry Fein
The Outlook

Political leaders, law enforcement and concerned residents held a Public Safety Town Hall meeting on Monday night at Lanterman Auditorium to address the recent uptick in local residential burglaries as well as the possible effects of newly passed criminal justice legislation.
Mayor Michael Davitt presided over the meeting, welcoming a range of speakers, including Terrance Manning, chair of the Public Safety Commission, who made a plea to residents for cooperation and vigilance: “Times have changed and law enforcement can’t do the job alone anymore.” Continue reading “Town Hall Addresses LCF’s Safety Concerns”

Former LCHS Football Champ Now Leading Bank Merger

Chris Myers

Christopher Myers thinks often about all he gained from his role on La Cañada High School’s 1979 CIF championship football team, the only squad in the school’s 56-year history to claim a football title.
“We really accomplished something together that we set our minds to and I think a lot of that work ethic you learn from accomplishing something and working really hard, and seeing it pay off, that’s a great life lesson,” said Myers, who was a senior leader on that team, as well as all-CIF first-team defensive back and the Rio Hondo League’s co-Defensive Player of the Year.
“I try to apply that in my banking life — which is not as exciting, but it’s safer.”
Myers is the president and CEO of Citizens Business Bank, which last week announced that it entered into an agreement to buy Pasadena-based Community Bank for approximately $878 million in stock and cash.
The deal is an indicator of the type of perseverance that’s beneficial both in banking and football. Continue reading “Former LCHS Football Champ Now Leading Bank Merger”

To Keep Students Safe, LCUSD to Open Tip Line; Readies for Walkout

La Cañada Unified School District recently has been wrestling with the right way to respond to an influx of difficult issues regarding drugs and school safety.
The response devised by administrators will involve, in part, a new tip line for reporting problems and a cohesive strategy for approaching planned walkouts on Wednesday, March 14.
Superintendent Wendy Sinnette indicated she expects the tip line to go live this week.
“A beta test was flown in the interim for review by the community and while we vetted it through legal counsel,” Sinnette wrote in an email. “Adjustments have been made given the advice of counsel and administrative updating and training will take place before it is officially launched.” Continue reading “To Keep Students Safe, LCUSD to Open Tip Line; Readies for Walkout”

Drop Off Medication at CV Sheriff’s Station March 21

Anyone with medications they’d like to dispose of safely can do it on the morning of Wednesday, March 21, at the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station.
Instead of the drug drop-off bin that formerly was located outside the station until about three months ago, the department will host monthly drop-offs in the lobby, Lt. Mark Slater said.
“Someone will be sitting there, but still there will be no questions asked,” Slater said. “We just want to make sure it’s done safely, that things aren’t leaking and that medications are capped or in a plastic bag.”
Slater said in the past, medications often were mixed with “sharps” (or needles, for which there remains a permanent outdoor bin), left open and leaking, or sometimes dumped in bulk, likely by businesses handling a larger volume of supplies than residents use. Continue reading “Drop Off Medication at CV Sheriff’s Station March 21”

LCF Councilman Proposes Ways to Help Law Enforcement Curb Crime

While more than 700 La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation supporters were enjoying themselves Saturday evening at a gala in Downtown L.A., City Councilman Greg Brown was patrolling the streets of LCF.
He spent almost six hours on a ride-along with a Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s deputy, an experience that spurred several ideas. Brown shared several at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, hoping his suggestions might be put up for official discussion on a future agenda. Continue reading “LCF Councilman Proposes Ways to Help Law Enforcement Curb Crime”

LCF Robotics Team Headed to Regional Championship

Photo courtesy Elizabeth Krider
Laila Majid, Forrest Swain, Stephen Krider, Ethan Cohen, Tyler Reese and Julia Krider make up the Golden Gears tech team.

The La Cañada Flintridge Golden Gears First Technology Challenge team made history recently, becoming the first team from the city to qualify for the U.S. West Super Regional Championship FTC Tournament.
This weekend, the Golden Gears squad — which includes six members who all attend either La Cañada High School or LCHS 7/8 — will be among 72 teams competing in Spokane, Washington.
“It’s pretty crazy. We’ve never gotten this far,” said Stephen Krider, the Golden Gears’ team captain. “Normally, we only get to regionals, so I’m really excited. I’m expecting for our team to have fun, but I don’t have really high hopes for advancing past this one — although, if we get good partners and bad opponents, we have a good shot.” Continue reading “LCF Robotics Team Headed to Regional Championship”

LCHS Choirs Finish Big Week With ‘Superior’ Performances

By Jack MacKenzie
Special to the Outlook

The decision to host high school choral music festivals culminated in a long but rewarding week of performances for the La Cañada High School choral program.
All six LCHS choirs received “Superior” ratings from a panel of adjudicators as La Cañada hosted a Southern California Vocal Association Festival at Lanterman Auditorium. The superior rating is the highest accolade a choir can get in festival judging. Continue reading “LCHS Choirs Finish Big Week With ‘Superior’ Performances”

Man Attacked in Hahamongna Park by Motorcyclists

Detectives with the Pasadena Police Department are investigating a report of two motorcyclists attacking a man in Hahamongna Park late Sunday afternoon.
The victim, a Los Angeles man, told police he was driving into the park entrance when he found the two motorcyclists blocking the entrance at 4:41 p.m. Sunday. When the victim got out of his car to confront the suspects about it, the two men apparently attacked him and rode off.
One suspect was described as a bald white man between 20 and 30 years old with a full beard who was 5 feet 8 inches tall, 215 pounds and wearing a skull cap, black shirt, black pants and steel-toed boots. The second was described as a white man in his 20s with a shaved head who was 5-10, around 200 pounds and wearing a gray hoodie and blue jeans. Continue reading “Man Attacked in Hahamongna Park by Motorcyclists”

Pasadena Symphony Plays Rachmaninoff on March 24

The Pasadena Symphony continues its 90th season on Saturday, March 24, with Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” at Ambassador Auditorium with performances at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Music Director David Lockington will open with Alexander Miller’s contemporary overture “Scher” and close with “Enigma Variations of Elgar.” The program centers around a classic Rachmaninoff melody, performed by pianist Andrew von Oeyen.
To learn more about von Oeyen and the concert’s themed program, arrive early for Insights, a pre-concert discussion with Lockington that begins one hour before curtain.
Guests can visit Symphony Lounge at Ambassador Auditorium’s outdoor plaza to enjoy uniquely prepared menus for both lunch and dinner at each concert from Claud & Co., fine wines by Michero Family Wines, plus music before the concert and during intermission.
All concerts are held at Ambassador Auditorium, 131 South St. John Ave., in Pasadena. Subscription packages start at $99. Single tickets start at $35 and may be purchased online at pasadenasymphony-pops.org or by calling (626) 793-7172.

Friedman to Discuss Vaping, Drugs at USC-VHH on March 16

As a part of its “Together Helping Kids Thrive” initiative, the YMCA of the Foothills will host a discussion about substance abuse from 8-10 a.m. on Friday, March 16, at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital.
State Assemblywoman Laura Friedman will be the guest speaker, with plans to address the importance of looking at the causes and solutions to the substance abuse epidemic through a holistic and systematic lens. Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Matejka will discuss vaping, and Tom Lorenz, the city of Glendale’s director of communications, will offer an update on marijuana usage.
Friedman, who represents the 43rd Assembly district, will present bills that were proposed last year to address substance abuse as well as bills that have been proposed for 2018. While she will not explicitly support or oppose any of the bills mentioned, she will present the spectrum of solutions that have been put forth. She will ask the YMCA’s Strategic Partners Network to consider what they might be willing to try to end such a serious public health and mental health crisis.
The event will be held in the fourth floor council room at the hospital, located at 1812 Verdugo Blvd. For more information, email jrabago@ymcafoothills.org or visit ymcafoothills.org.