Candidates Debate Progress, Safety for Two Council Seats

The three candidates for two open La Cañada Flintridge City Council seats spent an evening together last week at a forum at Flintridge Prep seeking to distinguish themselves in the only debate ahead of the March 7 election.

OUTLOOK photo City Council candidates Dave Spence, Jonathan Curtis and Keith Eich shared their thoughts last week during a forum staged by the Coordinating Council at Flintridge Prep.
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City Council candidates Dave Spence, Jonathan Curtis and Keith Eich shared their thoughts last week during a forum staged by the Coordinating Council at Flintridge Prep.

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Curtis Focused on Local, Regional Issues

Jonathan Curtis is in the process of reintroducing himself to the community.
La Cañada Flintridge’s sitting mayor is among three candidates running for two available seats on the City Council. He’ll face veteran incumbent Dave Spence and first-time candidate Keith Eich in the March 7 election. LCF City Council members serve four-year terms.

Jonathan Curtis seeks re-election.
Jonathan Curtis seeks re-election.

Following five years on the Planning Commission, Curtis ran for City Council for the first time in 2013. Back on the campaign trail, Curtis is hoping to motivate voters to head back to the polls again after last November’s election.
“Frankly, people are a little bit burnt out on the political side, so it was more effective to reach out after the beginning of the year,” Curtis said. “That’s a very short time frame for outreach.”

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City Hall’s $11 Million Move to Town Center OK’d

La Cañada Flintridge’s City Hall is moving to the Town Center, a “more strategic location,” Mayor Jonathan Curtis called it.
The city announced last week that it agreed to purchase the former Sport Chalet office building for $11.23 million. The purchase follows a recommendation by an ad hoc committee comprised of citizens, Realtors, city staff and consultants, as well as the completion of a 90-day due diligence that analyzed physical, legal, environmental and suitability factors.
LCF will pay La Cañada Properties Inc. a cash deposit into escrow of $5.65 million with the balance carried on a two-year, interest-free promissory note that will allow the city to consider various alternatives for paying off the balance without incurring additional costs or charges. Those alternatives will include options for the sale or lease of the current City Hall building at 1327 Foothill Blvd.

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City Approves Sport Chalet Office Purchase

City Hall will relocate to the former Sport Chalet headquarters.
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City Hall will relocate to the former Sport Chalet headquarters.

The city of La Cañada Flintridge signed off Wednesday on the acquisition of the old Sport Chalet office building at One Sport Chalet Drive for use as City Hall, Mayor Jonathan Curtis said.
A 90-day due diligence process evaluated the physical, legal, environmental and suitability factors. Now, the city will pay $11.2 million for the 24,000-square-foot office space and the Montessori school operating on the property, Curtis said.
“It promises to bring new efficiencies and services to the community,” Curtis said. “We’re very excited about that.”
City operations have outgrown the current City Hall space, where 48 city staffers work closely in a 7,160-square-foot building at 1327 Foothill Blvd. When City Manager Mark Alexander began working for LCF 28 years ago, there were only 10 city employees in the same facility, he said.

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City Council Cautions LCF on Rain Alert

Gregory Hisel, an assistant fire chief for L.A. County, played meteorologist at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.
He cautioned La Cañada Flintridge residents to prepare for a series of storms, starting with the first phase, which is forecast to drop as much as 2 inches of rain on the Foothill area by today, Jan. 19. Two other coming storms could bring as much as 5 inches more with strong gusts of wind, he said.
“This is significant,” he said. “The ground is already partially saturated and more and more rain is building up and the ground is going to start getting oversaturated.” Continue reading “City Council Cautions LCF on Rain Alert”