Council Approves New City Hall Design

Photos by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
A rendering illustrates what visitors to La Cañada Flintridge’s new City Hall can expect to see when the renovations on the building are finished in late 2018 or early 2019.

The City Council voted 4-1 last week in favor of the “original design” concept recommended by the New City Hall Renovation Subcommittee that is estimated to cost $6.45 million.
Concerned about the cost, Councilman Greg Brown voted against approving the final design plan and authorizing the preparation of bid specifications, but the other four council members embraced the proposal at a special meeting on Thursday, April 12.
“This is a 50-year decision, and if we’re going to make a 50-year decision, we have to make the right decision, and I think that’s the first plan,” Councilman Michael Davitt said. Continue reading “Council Approves New City Hall Design”

PCR’s ‘Panthercast’ Broadcast Delights Audience

The hardest part of putting together the Weekly Panthercast isn’t writing the scripts or interviewing students and teachers, or even producing the show — it’s trying not to laugh.
“It’s always fun and it’s never hard, it just sometimes gets somewhat out of hand,” said Finn Valderhaug, who with Jaidon Gupta, recently anchored one of Palm Crest Elementary’s increasingly popular video bulletins.

Photos by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
Student council advisor Mariana Valderhaug discusses a script with Panthercast anchors Finn Valderhaug and Jaidon Gupta before they record an episode of the popular student bulletin videocast in her classroom.

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City Lauds Residential Burglary Stymie in March

“Zero,” Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Captain Chris Blasnek said. “Zero, zero.”
He was, at Council Jonathan Curtis’ request, repeating the March tally of residential burglaries in La Cañada Flintridge.
City Council members wished to highlight the drop following an uptick late last year and early this year. In January, 14 residential burglaries were recorded in the city, followed by four in February. So far, two residential burglaries have been reported in April.
“It was a lot of hard work,” Blasnek said. “You saw the extra units, we had our burglary-robbery suppression team, and I think it worked. And it wasn’t just us; it was all the neighboring cities, as far as Agoura Hills.” Continue reading “City Lauds Residential Burglary Stymie in March”

Outlook Earns 11 Journalism Honors in Statewide Contest

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The La Cañada Flintridge Outlook newspaper was recognized four times and the Outlook Newspaper group a total of 11 times in the statewide California Journalism Awards contest, which is conducted annually by the California Newspaper Publishers Association. The awards were announced at a luncheon Saturday, April 14, in Sonoma.
Deputy editor Mirjam Swanson’s story about La Cañada High School’s later start time (Sept. 21) took third place in the Coverage of Youth & Education category, as did her sports feature about Walker Cup golfer Collin Morikawa (Sept. 7).
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LCUSD Outlines Wide Range of Security Measures

The crowd was smaller than at the past few meetings, but the main topic remained the same — safety and security at school.
La Cañada Unified School District officials spent much of Tuesday’s Governing Board meeting, which had a large number of discussion topics, focused on security measures, from fencing to the formation of a task force.
Safety concerns were front of mind recently following the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, and also some drug-related incidents at La Cañada High School that resulted in arrests or hospitalization.
LCUSD detailed plans to dedicate funds from the $149 million Measure LCF bond — the first $30 million issuance of which could be approved by the County Board of Supervisors on May 9 — to begin the process of installing perimeter fencing at its three elementary school sites.
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PCR’s Golfing Gnome a Real Ace

Photo courtesy Brian Parker

The Dads’ Committee is hosting the Palm Crest Golf and Tennis Open on Monday, April 23, to raise money for the school’s PTA STEAM projects — and 6th-grader Troy Parker is helping out.
To promote the tournament, Parker is up early every morning wearing his golf outfit, waving to drivers and passengers in the car line. His dad, Brian Parker, made four cutouts of Troy to put in front of Palm Crest families’ houses with an invitation to donate — and then move — to another family’s front yard.
“We are calling them the ‘Roaming Gnomes’ and if you get one you have been ‘gnomed’!” wrote Brian Parker in an email.
The “gnoming” will continue until April 21. The tournament, at La Cañada Country Club, is a daytime adult golf and tennis event, followed by a social hour, dinner and awards ceremony. For kids, dinner and a movie will be available at the club starting at 4 p.m.
For more information, visit birdeasepro.com/palmcrest.

Lund Dies at 77; Leaves Lasting Legacy

Allen Lund

Allen Lund’s death Saturday reverberated throughout the business community, near and far, with hundreds of letters and notes of support and admiration pouring in from employees, customers, even competitors.
“It’s overwhelming,” son Kenny Lund said. “I knew a lot of what he was doing and involved with, but I don’t think anybody really knew how much of an effect he had on people — I don’t think he realized it.”
Allen Lund, founder of the La Cañada Flintridge-based truck brokerage firm Allen Lund Company, died Saturday after a brief battle with cancer. He was at his Pasadena home, surrounded by some 30 family members and serenaded by a small choir of Carmelite Nuns. He was 77. Continue reading “Lund Dies at 77; Leaves Lasting Legacy”

USC-VHH Hosts Stroke Info Seminar

Dr. Nerses Sanossian

May is American Stroke Awareness Month, an occasion that USC Verdugo Hills Hospital will use to educate the public about how to treat strokes — and more importantly, how to prevent them.
“People don’t realize that 80% of strokes are preventable,” Dr. Nerses Sanossian said by phone. “And the way to prevent them is by educating and empowering people to make lifestyle changes before a stroke occurs.
“No matter how good we are at treating strokes, a stroke averted is the best way to treat a stroke.” Continue reading “USC-VHH Hosts Stroke Info Seminar”