LCF City Council Selects Brown to Fill Empty Seat

Greg Brown was La Cañada Flintridge’s mayor in 2006 when the Town Center was approved.

The La Cañada Flintridge City Council soon will be whole again. Greg Brown was appointed Tuesday to a third term; he’ll serve until March 2019, filling the unscheduled vacancy that occurred with Dave Spence’s death in May.
“I’m excited, just to keep things moving and to get some things done and hopefully not miss a beat,” Brown said Tuesday evening by phone from Utah. “Obviously, this whole situation is one that we wish hadn’t arisen. You can’t help but think of Dave; he would want things to carry on well and so we’ll do our best.” Continue reading “LCF City Council Selects Brown to Fill Empty Seat”

LCF’s Matlin to Debut on ABC’s ‘Battle’ Tonight

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Marlee Matlin said she most enjoyed the dunk tank because it gave her “a chance to get into the pool!” She’s among the competitors in tonight’s episode of “Battle of the Network Stars,” which airs at 9 p.m. on ABC-TV.

For this role, Marlee Matlin really dug in.
Matlin, an Oscar-winning actress who lives in La Cañada Flintridge, is among the celebrities competing on the “Battle of the Network Stars” episode tonight, July 13, on ABC-TV.
A nostalgic reboot of the 1970s and ’80s pop-culture classic, each of the show’s 10 episodes brings together two teams of five celebrities apiece. The squads are divided according to the theme of show on which they starred. They “battle” each other in classic contests such as tug of war, archery, kayak relay, an obstacle course and, Matlin’s favorite, the dunk tank. Continue reading “LCF’s Matlin to Debut on ABC’s ‘Battle’ Tonight”

‘Managing the Aging Process’ at USC-VHH

Purnima Panchal and her colleagues in the geropsychiatric program at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital field so many questions about the same topics, it felt as if the community was asking for a lecture.
“It was getting to a point that I was getting so many phone calls, I figured we should have an educational series here that’s open to the community,” said Panchal, who’s in charge of community outreach for the hospital’s geriatric program. “We can have people attend different topics based on what they want to know.” Continue reading “‘Managing the Aging Process’ at USC-VHH”

Descanso Gardens Stars in KCET-TV Documentary July 18

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Picturesque scenes such as the archway leading into the Rose Garden at Descanso Gardens help tell a story about the region’s past, which has been documented in a film that will air at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18, on KCET.

Descanso Gardens is not just a pretty place.
Certainly, its natural beauty is refreshing, but Executive Director David Brown has long believed there’s much more to it. He pitched that notion to KCET-TV in mid-March — right when the station’s personnel were planning programming for their “Summer of the Environment” initiative.
The result: “Lost LA: Descanso Gardens,” an hourlong documentary that dives deep into the botanical gardens’ beauty as well as its social, political and cultural significance. It will premiere at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18, on KCET.
From its origins as an oak woodland to its current status as a living museum, Descanso Gardens has a compelling history to share, said Matthew Crotty, the director of production. Continue reading “Descanso Gardens Stars in KCET-TV Documentary July 18”

Exchange Students Get a Sister City Welcome in LCF

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City Councilman Jonathan Curtis, Mayor Pro Tem Terry Walker, Daniel Fernández Multigner, Jack Applebaum, Mayor Michael Davitt, Catherine Condit, Eva Perez Prieto and City Councilman Len Pieroni display proclamations and artwork associated with La Cañada Flintridge’s first Sister City agreement with Villanueva de la Cañada, Spain.

City Council members greeted exchange students brought to La Cañada Flintridge from its first sister city, Villanueva de la Cañada, Spain, at the council meeting Wednesday, July 5.
“Hopefully, you’re going to enjoy your time here. I know there are all sorts of activities planned,” LCF Mayor Michael Davitt told the first participants of a new La Cañada Flintridge Sister Cities Association. Continue reading “Exchange Students Get a Sister City Welcome in LCF”

Rodriguez Resigns as LCHS Water Polo Coach

Joshua Rodriguez

La Cañada High School will fill another coaching void this summer following the resignation of varsity boys’ water polo coach Joshua Rodriguez on Monday. He accepted a position as an assistant water polo coach at the Air Force Academy in Colorado.
“It’s an amazing opportunity for him,” said LCHS Athletic Director Kristina Kalb, “and speaks volumes of his talent and abilities as a coach to be able to get hired in that position. We’re happy for him and sad for ourselves. He really changed the culture for the boys’ water polo team.”
Kalb said the vacancy has been posted online and plans on filling the position in the near future. Continue reading “Rodriguez Resigns as LCHS Water Polo Coach”

LCHS Grad Tackling Tough Topics at UCLA Law Review

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Quemars Ahmed is the first Muslim law student at UCLA to earn the position as editor-in-chief at the UCLA Law Review.

“It is certainly an interesting time for lawyers,” Quemars Ahmed said. “Although maybe all times are interesting for lawyers?”
Ahmed, a 2009 La Cañada High School graduate, is the editor-in-chief of the UCLA Law Review, the nation’s 5th-ranked scholarly law journal. Known for being hard-working and cool-headed, the ever intellectually curious Ahmed is the first Muslim to lead the law school’s flagship journal since it began publishing in 1953.
“It means something to me only in the sense that it is representative of a larger phenomenon,” Ahmed said. “It’s a personal achievement, too, but … it does provide evidence of the fact that discrimination isn’t taking place [at UCLA] and it normalizes the relationships of other demographics in the law; I take that as a good thing.” Continue reading “LCHS Grad Tackling Tough Topics at UCLA Law Review”

16 Applicants Vie for Vacant City Council Seat

No one can say La Cañada Flintridge residents aren’t civically engaged: Sixteen applicants have emerged to fill the City Council’s unscheduled vacancy.
The large field of applicants all hope to fill the seat that became vacant in May following the death of Dave Spence, a longtime councilman and six-time mayor.
It is the second time a member of the LCF City Council has died while in office. Jack Hastings’ death in 1997 led to a special election in 1998 in which Deborah Orlik was elected to fill the vacancy for the remaining 10 months on that term, beating out Anthony Portantino by two votes.
The applicants are: Gregory Brown, Peter Chung, Keith Eich, Rod Essen, Charles Gelhaar, Rick Gunter, Brett Johnston, John Hicks, Charlie Kamar, Lara Kayayan, Nalini Lasiewicz, Lainie Miller, Joe Radabaugh, Candice Rosen, Jack Schaedel and Wesley Walton. Continue reading “16 Applicants Vie for Vacant City Council Seat”

LCF’s Mesa Crest Water Co. Being Sold

Mesa Crest Water Co. customers in La Cañada Flintridge received word last month that they’re going to have a new water provider.
According to a filing with the California Public Utilities Commission, Mesa Crest Water Co., which was incorporated in LCF in 1956 and serves about 700 local residents, is being sold to Liberty Park Water, which provides service to about 29,000 customers in southeastern L.A. County.
“They’re being acquired by a large company that serves lots of communities in L.A. County and is a big national company, so we expect service to be better,” said Rich Atwater, president of the Foothill Municipal Water District’s Board of Directors. “It’s a much more sophisticated operation. Working with them will improve water service and conservation.” Continue reading “LCF’s Mesa Crest Water Co. Being Sold”

City Council Approves Balanced Budget

City Council members on Friday approved a balanced 2017-18 budget of $28.9 million to cover operating costs and capital improvement plans while maintaining matching reserves.
San Marino’s budget — which includes an increase in fund balances of $398,863 from the previous year — will include operating costs of $24 million, $3.0 in capital improvement projects and $1 million in capital equipment purchases, interim Finance Director Misty Cheng said. Continue reading “City Council Approves Balanced Budget”