FSHA Expansion Plans Closer to City Approval

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy is a few dotted i’s and crossed t’s from finally seeing its master plan receive the blessing of the La Cañada Flintridge Planning Commission.
Commissioners indicated Tuesday they’re ready to support the project when they revisit it at their Oct. 24 meeting, so long as there are a few minor adjustments to the proposal, which calls for an increase of building square footage by some 116,000 square feet to 333,502 square feet. Continue reading “FSHA Expansion Plans Closer to City Approval”

Young Marine Officer From LCF Shoots for the Stars

John Griffith

The first step, especially for an aspiring astronaut, can be both a small and a giant step.
For John Griffith, the backyard ceremony at which he was commissioned as a Marine second lieutenant meant mostly that he’d just passed go.
“It’s good to get the ceremony out of the way and move on — it’s just starting,” said Griffith, a La Cañada Flintridge resident who was commissioned before family, friends and neighbors on Sept. 2, less than a week after turning 20, the minimum age one can become a Marine officer, and only three months after graduating from Cal State Los Angeles with a mechanical engineering degree. Continue reading “Young Marine Officer From LCF Shoots for the Stars”

Trump Nominates Former LCF Resident for Ambassador Role

Bob Kohorst
Bob Kohorst

President Donald Trump recently announced his intent to nominate for former La Cañada Flintridge resident Robert Kohorst to be ambassador to Croatia, according to a news release from the White House.
Kohorst, who was among 11 ambassador nominees on Sept. 5, has expertise in law, real estate and finance. In 1994, he founded Pasadena-based Everest Properties, a company that purchases and operates apartment, self-storage and retail properties throughout the United States. Its portofolio is estimated to be worth more than $500 million. Continue reading “Trump Nominates Former LCF Resident for Ambassador Role”

LCHS Art Teacher’s Design in Running at L.A. Fashion Show

La Cañada High School art teacher Serafina Kenwood has been selected to participate in this year’s Metropolitan Fashion Week on Thursday, Sept. 28, in Los Angeles.
The free public event, including a runway show and costume competition, will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Original Farmers Market at 6333 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles. The theme this year is a tribute to Colleen Atwood, a four-time Oscar-winning costume designer. Continue reading “LCHS Art Teacher’s Design in Running at L.A. Fashion Show”

Final Comments Due on Devil’s Gate ‘Big Dig’ Challenge

The deadline is today, Sept. 7, to submit comments regarding the recirculated portion of L.A. County’s Devil’s Gate Sediment Removal and Management Project plan. Still, opponents hope residents continue to contact officials with concerns about the project, which seeks to remove 2.4 million cubic yards of sediment from the reservoir.
The Arroyo Seco Foundation and the Pasadena Audubon Society filed a petition in court in 2014 challenging the Final Environmental Impact Report regarding what they call “The Big Dig.”
This April, L.A. Superior Court Judge James Chalfant temporarily halted the project and ruled that the Department of Public Works needed to modify its EIR before it could move forward with its plan, which is aimed at maintaining adequate downstream flood protection.
The judge asked the Flood Control District to provide evidence to support a 1-to-1 mitigation ratio in regard to biological resource impacts and that it find ways to reduce cumulative impacts.
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La Tuna Fire Spurs Community to Action

Photo courtesy Rora Melendy
At about 11 p.m. Friday night, the growing La Tuna Fire appeared to be just behind the hills near Rora Melendy’s home.

Rora Melendy was at Los Gringos Locos on Friday afternoon when she looked up and wondered, “Is that smoke?” A quick check of the “LCF Community Watch” Facebook page confirmed it — a brush fire was burning in the Tujunga area. The La Tuna Fire had begun.
About 1,000 firefighters from agencies across Southern California battled the blaze over a steamy Labor Day weekend as it scorched more than 7,000 acres; temporarily closed a significant stretch of the 210 Freeway, jamming Friday traffic; destroyed five homes and led to 10 injuries. In La Cañada Flintridge, Sunday’s final Music in the Park concert was canceled, as was the La Cañada High School home football game. An investigation into the fire’s cause is underway, authorities said.
In LCF, the community watched anxiously, remembering the Station Fire that began just a few miles north of the city in 2009. For more than 50 days, that fire burned a county record 161,189 acres and took the lives of two firefighters. It also destroyed 215 structures and accounted for more than $95 million in damage, all told.
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LCF Amateur Golf Star Takes Aim at International Glory

Photo courtesy UC Berkeley men’s golf
La Cañada High School graduate Collin Morikawa was selected to represent the United States at the Walker Cup, the most prestigious amateur event in golf, this weekend at Los Angeles Country Club.

Brent Kuszyk said he stopped Collin Morikawa when he spotted him at Brookside Golf Course this summer because he wanted to ask one of the world’s top amateur golfers for a tip or two that might benefit his own golf-obsessed son, Nolan.
Morikawa was in the midst of preparing for the U.S. Amateur Championship, but he gave Kuszyk a half hour, happy to share insight he’d gleaned about golfing life since he picked up a golf club for the first time as a 2-year-old, barely able to walk.
“What a great opportunity for a golf dad, to hear from someone who’s been in it,” said Kuszyk, who sits on La Cañada Unified School District’s Governing Board. “I kept saying, ‘I don’t want to keep you from practicing,’ but he just stood there, answering my questions. He’s just a really nice representation of La Cañada.”
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Superintendent Sinnette’s Contract Extended 4 Years

Likening her to basketball great Michael Jordan, the five members of the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board heaped praise on Superintendent Wendy Sinnette at Tuesday’s meeting before voting unanimously to extend her contract for four years.
She is to earn $255,800 annually through July 31, 2021.
Previously, the board agreed to increase Sinnette’s minimum annual base salary from $185,000 to $225,800 for the 2015-16 school year, $240,800 in 2016-17 and $250,800 for 2017-18. Her base salary when she took over for retiring Superintendent Jim Stratton in 2011 was $161,000.
“Wendy continues to deliver an exceptional level of leadership,” board member Ellen Multari said. “There isn’t a day that goes by when your core values don’t shine through — your mantra, ‘What’s best for the students?’ is just emblazoned in my mind.”
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Flintridge Prep Scraps Parking Lot Plan After Neighborhood Chats

At an informal, amicable meeting with a few neighbors last week, Flintridge Prep indicated that it planned to exclude the proposed 40,000-square foot parking structure from its campus improvement plans, which were re-submitted to the city this week without that parking structure.
The two-story parking garage was the most significant of the plan’s modifications, several of which were presented to the seven neighbors who showed up to chat with Headmaster Peter Bachmann and architects on the evening of Wednesday, Aug. 23, in the school’s Norris Auditorium.
It was the third and final such dialogue hosted by Prep, conversations that stemmed from an hours-long Planning Commission meeting on June 27. Residents packed the council chambers that night and stayed past midnight sharing concerns about the school’s proposal, which initially included construction of 62,790-square feet of new floor area over a 10-year period.
Commission Chair Rick Gunter ended that meeting by suggesting the private school invite neighbors over to talk about those issues. So Flintridge Prep did.
Although only seven residents showed up to each of the meetings — including a couple of people who attended each one — those who participated found them productive.
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Experts Give Tips on Avoiding Sports Injuries at USC-VHH

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Dr. Alexander Weber, a sports medicine specialist with the Keck School of Medicine of USC, offers insight on hip and knee injuries to coaches, trainers and athletic directors at Saturday’s inaugural Coaches Clinic at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital.

In a wide-ranging, rapid-fire study session, coaches, trainers and administrators attending USC Verdugo Hills’ first annual Coaches Clinic on Saturday learned tips and tactics for keeping their athletes healthy.
A diverse, attentive audience of about 30 — including representatives from La Cañada High School and Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy — listened to nine experts give presentations jam-packed with good advice, healthy reminders and new information about the latest research.
It was the latest community outreach effort from USC-VHH, which also has offered free seminars about men’s health, aging and suicide.
“We have a commitment to meet the varied health needs of the community we serve,” USC-VHH CEO Keith Hobbs said.
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