‘Hackademia’ Aims for Young Tech Devotees

Photo courtesy Hackademia La Cañada High School students Justin Hyon, Rucha Kadam and Kamyar Salahi have spent a year bringing to life Hackademia, the first high school hackathon in Southern California. The free event takes place July 28 at UCLA.
Photo courtesy Hackademia
La Cañada High School students Justin Hyon, Rucha Kadam and Kamyar Salahi have spent a year bringing to life Hackademia, the first high school hackathon in Southern California. The free event takes place July 28 at UCLA.

Kamyar Salahi, a rising senior at La Cañada High School, wished he could enter a hackathon for people his age in L.A.

The problem was that nothing of the kind existed in Southern California. Not yet.

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Center Envisions More Swingin’ Times for Seniors

Photo by Mary Emily Myers / OUTLOOK Ellie Wildermuth (left) and Joan Williams help Don Williams celebrate his 86th birthday at the“Swingin’ Seniors” event at the Community Center.
Photo by Mary Emily Myers / OUTLOOK
Ellie Wildermuth (left) and Joan Williams help Don Williams celebrate his 86th birthday at the“Swingin’ Seniors” event at the Community Center.

About 80 local people at least 50 years old came Tuesday to dine and dance and, in some cases, check out the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge for the first time.
The “Swingin’ Seniors” event offered free lunch, raffles and an opportunity to listen to live jazz from the L.A. Diamond Trio. In exchange for all that, attendees filled out surveys, sharing basic demographic information and their input on what types of events and activities they’d like the center to offer. Continue reading “Center Envisions More Swingin’ Times for Seniors”

LCHS Seeks to Reintroduce Peer Counseling Class

Hoping to cultivate student wellness, school district officials recommended at Tuesday’s Governing Board meeting that the district reintroduce a peer counseling elective for the upcoming academic year.
“The goal here is to have a class which, in essence, trains schools in peer counseling skills for about three quarters and the last quarter [students will] begin to work with students,” said Jim Cartnal, the La Cañada Unified School District’s executive director of pupil and personnel programs and services. Continue reading “LCHS Seeks to Reintroduce Peer Counseling Class”

City Considers Parking Rules for Large Vehicles

La Cañada Flintridge City Council members want the city to regulate oversized vehicle parking in the public right of way, likely by issuing temporary permits — but they’re leaving the details to the Public Works and Traffic Commission.
The subject arose when a resident approached the City Council at a recent meeting to complain about a neighbor who was parking his recreational vehicle on the street for long periods. Continue reading “City Considers Parking Rules for Large Vehicles”

Local Internship Program Empowers Capable Teens

Photo by Elise Wu / OUTLOOK Karl Johnson, a local financial adviser, was inspired to bring aboard Stephanie Lee (right) this summer as part of the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce Summer Internship Program after his daughter Nicole Johnson (center) had an empowering experience as an intern for the Allen Lund Co. a year ago.
Photo by Elise Wu / OUTLOOK
Karl Johnson, a local financial adviser, was inspired to bring aboard Stephanie Lee (right) this summer as part of the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce Summer Internship Program after his daughter Nicole Johnson (center) had an empowering experience as an intern for the Allen Lund Co. a year ago.

Students hired to participate in the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce Summer Internship Program shouldn’t expect to do much shredding or to be going on many coffee runs.
They should expect to be tasked with big-time responsibilities.
“I felt like I was the kid and was instructing adults on what to do, which is kind of strange,” said Nicole Johnson, a rising senior at La Cañada High School who participated in the program last summer as an intern for the Allen Lund Co., where she created three computerized training courses for 400 employees to use nationwide. Continue reading “Local Internship Program Empowers Capable Teens”

City Council Hesitates to Budget for Sound Walls

In the last of three budget meetings, City Council members opted on Thursday, June 28, to hold off funding four sound walls and the long-discussed bikeway and pedestrian project near the YMCA as they worked to balance the city’s budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.
La Cañada Flintridge’s total general fund revenue for the next year is budgeted at $14,650,375, which will match its expenditures, according to Finance Director Rebekka Hosken. Continue reading “City Council Hesitates to Budget for Sound Walls”

Council Spells Out City Budget Plans

During two sessions of budget discussions in the past week, La Cañada Flintridge City Council members agreed to designate reserve funds in support of the proposed Sagebrush territory transfer, prepared for the possible repeal of the state gas tax, and dedicated $353,425 to support 11 community groups.
The City Council is set to finalize the budget for the coming fiscal year when it reconvenes for its third budget hearing at 8:30 a.m. today, June 28.
Councilman Jonathan Curtis suggested the city earmark $100,000 in reserves to back up La Cañada Unified School District in the latest chapter of a decades-long tug of war over the Sagebrush territory. Continue reading “Council Spells Out City Budget Plans”

Resident Encounters Burglary Suspect

A La Cañada Flintridge homeowner encountered a burglar in her home Saturday afternoon, one frightening part of a bizarre sequence that began with a stolen car in Burbank and ended with a crash and an arrest in North Hollywood, authorities said.
Crescenta Valley sheriff’s deputies responded at 2:15 p.m. to a report of a burglary in progress in the 5500 block of Alta Canyada Road, according to sheriff’s Capt. Chris Blasnek.
The suspect, who has no known home address, was charged this week with burglary, grand theft and identity theft, Sgt. Alan Chu said. The suspect allegedly stole more than $950 worth of items from an unlocked car parked in front of the home he attempted to burglarize. Continue reading “Resident Encounters Burglary Suspect”

District Wants Advice on Construction Work

With the oversight committee for the $149 million Measure LCF bond scheduled to meet for the first time today, June 28, and the first $30 million of bonds having recently been issued, La Cañada Unified School Board President Kaitzer Puglia encouraged the community to continue to offer input.
In an update at Tuesday’s board meeting, Puglia said that the district has begun working with consultants and architects to prioritize which projects would be the best to tackle first, but that nothing “is set in stone.” Continue reading “District Wants Advice on Construction Work”

Learning Works Gives Kids Last Shot at High School Diploma

Graduation day was just around the corner for about 70 seniors at Learning Works Charter School, but there were still projects and chapters to complete, papers to turn in, and the tense, palpable energy in the school’s “factory” room reflected as much.
Heads bent, papers spread out, pens and highlighters at the ready; it could have been a snapshot into any high school study hall before finals. But at this alternative Pasadena school for students in grades 9-12, the stakes are much higher. Continue reading “Learning Works Gives Kids Last Shot at High School Diploma”