May 7/8 Athletes Skip P.E.? LCUSD Studies Issue

Whether LCHS 7/8 students in competitive sports should be granted their request to be excused from physical education because of injuries or other health concerns was an issue taken up by the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board this week.
How to offer an independent study education course to support such student athletes — if that’s even possible — was a related question at the board’s meeting on Tuesday night.
The amount of time the athlete trains, the athlete’s objective (to reach the Olympics, play in college, etc.) and participation in three sports all figured into questions asked at the meeting.
“We can at least start a conversation,” said board President Kaitzer Puglia.
There is no alternative to a physical education class and excusing students from P.E. does not comply with the California Education Code, according to the meeting’s agenda report.
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Local Insurance Agent Pleads Not Guilty in Alleged Fraud

A licensed insurance agent and his wife, both La Cañada Flintridge residents, were recently arrested in connection with a $1 million insurance fraud, authorities said.
Peter Muh Kim, 39, and his wife, Jin Kyung Kim, 35, were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of three felony counts each of insurance fraud and three felony counts each of grand theft, according to the California Department of Insurance.
Peter Muh Kim pleaded not guilty on Wednesday at an arraignment and bail was set at $350,000, said Los Angeles County district attorney’s spokesman Paul Eakins. Kim’s wife was expected to be arraigned in L.A. today, Sept. 27, Eakins said.
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Friedman Vows to Seek Sound Wall Funding Options for LCF

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK Members of the La Cañada Flintridge City Council and staff members listen to state Assemblywoman Laura Friedman speak at a special meeting.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
Members of the La Cañada Flintridge City Council and staff members listen to state Assemblywoman Laura Friedman speak at a special meeting.

State Assemblywoman Laura Friedman visited with city officials at a special meeting on Monday, pledging to seek different funding options for sound walls on the 210 Freeway, and also discussing potential state legislation that could affect La Cañada Flintridge.
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LCUSD Elementary Schools Star in Ranking of County’s Schools

The La Cañada Unified School District long has enjoyed a solid reputation for academics, and now a review website has ranked the system’s elementary schools among the best in Los Angeles County.
Palm Crest Elementary School ranked No. 2, La Cañada Elementary School was No. 3 and Paradise Canyon Elementary landed at No. 4 among public schools in the county, according to Niche.com.
No. 1 was Carver Elementary School in San Marino.
Last year, Palm Crest ranked No. 4, with La Cañada at No. 5 and Paradise Canyon finishing at No. 9.
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STEAM Night Seeks to Power Interest in Science

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK James Cartnal, executive director of Pupil and Personnel Programs and Services, shows youths how to work with tools at the STEAM night on Monday.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
James Cartnal, executive director of Pupil and Personnel Programs and Services, shows youths how to work with tools at the STEAM night on Monday.

The educational concept known as STEAM is, in large part, about giving students the tools to excel in science and technology. So it seemed appropriate that hand drills, saws and other implements figured prominently in the La Cañada Unified School District’s first system-wide STEAM night of the academic year.
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Fostering More Than Skills, LCHS Choral Music Raises Funds

Photo courtesy Leslie Lowes Ashley Knutson, Matthew Baker, Ellie Chapman, Logan Boggs III and La Cañada High School Choral Music Department director and conductor Jeff Brookey attend a late August parent meeting. Brookey is showing parents how the wardrobe for the concerts must be worn.
Photo courtesy Leslie Lowes
Ashley Knutson, Matthew Baker, Ellie Chapman, Logan Boggs III and La Cañada High School Choral Music Department director and conductor Jeff Brookey attend a late August parent meeting. Brookey is showing parents how the wardrobe for the concerts must be worn.

Years from now, when senior Shalini Pullarkat looks back at her three-year tenure in the La Cañada High School choral music department, she’ll vividly remember the feeling of sheer awe while singing in the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel.
And though the trip may be one of the highlights of her choral experience, Pullarkat knows she’ll also remember the group for its tightknit closeness, a key to the program’s resounding success of 50-some years.
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LCF Set to Take Digital Requests for Permits

Starting Oct. 1, the city of La Cañada Flintridge will no longer accept paper applications for permits and planning applications.
In gearing up for the official launch of Connect LCF, a new platform created to digitize processing, an introductory soft launch will begin on Monday, Sept. 24, at City Hall with two kiosk stations.
“I expect we’ll have people come in with paper plans,” said Arabo Parseghian, a division manager with the city’s administrative department. “That’s fine you brought those in, now we have to teach you how to use it.”
The platform for residents, homeowners, business owners and others will allow applicants to pay with a credit card, Parseghian said.
“This is our new permit, planning, inspection, code enforcement and service module,” Parseghian told the City Council on Tuesday night.
Parseghian said he and other officials will be present during the week of Sept. 24 to help people use the kiosks and answer their questions.
“We’ll have staff walk them through the system,” Parseghian said.
Connect LCF will become available online — say, from home or office — on Oct. 1.
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Sound Wall Money Is on Council Members’ Minds

Declining temporarily to take up the issue of the location of proposed 210 Freeway sound walls, the La Cañada Flintridge City Council decided to request that $3.7 million in Measure R funds be programmed for construction of the walls.
Mayor Terry Walker, addressing three residents who spoke at a City Council meeting Tuesday, said she needed to speak with people in other neighborhoods and gather information to help make a decision as to where the sound walls should go.
“I hate to see us get hung up on which segments,” Walker said.
The council’s recommendation is for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to make the funds an agenda item at a board meeting and approve the request, said Division Manager Ann Wilson.
“What we’re asking for is to program all our Measure R money,” Wilson told The Outlook.
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Portantino’s Bill on Suicide Prevention Signed Into Law

Photo courtesy state Sen. Anthony Portantino Gov. Jerry Brown (right) recently signed into law state Sen. Anthony Portantino’s Senate Bill 972, which requires schools to print a suicide prevention telephone number on identification cards of students in grades 7-12.
Photo courtesy state Sen. Anthony Portantino
Gov. Jerry Brown (right) recently signed into law state Sen. Anthony Portantino’s Senate Bill 972, which requires schools to print a suicide prevention telephone number on identification cards of students in grades 7-12.

State Sen. Anthony Portantino, whose suicide prevention bill was recently signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, said people sometimes have spoken openly with him about the tragedy because of his experience dealing with it.
His older brother Michael died of suicide in 2010.
“One of the things that struck me was after the suicide, people came up to me and felt comfortable talking about it,” said Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge). And talking about it is something his legislation aims to encourage.
The bill, which requires the telephone number of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to be printed on student identification cards, was signed on Tuesday.
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Planning Commission Denies Unocal 76 Gas Station Alcohol Permit

For now, the city of La Cañada Flintridge will not have a gas station mini mart selling alcohol after the Planning Commission unanimously denied a permit to the Unocal 76 on Foothill Boulevard, upholding a long-standing policy.
Before casting his vote on Tuesday, Commissioner Arun Jain said he visited five gas stations in town personally on Sunday to ask them if they have a beer, wine or liquor license.
“Each one of them told me the same story,” Jain said. “They were denied and don’t have it. And that has been a very long-standing policy for La Cañada. I didn’t know that.” He added because there are nearby schools and a church, “it would be negative for the people living in that area. This granting of the license is not sitting well within the community as such and it would be a special privilege granted to you.”
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