Local Hospitals Battle COVID Surge, Strained ERs

First published in the Jan. 13 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The latest chapter of the coronavirus pandemic — currently driven by the Omicron variant raging throughout the nation — has local hospitals feeling the pressure of its surge.
Although this variant is spreading at a much more rapid clip than prior ones, it is — so far — not filling intensive care beds at nearly the same rate as last winter’s surge which frequently put Los Angeles County at a zero-percent ICU availability. However, the sheer number of people becoming infected is beginning to stress emergency rooms.
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Sheriff’s Crime Report

First published in the Jan. 6 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

A house in the 1900 block of Tondolea Lane was burglarized at 2:05 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30. Surveillance video footage showed two people breaking the French door in the residence’s backyard and entering the kitchen. Since the house was ransacked while the owner was out of town, it was not immediately clear if anything was taken.

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It Was a Year of Living Hesitantly

First published in the Dec. 30 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The year 2021 is coming to a close much like it did in 2020: with a rise in COVID-19 cases due to families throughout the nation gathering for the holidays amid the discovery of a more transmissible Omicron variant — which has supplanted Delta as the dominant strain.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported nearly 12,000 new coronavirus cases on Christmas, a stern reminder that the pandemic is still very much present and will likely remain in our lives in 2022. The disease has claimed more than 815,000 lives in the United States alone and continues to affect municipalities, businesses and everyday life across the world.
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City Council Sets Zoning Standards With New Ordinance

First published in the Dec. 23 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

In a race against the Jan. 1 deadline, the La Cañada Flintridge City Council adopted an urgency ordinance Tuesday that imposes objective zoning standards as well as subdivision and design standards to implement Senate Bill 9 within the city’s General Plan.
The LCF City Council unanimously approved the urgency ordinance 4-0 — Mayor Pro Tem Keith Eich was absent from the meeting — and LCF staff will then have a regular ordinance reviewed by the Planning Commission on Jan. 13. The panel will provide staff with direction and its own recommendations before it makes its way to the City Council sometime in February.
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New Local Sheriff Pleased to Serve LCF

First published in the Dec. 23 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

Several members of the La Cañada Flintridge community attending the final City Council meeting of the year Tuesday were introduced to the new sheriff in town.
Lt. Robert Hahnlein provided a public safety update and did so as acting captain, a position that was appointed to Todd Deeds more than two years ago.
“I’ve been here maybe five weeks now,” Hahnlein told the Outlook Valley Sun in a phone interview, “and it’s been a good experience. Everyone here is very friendly and has been very welcoming.”
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LCFTRA Float Decorating Is Back in Action

First published in the Dec. 23 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

At long last, the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association is gearing up to host more than 1,000 local volunteers to decorate its “Who Says We Can’t” float for the Jan. 1, 133rd Rose Parade.
After the iconic parade was canceled last year due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, the LCFTRA rolled over their design concept to match that of the Tournament’s theme “Dream. Believe. Achieve.” Having now completed construction of the float’s structure, the local team of volunteers moved it earlier this week under the bridge at the Flintridge Preparatory School’s parking lot.
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Sheriff’s Crime Report

First published in the Dec. 23 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

Several items were reportedly stolen from a residence in the 600 block of Hook Tree Road sometime between 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, and 6:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18. The resident, who had recently purchased the home and was not fully moved in, noticed that the front door was unlocked but didn’t think anything was wrong until she later saw a rear bedroom window had been smashed, with a ladder leaning against the house. Shoes and a necklace were missing from a closet in the house.
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Accident Killing Pedestrian Under Investigation; GoFundMe Created

First published in the Dec. 16 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

An accident that resulted in the death of a pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle near the intersection of Union Street and Foothill Boulevard on Dec. 7 is still under investigation, according to Crescenta Valley Sherriff’s Station officials.
Officials said the driver of the vehicle, a 70-year-old woman and Sunland/Tujunga resident, stopped at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation. The accident occurred at about 5 p.m. As of last week, there had not been a citation or arrest made. It has not yet been determined if speed or unsafe driving was a factor.
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