LCF Crime Stats Hit 5-Year Low

First published in the Jan. 20 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

While some other municipalities are addressing upticks in crime since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the La Cañada Flintridge City Council is telling its law enforcement to keep it up.
The Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station presented its crime statistics for the month of December and for the year during a virtual City Council meeting Tuesday and the total number was the lowest in five years.
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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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LCF Explores Charter City Status

First published in the Dec. 9 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

After more than a year of numerous mandates from the state and Los Angeles County, the La Cañada Flintridge City Council explored the possibility of becoming a charter city in a meeting on Tuesday.
The council had asked staff to look into the benefits of becoming a charter city, which include adopting its own charter document and having authority on municipal affairs such as elections, compensation for city employees and public contracts.
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Trash Costs Set to Go Up

First published in the Nov. 25 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The cost of trash service likely will increase in the near future after the La Cañada Flintridge City Council adopted an ordinance regulating organic waste disposal on Nov. 16.
The city unanimously approved the new regulation to comply with Senate Bill 1383, a new law intended to help the state reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants that come from compostable materials such as paper products, yard trimmings and food scraps.
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Council Gives Thumbs Down to Foothill Project

First published in the Nov. 18 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The controversial proposal for a three-story, mixed-use structure at 600 Foothill Blvd. finally came before the La Cañada Flintridge City Council and the panel’s stance was in consensus with the majority of stakeholders present for Tuesday’s in-person meeting: the project doesn’t fit the municipal zoning code.
After nearly four hours of presentations, deliberation and statements from city staff and dozens of community members, the council ultimately denied the resolutions that would have amended the city’s Downtown Village Specific Plan and zoning needed for the proposed project — which included 47 senior housing units, 12 hotel units, underground parking and 7,600 square feet for office use — to move forward.
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Council Extends Pickleball Pilot

First published in the Nov. 4 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

With an overwhelming number of supporters, the La Cañada Flintridge City Council voted in favor of continuing a pilot pickleball program that was implemented at Glenhaven Park Place during the summer.
About 40 community members emailed city staff supporting the program, which will now run an additional four months. The council, which voted 5-0 in favor of allowing pickleball players to continue using the tennis court at Glenhaven Park, advised staff to work on finding possible alternative locations, such as Mayor’s Discovery Park. The council also asked staff to continue studying the program and measure the use of the facilities during the winter season.
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Some Tricks for Treating Yourself to a Healthful Halloween

First published in the Oct. 28 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

As the number of coronavirus cases in California continues to decline, families are feeling more comfortable and confident in making plans to celebrate holidays during the fall and beyond.
The first holiday, Halloween, is this Sunday, and the rituals of dressing up and hitting the streets to trick-or-treat are returning this year, as is the popular tradition of local families visiting Indianola Way in La Cañada Flintridge.
After having parts of the street barricaded last year to discourage trick-or-treating, the City Council recently voted to waive permit fees for the road closure that would allow visitors to walk on Indianola to enjoy the decorated homes.
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City Reverts to Remote Meetings, for Now

First published in the Oct. 7 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

In response to new legislation that allows municipal officials to continue to convene remotely, the La Cañada Flintridge City Council voted to have all local government meetings held in that manner for the next month.
Council and city staff members spoke at length during Tuesday’s in-person meeting about Assembly Bill 361, an amendment to the Brown Act — a 1953 law that guarantees the public’s right to attend and participate in California local government agencies’ sessions. Signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom last month, AB 361 gives cities flexibility in continuing teleconferencing meetings as long as they adhere to a new set of provisions.
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Council Acknowledges Complaint Against One of Its Own

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

The La Cañada Flintridge City Council on Tuesday issued a statement regarding the formal complaint filed by a resident against Councilman Jonathan Curtis.
Scott Van Dellen filed a complaint to the state Fair Political Practices Commission — a nonpartisan, five-member panel that administers the Political Reform Act — on Sept. 13 alleging that Curtis violated the act by using his position to influence a government decision concerning a proposed three-story development at 600 Foothill Blvd. Continue reading “Council Acknowledges Complaint Against One of Its Own”

Complaint Filed Against City Councilman

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

A La Cañada Flintridge resident filed a complaint on Monday with the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission — a nonpartisan, five-member panel that administers the Political Reform Act — against a local city councilman.
The complaint, filed by Scott Van Dellen, alleges that Councilman Jonathan Curtis violated two regulations set by the act, including “attempting to use official position to influence a government decision,” concerning a proposed three-story development at 600 Foothill Blvd. in which Curtis owns a financial stake.
In an interview on Wednesday, Curtis denied the allegations, emphasizing that he has never spoken with a city councilmember or city staff regarding the details of the project. Continue reading “Complaint Filed Against City Councilman”