Mental Health Bills Focus on Students’ Needs

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

More than a year of distance learning took a toll on students and educators after schools shut down in March 2020 to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and California is committed to helping them rebound mentally and emotionally.
Gov. Gavin Newsom recently signed a $123.9 billion, 22-bill package to develop mental and behavioral health support as well as expand broadband access — a lack of which proved problematic for students during distance learning. The package represents the highest per-pupil funding in history, according to the governor’s office.
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City Discusses Rockhaven Redo

First published in the Nov. 6 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

Glendale officials are once again mulling what to do with the Rockhaven Sanitarium property, more than a dozen years after the city acquired the historic site and tried thrice to develop it.
This time around, they have $8 million in state funding to help grease the wheel, a grant secured in June by state Sen. Anthony Portantino during Sacramento’s budgeting process. Though there is a catch that whatever happens on the property must include a museum, the city is otherwise free to explore other uses for the site’s buildings and park-like space.
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Foothill Blvd. Project Elicits More Debate on Scope, Scale

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

Four former La Cañada Flintridge mayors have weighed in on the development proposed at 600 Foothill Blvd. with a formal letter submitted to the City Council that echoes similar concerns previously raised by local stakeholders.
Donald Voss called in during the public comments portion of a virtual City Council meeting on Tuesday urging the panel to deny the proposed three-story structure — which would include 47 senior housing units, 12 hotel units, underground parking and 7,600 square feet for office use — when it comes before the council. The letter Voss submitted to council members was co-signed by former city leaders Gregory Brown, Stephen Del Guercio and Laura Olhasso.
Voss told the council that the plan “undermines the [Downtown Village Specific Plan’s] concept” with its size, density and traffic.
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Queen Nadia Ascends to Tournament of Roses Throne

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

In a coup for La Cañada Flintridge, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses this week crowned Nadia Chung as the 103rd Rose Queen, leaving the local resident astonished and grateful.
In fact, LCF is flush with members of the 2022 Royal Court, being represented not only by La Cañada High School senior Chung but also by LCHS classmate Jaeda Walden, who is serving as a princess. Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy senior McKenzie Street, who lives in Pasadena, has also been named to the royal court.
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Sheriff’s Crime Report

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

Several items were stolen from two locked vehicles parked in the Red Box parking area off the Angeles Crest Highway sometime between 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, and 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 24. The owner of one of the cars, a troop leader overseeing a camping trip, lost his keys while on the trail, but found them on the hood of his vehicle when he returned the next day, though he wasn’t sure how they had gotten there. Several of his items, as well as multiple items belonging to members of his troop, were stolen. The missing items included cash, a water jug, a cellphone, a backpack and a phone charger. Another troop leader returned to his vehicle to find that its front passenger-side window was shattered and his laptop missing from the trunk.

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NCL’s Glendale Chapter Kicks Off Membership Drive

The Glendale Chapter of National Charity League Inc., the nation’s premier mother-daughter volunteer organization, has announced its annual Membership Drive, which will run Oct. 1 through Jan. 7.
The organization has begun accepting applications from women with daughters currently in 6th through 8th grade. The Glendale Chapter comprises nearly 384 members who reside in the Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Pasadena, Burbank and surrounding areas of Los Angeles.
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Donald, Joan Williams Celebrate 70 Years of Marriage

First published in the Oct. 21 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

Donald and Joan Williams will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary this Saturday with a backyard family reception for about 30 guests.
The couple are Wabash High School sweethearts, who married Oct. 20, 1951, at an Air Force chapel in Biloxi, Mississippi.
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Lutheran Church Sermon: ‘Sowing and Trust’

Pastor Scott Peterson will lead worship at 10 a.m. this Sunday with a message titled “Sowing and Trust” that continues his “Stewardship ls Heart Work” sermon series at Lutheran Church in the Foothills.
The service will also be livestreamed on the church’s YouTube channel. For those unable to attend or watch live, the videos will be available on the church website and Facebook page later in the week.
Sunday school for grades 1-4 is in full swing. Kids meet in the Worship Center at 10 a.m. then head to the youth room for a time of play and study.
The community is invited to the church’s drive-thru Communion at 11:30 a.m. on Sundays by entering the parking lot from El Camino Corto.
The church is collecting nonperishable food and clean, gently used clothing to distribute to local people in need. Donations are collected in the church office lobby during office hours (Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.).
Visit for event details, including small group gatherings and opportunities to serve.
For more information or to request/offer help, email, or call (818) 790-1951.The church is located at 1700 Foothill Blvd. in La Cañada Flintridge.

Wind Leaves LCF Residents Without Power

First published in the Oct. 14 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

Gusty winds early this week left thousands of Californians temporarily without power, and some of them were La Cañada Flintridge residents.
A wind advisory that went into effect Monday afternoon lasted through Tuesday morning amid gusts surpassing 20 mph in the area, according to the National Weather Service.
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Driver Evades Law Enforcement in Early Morning Pursuit

First published in the Oct. 14 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

A driver whom authorities suspect was under the influence ran red lights and sped across local freeways last week as deputies followed, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Ultimately, deputies did not detain the driver of the black Audi, which on Saturday reached speeds of more than 100 mph while on the 2 Freeway, an incident report from the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station said. However, deputies managed to read the vehicle’s temporary license plate and identify the registered owner.
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