LCF Golfer Makes History in Walker Cup Win

Photo courtesy USGA / Chris Keane
Collin Morikawa, a 2015 graduate of La Cañada High School, plays his second shot on the 14th hole during singles at the 2017 Walker Cup at the Los Angeles Country Club on Sunday.

La Cañada Flintridge native Collin Morikawa capped a remarkable summer with a momentous victory, helping Team USA defeat Great Britain and Ireland, 19-7, to reclaim the prestigious Walker Cup this weekend at the Los Angeles Country Club.
“It’s the biggest honor to be on the USA team and represent my country the entire week,” said Morikawa, who was one of 10 American amateurs selected to take on their counterparts from Great Britain and Ireland. “We lost two years ago and the main goal was to win, no matter what it takes. I’m just really proud of this team.” Continue reading “LCF Golfer Makes History in Walker Cup Win”

FSHA Expansion Plans Closer to City Approval

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy is a few dotted i’s and crossed t’s from finally seeing its master plan receive the blessing of the La Cañada Flintridge Planning Commission.
Commissioners indicated Tuesday they’re ready to support the project when they revisit it at their Oct. 24 meeting, so long as there are a few minor adjustments to the proposal, which calls for an increase of building square footage by some 116,000 square feet to 333,502 square feet. Continue reading “FSHA Expansion Plans Closer to City Approval”

Young Marine Officer From LCF Shoots for the Stars

John Griffith

The first step, especially for an aspiring astronaut, can be both a small and a giant step.
For John Griffith, the backyard ceremony at which he was commissioned as a Marine second lieutenant meant mostly that he’d just passed go.
“It’s good to get the ceremony out of the way and move on — it’s just starting,” said Griffith, a La Cañada Flintridge resident who was commissioned before family, friends and neighbors on Sept. 2, less than a week after turning 20, the minimum age one can become a Marine officer, and only three months after graduating from Cal State Los Angeles with a mechanical engineering degree. Continue reading “Young Marine Officer From LCF Shoots for the Stars”

Trump Nominates Former LCF Resident for Ambassador Role

Bob Kohorst
Bob Kohorst

President Donald Trump recently announced his intent to nominate for former La Cañada Flintridge resident Robert Kohorst to be ambassador to Croatia, according to a news release from the White House.
Kohorst, who was among 11 ambassador nominees on Sept. 5, has expertise in law, real estate and finance. In 1994, he founded Pasadena-based Everest Properties, a company that purchases and operates apartment, self-storage and retail properties throughout the United States. Its portofolio is estimated to be worth more than $500 million. Continue reading “Trump Nominates Former LCF Resident for Ambassador Role”

LCHS Art Teacher’s Design in Running at L.A. Fashion Show

La Cañada High School art teacher Serafina Kenwood has been selected to participate in this year’s Metropolitan Fashion Week on Thursday, Sept. 28, in Los Angeles.
The free public event, including a runway show and costume competition, will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Original Farmers Market at 6333 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles. The theme this year is a tribute to Colleen Atwood, a four-time Oscar-winning costume designer. Continue reading “LCHS Art Teacher’s Design in Running at L.A. Fashion Show”

Friedman, Business Leaders to Gather in LCF for Town Hall

Assemblywoman Laura Friedman and a panel of business and policy leaders will discuss the strengths, challenges, and ever-changing opportunities for businesses in California as well as how the state’s ideological and economic goals can be better aligned.
“The State of Business in California” will take place Friday, Sept. 22, at 6:30 p.m. at Flintridge Prep, 4543 Crown Ave.
As the world’s sixth largest economy, California enjoys the nation’s most diverse and complex business environment. Although this complexity allows for a multitude of opportunities, it can also become prohibitive to business owners. RSVP to Assemblymember.Friedman@Assembly.ca.gov.

California Legislature is First in Nation to Name Freeway for Obama

State Sen. Anthony Portantino has announced that SJR 8, a Senate Joint Resolution to name a portion of the 134 Freeway in Los Angeles County the President Barack H. Obama Freeway, has passed both the state Senate and the state Assembly. As a result, the 134 Freeway from the 2 Freeway to the 210 Freeway interchange will be named in honor of the 44th president. Continue reading “California Legislature is First in Nation to Name Freeway for Obama”

Descanso Gardens Hosts a Celebration of Water

Descanso Water Speakers

Foothill Municipal Water District is co-sponsoring “Wet and Wonderful: Celebrating Our Precious Water,” an event featuring talks from water experts, a mulch giveaway and a rain barrel sale between 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at Descanso Gardens.
Speakers and performances include:
• Lisa Novick, of the Theodore Payne Foundation, at 9:15 a.m. at the Center Circle. The LCF resident will lead a Native Plant Garden walk and talk, offering insight about plants residents can use in their own yards to attract pollinators, birds and other wildlife.
• Dallas Raines, KABC-7 meteorologist, will speak from 10-10:30 a.m. at Van De Kamp Hall.
• Cindy Berglund, Rain Barrels International, will discuss rain barrels between 10:30-11 a.m. at Van De Kamp Hall. She will share barrel basics and explain how to apply for rebates.
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Final Comments Due on Devil’s Gate ‘Big Dig’ Challenge

The deadline is today, Sept. 7, to submit comments regarding the recirculated portion of L.A. County’s Devil’s Gate Sediment Removal and Management Project plan. Still, opponents hope residents continue to contact officials with concerns about the project, which seeks to remove 2.4 million cubic yards of sediment from the reservoir.
The Arroyo Seco Foundation and the Pasadena Audubon Society filed a petition in court in 2014 challenging the Final Environmental Impact Report regarding what they call “The Big Dig.”
This April, L.A. Superior Court Judge James Chalfant temporarily halted the project and ruled that the Department of Public Works needed to modify its EIR before it could move forward with its plan, which is aimed at maintaining adequate downstream flood protection.
The judge asked the Flood Control District to provide evidence to support a 1-to-1 mitigation ratio in regard to biological resource impacts and that it find ways to reduce cumulative impacts.
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La Tuna Fire Spurs Community to Action

Photo courtesy Rora Melendy
At about 11 p.m. Friday night, the growing La Tuna Fire appeared to be just behind the hills near Rora Melendy’s home.

Rora Melendy was at Los Gringos Locos on Friday afternoon when she looked up and wondered, “Is that smoke?” A quick check of the “LCF Community Watch” Facebook page confirmed it — a brush fire was burning in the Tujunga area. The La Tuna Fire had begun.
About 1,000 firefighters from agencies across Southern California battled the blaze over a steamy Labor Day weekend as it scorched more than 7,000 acres; temporarily closed a significant stretch of the 210 Freeway, jamming Friday traffic; destroyed five homes and led to 10 injuries. In La Cañada Flintridge, Sunday’s final Music in the Park concert was canceled, as was the La Cañada High School home football game. An investigation into the fire’s cause is underway, authorities said.
In LCF, the community watched anxiously, remembering the Station Fire that began just a few miles north of the city in 2009. For more than 50 days, that fire burned a county record 161,189 acres and took the lives of two firefighters. It also destroyed 215 structures and accounted for more than $95 million in damage, all told.
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