Life Takes Quite a Turn for LCF’s Nobel Winner

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK La Cañada Flintridge resident Frances Arnold, who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry on Oct. 3, said she enjoys sharing it with the people who’ve worked with her at Caltech.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
La Cañada Flintridge resident Frances Arnold, who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry on Oct. 3, said she enjoys sharing it with the people who’ve worked with her at Caltech.

Lately, everybody wants to pick the brain of La Cañada Flintridge resident Frances Arnold.
That’s what can happen when you win the Nobel Prize in chemistry.
Arnold, a professor of chemical engineering at Caltech, said this week that she has been stopped on the street in front of her home since her Oct. 3 win, sharing the prize with two other researchers.
“I’m on the front page of newspapers all over the world, so people who don’t know me are stopping me. But the ones who do know me send many notes — lovely notes — and congratulations,” Arnold said. Continue reading “Life Takes Quite a Turn for LCF’s Nobel Winner”

U-Turns Near PCY Will Draw Deputies’ Scrutiny

Drivers who cross a double yellow line while making a U-turn in the area of Gould Avenue and Knight Way near Paradise Canyon Elementary School could soon see the red and blue flashing lights of a sheriff’s patrol car.
“If it was a single double line, you can make a left,” Pat DeChellis, La Cañada Flintridge’s director of public works, said recently while pointing to a flat median where drivers like to turn around, near the school. “A double-double, you can’t cross it. We even put the hatching [shading] in to make it look like a raised median.” Continue reading “U-Turns Near PCY Will Draw Deputies’ Scrutiny”

Committee Needs More Time on Sagebrush Decision

A Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization leader said the panel will take 30 to 60 days to make a decision on the Sagebrush territory transfer petition, taking into account a new environmental study completed under the California Environmental Quality Act.
“We will be reviewing this at an upcoming meeting,” said Chairman A.J. Willmer on Wednesday about the CEQA study and additional information about the petition to transfer the territory in La Cañada Flintridge from the Glendale Unified School District to the La Cañada Unified School District. “We also just received the CEQA report late last week. We take comments sent to us very seriously. We take your public comment very seriously. I also want to emphasize that despite some impressions out there, there has been no binding vote by this committee.” Continue reading “Committee Needs More Time on Sagebrush Decision”

LCF Woman Wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Photo courtesy Caltech La Cañada Flintridge resident Frances Arnold, a chemical engineering professor at Caltech, shares this year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry and is the fifth woman to have earned the prize.
Photo courtesy Caltech
La Cañada Flintridge resident Frances Arnold, a chemical engineering professor at Caltech, shares this year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry and is the fifth woman to have earned the prize.

Caltech chemical engineering professor and La Cañada Flintridge resident Frances Arnold has won this year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry, her institution’s first female recipient in that category.
Arnold is credited with half of the prize, with the other half split between George Smith at the University of Missouri and Gregory Winter at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in the U.K. She was awarded, according to the Nobel Committee, for “the directed evolution of enzymes,” a process she pioneered during the 1990s and continues to improve today even after its wide implementation. Continue reading “LCF Woman Wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry”

LCF Teens Grace 2019 Tournament’s Rose Court

Photo by Toni LeBel / OUTLOOK Flintridge Prep’s Helen Rossi (left) and La Cañada High School’s Rucha Kadam were announced as members of the 2018 Tournament of Roses Royal Court.
Photo by Toni LeBel / OUTLOOK
Flintridge Prep’s Helen Rossi (left) and La Cañada High School’s Rucha Kadam were announced as members of the 2018 Tournament of Roses Royal Court.

La Cañada High School’s Rucha Kadam gasped and Flintridge Prep’s Helen Rossi began to cry after they were announced as the last two members of the 2019 Tournament of Roses Royal Court.
The excitement of the moment could still be seen on their faces as they joined the other five members of the court on a stage at the Tournament House in Pasadena on Monday and local television stations and newspapers interviewed them.
“It’s such an honor to be here,” said Kadam, standing next to the other teenagers who had been chosen from among 44 finalists.
Added Rossi: “I’m so excited to represent my community.” Continue reading “LCF Teens Grace 2019 Tournament’s Rose Court”

Portantino’s Bill on Start of School Day Is Vetoed by Governor

A bid to help students statewide get a bit more sleep and do better in class was derailed when state Sen. Anthony Portantino’s bill requiring high school and middle schools to begin their day no earlier than 8:30 was vetoed recently.
Gov. Jerry Brown issued his veto of Senate Bill 328 and explained his decision.
“This bill would prohibit middle and high schools from starting earlier than 8:30 in the morning, unless in a rural area,” Brown wrote. “This is a one-size-fits-all approach that is opposed by teachers and school boards. Several schools have already moved to later start times. Others prefer beginning the school day earlier. These are the types of decisions best handled in the local community.”
The bill would have taken effect sometime between January 2019 and July 2021.
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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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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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