LCF Trainer Baffert Doubles His Triple Crown Fun

Photo courtesy Coglianese Photos / Adam CoglianeseWith his victory Saturday at the Belmont Stakes, Justify became the 13th horse to claim the Triple Crown. Trainer Bob Baffert (right), a La Cañada Flintridge resident, celebrates his second Triple Crown with Justify’s jockey, Mike Smith, and members of the ownership team.
Photo courtesy Coglianese Photos / Adam Coglianese
With his victory Saturday at the Belmont Stakes, Justify became the 13th horse to claim the Triple Crown. Trainer Bob Baffert (right), a La Cañada Flintridge resident, celebrates his second Triple Crown with Justify’s jockey, Mike Smith, and members of the ownership team.

Impressively, Bob Baffert made the rarest of feats seem almost normal last weekend when, for the second time since 2015, a racehorse he trained won the Triple Crown.
In hardly a ho-hum achievement, Justify became just the 13th horse in the sport’s history to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and finally, on Saturday, the Belmont Stakes. Continue reading “LCF Trainer Baffert Doubles His Triple Crown Fun”

Local Author Reveals His Real ‘Daditude’

Photo courtesy Chris Erskine Together, the Erskine family — (from left) Jessica, Chris, Cathy, Emily, Christopher and Jack — celebrated Emily’s high school graduation in 2009.
Photo courtesy Chris Erskine
Together, the Erskine family — (from left) Jessica, Chris, Cathy, Emily, Christopher and Jack — celebrated Emily’s high school graduation in 2009.

As a humor columnist who’s made a bountiful career mining the rich terrain of marriage, fatherhood and life in La Cañada Flintridge, Chris Erskine has always had a darn good “daditude.” Even now, in the most trying of times, the local writer keeps smiling, and keeps giving others reason to do the same.
For nearly two decades, his self-deprecating, wisecracking weekly chronicle of family life has resonated with L.A. Times readers, including Prospect Park Books publisher Colleen Dunn Bates. Continue reading “Local Author Reveals His Real ‘Daditude’”

LCF Horse Trainer Seeks Triple Crown on Saturday

La Cañada Flintridge resident Bob Baffert (in sunglasses) celebrated in 2015 after American Pharoah won the Belmont Stakes to capture the Triple Crown. If Justify (right) wins the Belmont this Saturday, he will become the 13th race horse to claim the Triple Crown.

La Cañada Flintridge, with its proud history as a horse town, also can justifiably boast about a resident who is among horse racing’s most iconic figures.
If Justify wins at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 9, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will only enhance his spectacular legacy; he will have guided two horses in four years to thoroughbred horse racing’s Triple Crown.
American Pharoah (famously misspelled), whom he also trained, completed the difficult trifecta in 2015.
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LCUSD Seeks to Improve Messaging to Community

Jamie Lewsadder, La Cañada Unified School District’s chief technology officer, said she learned recently that a relative’s school in Porterville was locked down when a LCUSD intern told her. He’d seen it on Twitter before Lewsadder or any of her family members learned of the situation, she said.
“So I really experienced that panic first-hand,” she said during Tuesday’s Governing Board meeting, at which she introduced a first draft of board policy revisions to improve LCUSD’s communication plan.
“We need to create a plan that allows us to have fast and reliable communication,” Lewsadder said. “News travels so fast; we have to be prepared for it.” Continue reading “LCUSD Seeks to Improve Messaging to Community”

LCHS Class of 2018 Is College Bound

Brent Kuszyk

By Brent Kuszyk
Special to The Outlook

One of the true highlights of serving on the LCUSD Governing Board is having the privilege of distributing diplomas to our graduating seniors each spring at graduation. Their sense of optimism and excitement is contagious.
The future looks very bright for our class of 2018 graduating seniors. This year our students will be disseminating around the country to 33 states as well as to South Korea and the United Kingdom. Of the 322 who reported matriculating to a college 202 (63%) will be attending institutions in the state of California. The second most popular destination is the state of Washington with 13 students headed to our northern neighbor. Among the students who will be attending two-year schools, Pasadena City College is the most common destination with 60 students. Continue reading “LCHS Class of 2018 Is College Bound”

Bear Necessitates Removal From Yard

Photo courtesy Lisa Eich
A 3-year-old female black bear navigated a short wall in a yard on Daleridge Road last week before he was tranquilized and returned to Angeles National Forest.

Summer vacation got off to a wild start last week for Randall Bradley, who returned from his last-day-of-11th-grade celebration to find a crowd of people — including local law enforcement — on his family’s street.
They mentioned that a black bear had been spotted in the neighborhood of Daleridge Road and Burgoyne Lane, so Bradley went to go check for it in his family’s backyard.
“He came back and said the bear was there,” his mother, Trisha Stites, wrote in an email. “I really did not believe him at first. I thought he was joking with me.”
She went to see for herself and, yes, there was the bear, just “poking around” in the yard. Continue reading “Bear Necessitates Removal From Yard”

City to Tweak Setback Codes, Streamline Process

At the direction of the City Council, Director of Community Development Susan Koleda will modify city planning and permitting procedures as they relate to setbacks in an effort to encourage projects that adhere to code.
Koleda said she aims to rewrite part of the code to allow her office the discretion to approve setback modifications without the need to go through the entire evaluation process, which typically takes up time and incurs permitting fees. The effect, she said, is hopefully that homeowners will keep projects to code as strictly as possible, particularly as it relates to setback modifications. Continue reading “City to Tweak Setback Codes, Streamline Process”