Hofman Reaches 700 Victories

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La Cañada High School varsity boys’ basketball coach Tom Hofman records his 700th career victory on Friday, Jan. 19. A ceremony following the Spartans’ 82-55 victory over rival South Pasadena celebrated the coach’s milestone. Hofman is the 17th coach to reach 700 victories in California, according to Cal-Hi Sports.

The legend of La Cañada High School varsity boys’ basketball coach Tom Hofman continues to grow after he guided the Spartans to an 82-55 Rio Hondo League victory over visiting South Pasadena on Friday, Jan. 19.
The win was No. 700 for Hofman, placing him among the 17 winningest coaches in California, according to Cal-Hi Sports. He is eighth on the list of active boys’ basketball coaches in the state.
“It’s a great honor to be [on the list],” said Hofman, whose record in 32 years as a head coach is 701-212 as of this week’s Outlook press deadline. “If you look at the coaches up there, they’re the best in California. To be in the same list as them is a great honor.”

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Conversation Continues on LCF Senior Living Project

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One of many speakers at Tuesday night’s Planning Commission meeting, Michael Gross suggests the 72-bed Oakmont Senior Living facility proposed at 600 Foothill Blvd. won’t offer its residents the village-like atmosphere it has promised.

The Planning Commission called a timeout Tuesday after listening to more than four hours of testimony about the proposed Oakmont Senior Living project during a jam-packed meeting.
Commissioners agreed that they needed more time to consider the project before deciding whether to approve or deny it, or even whether to request Oakmont take any specific actions. For now, discussion of the matter was continued to a date uncertain.
“I heard a lot tonight and learned a lot tonight,” Planning Commission Chairman Rick Gunter said. “Studying this project is a lot of work; the various reports were literally hundreds of pages. I need some time to think about what I heard and absorb it. I don’t know exactly what do at this moment. I can’t give a snap decision, I’ve just got to go back and read it again.” Continue reading “Conversation Continues on LCF Senior Living Project”

LCF Strong Man Has an Appetite for Success

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With the goal of entering bodybuilding competitions late last year, La Cañada Flintridge resident Paul Murray, 50, dedicated himself to a disciplined diet that complemented his rigorous exercise schedule.

Have you seen Paul Murray lately?
In the past year, the former president of the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation has been hard at work building something special — himself.
At 50, Murray entered his first bodybuilding contests and twice finished first in his division, Grand Masters, Men’s Physique.
“It’s really impressive!” said his wife, Crista. “I was so proud, he looked amazing, and it was a great experience to see how much his hard work paid off. He looked better than almost all the guys there, even the younger guys, which is pretty awesome.”

Paul Murray has been lifting weights since he was a high school freshman football player. He got more serious about lifting in college, when he joined Cal Poly Pomona’s club football team. But until recently, he had only the slightest inkling that he might someday seriously pursue the sport of bodybuilding.
In part, Murray traces the development to a pair of surgeries: Continue reading “LCF Strong Man Has an Appetite for Success”

Busiest Flu Season in a Decade, Says USC-VHH Official

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Like hospitals across the nation, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital has seen a sharp increase in patients experiencing flu this season.

Dr. Armand Dorian said he and his colleagues at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital are taxed and exhausted after treating about 30% more flu cases this season than they normally do. The brutal flu season affecting the nation hasn’t spared La Cañada Flintridge, said Dorian, who noted the local hospital has seen more patients with flu-related symptoms this year than during any other winter in the past decade.
“But it’s why we’re here,” said Dorian, the associate chief medical officer at USC-VHH. “To take care of our friends and family and the community.”
Dorian said the H3N2 virus that’s wreaking havoc locally is in line with what’s happening across the county — and the country. Continue reading “Busiest Flu Season in a Decade, Says USC-VHH Official”

Neighbors Look to Private Patrols for Additional Safety

Flintridge area residents are lining up reinforcements in response to the pair of home invasions reported last month in their neighborhood.
Homeowners are in the process of contracting the Pasadena-based California Metro Patrol, an armed private security company, to help patrol Commonwealth Avenue, Woodleigh Lane and possibly parts of Berkshire Avenue, said Dharshi Chindris, whose home has been broken into twice.
“We’re trying to get the whole neighborhood thing going,” said Chindris, whose family temporarily hired its own armed patrol for its property following the second reported invasion on New Year’s Eve. She said she hopes the neighborhood patrol will provide more long-term security.
“I guess it’s time to do whatever we have to do,” she said.

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Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s deputies have increased their presence in the
area of La Cañada Flintridge where a pair of home invasions were
reported in December.

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Les Tupper Awards Nominations Open

Local residents are invited to nominate candidates for this year’s prestigious Les Tupper Awards. Each year since 1969, the La Cañada Flintridge Coordinating Council has presented awards to individuals, groups and students who have provided exemplary service to the La Cañada Flintridge community. These awards are named in honor of Les Tupper, a civic leader who cared deeply about education, youth and enhancing the quality of life in LCF.
Nominations may be submitted by individuals or organizations. Criteria for nominees include a “long-term and broad-based involvement in LCF community services,” a spokesman said. “Nominations cover the areas of education, youth activities, cultural pursuits, religious, business and civic or social services. Qualifications should include demonstrated leadership qualities and roles that bring positive recognition to themselves and to the LCF community.”
The categories are Individual Service Award, Student Service award, Organization Service Award and Special Service Award.
Nomination forms and detailed criteria are available on line at lcfcc.info. Nominations should be submitted by mail to LCF Coordinating Council, P.O. Box 264, LCF, 91012, or by email to LesTupper@lcfcc.net. Nomination forms are also available at the LCF City Hall, the Chamber of Commerce office and the library.
Nominations are due online by midnight or postmarked on or before Friday, Feb. 23. Fairness requires that there can be no exceptions.
The awards ceremony will be held on Monday, April 16, at 7 p.m. in JPL’s Von Karman Auditorium.
For more information, visit president@lcfcc.net.

LCUSD Says Late Start Reaction Trending Positive

Midway through the school year, La Cañada High School and 7/8 students seem to be taking the experiment of late start well, although administrators await the winter and spring sports seasons to hit their stride for additional input.
Jim Cartnal, executive director of pupil and personnel programs and services for LCUSD, shared preliminary data at Tuesday’s La Cañada Unified Governing Board meeting. Surveys have indicated the students are “by and large” in favor of the later school start times of 8:30 a.m. as opposed to 7:45 a.m., even if it didn’t necessarily mean they were getting additional sleep as intended.
“Openly, it’s a mixed bag,” Cartnal said. “Kids are getting some more sleep, but not all kids are getting more sleep.” Continue reading “LCUSD Says Late Start Reaction Trending Positive”

Prowling Suspect Evades Authorities; PCR Locked Down

Palm Crest Elementary School was locked down after a man with a neck tattoo reading “Wendy” was spotted around noon Tuesday trespassing in a garage in the 1600 block of Alta Canyada Road.
The suspect, who was described as a Hispanic man in his mid-30s, was wearing an orange utility vest and hat, according to Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Matejka, who was among the law enforcement personnel involved with a containment set up in response to the prowling call.
In the end, the man avoided detection, Matejka said, adding that the lockdown was lifted after a few minutes and nothing was reported stolen.
“At one house, one resident confronted him in the garage and he took off running,” Capt. Chris Blasnek said. “So we set up a little area containment to see if we could find him. We even had the helicopter overhead for a while but we did not locate him.” Continue reading “Prowling Suspect Evades Authorities; PCR Locked Down”

Deputy Thwarts Escape of Suspects

Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Matejka’s local knowledge helped him arrest a pair of suspects with gang affiliations last week on charges of grand theft auto, reasonable cause burglary and possession of burglary tools and brass knuckles.
The school resource officer at La Cañada High School, Matejka was on campus at about 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, when he heard a call reporting two vehicles seen attempting to commit a theft in the 4800 block of Mesa Vista Drive.
“The call came in off of Descanso [Drive], by Chevy Chase [Drive], so I figured if they were going eastbound on Descanso, they were going to go across Berkshire, so I was going to wait at Berkshire Place — and as soon as I got there, they came around the corner,” Matejka said by phone Wednesday.
Matejka, who has patrolled LCF for 16 years, instituted a traffic stop of the gray 2017 Hyundai (a green Subaru wasn’t located). He said he noticed immediately that the car had no license plate on the front and a paper plate on the back. Continue reading “Deputy Thwarts Escape of Suspects”

New LCF Permit Tracking System Set for October Debut

Arabo Parseghian said he expects the La Cañada Flintridge’s new permit tracking software system to be running by October, if not earlier.
Parseghian, a division manager within the city’s administrative department, updated the City Council on the work implementing the program.
He said he and Deputy Director of Community Development Susan Koleda have completed two of six phases in the process, with a four-month test by the planning department on the horizon.
Following that, staff will complete the final data conversion and then the system will go live. Continue reading “New LCF Permit Tracking System Set for October Debut”