LCUSD Teachers Hit Summer School for Tech Education

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Chief Technology Officer Jamie Lewsadder leads a discussion about “Thinking Routines With Technology,” one of several sessions hosted by La Cañada Unified School District educators at last week’s Arcadia Innovation Summit.

School’s out, so you might imagine that La Cañada Unified School District’s teachers are kicking back on a beach somewhere, sleeping in or catching up on their favorite TV shows — but sitting attentively in classrooms at Arcadia High School?
Well, yes. A handful of LCUSD representatives participated in the annual Arcadia Innovation Summit last week. They were there either to absorb important information related to technology in education, or to give it away.
“We have some awesome teachers,” said David Pasziewicz, an instructional technology specialist. “So this is a good opportunity to share a lot of the really innovative work our teachers have been doing in class. Continue reading “LCUSD Teachers Hit Summer School for Tech Education”

LCF Planning Commission Puts Flintridge Prep Plans on Hold

Rendering courtesy Harley Ellis Devereaux
Flintridge Prep’s upgrade plans include a new parking structure and a new collaborative leadership building, among other improvements.

After absorbing about three hours of resident testimony about Flintridge Prep’s proposed campus improvement plans at its meeting Tuesday night, La Cañada Flintridge’s Planning Commission opted early Wednesday to continue discussion of the 10-year, multi-phase project at a later date.
That will allow time for the private school’s personnel to revise its proposal in accordance with feedback from commissioners, city planning staff and the public, including perhaps eliminating a controversial request to build a two-story parking garage.
“The applicants can come in as soon as they want,” Planning Commission Chair Rick Gunter said. “And if the applicant chooses to omit portions, that’s their prerogative, or they can amend it to reflect what it is they’d like to do.” Continue reading “LCF Planning Commission Puts Flintridge Prep Plans on Hold”

LCF Centenarian Honored for a Life of Progress

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Mary Naff prepares to cut her birthday cake, which lauds her as an “American Pioneer.” About 70 guests celebrated Naff’s 100 birthday at the Democratic Club’s Summer Picnic at Nalini and Bob Lasiewicz’s home in La Cañada Flintridge.

La Cañada Flintridge’s Mary Naff celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by more than 100 friends associated with the Cañada Crescenta Democratic Club that she helped found 12 years ago. The crowd included some noteworthy area politicians, including state Sen. Anthony Portantino and state Assemblywoman Laura Friedman.
“We do this every year, but it was only because of my 100th that I was anything, because I’m not an officer or anything,” Naff said. “We had a mixture of all ages and races and Anthony gave me a proclamation; it was a nice little presentation. He belongs to our club, and he’s particularly important right now.” Continue reading “LCF Centenarian Honored for a Life of Progress”

LCF Wraps Up Budget; Pledges $359,375 to Community

La Cañada Flintridge City Council members agreed on Monday to spend $359,375 to support 11 local community groups and spend $914,700 on capital projects such as street improvements and bridge repairs.
In the third and final of its annual budget hearings, the City Council decided to take $354,550 from reserves, $100,000 from its solid waste funds and increase its conservative revenue expectations by adding $125,000 to the budget for items they deem necessary in the coming fiscal year.
The previous week, council members reviewed the city’s financials to learn that it expects to bring in a total of $13.863 million in 2017-18 and to have $13.118 million in expenses, which left a preliminary balance of $745,550 for council consideration items. Continue reading “LCF Wraps Up Budget; Pledges $359,375 to Community”

LC’S Turley Sent Back to Minors After 3 Starts

Nik Turley

The Minnesota Twins optioned La Cañada Flintridge native Nik Turley back to the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings last week after three rough outings.
The left-hander, who has been in the minor leagues for 10 years, started at home against the Chicago White Sox last Thursday and surrendered five runs on six hits, including two home runs, in 2/3 of an inning. Continue reading “LC’S Turley Sent Back to Minors After 3 Starts”

Seven Apply for Vacant LCF City Council Seat; Deadline Friday

Residents interested in applying for appointment to the City Council have until 5 p.m. on Friday, June 30, to file with the city clerk’s office. As of Wednesday, seven applicants had submitted paperwork: Keith Eich, Nalini Lasiewicz, Rick Gunter, Charles Gelhaar, Peter Chung, Rod Essen and Wesley Walton.
The Council will hold interviews of applicants on July 11, 12 and 13. An appointment to fill the seat — which became vacant last month with the death of longtime councilman and six-time Mayor Dave Spence — is scheduled to take place by Thursday, July 13, according to the city website, lcf.ca.gov.
Additional application information will not be accepted after June 30, unless requested by the City Council. Continue reading “Seven Apply for Vacant LCF City Council Seat; Deadline Friday”

LCHS Twins, Dad Publish Comedic Coming-of-Age Novel

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Daylen and Kai Larsen (front row, from left) got help from Shiu Shiu, Seth and Sumo Larsen as they teamed up to write, illustrate and publish their first book, “The View From Mars.”

If you’re looking for a good summer read, don’t look too far. La Cañada Flintridge’s first-time authors Daylen and Kai Larsen — La Cañada High School 7th-grade twins — and their dad Seth Larsen have just put out a book: “The View From Mars.”
It’s a coming-of-age tale about a 12-year-old boy named Mars who invites readers along as he learns about the importance of family, friendship, speaking your mind and the quest for a perfect comeback.
The results are downright funny, with a poignancy that sneaks up.

Don’t judge me until you’ve walked a mile in my shoes.
Actually, it’s best that you don’t walk a mile in my shoes. You’d just be tired, and I’d probably want my shoes back.

Continue reading “LCHS Twins, Dad Publish Comedic Coming-of-Age Novel”

LCF Residents to Vote on LCUSD Bond Measure Nov. 7

It’s official: La Cañada Flintridge voters will decide on Nov. 7 whether to approve $149 million in general obligation bonds that La Cañada Unified School District would use to fund campus repairs and modernization efforts included in the facilities master plan.
LCUSD Governing Board members voted unanimously Tuesday to support both the bond election and the facilities plan.
“This is exciting,” board member Ellen Multari said. Continue reading “LCF Residents to Vote on LCUSD Bond Measure Nov. 7”

LCF City Council Reluctantly Adopts ADU Ordinance

Councilman Jonathan Curtis perhaps best encapsulated the sentiment of the City Council this week when he offered “a reluctant second” to a motion to adopt the city’s ordinance on accessory dwelling units.
All four City Council members voted in favor of the ordinance, which levies a minimum lot size for newly constructed units, commonly called accessory dwelling units, of 10,000 square feet with at least a 70-foot frontage. Already existing auxiliary structures, such as a pool house or garage, may be converted into an ADU (which will require up-to-code utility connections) regardless of lot size and are effectively grandfathered in. Continue reading “LCF City Council Reluctantly Adopts ADU Ordinance”

CV Sheriff’s Deputies Greenlighted to Carry Anti-Opioid Nasal Spray

The Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station was named last week as one of three Los Angeles County Sheriff’s stations that will take part in a pilot program that will give deputies an anti-opioid nasal spray called Narcan to aid in suspected overdose emergencies.
Though CV Sheriff’s Capt. Chris Blasnek said he isn’t aware of any opioid-related overdoses in his station’s coverage area, he’s enthusiastic about the opportunity to carry the spray. Continue reading “CV Sheriff’s Deputies Greenlighted to Carry Anti-Opioid Nasal Spray”