Choi, Davitt, Markgraf and Multari Are Les Tupper Honorees in 2018

The 54th annual Les Tupper Community Service Awards will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 16, at Von Kármán Auditorium at Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Soo Kim Choi, Michael Davitt, Katherine Markgraf and Ellen Multari will be honored with individual Community Service Awards; Courtney Johnson and Naomi Stephen will receive Student Service Awards and USC Verdugo Hills Hospital volunteers will be recognized with the Special Service Award.
Community members are invited to attend as the LCF Coordinating Council distributes the awards, which annually recognize individuals and groups for their outstanding service to the community. Continue reading “Choi, Davitt, Markgraf and Multari Are Les Tupper Honorees in 2018”

Leadership Organization Trains Veterans to Lead Communities

U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Garth Massey, a La Cañada Flintridge resident, will help veterans navigate the civilian and corporate worlds with the new six-month community leadership course held by Leadership Pasadena, only the second program of its kind in the country.
The nonprofit focuses on community leadership, and is launching the veteran’s course to help military veterans (including National Guard and all Reserves) who have achieved a rank of E4 or higher and now are living, working or studying in the San Gabriel Valley as they transition into their new civilian lives. Continue reading “Leadership Organization Trains Veterans to Lead Communities”

Planning Director to Retire After 22 Years

Robert Stanley

Robert Stanley will retire from his position as La Cañada Flintridge’s director of Community Development at the end of April, he wrote in an email Wednesday.
“I will definitely miss being part of this city and helping to maintain the high standards for the community,” said Stanley, who started working for LCF in September 1996 and took over as director in January 1998.
He leads the city’s busiest department. At last week’s State of the City address, then-Mayor Michael Davitt shared some statistics about the Community Development Department’s workload in the previous year: 1,724 plan checks, 439 code enforcement cases and 37 planning cases while responding to an average of 1,100 customer service requests per month. Continue reading “Planning Director to Retire After 22 Years”

Delayed Again, LCHS Injury Trial Set for April 17

The trial involving a La Cañada High School student injured as a result of a fall from the school bleachers during an assembly was continued a third time Monday, said Robert Glassman, the attorney for the family of LCHS senior Ethan Kalnins.
Glassman said the trial, which he expects could last several weeks, now is set to begin on Tuesday, April 17, at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Los Angeles.
“We showed up to court ready to go and the lawyers for the district came up with another excuse for delaying this trial,” Glassman said Monday. “It’s quite frustrating and I voiced that to the judge this morning. I told him, ‘We really would like to see this trial start and they just keep coming up with one excuse after another for delaying the truth from coming out.’” Continue reading “Delayed Again, LCHS Injury Trial Set for April 17”

State of the City in LCF: Lower Crime Rate, High-Tech Improvements

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In the annual State of the City address on Wednesday at Descanso Gardens’ Van de Kamp Hall, Mayor Michael Davitt previewed many of the projects ahead in La Cañada Flintridge, including a new online planning program that is expected to make the permitting process easier for residents.

At the annual State of the City address, Mayor Michael Davitt offered morsels of interest for just about everyone in the large lunchtime Kiwanis crowd Wednesday at Descanso Gardens’ Van de Kamp Hall.
Davitt boasted of the city’s low 7% commercial vacancy rate, its issuance of 55 film and photography requests (worth $28,475 to the city, he noted) and said 624 Summer Beach Bus riders rode from La Cañada Flintridge to Santa Monica in 2017. Continue reading “State of the City in LCF: Lower Crime Rate, High-Tech Improvements”

Local Legislators Craft Controls on Sober Living Homes

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California Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, who asks for communities to be “compassionate” when accepting sober living facilities, has introduced a bill that could bar them from clustering and creating “a hospital facility” in one neighborhood.

Neighbors living on or near the 900 block of Green Lane were shocked to learn last August that a house on the street was being used as a for-profit drug and alcohol treatment center. They were clued in only after a break-in at the then-unoccupied site was called in to the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Department and then reported in the newspaper.
They also were taken aback by the fact that the city of La Cañada Flintridge had no discretion over what was happening at the six-bedroom, seven-bathroom house beside enforcing zoning code requirements or responding to nuisance complaints if any arose. Continue reading “Local Legislators Craft Controls on Sober Living Homes”

LCHS 7/8 Class Creates Powerful Works in Holocaust Art Contest

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LCHS 8th-graders Sophia Ponce, Esme Salzman and Chloe Morgan emerged as finalists from thousands of entries this year in Chapman University’s annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest.

Thirty La Cañada High School middle-schoolers signed up this year for a homeroom that, instead of allowing them to catch their breath in the middle of a hectic school day, asked them to ponder and engage with some of the world’s most difficult subject matter.
The period was geared toward completing projects for Chapman University’s annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest, which, in partnership with the 1939 Society, invites middle school and high school students from around the world to create works of art in response to recorded oral testimonies from survivors.
Each school was permitted only three submissions into the competition, which in its 19th year asked participants to consider the theme, “Messenger of Memory.” Continue reading “LCHS 7/8 Class Creates Powerful Works in Holocaust Art Contest”

1,500 in LCF Lose Power in Last Week’s Storm

The three-day rainstorm that brought much-needed water to California last week caused a several-hourlong power outage but otherwise spared La Cañada Flintridge from major damage, according to Jesús Armas, the city’s interim director of public works.
On Thursday, March 22, 1,517 Southern California Edison customers in LCF lost power after a fallen tree downed power lines in the 4800 block of Gould Avenue, Southern California Edison spokeswoman Sally Jeun said. The outage affected residents between Angeles Crest Highway, Berkshire Drive and Encinas Drive from 4:43 p.m. until 7:20 a.m. Friday, March 23, she said. Continue reading “1,500 in LCF Lose Power in Last Week’s Storm”

New Power Pole Flown to Commonwealth Destination

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A helicopter delivers a new power pole on Tuesday in La Cañada Flintridge.

A helicopter carried a new power pole above a La Cañada Flintridge neighborhood before setting down in the 4400 block of Commonwealth Avenue on Tuesday. The aerial maneuvering was part of a Southern California Edison pole replacement project, in which an old pole was replaced, according to spokeswoman Sally Jeun. Continue reading “New Power Pole Flown to Commonwealth Destination”

LCUSD Governing Board Considers More Safety Measures

The 17th school shooting in the nation this year occurred Tuesday morning at a high school in Maryland. On Tuesday night, concerned members of the La Cañada Unified School District community reconvened at a Governing Board meeting to talk security locally.
“Everything we can do, we will,” Superintendent Wendy Sinnette said.
That includes anything from inviting a pack of drug-sniffing dogs to visit the La Cañada High School campus to scheduling conversations with architects about fencing at all of the district’s traditionally open campuses. Continue reading “LCUSD Governing Board Considers More Safety Measures”