Target’s Arrival Stoking Range of Reactions

Opening Day is almost a year away, but the community of La Cañada Flintridge is abuzz — cheering and worrying — about the Target that’s going to set up shop in the Town Center.
News broke last week that the nation’s second-largest general merchandise retailer signed to open in the former Sport Chalet space next July. When asked, local shoppers have had no problem identifying what it is they’d purchase: pajamas, pet supplies, toothpaste, clothes, books, DVDs, school supplies, makeup, underwear.
“I go to Target all the time in Eagle Rock or Pasadena,” said Darlene Underwood, who already visits the Town Center regularly to have coffee and a bite with her friends Marlene Rust and Mary Anderson. “This will be just more convenient.”
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Website Gives LCUSD Schools ‘A+’ in Academics; ‘C’ in Food

How successful are La Cañada Unified School District’s schools? Let Niche.com count the ways.

Source: niche.com/k12/search/best-public-elementary-schools/c/los-angeles-county-ca/

The website that publishes K-12 annual rankings again listed LCUSD among the top in many categories in its most recent survey data, which seeks to quantify academic and student life by using information from the U.S. Department of Education along with test scores, college data and ratings collected from Niche users.
As a district, LCUSD ranks 182nd out of 10,574 districts in America and is No. 3 of 59 districts in L.A. County, according to Niche.
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Five Candidates File to Run for School Board

Five candidates filed paperwork before Wednesday’s deadline to run for the three La Cañada Unified School District seats that will be open in the Nov. 7 election.
The candidates include newcomers Joshua Gottheim, Joe Radabaugh and Christopher Salvo, as well as incumbents Dan Jeffries and Kaitzer Puglia. Current board member David Sagal said he did not plan to run for a second term at a meeting last month.
Gottheim, a land use attorney, filed papers with the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk on Wednesday, as did Salvo, an aerospace engineering manager. Radabaugh, who is currently on the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation’s board, filed Tuesday.
Jeffries, a prosecutor with the L.A. City Attorney’s office and the board’s current president, is finishing his first, four-year term, as is Puglia. A professor at Pasadena City College, she is currently the board’s vice president.

New Town Center Tenant Right on Target

La Cañada Flintridge is getting a Target.
The national retailer announced Wednesday that it has signed a lease to move into the former Sport Chalet space, with plans to open in July 2018.
The popular discount store will operate a 45,865-square foot “small-format” store in the La Cañada Flintridge Town Center. This Target will be the 10th of its kind in the Los Angeles area. It will operate next door to the new City Hall, which also is scheduled to open next year, occupying the former Sport Chalet corporate office space.
“I am delighted; it’s going to be great for our community,” said Pat Anderson, CEO of the LCF Chamber of Commerce.
Target began discussions with the IDS Real Estate Group, which owns the Town Center, last November, according to Rob Fuelling, IDS’ senior vice president.

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The Town Center will have a new anchor retailer when a small-format Target opens in the former Sport Chalet store in July 2018.

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LCF Home Sells for a Record $10.5 Million

Photo courtesy Geoffrey Yale
This estate at 4110 Woodleigh Lane, with more than 11,000 square feet sitting on more than 2 acres, recently sold for $10.5 million, setting a benchmark for recorded home sale prices in La Cañada Flintridge.

An off-market home just entered the annals of La Cañada Flintridge history as being the highest recorded home sale of all time in the 91011 ZIP code.
The estate, located at 4110 Woodleigh Lane, recently closed with a $10.5 million price tag, placing it squarely on top of Multiple Listing Service’s list of top-priced LCF homes.
Rachel Ashton, who represented the home’s seller along with Partners Trust colleague Laura Brandt, said the home had previously been listed on the market in 2014. Continue reading “LCF Home Sells for a Record $10.5 Million”

Local Drug Rehab House Unsettles Residents

Neighbors uneasy at the thought of a residential drug treatment program operating near their homes spent the past week swapping information before gathering en masse to share concerns at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.
A house in the 900 block of Green Lane is being leased by Ridgeview Ranch, the state-licensed, for-profit treatment center that helps men and women struggling with alcoholism and drug addiction. According to Chief Operating Officer Larry Thornton, it has been used as a residential treatment facility for clergy who are dealing only with substance abuse. Continue reading “Local Drug Rehab House Unsettles Residents”

Kiwanis Continues to Support LCUSD

The Kiwanis Club of La Cañada hosted representatives of the La Cañada Unified School District last week at lunch, where 19 new teachers and three new administrators were introduced at the service club’s annual “Apple for the Teacher” event.
Keeping with the Kiwanis international motto, “serving the children of the world,” the club not only offered new hires a warm welcome but handed over a $1,500 check to help fund scholarships for the annual 5th-grade trip to Pennsylvania’s Valley Forge.

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Kiwanis Club President Mike Leininger hands a check to Paradise Canyon Elementary School Principal Debra Cradduck, Paradise Canyon Elementary’s Karen Hurley and La Cañada Elementary’s Emily Blaney during last week’s “Apple for the Teacher” luncheon at Descanso Gardens. The club’s $1,500 donation will help support the district’s annual Valley Forge trip.

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City Picks Architect to Remodel New City Hall Building

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Gonzalez Goodale Architects will remodel the former Sport Chalet corporate headquarters into La Cañada Flintridge’s new City Hall..

The City Council voted 4-0 at its meeting Tuesday to award Gonzalez Goodale Architects with the contract to renovate the new City Hall building, agreeing to a fee of no more than $505,000.
The architects will be tasked with turning the former Sport Chalet corporate headquarters office building — for which the city is paying $11.23 million — building into a workable City Hall. City Councilman Jonathan Curtis was not at Tuesday’s meeting, but his fellow council members gave the contract the go-ahead when they approved the consent agenda. Continue reading “City Picks Architect to Remodel New City Hall Building”

Student-Designed App Livens Up Announcements

Photo courtesy Jamie Lewsadder Justin Hyon, Rucha Kadam, Kamyar Salahi and Kevin Mo spent two weeks on campus this summer collaborating on the Spartan Connect app that is now available for download by anyone interested in what’s going on at La Cañada High School.
Photo courtesy Jamie Lewsadder
Justin Hyon, Rucha Kadam, Kamyar Salahi and Kevin Mo spent two weeks on campus this summer collaborating on the Spartan Connect app that is now available for download by anyone interested in what’s going on at La Cañada High School.

High school might never be the same.
You know the familiar announcements promoting campus events that are piped into classrooms over the public address system each morning? At La Cañada High School, that tradition is no more. Continue reading “Student-Designed App Livens Up Announcements”

New LCF Resident Guides Dodgers Toward Historic Season

Photo courtesy Jill Weisleder / Los Angeles Dodgers New to town: La Cañada Flintridge resident Dave Roberts recently guided the Los Angeles Dodgers to 43 victories in 50 games, a feat last achieved by the New York Giants in 1912.
Photo courtesy Jill Weisleder / Los Angeles Dodgers
New to town: La Cañada Flintridge resident Dave Roberts recently guided the Los Angeles Dodgers to 43 victories in 50 games, a feat last achieved by the New York Giants in 1912.

Dave Roberts was a speedy outfielder who could jumpstart an offense with a bloop single or a stolen base, which is why the former leadoff man quickly became a favorite among Los Angeles Dodgers fans in 2002. Continue reading “New LCF Resident Guides Dodgers Toward Historic Season”