Right Turn Could Speed Things Up

City officials hope a new right-turn pocket will at least slightly ease congestion at La Cañada Flintridge’s busiest intersection of Angeles Crest Highway and Foothill Boulevard.
On Tuesday night, after the update was discussed at the City Council meeting, crews finished painting the new lane, which will allow vehicles headed eastbound to turn directly onto the 210 Freeway without having to queue up behind cars lined up to drive straight on ACH.

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FBI Charges LCF Man With Cyberattack

A La Cañada Flintridge resident was arrested on Dec. 9 on charges that he initiated a cyberattack on a San Francisco-based tech company.
Sean Sharma, a 26-year-old La Cañada High School graduate, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on Dec. 16 in Northern District of California court.
Sharma was arrested in LCF, after which he was released on a $100,000 bond, according to a statement by the FBI. Sharma, a graduate student studying computer science at USC, is being accused of purchasing a tool to carry out a distributed denial-of-service attack on web servers belonging to Chatango, a company that provides chat services to third-party websites.

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Water Usage Falls to 1978 Levels

Customers in the Foothill Municipal Water District service area proved themselves to be water wise over the past year, registering their lowest water usage in 38 years.
That’s according to a report from the district’s 2015-16 Fiscal Year Management Report, which calculated that water use was about 144 gallons per capita daily. That’s 15% less than the previous year, about 32% less than in 2007 and the lowest since 1978.
“It shows how well the community responded to the drought and the call for conservation,” FMWD General Manager Nina Jazmadarian said.

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LCF Optometrist Sees Through Scam Attempt

Scammers attempted to coerce a La Cañada Flintridge optometrist’s office into sending money their way this week.
Different callers rang La Cañada Eye Care on Tuesday and claimed falsely to be Southern California Edison, stating that the business was delinquent in paying its electric bill and that the power would be cut off shortly.
“They did it with a certain amount of force, with pressure, with a timed [deadline],” said Dr. Tony Chahine. “And, oh, the irony of it all.”
Chahine’s office is solar powered.

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Sheriff Suspects Serial Crew in Six LCF Burglaries

A crew of burglars appears to have targeted La Cañada Flintridge last week, breaking into six residences on Friday, Dec. 16, according to reports from the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station.
“I think it’s one crew hitting a whole lot of people in the same area,” said Detective Alan Chu of the spate of break-ins, most of which were reported in southern LCF. “That’s just my opinion, but all of a sudden we had a whole cluster of them in the same area, and in just one night.”

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‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ You Old Movie House!

Photo courtesy RKO Pictures The “Martini house,” as it was depicted in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” illustrates how little the La Cañada Flintridge home (below) has changed since the classic Christmas movie, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary, was released.
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The “Martini house,” as it was depicted in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” illustrates how little the La Cañada Flintridge home (below) has changed since the classic Christmas movie, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary, was released.
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OUTLOOK photo

Residents of Seneca Falls, NY, have embraced the notion that their city is the original Bedford Falls, the small town that inspired the setting for the 1946 Christmas classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

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LCPC Choir’s 99-Year-Old Singer Voices His Wit

Photo by Mary Emily Myers / OUTLOOK Bob Wilson, 99, is a dedicated member of the La Cañada Presbyterian Church Choir, whose members appreciate his voice and musical knowledge as well as his dry wit.
Photo by Mary Emily Myers / OUTLOOK
Bob Wilson, 99, is a dedicated member of the La Cañada Presbyterian Church Choir, whose members appreciate his voice and musical knowledge as well as his dry wit.

With all due deference to Courtney B. Vance,  the Emmy- and Tony-winning actor who will narrate the Christmas concert on Saturday afternoon at La Cañada Presbyterian Church, there will be another performer in the show who’s also worthy of an ovation.

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Descanso Gardens Glows in New Light

Photos by Dan Vang / OUTLOOK The "Enchanted: Forest of Light!" show is open through Jan. 8 at Descanso Gardens. The display blends art and nature for a unique holiday experience.
Photos by Dan Vang / OUTLOOK
The “Enchanted: Forest of Light!” show is open through Jan. 8 at Descanso Gardens. The display blends art and nature for a unique holiday experience.

It’s Descanso Gardens, illuminated as you’ve never seen it.
The most familiar of haunts at the beloved botanic gardens have been transformed by the “Enchanted: Forest of Light!” display open to the public until Jan 8. Continue reading “Descanso Gardens Glows in New Light”