Descanso Appoints Rooke Executive Director

Juliann Rooke, chief operating officer at Descanso Gardens, has been selected to be the new executive director of the La Cañada Flintridge botanic garden. The announcement was made Tuesday by Amy Lamb, chair of the Descanso Gardens Guild board of trustees.

Rooke will step into the position on Sept. 1, following the retirement of current Executive Director David Brown on Aug. 31.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to be selected as the next executive director,” Rooke said. “My heart and soul are rooted in Descanso Gardens. This is so much more than just a job.” Continue reading “Descanso Appoints Rooke Executive Director”

L.A. County to Hear Sagebrush Transfer Presentations

Proponents of the long-desired Sagebrush territory transfer are expecting the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization to deliver and render a preliminary decision of their petition at its meeting at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 3, in Downey.
Residents of westernmost La Cañada Flintridge have been fighting since 1961 for students in the so-called Sagebrush neighborhood to attend La Cañada Unified School District Schools rather than the Glendale Unified schools they’ve always attended.
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LCF Mansion for Sale Boasts Notable Owner History

If you want to live in a piece of automotive and film history in La Cañada Flintridge, all it’ll take is about $6 million.
The six-bedroom, 4½-bathroom Country English Manor-style home located at 632 Berkshire Ave. is listed at a cool $5.85 million. The expansive 5,237-square-foot home was built in 1923 and sits on 2.4 acres of wooded landscape. It also includes a 1,142-square-foot basement, two ground-floor patios and three second-story patios and a gated entryway for both cars and pedestrians.
“It’s old Flintridge,” said Brett Furrey, the Realtor marketing the home. “Not too different from when it was built. It’s one of the most private homes in the Flintridge flats.”
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Extended Overnight 210 Closures to Slow Traffic

Drivers should expect continued slow going along the 210 Freeway, along which the eastbound Berkshire Place on-ramp and Arroyo Boulevard off-ramp will remain closed through June.
In an April 21 news release, Caltrans also detailed numerous of planned nighttime closures associated with the $148.5-million pavement rehabilitation project.
Residents can learn more and share their thoughts at a 6 p.m. City Council meeting on Tuesday, May 2, to which the city has invited Caltrans representatives.
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Schiff Honors LCF’s Porto Among Women of Year

Betty Porto, a La Cañada Flintridge resident, is presented a certificate from Congressman Adam Schiff during the annual Women of the Year luncheon Saturday in Echo Park.

La Cañada Flintridge resident Betty Porto was among the honorees at this year’s Women of the Year luncheon Saturday, April 22. Congressman Adam Schiff recognized inspiring women from the 28th District for their service to their communities.
Schiff celebrated the Porto family at the event in Echo Park, near where they opened their first bakery in the United States.
The Portos came from humble beginnings in Manzanillo, Cuba. After Fidel Castro’s violent revolution in the 1950s, Continue reading “Schiff Honors LCF’s Porto Among Women of Year”

Crime Uptick Has Unnerved Residents Looking for Answers

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In addition to Neighborhood Watch groups, local sheriff’s personnel recommend residents take other steps to dissuade criminals, including responding to an alarm when it’s been triggered.

A trio of Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s deputies got an earful Monday morning from a La Cañada Flintridge resident who was offended they stopped him after receiving a tip about suspected mail theft.
“I matched the description of someone who’d been going through mailboxes — maroon T-shirt, black pants, about 55 years old,” said Gary Kwasniewski, who actually is 60 and who makes it a habit to walk from his home to the post office a few blocks away because he likes the exercise.
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Film Festival Fun for Young Directors

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As a part of the School-X Young Directors program, participants made movie posters (left) to promote their films. A short film about the movie-making class preceded the student films Sunday at Lanterman Auditorium.

The movies that premiered at Sunday’s film festival at Lanterman Auditorium touched on serious subject matter that ranged from refugees to animal adoption and bullying. Naturally, the heavy emphasis was on fun: pizza, pre-show games of tag and popcorn lofted skyward and caught (often) in the mouths of the young directors.
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Town Hall Panel, Portantino Share ‘Later Start’ Benefits

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK Experts Linday Schack, Kyla Wahlstrom and Terry Cralle joined state Sen. Anthony Portantino at Pasadena last week at Pasadena City College for a town hall in support of Senate Bill 328, which would require later school start times.
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Experts Linday Schack, Kyla Wahlstrom and Terry Cralle joined state Sen. Anthony Portantino at Pasadena last week at Pasadena City College for a town hall in support of Senate Bill 328, which would require later school start times.

State Sen. Anthony Portantino said he hadn’t considered how much teenagers would benefit from more sleep and later school start times until he read an OpEd in the Los Angeles Times last year on the topic. The piece inspired him to investigate further online, “and the more I learned, the more I thought, ‘Why aren’t we doing this?’”
In his new job as Senator of California’s 25th District, Portantino is trying. Continue reading “Town Hall Panel, Portantino Share ‘Later Start’ Benefits”

LCF Residents Sound Alarm on Burglaries

Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Capt. Chris Blasnek, with not even a month of the new job under his belt, admitted he was in the hot seat at the City Council meeting this week.
A handful of La Cañada Flintridge residents pleaded with city officials to take action against residential burglaries and other crimes. One resident even called for the formation of LCF’s own police department.
“One burglary is too many for the city,” said Blasnek, sympathizing with residents. “Even though you can’t prevent them all and can’t be perfect.” Continue reading “LCF Residents Sound Alarm on Burglaries”