Racial Slur Allegations Leveled at LCHS Students

Members of the Pasadena Blair High School boys’ basketball team said La Cañada High School students directed racial slurs and insults at them during a Jan. 11 game at Hotchkin Gymnasium at LCHS.
La Cañada Principal Ian McFeat said he investigated the allegations but could not verify them. He also said he is prohibited by education code from saying whether any students were punished.
Still, McFeat apologized to the Blair team, which is predominantly black, in their locker room immediately after the game.
“I just said, ‘If that’s true, I want to apologize on behalf of the school. That’s not anything we condone and not anything we want to represent our school.’ I also said I’d be following up directly with our student section,” said McFeat, who also spoke with Blair’s principal about how to ensure acceptable behavior at athletic contests.

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LCHS Celebrates 25th Anniversary of First CIF Basketball Championship

For La Cañada High School boys’ basketball coach Tom Hofman, it is hard to believe it’s been 25 years since he guided the Spartans to the program’s first CIF-Southern Section championship, but it’s not difficult to remember.

Coach Tom Hofman (center), flanked by guards Brent Ballard and Ryan Asplund, celebrate the Spartans’ first CIF-SS basketball championship at the L.A. Sports Arena on March 7, 1992.
Coach Tom Hofman (center), flanked by guards Brent Ballard and Ryan Asplund, celebrate the Spartans’ first CIF-SS basketball championship at the L.A. Sports Arena on March 7, 1992.

When asked about his 1991-92 team, Hofman didn’t hesitate to say, “They had the best chemistry of any team we’ve had. They really won for the team. That’s why they were so special.”
The unforgettable group that included 7-foot All-American center Richard Mandeville, who went on to play Division I ball for Bob Knight at Indiana, Ryan Asplund, Brent Ballard, Jimmy Evans, Eric Sanchez and Grahame Dicks will be recognized for their accomplishment on Friday evening, Feb. 3. The LCHS athletics department will host a halftime ceremony with members of the 91-92 team, and a reunion after the game will be held in the south gym, giving the La Cañada Flintridge community an opportunity to greet the players.

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Curtis Focused on Local, Regional Issues

Jonathan Curtis is in the process of reintroducing himself to the community.
La Cañada Flintridge’s sitting mayor is among three candidates running for two available seats on the City Council. He’ll face veteran incumbent Dave Spence and first-time candidate Keith Eich in the March 7 election. LCF City Council members serve four-year terms.

Jonathan Curtis seeks re-election.
Jonathan Curtis seeks re-election.

Following five years on the Planning Commission, Curtis ran for City Council for the first time in 2013. Back on the campaign trail, Curtis is hoping to motivate voters to head back to the polls again after last November’s election.
“Frankly, people are a little bit burnt out on the political side, so it was more effective to reach out after the beginning of the year,” Curtis said. “That’s a very short time frame for outreach.”

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Award-Winning Comedian to Headline Parent Ed Benefit Feb. 25

Ron Pearson, renowned comedian, will entertain with laughs and maybe even a little juggling during La Cañada Presbyterian Church Parent Education board’s annual benefit at Vertigo in Glendale on Saturday, Feb. 25.

Ron Pearson
Ron Pearson

This year’s benefit theme, “Last Parent Standing, A Night of Laughs with Ron Pearson,” is one familiar to all parents whom undoubtedly deserve a night filled with laughter. The Rev. Chuck Osburn also will be joining as an emcee.
The 2016 Parent Ed Benefit will include dinner, complimentary drinks and an online silent and live auction. The auction items will include a beach house in Playa del Rey, a condo in Maui, concert tickets and an evening at the Magic Castle.

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Four Cities Identified as Potential Sister Cities Match

About 145 residents attending the inaugural La Cañada Flintridge Sister Cities meeting last week learned that their city has a quartet of serious suitors in the diplomatic version of the “Dating Game.”

Photo courtesy Mary Emily Myers | OUTLOOK<br /> La Cañada Flintridge Sister Cities Association
Photo courtesy Mary Emily Myers | OUTLOOK
La Cañada Flintridge Sister Cities Association Former La Cañada Flintridge Mayor Steve Del Guercio, Sister Cities Association President Vicki Schwartz and City Councilman Dave Spence celebrated the burgeoning program at a fundraising dinner last week. The three were integral in helping to launch the local program that is seeking to establish a sister-city relationship with a foreign municipality, likely in Germany or Spain.

Germany’s Bad Homburg and Oberursel are in contention, as are Spain’s Donostia-San Sebastian and Villanueva de La Cañada, according to Vicki Schwartz, president of the new LCF Sister Cities Association.

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Boosters Club Secures Donation; Anticipates Wine Auction

Whether it’s dining out or working out, the La Cañada High School Spartan Boosters Club has it covered.
The club — which is hosting its annual Winter Wine and Spirits Auction on Saturday, Feb. 4 — recently secured a major donation of fitness equipment for the campus fitness center from an anonymous donor.

Photos courtesy Spartans Booster Club
Photo courtesy Spartans Booster Club
Trainer Ted Armstrong shows off some of the new fitness equipment donated recently by the Spartan Boosters Club.

The donation — valued at $42,000, according to the club’s publicity chair Craig Miller — included 26 indoor Star Trac spin bikes, two Precor treadmills and two Precor elliptical machines for the fitness center, which was renovated by the Boosters in 2014. The space is used by all students in grades 7-12 in their physical education classes as well as student-athletes participating in school sports programs.

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