CSF Scholarship Applications Available

The Community Scholarship Foundation of La Cañada Flintridge has announced that the 2017 scholarship applications are now available. CSF is a community-supported foundation established in 1964 with the goal of enabling any student to attend college, university or a trade/technical school upon completion of his or her secondary school studies. Fulltime students who attend La Cañada High School, Flintridge Prep, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, Hillside School and Learning Center, St. Francis High School and Crescenta Valley High School, regardless of home residency, are eligible to apply for scholarships.
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Coldwell Banker Gives Back to Community

On behalf of the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Community Foundation, Kathy Seuylemezian (fourth from right) recently presented $5,000 to Josh Epstein and Marilyn Yang of the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation. Pictured are LCFEF Executive Director Yang, Tim Drummond, LCFEF President Epstein, Erik Larsen, Doug Drummond, Seuylemezian, Bettina Rosenfeld, Jo Von Tiehl and Michelle Chen. For more than a century, Coldwell Banker has been committed to improving the world where its agents live and work. Its sales associates are passionate about making a difference in their own communities.

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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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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County’s Sagebrush Ruling Postponed

The next big development in the decades-old Sagebrush saga has been rescheduled for March 8.
The Los Angeles County Committee of School District Organization’s meeting that was scheduled for Feb. 1 was canceled late last week because of the substantial amount of information members must read and analyze, according to the leader of the citizens group pushing for the territory transfer. UniteLCF wants the 385-acre westernmost portion of La Cañada Flintridge to be redistricted from Glendale Unified to La Cañada Unified.

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Ex-LCE Principal’s Lawyer Offers Details; Seeks Apology

Christine Castillo visited a classroom with daughter Alissa soon after she was born.
Photo courtesy Christine Castillo.
Christine Castillo visited a classroom with daughter Alissa soon after she was born.

An attorney for former La Cañada Elementary School principal Christine Castillo suggested there could be a “happy ending” to his client’s lawsuit charging La Cañada Unified School District with gender discrimination.
“A happy ending is the school district apologizes,” said Ben Meiselas, an attorney handling Castillo’s suit along with Mark Geragos, of the Los Angeles-based firm Geragos & Geragos. Castillo is seeking unspecified damages in the suit. Continue reading “Ex-LCE Principal’s Lawyer Offers Details; Seeks Apology”