Bear in Tree Captures Local Attention

A bear spotted on the streets of La Cañada Flintridge wound up in a tree on Jarvis Avenue for several hours Wednesday, and was still there as of press time.
At 4:30 p.m., the official Twitter account of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife reported: “[Helicopters] left and she almost came down. [Helicopters] came back and bear settled down. Still in the tree. Long night ahead.” Continue reading “Bear in Tree Captures Local Attention”

Helping Children Cope With Disaster, Part 1

When my three daughters were young, we occasionally reviewed the “Family Fire Escape Plan.” The girls each had easy-to-open windows in their bedrooms, which were on the ground floor. The simple plan consisted of “Open your window, jump out and we’ll meet on the backyard grass.” Earthquakes were similar: Gather on the stairs under the steel beam (the one the engineer/architect said was “strong enough to hold up a parking structure”). Continue reading “Helping Children Cope With Disaster, Part 1”

Portantino, 2 Other LCF Residents Seek State Office

The June 7 primary is approaching in a hurry, and La Cañada Flintridge has a presence in a pair of intriguing state races.
Anthony Portantino is no stranger in town: He previously served as mayor here before he was elected to the state Assembly in 2005, succeeding LCF’s Carol Liu. Now he is in the thick of a six-candidate race for the 25th state Senate District seat that will be vacated by Liu, who will term out. Continue reading “Portantino, 2 Other LCF Residents Seek State Office”

Talks on Teachers’ Pay Continue

They’re still talking.
“Still working on the numbers,” as La Cañada Teachers Association President Mandy Redfern put it in an email Wednesday.
Representatives of the LCTA and the La Cañada Unified School District continued to negotiate teacher pay this week. The two sides met on Monday and Tuesday, according to LCUSD Superintendent Wendy Sinnette.
Last week, she said they engaged in a bargaining session that lasted until after 2 a.m. on May 18. Continue reading “Talks on Teachers’ Pay Continue”

Seniors Give Tribute to Inspiring Teachers

When the group of strangers came barging in this week, cameras in tow, the classes they interrupted were in the midst of starting work on a math packet, passionately reciting Shakespeare, studying spelling words.
None of the teachers, who had to take a timeout mid-lesson, was expecting the visit.
“He had no idea we were coming,” La Cañada High School Principal Ian McFeat promised Andy DiConti’s students, “right?”
“Haven’t a clue,” agreed the LCHS 7/8 visual arts teacher, adding, in jest, “in general.” Continue reading “Seniors Give Tribute to Inspiring Teachers”