Adios, Amigos

By Frank “Paco” Ruiz
Special to the Outlook

I’m so very, very sorry to inform all of you about Paco’s Barbershop closing up on Saturday, Nov. 18. I would like to extend a most sincere and heartfelt “Thank You” for 57 years of having the honor and privilege to serve you.
When the shop opened in September 1960, your children were growing and your parents allowed my staff and me to serve you and enjoy your progress. How fulfilling it was to see what great jobs your parents did with all of you. And it didn’t stop there — we also enjoyed your parents becoming grandparents and great grandparents! Continue reading “Adios, Amigos”

After 57 Years, Paco’s Barber Shop to Close Nov. 18

After 57 Years, Paco’s Barber Shop to Close Nov. 18, in town recently for his 20th class reunion, had to make time for his last haircut at Paco’s Barber Shop.
“I looked online when I was planning my trip and I saw he was retiring,” said Behlendorf, a La Cañada High School graduate who’s a professor of Homeland Security at the University of Albany in New York. “I thought he might have closed already, but when I saw he was still open, I thought, I’ve got to get out there! He’s the best barber I’ve ever had.”
All of the goodbyes have not been easy for the shop’s owner, Frank “Paco” Ruiz, but he’s prepared to say a lot of them at a “Thank you, La Cañada” party from noon-3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 19, the day after the shop closes following 57 years of quality haircuts, conversation, neck massages, lollipops and laughs. Continue reading “After 57 Years, Paco’s Barber Shop to Close Nov. 18”

LCF City Council to Push Back Elections to March 2020

La Cañada Flintridge City Council on Tuesday evening voted on a plan to consolidate future municipal elections with statewide elections, pushing back the next election to March 2020, a year longer beyond the currently slated election of March 2019.
The resolution is in response to a state mandate, Senate Bill 415, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2015, which aims to increase voter turnout rates for city elections that tend to be lower when they are not held concurrently with statewide elections. The bill also is meant to cut down on municipal costs that a local election entails. Continue reading “LCF City Council to Push Back Elections to March 2020”

Nearby Arrest Prompts Lockdown at PCY

Paradise Canyon Elementary School was locked down for about 15 minutes Monday morning as Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Deputies struggled to subdue a suspect who reportedly was sleeping in a stolen Prius near campus, according to Lt. Mark Slater.
Deputies responded at 8 a.m. to reports that a man was asleep in the car, blocking traffic at Gould Avenue and Paulette Place. The vehicle was reported stolen in Clairmont on Oct. 16, Slater said. Continue reading “Nearby Arrest Prompts Lockdown at PCY”

Vance Honors MLK Jr. at Prayer Breakfast

Courtney B. Vance has excelled in so many roles — as Johnnie Cochran on screen, as Hap Hairston on stage, as a parent and a husband in real life and, early on Thursday, Nov. 2, as the keynote speaker at the annual Community Prayer Breakfast at the Crescenta Cañada YMCA.
At the annual event, which seeks to highlight and raise funds for the YMCA’s Chaplain Services program, Vance delivered an address that weaved together poetry, history, Bible verse and real talk. He asked the 350 members of the audience to ask themselves, “Are we willing to overcome whatever fears we each have and give of our time, our love, our energy, our passions, our service for the glory of almighty God?” Continue reading “Vance Honors MLK Jr. at Prayer Breakfast”

Video Doorbell Rebate Program a Sellout

La Cañada Flintridge’s Residential Video Doorbell Rebate Program — which allowed residents to purchase the home security device for $100 less than its regular $200 price — was so popular with residents that it was less than a week before the city exhausted the available subsidies.
The program opened on Oct. 24 and within four days, the program was full.
“We are very pleased with the response we received from the community regarding the program,” Mayor Michael Davitt said in an email. “It is a very cost-effective tool to help with our continuing efforts to increase public safety and public awareness.” Continue reading “Video Doorbell Rebate Program a Sellout”

Governing Board Points to Dashboard for Performance Ratings

Members of the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board got another lesson on the California School Dashboard at Tuesday’s board meeting.
Lindi Dreibelbis, LCUSD’s chief director of assessment, reminded her audience that Dashboard is replacing the former Academic Performance Index in the state, and she introduced the new local indicators, which are intended to offer districts a way to measure their progress in a variety of self-selected topics. Continue reading “Governing Board Points to Dashboard for Performance Ratings”

LCF Editor Exposes Syria Tragedy in Documentary

Derek Chin

Derek Chin hopes you’ll tune in. And that you won’t look away.
He’s part of the team that is bringing “The Volunteers,” a documentary about people voluntarily risking their lives in the fight against ISIS, to the AT&T Audience Network on DirecTV. The film will air in two parts, at 10 p.m. on Nov. 11 and 12.
For Chin, a film editor whose prior credits mostly include reality TV shows such as “The Profit,” “American Ninja Warrior” and “Top Chef,” his contribution to the documentary represents the most difficult, meaningful work of his career.
“When I first saw the footage, I realized this is not a television show, it’s a mission,” said Chin, who has lived in La Cañada Flintridge with his family since 2007. Continue reading “LCF Editor Exposes Syria Tragedy in Documentary”

Spartan Athletes Reap Benefits of Sports Medicine Doctor

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
Dr. Alex Weber works with athletic trainer Tina Vasquez as they tend to a La Cañada High School football player who suffered a knee injury during the game against Monrovia on Friday, Oct. 13. Weber, assistant professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine and General Orthopedic Surgery for Keck School of Medicine at USC, works closely with both Spartan athletes and those who play for USC.

Dr. Alex Weber excused himself before heading out toward the 40-yard line, in the direction of the injured Monrovia football player prone on the La Cañada High School field turf.
Weber stood by, allowing the Monrovia training staff to treat the player, who’d sustained a separated shoulder. After a few minutes, the young man was able to stand and walk to the sideline for treatment (as suggested, gently and reasonably, by Weber) while the game resumed. Continue reading “Spartan Athletes Reap Benefits of Sports Medicine Doctor”

Taylor’s Welcomes Golden Knights

Elva Gutierrez, Bruce Taylor, Virgil Dinger and Rick Dinger

In what has become an annual tradition, Taylor’s Steak House welcomed the St. Francis Golden Knight football team for dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 25. During the event, St. Francis alumnus Rick Dinger presented Bruce Taylor, owner of Taylor’s Steak House, with a custom designed shirt celebrating the support that the restaurant has given to the team over the years.