Both sides say they want the same thing, but after 80 hours spanning nine negotiation sessions through last week, no deal.
La Cañada Unified School District teachers say they want to be paid salaries that are in line, long-term, with comparable districts such as San Marino and Manhattan Beach.
The district’s top administrator says she and the Governing Board share that goal, identifying the retention of high-quality teachers as the top priority in the Local Control Accountability Plan that is part of the state’s Local Control Funding Formula. Continue reading “LCUSD, Teachers at an Impasse on Pay Increase”
Kelly Middleton came to Tuesday’s City Council meeting to issue a warning to the La Cañada Flintridge Community: Be on the lookout for bad guys.
Those bad guys — mosquitoes capable of transmitting painful, serious diseases such as dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever and West Nile Virus to people, and heartworm to pets — have made themselves at home in Southern California in recent years. And they could move into LCF. Continue reading “Community on Alert for Asian Mosquito”
Donald Voss sought to share the La Cañadan of the Year honor bestowed on him with the people giving it at Wednesday’s meeting of the Kiwanis Noon club. Continue reading “Voss Named La Cañadan of the Year”
Alex Zhao loves to argue.
No, listen. He really loves to argue.
So much so that his parents made him promise that if he wanted to go on arguing, he’d have to maintain straight As.
On that, they got no argument. Their eldest son was happy to keep up his end of the bargain so he could continue to debate. Continue reading “No Dispute Here, This LCHS Debate Fan is a Champion”
Dieuwertje Kast, a La Cañada High School graduate participating in the USC Joint Educational Project, has been selected as a 2016 Science Communication Fellow and will sail aboard Exploration Vessel Nautilus during its 2016 expedition. Continue reading “LCHS Grad Selected for Prestigious Science Expedition”
Slow and steady wins the race. Many of us have heard this classic proverb, associated with Aesop’s fable “The Tortoise and the Hare.” Its lesson that consistent, effective effort leads to more success than accelerated doggedness has stood the test of time, and this moral rings especially true for Flintridge Prep Headmaster Peter Bachmann. Celebrating his 25th year at the helm of one of America’s most prestigious independent schools, the teacher and author reflected on the past quarter-century while sitting in his office during a recent afternoon. Continue reading “Flintridge Prep’s Bachmann Celebrates 25 Years as Headmaster”
Dick Cook Studios, the namesake venture of La Cañada Flintridge resident and one of Hollywood’s heralded nice guys, last month announced a $500-million production deal with Film Carnival, a Chinese movie company. Continue reading “Cook Studios Signs $500M Deal with Chinese Company”
The hashtag is everything.
Isabelle Risha had already managed to summarize her experience running La Cañada Elementary School for a day in the Twitter-imposed 140-or-less character count: “4th grade Isabelle takes command and becomes principal for the day at L.C.E.” preceded a link to a longer blog post about her short but productive reign. Continue reading “Principal for a Day Puts Her Stamp on LCE”
Talks between district officials and union representatives about additional teacher compensation continued in earnest this week. Continue reading “Teachers, District Continue to Talk About Pay”
Fifty-seven years ago, German immigrant Norbert Olberz spent $10,000 — his life savings — to open a small ski shop in La Cañada Flintridge. He and his wife, Irene, spent the first year sleeping in the back of the shop, showering with a garden hose. But their sacrifices paid off: The business expanded to sell scuba gear and baseball mitts and all types of sports gear, and blossomed into a 55-store sporting goods chain with locations in Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah.
Late last week, news broke that the retailer is going out of business. Continue reading “After 57 Years, Sport Chalet to Close Doors”