City Approves Sport Chalet Office Purchase

City Hall will relocate to the former Sport Chalet headquarters.
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City Hall will relocate to the former Sport Chalet headquarters.

The city of La Cañada Flintridge signed off Wednesday on the acquisition of the old Sport Chalet office building at One Sport Chalet Drive for use as City Hall, Mayor Jonathan Curtis said.
A 90-day due diligence process evaluated the physical, legal, environmental and suitability factors. Now, the city will pay $11.2 million for the 24,000-square-foot office space and the Montessori school operating on the property, Curtis said.
“It promises to bring new efficiencies and services to the community,” Curtis said. “We’re very excited about that.”
City operations have outgrown the current City Hall space, where 48 city staffers work closely in a 7,160-square-foot building at 1327 Foothill Blvd. When City Manager Mark Alexander began working for LCF 28 years ago, there were only 10 city employees in the same facility, he said.

— Mirjam Swanson

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”

City Council Cautions LCF on Rain Alert

Gregory Hisel, an assistant fire chief for L.A. County, played meteorologist at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.
He cautioned La Cañada Flintridge residents to prepare for a series of storms, starting with the first phase, which is forecast to drop as much as 2 inches of rain on the Foothill area by today, Jan. 19. Two other coming storms could bring as much as 5 inches more with strong gusts of wind, he said.
“This is significant,” he said. “The ground is already partially saturated and more and more rain is building up and the ground is going to start getting oversaturated.” Continue reading “City Council Cautions LCF on Rain Alert”

‘Hidden Figures’ Inspires Female STEM Students

Photo courtesy Katelyn Biesiadecki Katelyn Biesiadecki, Taleen Sarkissian, Hannah Chew and Charlotte Strasburg were among the 50 LCHS students who attended a special screening of “Hidden Figures” last week at USC.
Photo courtesy Katelyn Biesiadecki
Katelyn Biesiadecki, Taleen Sarkissian, Hannah Chew and Charlotte Strasburg were among the 50 LCHS students who attended a special screening of “Hidden Figures” last week at USC.

Last week, about 10,000 public high school students from throughout L.A. County — including 50 from La Cañada High School — filled USC’s Galen Center for a history lesson unlike any they’ve ever had before.
They were invited by the L.A. Promise Fund, a nonprofit focused on preparing L.A. students for the future, for a mass screening of “Hidden Figures.”
And almost the entire audience, gathered to watch the movie about African-American women who helped NASA achieve some of its greatest achievements, was female.
“It was like watching a football game,” said Gayle Nichols-Ali, a computer science and visual arts teacher at LCHS. “Your team won every time the girls won.” Continue reading “‘Hidden Figures’ Inspires Female STEM Students”

Portantino Proposes Naming 134 Freeway for Obama

If a resolution presented by newly elected state Sen. Anthony Portantino is adopted, drivers on the 134 Freeway between Glendale and Pasadena will always be able to joke, “Thanks, Obama,” when they run into traffic — an “Obamajam,” perhaps? — on that stretch of roadway.
In late December, Portantino introduced a resolution proposing that the approximately 4½-mile stretch of freeway be named the “President Barack H. Obama Freeway,” in honor of the 44th president, whose second term concludes today, Jan. 19.
Obama attended Occidental College in Eagle Rock from 1979 until 1981, when he transferred to Columbia University. The freeway is nestled on the hillside above Eagle Rock. Continue reading “Portantino Proposes Naming 134 Freeway for Obama”

Speaker Urges Parents to Challenge Success

OUTLOOK photo In her address to La Cañada Unified School District families Tuesday, Denise Pope warned about the problems associated with lack of sleep for high school students.
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In her address to La Cañada Unified School District families Tuesday, Denise Pope warned about the problems associated with lack of sleep for high school students.

Standing before a full La Cañada High School auditorium, Denise Pope asked the parents and teachers to take 20 seconds and write on a piece of paper how they define “success.”
One said happiness. Another said freedom. One said “the ability to sleep at night” and, of course, there was one man who facetiously said “Ferrari,” which elicited laughter.
Pope, a Stanford University researcher, said that in her experience, too many students seriously give the Ferrari answer, equating success with money. She said she believes this is rooted in overvaluing quantitative measures of success and leaving the development of adolescents to the sidelines.
“Success is not a straight line,” she said. “Success is a squiggly path.” Continue reading “Speaker Urges Parents to Challenge Success”

Princess Emboldened by Royal Turn

“Oh, man,” said Natalie Petrosian, suddenly struck by inspiration to use her platform as a member of the 2017 Tournament of Roses Royal Court to issue a public service announcement. “Can I tell you the biggest lesson that I’ve taken away from this experience?”
Of course. When you’re one of seven young ladies selected from close to 1,000 applicants to serve as an ambassador for the Tournament of Roses, people want to hear from you. Continue reading “Princess Emboldened by Royal Turn”

Alverno Heights Inducts National Honor Society Members

The Daemen Chapter of the National Honor Society at Alverno Heights Academy inducted seven new members into their ranks. They are: juniors Alicia Mercado, Anica Quizon, Evina Wang, and Melody Wu and seniors Catherine Johnson, Allison Joseph, and Arianna Muñoz.
The National Honor Society is an organization that recognizes academic success while encouraging the continued development of character, leadership and community service. Continue reading “Alverno Heights Inducts National Honor Society Members”

Fusion Hosts Speaker Jan. 26

Join San Marino psychologist Justin Carter for “Teaching Grit,” a lecture about helping teens develop the grit needed for the future. Fusion Pasadena is hosting the talk on its campus on Thursday, Jan. 26, from 6:30-8 p.m.
Does your student give up easily, or begin projects and never finish them?
Call it grit, spunk, determination or courage, there are ways parents can help their children develop these important qualities.
Fusion Pasadena is located at 825 Colorado Blvd., Suite 118, in Los Angeles. An RSVP is appreciated. For more details, visit fusionacademy.com/outreach-events/free-actsat-prep-workshop-2, or call (323) 258-2012.

Obituary: Kristine (Laun) Clark

Kristine (Laun) Clark
Kristine (Laun) Clark

Kristine grew up on Lido Isle in Newport Beach. It was here, in the family home, where she passed away while asleep in her husband’s arms. Always cheerful and positive, the effects over many years of multiple sclerosis finally became too much to overcome.
Kristine graduated from Newport Harbor High School and UC Santa Barbara (Alpha-Chi-Omega). After graduation, she accepted a management position with Travelers Insurance Co. in Burbank. It was here she met her future husband, Scott. Continue reading “Obituary: Kristine (Laun) Clark”