Interaction Between Bears, Coyote Caught on Tape in LCF

The mama bear and cub matching the description of those who’ve been spotted recently in La Cañada Flintridge made the TV news over the weekend when a homeowner’s surveillance camera caught the bears facing off with a coyote over the contents of a trash can on his property.
According to the station, the black bear and cub could be seen investigating a trash can in Chris McDonald’s yard when a coyote appeared on the scene, attracted either by the trash or the cub. Continue reading “Interaction Between Bears, Coyote Caught on Tape in LCF”

LCUSD School Board Talks Facility Plans, Bond Measure

On the verge of finalizing a Facilities Master Plan and voting to present a bond measure to voters in an election this November, La Cañada Unified Governing Board members worked Tuesday to refine the list of projects intended to improve district functionality.
They’ll vote on whether to approve a bond election for the facility plans that the money could fund at their next meeting, June 20.
The yearlong process of putting together the Facilities Master Plan resulted in a wish list that would cost $252.5 million to cover everything — and a more-realistic prioritized project cost summary of $101.1 million, LPA architects explained at Tuesday’s board meeting. Continue reading “LCUSD School Board Talks Facility Plans, Bond Measure”

LCHS Hires New Head Football Coach

Jason Sarceda
Jason Sarceda

Jason Sarceda, a local business owner and longtime La Cañada High School varsity football assistant, will take over as head coach of the Spartans’ football program following the resignation of Ryan Zerbel.
“When the opportunity came up, I accepted,” Sarceda said. “I love the sport, obviously, and this is a great community. I’d like to see this program take off and be successful on and off the field.” Continue reading “LCHS Hires New Head Football Coach”

After 29 Years, Much-Loved LCUSD Teacher Retires to Hike, Write

Kamille Marchen was among the students celebrating teacher Judi Healey on her final day on the job June 1 at Palm Crest Elementary.
Kamille Marchen was among the students celebrating teacher Judi Healey on her final day on the job June 1 at Palm Crest Elementary.

As the final few minutes ticked down on Judi Healey’s 29-year teaching career last Thursday, June 1, she offered up a unique toast for each of her 6th-graders, whose Palm Crest Elementary School careers also were winding down.
It might have been their last day in class with Healey, 72, but her impact on each will outlast that final bell: For one, she had her students write letters to themselves and seal them in self-addressed envelopes, which she plans to stamp and send to their homes to be opened later this summer. Continue reading “After 29 Years, Much-Loved LCUSD Teacher Retires to Hike, Write”

Rev. Dr. Don Berns

The Rev. Dr. Don Berns
The Rev. Dr. Don Berns

The Rev. Dr. Don Berns, former associate pastor at La Cañada Presbyterian Church and San Marino Community Church, died peacefully in his sleep early Monday morning, June 5. Don had valiantly battled Parkinson’s disease for 36 years, was a pioneer patient in unique Parkinson’s treatments and impacted many people’s lives throughout his life.
Services will be at La Cañada Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, June 14, at 3:30 p.m. More details of Don’s life will appear in the Outlook next week.

Tracy Ann Sheedy

08/11/1950 – 05/23/17

Tracy Ann Sheedy
Tracy Ann Sheedy

Tracy Ann Sheedy passed away peacefully and surrounded by loved ones on the morning of May 23 at her home in Pasadena due to natural causes.
Tracy was born in Houston, Texas, on Aug. 11, 1950, to the late Mattie Ann (Reistle) and James Clark. She was their only child and was their pride and joy. She moved several times throughout her childhood and eventually made her way to California when her father was transferred here in 1965.
She spent her high school years at La Cañada High School where she was a an LC Song Girl. For college, she attended the University of Oklahoma and graduated from University of Arizona. At OU she pledged Pi Beta Phi and later was the president of the Pi Phi house at U of A.
After college, Tracy married long-time La Cañada Flintridge resident and St. Francis High School alumnus Timothy Sheedy, on Dec. 1, 1973. In their 42 years of marriage, they raised three children and shared a life full of joy, love and laughter at their home in Pasadena.
Tracy is survived by her husband and best friend, Timothy Sheedy; children: Madeline “Mandy” Casani (Drew), Derrigan Sheedy (Bernadette) and Timothy Sheedy; and five grandchildren: Kane Casani, Luke Casani, John Casani, Dylan Sheedy and Delaney Sheedy.
A service in celebration of Tracy’s life was held at St. Andrew Catholic Church on Tuesday, May 30. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tracy’s name to St. Andrew Church. Donations may be mailed to St. Andrew Pastoral Center, 140 Chestnut St., Pasadena, CA 91103 or made online at

New President of Junior League of Pasadena Named

Photo courtesy Nick Boswell Amy Onderdonk
Photo courtesy Nick Boswell
Amy Onderdonk

The Junior League of Pasadena has named Amy Onderdonk as president of the women’s volunteer organization, which has more than 700 members in the San Gabriel Valley area.
Members of the JLP are looking forward to her leadership of the 91-year-old organization as they continue in their issue area of the Support and Development of Women. Members of the JLP volunteer hundreds of hours each year to support this issue area and the women in our community.
Onderdonk is beginning her eighth year of membership with the JLP, serving on the JLP Board of Directors as membership director and, most recently, as president-elect. She is a Pasadena native and is a speech-language pathologist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
“For more than 90 years, the JLP has been consistently making a positive impact in our community,” said Onderdonk. “I look forward to continuing that legacy with our strong and dedicated members.”
JLP past-President Jennifer Allan Goldman said, “In working with Amy the last three years, I have watched her grow into a confident leader, ready to continue the JLP’s work in our community on empowering women to break barriers. I am so excited for Amy and cannot wait to see what next year has in store for the organization!”

Ude Entering SM City Council Race

Ken Ude
Ken Ude

A career businessman, San Marino resident Ken Ude said he will strive to adapt that mindset to the city if elected to the City Council this November.
Ude, a resident since 1986, said he felt more and more compelled to run as he attended City Council meetings and saw how decisions were made for the city. He publicly spoke of potentially running for a seat several months ago.
“The more you go look and see the decisions being made, the questions being asked, it makes you want to,” he said. “The city of San Marino is a $29 million business that needs to be run like one.” Continue reading “Ude Entering SM City Council Race”