Spartans Down South Pas

The La Cañada High School varsity wrestling team opened Rio Hondo League play with a dominant 61-18 victory over visiting rival South Pasadena last week.
The league result follows a solid showing at the Blackwatch Tournament hosted by Upland High. Cheyenne Garcia won in her weight class, and her sister Sophie was second. Ben Donoho finished sixth in 160-pound bracket, and Andrew Aghadjanians was eighth in the 145-pound division. Continue reading “Spartans Down South Pas”

School Campus Improvement Plan Gets Plentiful Feedback

Lindsay Hayward, one of the project designers overseeing the development of La Cañada Unified School District’s building facilities master plan, said she’s never had more early-stage community feedback than on this project.
“Anywhere we left a blank where anyone could fill in an answer, I’ve never received so much input in any district that we’ve worked in,” Hayward told the Governing Board during Tuesday’s meeting. “And it was all fantastic. Whether or not it applied to the question at hand, it was all helpful information.” Continue reading “School Campus Improvement Plan Gets Plentiful Feedback”

Director’s Body Found in LCF Parking Lot

Authorities identified the body discovered Friday, Jan. 6, in the Town Center parking garage as Travis Peterson, a Los Angeles filmmaker who was reported missing on Dec. 30. His death is being investigated as a possible suicide, according to multiple news reports.
According to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s department, homicide detectives responded to the 900 block of Foothill Boulevard after receiving a call at 7:25 p.m. that an adult male was found dead. The body was discovered in a car that was described as a light-colored Volvo, matching the description of Peterson’s vehicle. Continue reading “Director’s Body Found in LCF Parking Lot”

USC-VHH, Nurses Feel Good About Contract Deal

Photo courtesy USC Verdugo Hills Hospital Those celebrating a new contract between nurses and USC Verdugo Hills Hospital include (front row, from left) Michael Soghumians and Edgar Fortin. Back: CEO Keith Hobbs, Prem Pihlmann, Leasa Sugimura, Rose Young, Terrena Sellers-Saidi, Lorna Kelly, Anil Buyruk, Theresa Murphy and COO Kenny Pawlek.
Photo courtesy USC Verdugo Hills Hospital
Those celebrating a new contract between nurses and USC Verdugo Hills Hospital include (front row, from left) Michael Soghumians and Edgar Fortin. Back: CEO Keith Hobbs, Prem Pihlmann, Leasa Sugimura, Rose Young, Terrena Sellers-Saidi, Lorna Kelly, Anil Buyruk, Theresa Murphy and COO Kenny Pawlek.

Buoyed by a surge in positive staff feedback and a new nurses contract, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital CEO Keith Hobbs last week shared a bold goal.
“The No. 1 reason people move to La Cañada Flintridge is for the schools, right?” Hobbs asked. “I would like to change the paradigm so that, over the period of the next couple years, the second reason why they look to move to La Cañada is their community hospital.”
That only happens, Hobbs said, with the help of nurses.
In contrast to a contentious, drawn-out negotiation two years ago, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital and the California Nurses Association needed only about two months — “record time,” Hobbs called it — to come to terms on the current contract, which will take them through 2020. The deal was announced by the CNA on Dec. 29. Continue reading “USC-VHH, Nurses Feel Good About Contract Deal”

LCUSD Board President Upbeat on School Upgrades

OUTLOOK photos In his role as a Governing Board member, Dan Jeffries visited Pam Daniger’s transitional kindergarten class last year. Daniger’s effort teaching Jeffries’ youngest daughter in 2012 inspired him to run for the board, he said.
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In his role as a Governing Board member, Dan Jeffries visited Pam Daniger’s transitional kindergarten class last year. Daniger’s effort teaching Jeffries’ youngest daughter in 2012 inspired him to run for the board, he said.

Dan Jeffries is shy by nature, he says. But he was so inspired by the exceptional effort he witnessed from his children’s teachers that he found himself knocking on strangers’ doors in almost every LCF block during his 2013 campaign for a seat on the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board.
“Even those families who no longer have kids in the schools know a lot and care a lot about the schools,” said Jeffries, a prosecutor for the city of Los Angeles and the board’s current president. Continue reading “LCUSD Board President Upbeat on School Upgrades”

Poly Downs Rival Flintridge Prep

The Flintridge Prep varsity girls’ soccer team did just about everything right against Polytechnic last Saturday. The Rebels fought for every loose ball and controlled the match, showing why their one of the best teams in the Prep League.

Photo by Oscar Areliz / OUTLOOK
Photo by Oscar Areliz / OUTLOOK
Cayla McFarlane celebrates Polytechnic’s first goal with Jessica Lopez, Sophie Schleifer, Regan Gray and Nellie Breen. The Panthers shut out rival Flintridge Prep, 2-0, in a league match on Saturday.
Photo by Oscar Areliz | OUTLOOK
Photo by Oscar Areliz | OUTLOOK
Helen Schaefer was one of Flintridge Prep’s top performers against the Panthers on Saturday. She has 22 assists in 20 matches this season.

“They’re organized, they’re well coached, they play a good brand of soccer and are dangerous at all times,” said Panthers head coach Patrick Gray. “At a moment’s notice, they can attack.”
The Panthers showed they, too, are capable of attacking quickly, taking advantage of two counter attacks to defeat the Rebels, 2-0, in a league match at Babcock Field.

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Polytechnic, Flintridge Prep, Westridge Win League Games

The Polytechnic varsity girls’ basketball team held visiting Mayfield Senior’s offense at bay to come away with a 34-26 victory in a Prep League game last Friday.

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson
Photo courtesy Eric Danielson
Sarah Johnson scored 12 points and recorded seven steals in the Panthers’ 34-26 victory over Mayfield Senior last Friday.

The Cubs (2-10 overall, 0-3 in league) were limited to only three points in the second and six in the third, allowing the Panthers to pull away for the win.
Sarah Johnson led Poly with 12 points and seven steals, and Kristin Toyota added 11 points. Juliana Lai netted eight points, Jennifer Lu contributed two points and Alexis Pappachan contributed one point.
Katie Tupy led Mayfield with seven points and four rebounds, and Trinity Gomez added six points, four assists and three steals. Jessica Zovak netted four points, Malayna Domingo had three points, Marguerite Irie finished with two points and six rebounds, and Amanda Mar and Jack Baggott contributed two points each.
Poly (11-2 overall, 4-1 in league) will host Lynwood Firebaugh in a Prep League game this Saturday, Jan. 21, at 2:30 p.m. Continue reading “Polytechnic, Flintridge Prep, Westridge Win League Games”

Maranatha Wins League Game; Flintridge Prep, St. Francis Fall

The Maranatha High School varsity boys’ basketball team clobbered visiting Whittier Christian of La Habra, 58-33, in the teams’ Olympic League opener last week.

Photo courtesy David Thomas
Photo courtesy David Thomas
Jessie Elrod scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds in Maranatha’s 58-33 victory over La Habra Whittier Christian.

Senior Jessie Elrod led the Minutemen with 16 points, nine rebounds and two steals, and Chris Austin added 10 rebounds and three rebounds. Terrance Lang totaled six points and five rebounds, Josh Kim finished with six points and three rebounds, Sean Espinosa chipped in five points, three rebounds, six assists and two steals, Khamron Cantrell scored five points, Wes Clarkson netted three points and grabbed three rebounds, Skyye DeCatur had two points and two assists, Brad Lee and Mason Swinnie contributed two points each, and Tevan Khudatyan finished with a point and four assists.
The Minutemen (7-7 overall record, 1-0 in league) will host Cerritos Valley Christian in a league contest this Friday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. Continue reading “Maranatha Wins League Game; Flintridge Prep, St. Francis Fall”

Allowances Teach Children to Budget Money

Dear Parent Coach,
My kids’ friends are starting to talk about getting allowances, so my children (ages 5 and 8) are now asking for one as well. I never received an allowance as a child, so I don’t know how to go about starting one. I just asked my parents for money and they gave it to me. I do want my children to learn more about the value of money than I did, so I’m willing to try this. It seems like a good idea to start it with the new year. Can you suggest how an allowance might work for young children?
Signed, Mom Continue reading “Allowances Teach Children to Budget Money”