LCHS Sophomore Stokes Passion to Fly

Ready for take-off, Gaines McCollum, a sophomore at La Cañada High School, sat comfortably behind the controls of a Boeing 737, plotting his course from KLAX to KLAS.

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK An aspiring airline pilot, Gaines McCollum, 16, has spent more than 500 hours in simulated flight.
Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
An aspiring airline pilot, Gaines McCollum, 16, has spent more than 500 hours in simulated flight.

For the benefit of a guest in the cockpit on this particular afternoon, the 16-year-old explained that was pilot-speak for Los Angeles International to Las Vegas’ McCarran International: “And once I’ve been cleared, I’ll have to find my Loop Eight Departure and my Daggett Transition. I plan my entire flight because just like how there are lanes on a highway, there are lanes in the sky, so I’ll get waypoints I have to go on ….”
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Three Squatters Arrested on Charges of Grand Theft, Burglary

Three people, part of a larger group reportedly squatting in a bank-owned home, were arrested Thursday, March 2, in La Cañada Flintridge on charges related to burglary theft, according to Alan Chu, a sergeant at the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station.
He said one of those arrested was a 36-year-old male, who remains in custody and faces charges of grand theft. The other two, a 36-year-old female and a 23-year-old male who are both charged with burglary, were released on their own recognizance Monday, Chu said. Continue reading “Three Squatters Arrested on Charges of Grand Theft, Burglary”

Leadership Pasadena Discusses Fake News, Fake Science

Astrophysicist and Leadership Pasadena alumnus and past board president Gordon Squires opened the Leadership Pasadena science session at Caltech telling the class that 75% of women and 66% of Ph.D.s believe the news article they were handed at the workshop. And then he told them: None of that was true. He made it up. With that, the class began an in-depth discussion on what news is real and what is fake and what science is evidence-supported and what is fake science.

Coldwell Banker South Lake Agents Lontrice Dorton, Del Lile, Olga Neckelmann, Gary Forecast, Pat Lile and Nina Martin were recognized last week at McKinley School for their volunteer activities throughout the year. They were part of a group of seven that recently painted the girls’ two-story high bathroom, transforming it from drab and dusty to a vibrant purple and yellow. It took the volunteers three days and about 15 hours to complete.

“I thought the percentages were extreme but, heck, it was Gordon. He’s brilliant and an LP alumnus so I believed him. Wow, I was dumb!” said Cindy Bengtson, member of the Leadership Class of 2017.
Squires and Trity Pourbahrami, director of communications for the engineering and applied sciences division at Caltech and a Leadership Pasadena alumna and past board member, provided concrete tools to help the class evaluate news and science articles. Case studies were also worked on requiring the participants to defend both sides of controversial scientific projects currently drawing public opposition.

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Coldwell Banker Agents Get Volunteer Kudos

Coldwell Banker South Lake Agents Lontrice Dorton, Del Lile, Olga Neckelmann, Gary Forecast, Pat Lile and Nina Martin were recognized last week at McKinley School for their volunteer activities throughout the year. They were part of a group of seven that recently painted the girls’ two-story high bathroom, transforming it from drab and dusty to a vibrant purple and yellow. It took the volunteers three days and about 15 hours to complete.

Arroyo Seco Weekend Music Festival June 24-25

Tom Petty

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers will be joined by Mumford & Sons, Alabama Shakes and Weezer at the inaugural Arroyo Seco Weekend on June 24-25 weekend to Brookside Park, adjacent to the iconic Rose Bowl Stadium. Tickets go on sale this Monday, March 20, at 11 a.m.
The event will feature three stages of live music along with curated menus from several of top Los Angeles restaurants and chefs plus craft beer and wine. Free day parking will be available at the festival.
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‘Millionaire’s Row’ Estate Seeks New Owner for $10.5 Million

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The Pasadena landmark John S. Cravens estate, also known as the Red Cross house, is being sold for $10.5 million by the humanitarian organization to find a better fit for its San Gabriel Pomona Valley chapter headquarters.
Situated on “Millionaire’s Row,” along tree-lined Orange Grove Boulevard and Madeline Drive, the estate is one of the largest and most significant architectural treasures in Pasadena. Local Sotheby’s International Realtors Gretchen Seager and Josie Tong will represent the sale, and said they will donate their commission to the American Red Cross.
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Obituary: Bernard J. (“Jim”) Poletti

Bernard J. “Jim” Poletti

Bernard J. “Jim” Poletti was called to his heavenly home peacefully on March 7. Born Jan. 27, 1934, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to Barbara and Bernard Poletti, he was their only child. In 1939, the family moved to San Jose where Jim lived most of his adolescent life attending Bellarmine High School where he excelled at track.

Jim attended Santa Clara University and was a member of the cheer squad and he received his bachelor’s in biology in 1955. There he met the love of his life, Charlene, whom he married in 1956. In 1955 he entered Creighton Medical School where he received his doctorate in medicine in 1959. At Creighton, he was made a member of the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Society.

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