LCF City Council Selects Brown to Fill Empty Seat

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Greg Brown was La Cañada Flintridge’s mayor in 2006 when the Town Center was approved.

The La Cañada Flintridge City Council soon will be whole again. Greg Brown was appointed Tuesday to a third term; he’ll serve until March 2019, filling the unscheduled vacancy that occurred with Dave Spence’s death in May.
“I’m excited, just to keep things moving and to get some things done and hopefully not miss a beat,” Brown said Tuesday evening by phone from Utah. “Obviously, this whole situation is one that we wish hadn’t arisen. You can’t help but think of Dave; he would want things to carry on well and so we’ll do our best.” Continue reading “LCF City Council Selects Brown to Fill Empty Seat”

LCF Wraps Up Budget; Pledges $359,375 to Community

La Cañada Flintridge City Council members agreed on Monday to spend $359,375 to support 11 local community groups and spend $914,700 on capital projects such as street improvements and bridge repairs.
In the third and final of its annual budget hearings, the City Council decided to take $354,550 from reserves, $100,000 from its solid waste funds and increase its conservative revenue expectations by adding $125,000 to the budget for items they deem necessary in the coming fiscal year.
The previous week, council members reviewed the city’s financials to learn that it expects to bring in a total of $13.863 million in 2017-18 and to have $13.118 million in expenses, which left a preliminary balance of $745,550 for council consideration items. Continue reading “LCF Wraps Up Budget; Pledges $359,375 to Community”

Seven Apply for Vacant LCF City Council Seat; Deadline Friday

Residents interested in applying for appointment to the City Council have until 5 p.m. on Friday, June 30, to file with the city clerk’s office. As of Wednesday, seven applicants had submitted paperwork: Keith Eich, Nalini Lasiewicz, Rick Gunter, Charles Gelhaar, Peter Chung, Rod Essen and Wesley Walton.
The Council will hold interviews of applicants on July 11, 12 and 13. An appointment to fill the seat — which became vacant last month with the death of longtime councilman and six-time Mayor Dave Spence — is scheduled to take place by Thursday, July 13, according to the city website, lcf.ca.gov.
Additional application information will not be accepted after June 30, unless requested by the City Council. Continue reading “Seven Apply for Vacant LCF City Council Seat; Deadline Friday”

LCF City Council Reluctantly Adopts ADU Ordinance

Councilman Jonathan Curtis perhaps best encapsulated the sentiment of the City Council this week when he offered “a reluctant second” to a motion to adopt the city’s ordinance on accessory dwelling units.
All four City Council members voted in favor of the ordinance, which levies a minimum lot size for newly constructed units, commonly called accessory dwelling units, of 10,000 square feet with at least a 70-foot frontage. Already existing auxiliary structures, such as a pool house or garage, may be converted into an ADU (which will require up-to-code utility connections) regardless of lot size and are effectively grandfathered in. Continue reading “LCF City Council Reluctantly Adopts ADU Ordinance”

Two Applicants Emerge for LCF City Council Seat; Deadline June 30

Residents interested in applying for an appointment to the City Council have until 5 p.m. on June 30 to file with the city clerk’s office. So far, two applicants have submitted paperwork: recent City Council candidate Keith Eich and Public Works and Traffic Commissioner Charles Gelhaar.
The Council will hold interviews of applicants on July 11, 12 and 13. An appointment to fill the seat — which became vacant last month with the death of longtime councilmember and seven-time Mayor Dave Spence — is scheduled to take place by July 13, according to the city website, lcf.ca.gov.
Additional written information after June 30 will not be accepted, unless requested by the City Council. Continue reading “Two Applicants Emerge for LCF City Council Seat; Deadline June 30”

LCF Defines Budget; Reserves to Slip in 2017-18

If the 2017-18 budget proposed Tuesday is approved in July, the city will allocate an additional $40,000 toward assigned sheriff’s patrols and see its financial reserves drop below 100% of operating expenses and revenue totals for the first time in years.
In the first of three or four planned budget meetings this year, council members reviewed the city’s financials: In the upcoming fiscal year, LCF expects to bring in a total of $13.863 million and to have $13.118 million in expenses, leaving a balance of $745,550 for council consideration items. Continue reading “LCF Defines Budget; Reserves to Slip in 2017-18”

LCF City Council Approves $3.3M Sale of City Hall Site

City Council members on Tuesday approved the sale of La Cañada Flintridge’s current City Hall building to Glendale-based Knight Insurance Services for $3.3 million.
“It’s been an ongoing conversation with the buyer and the council and the city for quite some time,” Mayor Michael Davitt said Wednesday. “It came up right after we were committed to move ahead with the new acquisition.” Continue reading “LCF City Council Approves $3.3M Sale of City Hall Site”

LCF City Council: No Moratorium on Demolition Permits for Old Homes

Mayor Michael Davitt wasted no time quashing the proposed urgency ordinance that could have established a 45-day moratorium on the issuance of demolition permits for structures 50 years old or more in La Cañada Flintridge.
Before even hearing public comment, Davitt told a packed council chamber at Tuesday’s special meeting: “It’s not going to gather my support,” effectively denying the emergency ordinance outright. It needed approval from all four sitting City Council members to pass; none was in favor. Continue reading “LCF City Council: No Moratorium on Demolition Permits for Old Homes”

LCF’s Spence Remembered as Kind, Fun-Loving Public Servant

Dave Spence’s sons, Steve and Andy, were among the former city councilman’s many loved ones in a crowd of more than 500 who attended the memorial service.
Dave Spence’s sons, Steve and Andy, were among the former city councilman’s many loved ones in a crowd of more than 500 who attended the memorial service.

There were tears, yes, but there was also laughter, as more than 500 family and friends remembered longtime City Councilman Dave Spence, 80, at a memorial service Wednesday at La Cañada Presbyterian Church.
The Rev. Chuck Osburn asked those gathered if they recalled Spence — a six-time La Cañada Flintridge mayor who was serving his seventh City Council term when he died May 16 from an apparent heart attack — gleefully riding down Foothill Boulevard on a fire truck in past Fiesta Days parades. Hundreds of hands shot up. Continue reading “LCF’s Spence Remembered as Kind, Fun-Loving Public Servant”

An ‘Unparalleled’ Civil Servant, Spence Dies at 80

Dave Spence

La Cañada Flintridge lost Dave Spence on Tuesday.
The devoted city councilman and six-time mayor died from an apparent heart attack at his home, according to a statement from the city. Spence, 80, was found Tuesday morning.
Spence loved LCF, and, judging by a quarter-century worth of election results, the city loved him.
In March, he was re-elected for a seventh term as a member of the City Council, on which he’d served since 1992, including those record six turns as mayor: “In my opinion, La Cañada Flintridge is one of the greatest cities in this state,” Spence said during his last campaign.
“Dave Spence’s love for our community was truly unparalleled in our history,” wrote Steve Del Guercio, also a former mayor and longtime friend of Spence, in an email. “Seemingly ubiquitous, he touched the lives of generations of La Cañadans with his kindness, goodwill and dedication to helping others.”
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 31, at La Cañada Presbyterian Church.
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