City Council Hesitates to Budget for Sound Walls

In the last of three budget meetings, City Council members opted on Thursday, June 28, to hold off funding four sound walls and the long-discussed bikeway and pedestrian project near the YMCA as they worked to balance the city’s budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.
La Cañada Flintridge’s total general fund revenue for the next year is budgeted at $14,650,375, which will match its expenditures, according to Finance Director Rebekka Hosken. Continue reading “City Council Hesitates to Budget for Sound Walls”

Council Spells Out City Budget Plans

During two sessions of budget discussions in the past week, La Cañada Flintridge City Council members agreed to designate reserve funds in support of the proposed Sagebrush territory transfer, prepared for the possible repeal of the state gas tax, and dedicated $353,425 to support 11 community groups.
The City Council is set to finalize the budget for the coming fiscal year when it reconvenes for its third budget hearing at 8:30 a.m. today, June 28.
Councilman Jonathan Curtis suggested the city earmark $100,000 in reserves to back up La Cañada Unified School District in the latest chapter of a decades-long tug of war over the Sagebrush territory. Continue reading “Council Spells Out City Budget Plans”

Public Meeting on Budget Proposals This Friday

The City Council will publicly review budget proposals for the city and its various departments at its Friday study session in the Barth Room at Crowell Public Library.
The budget presentation by City Manager Marcella Marlowe will include the base operating budget, the Capital Improvement Plan, Strategic Plan items, organizational investment items, additional needs and program suggestions, and changes to fund balance reserves. Continue reading “Public Meeting on Budget Proposals This Friday”

City Hears Devil’s Gate Dam Sediment Removal Update

The L.A. County Department of Public Works visited the La Cañada Flintridge City Council on Tuesday night to give an update and answer questions on the Devil’s Gate Reservoir Sediment Removal and Management Project, set to be awarded to a single contractor by early August and with work expected to begin in November.
The project to remove 1.7 million cubic yards of sediment — reduced from 2.4 million cubic yards last year by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors — will likely take place over the course of four years. The project’s initial excavation area will be about 64 acres and bordered by slopes, referred to as a natural habitat area where vegetation will thrive. Continue reading “City Hears Devil’s Gate Dam Sediment Removal Update”

Pasadena Celebrates Its 132nd Birthday

Photo courtesy Marlyn Woo / Joanne Wilborn State Sen. Anthony Portantino (from left), City Councilman Gene Masuda, Assemblyman Chris Holden, Pasadena Museum of History President Bill Thomson, City Councilman Tyrone Hampton and Mayor Terry Tornek presided over the ceremonial cake cutting for the city’s birthday.
Photo courtesy Marlyn Woo / Joanne Wilborn
State Sen. Anthony Portantino (from left), City Councilman Gene Masuda, Assemblyman Chris Holden, Pasadena Museum of History President Bill Thomson, City Councilman Tyrone Hampton and Mayor Terry Tornek presided over the ceremonial cake cutting for the city’s birthday.

The city of Pasadena recently celebrated its past and envisioned the future with a free community party that showcased an emphasis on science, technology and creativity. Mayor Terry Tornek, state Sen. Anthony Portantino, Continue reading “Pasadena Celebrates Its 132nd Birthday”

City to Tweak Setback Codes, Streamline Process

At the direction of the City Council, Director of Community Development Susan Koleda will modify city planning and permitting procedures as they relate to setbacks in an effort to encourage projects that adhere to code.
Koleda said she aims to rewrite part of the code to allow her office the discretion to approve setback modifications without the need to go through the entire evaluation process, which typically takes up time and incurs permitting fees. The effect, she said, is hopefully that homeowners will keep projects to code as strictly as possible, particularly as it relates to setback modifications. Continue reading “City to Tweak Setback Codes, Streamline Process”

Treehouses Could Find a Home in LCF

The Planning Commission soon will be talking treehouses after City Council members on Tuesday decided La Cañada Flintridge needs to specify its zoning code to allow for in-tree structures to be built in non-protected species — so long as the structures meet current building code standards and, perhaps, additional to-be-determined requirements.
The conversation began April 3, when LCF resident John Womack approached the City Council to ask that they review the topic. He’d received a notice of violation from the city’s code enforcement personnel after someone reported that he’d built a treehouse in a protected oak tree on his property. Continue reading “Treehouses Could Find a Home in LCF”

City Council Watches Progress of Portantino Bills

The La Cañada Flintridge City Council seemed pleased to hear state Sen. Anthony Portantino, a local resident, was working on a couple of bills of interest to the community’s residents.
Portantino is behind Senate Bill 1317, which addresses sober living facilities, and SB 1266, which addresses those convicted of burglaries. Both bills are in the Senate Appropriations Committee at the moment.
Ann Wilson, division manager for the city of La Cañada Flintridge, presented updates on current legislative bills at the City Council meeting this week, by request of Mayor Terry Walker, to coincide with the council’s own update.
“I thought it would be nice for the public to hear what is going on in Sacramento,” Walker said. Continue reading “City Council Watches Progress of Portantino Bills”

Council Approves New City Hall Design

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A rendering illustrates what visitors to La Cañada Flintridge’s new City Hall can expect to see when the renovations on the building are finished in late 2018 or early 2019.

The City Council voted 4-1 last week in favor of the “original design” concept recommended by the New City Hall Renovation Subcommittee that is estimated to cost $6.45 million.
Concerned about the cost, Councilman Greg Brown voted against approving the final design plan and authorizing the preparation of bid specifications, but the other four council members embraced the proposal at a special meeting on Thursday, April 12.
“This is a 50-year decision, and if we’re going to make a 50-year decision, we have to make the right decision, and I think that’s the first plan,” Councilman Michael Davitt said. Continue reading “Council Approves New City Hall Design”

New Mayor Talks Goals, Shows Off New City Hall

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
During Tuesday’s City Council meeting new Mayor Terry Walker (right) told outgoing Mayor Michael Davitt that she has “big shoes to fill” in the coming year, using footwear as props to illustrate that point.

Terry Walker has substantial goals that she’d like to accomplish — and big shoes to fill, she said — in the next year, her first as mayor of La Cañada Flintridge.
She demonstrated Tuesday by holding aloft a loafer belonging to Michael Davitt, LCF’s outgoing mayor, and then inserting one of her high-heeled shoes within it: “This your shoe, and this is my shoe,” she said, as Davitt sat beside her, chuckling. “I will try to live up to your shoe size.”
After Walker’s first meeting as mayor adjourned, show-and-tell continued at the “changeover” reception as community members filled the hallways and lobby of the former Sport Chalet corporate office building that soon will contain City Hall. Continue reading “New Mayor Talks Goals, Shows Off New City Hall”