A Look Back at 2017’s Top Stories in LCF

It was a busy year in La Cañada Flintridge. Residents came together to mourn losses and celebrate victories, they made their voices heard at the polls and in public hearings, they made history in real estate and sports, and, at La Cañada High School, students were instructed to try to get a little more sleep.
Here are the 17 most important local stories of 2017:

1. LCF Loses Dave Spence
Dave Spence suffered a fatal heart attack at his home May 16. The devoted city councilman and six-time mayor was 80.
In March, he’d been re-elected for a seventh term as a member of the City Council, on which he’d served since 1992: “In my opinion, La Cañada Flintridge is one of the greatest cities in this state,” Spence said during his last campaign.

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Mayor Michael Davitt speaks at the funeral of longtime City Councilman Dave Spence in May at La Cañada Presbyterian Church.

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LCF Greenlights Flintridge Prep Campus Project

The City Council last week upheld the Planning Commission’s decision allowing Flintridge Prep’s multi-phased campus improvement project to move forward. The council indicated it plans to approve a resolution that will incorporate more updates to the plan at its next meeting on Dec. 5.
Sally Ametrano, a neighbor who lives immediately next to the campus, appealed the Planning Commission’s Oct. 16 ruling, saying she objected to the private school’s plans to build a 17,205 square-foot, 42-feet, 6-inch classroom structure — a Collaborative Leadership Building — in place of the current 3,325-square-foot Alumni House located 23 feet from the property line.
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Mayfield, Flintridge Prep Win Prep League Championships

Photo courtesy Eric Sun The Mayfield Senior cross-country team had five runners place among the top eight to win the Prep League championship at Pierce College last week. The talented group, guided by head coach Eric Sun, includes Cameron Gomez (from left), McKenna Smith, Emma Linde, Sidney Hendricks, Maggie Kiechler, Emma Cadena and Audrey Suarez.
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The Mayfield Senior cross-country team had five runners place among the top eight to win the Prep League championship at Pierce College last week. The talented group, guided by head coach Eric Sun, includes Cameron Gomez (from left), McKenna Smith, Emma Linde, Sidney Hendricks, Maggie Kiechler, Emma Cadena and Audrey Suarez.
Photo by Oscar Areliz / OUTLOOK The Flintridge Prep varsity boys’ cross-country team won the Prep League crown for the 26th time in the past 27 years. The squad, ranked No. 1 in CIF State Division 5, includes Ethan Moutes (from left), Carson Hasbrouck, Bennett Oakes, Evan Pattinelli, Seb Evans and Grady Morrissey.
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The Flintridge Prep varsity boys’ cross-country team won the Prep League crown for the 26th time in the past 27 years. The squad, ranked No. 1 in CIF State Division 5, includes Ethan Moutes (from left), Carson Hasbrouck, Bennett Oakes, Evan Pattinelli, Seb Evans and Grady Morrissey.

In a battle of No. 1 teams, it was the Mayfield Senior cross-country squad that came out on top with five runners placing among the top eight to defeat Flintridge Prep, 22-43, in the Prep League Finals at Pierce College on Saturday.
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Flintridge Prep Campus Projects Get Green Light

Flintridge Prep got the go-ahead this week to build a new 17,205-square foot Collaborative Leadership Building and to install 60-foot lights on its athletic field as part of a multi-phase campus improvement project.
Despite continued objections from some of its adjacent neighbors, the private school received unanimous approval from the three members of the La Cañada Flintridge Planning Commission who were present at the special meeting Monday, where Prep presented its revised plans. (Commissioners Arun Jain and Jeffrey McConnell recused themselves.) Continue reading “Flintridge Prep Campus Projects Get Green Light”

LCF Town Hall Focuses on Small Businesses

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK La Cañada Flintridge restaurant owner Bent Hansen (speaking) was among the members of a five-person panel who took part in state Assemblywoman Laura Friedman’s town hall on Friday at Flintridge Prep.
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La Cañada Flintridge restaurant owner Bent Hansen (speaking) was among the members of a five-person panel who took part in state Assemblywoman Laura Friedman’s town hall on Friday at Flintridge Prep.

State Assemblywoman Laura Friedman and a panel of experts spent last Friday evening at Flintridge Prep, batting around ideas about what measures might improve the landscape for small businesses in the state.
Those on stage might not have solved the most pressing issues during the 90-minute town hall, — titled “The State of Business in California” — but their conversation, before a crowd of more than 30 interested attendees, covered a lot of ground, from overregulation to the housing shortage. Continue reading “LCF Town Hall Focuses on Small Businesses”

LCHS Boasts 10 National Merit Semifinalists

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Arjun Aron, Blake Northrop, Veronica Backer-Peral, Matthew Randolph, Averi Suk, Yiyin Hu, Cora Wu and Erica Lee are among the 10 La Cañada High School seniors who remain in the running to earn National Merit Scholarships next spring. Not pictured: Christos Menemenlis and Harrison Min.

Ten La Cañada High School seniors are among the 16,000 semifinalists — less than 1% of all high school seniors nationwide — in this year’s 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program, the organization announced this week.
LCHS’ talented students continuing in the competition for the 7,500 National Merit Scholarships next spring include Arjun Aron, Veronica Backer-Peral, Yiyin Hu, Erica Lee, Christos Menemenlis, Harrison Min, Blake Northrop, Matthew Randolph, Averi Suk and Cora Wu.
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