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.
Ding dong, the proposed 710 Freeway Tunnel is “effectively dead,” as La Cañada Flintridge’s Jan SooHoo described it in a celebratory email to fellow opponents of the proposed multi-billion-dollar project.
Despite a recommendation from the L.A. Metropolitan Transportation Authority staff to approve a 4.9-mile, $3.2-billion single-bore tunnel, Metro’s Board of Directors on Thursday voted unanimously against it. Continue reading “710 Freeway Tunnel Proposal Collapses; LCF Applauds”