In a Balancing Act, City Council OKs Budget

Not without some final discussion, the City Council on Tuesday voted 3-1 to adopt the 2018-19 budget and financial plan, with $14,650,375 in expected revenue aligning with anticipated expenditures. Councilman Greg Brown voted against it and Councilman Michael Davitt wasn’t in attendance.
In the budget, 29% of general fund expenditures will go to personnel, while the bulk of departmental expenditures will go to capital projects (22%), public safety (21%) and public works (21%). Continue reading “In a Balancing Act, City Council OKs Budget”

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”

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”

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”

Davitt Discusses Sober Living Homes in D.C.

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La Cañada Flintridge Mayor Michael Davitt attended meetings last week in Washington, D.C., focused on sober living homes.

Mayor Michael Davitt attended a series of federal advocacy meetings last week in Washington, D.C., focused on sober living homes, a topic that’s arisen as a concern among La Cañada Flintridge residents.
“This is not just a local issue, it’s a statewide and nationwide issue,” said Davitt, who said he and other representatives from the California Contract Cities Association spent Dec. 11-12 meeting with a dozen legislators, including members of the House of Representatives and Senate.
At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Davitt said he and his colleagues sat in on a subcommittee meeting on the topic, and learned about H.R. 6070, the Safe Recovery and Community Empowerment Act, a bill sponsored by California Congressman Darrell Issa that would allow communities to implement oversight of sober living facilities. Continue reading “Davitt Discusses Sober Living Homes in D.C.”

LCF City Council Broaches Historic Preservation Discussion

Although it was only a study session, members of the City Council seemed to agree on the need and direction for establishing a more concrete historic preservation procedure in town.
“We should make efforts to identify and preserve our historic resources,” Mayor Michael Davitt said. “I think that’s a smart thing to do.” Continue reading “LCF City Council Broaches Historic Preservation Discussion”

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”

Taix Workout Studio Celebrates 15 Years in Business

State Sen. Anthony Portantino (from left), Taix Workout Studio owner Linda Taix, Mayor Pro Tem Terry Walker and City Council member Jonathan Curtis celebrate 15 years in business.

Taix Workout Studio and Extreme Boot Camp in La Cañada Flintridge, with its owner Linda Taix, recently celebrated 15 years in business at its Foothill Boulevard studio location.
The morning reception was attended by residents, business community members, and local and state government officials. In addition to running a successful business, Taix is active in the community and has held positions with the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce and serves as president of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Community Support Group. State Sen. Anthony Portantino delivered words of praise and a state proclamation congratulating Taix on helping to “Build a Better America. One body at a time.”

LCF City Council Bids Adieu to Mayor Curtis, Welcomes Mayor Davitt

Michael Davitt will serve as LCF’s mayor for the second time.
Michael Davitt will serve as LCF’s mayor for the second time.

La Cañada Flintridge City Council members played musical chairs, bestowed gifts and celebrated their city at Tuesday’s meeting.
After Michael Davitt and Dave Spence were sworn in for their seventh and second terms, respectively, outgoing mayor Jonathan Curtis handed over the gavel to Davitt, who was elected by fellow council members to serve as the city’s mayor for the second time. Terry Walker was tabbed by her colleagues as the city’s mayor pro-tem. Continue reading “LCF City Council Bids Adieu to Mayor Curtis, Welcomes Mayor Davitt”

Trash Hauler Debate Picks Up at City Council Meeting

They talked a lot of trash at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, as the city officials continue weighing whether to reduce the number of residential waste hauling companies serving La Cañada Flintridge from three to one.
Or maybe two. Unless council members opt to keep all three but divvy up the city into zones.
Whatever the eventual decision, the City Council likely won’t make it for seven months. Continue reading “Trash Hauler Debate Picks Up at City Council Meeting”