Devil’s Gate Dam Sediment Project to Get Smaller

The so-called “Big Dig” won’t be as big after the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a scaled-down version of the Devil’s Gate Dam Sediment Removal project Tuesday.
Instead of the 2.4 million cubic yards previously approved for removal from the Hahamongna Watershed Park behind the Devil’s Gate Dam, now 1.7 million cubic yards will be scheduled to be removed over a three- to five-year span.
That’s still more than the 1.1 million cubic yards suggested in a plan set forth by the city of Pasadena and championed by environmentalists. Nonetheless, several speakers at Tuesday’s meeting expressed satisfaction about the compromise, which passed 5-0 after being proposed by L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger at Tuesday’s board meeting. Continue reading “Devil’s Gate Dam Sediment Project to Get Smaller”

Sinnette’s Annual Goals Include Challenge Success

La Cañada Unified School District’s superintendent Wendy Sinnette wants to see a district-wide implementation of Challenge Success to educate the community on the upcoming bond measure election, to reorganize the district’s administration and to focus on math instruction.
Sinnette focused on those items in her annual goal-setting presentation to the Governing Board on Tuesday. Board members were receptive to her plans, noting that most of the work has been ongoing. Continue reading “Sinnette’s Annual Goals Include Challenge Success”

Final Comments Due on Devil’s Gate ‘Big Dig’ Challenge

The deadline is today, Sept. 7, to submit comments regarding the recirculated portion of L.A. County’s Devil’s Gate Sediment Removal and Management Project plan. Still, opponents hope residents continue to contact officials with concerns about the project, which seeks to remove 2.4 million cubic yards of sediment from the reservoir.
The Arroyo Seco Foundation and the Pasadena Audubon Society filed a petition in court in 2014 challenging the Final Environmental Impact Report regarding what they call “The Big Dig.”
This April, L.A. Superior Court Judge James Chalfant temporarily halted the project and ruled that the Department of Public Works needed to modify its EIR before it could move forward with its plan, which is aimed at maintaining adequate downstream flood protection.
The judge asked the Flood Control District to provide evidence to support a 1-to-1 mitigation ratio in regard to biological resource impacts and that it find ways to reduce cumulative impacts.
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Climb Aboard the Beach Bus This Summer

The La Crescenta and La Cañada Flintridge Summer Beach Bus service to Santa Monica Beach started Tuesday, June 13.
“The Beach Bus service runs through Labor Day, providing our residents an opportunity to travel to the beach without having to drive through traffic, find a parking space or feed a parking meter,” Supervisor Kathryn Barger said.
Passengers can board the Summer Beach Bus every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4. The stop locations are at Two Strike Park, 5107 Rosemont Ave.; the County Library, 2809 Foothill Blvd.; the Metro bus stop at the intersection of Montrose Avenue and Ocean View Boulevard; and Memorial Park on Foothill Boulevard, west of La Cañada Boulevard.
The LCF stop is scheduled for pickup at 9:45 a.m., returning at approximately 4:55 p.m., depending on traffic.
Reservations are available and strongly recommended to ensure a seat.
To reserve a trip, visit The fare is $3 per person round-trip for children and adults. For senior citizens (age 60 and older) and people with disabilities, the fare is $1.50 per round-trip. A fare-paying parent or guardian must accompany children under 12.
For more information, call toll-free at (888) 769-1122 or visit

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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Barger Encourages Voters to Turn Out

Los Angeles County District 5 Supervisor Kathryn Barger, a San Marino resident, said she encourages voters to decide on a tax proposition to help address homelessness in the county.
Measure H, which is expected to generate $350 million annually with a quarter-cent sales tax, is a countywide ballot item for the March 7 election. The 10-year tax requires two-thirds approval and would be dedicated to services addressing the county’s large homeless population. Continue reading “Barger Encourages Voters to Turn Out”

Barger Moves to Inspect Local Dam Safety

L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, a San Marino resident, called for evaluations of the county’s dams at a recent Board of Supervisors meeting.
L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, a San Marino resident, called for evaluations of the county’s dams at a recent Board of Supervisors meeting.

With the Lake Oroville spillways making headlines this past week, Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger successfully tasked local officials with evaluating the 14 dams and reservoirs in the county for safety. Continue reading “Barger Moves to Inspect Local Dam Safety”