City, Sheriff Share Crime-Stopper Tactics

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Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Capt. Chris Blasnek encourages residents to be observant and to call the local sheriff’s station whenever they spot something that looks suspicious.

City officials and local law enforcement personnel hear you, La Cañada Flintridge, and they’re on the case. That was the message at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, much of which was dedicated to sharing various tactics being used to combat a recent uptick in crime.
Echoing the concerns of many in the community, Amy Bernhard told council members that after living in LCF for 17 years, recent crimes — including a pair of home invasions in December — have made her feel unsafe in the city for the first time. She said she found herself setting the alarm during the day when she was home. Continue reading “City, Sheriff Share Crime-Stopper Tactics”

Former Psychologist, LCF Man Sentenced for Sexual Abuse

A former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department psychologist and La Cañada Flintridge resident was sentenced on Tuesday to 98 years’ prison after being found guilty in August of sexually abusing two young family members, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office said in a statement.
Michael Dane Ward, 46, was convicted of four counts of committing lewd acts on a child, two counts of forcible lewd acts on a child under 14, three counts of oral copulation of a child under 10 and one count of sodomy of a child under 10. Both victims were under the age of 10 when Ward committed these crimes between October 2014 and March 2016.
The two children testified at trial against Ward.
Ward was arrested on May 5, 2016, after which the sheriff’s department fired him.

Obituary: Doris Stoliker

Doris Stoliker

Doris Stoliker was born Jan. 1, 1928, in Los Angeles. She passed away Jan. 1, of natural causes. She was 90 years old. She graduated from Alhambra High School, class of 1945, and was a resident of La Cañada Flintridge for many years. She was a dancer since childhood, and danced with many Broadway stars such as Ester Williams, Judy Garland, Betty Garret and Fred Astaire. She is survived by her husband, Lawrence, of 38 years; her sons Brian, Bart, Brad and Lee; three stepdaughters; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was talented, witty and charming. A loving and caring woman, mother and wife, she will be greatly missed.

FSHA Students Awarded Grants for Research Program

Photo courtesy FSHAAmelia Andrews, Genevieve Spiotto, Michelle Liu, Cate Doud, Ellis DeJardin, Darcy Michero, Claire Villegas and Lauren Risha
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Amelia Andrews, Genevieve Spiotto, Michelle Liu, Cate Doud, Ellis DeJardin, Darcy Michero, Claire Villegas and Lauren Risha

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy students in honors scientific research (aka SciSearch) have been awarded three Archer STEM Research Grants, a STEM initiative sponsored by the Archer School for Girls. Grant recipients include Amelia Andrews, Ellis DeJardin, Cate Doud, Michelle Liu, Darcy Michero, Lauren Risha, Genevieve Spiotto and Claire Villegas.
More than $20,000 was available through the merit-based application process; all of FSHA’s students who submitted proposals received funding, for a total of $5,500.
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New LCF Permit Tracking System Set for October Debut

Arabo Parseghian said he expects the La Cañada Flintridge’s new permit tracking software system to be running by October, if not earlier.
Parseghian, a division manager within the city’s administrative department, updated the City Council on the work implementing the program.
He said he and Deputy Director of Community Development Susan Koleda have completed two of six phases in the process, with a four-month test by the planning department on the horizon.
Following that, staff will complete the final data conversion and then the system will go live. Continue reading “New LCF Permit Tracking System Set for October Debut”

Obituary: Adam Carmeli

Adam Carmeli

Adam Carmeli, 29, of San Diego, died as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on Saturday, Dec. 30. He was born in October of 1988 in Santa Monica, the son of Cynthia Gates and Israel Carmeli. He attended the La Cañada Flintridge schools and upon graduation, he went to the Marshall School of Business at USC in Los Angeles, and graduated in 2011. During his tenure at USC, he spent a semester abroad at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Adam has been employed by Expeditors International for the past six years, most recently as Air Export Manager in the San Diego office.
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LCF Mayor Reflects on Event-Filled Year

Michael Davitt

Michael Davitt said he’ll remember his second go-round as La Cañada Flintridge mayor for the city’s purchase of a new City Hall building, for the traffic jams spurred by the 210 Freeway resurfacing project, for the long-sought approval of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy’s Master Plan — but, most of all, for the loss of fellow councilman and friend Dave Spence, who suffered a fatal heart attack in May.
Over scrambled egg whites recently at Magpie’s Grill, Davitt discussed some of the key events in 2017 and previewed some of what he’s excited about in 2018.
Highlights of that conversation follow:

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Residents Tied Up in Home Invasion

Three female occupants were tied up in their home on the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 12, as four men armed with a handgun allegedly ransacked the residence and made off with collectibles and electronics, according to Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Sgt. Alan Chu.
The residential robbery was reported in the 800 block of Inverness Drive, where the men — whose faces reportedly were covered and who were wearing hooded sweatshirts — forced open a back door at approximately 7:30 p.m.
“It’s a big deal,” Chu said. Continue reading “Residents Tied Up in Home Invasion”

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.”

City, LCUSD Board Move Elections to 2020

At the insistence of the state, the City Council and La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board on Tuesday approved resolutions to consolidate their future elections with statewide elections, a shift that will set election dates for even years and add a fifth year to the four-year terms of both sitting council and board members.
The resolutions are in response to Senate Bill 415, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2015 aimed at increasing local voter turnout while decreasing local election costs.
The City Council will push back its next municipal election to March 2020, a year later than the previously slated March 2019 election date. LCUSD’s next Governing Board election will be held in November 2020, instead of the previously scheduled November 2019 date. Continue reading “City, LCUSD Board Move Elections to 2020”