LCF ‘Smart Living’ Van Drives Debonair Style

John Clark is an idea guy, and a lot of them are good.
One in particular is “fantastic,” according to La Cañada Flintridge resident Jason Bridge, who recently reserved a ride for himself and six other Coldplay concert-goers in Clark’s Smart Living Executive Sprinter Van.
“They did a fantastic job,” Bridge said. “It was five-star service all the way from our front doorstep to parking right up front, next to the entrance of the concert.”
Smart Living is the hobby and business enterprise of the Clark family, who also are LCF residents. They’ve introduced a high-end ground transportation service that can transport small parties to all variety of destinations, including concerts, dinners, sporting events and wine tasting — or for business trips, if so desired. Continue reading “LCF ‘Smart Living’ Van Drives Debonair Style”

Adios, Amigos

By Frank “Paco” Ruiz
Special to the Outlook

I’m so very, very sorry to inform all of you about Paco’s Barbershop closing up on Saturday, Nov. 18. I would like to extend a most sincere and heartfelt “Thank You” for 57 years of having the honor and privilege to serve you.
When the shop opened in September 1960, your children were growing and your parents allowed my staff and me to serve you and enjoy your progress. How fulfilling it was to see what great jobs your parents did with all of you. And it didn’t stop there — we also enjoyed your parents becoming grandparents and great grandparents! Continue reading “Adios, Amigos”

After 57 Years, Paco’s Barber Shop to Close Nov. 18

After 57 Years, Paco’s Barber Shop to Close Nov. 18, in town recently for his 20th class reunion, had to make time for his last haircut at Paco’s Barber Shop.
“I looked online when I was planning my trip and I saw he was retiring,” said Behlendorf, a La Cañada High School graduate who’s a professor of Homeland Security at the University of Albany in New York. “I thought he might have closed already, but when I saw he was still open, I thought, I’ve got to get out there! He’s the best barber I’ve ever had.”
All of the goodbyes have not been easy for the shop’s owner, Frank “Paco” Ruiz, but he’s prepared to say a lot of them at a “Thank you, La Cañada” party from noon-3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 19, the day after the shop closes following 57 years of quality haircuts, conversation, neck massages, lollipops and laughs. Continue reading “After 57 Years, Paco’s Barber Shop to Close Nov. 18”

LCF Editor Exposes Syria Tragedy in Documentary

Derek Chin

Derek Chin hopes you’ll tune in. And that you won’t look away.
He’s part of the team that is bringing “The Volunteers,” a documentary about people voluntarily risking their lives in the fight against ISIS, to the AT&T Audience Network on DirecTV. The film will air in two parts, at 10 p.m. on Nov. 11 and 12.
For Chin, a film editor whose prior credits mostly include reality TV shows such as “The Profit,” “American Ninja Warrior” and “Top Chef,” his contribution to the documentary represents the most difficult, meaningful work of his career.
“When I first saw the footage, I realized this is not a television show, it’s a mission,” said Chin, who has lived in La Cañada Flintridge with his family since 2007. Continue reading “LCF Editor Exposes Syria Tragedy in Documentary”

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The city of La Cañada Flintridge encourages residents to sign up for Alert LCF, the city’s emergency notification system.
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FSHA Modernization Plans Pass Muster

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy President Sister Carolyn McCormack shakes hands with Susan Koleda, the city’s deputy director of community development, after the Planning Commission approved recommending the school’s modernization plans Tuesday.

After five years of discussion, revision and preparation, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy’s campus improvement plans appear primed to move forward following unanimous approval from the La Cañada Flintridge Planning Commission on Tuesday.
All that remains is for the City Council to give the go-ahead for the 86-year-old all-girls Catholic school to begin enacting its modernization plans.
“We started on this journey in 2012,” said Sister Carolyn McCormack, president of FSHA, after commissioners voted 4-0 to approve the plans. “Like all good journeys, there have been many challenges, many moments of concern, but through it all, it’s been an amazing team effort. This will really secure an even better education for our young women as we move beyond the 21st century.” Continue reading “FSHA Modernization Plans Pass Muster”

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”

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 WWII Veteran Honored

Photo courtesy Maureen Bond
Robert Martin, who fought in World War II, has been a Kiwanis Club member for 25 years.

La Cañada Flintridge’s Robert Akers Martin, a 91-year-old World War II veteran, was among those honored last weekend by Honor Flight Southland, a nonprofit volunteer organization that arranged a trip to Washington, D.C., for him and 34 other military veterans from the Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties.
For three months at the age of 19, Martin was a Marine machine gunner during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. He published a book about the experience, “Remembering Okinawa,” which he dedicated to “my buddies who never came back.” The memoir, published in 2015, is based on a small booklet in which he recorded coded notes during the campaign. Continue reading “LCF WWII Veteran Honored”