LCF City Council Selects Brown to Fill Empty Seat

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Greg Brown was La Cañada Flintridge’s mayor in 2006 when the Town Center was approved.

The La Cañada Flintridge City Council soon will be whole again. Greg Brown was appointed Tuesday to a third term; he’ll serve until March 2019, filling the unscheduled vacancy that occurred with Dave Spence’s death in May.
“I’m excited, just to keep things moving and to get some things done and hopefully not miss a beat,” Brown said Tuesday evening by phone from Utah. “Obviously, this whole situation is one that we wish hadn’t arisen. You can’t help but think of Dave; he would want things to carry on well and so we’ll do our best.” Continue reading “LCF City Council Selects Brown to Fill Empty Seat”

Exchange Students Get a Sister City Welcome in LCF

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City Councilman Jonathan Curtis, Mayor Pro Tem Terry Walker, Daniel Fernández Multigner, Jack Applebaum, Mayor Michael Davitt, Catherine Condit, Eva Perez Prieto and City Councilman Len Pieroni display proclamations and artwork associated with La Cañada Flintridge’s first Sister City agreement with Villanueva de la Cañada, Spain.

City Council members greeted exchange students brought to La Cañada Flintridge from its first sister city, Villanueva de la Cañada, Spain, at the council meeting Wednesday, July 5.
“Hopefully, you’re going to enjoy your time here. I know there are all sorts of activities planned,” LCF Mayor Michael Davitt told the first participants of a new La Cañada Flintridge Sister Cities Association. Continue reading “Exchange Students Get a Sister City Welcome in LCF”

LCF Planning Commission Puts Flintridge Prep Plans on Hold

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Flintridge Prep’s upgrade plans include a new parking structure and a new collaborative leadership building, among other improvements.

After absorbing about three hours of resident testimony about Flintridge Prep’s proposed campus improvement plans at its meeting Tuesday night, La Cañada Flintridge’s Planning Commission opted early Wednesday to continue discussion of the 10-year, multi-phase project at a later date.
That will allow time for the private school’s personnel to revise its proposal in accordance with feedback from commissioners, city planning staff and the public, including perhaps eliminating a controversial request to build a two-story parking garage.
“The applicants can come in as soon as they want,” Planning Commission Chair Rick Gunter said. “And if the applicant chooses to omit portions, that’s their prerogative, or they can amend it to reflect what it is they’d like to do.” Continue reading “LCF Planning Commission Puts Flintridge Prep Plans on Hold”

LCF Wraps Up Budget; Pledges $359,375 to Community

La Cañada Flintridge City Council members agreed on Monday to spend $359,375 to support 11 local community groups and spend $914,700 on capital projects such as street improvements and bridge repairs.
In the third and final of its annual budget hearings, the City Council decided to take $354,550 from reserves, $100,000 from its solid waste funds and increase its conservative revenue expectations by adding $125,000 to the budget for items they deem necessary in the coming fiscal year.
The previous week, council members reviewed the city’s financials to learn that it expects to bring in a total of $13.863 million in 2017-18 and to have $13.118 million in expenses, which left a preliminary balance of $745,550 for council consideration items. Continue reading “LCF Wraps Up Budget; Pledges $359,375 to Community”

LC’S Turley Sent Back to Minors After 3 Starts

Nik Turley

The Minnesota Twins optioned La Cañada Flintridge native Nik Turley back to the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings last week after three rough outings.
The left-hander, who has been in the minor leagues for 10 years, started at home against the Chicago White Sox last Thursday and surrendered five runs on six hits, including two home runs, in 2/3 of an inning. Continue reading “LC’S Turley Sent Back to Minors After 3 Starts”

LCF Residents to Vote on LCUSD Bond Measure Nov. 7

It’s official: La Cañada Flintridge voters will decide on Nov. 7 whether to approve $149 million in general obligation bonds that La Cañada Unified School District would use to fund campus repairs and modernization efforts included in the facilities master plan.
LCUSD Governing Board members voted unanimously Tuesday to support both the bond election and the facilities plan.
“This is exciting,” board member Ellen Multari said. Continue reading “LCF Residents to Vote on LCUSD Bond Measure Nov. 7”

Two Applicants Emerge for LCF City Council Seat; Deadline June 30

Residents interested in applying for an appointment to the City Council have until 5 p.m. on June 30 to file with the city clerk’s office. So far, two applicants have submitted paperwork: recent City Council candidate Keith Eich and Public Works and Traffic Commissioner Charles Gelhaar.
The Council will hold interviews of applicants on July 11, 12 and 13. An appointment to fill the seat — which became vacant last month with the death of longtime councilmember and seven-time Mayor Dave Spence — is scheduled to take place by July 13, according to the city website, lcf.ca.gov.
Additional written information after June 30 will not be accepted, unless requested by the City Council. Continue reading “Two Applicants Emerge for LCF City Council Seat; Deadline June 30”

LCF Defines Budget; Reserves to Slip in 2017-18

If the 2017-18 budget proposed Tuesday is approved in July, the city will allocate an additional $40,000 toward assigned sheriff’s patrols and see its financial reserves drop below 100% of operating expenses and revenue totals for the first time in years.
In the first of three or four planned budget meetings this year, council members reviewed the city’s financials: In the upcoming fiscal year, LCF expects to bring in a total of $13.863 million and to have $13.118 million in expenses, leaving a balance of $745,550 for council consideration items. Continue reading “LCF Defines Budget; Reserves to Slip in 2017-18”

La Cañada Flintridge Native Makes MLB Debut

Nik Turley
Nik Turley

Days removed from achieving his lifelong dream, La Cañada Flintridge native Nik Turley struggled to find the words to describe the feeling of making his Major League Baseball debut with the Minnesota Twins.
“I’ve been dreaming of playing in the big leagues since I was a little kid,” said Turley, who debuted on the mound against San Francisco at AT&T Park. “I was kind of speechless when my manager told me. I don’t even know if it’s sunk in yet. Continue reading “La Cañada Flintridge Native Makes MLB Debut”

Flintridge Prep Seeks to Assuage Concerns Over Plan

Rendering courtesy Harley Ellis Devereaux Flintridge Prep’s upgrade plans include a new parking structure and a new collaborative leadership building, among other improvements.
Rendering courtesy Harley Ellis Devereaux
Flintridge Prep’s upgrade plans include a new parking structure and a new collaborative leadership building, among other improvements.

School campus improvements are proving a popular subject this summer.
As the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board prepares to decide whether to put to a public vote a bond measure to fund $101 million of facility improvements on its four campuses, Flintridge Prep is preparing its own $20 million upgrade — plans that have some of the private school’s neighbors concerned.
Residents living near the seven-acre campus at the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Crown Avenue said they question whether updates and related construction could diminish property values, exacerbate an already sticky traffic situation, flood the neighborhood with unwanted light from athletic field upgrades and even trigger allergies. Continue reading “Flintridge Prep Seeks to Assuage Concerns Over Plan”