City Council Watches Progress of Portantino Bills

The La Cañada Flintridge City Council seemed pleased to hear state Sen. Anthony Portantino, a local resident, was working on a couple of bills of interest to the community’s residents.
Portantino is behind Senate Bill 1317, which addresses sober living facilities, and SB 1266, which addresses those convicted of burglaries. Both bills are in the Senate Appropriations Committee at the moment.
Ann Wilson, division manager for the city of La Cañada Flintridge, presented updates on current legislative bills at the City Council meeting this week, by request of Mayor Terry Walker, to coincide with the council’s own update.
“I thought it would be nice for the public to hear what is going on in Sacramento,” Walker said. Continue reading “City Council Watches Progress of Portantino Bills”

Local Legislators Craft Controls on Sober Living Homes

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California Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, who asks for communities to be “compassionate” when accepting sober living facilities, has introduced a bill that could bar them from clustering and creating “a hospital facility” in one neighborhood.

Neighbors living on or near the 900 block of Green Lane were shocked to learn last August that a house on the street was being used as a for-profit drug and alcohol treatment center. They were clued in only after a break-in at the then-unoccupied site was called in to the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Department and then reported in the newspaper.
They also were taken aback by the fact that the city of La Cañada Flintridge had no discretion over what was happening at the six-bedroom, seven-bathroom house beside enforcing zoning code requirements or responding to nuisance complaints if any arose. Continue reading “Local Legislators Craft Controls on Sober Living Homes”

LCF Town Hall Focuses on Small Businesses

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK La Cañada Flintridge restaurant owner Bent Hansen (speaking) was among the members of a five-person panel who took part in state Assemblywoman Laura Friedman’s town hall on Friday at Flintridge Prep.
Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
La Cañada Flintridge restaurant owner Bent Hansen (speaking) was among the members of a five-person panel who took part in state Assemblywoman Laura Friedman’s town hall on Friday at Flintridge Prep.

State Assemblywoman Laura Friedman and a panel of experts spent last Friday evening at Flintridge Prep, batting around ideas about what measures might improve the landscape for small businesses in the state.
Those on stage might not have solved the most pressing issues during the 90-minute town hall, — titled “The State of Business in California” — but their conversation, before a crowd of more than 30 interested attendees, covered a lot of ground, from overregulation to the housing shortage. Continue reading “LCF Town Hall Focuses on Small Businesses”

LCF Centenarian Honored for a Life of Progress

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Mary Naff prepares to cut her birthday cake, which lauds her as an “American Pioneer.” About 70 guests celebrated Naff’s 100 birthday at the Democratic Club’s Summer Picnic at Nalini and Bob Lasiewicz’s home in La Cañada Flintridge.

La Cañada Flintridge’s Mary Naff celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by more than 100 friends associated with the Cañada Crescenta Democratic Club that she helped found 12 years ago. The crowd included some noteworthy area politicians, including state Sen. Anthony Portantino and state Assemblywoman Laura Friedman.
“We do this every year, but it was only because of my 100th that I was anything, because I’m not an officer or anything,” Naff said. “We had a mixture of all ages and races and Anthony gave me a proclamation; it was a nice little presentation. He belongs to our club, and he’s particularly important right now.” Continue reading “LCF Centenarian Honored for a Life of Progress”