Local Starbucks Under Fire After Racial Slur on Cup

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A Latino Los Gringos Locos employee
received beverages labeled with a derogatory term at the Starbucks on Foothill Boulevard.

Allegations of racism put Starbucks in the national spotlight again last week. The latest incident occurred in La Cañada Flintridge, following those in Philadelphia and Torrance.
On Tuesday, May 15, a Latino customer who ordered two drinks at the Starbucks location at 475 Foothill Blvd. received beverages labeled with a derogatory term used to refer to people of Latino descent.
“The mistake is unacceptable and we’re absolutely taking additional steps,” said a Starbucks spokeswoman, who identified herself only as Ann, by phone last week. “Our leadership team did meet with the customer and he accepted our apology.”
Without offering specifics, she added: “We’re taking additional steps to make sure we understand exactly what happened and how our partners can be better.”
The popular coffee chain had previously publicized plans to close more than 8,000 of its company-owned stores for an afternoon of employee “racial-bias education” on Tuesday, May 29. Continue reading “Local Starbucks Under Fire After Racial Slur on Cup”

LCHS Home Tour April 27

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La Cañada High School Home Tour committee members include Mindy DiPaolo (7/8 PTA president), Gillan Abercrombie Frame (co-chair), Suzanne Jensen (co-chair) and Lisa Dick
(9-12 PTA president).

Suzanne Jensen and Gillan Abercrombie Frame are co-chairing this year’s La Cañada High School 7/8 and 9-12 PTA Home Tour. This committee has been planning for months five ways to participate and enjoy the biggest fundraiser for the schools.
Besides touring four unique homes from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3:30-6 p.m. on Friday, April 27, ticketholders can enjoy lunch at event sponsor Los Gringos Locos and other local favorites, including Honeybird, Penelope’s and Sakura. Continue reading “LCHS Home Tour April 27”

Newly Crowned Miss LCF Embraces Hometown

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Hazel Valentine reacts with delight upon hearing her name called as the next Miss La Cañada Flintridge during the Chamber of Commerce’s recent Installation and Awards Dinner.

Applying to join the Miss La Cañada Flintridge Court got Hazel Valentine thinking about her hometown and what might constitute a perfect day here.
It would begin, the newly crowned Miss LCF said, with a visit to the Golden Donut Palace “because it’s my family’s favorite.” Then there’d be a hike, maybe at Descanso Gardens. A dog-lover, she’d stop by Button Nose Pet Shop before going for dinner either at Los Gringos Locos or Ichiban.
For the next year, Valentine will pack in visits to many more local businesses as she leads a court of five impressive young women who were selected to represent LCF at various community events and activities, including Chamber mixers, ribbon-cuttings and Fiesta Days. Continue reading “Newly Crowned Miss LCF Embraces Hometown”