LCUSD Hears Finance Plan, Agrees to Tackle Project Priority List

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Superintendent Wendy Sinnette jots down ideas related to the purpose of learning spaces during a public brainstorming session at Monday’s La Cañada Unified School District study session about the recently passed $149 million school bond.

The La Cañada Unified School District seems primed to first tackle the topics of safety, security and sewers with some of the $149 million stemming from Measure LCF, the bond approved overwhelmingly by voters in November.
In a study session Monday, board members listened to a municipal market update and finance plan from Adam Bauer, president of Fieldman, Rolapp and Associates. He said current interest rates are favorable, but that board members shouldn’t feel rushed to act.
“There are times when I’m at this podium saying, ‘Move and move quickly,’” he said. “That’s not what I’m saying here. It would be prudent to move if you know what your projects are and you’re ready to do it, but this isn’t one of those situations where I’m saying ‘You have a once-in-a-three-year opportunity, don’t let it go.’ I say take your time and do what you need to do and it’s not going to be a dramatic impact.” Continue reading “LCUSD Hears Finance Plan, Agrees to Tackle Project Priority List”

A Look Back at 2017’s Top Stories in LCF

It was a busy year in La Cañada Flintridge. Residents came together to mourn losses and celebrate victories, they made their voices heard at the polls and in public hearings, they made history in real estate and sports, and, at La Cañada High School, students were instructed to try to get a little more sleep.
Here are the 17 most important local stories of 2017:

1. LCF Loses Dave Spence
Dave Spence suffered a fatal heart attack at his home May 16. The devoted city councilman and six-time mayor was 80.
In March, he’d been re-elected for a seventh term as a member of the City Council, on which he’d served since 1992: “In my opinion, La Cañada Flintridge is one of the greatest cities in this state,” Spence said during his last campaign.

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Mayor Michael Davitt speaks at the funeral of longtime City Councilman Dave Spence in May at La Cañada Presbyterian Church.

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Jeffries, Radabaugh, Puglia Earn School Board Seats

Voters on Tuesday elected Joe Radabaugh and incumbents Dan Jeffries and Kaitzer Puglia to sit on the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board for the upcoming four-year term.
Jeffries, the current board president and a longtime prosecutor with the L.A. City Attorney’s office, was the leading vote-getter with 2,104 votes as of Wednesday morning, according to preliminary results posted by the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder. Continue reading “Jeffries, Radabaugh, Puglia Earn School Board Seats”

Measure LCF Passes With 71% Approval

With overwhelming support, Measure LCF passed Tuesday. According to preliminary figures, the $149 million general obligation bond garnered approval from 71.33% of voters; it needed at least 55% to pass.
“We’re honestly blown away by the support,” said Josh Epstein, co-chair of the Yes on LCF campaign, adding that turnout in La Cañada Flintridge eclipsed totals reported elsewhere in L.A. County. Continue reading “Measure LCF Passes With 71% Approval”

Why We Should Vote ‘Yes’ on Measure LCF

Charlie Plowman
Outlook Publisher

By Charlie Plowman
The Outlook

This coming Tuesday, Nov. 7, could mark one of the most important days in the history of the La Cañada Unified School District and for its students. It’s when local residents will head to the polls and, in addition to voting for school board candidates, they will also be asked to vote on Measure LCF. This is the proposed general obligation bond that will raise $149 million over the next 30 years.
As supporters have said, there won’t be any increase in taxes beyond what LCF residents already pay. The measure is designed to issue new bonds as the old bonds are paid off. Continue reading “Why We Should Vote ‘Yes’ on Measure LCF”

Measure LCF: What You Should Consider – Vote YES

By Josh Epstein and Stephanie Fossan
Special to the Outlook

On Nov. 7 you will have the opportunity to vote yes for Measure LCF. This ballot measure will provide funds to upgrade and modernize classrooms and infrastructure at each of the LCUSD campuses — Palm Crest, Paradise Canyon and La Cañada Elementary Schools, as well as La Cañada High School and 7/8. We believe this measure represents an incredible opportunity for the future of our district and are pleased that it is supported by a broad coalition of La Cañada parents, business leaders, seniors and civic leaders. Continue reading “Measure LCF: What You Should Consider – Vote YES”

Measure LCF Could Deliver $149 Million to LCUSD

Supporters of the La Cañada Unified School District have been busy the past few weeks, making calls and knocking on doors in an attempt to drum up votes for Measure LCF, the proposed $149 million general obligation bond on the Nov. 7 ballot.
On Election Day, La Cañada Flintridge voters will choose three LCUSD Governing Board members and decide whether to approve the bond, which would fund improvements to the district’s four campuses. Each of the five board candidates supports the measure, as did 65% of prospective voters who responded to a survey conducted earlier this year. It needs 55% voter approval to pass. Continue reading “Measure LCF Could Deliver $149 Million to LCUSD”

Measure LCF Questions Answered

Editor’s note: La Cañada Unified School District Superintendent Wendy Sinnette offers answers in response to eight questions about Measure LCF posed in a letter to the editor published in the Oct. 19 edition of the Outlook.

Wendy Sinnette

A letter posed several good questions about Measure LCF. We believe all local voters should have the information they need to cast an informed vote. Below are the questions posed and answers.

Q. Is there a published list of specific projects that will be funded by Measure LCF?
A. Yes. Measure LCF is the result of a Facility Master Planning process we conducted over the past year. This plan was developed with input from more than 350 parents, teachers, staff, students and community members and was unanimously adopted by the Board of Education at a public meeting in June. This 202-page document, which is available at, includes detailed descriptions, drawings and cost estimates for the projects. A summary of these same projects is also included as an exhibit in the legally binding text of Measure LCF, the full text of which can be found on pages 17 and 18 of the official sample ballot.

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