LCF City Council to Push Back Elections to March 2020

La Cañada Flintridge City Council on Tuesday evening voted on a plan to consolidate future municipal elections with statewide elections, pushing back the next election to March 2020, a year longer beyond the currently slated election of March 2019.
The resolution is in response to a state mandate, Senate Bill 415, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2015, which aims to increase voter turnout rates for city elections that tend to be lower when they are not held concurrently with statewide elections. The bill also is meant to cut down on municipal costs that a local election entails. Continue reading “LCF City Council to Push Back Elections to March 2020”

Video Doorbell Rebate Program a Sellout

La Cañada Flintridge’s Ring.com Residential Video Doorbell Rebate Program — which allowed residents to purchase the home security device for $100 less than its regular $200 price — was so popular with residents that it was less than a week before the city exhausted the available subsidies.
The program opened on Oct. 24 and within four days, the program was full.
“We are very pleased with the response we received from the community regarding the program,” Mayor Michael Davitt said in an email. “It is a very cost-effective tool to help with our continuing efforts to increase public safety and public awareness.” Continue reading “Video Doorbell Rebate Program a Sellout”

Indianola Way Neighbors Throw Annual Halloween Block Party

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For years, Indianola Way has transformed into a festive, safe and spooky Halloween destination for trick-or-treaters.

If E.T. were to trick-or-treat anywhere in America in 2017, it would be on Indianola Way.
In La Cañada Flintridge’s throwback neighborhood on Tuesday, residents perched in driveways in front of festively, spookily designed homes, their candy bowls well stocked and beckoning to little dinosaurs, DJs and Dodgers.
“There’s a nostalgia there that reminds me of what it was like when I was a kid in the ’80s,” said La Cañada High School drama teacher Justin Eick, who has been a regular visitor with his son, Hayden, for nine years. “You know, when Gertie takes E.T. out trick-or-treating in the streets and you see all of these kids roaming? To be able to share that with my son and with the La Cañada community is something I look forward to every year.” Continue reading “Indianola Way Neighbors Throw Annual Halloween Block Party”

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”

City Council Examines Pressuring SCE for More Upgrades

A pair of consultants encouraged the city of La Cañada Flintridge to pressure Southern California Edison to focus on improving the worst five of their 24 citywide circuits — including one that SCE already is in the process of removing — in order to maintain reliable service.
SCE spokesman Adrian Garcia told the City Council at its meeting Tuesday that the agency is currently doing such monitoring, but that it would review the report compiled by independent consultant PMCM and “take those recommendations into account.” Continue reading “City Council Examines Pressuring SCE for More Upgrades”

City Picks Architect to Remodel New City Hall Building

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Gonzalez Goodale Architects will remodel the former Sport Chalet corporate headquarters into La Cañada Flintridge’s new City Hall..

The City Council voted 4-0 at its meeting Tuesday to award Gonzalez Goodale Architects with the contract to renovate the new City Hall building, agreeing to a fee of no more than $505,000.
The architects will be tasked with turning the former Sport Chalet corporate headquarters office building — for which the city is paying $11.23 million — building into a workable City Hall. City Councilman Jonathan Curtis was not at Tuesday’s meeting, but his fellow council members gave the contract the go-ahead when they approved the consent agenda. Continue reading “City Picks Architect to Remodel New City Hall Building”

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”

LCF City Council Reluctantly Adopts ADU Ordinance

Councilman Jonathan Curtis perhaps best encapsulated the sentiment of the City Council this week when he offered “a reluctant second” to a motion to adopt the city’s ordinance on accessory dwelling units.
All four City Council members voted in favor of the ordinance, which levies a minimum lot size for newly constructed units, commonly called accessory dwelling units, of 10,000 square feet with at least a 70-foot frontage. Already existing auxiliary structures, such as a pool house or garage, may be converted into an ADU (which will require up-to-code utility connections) regardless of lot size and are effectively grandfathered in. Continue reading “LCF City Council Reluctantly Adopts ADU Ordinance”

LCF City Council Approves $3.3M Sale of City Hall Site

City Council members on Tuesday approved the sale of La Cañada Flintridge’s current City Hall building to Glendale-based Knight Insurance Services for $3.3 million.
“It’s been an ongoing conversation with the buyer and the council and the city for quite some time,” Mayor Michael Davitt said Wednesday. “It came up right after we were committed to move ahead with the new acquisition.” Continue reading “LCF City Council Approves $3.3M Sale of City Hall Site”

LCF City Council: No Moratorium on Demolition Permits for Old Homes

Mayor Michael Davitt wasted no time quashing the proposed urgency ordinance that could have established a 45-day moratorium on the issuance of demolition permits for structures 50 years old or more in La Cañada Flintridge.
Before even hearing public comment, Davitt told a packed council chamber at Tuesday’s special meeting: “It’s not going to gather my support,” effectively denying the emergency ordinance outright. It needed approval from all four sitting City Council members to pass; none was in favor. Continue reading “LCF City Council: No Moratorium on Demolition Permits for Old Homes”