New Mayor Talks Goals, Shows Off New City Hall

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During Tuesday’s City Council meeting new Mayor Terry Walker (right) told outgoing Mayor Michael Davitt that she has “big shoes to fill” in the coming year, using footwear as props to illustrate that point.

Terry Walker has substantial goals that she’d like to accomplish — and big shoes to fill, she said — in the next year, her first as mayor of La Cañada Flintridge.
She demonstrated Tuesday by holding aloft a loafer belonging to Michael Davitt, LCF’s outgoing mayor, and then inserting one of her high-heeled shoes within it: “This your shoe, and this is my shoe,” she said, as Davitt sat beside her, chuckling. “I will try to live up to your shoe size.”
After Walker’s first meeting as mayor adjourned, show-and-tell continued at the “changeover” reception as community members filled the hallways and lobby of the former Sport Chalet corporate office building that soon will contain City Hall. Continue reading “New Mayor Talks Goals, Shows Off New City Hall”

Choi, Davitt, Markgraf and Multari Are Les Tupper Honorees in 2018

The 54th annual Les Tupper Community Service Awards will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 16, at Von Kármán Auditorium at Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Soo Kim Choi, Michael Davitt, Katherine Markgraf and Ellen Multari will be honored with individual Community Service Awards; Courtney Johnson and Naomi Stephen will receive Student Service Awards and USC Verdugo Hills Hospital volunteers will be recognized with the Special Service Award.
Community members are invited to attend as the LCF Coordinating Council distributes the awards, which annually recognize individuals and groups for their outstanding service to the community. Continue reading “Choi, Davitt, Markgraf and Multari Are Les Tupper Honorees in 2018”

Planning Director to Retire After 22 Years

Robert Stanley

Robert Stanley will retire from his position as La Cañada Flintridge’s director of Community Development at the end of April, he wrote in an email Wednesday.
“I will definitely miss being part of this city and helping to maintain the high standards for the community,” said Stanley, who started working for LCF in September 1996 and took over as director in January 1998.
He leads the city’s busiest department. At last week’s State of the City address, then-Mayor Michael Davitt shared some statistics about the Community Development Department’s workload in the previous year: 1,724 plan checks, 439 code enforcement cases and 37 planning cases while responding to an average of 1,100 customer service requests per month. Continue reading “Planning Director to Retire After 22 Years”

State of the City in LCF: Lower Crime Rate, High-Tech Improvements

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In the annual State of the City address on Wednesday at Descanso Gardens’ Van de Kamp Hall, Mayor Michael Davitt previewed many of the projects ahead in La Cañada Flintridge, including a new online planning program that is expected to make the permitting process easier for residents.

At the annual State of the City address, Mayor Michael Davitt offered morsels of interest for just about everyone in the large lunchtime Kiwanis crowd Wednesday at Descanso Gardens’ Van de Kamp Hall.
Davitt boasted of the city’s low 7% commercial vacancy rate, its issuance of 55 film and photography requests (worth $28,475 to the city, he noted) and said 624 Summer Beach Bus riders rode from La Cañada Flintridge to Santa Monica in 2017. Continue reading “State of the City in LCF: Lower Crime Rate, High-Tech Improvements”

LCF Mayor Reflects on Event-Filled Year

Michael Davitt

Michael Davitt said he’ll remember his second go-round as La Cañada Flintridge mayor for the city’s purchase of a new City Hall building, for the traffic jams spurred by the 210 Freeway resurfacing project, for the long-sought approval of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy’s Master Plan — but, most of all, for the loss of fellow councilman and friend Dave Spence, who suffered a fatal heart attack in May.
Over scrambled egg whites recently at Magpie’s Grill, Davitt discussed some of the key events in 2017 and previewed some of what he’s excited about in 2018.
Highlights of that conversation follow:

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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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Davitt Discusses Sober Living Homes in D.C.

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La Cañada Flintridge Mayor Michael Davitt attended meetings last week in Washington, D.C., focused on sober living homes.

Mayor Michael Davitt attended a series of federal advocacy meetings last week in Washington, D.C., focused on sober living homes, a topic that’s arisen as a concern among La Cañada Flintridge residents.
“This is not just a local issue, it’s a statewide and nationwide issue,” said Davitt, who said he and other representatives from the California Contract Cities Association spent Dec. 11-12 meeting with a dozen legislators, including members of the House of Representatives and Senate.
At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Davitt said he and his colleagues sat in on a subcommittee meeting on the topic, and learned about H.R. 6070, the Safe Recovery and Community Empowerment Act, a bill sponsored by California Congressman Darrell Issa that would allow communities to implement oversight of sober living facilities. Continue reading “Davitt Discusses Sober Living Homes in D.C.”

LCF Extends Ring.com Rebate Program

Starting Friday, Dec. 1, another 150 La Cañada Flintridge homeowners will have the opportunity to purchase a Ring.com residential video doorbell system at half price.
After residents continued to express interest in the Ring.com rebate, the City Council voted last week to appropriate $7,500 of additional funding to the program. That will permit residents who register for a unique code to receive a $100 discount — covered equally by the city and Ring.com — on the normally $200 system. To receive the code, residents must email at lcf@ring.com with their shipping address. The rebates will be delivered on a first-come, first-served basis. Continue reading “LCF Extends Ring.com Rebate Program”

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”