Barger, City Brainstorm About Sound Walls

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger (left) and Dave Perry address LCF officials, including City Council members Jonathan Curtis, Leonard Pieroni and Mayor Terry Walker, on Wednesday. They discussed a variety of local issues, including funding options for sound walls.
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L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger (left) and Dave Perry address LCF officials, including City Council members Jonathan Curtis, Leonard Pieroni and Mayor Terry Walker, on Wednesday. They discussed a variety of local issues, including funding options for sound walls.

City officials spent much of their two-hour annual sit-down with L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger on Wednesday discussing a local priority: How to fund the construction of additional sound walls to help block out freeway noise in the city. Continue reading “Barger, City Brainstorm About Sound Walls”

City Considers Parking Rules for Large Vehicles

La Cañada Flintridge City Council members want the city to regulate oversized vehicle parking in the public right of way, likely by issuing temporary permits — but they’re leaving the details to the Public Works and Traffic Commission.
The subject arose when a resident approached the City Council at a recent meeting to complain about a neighbor who was parking his recreational vehicle on the street for long periods. Continue reading “City Considers Parking Rules for Large Vehicles”

City Council Hesitates to Budget for Sound Walls

In the last of three budget meetings, City Council members opted on Thursday, June 28, to hold off funding four sound walls and the long-discussed bikeway and pedestrian project near the YMCA as they worked to balance the city’s budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.
La Cañada Flintridge’s total general fund revenue for the next year is budgeted at $14,650,375, which will match its expenditures, according to Finance Director Rebekka Hosken. Continue reading “City Council Hesitates to Budget for Sound Walls”

Council Spells Out City Budget Plans

During two sessions of budget discussions in the past week, La Cañada Flintridge City Council members agreed to designate reserve funds in support of the proposed Sagebrush territory transfer, prepared for the possible repeal of the state gas tax, and dedicated $353,425 to support 11 community groups.
The City Council is set to finalize the budget for the coming fiscal year when it reconvenes for its third budget hearing at 8:30 a.m. today, June 28.
Councilman Jonathan Curtis suggested the city earmark $100,000 in reserves to back up La Cañada Unified School District in the latest chapter of a decades-long tug of war over the Sagebrush territory. Continue reading “Council Spells Out City Budget Plans”

LCF Commemorates Memorial Day With Fiesta, Tribute

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Boy Scouts from Troops 502 and 507 raise the flag during the annual Memorial Ceremony in the park.

As has long been a cherished staple of life in La Cañada Flintridge, residents came together to celebrate their community with a multi-day party this past weekend for the 45th edition of Fiesta Days.
Together, neighbors enjoyed a host of activities, including fireworks, food, music and, on Memorial Day, thousands showed up to watch or participate in the colorful, patriotic parade.
But before that, as has been tradition since 1976, a couple hundred people took a pause from the festivities to pay tribute to sacrifices made by U.S. military personnel in the line of duty, including the 29 with LCF roots who died in combat and whose names adorn plaques in Memorial Park. Continue reading “LCF Commemorates Memorial Day With Fiesta, Tribute”

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”

Council Approves New City Hall Design

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A rendering illustrates what visitors to La Cañada Flintridge’s new City Hall can expect to see when the renovations on the building are finished in late 2018 or early 2019.

The City Council voted 4-1 last week in favor of the “original design” concept recommended by the New City Hall Renovation Subcommittee that is estimated to cost $6.45 million.
Concerned about the cost, Councilman Greg Brown voted against approving the final design plan and authorizing the preparation of bid specifications, but the other four council members embraced the proposal at a special meeting on Thursday, April 12.
“This is a 50-year decision, and if we’re going to make a 50-year decision, we have to make the right decision, and I think that’s the first plan,” Councilman Michael Davitt said. Continue reading “Council Approves New City Hall Design”

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”

CSF Honors Distinguished Person of the Year

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CSF President Karen Mathison (left) with Distinguished Person honoree Wendy Wyatt.

The Community Scholarship Foundation of La Cañada Flintridge continued its tradition of selecting a Distinguished Person for 2017 and recently presented the award to Wendy Wyatt at a special luncheon held at the Caltech Athenaeum.
Every year, CSF selects a person who exemplifies a high spirit of community service and who has also given of themselves to the CSF mission of awarding scholarships to graduating seniors in the surrounding foothill communities.
To kick off the luncheon, CSF President Karen Mathison introduced Wyatt and welcomed all in attendance, including special guests Assistant Principal Jonathan Lyons of La Cañada High School; Pat Anderson, CEO of the La Cañada Chamber of Commerce; Jon Curtis, La Cañada City Councilman and his wife, Lisa; and Terry Walker, mayor pro-tem for the city of La Cañada Flintridge. Also in attendance was Dominick Correy representing state Sen. Anthony Portantino.
As guests enjoyed a buffet luncheon, Mathison spoke of the many contributions and accomplishments of Wyatt.
Continue reading “CSF Honors Distinguished Person of the Year”

LCF Chamber Mixer Gets Groovy

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Mark Alexander (from left), Brenda Gant, Steve Del Guercio, Terry Walker, Len Pieroni and Ann Wilson turned back the clock to the colorful 1960s as the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce held a July “Summer of Love” mixer and business expo recently in Olberz Park at the Town Center.