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.
It wasn’t pretty, but for proponents of the Sagebrush territory transfer, it was sweet.
After complicated, confused deliberation, the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization voted 8-1 on Wednesday to preliminarily approve the transfer of westernmost La Cañada Flintridge from Glendale Unified School District to La Cañada Unified School District.
“We’re delighted at this outcome,” said Tom Smith, one of the chief petitioners behind the request to transfer the 385 acres of LCF, where he lived when this latest attempt to redistrict the territory was initiated four years ago. Continue reading “Sagebrush Transfer Wins Initial Approval”
What’s an extra nine weeks spent on an issue that dates back to 1961?
At the request of the chief petitioners, the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization has again postponed making a preliminary decision on whether to grant a territory transfer of the 385-acre Sagebrush area in westernmost La Cañada Flintridge from Glendale Unified to La Cañada Unified School District. Continue reading “County Sagebrush Meeting Postponed Until April”
The next big development in the decades-old Sagebrush saga has been rescheduled for March 8.
The Los Angeles County Committee of School District Organization’s meeting that was scheduled for Feb. 1 was canceled late last week because of the substantial amount of information members must read and analyze, according to the leader of the citizens group pushing for the territory transfer. UniteLCF wants the 385-acre westernmost portion of La Cañada Flintridge to be redistricted from Glendale Unified to La Cañada Unified.
A standing-room-only crowd in the La Cañada Unified School District’s board room was divided between the attendees in the yellow “One City, One School District” buttons and those in the yellow “Keep GUSD Whole” buttons.
It appears that not even an expert consulting firm could crack the more-than-half-century-old Sagebrush conundrum.
Last July, the La Cañada and Glendale Unified school districts, along with the city of La Cañada Flintridge, hired Capitol Advisors Group to help the parties — who divided the $15,000 price tag for the consultants’ services — explore all viable options for a mutually agreeable transfer of the 385 acres in the western edge of the city between districts. Continue reading “Consultants Can’t Solve the Sagebrush Puzzle”