LCUSD Listens to Parents’ Concerns on Devil’s Gate Project

The La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board on Tuesday took time to hear from concerned parents over the initial process of sediment removal from Hahamongna Watershed Park behind the Devil’s Gate Dam to increase flood protection and to restore habitat within the Arroyo Seco Watershed.
During the discussion, board members said that they were writing down questions and suggestions of attendees and that they plan to measure the air quality surrounding the schools during the sediment removal project, known as the “Big Dig,” with an air-quality monitor. Continue reading “LCUSD Listens to Parents’ Concerns on Devil’s Gate Project”

Local YMCA to Pay Tribute to Former CEO Croxen, Wife

Photo courtesy Dennis Croxen Dennis and Peggy Croxen will be honored at the invitation-only George Williams Society Dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 7, in La Cañada Flintridge.
Photo courtesy Dennis Croxen
Dennis and Peggy Croxen will be honored at the invitation-only George Williams Society Dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 7, in La Cañada Flintridge.

Dennis and Peggy Croxen have left quite an imprint on the YMCA of the Foothills.
Dennis Croxen, who once was the institution’s chief executive, advocated that a successful YMCA leads by its mission, said current CEO and President Tyler Wright.
“He has been the greatest inspiration and an impactful individual on my career,” Wright said in a phone interview. “He’s been a mentor and a friend throughout my entire career and was someone I could call up if I didn’t have an answer to a question.” Continue reading “Local YMCA to Pay Tribute to Former CEO Croxen, Wife”

Spacecraft’s ‘Grand Finale’ Launches LCF Residents to an Emmy

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK Holding the Emmy statuette, producer, host and writer Gay Yee Hill is flanked by Cassini project manager Earl Maize and navigation team chief Duane Roth.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
Holding the Emmy statuette, producer, host and writer Gay Yee Hill is flanked by Cassini project manager Earl Maize and navigation team chief Duane Roth.

It was called the “Grand Finale.” After exploring Saturn for 13 years, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft ran out of fuel and was intentionally crashed, amid live coverage.
But no fewer than three La Cañada Flintridge residents who worked on the project were among Jet Propulsion Laboratory workers who experienced yet another big finish — sharing in an Emmy Award for original interactive program for coverage of Cassini’s spectacular dive, in which the spacecraft sent data back to Earth even in its final seconds, more than a year ago. Continue reading “Spacecraft’s ‘Grand Finale’ Launches LCF Residents to an Emmy”

LCPC Parent Ed, a Guide for Grown-Ups, Reaches Milestone

Photo courtesy Hannah Walsh LCPC Parent Ed’s current team, which is celebrating the organization’s 40th anniversary with a picnic in Memorial Park this Sunday, includes Betsy Farhat (front row, from left) Ashley Barrett, Maggie Mason, Meg Wade, Tracy Tobias, Anne Bierling, Nanette Brown, Sarah Montes, Vicki Rekedal, Theresa Dilbeck, Sloan Walsh, Jan Roberts, Rebekah Garcia, Paula Giboney, Jina Khachik and Jana Van Dyck. Second row: Lynne Graves. Third row: Heather Ehrhart, Charlotte Miller, Paige Dunbar and Dorothy Chen. Fourth row: Barbara Stratte, Debbie Barsom and Amanda Baughman. Fifth row: Stephanie Ferguson and Dede Cook. Sixth row: Mary Emily Myers and Kathy Kovalcik. Seventh row: Katrina Harbers and Darby Pearson. Back: Daniela Kim, Katie Enney and Carol Van Citters.
Photo courtesy Hannah Walsh
LCPC Parent Ed’s current team, which is celebrating the organization’s 40th anniversary with a picnic in Memorial Park this Sunday, includes Betsy Farhat (front row, from left) Ashley Barrett, Maggie Mason, Meg Wade, Tracy Tobias, Anne Bierling, Nanette Brown, Sarah Montes, Vicki Rekedal, Theresa Dilbeck, Sloan Walsh, Jan Roberts, Rebekah Garcia, Paula Giboney, Jina Khachik and Jana Van Dyck. Second row: Lynne Graves. Third row: Heather Ehrhart, Charlotte Miller, Paige Dunbar and Dorothy Chen. Fourth row: Barbara Stratte, Debbie Barsom and Amanda Baughman. Fifth row: Stephanie Ferguson and Dede Cook. Sixth row: Mary Emily Myers and Kathy Kovalcik. Seventh row: Katrina Harbers and Darby Pearson. Back: Daniela Kim, Katie Enney and Carol Van Citters.

Mildraide Lazarre describes the parent education program at La Cañada Presbyterian Church as a game changer, for herself and her son.
“Being from the islands — I’m from Haiti — I moved out to California and I don’t have any family,” said Lazarre. “So it’s just nice to be part of a community and for my son for developmental purposes. He’s grown so much just from being in this class.”
Lazarre said Logan, who is 14 months old, has been coming to the LCPC Parent Education program for seven months and is in the toddler class. But his mom is learning, too, because the program also advises grown-ups on how to confidently parent their kids, at all stages of their youth. Continue reading “LCPC Parent Ed, a Guide for Grown-Ups, Reaches Milestone”

Sound Wall Project Clinches Crucial Funding Approval

Some La Cañada Flintridge residents’ prospects for getting a bit of solace from the roaring freeway noise appeared greatly improved after funding for four additional sound walls was approved last week at a Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors meeting.
The board on Thursday approved the advance of $3.712 million in Measure M funds — derived from a half-cent sales tax — and an additional $3.288 million from the Call for Projects reserve fund for construction of 210 Freeway sound walls. Metro allocates discretionary federal, state and local funds through the Call for Projects program. Continue reading “Sound Wall Project Clinches Crucial Funding Approval”

It’s All Roses for 101st Queen

Photo courtesy Tournament of Roses The Tournament of Roses named Louise Siskel (center) as the 2019 Rose Queen at the coronation ceremony held last week at the Pasadena Playhouse. Flanking her are members of the Royal Court, including (from left) Helen Rossi, Rucha Kadam, Lauren Baydaline, Micaela McElrath, Sherry Ma and Ashley Hackett.
Photo courtesy Tournament of Roses
The Tournament of Roses named Louise Siskel (center) as the 2019 Rose Queen at the coronation ceremony held last week at the Pasadena Playhouse. Flanking her are members of the Royal Court, including (from left) Helen Rossi, Rucha Kadam, Lauren Baydaline, Micaela McElrath, Sherry Ma and Ashley Hackett.

In one of Pasadena’s favorite time-honored traditions, the Tournament of Roses recently announced its 101st Rose Queen, Sequoyah High School senior Louise Siskel, to the delight of a packed Pasadena Playhouse.
Siskel stood momentarily dazed when Tournament President Gerald Freeny called out her school’s name and announced her as queen, reacting only when the six Rose Princesses turned to her, applauding. Continue reading “It’s All Roses for 101st Queen”

San Marino Wins League Title, Hosts Playoff Game

The San Marino High School varsity football team defeated Monrovia, 34-21, for the Rio Hondo League championship last Friday. Head coach Mike Hobbie picked up his second win over the Wildcats since taking over the program in 2011, as well as his second Rio Hondo League title.
The San Marino High School varsity football team defeated Monrovia, 34-21, for the Rio Hondo League championship last Friday. Head coach Mike Hobbie picked up his second win over the Wildcats since taking over the program in 2011, as well as his second Rio Hondo League title.

The San Marino High School varsity football captured its first Rio Hondo League championship in three years by defeating Rio Hondo League rival host Monrovia, 34-21, last Friday.
SMHS head coach Mike Hobbie bested the Wildcats for the second time since taking over the program in 2011. He also brought home the league crown for a second time, a feat he last achieved in 2015 when the Titans won the CIF Southern Section Central Division championship.
“It feels great,” Hobbie said. “It felt really good to beat Monrovia. Our kids really wanted to win and played extremely hard. They were extremely physical and at the top of their game.” Continue reading “San Marino Wins League Title, Hosts Playoff Game”

Woman Dies After Car Crashes Into Tree

San Marino police continue to investigate a single-vehicle collision that occurred Monday morning and led to a woman’s death.
The 83-year-old victim, whose name was still being withheld Tuesday at The Outlook’s press deadline, was driving an older-model Volvo that collided with a tree near the intersection of Lorain and Windsor roads at around 9:40 a.m. Monday. She died after being transported to Huntington Hospital by first responders. Continue reading “Woman Dies After Car Crashes Into Tree”

City Council Sets Moratorium on Removal of Trees

San Marino officials will have the security of a moratorium on permits for tree removals as they tweak a proposed ordinance that is meant to address concerns about the practice and will be reintroduced in December.
Planning and Building Director Aldo Cervantes, whose department handles permits and code enforcement, has been directed to make several changes to the proposed ordinance. They include more thoroughly defining what hedges and tree topping are, adding a provision to revoke business licenses from those violating the ordinance, revising the requirement for minimum replacement tree size and removing language that distinguishes between front yard and backyard trees. Continue reading “City Council Sets Moratorium on Removal of Trees”

School Parcel Tax Renewal Placed on February Ballot

With the election for the renewal of one of the San Marino Unified School District’s parcel taxes officially set, the onus is now on community members to promote — or discourage — bringing it back for another six years.
Parents of SMUSD students traditionally spearhead cam-paigns for tax renewals and other measures, with school officials and Board of Education members limited to discussing information about the ballot item without weighing in on its merits. Even the campaigners must volunteer entirely on their own. Continue reading “School Parcel Tax Renewal Placed on February Ballot”