LCUSD Settlements With Ex-Principals Stir Mixed Parent Response

La Cañada High School students are beginning an academic year’s second half without Principal Ian McFeat for the first time since 2013 as a result of six-figure legal settlements involving him, the school district and his wife, Christine Castillo, a former La Cañada Elementary School principal.
McFeat, who was hired as principal in July 2012, became the La Cañada Unified School District’s executive director of student services on Dec. 10, a move that district officials had said was a promotion. Later, it was revealed that he and Castillo had signed settlement agreements on Dec. 4 that stemmed from a Castillo lawsuit and determined his employment is terminated effective June 30.

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Ian McFeat, former La Cañada High School principal, and Christine Castillo, an ex-La Cañada Elementary School principal, agreed in December to separate six-figure settlements from LCUSD.

Since The Outlook reported last month that McFeat has left and details of the settlement have been disseminated, the community has engaged in spirited discussion — in particular on a closed Facebook page, with more than 100 comments on the topic. Some parents have said they are glad the lawsuit has ended, albeit with questions regarding the cost and divided opinion over the unforeseen changes in leadership. In several Facebook posts, writers voiced displeasure that LCUSD had settled at all in a case that they said was bogus and declared that the hiring process for McFeat and Castillo had been flawed from the beginning.
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County Committee Continues to Study Sagebrush Transfer Proposal

Supporters of a transfer of La Cañada Flintridge’s Sagebrush area into the local school district were on hand Wednesday when the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization took up the issue, which appeared to remain far from a resolution.
Sagebrush, located in the LCF’s western-most corner, is part of the Glendale Unified School District. Continue reading “County Committee Continues to Study Sagebrush Transfer Proposal”

Sheriff Gives Blasnek Transfer, Promotion

Chris Blasnek
Chris Blasnek

Chris Blasnek was not necessarily expecting to leave the familiar setting of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station when he was called to a meeting on Dec. 27 with Alex Villanueva, the new Los Angeles County sheriff.
Blasnek, who has been the captain at the local station, said he was not told the reason for the session at the Hall of Justice in downtown L.A., and he was prepared for anything. Continue reading “Sheriff Gives Blasnek Transfer, Promotion”

Flintridge Prep Alum Rides City of Hope’s Rose Parade Float

Olivia Gaines (center), who received a stem-cell transplant at City of Hope, is pictured with nurses Karen Huelsman and Erin Kopp.
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Olivia Gaines (center), who received a stem-cell transplant at City of Hope, is pictured with nurses Karen Huelsman and Erin Kopp.

Flintridge Prep alumna Olivia Gaines was one of seven City of Hope patients selected to celebrate their second chance at life by riding the institution’s float during the 130th Rose Parade on New Year’s Day.
A 2013 graduate of Prep, Gaines took a leave of absence from college when she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in order to receive the treatment required to save her life. At City of Hope she received a stem-cell transplant, which uses a donor’s bone marrow to re-establish function in patients whose bone marrow or immune system is defective. Continue reading “Flintridge Prep Alum Rides City of Hope’s Rose Parade Float”

New Union Station Board Chair Leads Mission to End Homelessness

Jim Moore became board chair for Union Station Homeless Services in Pasadena after serving on the board for 6½ years.
Jim Moore became board chair for Union Station Homeless Services in Pasadena after serving on the board for 6½ years.

This time of year the cold, wet nights might present misery for Pasadena’s most vulnerable, but Union Station Homeless Services long has provided comfort with hot meals and temporary refuge, becoming the leading homeless services agency in the San Gabriel Valley.
With the help of more than 3,000 community volunteers, Union Station has evolved over four decades to coordinate with more than 40 social service agencies in an effort to end homelessness in the region. Not only do volunteers here serve hundreds of meals daily,
but the nonprofit also maintains five permanent supportive and emergency housing facilities in Pasadena. Continue reading “New Union Station Board Chair Leads Mission to End Homelessness”

San Marino Clobbers South Pasadena in League Opener

The San Marino High School varsity boys’ basketball team got off to a stellar start in Rio Hondo League play with a dominant 56-40 victory over visiting rival South Pasadena last Saturday.
The Titans (11-7 overall record) managed to build a double-digit lead at the half because of its stingy defense. They pressured the Tigers’ shooters and limited them to only two 3-pointers in the first two quarters. South Pasadena (2-13 overall) improved on offense in the second half but was unable to muster a good run to get back in the game. Continue reading “San Marino Clobbers South Pasadena in League Opener”

Obituary: Elsie Lenore Swingle Hughes

Elsie Lenore Swingle Hughes
June 15, 1917-Dec. 26, 2018

Elsie Lenore Swingle Hughes

Beloved by all who knew her, Elsie Lenore Swingle Hughes passed away gracefully at age 101. In her lifetime she left a legacy of love, kindness and beautiful memories.
She was born in Carbondale, Pennsylvania, to Caroline and Worrie Swingle. After graduation from Benjamin Franklin High School in Carbondale, she joined her older sister at the University of Arizona, Tucson, where she was an active member of the Alpha Phi sorority. There she met the love of her life, Thomas Earl Hughes (Tommy), a captain in the Army Air Corps. After a short time, he proposed and she accepted. They were married in 1941, soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and moved to California. While he was overseas, she worked for Lockheed.
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LCF Resident on Cover of Time Likes Magazine’s Message

Maryam Nouh
Maryam Nouh

La Cañada Flintridge resident Maryam Nouh felt a sense of pride after she learned an image showing her praying would be on a recent cover of Time magazine featuring a photo illustration of a diverse group of people and the headline “Who Gets to Be American?”
“Time magazine is one of the oldest weekly newsmagazines still running — still in print — so to have that be so deeply tied to America is really beautiful,” said Nouh, a Muslim who is shown praying while wearing a head scarf on the Nov. 26/Dec. 3 double issue. “It was really touching for me and really touching for my community,” she said. “I’d be super thrilled if I looked at that and this girl is wearing a scarf like me. But it actually is me in this case.” Continue reading “LCF Resident on Cover of Time Likes Magazine’s Message”

Deepening Its Roots, Twelve Oaks Senior Living Marks Milestone

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK Leoncie Green and Rosetta DeAllen take part in musical bingo at Twelve Oaks Senior Living.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
Leoncie Green and Rosetta DeAllen take part in musical bingo at Twelve Oaks Senior Living.

Twelve Oaks Senior Living recently celebrated its first birthday, though that milestone hardly conveys the long history of the facility near La Cañada Flintridge that serves elderly residents.
The Glendale center, known for decades as Twelve Oaks Lodge before undergoing a rebirth after the previous facility’s closing, kept its Dec. 21 anniversary a quiet one. But on Friday, residents played a catchy form of musical bingo that carried over into a happy hour featuring sparkling cider.
LCF resident Karen Gee McAuley, who serves on the board of the Twelve Oaks Foundation, likened the facility for men and women to a cruise ship or even a resort. Continue reading “Deepening Its Roots, Twelve Oaks Senior Living Marks Milestone”