Local Political Sign Theft Seen as ‘Sad,’ ‘Unfortunate’

The removal of campaign signs also was experienced by campaigns in the 2017 City Council election, with supporters for then-candidate Keith Eich reporting a slew of missing placards from their yards. Later, it was discovered that storm debris collectors had taken at least some of those signs.

The race involving four candidates for two seats on the La Cañada Flintridge Unified School District Governing Board has been marred by the theft of political signs from residential yards, a trend mirrored — and widely discussed on social media — across nearby municipalities ahead of the national, state and local elections on Nov. 3.
All of the LCUSD board candidates have reportedly had signs stolen or defaced since campaigning began, and though Sgt. Ed Retamoza of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station confirmed authorities have received multiple reports, he could not confirm a total. The crime is considered petty theft, he added.

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Signs Depicting Hate Speech Spark Debate

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Six signs displaying racist hate speech that were left at the Town Center recently were said to quote some of the hateful slurs current or former LCUSD students have heard.

A group of signs that recently were displayed at La Cañada Flintridge Town Center depict racist and hurtful slurs that La Cañada High School students say they have heard and that students have also anonymously posted to the Instagram page at racism_at_lchs, a local activist group said.
The signs were left near the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Angeles Crest Highway after a La Cañada BLM demonstration and were taken down the next morning by Town Center staff.
According to a statement by La Cañada BLM, which was formed as part of a local outcry after George Floyd died while in police custody in Minneapolis in May, the messages on cardboard were left by current or former LCUSD students.

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LCUSD Leader Embraces Goals, Growth

Superintendent Wendy Sinnette

Earlier this week, La Cañada Unified School District Superintendent Wendy Sinnette had a small bounce in her step.
After steering the district through a historic pandemic and confronting barriers to a return to on-campus education, Sinnette applied on Monday for waivers from Los Angeles County to allow in-person instruction for TK-grade 2 at all three district elementary schools. LCUSD likely is one of the first public school districts, if not the first, in the county to apply for the waivers, which will help increase the potential of approval, she noted.
“It really is a huge accomplishment,” said Sinnette, beaming as she lightly waved the paperwork in her hand. “I have to give a shoutout to the California School Employees Association Chapter 122,” which gave a formal letter of support to the district, one of the requirements to file for a waiver.
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LCUSD Candidates Tackle Issues Head-On at Forum

During a two-hour forum Tuesday night, four candidates earnestly stated their cases to be chosen for one of two open seats on the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board in the Nov. 3 election, answering questions on weighty and wide-ranging topics in rapid-fire succession.
In an event presented via Zoom and co-hosted by the League of Women Voters Pasadena Area and La Cañada Council PTA, the candidates fielded questions ranging from what makes them the best candidate to how they would speed the reopening of schools to improving the online learning platform in use because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
They also tackled queries on the implementation of any diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, potential changes in curriculum, methods to enhance the school district, ways to improve the LCUSD board, how to serve the students’ social and emotional needs, district policies the candidates may have disagreed with in the past, and many others.
About 226 viewers tuned in to watch the La Cañada School Board Candidate Forum in real time, as candidates were given two minutes to present an opening statement and one minute to respond to each question thereafter. No candidates were allowed to preview the questions, compiled in advance by the LWVPA. Due to the high volume of prepared questions, very few spontaneous questions by viewers were presented.

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USC-VHH Named Top Hospital for LGBTQ+ Patients, Employees

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In 2019, Keck Medicine — of which USC Verdugo Hills Hospital is a part — helped sponsor the L.A. Pride parade (above), and hospital employees were invited to participate. USC-VHH was designated this year by the Human Rights Campaign as a top hospital for LGBTQ+ patients and health-care workers.

USC Verdugo Hills Hospital recently was designated by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation as a top hospital for LGBTQ+ patients and health-care workers, the only hospital in Glendale to receive the recognition.
The Human Rights Campaign, the educational arm of the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization, designated all of Keck Medicine’s hospitals as LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leaders after evaluating hospitals nationwide on their services and work environments to ensure that people who identify as LGBTQ+ feel included and are well cared for.
“It has always been the goal of our hospital to ensure the health and well-being of the whole community, including those who identify as LGBTQ+,” said USC-VHH CEO Keith Hobbs. “Receiving this designation by the Human Rights Campaign is an honor, but not the reason we strive to provide care. That said, we hope that this designation can reassure LGBTQ+ patients in the community that we are here for them, that they and their loved ones will be treated with the utmost respect and compassion, addressing any personalized needs that may arise.”

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School Leaders Caution Against ‘Falsehoods’ About DEI

The La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board said this week that the diversity, equity and inclusion report given by a consultant at an August board meeting is being translated into Korean and Chinese, and that edition will be shared with the LCUSD community once completed.
In a joint statement, district Superintendent Wendy Sinnette and board President Joe Radabaugh also addressed questions the board has received regarding DEI and some of the rumors or falsehoods allegedly circulating ahead of the election for two board seats on Nov. 3. They recommended that residents who need clarification on the meaning of DEI or the district’s intentions reach out directly to a board member or staff.
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Learning New Tricks: Kids Train Shelter Dogs During Pandemic

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A Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena member displays his dog-training skills at an obstacle course with a shelter dog named Dodger at a previous K9 Youth Alliance program. Since the pandemic began, the nonprofit K9YA has created a virtual dog-training program for 6th-graders at the club that is seen as a great success.

As it turns out, teaching old dogs new tricks is possible: A beloved program for local youth at the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena recently found a way to break through the COVID-19 pandemic’s barriers to virtually teach kids to help shelter dogs and foster their love for animals.
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Small-Town Native Earns Big Success at Credit Union

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La Cañada Flintridge native and Caltech Employees Federal Credit Union President and CEO Rich Harris has steered the institution to unprecedented growth.

For many young residents growing up in a sleepy suburb, success in the business world is best achieved after flying the coop, so to speak, leaving for college and working their way up in the world.
But for longtime local Rich Harris, achievement was earned just down the street from where he grew up.
As Caltech Employees Federal Credit Union president and CEO, Harris has led the La Cañada Flintridge-based entity for 34 years to unprecedented growth and has earned a seat at the table in helping to shape banking industry advocacy at the national level with top U.S. government officials.
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USC-VHH Named Top Hospital for LGBTQ+ Patients, Employees

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In 2019, Keck Medicine — of which USC Verdugo Hills Hospital is a part — helped sponsor the LA Pride parade (above), and hospital employees were invited to participate. USC-VHH was designated this year by the Human Rights Campaign as a top hospital for LGBTQ+ patients and health-care workers.

USC Verdugo Hills Hospital recently was designated by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation as a top hospital for LGBTQ+ patients and health-care workers, the only hospital in Glendale to receive the recognition.
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LCF Resident Takes on Federal Judge Post

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The Blumenfeld family, including Brian, Andrew, Judge Stanley and Susan, and Carolyn and Robert Small, traveled to Washington last November to witness a Senate hearing after the judge was nominated for his federal post.

La Cañada Flintridge resident Stanley Blumenfeld Jr. was sworn in on Tuesday as a judge for the United States District Court for the Central District of California, where he was once an assistant U.S. attorney.
The ceremony at the federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles followed the Senate confirmation last week of Blumenfeld, who was a veteran L.A. County Superior Court judge, on a 92-4 majority vote. He will preside over matters in Los Angeles in the court’s Western Division.
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