New Principal to Greet Every Palm Crest Student

Cory Pak
Cory Pak

Members of the Palm Crest Elementary School community can expect to see a lot of Principal Cory Pak today, his first school day at the campus.
Pak, who was approved by the La Cañada Flintridge Unified School District Governing Board as principal on July 17, plans to meet every student and greet each of them.
“You won’t see me in here,” he said in a recent interview in his spacious office on campus, which at the time was mostly empty except for a desk, table and some signs left behind by previous Principal Karen Hurley, who has moved to a district-level post. “I won’t be in the office. I’ll be where the kids are almost every day. But certainly on the first day.” Continue reading “New Principal to Greet Every Palm Crest Student”

Governing Board Wants More Details on School’s Makeover

Mark Evans
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
Mark Evans, La Cañada Unified School District’s chief business and operations officer, discusses parking options for a Palm Crest Elementary School modernization project at a Governing Board meeting Tuesday.

Members of the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board on Tuesday agreed on a general layout for Palm Crest Elementary School, which is set for a major modernization, but asked the district’s staff for a more detailed plan for the endeavor, due for a groundbreaking in 2021.
The board unanimously voted for more information on an option that includes two two-story buildings forming a V shape, with open space in between, and outdoor corridors. Continue reading “Governing Board Wants More Details on School’s Makeover”

LCHS Opens Wellness Center, an Oasis Amid Stress

Wellness Center
Photos by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
The Wellness Center at La Cañada High School will feature a “bubble wall,” a pod — which is still in the construction process — in which students can relax, and a mural.

After a summer respite, La Cañada High School students will return today to resume their studies in a setting known for high achievement and expectations — conditions that can compound stress, as do social complications young people often experience.
No wonder, then, that student Riley Trowbridge sees the Wellness Center as a real need at LCHS. Continue reading “LCHS Opens Wellness Center, an Oasis Amid Stress”

Session Helps Close Tech Gap Between Parents and Kids

Most La Cañada Unified School District parents undoubtedly want their children to be skilled in the use of digital technology, electronic devices and software — but not to be controlled by or obsessed with such tools.
That was one of the reasons more than 20 people attended Parent Tech Academy Summer 2019 in the La Cañada High School library on Monday, the first evening of a two-session event that continued the next night. Continue reading “Session Helps Close Tech Gap Between Parents and Kids”

City Leaders Back Plan for Four More 210 Sound Walls

State Sen. Anthony Portantino
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State Sen. Anthony Portantino discusses various types of sound walls to the La Cañada Flintridge City Council at a recent meeting.

A plan to build four more sound walls along the north side of the 210 Freeway was approved this week by the La Cañada City Council and will be submitted for approval by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
The council OKd the proposal Tuesday night at its regularly scheduled meeting. A request that will be sent to Metro will state the locations of the latest noise-dampening barriers the city would like to have designed and built. Continue reading “City Leaders Back Plan for Four More 210 Sound Walls”

County Official Briefs Council on Big Dig Dust Control Effort

big dig
Photo courtesy Los Angeles County Public Works
The La Cañada Flintridge City Council listened to presentations from Los Angeles County and local residents about the controversial Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project at a recent study session meeting.

It will take up to three weeks to install a wheel washer and start a pilot tarping program at the Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project to cut down on dust generated by the sprawling enterprise, a Los Angeles County official said at a meeting this week.
Steve Burger, assistant deputy director of the county Department of Public Works, made the comments about the project, also known as the Big Dig, at a La Cañada Flintridge City Council study session meeting on Tuesday night. Burger said he would also look into other concerns voiced by the council and the public. Continue reading “County Official Briefs Council on Big Dig Dust Control Effort”

Local Volunteers Build Rose Float and, Hopefully, Tradition’s Future

“Dodo Bird Flight School”
Courtesy La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association
The completed drawing for “Dodo Bird Flight School” is the blueprint for the float that will be in the 2020 Rose Parade.

On a recent Thursday, Tim Brugarolas and Bryan Bielawa were busy twisting pieces or welding portions of the “Dodo Bird Flight School” 2020 La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association float.
“Right now, I’m shaping legs for the birds,” said Brugarolas, 15, a La Cañada High School student, as a light rain fell. “I’ve never done this kind of shaping before. I’m experiencing how the springs react, twisting them, just how they tighten. Before I was working on a propeller, and now I’m working on this.” Continue reading “Local Volunteers Build Rose Float and, Hopefully, Tradition’s Future”

LCF Again Voices Concerns Over Proposed Glendale Construction

proposed senior living/medical facility and parking garage
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
A proposed senior living/medical facility and parking garage on Glendale’s border with La Cañada Flintridge has drawn local criticism. A meeting about the project, which is located directly across from USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, is set for next week in Glendale.

A proposed three-story senior residential and medical facility and three-level parking garage near La Cañada Flintridge that has drawn criticism from some neighbors and city staff members will be the topic of an Aug. 8 meeting in Glendale. Continue reading “LCF Again Voices Concerns Over Proposed Glendale Construction”