Revolution Dance Studio, with LCF Connection, Looks to Future

La Cañada Flintridge resident Julie Kay Stallcup, the co-owner of Revolution Dance Studio who has helped shape young talents such as superstar musicians Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas, Tinashe and actress Julia Butters, is simply trying to stay afloat during this time of the coronavirus.
Stallcup, in a recent interview inside the Montrose studio with her husband Darrell Stallcup and their business partner Melissa Gerard, said they are working to ultimately figure out a solution.
“It might not be the way it was going to be,” Stallcup said. “You can’t take dance away from us.”

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La Cañada Flintridge residents Julie Kay Stallcup (left) and her husband Darrell are owners of Revolution Dance Studio, which has turned out superstar talent, including Grammy Award winner Billie Eilish. Also pictured above is their business partner, Melissa Gerard.

The studio, which features tap, ballet, jazz, musical theater, hip-hop and other dancing styles, is tentatively scheduled to reopen on May 5.
“We are projecting that date because of information from local authorities,” Stallcup said.
Registration for summer classes, which start on July 6 and run through Aug. 15, is still ongoing through the company’s website at revolutiondancecenter.com.
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USC-VHH Continues To Safely Deliver Babies Despite Coronavirus

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital continues to deliver babies and tries to keep its patients safe by screening individuals who come to the facility and also by limiting mothers to one guest.
In fact, the hospital is reporting its highest birthrate in years, and CEO Keith Hobbs pledged that USC-VHH will continue to deliver babies throughout the crisis.

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A new mother and her baby are pictured with USC Verdugo Hills Hospital nurse Kristin Anderson.

Among the hospital’s newest mothers is Tiffany Yzaguirre, who gave birth to a healthy girl — Blake — via C-section on March 23. The 25-year-old said she felt the hospital staff was accommodating and that everything went well, even amidst all of the attention focused on the disease, which is caused by a novel coronavirus that emerged late last year.
“In the midst of the coronavirus and pandemic going on, it was a really eerie feeling to be at the hospital, but they took all the precautions they needed too,” Yzaguirre said. “They screened everyone at the door, which was slightly intimidating, but overall it was a great experience.”
Her doctor, Steven Hartford, a 35-year resident of LCF, said he has delivered babies for 36 years at the hospital. He said USC-VHH has sensible yet strict policies for getting inside and being safe since the coronavirus outbreak.
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LCF Birthday Boy Thrown Surprise Drive-By Party

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Parker Winzenried 11, and Jake Olivarez observe Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station patrol vehicles recognizing Olivarez’s 12th birthday with a parade on Crown Avenue in LCF.

A 12-year-old La Cañada Flintridge boy recently celebrated a birthday he won’t ever forget.
Jake Olivarez had an estimated 100 cars go by his home to celebrate his first-ever “virtual birthday” on Crown Avenue.
“At first I was nervous because of all the cars I just randomly saw,” Jake said afterward while standing next to a “Happy Birthday JAKE 12!!!” sign in front of his house. “Then my mom said, ‘This is going to be a long ride.’ It was really fun and my friend [Parker Winzenried, who attends Paradise Canyon Elementary School] came and stood next to me while everyone was honking and the cop cars came and I was happy.”
After Gov. Gavin Newsom’s “Shelter in Place” order was announced in March, directives were given locally and statewide regarding social distancing to stop the spread of the coronavirus. So Jake’s mother Johanna came up with the plan after watching the local news and seeing someone else throwing a similar party.
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LCUSD: Lawsuit by Students Alleging Racism ‘Resolved’

A lawsuit filed by the families of four former La Cañada High School students last year alleging racial discrimination on the part of La Cañada Unified School District, site administration and an LCHS teacher in relation to an alleged student cheating incident has been resolved, LCUSD Superintendent Wendy Sinnette said in a statement Wednesday.
“There was no monetary settlement provided by the district or its representative agencies in this matter,” Sinnette said.
The lawsuit, filed in September 2019, was related to discipline issued regarding an alleged coordinated cheating effort on a test in an Advanced Placement European history class in October 2018. In the civil complaint that was obtained by The Outlook and is public record, four students and their guardians accused LCHS’ principal and a history teacher of helping enact a “covert and systemic policy of discrimination against Korean students.” The student plaintiffs received zeros as discipline and were required to essentially drop the class after it was claimed that they cheated on the test.
LCUSD said that as part of resolving the lawsuit, each of the four students signed a document that effectively retracts and denies all claims of racism by any LCUSD employees.
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LCF Woman Finishes Last Chemo For Breast Cancer, Gets Surprise Party

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Lisa Geller, of LCF, was diagnosed with breast cancer last October but chemotherapy eliminated the tumor and a parade was held in her honor.

A La Cañada Flintridge woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer and had her last round of chemotherapy got a surprise parade as approximately three dozen cars recently drove around her neighborhood to show support.
Lise Geller, 57, said she had no idea anything was in the works as she sat across from her sister, Jeanne Haney, and prepared to enjoy a glass of champagne. Lise’s husband, Carl Geller, said some neighbors had put chairs up in the front yard.
“I went out front and all the neighbors were in their yard and the cars started coming,” Lise said. “I was completely floored. I had absolutely zero idea anything like that would happen. I’m not usually short on words, but it really surprised me more than anything.”
After Gov. Gavin Newsom’s “Safer at Home” order was announced in March, directives were given locally and statewide regarding social distancing to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Friends had signs for Lise during the afternoon parade, Carl said. She was diagnosed with the cancer last October and began treatment in November, he said. She was scheduled for surgery in May and radiation treatments were to begin in June.
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La Cañada Council Picks Davitt as Mayor; Inducts Eich, Gunter

Michael Davitt

Amid a notable lack of fanfare due to social distancing, Michael Davitt was chosen unanimously as mayor of La Cañada Flintridge at a virtual City Council meeting on Tuesday, which also featured the installation of new members Keith Eich, Rick Gunter and incumbent Terry Walker.

The meeting, which typically would have celebrated the council re-organization after an election, with special recognition to new members and those leaving office — which this term includes Gregory Brown and Leonard Pieroni — was held quickly and from the privacy of separate locations.

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LCHS Junior Launches 3-D Effort for Healthcare Workers

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La Cañada High School junior J.T. Salcido is spearheading the “LCHS Cares” effort to print 3-D face shields to help hospital workers.

La Cañada High School junior J.T. Salcido has kept busy so far during his school’s hiatus on coronavirus social distancing, and now, spring break is set to get even busier.

Salcido has launched the “LCHS Cares” project, an effort to print 3-D face shields to help hospital workers protect themselves and others during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The idea came up when Salcido, 17, said his father, Craig, who works at an Orange County hospital, began seeing patients with respirator masks. The doctor had heard 3-D digital masks might be possible for health care workers, and asked his tech-savvy son if he might lend a hand.

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City Talks Coronavirus Measures, Ratifies LCF Emergency

Among topics of discussion, eight local confirmed cases of COVID-19 were discussed by the La Cañada Flintridge City Council during a special meeting Tuesday night.
“If you look at the per capita rate, we’re way up there,” said Councilman Gregory Brown. “If you look at all the cities in L.A. County, we’re in the top 10% of per capita basis.”
The city’s eight confirmed cases were according to Los Angeles County Public Health, as of Wednesday. Earlier statistics had lumped LCF data together with Montrose and La Crescenta, but that is no longer the case, Brown noted.
Meanwhile, Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station Captain Todd Deeds told the council that everyone in the city has been “extremely” cooperative in trying to comply with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s “Shelter in Place” order announced last month, giving directives on social distancing to stop the spread of coronavirus. A deputy at the local farmers’ market on Saturday spoke to some attendees about social distancing and they cooperated, Deeds said.
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Local Chinese American Club Donates Much-Needed Masks

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HaiHui Voth, Lola Dietrich, LiJuan Deng, Ashley Dietrich, Jack Wang, Derek Jiang and Liang Wei display masks from the Chinese Club of La Cañada and La Crescenta that were given to the La Cañada Unified School District.

The Chinese Club of La Cañada and La Crescenta has been busy donating masks to local organizations.
Last week, members supplied masks to La Cañada Flintridge city officials, the La Cañada Unified School District and the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station, among others.
“We are grateful for this generous gift to the city,” said Rebekka Hosken, director of finance for the city of LCF, which received 100 masks last Thursday. “These masks are greatly appreciated to help protect the safety of our staff members and to ensure we remain healthy and able to continue serving the public.”
Shahan Atmajian, the city’s emergency services coordinator, will distribute them to staff.
Mark Evans, associate superintendent of business and administrative services for LCUSD, said the district received 150 masks.
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Walker, Eich, Gunter Officially Win Council Seats; School Parcel Tax Victorious

With the results now officially certified, it is confirmed the La Cañada Flintridge City Council will have some new and familiar faces.
Councilwoman Terry Walker, city Public Works and Traffic Commissioner Keith Eich and former Planning Commissioner Rick Gunter were certified on March 27 by Los Angeles County as the victors in an election for three open council seats.
The new members will take the dais at a City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 7, said LCF City Manager Mark Alexander.
“The meeting will subsequently include the virtual swearing-in of Mr. Eich and Mr. Gunter and they will immediately assume office,” Alexander said in an email. “We will then have the selection of the new mayor and mayor pro tem.”
A more ceremonial swearing-in with friends and family, as well as recognition of retiring council members Leonard Pieroni and Gregory Brown, is likely to occur at a later date, Alexander said.
Meanwhile, the La Cañada Unified School District’s Measure LC passed with more than 70% of the ballots cast by registered voters in the LCUSD area in support. The parcel tax renewal needed two-thirds of voter support, or at least 66.7%, to pass.
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