Young Filmmakers Learn From Pros at LCHS

Photos by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK Diego Osorio-Lowery, Sam Hernandez and Gage Johnson are the founding members of the Young Filmmakers Association at La Cañada High School. Hernandez is the president, Osorio-Lowery is the vice president and Johnson is the treasurer.
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Diego Osorio-Lowery, Sam Hernandez and Gage Johnson are the founding members of the Young Filmmakers Association at La Cañada High School. Hernandez is the president, Osorio-Lowery is the vice president and Johnson is the treasurer.

Entertainment professionals Rachel Ramras, Larry Dorf and Hugh Davidson, known for comedy shows such as “Robot Chicken,” “Mike Tyson Mysteries” and “Nobodies,” recently gave some La Cañada High School students real-life advice on navigating the industry.
The latest program of the Young Filmmakers Association featured the three professionals discussing their various shows to a group of about 15 students.
Davidson told the youths that while writing for “Robot Chicken,” he realized that writing was more satisfying than being an actor.
“In acting, you have to wait for a lot of people to say yes,” Davidson said. “It’s a powerless position. Even for the most famous ones, they still have to wait for someone to call them. With writing, you can just do it. You’re in the young filmmakers club; you’re already on your way. You can make stuff on your own.”
Davidson, who worked at Warner Bros. animation, wrote for the animated sitcom “The Looney Tunes Show” with Ramras and Dorf that ran from 2011-14. Continue reading “Young Filmmakers Learn From Pros at LCHS”

Talkin’ ’Bout His Generation: LCHS Grad’s Book Explains Millennials

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK Dario CiVon, a La Cañada High School graduate and former Spartans basketball star, displays his nonfiction book “I’m Not Moving Out, I’m Not Getting a Job … A Millennial Field Guide + Gen Z.”
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Dario CiVon, a La Cañada High School graduate and former Spartans basketball star, displays his nonfiction book “I’m Not Moving Out, I’m Not Getting a Job … A Millennial Field Guide + Gen Z.”

Dario CiVon, a La Cañada High School graduate and former Spartans basketball star, acknowledges the title of his book about millennials is attention grabbing and, yes, a little clickbait-y.
“I’m Not Moving Out, I’m Not Getting a Job … A Millennial Field Guide + Gen Z” is a 191-page nonfiction work tackling social media, video games, college and even marijuana as they relate to people around his age. It’s available on Amazon and Kindle and at the Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse.
“It’s like a clickbait title in the era of clickbait,” CiVon, 25, said in a recent interview at the bookstore on Foothill Boulevard in La Cañada Flintridge. “The book starts at all of the flaws with millennials. Here’s everything that we have to hear, that we’ve heard for years, about this, that and the other thing” — the tendency to become easily distracted, to expect to have immediate access via the internet to whatever information they seek, and much more. Continue reading “Talkin’ ’Bout His Generation: LCHS Grad’s Book Explains Millennials”

Edison Outlines Plan to Brush Back Chance of Wildfires

Southern California Edison officials outlined a plan to mitigate the potential for wildfires in and around La Cañada Flintridge and responded to calls to move power lines underground during a recent community meeting.
Officials also focused on vegetation management at the meeting Monday night at the Lanterman Auditorium. A priority of Edison’s 2019 Wildfire Mitigation Plan, filed on Feb. 6 with the California Public Utilities Commission, is to address and reduce fires caused by utility infrastructure, according to Edison officials quoted on the company’s website. Continue reading “Edison Outlines Plan to Brush Back Chance of Wildfires”

Students Scout Health Careers at USC-VHH Day of Discovery

Photos by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK Michelle Sullivan, director of physical medicine and rehabilitation at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, explains physical, occupational, cardiac and speech therapy to local students at the recent Healthcare Day of Discovery event.
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Michelle Sullivan, director of physical medicine and rehabilitation at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, explains physical, occupational, cardiac and speech therapy to local students at the recent Healthcare Day of Discovery event.

La Cañada High School senior Brandon Torres spent the recent Healthcare Day of Discovery at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital learning more about becoming a general surgeon or another type of physician.
The 18-year-old was doing more than satisfying a personal interest. He was also helping fulfill hospital leaders’ goal of encouraging young people to consider taking roles in a critical industry.
Torres was one of nearly 50 youth from area high schools, including St. Francis High School and Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, that participated in the event at the hospital. Continue reading “Students Scout Health Careers at USC-VHH Day of Discovery”

Sagebrush Territory Transfer Meeting Set for May 1

A meeting between school district officials and the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization to discuss the possible transfer of the Sagebrush territory into the La Cañada Unified School District — and an environmental impact report regarding that issue — is set for May 1.
Petitioners from Sagebrush, which encompasses about 380 acres in La Cañada Flintridge’s western-most part, seek to transfer the area from the Glendale Unified School District to LCUSD. Continue reading “Sagebrush Territory Transfer Meeting Set for May 1”

County Leaders Approve Air Quality Monitoring Plan for Big Dig

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK  The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors recently approved an air quality monitoring plan for the Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project, also known as the Big Dig, at its regularly scheduled board meeting in Los Angeles.
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The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors recently approved an air quality monitoring plan for the Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project, also known as the Big Dig, at its regularly scheduled board meeting in Los Angeles.

The Big Dig, also known as the Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project, generated news on two fronts recently. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved an air quality monitoring plan for the controversial project, and the local Joint-Use Committee learned that a significant portion of work has been delayed from this month until May.
County supervisors agreed on Tuesday in Los Angeles to retain a consultant to place air quality monitoring devices at the project site and evaluate the data publicly, among other actions. Continue reading “County Leaders Approve Air Quality Monitoring Plan for Big Dig”

New Mayor Pieroni Touts Public Safety at Meeting

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK At a La Cañada Flintridge City Council meeting this week, Terry Walker stepped down as mayor and Leonard Pieroni assumed the office. Walker continues as a councilwoman.
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At a La Cañada Flintridge City Council meeting this week, Terry Walker stepped down as mayor and Leonard Pieroni assumed the office. Walker continues as a councilwoman.

Leonard Pieroni pointed to public safety as his top priority after being selected as mayor of La Cañada Flintridge in a reorganization of the City Council this week.
“We experienced an uptick in burglaries in the past year,” Pieroni said at the council’s meeting on Tuesday. “I think it’s imperative that we continue the close working relationship with our local sheriff and the [Crescenta Valley] station and maintain open communications with them so they can catch the bad guys and keep our community safe. I know they’re working on that a lot more than you probably see out in the streets.”
Pieroni took the reins from outgoing Mayor Terry Walker at the meeting.
Councilman Greg Brown, who was out of the country, was chosen mayor pro tem by his colleagues. Continue reading “New Mayor Pieroni Touts Public Safety at Meeting”

Holocaust Survivors’ Plea to Students: Remember Our Stories

Photo courtesy of Jarrett Gold Gal Kessler Rohs, an LCHS parent and education director for Temple Beth David Religious School, Holocaust survivor Trudie Strobel, LCHS 7/8 Principal Jarrett Gold and Holocaust survivor Leon Prochnik spoke at an LCHS program about Holocaust trauma and tragedy.
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Gal Kessler Rohs, an LCHS parent and education director for Temple Beth David Religious School, Holocaust survivor Trudie Strobel, LCHS 7/8 Principal Jarrett Gold and Holocaust survivor Leon Prochnik spoke at an LCHS program about Holocaust trauma and tragedy.

Pleading with their audience not to forget the horrors inflicted by Nazis during the World War II era, two Holocaust survivors recently shared their stories with about 400 people at the La Cañada High School Auditorium, including LCHS 7/8 students.
La Crescenta resident Leon Prochnik shed tears frequently as he recalled how his family, which he said owned the second-largest chocolate factory in Poland, escaped from its homeland to safety in Lithuania, then to Japan and Canada.
“It was a life-and-death drama,” Prochnik said. “I didn’t know the murder part, because that’s not what my parents talked to me about. My sister knew there was a great danger of that” — of the dangers of Jews being killed at the hands of the Nazis. Continue reading “Holocaust Survivors’ Plea to Students: Remember Our Stories”

Heartbreaking Memories Remain 10 Years After Fatal Crash on Foothill

Photo courtesy Keith Tobias In the background, a truck extends from the Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse at the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Angeles Crest Highway after an accident on the afternoon of April 1, 2009. The runaway truck collided with the red vehicle in the foreground, killing two people and injuring at least 12, officials said.
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In the background, a truck extends from the Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse at the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Angeles Crest Highway after an accident on the afternoon of April 1, 2009. The runaway truck collided with the red vehicle in the foreground, killing two people and injuring at least 12, officials said.

Memories of a horrific tragedy of a big-rig truck colliding with a car, which occurred 10 years ago this week, are still fresh in many local residents’ memories. The collision, on Angeles Crest Highway just north of Foothill Boulevard on April 1, 2009, claimed two lives and injured at least 12 people in the heart of La Cañada Flintridge.
It was the lead story on many television newscasts that day and evening, and continued to be a major story in the weeks following. Continue reading “Heartbreaking Memories Remain 10 Years After Fatal Crash on Foothill”

Commission Is Briefed on City’s Efforts to Extinguish Wildfire Danger

Measures that are being taken by La Cañada Flintridge and a regional utility company to prevent wildfires were outlined during a city Public Safety Commission meeting this week.
Chris Carey, LCF’s emergency services coordinator, explained Monday how the city plans to prevent power lines from creating fires. Questions from Commissioner Thomas Schafer had prompted the meeting at City Hall. Continue reading “Commission Is Briefed on City’s Efforts to Extinguish Wildfire Danger”