Mayor’s Hike Offers Path to Discovery of LCF Trails

Irene Christensen, who has lived in La Cañada Flintridge for 41 years, recently discovered parts of the city she had never seen before.
“I’m just awed,” Christensen said during a break in the third annual mayor’s hike near Woodleigh Lane. “If I didn’t have to watch my feet every step of the way I would see more of the landscape. But I think I’d better keep my attention down. It makes me want to investigate the rest of the trails.” Continue reading “Mayor’s Hike Offers Path to Discovery of LCF Trails”

LCUSD Listens to Parents’ Concerns on Devil’s Gate Project

The La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board on Tuesday took time to hear from concerned parents over the initial process of sediment removal from Hahamongna Watershed Park behind the Devil’s Gate Dam to increase flood protection and to restore habitat within the Arroyo Seco Watershed.
During the discussion, board members said that they were writing down questions and suggestions of attendees and that they plan to measure the air quality surrounding the schools during the sediment removal project, known as the “Big Dig,” with an air-quality monitor. Continue reading “LCUSD Listens to Parents’ Concerns on Devil’s Gate Project”

Local YMCA to Pay Tribute to Former CEO Croxen, Wife

Photo courtesy Dennis Croxen Dennis and Peggy Croxen will be honored at the invitation-only George Williams Society Dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 7, in La Cañada Flintridge.
Photo courtesy Dennis Croxen
Dennis and Peggy Croxen will be honored at the invitation-only George Williams Society Dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 7, in La Cañada Flintridge.

Dennis and Peggy Croxen have left quite an imprint on the YMCA of the Foothills.
Dennis Croxen, who once was the institution’s chief executive, advocated that a successful YMCA leads by its mission, said current CEO and President Tyler Wright.
“He has been the greatest inspiration and an impactful individual on my career,” Wright said in a phone interview. “He’s been a mentor and a friend throughout my entire career and was someone I could call up if I didn’t have an answer to a question.” Continue reading “Local YMCA to Pay Tribute to Former CEO Croxen, Wife”

Spacecraft’s ‘Grand Finale’ Launches LCF Residents to an Emmy

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK Holding the Emmy statuette, producer, host and writer Gay Yee Hill is flanked by Cassini project manager Earl Maize and navigation team chief Duane Roth.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
Holding the Emmy statuette, producer, host and writer Gay Yee Hill is flanked by Cassini project manager Earl Maize and navigation team chief Duane Roth.

It was called the “Grand Finale.” After exploring Saturn for 13 years, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft ran out of fuel and was intentionally crashed, amid live coverage.
But no fewer than three La Cañada Flintridge residents who worked on the project were among Jet Propulsion Laboratory workers who experienced yet another big finish — sharing in an Emmy Award for original interactive program for coverage of Cassini’s spectacular dive, in which the spacecraft sent data back to Earth even in its final seconds, more than a year ago. Continue reading “Spacecraft’s ‘Grand Finale’ Launches LCF Residents to an Emmy”

LCPC Parent Ed, a Guide for Grown-Ups, Reaches Milestone

Photo courtesy Hannah Walsh LCPC Parent Ed’s current team, which is celebrating the organization’s 40th anniversary with a picnic in Memorial Park this Sunday, includes Betsy Farhat (front row, from left) Ashley Barrett, Maggie Mason, Meg Wade, Tracy Tobias, Anne Bierling, Nanette Brown, Sarah Montes, Vicki Rekedal, Theresa Dilbeck, Sloan Walsh, Jan Roberts, Rebekah Garcia, Paula Giboney, Jina Khachik and Jana Van Dyck. Second row: Lynne Graves. Third row: Heather Ehrhart, Charlotte Miller, Paige Dunbar and Dorothy Chen. Fourth row: Barbara Stratte, Debbie Barsom and Amanda Baughman. Fifth row: Stephanie Ferguson and Dede Cook. Sixth row: Mary Emily Myers and Kathy Kovalcik. Seventh row: Katrina Harbers and Darby Pearson. Back: Daniela Kim, Katie Enney and Carol Van Citters.
Photo courtesy Hannah Walsh
LCPC Parent Ed’s current team, which is celebrating the organization’s 40th anniversary with a picnic in Memorial Park this Sunday, includes Betsy Farhat (front row, from left) Ashley Barrett, Maggie Mason, Meg Wade, Tracy Tobias, Anne Bierling, Nanette Brown, Sarah Montes, Vicki Rekedal, Theresa Dilbeck, Sloan Walsh, Jan Roberts, Rebekah Garcia, Paula Giboney, Jina Khachik and Jana Van Dyck. Second row: Lynne Graves. Third row: Heather Ehrhart, Charlotte Miller, Paige Dunbar and Dorothy Chen. Fourth row: Barbara Stratte, Debbie Barsom and Amanda Baughman. Fifth row: Stephanie Ferguson and Dede Cook. Sixth row: Mary Emily Myers and Kathy Kovalcik. Seventh row: Katrina Harbers and Darby Pearson. Back: Daniela Kim, Katie Enney and Carol Van Citters.

Mildraide Lazarre describes the parent education program at La Cañada Presbyterian Church as a game changer, for herself and her son.
“Being from the islands — I’m from Haiti — I moved out to California and I don’t have any family,” said Lazarre. “So it’s just nice to be part of a community and for my son for developmental purposes. He’s grown so much just from being in this class.”
Lazarre said Logan, who is 14 months old, has been coming to the LCPC Parent Education program for seven months and is in the toddler class. But his mom is learning, too, because the program also advises grown-ups on how to confidently parent their kids, at all stages of their youth. Continue reading “LCPC Parent Ed, a Guide for Grown-Ups, Reaches Milestone”

Sound Wall Project Clinches Crucial Funding Approval

Some La Cañada Flintridge residents’ prospects for getting a bit of solace from the roaring freeway noise appeared greatly improved after funding for four additional sound walls was approved last week at a Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors meeting.
The board on Thursday approved the advance of $3.712 million in Measure M funds — derived from a half-cent sales tax — and an additional $3.288 million from the Call for Projects reserve fund for construction of 210 Freeway sound walls. Metro allocates discretionary federal, state and local funds through the Call for Projects program. Continue reading “Sound Wall Project Clinches Crucial Funding Approval”

Commission Takes Up Plan for Dealing With Disasters

La Cañada Flintridge officials want residents not only to increase their understanding of the risks from natural disasters such as wildfires and earthquakes, but also to contribute to the city’s long-term strategies to diminish their impact.
Officials sought feedback on the draft Local Hazard Mitigation Plan — authorities’ blueprint for protecting citizens and property from natural or human-caused events — during a Public Safety Commission meeting on Monday in the City Council chambers. Commissioner Marilyn Smith, drawing attention to especially contemporary concerns, asked municipal staff members if there had been a consideration to include a terrorist attack or active-shooter incident under the plan. Continue reading “Commission Takes Up Plan for Dealing With Disasters”

Suspects Charged in Local Home Invasion Robberies

Six alleged gang members were recently arrested and charged with 60 felony counts in connection with multiple home invasion robberies — including two in La Cañada Flintridge, in which the victims were tied up — and escaping with cash and property worth more than $1 million, authorities said.
Suspects are alleged to have worn masks and gloves as they forced their way into homes, restraining victims and threatening them at gunpoint as they demanded cash and valuables. Continue reading “Suspects Charged in Local Home Invasion Robberies”

LCF Recovering From High Winds, Power Outages

A giant oak tree crashed across the property of a home in the 2000 block of Sunnybank Drive on Saturday at 1:30 a.m. following thunderstorm conditions, apparently because the inside of the tree was rotten. The tree damaged two vehicles, but no injuries were reported.
A giant oak tree crashed across the property of a home in the 2000 block of Sunnybank Drive on Saturday at 1:30 a.m. following thunderstorm conditions, apparently because the inside of the tree was rotten. The tree damaged two vehicles, but no injuries were reported.

High winds whipped up havoc for thousands of residents and businesses throughout La Cañada Flintridge this week, with Southern California Edison consumers — including public and private schools — impacted by the loss of power and internet, multiple downed trees, debris and branches blocking local roads and faltering traffic lights, according to officials. Continue reading “LCF Recovering From High Winds, Power Outages”

City Backs Bikeway, Gets Encouraging News on Sound Walls

The La Cañada Flintridge City Council approved a $954,000 allocation of Measure M funding for a Foothill Boulevard Link Bikeway and Pedestrian Greenbelt Project contingent on Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority funding for sound walls.
The unanimous decision on the bikeway project was made Tuesday night on the condition that Metro would approve $3.712 million in Measure M funds — derived from a half-cent sales tax — and an additional $3.288 million in county funding that state Sen. Anthony Portantino said could be available for construction of 210 Freeway sound walls, a topic of much interest to city residents. Continue reading “City Backs Bikeway, Gets Encouraging News on Sound Walls”