Kiwanis Club Honors Brown as La Cañadan of the Year

First published in the Sept. 2 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

Greg Brown was lauded as La Cañadan of the Year for 2020, an award sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada, in front of 100 guests last week. Brown was recognized for his outstanding civic and religious service spanning more than 30 years.
“At the end of the day, it is not about accomplishments — it is all about the people you get to meet, work and associate with along the way,” Brown said after the event. “It was incredibly special to be able to gather with many of those fantastic people at one time and place. Thanks, again, for allowing me to be a part of such a great family, group of friends and community.” Continue reading “Kiwanis Club Honors Brown as La Cañadan of the Year”

Foothill Housing Proposal Returns to Planning Commission Tonight

First published in the Sept. 2 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The La Cañada Flintridge Planning Commission will continue its deliberation over a proposed three-story structure at 600 Foothill Blvd. in a special meeting tonight at 7.
The much-debated proposal that includes 47 senior housing units, 12 non-serviced hotel units and 7,600 square feet for office use was presented to the panel in a meeting on June 24, but open discussion about the project was delayed until July 29. The commission ruminated at length five weeks ago about the city’s General Plan and Zoning Code and how such a structure would fit into it. Continue reading “Foothill Housing Proposal Returns to Planning Commission Tonight”

Power Outages: City Seeks State Help

First published in the Sept. 2 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

Despite Southern California Edison’s efforts to remedy a recent surge in unplanned power outages that has affected more than 1,000 local residents, the La Cañada Flintridge City Council has decided to file a complaint with the state and is requesting a formal review of the electricity provider’s practices regarding the maintenance of its infrastructure.

During a virtual special meeting on Monday, the panel was unanimous in approving the city staff’s recommendation to formally complain to the California Public Utilities Commission — which regulates and oversees utility companies — and expressed its disappointment over the way Edison has handled the 16 unplanned power outages reported in LCF since June 21. Nine of the outages occurred on the Haskell circuit, one of the longest lines in the city. Continue reading “Power Outages: City Seeks State Help”

Locals Honored at Kiwanis International Awards

Photos courtesy of Kiwanis Club of La Cañada – Kiwanis Club of La Cañada President Dennis Fors (from left), Alice Perez and Trish McRae each received 2020-21 Distinguished Service Awards, presided by Kiwanis CAL-NEV-HA 2020-21 officers Lt. Gov. Tina Tabora-Lim and District Gov. Gary Gray.

Each year, Kiwanis International holds a District Governor’s Official Visit for Division 3, representing Kiwanis Clubs from throughout the California-Nevada-Hawaii District. A highlight of the visit is a ceremony to recognize exemplary volunteer service to the Kiwanis and the community.
Recently, the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada was recognized with 2020-21 Distinguished Service Awards presented to Dennis Fors, Trish McRae and Alice Perez.

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Local Residents Sought to Help Host Afghan Refugees

The International Institute of Los Angeles is offering a way for area residents to do more than be troubled by the current situation in Afghanistan, which has resulted in one of the largest evacuation efforts in history.
The nonprofit organization has already received and is preparing for the arrival of more refugees from Afghanistan and several other countries, and it needs support from the community to create a more comfortable transition for those arriving here.
The institute needs help — now. It provides comprehensive services to newly resettled individuals and families without sponsors, including temporary and long-term housing, airport reception, health screening and community orientation assistance in finding employment and childcare.

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Les Tupper Award Winners to Be Honored Sept. 13

The annual Les Tupper Award recipients, whose names were released in early 2020 for the prestigious honor by the La Cañada Flintridge Coordinating Council, will finally be recognized at a ceremony after a 17-month delay.
Caroline Craven and Bill Pounders will be honored with individual Community Service Awards. Christie Crahan and the La Cañada Junior Women’s Club will receive the Special Service Award and David Baker has been selected as the Student Service Award recipient, which will be presented on Monday evening, Sept. 13. The event will be held at Flintridge Prep’s Norris Auditorium beginning at 7 p.m.

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Georgee’s Pizza Says Goodbye

Outlook Valley Sun – George Jacobs, the owner of Georgee’s Pizza, and his wife, Lynn, stand outside of the popular restaurant that recently closed after 41 years on Foothill Boulevard. Jacobs is retiring to live in Huntington Beach.

Georgee’s Pizza, one of the few original, independently owned businesses on Foothill Boulevard, is saying farewell after 41 years in business.
The closure will make way for Fresh Brothers, a regional pizza chain, to set up shop where the “staple” restaurant currently sits.
George Jacobs, the owner of Georgee’s Pizza, was only 22 years old when he opened the establishment’s doors in 1980.

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Edison Says It’s ‘Mobilized’ to Remedy Power Outages

After weeks of fielding phone calls from frustrated La Cañada Flintridge customers, Southern California Edison representatives visited the City Council in a special meeting Tuesday to address the recent surge in power outages.
Residents and business owners on the portion of the Haskell circuit south of the 210 Freeway have experienced nine outages since June 21, six of which have occurred in August, prompting some of Edison’s top officials to provide an update to a panel disappointed with the situation. The circuit is one of 22 in the city.

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Keck Medicine, USC Verdugo Hills Set COVID Visitation Policy

Keck Medicine of USC announced last week that all visitors to its locations, including USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide proof of a negative test before entering its facilities for an inpatient visitation.
Visitors must be two weeks removed from their final dose of vaccine — that is, the second doses of the Pfizer or Moderna shots or the singular dose of the Johnson & Johnson variety — before visiting. Those visitors can provide their vaccination cards issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, show a photo or copy of the card or use the electronic record to provide proof of vaccination.

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Pasadena Pops Features Beatles Cover Band Aug. 28

The Pasadena Pops celebrate the best of the Beatles with the cover band Classical Mystery Tour on Saturday, Aug. 28, at the Los Angeles County Arboretum in Arcadia. “Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to the Beatles” brings the timeless hits of the Fab Four to life with a fresh set list of favorites from the early years to “Sgt. Pepper’s” through their solo careers. Spanning the Beatles’ vast catalog, tracks include “Yesterday,” “Here Comes the Sun,” “A Day in the Life,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “Hey Jude,” “Imagine,” plus many more.
Classical Mystery Tour performers include Jim Owen (John Lennon), Paul Curatolo (Paul McCartney), Joe Bithorn (George Harrison) and Joe Bologna (Ringo rr).

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