La Cañada Sinks Glendale, 18-11

First published in the Sept. 16 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

La Cañada’s varsity boys’ water polo team started last weekend with a blast, as the Spartans defeated host Glendale High, 18-11, on Friday, Sept. 10, in a nonleague game.
“I think our starting lineup did awesome,” said Gilbert Millanes, La Cañada’s head coach. “They were able to control the game, play for one another and especially help our younger starters.”
The first quarter was the highest-scoring period of the game, as each program scored five goals. La Cañada’s Aleksnader Nowaczeck scored the first goal with 6:37 left to play. The remainder of the quarter saw additional goals from La Cañada’s Lucas Quion (two goals), Ian Wipfli (one goal) and Miles Peters (one goal), as the Spartans and Glendale played tug-of-war for the lead. Continue reading “La Cañada Sinks Glendale, 18-11”

LCF Filled With Remembrance on 20th Year After 9/11

First published in the Sept. 16 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The local community rallied together last week to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the tragic Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, when a series of hijacked airplanes crashed into U.S. targets, and to honor the sacrifices and heroism of emergency responders.
Spectators, including Palm Crest Elementary students and firefighters from Station 82, lined the sidewalk for the Patriot Day Motorcade making its way through La Cañada Flintridge as a sign of respect for the nearly 3,000 lives lost in the four coordinated terrorist attacks on U.S. targets in 2001. Continue reading “LCF Filled With Remembrance on 20th Year After 9/11”

LCUSD’s COVID Plan Staves Off Transmissions

First published in the Sept. 16 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

Planning a return to the classroom for in-person instruction in the era of COVID-19 was a daunting task for schools throughout the state during the summer, especially amid the rapid rise of the Delta variant this past month which complicated the matter.
Such concerns prompted Los Angeles and Culver City school districts to implement vaccine mandates that require students 12 and older to be inoculated. L.A. County health officials stated that children under 18 comprised about 27% of positive coronavirus cases from Sept. 2-9. Continue reading “LCUSD’s COVID Plan Staves Off Transmissions”

Complaint Filed Against City Councilman

First published in the Sept. 16 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

A La Cañada Flintridge resident filed a complaint on Monday with the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission — a nonpartisan, five-member panel that administers the Political Reform Act — against a local city councilman.
The complaint, filed by Scott Van Dellen, alleges that Councilman Jonathan Curtis violated two regulations set by the act, including “attempting to use official position to influence a government decision,” concerning a proposed three-story development at 600 Foothill Blvd. in which Curtis owns a financial stake.
In an interview on Wednesday, Curtis denied the allegations, emphasizing that he has never spoken with a city councilmember or city staff regarding the details of the project. Continue reading “Complaint Filed Against City Councilman”

Spartans Remain Undefeated by Beating Santa Paula

First published in the Sept. 16 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The La Cañada High School varsity football team increased its winning streak to six games (dating back to last school year’s pandemic-shortened season) following a 23-12 non-league victory over visiting Santa Paula from Ventura County last Friday evening.
Sophomore quarterback Macky Plocher completed 16 of 27 passes for 193 yards and three touchdowns for the unbeaten Spartans (3-0 record), whose winning streak is the longest since they won seven straight in 2000. Continue reading “Spartans Remain Undefeated by Beating Santa Paula”

St. Francis Falls to Damien

First published in the Sept. 9 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The St. Francis High School varsity football team suffered its first setback of the season last Friday at the hands of visiting La Verne Damien, which jumped out to a 21-3 lead in the first quarter and never looked back en route to a 42-17 victory.
The Golden Knights (1-1 overall) struggled to contain the Spartan offense, which garnered 400 yards and was led by quarterback Dylan Gutierrez, who completed eight of 12 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns.
One week removed from a memorable 362-yard performance against Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach, St. Francis senior running back Max Garrison was held to 26 yards and one touchdown on 10 carries. He also caught four passes for a team-high 40 yards.
Junior quarterback Jack Jacobs completed 18 of 28 passes for 120 yards and rushed for 37 yards and a score. Andrew Howard finished with four receptions for 29 yards and Preston Jernegan had two catches for 20 yards.
Jernegan led the Golden Knights’ defense with 14 tackles and teammates Diego Jimenez and Duncan Sprengel each contributed four.

Undefeated Spartans Look to Keep Winning Streak Alive Friday

First published in the Sept. 9 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

La Cañada High School’s undefeated varsity football team will look to build on its five-game winning streak dating back to last season when it hosts Santa Paula High this Friday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. in a nonleague matchup.
These two teams faced each other in the pandemic-shortened spring season when the Spartans defeated Santa Paula, 54-42, to start their winning streak last school year.
“We recognize that they’re a great team,” said Dave Avramovich, La Cañada’s head football coach. “We know the challenge. Santa Paula’s got a bunch of really good kids that play really hard and are competitive, and they’re not going to fall over and lay down.” Continue reading “Undefeated Spartans Look to Keep Winning Streak Alive Friday”

Spartans Sweep Intracity Rival FSHA

First published in the Sept. 9 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The girls’ volleyball rivalry between Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy and La Cañada High School reignited on Sept. 1 after the COVID-19 pandemic doused it the year prior, and it did not disappoint.
LCHS sparked the flames by sweeping host FSHA in three sets by scores of 25-21, 25-23 and 25-15.
This was the first time since 2012 that FSHA had lost at home to its intracity rival. Continue reading “Spartans Sweep Intracity Rival FSHA”

Edison Believes It Has Solved Outage Problem

First published in the Sept. 9 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

Six days removed from performing emergency work to address frequent power outages in La Cañada Flintridge, Southern California Edison has reported no further unplanned electrical interruptions as of Wednesday afternoon.
Edison upped its presence with as many as 40 employees throughout the city from Aug. 24-Sept. 3 to investigate the issue and repair and replace aging equipment on the Haskell circuit, where recent outages have affected more than 1,000 local residents. The circuit is one of 22 in the city. Continue reading “Edison Believes It Has Solved Outage Problem”

Planning Commission Backs Proposed Foothill Blvd. Project

First published in the Sept. 9 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The La Cañada Flintridge Planning Commission finally voted on the controversial proposed three-story structure at 600 Foothill Blvd., recommending approval of the project — a move that followed hours of deliberation by the panel and comment from numerous members of the public since June.
The commission resumed discussion of the proposal in a virtual special meeting on Sept. 2 and ultimately adopted six resolutions with conditions that advance the project — which would include 47 senior housing units, 12 non-serviced hotel units and 7,600 square feet for office use — to the consent calendar of the panel’s next meeting on Thursday, Sept. 23. The consent calendar is the portion of a municipal meeting that is reserved for items that no longer require serious discussion; the commission is due to vote once more to affirm its approval of the project. Continue reading “Planning Commission Backs Proposed Foothill Blvd. Project”