Governor Expected to Reopen State Economy Tuesday

California is set next week to reopen. Burbank resident Daniel Cota said he plans to lock down.

On Tuesday, June 15, Gov. Gavin Newsom is scheduled to lift statewide restrictions on businesses’ capacity limits and most social distancing requirements. California’s face covering rules will also align with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance, which say fully vaccinated people no longer have to wear masks in most settings.

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Local Businesses Receive Millions in State COVID-19 Grants

Photo by Christian Leonard / Burbank Leader
David and Theresa Hanna have owned local gift store Bell Cottage for nearly 14 years. The Magnolia Park business received a COVID-19 relief grant from the state in April — a much-needed boost during the pandemic.

A California program for small businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic has given more than $5 million in grants to Burbank companies and contractors, recently released data shows.

More than 450 Burbank small businesses — including nonprofits, sole proprietorships and independent contractors — that grossed between $1,000 and $2.5 million in the 2019 tax year received grants from the state’s COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant program, which was announced in early December.

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3 Arrested After Burbank Couple’s Death

Law enforcement said they arrested three people this week on suspicion of being connected with the death of a Burbank couple whose bodies were found in November.
A snowplow driver found local residents William and Yesenia Larsen, ages 35 and 30, respectively, dead on the shoulder of Highway 395 about 10 miles north of Bridgeport, California, on Nov. 9. Because they had no known connection to Mono County, according to the Sheriff’s Office there, the deaths were investigated as a double homicide.
Mono County Sherriff’s Office investigators said that “several former business associates” of the couple were connected to their deaths, with three Montana residents arrested this week. Bradley Kohorst, 35, was arrested in Phoenix, Arizona, on Monday, while Cory Spurlock, 33, and Orit Oged, 32, were arrested in Missoula, Montana, on Thursday. All three suspects remained in custody this week, law enforcement said, awaiting extradition to Mono County.
“Every member of the Mono County Sheriff’s Office played a part in solving this crime,” a spokesperson said in a news release announcing the arrests. “Our investigators worked tirelessly to find justice for the families of William and Yesenia Larsen. This investigation proved to be complex and required the assistance of local, state and federal partners.”

Sandra J. Goodspeed – Obituary

Sandra J. Goodspeed

On Thursday, April 2, 2020, Sandra Jeanne Goodspeed, devoted wife, mother of three children and grandmother of 11 grandchildren, passed away at the age of 84.
Sandra was born on July 3, 1935, in Long Beach, California, to Joseph and Ruth Landry. She married Dick Goodspeed in 1960 when they were both working for Lucky Stores of Southern California. They lived in Northern Virginia, Atlanta, Tampa and Northern California before returning to Southern California in 1994 and residing in La Cañada Flintridge.
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LCHS Teacher Appointed to State Tech Advisory Panel

Photo courtesy Gayle Nicholls-Ali
La Cañada High School teacher Gayle Nicholls-Ali (left) joins Shauna Hawes of Valley View Middle School in Pleasant Hills, during the first session of the Computer Science Strategic Implementation Advisory Panel. The group is working to make recommendations on the implementation of the state’s K-12 computer science standards.

Ms. G, as the students at La Cañada High School know her, is now known statewide as a member of the Computer Science Strategic Implementation Advisory Panel.
Gayle Nicholls-Ali, whose duties at LCHS include career tech education, was appointed recently by Gov. Jerry Brown to join 14 like-minded experts on a panel charged with making recommendations on the implementation of K-12 computer science standards in California.

“The California economy is depending on us,” said Nicholls-Ali, who also is a curriculum writer and team leader at CTE Online, an online learning program that offers pathways and courses focused on career and technical education, in addition to working as an adjunct professor at Pacific Oaks College.
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LCF’s Peevey Shares State’s Green Secrets in New Book

It’s not easy being green, but California has sure made it cool.
A new book, “California Goes Green: A Roadmap to Climate Leadership,” chronicles the contemporary history of how the state became an international leader in energy efficiency, renewable power, electric vehicles and carbon reductions.
The book was co-written by Mike Peevey, a La Cañada Flintridge resident, and Pasadena’s Diane Wittenberg, both of whom have been pivotal figures in California’s environmental push. Continue reading “LCF’s Peevey Shares State’s Green Secrets in New Book”

Friedman, Business Leaders to Gather in LCF for Town Hall

Assemblywoman Laura Friedman and a panel of business and policy leaders will discuss the strengths, challenges, and ever-changing opportunities for businesses in California as well as how the state’s ideological and economic goals can be better aligned.
“The State of Business in California” will take place Friday, Sept. 22, at 6:30 p.m. at Flintridge Prep, 4543 Crown Ave.
As the world’s sixth largest economy, California enjoys the nation’s most diverse and complex business environment. Although this complexity allows for a multitude of opportunities, it can also become prohibitive to business owners. RSVP to