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.
Students in grades 5-10 are invited to join the ALFie Company production of “Willy Wonka Kids.” This fall production of the Assistance League of Flintridge (ALF) Drama program is a delightful adaptation of the 1964 children’s novel by British author Roald Dahl. The story features the adventures of 11-year-old Charlie Bucket, who wins an opportunity to get a peek inside the chocolate factory of eccentric chocolatier, Willy Wonka.
The Kiwanis Club of La Cañada has announced that Greg Brown is the La Cañadan of the Year for 2020 in recognition of his outstanding volunteer service, spanning more than three decades. The award was established 70 years ago to applaud exemplary leadership and hard-working dedication that has made a positive impact on the local community, local youth and a church or house of worship, the club said. Brown will be honored at a special buffet luncheon on Wednesday, Aug. 25, at 11:30 a.m. at the recreation hall at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830 Foothill Blvd., in La Cañada Flintridge.
La Cañada Flintridge residents are accustomed to losing power and internet access every now and then, but not like they have in the past few weeks. More than 1,000 Southern California Edison customers have experienced several local unannounced outages this summer, prompting city officials to confer virtually with utility representatives on Tuesday and express their concerns and frustration. Residents in three areas of the community experienced unannounced outages last weekend, including some connected to Edison’s Haskell line, one of the locality’s longest — it extends from northeast LCF into the south-central part of the city. Haskell line users have experienced as many as six outages since June 21.
Former La Cañada High School standout Collin Morikawa impressed the golf world by making the cut in his first 22 tournaments as a pro, falling just short of tying living legend Tiger Woods, who set the record with 25.
The trend continues for Morikawa, who recently made the cut to become one of four golfers to represent the United States in the Summer Olympics this month in Tokyo. He is the first LCHS graduate to compete in the Olympics since 2014, when Kate Hansen joined the U.S. luge team in the Winter Games at Sochi, Russia.
“It’s amazing, one of the best honors I’m going to be able to have in my life,” Morikawa said recently on the Barstool Sports Fore Play podcast. “Even though we can’t do a lot of things [because] we kind of got to stay in this bubble [due to COVID-19], you can’t take it away from me. I’m an Olympian; I’m going to be an Olympian for life and that’s going to be really cool.”
The selection of players is determined by the Olympic Golf Rankings, which are similar to the Official World Golf Ranking, and each country is allowed a maximum of four athletes. Sixty players from 35 countries will compete individually in the men’s competition, which was originally to be held in summer 2020 but postponed, along with the rest of the Games, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Joining the four-time Rio Hondo League champion will be Justin Thomas (ranked No. 3 in the world), Xander Schauffele (No. 5) and Bryson DeChambeau (No. 6). Dustin Johnson, the top-ranked player in the U.S. and No. 2 in the world, declined the invitation to participate in the Olympics due to the lengthy travel and his commitment to play PGA Tour tournaments.
At 24, Morikawa, ranked No. 4 in the world, will be the youngest male golfer representing the U.S. in Tokyo. The first round of competition is scheduled to be played at Kasumigaseki Country Club on Thursday, July 29.
Golf returned to the Olympics in 2016 after a 112-year absence.
“We are thrilled to welcome these world-class players to Team USA and excited to watch them compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games,” Rick Adams, U.S. Olympics and Paralympics Committee chief of sport performance, said in a recent statement. “The return of golf to the Olympic program in [Rio de Janeiro] was a highlight of the Games, and the golf competition in Tokyo will be no different.”
Morikawa, who graduated from Cal in 2018 and LCHS in 2014, clinched a spot on the U.S. team after tying for fourth place with Brooks Koepka in the U.S. Open on June 20. The former Pac-12 Conference player of the year has won four PGA Tour competitions, including a major title last year when he edged Paul Casey and Johnson by two strokes to win the PGA Championship.
The young star has one simple goal in mind.
“Obviously, we’re there to win gold,” Morikawa said. “We’re playing individually, but I’m still playing for Team USA. You want to add another gold medal to that tally at the end of the Olympics. I’m going to feel like I’m playing for Team USA even though it still is an individual medal race.
“Man, it gives me chills thinking about it because you just joined another elite group of people. It’s another milestone that you can put on your career and just look back on and be like, ‘Man, I was there. I was playing in the Olympics.’”
Morikawa joined Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show” on June 24 to announce that he would be representing the U.S. in the Olympics.
“I mean, two years ago I was an amateur,” he said in front of a live studio audience. “Look at us now. Now we’re trying to win gold.”
The La Cañada Flintridge City Council unanimously voted on Tuesday to name Terry Walker the community’s mayor for the next year, and in her first order of business she declared Keith Eich the mayor pro tem.
Walker, a longtime LCF resident who has been on the council since 2015, takes the reins from Mike Davitt and will serve her second term as mayor. She thanked her fellow council members, their staff, and community leaders and members for helping LCF power through the COVID-19 pandemic.
“What I’ve learned if anything this year is how grateful and appreciative I am of the good things in our lives,” Walker said. “So what I would like to do to start off as mayor is say thank you. First of all, thank you, Mayor Davitt. I just want to thank you once again for being such a wonderful leader during such a difficult time and such a pleasure to work with.
With smiles finally unmasked and Foothill Boulevard filled with palpable enthusiasm, La Cañada Flintridge families gathered along sidewalks, medians and driveways to celebrate the 2021 Hometown Parade.
This year’s parade differed from processions in previous years, taking place the day after the Fourth of July instead of during Memorial Day weekend, when the traditional Fiesta Days event is held. Beyond the date, however, the parade was even more distinctive for what it symbolized: resilience in emerging from the past year’s coronavirus-related challenges and hope for the community’s rejuvenation.
With optimism and joy in the air on the sunny Monday morning, participants included equestrian units, bands, Scouts, and law enforcement and fire department personnel, all lined up to embark down Foothill Boulevard to cheers and waves.
The La Cañada Flintridge Planning Commission will have just two items on the agenda for its virtual meeting scheduled for tonight at 6, and it’s a loaded topic.
The panel will discuss the development proposal regarding 600 Foothill Blvd. that has been contested by many residents as well as commissioners, who balked at backing an earlier plan, the proposed 72-bed Oakmont Senior Living facility, in January 2018.
La Cañada Flintridge city officials are bringing back the popular Music in the Park Concert Series this summer, with 10 bands lined up for local residents to enjoy on Sundays at Memorial Park. Admission is free to all concerts.
The series will kick off at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, July 5 – national holiday because July 4 falls on a Sunday. Concerts will then move to their regular weekly time – from 6 to 8 p.m. – and continue every Sunday thereafter through Sept. 5, which is Labor Day weekend.
The wide variety of popular genres range from classic rock to reggae to soul.
The concert schedule will be:
July 5 – Captain Cardiac & the Coronaries (special start time 3:30 p.m.)
July 11 – Misplaced Priorities (classic rock)
July 18 – Steve Roth (tribute to Elvis Presley)
July 25 – The Jack Lantz Big Band
Aug. 1 – Hot August Nights (Neil Diamond songs)
Aug. 8 – FM Radio– “Every Style Along The Dial!”
Aug. 15 – The Funky Hippeez (disco/funk)
Aug. 22 – Upstream Music (reggae)
Aug. 29 – My Generation (tribute to the British Invasion)
Sept. 5 – Floyd & the Flyboys (soul rhythm and blues)
City officials that “to ensure an enjoyable experience for all, the following guidelines will be mandated at all concerts”:
Roping off areas is prohibited.
Umbrellas must be lowered during concerts.
Canopies only allowed at the back of the park.
Un-permitted solicitation is prohibited.
Dogs must be on leash.
“Bring a picnic basket, blankets and chairs to enjoy the live music and summer weather,” a city statement said. “Please note that all events are subject to guidelines established by the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health. The City will not be requiring advance ticketing/registration or setting capacity limits for the concerts. Those who are not or cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19 are encouraged to continue to exercise caution and good judgement as physical distancing requirements and capacity limitation are removed.”
On a recent misty morning in the Angeles National Forest, a group of local volunteers wearing yellow vests and hard hats dispersed throughout the cliffs, making like bees to recover debris — trash of all kinds — strewn along the bluffs, an unsightly mess framing the view of the area’s majestic mountains.
That’s why, in fact, the group was there: “Look how beautiful it is out here — it’s just gorgeous,” said Valerie Botta, motioning toward the panoramic vista. “We’re so lucky to have this in our backyards, so incredibly fortunate to have this forest nearby for hiking and views, yet people treat it like a dumping ground. There’s trash everywhere.”