Measure LCF Could Deliver $149 Million to LCUSD

Supporters of the La Cañada Unified School District have been busy the past few weeks, making calls and knocking on doors in an attempt to drum up votes for Measure LCF, the proposed $149 million general obligation bond on the Nov. 7 ballot.
On Election Day, La Cañada Flintridge voters will choose three LCUSD Governing Board members and decide whether to approve the bond, which would fund improvements to the district’s four campuses. Each of the five board candidates supports the measure, as did 65% of prospective voters who responded to a survey conducted earlier this year. It needs 55% voter approval to pass. Continue reading “Measure LCF Could Deliver $149 Million to LCUSD”

Salvo Sees Funding, Engagement as LCUSD Focus

Christoper Salvo

Since he started campaigning, Christopher Salvo has enjoyed getting to know his neighbors better, people he might have met but hadn’t shared a substantial conversation with — perhaps because they’d never discussed local schools, a subject on which La Cañada Flintridge voters are well-versed.
Salvo, a project manager at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is running for office for the first time. He is one of five candidates for three available La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board seats in the Nov. 7 election. Those elected will serve four-year terms. Continue reading “Salvo Sees Funding, Engagement as LCUSD Focus”

LCUSD Candidates Forum Debates Bond, Safety, Wellness

School safety, teacher retention and student wellness were on the minds of audience members who submitted handwritten questions at Monday’s candidates forum, where five La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board hopefuls sought to distinguish themselves before voters.
Over the course of 90 minutes, first-time candidates Joshua Gottheim, Joe Radabaugh, Christopher Salvo and incumbents Dan Jeffries and Kaitzer Puglia revealed mostly subtle differences in their approach to guiding one of California’s top school districts.
Three seats on the board — each for a four-year term — will be open in the Nov. 7 election, when voters also will weigh in on Measure LCF, a $149-million bond proposal that would be used for campus improvements. The proposal would not increase the tax rate, but would replace expiring bonds. Capped at $60 per $100,000 in assessed property value, it would be paid off within 30 years. Continue reading “LCUSD Candidates Forum Debates Bond, Safety, Wellness”

LCUSD Board Candidate Puglia Extols Education Experience for Board Term

Kaitzer Puglia
Kaitzer Puglia

For a small district, La Cañada Unified has a lot going on. And Governing Board candidate Kaitzer Puglia, a professor of child development and education, said she savors every aspect of it.
Puglia is running for her second four-year term to retain her place on the LCUSD Governing Board; she is among five candidates for three seats in the Nov. 7 election.
“People ask me all the time, ‘Hey, Kaitzer, how do you like being on the board?’” said Puglia, a Pasadena City College professor and the mother of two recent La Cañada High School graduates. “I tell them, ‘I love being on the board!’ It sounds corny, but I love it. Continue reading “LCUSD Board Candidate Puglia Extols Education Experience for Board Term”

LCUSD Board Candidate Jeffries Vies for Bond, Tech

Dan Jeffries
Dan Jeffries

During his first campaign for the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board four years ago, Dan Jeffries was wowed by how well-informed the La Cañada Flintridge electorate was about district-related issues, whether or not they had children in school.
Currently the board’s president, Jeffries, has been looking forward to having similar conversations at campaign stops — and at his son’s baseball practice or while refereeing AYSO soccer matches. Continue reading “LCUSD Board Candidate Jeffries Vies for Bond, Tech”

Gottheim Touts Bond Expertise in LCUSD Bid

Joshua Gottheim

Joshua Gottheim is a big fan of the La Cañada Unified School District, but he says he sees potential for improvement.
A land use attorney with an economics degree from Yale and a law degree from UC Berkeley, Gottheim is one of five candidates for three LCUSD Governing Board seats that will be up for a vote on Nov. 7.

“I’m very enthusiastic,” said Gottheim, the father of three LCUSD students; an 8th-grader and 2nd-grade twins at La Cañada Elementary.
Gottheim is an advocate for more self-directed, self-paced ways in which technology can be used to assist students learning math and science.
He thinks the district’s campuses need updating, much of which could be funded by Measure LCF, the $149-million general obligation bond that will be included on the Nov. 7 ballot.
Continue reading “Gottheim Touts Bond Expertise in LCUSD Bid”

LCUSD Board Candidates Forum on Oct. 2

The five candidates running for the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board election are expected to participate in a public forum at the La Cañada High School auditorium at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2.
The forum is being hosted by the La Cañada Council PTA and the League of Women Voters-Pasadena Area.
The public is invited to attend the event, at which audience members will hear prepared statements from the candidates and have the opportunity to submit written questions.
The League of Women Voters is dedicated to making democracy work by offering services to communities with the purpose of informing and encouraging voters to take advantage of their right to vote.
As a non-partisan organization, the La Cañada Council PTA neither supports nor opposes candidates. It does, however, aim to help disseminate as much factual, objective information as possible during election campaigns so voters can make informed choices on issues that affect the community’s children.
For more information, contact Melissa Mazin, La Cañada Council PTA President, at president@lacanadapta.org.

LCF Residents to Vote on LCUSD Bond Measure Nov. 7

It’s official: La Cañada Flintridge voters will decide on Nov. 7 whether to approve $149 million in general obligation bonds that La Cañada Unified School District would use to fund campus repairs and modernization efforts included in the facilities master plan.
LCUSD Governing Board members voted unanimously Tuesday to support both the bond election and the facilities plan.
“This is exciting,” board member Ellen Multari said. Continue reading “LCF Residents to Vote on LCUSD Bond Measure Nov. 7”

LCUSD School Board Talks Facility Plans, Bond Measure

On the verge of finalizing a Facilities Master Plan and voting to present a bond measure to voters in an election this November, La Cañada Unified Governing Board members worked Tuesday to refine the list of projects intended to improve district functionality.
They’ll vote on whether to approve a bond election for the facility plans that the money could fund at their next meeting, June 20.
The yearlong process of putting together the Facilities Master Plan resulted in a wish list that would cost $252.5 million to cover everything — and a more-realistic prioritized project cost summary of $101.1 million, LPA architects explained at Tuesday’s board meeting. Continue reading “LCUSD School Board Talks Facility Plans, Bond Measure”