Council Extends Pickleball Pilot

First published in the Nov. 4 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

With an overwhelming number of supporters, the La Cañada Flintridge City Council voted in favor of continuing a pilot pickleball program that was implemented at Glenhaven Park Place during the summer.
About 40 community members emailed city staff supporting the program, which will now run an additional four months. The council, which voted 5-0 in favor of allowing pickleball players to continue using the tennis court at Glenhaven Park, advised staff to work on finding possible alternative locations, such as Mayor’s Discovery Park. The council also asked staff to continue studying the program and measure the use of the facilities during the winter season.
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City Reverts to Remote Meetings, for Now

First published in the Oct. 7 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

In response to new legislation that allows municipal officials to continue to convene remotely, the La Cañada Flintridge City Council voted to have all local government meetings held in that manner for the next month.
Council and city staff members spoke at length during Tuesday’s in-person meeting about Assembly Bill 361, an amendment to the Brown Act — a 1953 law that guarantees the public’s right to attend and participate in California local government agencies’ sessions. Signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom last month, AB 361 gives cities flexibility in continuing teleconferencing meetings as long as they adhere to a new set of provisions.
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Council Acknowledges Complaint Against One of Its Own

First published in the Sept. 23 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The La Cañada Flintridge City Council on Tuesday issued a statement regarding the formal complaint filed by a resident against Councilman Jonathan Curtis.
Scott Van Dellen filed a complaint to the state Fair Political Practices Commission — a nonpartisan, five-member panel that administers the Political Reform Act — on Sept. 13 alleging that Curtis violated the act by using his position to influence a government decision concerning a proposed three-story development at 600 Foothill Blvd. Continue reading “Council Acknowledges Complaint Against One of Its Own”

New Mayor Pieroni Touts Public Safety at Meeting

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK At a La Cañada Flintridge City Council meeting this week, Terry Walker stepped down as mayor and Leonard Pieroni assumed the office. Walker continues as a councilwoman.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
At a La Cañada Flintridge City Council meeting this week, Terry Walker stepped down as mayor and Leonard Pieroni assumed the office. Walker continues as a councilwoman.

Leonard Pieroni pointed to public safety as his top priority after being selected as mayor of La Cañada Flintridge in a reorganization of the City Council this week.
“We experienced an uptick in burglaries in the past year,” Pieroni said at the council’s meeting on Tuesday. “I think it’s imperative that we continue the close working relationship with our local sheriff and the [Crescenta Valley] station and maintain open communications with them so they can catch the bad guys and keep our community safe. I know they’re working on that a lot more than you probably see out in the streets.”
Pieroni took the reins from outgoing Mayor Terry Walker at the meeting.
Councilman Greg Brown, who was out of the country, was chosen mayor pro tem by his colleagues. Continue reading “New Mayor Pieroni Touts Public Safety at Meeting”

Mayor’s ‘State of the City’ Message Is an Upbeat Update

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK Mayor Terry Walker delivered a “state of the city” presentation on Wednesday, March 27, at a Kiwanis Club of La Cañada meeting held at Descanso Gardens.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
Mayor Terry Walker delivered a “state of the city” presentation on Wednesday, March 27, at a Kiwanis Club of La Cañada meeting held at Descanso Gardens.

La Cañada Flintridge Mayor Terry Walker on Wednesday gave an upbeat “state of the city” address that ranged from financials and public safety to the building of the new City Hall.
“Our top two goals are to make sure the city is fiscally sound and also public safety,” Walker told an audience of about 70 people at a Kiwanis Club of La Cañada meeting held at Descanso Gardens. “So we’ll talk about the fiscally sound part. After a year of me as your mayor, you’ll be happy to know City Hall is still standing — not necessarily in the same spot, but we’re still putting money in the bank.”
Showing slides that conveyed numbers, facts and images of the new hall, Walker said the general fund budget was more than $14.6 million for the 2018-19 fiscal year with reserves greater than $10 million. Continue reading “Mayor’s ‘State of the City’ Message Is an Upbeat Update”