Fiesta Days Canceled Amid Hopes July 5 Parade Will Fly

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La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce President Pat Anderson and City Manager Mark Alexander attend a former Fiesta Days celebration. This year’s annual event has once again been canceled, but a July 5 parade is being planned in its place.

For the second year straight, the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce will cancel its annual Fiesta Days celebration held over Memorial Day weekend due to the coronavirus pandemic and resulting restrictions set by the L.A. County Department of Public Health.
However, in lieu of the time-honored festival — a tradition since 1974 — the Chamber will plan a parade for Monday, July 5, pending improving coronavirus case numbers throughout the County.
“The decision to cancel Fiesta Days last year, and now, this year, was really taken out of our hands by the Department of County Health — all we could do was try to adhere to the orders,” said LCF Chamber of Commerce President Pat Anderson. “However, with the improving metrics, it seemed possible that we could at least hold a parade, and that seemed like something positive and hopeful to shoot for.”
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‘Welcome’ Group Kicks Off to Connect Newer Residents

There’s nothing quite like a year of pandemic isolation to make one start dreaming of barbecues, pool parties and community events again, especially with spring in bloom, vaccines underway and declining COVID case numbers promising a new dawn of socialization.
With that in their purview, one small group of newly minted residents is spearheading an effort to kick off the La Cañada Flintridge Welcome Association, a group meant to help “new to town” families and individuals to become better acquainted with each other, the city, civic organizations and the charms and idiosyncrasies of living in the Foothills. The new group would revamp a former organization known as the La Cañada Newcomers and Social Club, which had a social-connection flare that appears to have fallen by the wayside perhaps more than a decade ago.
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Taylor’s Steak House Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Bruce Taylor and his daughter, Sarah, are co-owners of Taylor’s Steak House.

By Nina Aghadjanian
Outlook Valley Sun

Taylor’s Steak House had been a staple in Southland dining circles for decades before local resident Bruce Taylor decided to expand on the success of the family’s downtown Los Angeles restaurant and bring an eatery to his hometown in 1996.
A quarter century later, Taylor’s La Cañada Flintridge location is gearing up to celebrate its 25th anniversary on March 22.
If the local supper club has proven anything, it’s that a fine dining experience and affordable prices aren’t mutually exclusive.
Perhaps food critic Merrill Shindler best summed up Taylor’s standing when he said, “This is an upscale steakhouse with prices half those of its competitors. Taylor’s doesn’t have competitors. It’s achieved the status of legend.”
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With Alexander at the Helm, LCF Weathers All Storms

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La Cañada Flintridge City Manager Mark Alexander is shown with LCF Chamber President/CEO Pat Anderson. Alexander is the city’s longest-serving city manager, first joining City Hall staff 33 years ago at the age of 23.

One year ago this week, the unthinkable came to pass: Life’s activities, from the mundane to the thrilling, came to a grinding halt amid the cascading closures of schools, businesses and workplaces enacted to curb the spread of coronavirus.
As residents across La Cañada Flintridge dug down in their foothills community to prepare for the unknown — stocking up on food and supplies, increasing their internet coverage and taking to social media to express widespread confusion — one thing became crystal clear for City Manager Mark Alexander.
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District to Reopen Schools for Youngest Students

Nearly eight months after shuttering its campuses to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the La Cañada Unified School District is ready to reopen its doors to young learners after getting the green light from Los Angeles County.
Superintendent Wendy Sinnette notified parents late last week that county officials granted the district waivers that allow students in transitional kindergarten through 2nd grade to return to campus for limited in-person instruction. La Cañada, Palm Crest and Paradise Canyon elementary schools are set to reopen on Tuesday, Nov. 17.
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Fiesta Days Moving to Labor Day Weekend

The La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has announced that the annual Fiesta Days weekend celebration has been moved to Labor Day weekend from the traditional Memorial Day weekend due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The 47th annual event will be held Sept. 4-7 “pending clearance regarding COVID-19 restrictions,” Chamber President/CEO Pat Anderson said in a statement.
In past years, Fiesta Days has concluded on Memorial Day with a memorial service tribute to veterans, a parade down Foothill Boulevard, and a Music in the Park concert. Other events through the weekend include Casino Night at the Community Center, the Kiwanis A.M. Club’s breakfast and vintage car show, Farmers’ Market, LCF Tournament of Roses open house, a Family Movie Flick in Memorial Park, the Lanterman House’s Summer Whites Picnic, Sunday’s Family Dinner (featuring the LCHS Jazz Band) and Fireworks Show, and the YMCA’s Fiesta Days Run.
For further information, email exec@lacanadaflintridge.com.

Lund Dies at 77; Leaves Lasting Legacy

Allen Lund

Allen Lund’s death Saturday reverberated throughout the business community, near and far, with hundreds of letters and notes of support and admiration pouring in from employees, customers, even competitors.
“It’s overwhelming,” son Kenny Lund said. “I knew a lot of what he was doing and involved with, but I don’t think anybody really knew how much of an effect he had on people — I don’t think he realized it.”
Allen Lund, founder of the La Cañada Flintridge-based truck brokerage firm Allen Lund Company, died Saturday after a brief battle with cancer. He was at his Pasadena home, surrounded by some 30 family members and serenaded by a small choir of Carmelite Nuns. He was 77. Continue reading “Lund Dies at 77; Leaves Lasting Legacy”

LCF Fire Victim Says ‘Be Ready for Life’s Challenges’

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Ellie Wildermuth lost her home to a fire in 2009, an experience that led her to write a how-to guide for dealing with life’s unexpected challenges. “Prepare: Life Goes On!” is available at Flintridge Bookstore.

The Red Flag Warning issued earlier this week cautioning L.A. County residents about fire danger related to gusty Santa Ana Winds and warm, dry conditions is the type of warning that comes regularly lately.
It’s the type of alert that should serve as reminder to everyone to get prepared, said La Cañada Flintridge resident Ellie Wildermuth, who’s written a book on prepping for many of life’s challenges.
Those preparations go beyond hardening your home to withstand potential fire danger — they include getting affairs in order in case a fire does damage or destroy property. Continue reading “LCF Fire Victim Says ‘Be Ready for Life’s Challenges’”

Conversation Continues on LCF Senior Living Project

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One of many speakers at Tuesday night’s Planning Commission meeting, Michael Gross suggests the 72-bed Oakmont Senior Living facility proposed at 600 Foothill Blvd. won’t offer its residents the village-like atmosphere it has promised.

The Planning Commission called a timeout Tuesday after listening to more than four hours of testimony about the proposed Oakmont Senior Living project during a jam-packed meeting.
Commissioners agreed that they needed more time to consider the project before deciding whether to approve or deny it, or even whether to request Oakmont take any specific actions. For now, discussion of the matter was continued to a date uncertain.
“I heard a lot tonight and learned a lot tonight,” Planning Commission Chairman Rick Gunter said. “Studying this project is a lot of work; the various reports were literally hundreds of pages. I need some time to think about what I heard and absorb it. I don’t know exactly what do at this moment. I can’t give a snap decision, I’ve just got to go back and read it again.” Continue reading “Conversation Continues on LCF Senior Living Project”