Local Author Takes on Trump

Don Sheppard, a longtime La Cañada Flintridge resident, said he did not write his recently released book “The Dividends of Decency: How Values-Based Leadership Will Help Business Flourish in Trump’s America” to make money, but to “be part of the resistance.”

La Cañada Flintridge resident Don Sheppard offers a stinging businessman’s critique of President Donald Trump in his new book, “The Dividends of Decency: How Values-Based Leadership Will Help Business Flourish in Trump’s America.”
The book is different from the many other recent releases about the president, Sheppard said, because it’s written from the perspective of a 70-year-old white male Republican.
In the book’s prologue, Sheppard states: “As stunning as it may seem to those who accept Donald Trump’s actions and values as appropriate business practices, there is more to be gained in the long run by behaving decently than there is to be gained from assuming the business world is some Wild West fantasy.”
Sheppard — a native Canadian who built and sold an employee communications consulting firm, Sheppard Associates — said he’s been stunned by some of the responses he’s received, both to the book and to recent opinion pieces published on various political news websites. Continue reading “Local Author Takes on Trump”

An ‘Unparalleled’ Civil Servant, Spence Dies at 80

Dave Spence

La Cañada Flintridge lost Dave Spence on Tuesday.
The devoted city councilman and six-time mayor died from an apparent heart attack at his home, according to a statement from the city. Spence, 80, was found Tuesday morning.
Spence loved LCF, and, judging by a quarter-century worth of election results, the city loved him.
In March, he was re-elected for a seventh term as a member of the City Council, on which he’d served since 1992, including those record six turns as mayor: “In my opinion, La Cañada Flintridge is one of the greatest cities in this state,” Spence said during his last campaign.
“Dave Spence’s love for our community was truly unparalleled in our history,” wrote Steve Del Guercio, also a former mayor and longtime friend of Spence, in an email. “Seemingly ubiquitous, he touched the lives of generations of La Cañadans with his kindness, goodwill and dedication to helping others.”
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 31, at La Cañada Presbyterian Church.
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