City Upholds Decision to Allow Parcel Land Transfer

An appeal of the Planning Commission’s approval of a lot line adjustment dominated the City Council meeting this week, with neighbors opposing the decision on the grounds that the property owner plans to build a home on the nonconforming lot and is trying to skirt city zoning rules.
Ultimately, the council voted unanimously to uphold the commission’s approval of the adjustment and setback modification at 4628 El Camino Corto and the adjacent parcel to the east, which is currently a land-locked empty lot consisting of ravine.
The lot adjustment would add 4,140 square feet to the empty parcel to total 11,267 square feet from the owner’s initial 7,127, while the other lot would be reduced in size to 13,213 square feet from 17,353. This would make both lots in compliance with the minimum lot size of 10,000 square feet, paving the way for the developer to build at the property, neighbors and residents appealing the approval said.
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La Cañada Council Picks Davitt as Mayor; Inducts Eich, Gunter

Michael Davitt

Amid a notable lack of fanfare due to social distancing, Michael Davitt was chosen unanimously as mayor of La Cañada Flintridge at a virtual City Council meeting on Tuesday, which also featured the installation of new members Keith Eich, Rick Gunter and incumbent Terry Walker.

The meeting, which typically would have celebrated the council re-organization after an election, with special recognition to new members and those leaving office — which this term includes Gregory Brown and Leonard Pieroni — was held quickly and from the privacy of separate locations.

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Candidate Gunter Cites Experience Serving City

Rick Gunter

La Cañada Flintridge City Council candidate Rick Gunter takes seriously an uptick in local residential burglaries.
A public safety report by Capt. Todd Deeds of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station in December showed there had been 91 residential burglaries in LCF from January through November 2019, compared with 51 in the same period the previous year — a 78% increase.
“It’s a big problem,” Gunter, 55, said in a recent interview at the Hill Street Cafe on Foothill Boulevard. “There’s a number of things we need to do as a city. We need to make sure we’re in very close communication with the [local] sheriff’s office. Make sure that they understand our needs and are serving our city the way they need to. We need to have a lot of outreach to the residents, because there’s a number of things we all need to do all the time looking out for each other.” Continue reading “Candidate Gunter Cites Experience Serving City”

FSHA Modernization Plans Pass Muster

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Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy President Sister Carolyn McCormack shakes hands with Susan Koleda, the city’s deputy director of community development, after the Planning Commission approved recommending the school’s modernization plans Tuesday.

After five years of discussion, revision and preparation, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy’s campus improvement plans appear primed to move forward following unanimous approval from the La Cañada Flintridge Planning Commission on Tuesday.
All that remains is for the City Council to give the go-ahead for the 86-year-old all-girls Catholic school to begin enacting its modernization plans.
“We started on this journey in 2012,” said Sister Carolyn McCormack, president of FSHA, after commissioners voted 4-0 to approve the plans. “Like all good journeys, there have been many challenges, many moments of concern, but through it all, it’s been an amazing team effort. This will really secure an even better education for our young women as we move beyond the 21st century.” Continue reading “FSHA Modernization Plans Pass Muster”

LCF Planning Commission Puts Flintridge Prep Plans on Hold

Rendering courtesy Harley Ellis Devereaux
Flintridge Prep’s upgrade plans include a new parking structure and a new collaborative leadership building, among other improvements.

After absorbing about three hours of resident testimony about Flintridge Prep’s proposed campus improvement plans at its meeting Tuesday night, La Cañada Flintridge’s Planning Commission opted early Wednesday to continue discussion of the 10-year, multi-phase project at a later date.
That will allow time for the private school’s personnel to revise its proposal in accordance with feedback from commissioners, city planning staff and the public, including perhaps eliminating a controversial request to build a two-story parking garage.
“The applicants can come in as soon as they want,” Planning Commission Chair Rick Gunter said. “And if the applicant chooses to omit portions, that’s their prerogative, or they can amend it to reflect what it is they’d like to do.” Continue reading “LCF Planning Commission Puts Flintridge Prep Plans on Hold”

Seven Apply for Vacant LCF City Council Seat; Deadline Friday

Residents interested in applying for appointment to the City Council have until 5 p.m. on Friday, June 30, to file with the city clerk’s office. As of Wednesday, seven applicants had submitted paperwork: Keith Eich, Nalini Lasiewicz, Rick Gunter, Charles Gelhaar, Peter Chung, Rod Essen and Wesley Walton.
The Council will hold interviews of applicants on July 11, 12 and 13. An appointment to fill the seat — which became vacant last month with the death of longtime councilman and six-time Mayor Dave Spence — is scheduled to take place by Thursday, July 13, according to the city website,
Additional application information will not be accepted after June 30, unless requested by the City Council. Continue reading “Seven Apply for Vacant LCF City Council Seat; Deadline Friday”