City to Hold New Hearing Regarding Starbucks Changes

By a narrow margin, the City Council voted to hit the reset button on negotiations with Starbucks to modify the conditional use permit that has governed the store’s operation in San Marino since 1994.
Mayor Dr. Steven Huang joined Vice Mayor Gretchen Shepherd Romey and Council-woman Susan Jakubowski last week in doing away with an agreement, approved by the Planning Commission in November, that allowed for slight expansions to business hours and, more controversially, widened the window for product deliveries. Councilmen Steve Talt and Ken Ude voted against the measure to reset the changes. Continue reading “City to Hold New Hearing Regarding Starbucks Changes”

Local Starbucks Under Fire After Racial Slur on Cup

A Latino Los Gringos Locos employee
received beverages labeled with a derogatory term at the Starbucks on Foothill Boulevard.

Allegations of racism put Starbucks in the national spotlight again last week. The latest incident occurred in La Cañada Flintridge, following those in Philadelphia and Torrance.
On Tuesday, May 15, a Latino customer who ordered two drinks at the Starbucks location at 475 Foothill Blvd. received beverages labeled with a derogatory term used to refer to people of Latino descent.
“The mistake is unacceptable and we’re absolutely taking additional steps,” said a Starbucks spokeswoman, who identified herself only as Ann, by phone last week. “Our leadership team did meet with the customer and he accepted our apology.”
Without offering specifics, she added: “We’re taking additional steps to make sure we understand exactly what happened and how our partners can be better.”
The popular coffee chain had previously publicized plans to close more than 8,000 of its company-owned stores for an afternoon of employee “racial-bias education” on Tuesday, May 29. Continue reading “Local Starbucks Under Fire After Racial Slur on Cup”

New Town Center Tenant Right on Target

La Cañada Flintridge is getting a Target.
The national retailer announced Wednesday that it has signed a lease to move into the former Sport Chalet space, with plans to open in July 2018.
The popular discount store will operate a 45,865-square foot “small-format” store in the La Cañada Flintridge Town Center. This Target will be the 10th of its kind in the Los Angeles area. It will operate next door to the new City Hall, which also is scheduled to open next year, occupying the former Sport Chalet corporate office space.
“I am delighted; it’s going to be great for our community,” said Pat Anderson, CEO of the LCF Chamber of Commerce.
Target began discussions with the IDS Real Estate Group, which owns the Town Center, last November, according to Rob Fuelling, IDS’ senior vice president.

The Town Center will have a new anchor retailer when a small-format Target opens in the former Sport Chalet store in July 2018.

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