Palm Crest Earns ‘California Distinguished School’ Title Again

Palm Crest Elementary School was recently named a California Distinguished School but Principal Cory Pak said the distinction is not necessarily his focus.
Pak was the principal of West Creek Academy in Saugus Union School District in 2017 before he came to La Cañada Flintridge. West Creek Academy also received the state distinction. Continue reading “Palm Crest Earns ‘California Distinguished School’ Title Again”

LCF Rose Princess, Witty Float Shine at Parade

Photo courtesy Risha family
LCF resident and Tournament of Roses Royal Court member Emilie Risha enjoys the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena.

La Cañada Flintridge again gained national attention during the Dodoas a local float won a special award and a student from LCF was prominently featured as a Tournament of Roses Royal Court member.
The LCF Tournament of Roses Association float “Dodo Bird Flight School,” which drolly depicted playful, colorful birds, received the Bob Hope Humor Award. Meanwhile, city resident Emilie Risha could be seen at the televised parade with her fellow Rose Princesses and the Rose Queen.
Television coverage host Leeza Gibbons had kind words about “Dodo Bird Flight School” as it made its way on the 5.5-mile journey on Jan. 1 in Pasadena. The bright yellow and red float featured a number of avian characters, including one on a separate auxiliary float. The float proceeded along the route as Lenny Kravitz’s “Fly Away” boomed in the background. Continue reading “LCF Rose Princess, Witty Float Shine at Parade”

Eich Lists Traffic, Crime Among City’s Top Issues

Keith Eich
Keith Eich

The question La Cañada Flintridge City Council candidate Keith Eich is asked the most is “Why are you running for public office?” The answer ties into his philosophy of giving back.
Eich, 40, is one of four candidates seeking three seats on the council in the general municipal election to be held on March 3. The others are incumbents Leonard Pieroni and Terry Walker and former LCF Planning Commissioner Rick Gunter.
“I’ve been volunteering civically and in different things through nonprofits for a very long time,” Eich said. “I’m passionate about that. Giving back to the community, giving back to the organizations I’m part of. So I want to give back to our city. I think we have something special and I want to help keep it special.” Continue reading “Eich Lists Traffic, Crime Among City’s Top Issues”

Parcel Tax Renewal Crucial, Says LCUSD Board Leader

Joe Radabaugh
Joe Radabaugh

Joe Radabaugh, who has been a La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board member since December 2017, was recently selected by his peers as the panel’s president after serving most recently as vice president.
Radabaugh, a resident of La Cañada Flintridge since 2007, has lots of experience working in the community.
He is the president of the La Cañada Baseball Softball Association, was a member of the LCUSD parcel tax renewal advocacy team and belongs to Kiwanis. Radabaugh is a past director of the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation and a past member of the Measure LCF bond committee team. Continue reading “Parcel Tax Renewal Crucial, Says LCUSD Board Leader”

Spartans Fall to Oak Park; Golden Knights Win League Opener

The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ basketball team fell to Oak Park, 65-59, in a showcase at St. Francis. The Spartans enter Rio Hondo League play with a 6-10 record.

The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ basketball team fell to Oak Park, 65-59, in the Slam Jam Showcase at St. Francis High School last Saturday.
The Spartans led 40-38 going into the final quarter. However, the Eagles came alive and held La Cañada to only nine points in the final eight minutes, allowing Oak Park to pull away for the victory. Continue reading “Spartans Fall to Oak Park; Golden Knights Win League Opener”

Rose Parade Float From LCF Nears Takeoff

Courtesy LCF Tournament of Roses Association
A sketch of “Dodo Bird Flight School” is a guide for volunteers laboring to build the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association’s whimsical Rose Parade float.

Ernest Koeppen strongly believes that the 2020 La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association float “Dodo Bird Flight School” will take home an award from the upcoming 131st Rose Parade. Continue reading “Rose Parade Float From LCF Nears Takeoff”

Rose Court Princess Relishes the Moment

Photo courtesy Michelle Mishina Pasadena Tournament of Roses
Emilie Risha, La Cañada Flintridge resident and Tournament of Roses 2020 Royal Court member, will participate in the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena.

La Cañada Flintridge resident Emilie Risha’s tenure as a Tournament of Roses Royal Court member has involved a whirlwind of community appearances and an onslaught of questions from devotees of the Pasadena tradition, but now her No. 1 focus is the 131st Rose Parade.
Risha, a senior at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, will join the other young women of the court, led by Rose Queen Camille Kennedy, for the 5.5-mile journey by float on Wednesday, Jan. 1. “My brain immediately goes to being practical and thinking, ‘OK, when they pick me up at my house at 1:45 a.m., what am I going to have in my bag?’ and kind of thinking that way,” Risha said in a recent interview. “That’s the first way I’m thinking about it. But another part of my brain says, ‘OK, let’s try to really be present. Take it all in, have a big smile, take deep breaths, and ultimately I’m just super, super excited.”
Tournament President Laura Farber described Risha as a wonderful ambassador. Continue reading “Rose Court Princess Relishes the Moment”

LCF Council Election: Four Candidates, Three Openings

Four candidates are seeking three seats on the La Cañada Flintridge City Council in the general municipal election to be held on March 3.
Council incumbents Leonard Pieroni and Terry Walker, LCF Public Works and Traffic Commissioner Keith Eich and former LCF Planning Commissioner Rick Gunter are running for positions that involve full four-year terms. Pieroni has been filling the revolving post of mayor. Continue reading “LCF Council Election: Four Candidates, Three Openings”