Young Imaginations Run Free at Library’s Creation Station

Susan Van Valer and her granddaughter Makayla
Susan Van Valer and her granddaughter Makayla, both of La Cañada Flintridge, select materials to construct a house at a recent Kids Creation Station event at the LCF library.

Makayla Van Valer, 4, was grinning as she used green markers to color a small, wooden house and happily guided its resident — a small piece of wood to which a pair of large eyes had been affixed — with her hand.
One seat over at the La Cañada Flintridge library, Susan Van Valer joined in the fun with her granddaughter. Continue reading “Young Imaginations Run Free at Library’s Creation Station”

LCF Resident Chairs Project Mexico

Board chairman Dennis Awad is ready to oversee work for Project Mexico
Photo courtesy Dennis Awad
Board chairman Dennis Awad is ready to oversee work for Project Mexico, which is active in the Rosarita Beach/Ensenada areas of Baja, Mexico.

Project Mexico, a nonprofit organization that builds homes for the homeless in Mexico, has a new board chairman who lives in La Cañada Flintridge. Dennis Awad said he wants to bring prominence to an organization that not many people know about.
Project Mexico builds more than 25 homes a year for homeless families in the Rosarita Beach/Ensenada areas of Baja, Mexico. It also runs St. Innocent Orphanage, a Christ-centered ministry that cares for 24 orphaned boys living at a nearby ranch. Continue reading “LCF Resident Chairs Project Mexico”

Morikawa’s Success Continues in Pro Competition

Collin Morikawa
Collin Morikawa

La Cañada High School graduate Collin Morikawa closed out his four-year collegiate career at Cal as one of the program’s all-time best golfers.
He became the second Bear to win the Pac-12 Player of the Year honor after claiming the individual conference title. The former Spartan was also named a Division I PING first-team All-American, becoming the first four-time All-American golfer in the program’s history. Morikawa tied for sixth place in the NCAA Championships and helped his team finish 10th at Blessings Golf Club in Arkansas. He was third in the nation with a 68.65 stroke average, ranked as the No. 3 collegiate golfer by Golfstat and a finalist for the Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award. Continue reading “Morikawa’s Success Continues in Pro Competition”

Taco Deli, Longtime Local Eatery, Closes as Owner Seeks to Retire

Taco Deli
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
Taco Deli, which had been in business in La Cañada Flintridge since 1998, closed last weekend, prompting Facebook posts expressing sadness.

Taco Deli, which had served La Cañada Flintridge for more than 20 years, shut down over the weekend, leaving lasting memories of its tacos, burritos and breakfasts.
“I just want to retire. I’ve been planning that since I became 70,” owner Julie Sarkissian said, laughing, on Friday. When asked her current age, she simply said: “I’m of retirement age.” Continue reading “Taco Deli, Longtime Local Eatery, Closes as Owner Seeks to Retire”

New Honors for Beloved Leader in Pediatric Pulmonology

Dr. Thomas Keens
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
Dr. Thomas Keens, at his office at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, displays the Pediatric Founders Award he recently won.

Dr. Thomas Keens, a La Cañada Flintridge resident who has served as medical director of the pulmonary physiology laboratory at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles since 1977, has gained further validation of his prominence in his field, having recently received the Pediatric Founders Award.
Keens spoke about his passion for his job during an interview in his CHLA office, where the many awards he has received — including the Founders Award — cover the walls, shelves and desk.
“I just love it,” Keens said. “I like the patient care, I like the research and I like the teaching. It’s the perfect career. No two days are the same, so I never get bored.”
Keens was the 10th recipient of the distinction granted by the Pediatric Scientific Assembly of the American Thoracic Society at its annual meeting on May 19 in Dallas. Continue reading “New Honors for Beloved Leader in Pediatric Pulmonology”

LCHS Grad Known as ‘Brilliant Student’ Dies in Plane Crash

Colin Um
Photo courtesy Bo Yang
La Cañada High School graduate Colin Um (center) is shown enjoying a UC Berkeley laboratory’s picnic in August 2017 at the Berkeley Rose Garden.

A La Cañada High School graduate was killed when the plane he was piloting crashed in the California Delta near Antioch recently.
Colin Um, 22, of Berkeley was the only person in the plane when it crashed on June 9, said Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jimmy Lee. The victim, a student at UC Berkeley, died of blunt force injuries, Lee added. Continue reading “LCHS Grad Known as ‘Brilliant Student’ Dies in Plane Crash”

Searchers Rescue Hiker Missing in Forest for Seven Days

Eugene Jo, flanked by Deputy Daniel Paige of the Altadena Sheriff’s Station and Fred Pearce and Chris Gonzales of the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team
Photo courtesy Altadena Sheriff’s Station
Eugene Jo, flanked by Deputy Daniel Paige of the Altadena Sheriff’s Station and Fred Pearce and Chris Gonzales of the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team, recovers in the hospital after spending a week lost in the Angeles National Forest.

By Christian Leonard
The Outlook


A 73-year-old Gardena man lost in the Angeles National Forest for a week was found alive Saturday after a search-and-rescue operation involving almost 90 people.
Eugene Jo had been with a group hiking on Mount Waterman on June 22 when they took a break for lunch. Soon afterward, the hikers realized Jo had gone missing. Continue reading “Searchers Rescue Hiker Missing in Forest for Seven Days”

Resident’s Ring Camera Video Leads to Arrests

By Christian Leonard
The Outlook


Footage from a La Cañada Flintridge resident’s Ring security system resulted in the recent arrests of two people suspected of attempting to burglarize the man’s house in February.
According to Detective Rodger Burt of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station, a juvenile approached the residence, located on Alcorn Drive, and knocked on the door. After the juvenile determined no one was in the home, two other suspects jumped over the fence to the backyard, but ran off after the homeowner used an app to shout at them through the Ring system there. Nothing was taken or broken. Continue reading “Resident’s Ring Camera Video Leads to Arrests”

New Mobile Command Post Moves a Step Closer to Reality

mobile command post
Photos courtesy Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station
The Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station’s current mobile command post is a converted trailer that is about 11 years old. Officials are expecting a new post next May.

Local law enforcement’s much anticipated mobile command post finally has an estimated date of arrival.
The vehicle, resembling a mobile home, can be used as a communications hub in emergencies such as earthquakes and wildfires, and officials say the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station — which serves La Cañada Flintridge residents, among others — will receive it around May 2020. Continue reading “New Mobile Command Post Moves a Step Closer to Reality”