LCUSD Settlements With Ex-Principals Stir Mixed Parent Response

La Cañada High School students are beginning an academic year’s second half without Principal Ian McFeat for the first time since 2013 as a result of six-figure legal settlements involving him, the school district and his wife, Christine Castillo, a former La Cañada Elementary School principal.
McFeat, who was hired as principal in July 2012, became the La Cañada Unified School District’s executive director of student services on Dec. 10, a move that district officials had said was a promotion. Later, it was revealed that he and Castillo had signed settlement agreements on Dec. 4 that stemmed from a Castillo lawsuit and determined his employment is terminated effective June 30.

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Ian McFeat, former La Cañada High School principal, and Christine Castillo, an ex-La Cañada Elementary School principal, agreed in December to separate six-figure settlements from LCUSD.

Since The Outlook reported last month that McFeat has left and details of the settlement have been disseminated, the community has engaged in spirited discussion — in particular on a closed Facebook page, with more than 100 comments on the topic. Some parents have said they are glad the lawsuit has ended, albeit with questions regarding the cost and divided opinion over the unforeseen changes in leadership. In several Facebook posts, writers voiced displeasure that LCUSD had settled at all in a case that they said was bogus and declared that the hiring process for McFeat and Castillo had been flawed from the beginning.
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County Committee Continues to Study Sagebrush Transfer Proposal

Supporters of a transfer of La Cañada Flintridge’s Sagebrush area into the local school district were on hand Wednesday when the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization took up the issue, which appeared to remain far from a resolution.
Sagebrush, located in the LCF’s western-most corner, is part of the Glendale Unified School District. Continue reading “County Committee Continues to Study Sagebrush Transfer Proposal”

Sheriff Gives Blasnek Transfer, Promotion

Chris Blasnek
Chris Blasnek

Chris Blasnek was not necessarily expecting to leave the familiar setting of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station when he was called to a meeting on Dec. 27 with Alex Villanueva, the new Los Angeles County sheriff.
Blasnek, who has been the captain at the local station, said he was not told the reason for the session at the Hall of Justice in downtown L.A., and he was prepared for anything. Continue reading “Sheriff Gives Blasnek Transfer, Promotion”

Obituary: Elsie Lenore Swingle Hughes

Elsie Lenore Swingle Hughes
June 15, 1917-Dec. 26, 2018

Elsie Lenore Swingle Hughes

Beloved by all who knew her, Elsie Lenore Swingle Hughes passed away gracefully at age 101. In her lifetime she left a legacy of love, kindness and beautiful memories.
She was born in Carbondale, Pennsylvania, to Caroline and Worrie Swingle. After graduation from Benjamin Franklin High School in Carbondale, she joined her older sister at the University of Arizona, Tucson, where she was an active member of the Alpha Phi sorority. There she met the love of her life, Thomas Earl Hughes (Tommy), a captain in the Army Air Corps. After a short time, he proposed and she accepted. They were married in 1941, soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and moved to California. While he was overseas, she worked for Lockheed.
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LCF Resident on Cover of Time Likes Magazine’s Message

Maryam Nouh
Maryam Nouh

La Cañada Flintridge resident Maryam Nouh felt a sense of pride after she learned an image showing her praying would be on a recent cover of Time magazine featuring a photo illustration of a diverse group of people and the headline “Who Gets to Be American?”
“Time magazine is one of the oldest weekly newsmagazines still running — still in print — so to have that be so deeply tied to America is really beautiful,” said Nouh, a Muslim who is shown praying while wearing a head scarf on the Nov. 26/Dec. 3 double issue. “It was really touching for me and really touching for my community,” she said. “I’d be super thrilled if I looked at that and this girl is wearing a scarf like me. But it actually is me in this case.” Continue reading “LCF Resident on Cover of Time Likes Magazine’s Message”

Deepening Its Roots, Twelve Oaks Senior Living Marks Milestone

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK Leoncie Green and Rosetta DeAllen take part in musical bingo at Twelve Oaks Senior Living.
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Leoncie Green and Rosetta DeAllen take part in musical bingo at Twelve Oaks Senior Living.

Twelve Oaks Senior Living recently celebrated its first birthday, though that milestone hardly conveys the long history of the facility near La Cañada Flintridge that serves elderly residents.
The Glendale center, known for decades as Twelve Oaks Lodge before undergoing a rebirth after the previous facility’s closing, kept its Dec. 21 anniversary a quiet one. But on Friday, residents played a catchy form of musical bingo that carried over into a happy hour featuring sparkling cider.
LCF resident Karen Gee McAuley, who serves on the board of the Twelve Oaks Foundation, likened the facility for men and women to a cruise ship or even a resort. Continue reading “Deepening Its Roots, Twelve Oaks Senior Living Marks Milestone”

LCF’s Princesses, Float in Rose Parade Spotlight

Photo by Toni LeBel / OUTLOOK The La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association float, titled “Tree Frog Night,” won the Founder Award before taking a ride down Colorado Boulevard in the Rose Parade on Tuesday.
Photo by Toni LeBel / OUTLOOK
The La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association float, titled “Tree Frog Night,” won the Founder Award before taking a ride down Colorado Boulevard in the Rose Parade on Tuesday.

La Cañada Flintridge made its presence known at the 130th Rose Parade on Tuesday, winning the Founder Award for its colorful float and boasting the participation of two local Rose Princesses in the much-watched procession.
La Cañada High School senior Rucha Kadam and Flintridge Prep senior Helen Rossi, both LCF residents, took a 5.5-mile journey on a float bearing the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Royal Court and thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Continue reading “LCF’s Princesses, Float in Rose Parade Spotlight”

‘Tree Frog Night’ Set to Soar in Tournament of Roses Parade

Rendering courtesy LCFTRA The La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association’s entry into Tuesday’s 130th Rose Parade, shown in the artist’s rendering above, has hundreds of local volunteers hard at work.
Rendering courtesy LCFTRA
The La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association’s entry into Tuesday’s 130th Rose Parade, shown in the artist’s rendering above, has hundreds of local volunteers hard at work.

For more than 10 years, Myrna Hershman has volunteered to help the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association’s float in the Jan. 1 Rose Parade take shape.
On Friday, she was painting the body of the more than 23-foot-tall structure named “Tree Frog Night” wearing clothing nearly covered in paint from the previous times she helped out. Continue reading “‘Tree Frog Night’ Set to Soar in Tournament of Roses Parade”

St. Francis Edges La Cañada in Battle of Foothill Blvd.

The St. Francis varsity boys’ basketball team won the Battle of Foothill Blvd. by defeating local rival La Cañada, 52-50, in a nonleague game last Friday.
The Golden Knights (12-2 overall record) limited the opposition to only 16 points in the first half, allowing them to build a 13-point lead after two quarters of play. Continue reading “St. Francis Edges La Cañada in Battle of Foothill Blvd.”

LCF Resident’s Nobel Win Is 2018’s Top Story

Another busy year has come and gone in La Cañada Flintridge. The city celebrated some prized achievements among its distinguished residents, and paved the way for historic urban construction with the demise of the 710 Freeway Corridor tunnel project, funding for sound walls along the 210 Freeway and the arrival of one of the nation’s largest retailers at the Town Center.
Local schools continued to excel on a national level, sports milestones were achieved and deputies at the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station worked hard to keep the town safe and sound.
Here is a compilation of the 18 most important local stories of 2018: Continue reading “LCF Resident’s Nobel Win Is 2018’s Top Story”