Navigating Wildfire Risk Amid Insurance Uncertainty

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Flames loom ominously behind a ridge along Ocean View Boulevard during the destructive Station Fire in 2009.

Shirley Chung has lived in the Angeles Crest region of La Cañada Flintridge for more than 20 years and never had a problem obtaining homeowner insurance, until she was suddenly dropped from her plan last year amid the perceived fire risk in the area. Continue reading “Navigating Wildfire Risk Amid Insurance Uncertainty”

Heart Health Movement Is Aimed at Women

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La Cañada Flintridge residents Gillan Frame, Shawn Sheffield and Jenn Worley are taking part in the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement.

La Cañada Flintridge resident Donna Franklin was surprised when she sustained a heart attack last year, because she was not found to have cardiac health issues during two pre-surgical screenings. Continue reading “Heart Health Movement Is Aimed at Women”

City OKs Purchase of Cameras That Read License Plates

The La Cañada Flintridge City Council voted to approve funding for 37 Flock Safety cameras — including 10 on Foothill Boulevard — with the source of the money to be identified during the midyear budget process next month. The cameras, which can read vehicles’ license plates, have been viewed recently as a possible public safety enhancement amid a spate of local residential burglaries. Continue reading “City OKs Purchase of Cameras That Read License Plates”

Veteran Actor Molina Gets Meaty Role — and Short Commute

Photo courtesy Paisley Smith Alfred Molina
Photo courtesy Paisley Smith
Alfred Molina

Actor Alfred Molina, a La Cañada Flintridge resident whose parade of screen roles includes memorable appearances in “Spider-Man 2” and “Boogie Nights,” never stops trying to find the authenticity in every character he portrays.
“There’s always a process for every character,” Molina said in a recent phone interview. “You want to present a story that’s believable and a story the audience engages with. So yes, it’s more than just learning the lines. … It’s also about not misrepresenting the character. Even if you’re the absolute villain or a heroic character, you have to be honest to the nature of the character … you’ve got to play it like it is. Every choice you make has to be based on truth in the character or in the text.” Continue reading “Veteran Actor Molina Gets Meaty Role — and Short Commute”

District Diversity Consultant Shares Ideas About Race at Workshop

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Christina Hale-Elliott, La Cañada Unified School District’s first diversity, equity and inclusion consultant, leads a discussion on “How to Talk With Young Adults About Race” at the La Cañada High School cafeteria.

Talking to young children about race is a discussion to be held as soon as possible.
That’s the message La Cañada Unified School District’s diversity, equity and inclusion consultant Christina Hale-Elliott recently gave at a talk to a group of about 20 people. In the discussion, “How to Talk With Young Adults About Race,” Hale-Elliott addressed topics, including a brief history of racism, white privilege and the model minority myth. Children as young as 3 months start to display reactions to race, Hale-Elliott said. Continue reading “District Diversity Consultant Shares Ideas About Race at Workshop”