LCUSD Board Leaves Seat Vacant, Discussion Will Resume

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The La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board voted 3-1 last week to keep the vacant school board seat empty and let voters choose a new member in the November election. The matter has been posted as an agenda item for discussion at a June 30 meeting.

By Camila Castellanos and Oscar Areliz
Outlook Valley Sun

Despite having interviewed 10 applicants to fill a temporary vacancy on the panel, the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board ultimately decided last week not to fill the seat, indicating that doing so might give the appointee an unfair advantage in the November election that will permanently fill it.
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LCF Protesters Want Sheriff’s Dept. Cut From City Budget

Following weeks of protests, a wave of petitioners are calling on La Cañada Flintridge to end its contract with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The city’s Public Safety Commission was rushed with emails, which were read on Monday during a lengthy public comment portion. Many community members expressed support for an online petition started by La Cañada BLM, a group that has organized several protests in recent weeks.
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Statement from Publisher, Charlie Plowman

A petition currently posted to that calls for the termination of a local police officer here in La Cañada Flintridge, falsely lists me — Charlie Plowman — as the originator of the petition.  Neither I nor Outlook Newspapers have anything to do with this petition.

My attorney has contacted requesting that the petition be taken down, and the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station has launched an investigation into this matter.

I wish to express my personal support for the Crescenta Valley Sheriff Station Officers and the work they do in our community.

Enduring Heroes Emerges as a Landmark With Impact

By Rhonda Kozacik
Special to The Outlook Valley Sun

Photo courtesy Enduring Heroes
La Cañada Flintridge resident Woody Studenmund, whose son Scott was tragically killed in action in Afghanistan in 2014, is pictured at the Enduring Heroes monument, a tribute to 11 men and women from Greater Pasadena who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Enduring Heroes monument, sculpted by noted local artist Christopher Slatoff, pays permanent tribute to the 11 combat heroes from the Greater Pasadena area, who gave their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. Each Memorial Day, since the dedication in 2017, many have gathered at the valiant soldier in remembrance of the brave warriors, but clearly 2020 was different.
Respecting the city’s social distancing requirements, visitors honored our Enduring Heroes quietly. Along with a patriotic wreath, each warrior has a banner that hangs along Orange Grove and Green Street, near Defender’s Parkway, through the Fourth of July. The banner for Marine Lance Cpl. Dion Whitley, who was tragically killed in action 15 years ago on June 15, 2005, looks across Orange Grove, standing guard over the Enduring Heroes Soldier. The individual banners will proudly wave again from the anniversary of 9/11 through Veterans Day.
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Cancer Support Community Pasadena’s Virtual Gala Festivities

Photo courtesy Nick Boswell
Cancer Support Community Pasadena’s Virtual Gala committee members are preparing for the organization’s “A Night in Emerald City” 30th anniversary gala on Saturday, July 11.

In less than three weeks is Cancer Support Community Pasadena’s first virtual gala, with excitement building among supporters, staff and volunteers, according to the organization. This year, CSCP is celebrating 30 years of providing support, education and hope to families facing cancer in the Greater San Gabriel Valley. “A Night in Emerald City” 30th anniversary gala will be on Saturday, July 11.
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Membership Spots Open for Bond Funds Oversight Committee

La Cañada Unified School District is seeking applications for membership on the Measure LCF Citizens’ Oversight Committee to oversee the bond funds that were approved at the Nov. 7, 2017, election. The purpose of the committee is to ensure that the bond dollars are spent for their authorized purpose and to report annually to the governing board and the public regarding expenditures of such funds. It is required that the committee meet at least once per year. Currently meetings are held quarterly.
The committee will consist of seven community members. A member of the LCUSD Governing Board will serve as a liaison to the committee. Applications are being accepted for the following categories: one business organization member; one member active in a bona-fide taxpayers’ association; one member active in a senior citizens organization; two community members at large; one position for a parent or guardian of a child enrolled in the district; and one position shall be both a parent or guardian of a child enrolled in the district and active in a parent-teacher organization, such as the PTA or a school site council. The term of each committee member will be two years.
Applications are available at the district office at 4490 Cornishon Ave., on the website at under the Measure LCF button, or may be requested via email at The application deadline is July 15. For more information, call Kim Bergner in the superintendent’s office at (818) 952-8381.

LCF Center Is Creating Community From 6 Feet Away

The Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge is all about creating community. It is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and exists because of private sponsorship, participation in programs, events and classes. When it closed its doors on March 16, staff knew that when it opened again, things would be different. Safety is a No. 1 priority and staff are learning more each day about the steps that need to be taken to get back to providing a place for participants to grow, learn and thrive.
Once the Public Health Department released directives for opening day camps on June 12, it was decided the center would open. The goals are simple: Operate camps that are safe and fun while providing enrichment for kids and support for their parents.
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Flintridge Prep Introduces New Mascot: the Wolves

The times are changing, and so is the mascot at Flintridge Preparatory School.
A school community-wide email sent by Prep Headmaster Peter Bachmann announced that the new mascot, the Wolves, will replace the Rebels starting July 1.
The decision to change mascots was made as a board resolution in January, and was the culmination of what the email said were “many meaningful and spirited discussions across campus over several years.” The process included the appointment of a multi-constituency mascot committee and a board oversight committee.
“We have recognized the controversial nature of our former mascot and have sought an adequate solution for years,” said Nicole Trevor, Prep’s director of communications. “It is worth noting that in 2014, the school also considered changing the mascot completely, but ultimately the school decided to rebrand instead.”
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