Candidates Seek Your Vote

In the Nov. 3 election, La Cañada Flintridge voters will choose from among four candidates running for two open seats on the La Cañada Unified school board. The seats are being vacated by Ellen Multari, who announced her resignation in May after moving out of the school district, and Brent Kuszyk, who will not seek re-election. The candidates who have filed to run are (in alphabetical order): Caroline Anderson, Jeremiah Arnold, Josh Epstein and Belinda Randolph.


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City Pushes Internet Provider to Improve Access

The adoption of distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic has shined a light on unreliable internet access that has long affected La Cañada Flintridge, and the City Council is working with Spectrum to address the issue.
During the panel’s virtual meeting on Tuesday, Councilman Keith Eich told colleagues that he and other members of a subcommittee have been working with the internet service provider, which he said has taken steps to ease its system’s congestion
Residents who have reported their broadband problems to Spectrum and the council include the Rajagopalan family, which voiced its dissatisfaction with the company in a letter posted on the city’s website.
“We humbly request the city to authorize the study of issues related to Spectrum services that were contemplated during budget deliberations,” Sampath and Nandini Rajagopalan wrote. “The quality of internet service is unacceptable in these times when so many of us are distance learning or teaching hundreds of students or working from home.”
The company has seen high internet usage from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. in the last four months and has increased its capacity by as much as 40% to deal with the spike, according to Eich.
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Students in Special Categories May Soon Return to Campus

Nearly 60 schools notified Los Angeles County of their intent to reopen this week at limited capacity, and the La Cañada Unified School District isn’t far from doing the same.
Public Health announced earlier this month that schools could reopen small classes for students with individual education plans, students in special education and English-language learners beginning Sept. 14.
In an email to the Outlook Valley Sun, Superintendent Wendy Sinnette said she anticipates “the first few cohorts of [LCUSD] students may return to campuses at the end of September or early October.”
“We are in the process of bargaining the effects of working conditions with [teachers and employees associations] to allow this to happen,” Sinnette said. “The cohort restrictions are strict and once a teacher joins an in-person cohort, they are prohibited from delivering in-person instruction or assessments to any student outside the cohort. So our first priority will be to bring back to campus cohorts of our highest at-risk, highest-level-of-need students.
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LCUSD Diversity Ideas Prompt Dissent, Calls for Caution

More than a month after a diversity, equity and inclusion consultant presented her extensive findings to the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board, and a week after the LCUSD entrusted Superintendent Wendy Sinnette with overseeing progress on DEI, parents and community members have galvanized over the matter — some in opposition.
Two LCUSD Governing Board members, President Joe Radabaugh and Kaitzer Puglia, have been tabbed to lead a committee that will help frame DEI initiatives, which ultimately will fall to the entire board to approve or not.
In a combined statement last week, Sinnette and Radabaugh emphasized there will be more involved discussion on the topic of any DEI objectives and priorities, saying:
“We listen carefully to all voices in the community and strive for the best possible outcomes. One of the consistent things we heard related to DEI is that we seek more in-depth community input on the objectives and priorities before we finalize and the board approves. We agree with that feedback and feel a DEI committee comprised of a cross-section of the community is a critical means to that end.”
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Bobcat Fire Approaches Mount Wilson Observatory

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The Bobcat Fire threatened the Mount Wilson Observatory this week, with cameras mounted near the area showing the structure’s proximity to the flames, which came as close as 500 feet at one point.

A wildfire that has grown to tens of thousands of acres in the Angeles National Forest continues to burn, forcing evacuations and threatening the Mount Wilson Observatory.
At one point on Tuesday, flames came as close as 500 feet from the observatory, according to the U.S. Forest Service. But as of the Outlook Valley Sun’s press time Wednesday, firefighters had held the line against the fire, with aircraft dropping flame retardant to combat the flames.
“Our thoughts are with the firefighters who will defend the observatory against the approaching blaze. We know they will give it their best,” Sam Hale, chairman of the Mount Wilson Institute Board of Trustees, said in a statement. “We cherish the historic telescopes on the mountain that revolutionized humanity’s understanding of the cosmos and hope they will be safe. That is the most important thing.”
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Letters to the Editor

Opinion About Advocates
It appears that those advocating the diversity plan in our schools are more interested in teaching kids what to think rather than how to think.

Trent Sanders
La Cañada Flintridge

DEI Consultant Thanks Community for Its Support
I am writing to express my sincere gratitude for the many members of the greater La Cañada Unified School District community who have extended their support over the past several weeks — support for me, but more importantly, for the critical work of cultivating equitable spaces for learning where every student is seen, supported and feels a sense of belonging. Through the letters to the editor, comments during school board meetings and direct emails, students, parents, staff, alumni and community members have raised their voices in support of a humanizing approach to education, Continue reading “Letters to the Editor”

Sharon Frances Musitelle – Obituary

Sharon Musitelle

Sharon Frances Musitelle, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, born June 12, 1943, graduated Mayfield H.S. Class of ’61. Journalism major, U.S.C. Married John “Terry” Musitelle (deceased). Sharon passed away peacefully Sept 1, 2020, and is survived by her loving children Frank Musitelle and Shelley Musitelle Bishop, and her grandchildren, Danielle, John Terris , Kiersten and Brady!

Daniel Steven MacGregor – Obituary

Dan MacGregor, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother, passed away on September 1st, 2020.
Dan was born in Jeffersonville, Indiana, and went to Georgia Tech on a baseball and basketball scholarship, then got a masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from USC.
He met and married his wife Judy in 1958. Dan worked at JPL from 1966-1976 and then he and Judy opened MacGregor Realty at 845 Foothill Blvd. MacGregor Realty closed when Dan and Judy retired in 2010. Dan was a long time resident of La Cañada, living here for over 50 years. Dan was loved by the real estate community and he loved them back.
Dan’s wife Judy passed away two years ago, and now they can be together. Dan is survived by his daughter Sherise and son-in-law Scott, his son Steve, brother Brian and brother Jim, and his grandchildren Grayson, Raine, Rowan, Zarina, and Luke.

David Tierney – Obituary

David Tierney

David Scott Tierney passed away unexpectedly on July 22, 2020, at the age of 62. David made his recent home in San Diego and for several years, Mammoth Lakes, California. David is preceded in death by his father Andrew and younger brother Brian.
He was born on October 21, 1957, in Los Angeles, CA to Anne Slosson Tierney and Andrew Tierney. David grew up in La Cañada Flintridge, CA and attended the La Cañada school system. David was gifted with talents scholastically, athletically and musically. He and his brothers were very active in Boy Scouts and youth sports. David lettered in football, basketball, and track at La Cañada High School where his long jump record set in 1976 still stands. He attended Occidental College excelling on both the football and track teams
Loved by everyone who knew him. David loved Yosemite, reading and animals. He will be dearly missed by his mother Anne Tierney, his brothers Ed, Michael and Colin, as well as his sisters-in-law Jeannie and Patricia, stepbrothers David and Steven, stepsister Carol, stepmother Susan, Aunt Margaret, nieces and nephews, cousins and numerous close life-long friends.
A memorial service will be held at such a time that is safe for all participants.

Baffert’s Derby Win an Authentic Milestone

Photo courtesy Coglianese Photos / Adam Coglianese
Trainer Bob Baffert (right), shown exulting after a victory by Justify in a 2018 Triple Crown race, recorded his sixth Kentucky Derby win on Saturday, courtesy of Authentic.

Authentic grabbed the lead shortly after the start and held off a stretch bid from odds-on favorite Tiz the Law by 1¼ lengths to win the 146th running of the $3 million Kentucky Derby in Louisville on Saturday — a feat with special meaning in La Cañada Flintridge.
Trained by LCF resident Bob Baffert and ridden by John Velazquez, Authentic covered a mile and quarter in 2:00.61 over a fast track.
“I’ve been fortunate to have these great jockeys win these races,” Baffert said. “But that was won by Johnny. John, that race will go down as one of the top — just the way he handled a horse like [Authentic]. … But it’s one of those things where it never gets old. [I’m] just very fortunate and blessed to be in this position.”
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