Officials Warn of Weather After Hiker Found Dead

Photo courtesy Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
More than 80 volunteers from this community and 17 other counties searched a wintery Angeles National Forest last week for Glendale hiker Narineh Avakian. Her body was located on Saturday.

The tragic result of a large search-and-rescue effort in the Angeles National Forest last week underscores how rapidly changing weather can put hikers in precarious situations.
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Robust Housing Market Underpins City Revenue Growth

One year removed from schools and many businesses shutting down due to COVID-19, local governments are honing a clearer picture of the economic fallout from the pandemic.
Alex Kung, La Cañada Flintridge director of finance, had a simple summation for city council members during a special meeting on Tuesday.
“In summary, the city’s net position changed for the positive over the past year,” he said.
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LCF Sees Uptick in Larceny, Theft in First 2 Months

The city of La Cañada Flintridge saw a slight uptick in crimes in February, most of which were larceny and theft cases.
Capt. Todd Deeds of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station delivered his monthly crime presentation to the LCF City Council on Tuesday and reported a total of 27 part 1 offenses, which include robbery, aggravated assault, residential burglary and theft. Nineteen of the crimes reported involved larceny and theft, bringing the year-to-date total to 38. In 2020, there were only 15 cases in the first two months.
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LCF Seeks Applications for Committee Vacancies

The city of La Cañada Flintridge is seeking applications from residents to serve on city commissions, councils and committees. Those interested may submit an application to the Office of the City Clerk by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 26.
Applications may be submitted in person, by mail, fax or by e-mail to tmoreno@lcf.ca.gov. Applications can be obtained online by visiting cityoflcf.org/city-accepting-applications-for-city-commissions-committees.
The city’s commissions advise the City Council on matters within specific areas of responsibility. All commissioners serve four-year terms, except Youth Council, which is a two-year term. The commissions and committee members are appointed by the City Council and members must be residents of LCF.
“City commissioners play a vital role in advising the City Council on matters that affect all of us who live, work and play in our community,” said Mayor Michael Davitt. “Serving as a commissioner is a rewarding way to make a difference in the city.”
Positions are available on all of the city’s commissions, which include the Design Commission, Investment & Financing Advisory Committee, Parks & Recreation Commission, Planning Commission, Public Safety Commission, Public Works and Traffic Commission, and Youth Council.
The City Council is tentatively scheduled to make the appointments at the May 18 regular meeting.
For more information, contact the Office of the City Clerk at (818) 790-8880 or visit cityoflcf.org.

City’s Public Works Paints Over Graffiti on Angeles Crest

Graffiti appeared overnight last weekend outside a private residence on the corner of Olive Lane and Angeles Crest Highway in La Cañada Flintridge, adding to residential concerns regarding unruly speeding and behavior recently along the ACH. After the city of LCF was notified, the public works department teamed up to paint over the graffiti early in the week.

Council Gears Up for Vaccine Dispensing Site

The city of La Cañada Flintridge has reached an agreement with Los Angeles County to make City Hall and Olberz Park a temporary medical point of dispensing (MPOD) site for the COVID-19 vaccine.
All five city council members voted in favor of approving the memorandum of understanding with the public health department during a virtual meeting on Tuesday.
However, City Manager Mark Alexander informed the council and community that the county has paused “all activities related to MPOD planning” after Gov. Gavin Newsom handed the reins of coronavirus vaccine distribution to Blue Shield of California.
“[Public health officials] are awaiting guidance from the state regarding the standardization and streamlining of vaccine prioritization, dose allocation and vaccine administration through a centralized third party administrator, which will be Blue Shield of California.”
Alexander recommended that the council still approve agreement so that when L.A. County decides to move forward in expanding vaccine distribution with MPODS, La Cañada will be “ready to go.”

Local Man Launches Pic ‘N’ Save Bargains

By Nina Aghadjanian
Outlook Valley Sun

Outlook Valley Sun file photo
Mark Miller, a La Cañada Flintridge resident who is the chairman, CEO and president of Pic ‘N’ Save Bargains, is pictured with Sharon Mintie.

Savvy shoppers in Orange County will see a new bargain store emerge just in time for the holiday season, thanks to Mark Miller, a 20-year resident of La Cañada Flintridge and the former president of Pic ‘N’ Save.
Miller is opening the next generation of bargain and close-out retail, Pic ‘N’ Save Bargains, on Friday, Nov. 13, in Anaheim Town Square.
After working at Pic ‘N’ Save for 15 years and then parting ways, Miller is applying his vast knowledge of the Los Angeles market and years of discount retail expertise to create a store that combines elements of a Costco, a Trader Joe’s and a Dollar General — an idea he’s had for a very long time. After three years of planning, Pic ‘N’ Save Bargains has finally come to fruition.
During his years at the discount chain, Miller “fell in love with the business and has loved it ever since.

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Grateful for LCUSD Candidates and Right to Vote (Use It)

Charlie Plowman

It’s election season … and we are in the midst of competitive federal and state races and propositions. But this article is going to emphasize “local,” and that obviously means our La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board race.
For starters, we should all be thankful to have four candidates who want to give of their time and energy to help our students. Caroline Anderson, Jeremiah Arnold, Josh Epstein and Belinda Randolph should be commended for their willingness to donate hundreds (or is it thousands?) of hours over the next four years.
The two open school board seats aren’t salaried positions. These four individuals care about our community and youth so much that they are willing to endure the criticism that is inevitable during a four-year term so they can “give back.”
This race for the governing board positions is competitive, to say the least. Four candidates, two seats.

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Superintendent’s Goals Address ‘Turbulent Times’

Though uncertainty clouds the future of education and instruction because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the goals of the La Cañada Unified School District for the 2020-21 academic year were made very clear in a virtual governing board meeting on Tuesday.
Board members approved Superintendent Wendy Sinnette’s main objectives, which include overseeing Measure LCF-financed facility upgrades, distance learning and instruction, planning and executing campuses’ eventual reopening and expanding the district’s wellness initiative.
There have been as many as 18 goals in the past, according to Sinnette, but this year’s four each comprise several initiatives.

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Longtime St. Francis Coach Jim Bonds Dies of Cancer

Jim Bonds

Jim Bonds, a former UCLA quarterback and veteran St. Francis High School head football coach, died early Wednesday morning from complications of multiple myeloma, school officials reported. He was 51.
“Jimmy put up an amazing fight until his last breath,” Father Tony Marti, president of St. Francis, and Principal Tom Moran said in a joint statement. “He was a fighter and an inspiration to us all.”
Bonds, survived by his wife, Tricia, and their children, Katie and James, was diagnosed with cancer in spring 2018 but returned to the sidelines that fall after treatment. However, the cancer returned and he was recently admitted at UCLA Medical Center. In a Stand Up to Cancer segment during Game 3 of the recent World Series, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts held up a card with Bonds’ name, honoring his fellow Bruin’s battle with the disease.

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