LCUSD Listens to Parents’ Concerns on Devil’s Gate Project

The La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board on Tuesday took time to hear from concerned parents over the initial process of sediment removal from Hahamongna Watershed Park behind the Devil’s Gate Dam to increase flood protection and to restore habitat within the Arroyo Seco Watershed.
During the discussion, board members said that they were writing down questions and suggestions of attendees and that they plan to measure the air quality surrounding the schools during the sediment removal project, known as the “Big Dig,” with an air-quality monitor. Continue reading “LCUSD Listens to Parents’ Concerns on Devil’s Gate Project”

Local YMCA to Pay Tribute to Former CEO Croxen, Wife

Photo courtesy Dennis Croxen Dennis and Peggy Croxen will be honored at the invitation-only George Williams Society Dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 7, in La Cañada Flintridge.
Photo courtesy Dennis Croxen
Dennis and Peggy Croxen will be honored at the invitation-only George Williams Society Dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 7, in La Cañada Flintridge.

Dennis and Peggy Croxen have left quite an imprint on the YMCA of the Foothills.
Dennis Croxen, who once was the institution’s chief executive, advocated that a successful YMCA leads by its mission, said current CEO and President Tyler Wright.
“He has been the greatest inspiration and an impactful individual on my career,” Wright said in a phone interview. “He’s been a mentor and a friend throughout my entire career and was someone I could call up if I didn’t have an answer to a question.” Continue reading “Local YMCA to Pay Tribute to Former CEO Croxen, Wife”

Spacecraft’s ‘Grand Finale’ Launches LCF Residents to an Emmy

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK Holding the Emmy statuette, producer, host and writer Gay Yee Hill is flanked by Cassini project manager Earl Maize and navigation team chief Duane Roth.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
Holding the Emmy statuette, producer, host and writer Gay Yee Hill is flanked by Cassini project manager Earl Maize and navigation team chief Duane Roth.

It was called the “Grand Finale.” After exploring Saturn for 13 years, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft ran out of fuel and was intentionally crashed, amid live coverage.
But no fewer than three La Cañada Flintridge residents who worked on the project were among Jet Propulsion Laboratory workers who experienced yet another big finish — sharing in an Emmy Award for original interactive program for coverage of Cassini’s spectacular dive, in which the spacecraft sent data back to Earth even in its final seconds, more than a year ago. Continue reading “Spacecraft’s ‘Grand Finale’ Launches LCF Residents to an Emmy”

LCPC Parent Ed, a Guide for Grown-Ups, Reaches Milestone

Photo courtesy Hannah Walsh LCPC Parent Ed’s current team, which is celebrating the organization’s 40th anniversary with a picnic in Memorial Park this Sunday, includes Betsy Farhat (front row, from left) Ashley Barrett, Maggie Mason, Meg Wade, Tracy Tobias, Anne Bierling, Nanette Brown, Sarah Montes, Vicki Rekedal, Theresa Dilbeck, Sloan Walsh, Jan Roberts, Rebekah Garcia, Paula Giboney, Jina Khachik and Jana Van Dyck. Second row: Lynne Graves. Third row: Heather Ehrhart, Charlotte Miller, Paige Dunbar and Dorothy Chen. Fourth row: Barbara Stratte, Debbie Barsom and Amanda Baughman. Fifth row: Stephanie Ferguson and Dede Cook. Sixth row: Mary Emily Myers and Kathy Kovalcik. Seventh row: Katrina Harbers and Darby Pearson. Back: Daniela Kim, Katie Enney and Carol Van Citters.
Photo courtesy Hannah Walsh
LCPC Parent Ed’s current team, which is celebrating the organization’s 40th anniversary with a picnic in Memorial Park this Sunday, includes Betsy Farhat (front row, from left) Ashley Barrett, Maggie Mason, Meg Wade, Tracy Tobias, Anne Bierling, Nanette Brown, Sarah Montes, Vicki Rekedal, Theresa Dilbeck, Sloan Walsh, Jan Roberts, Rebekah Garcia, Paula Giboney, Jina Khachik and Jana Van Dyck. Second row: Lynne Graves. Third row: Heather Ehrhart, Charlotte Miller, Paige Dunbar and Dorothy Chen. Fourth row: Barbara Stratte, Debbie Barsom and Amanda Baughman. Fifth row: Stephanie Ferguson and Dede Cook. Sixth row: Mary Emily Myers and Kathy Kovalcik. Seventh row: Katrina Harbers and Darby Pearson. Back: Daniela Kim, Katie Enney and Carol Van Citters.

Mildraide Lazarre describes the parent education program at La Cañada Presbyterian Church as a game changer, for herself and her son.
“Being from the islands — I’m from Haiti — I moved out to California and I don’t have any family,” said Lazarre. “So it’s just nice to be part of a community and for my son for developmental purposes. He’s grown so much just from being in this class.”
Lazarre said Logan, who is 14 months old, has been coming to the LCPC Parent Education program for seven months and is in the toddler class. But his mom is learning, too, because the program also advises grown-ups on how to confidently parent their kids, at all stages of their youth. Continue reading “LCPC Parent Ed, a Guide for Grown-Ups, Reaches Milestone”

Sound Wall Project Clinches Crucial Funding Approval

Some La Cañada Flintridge residents’ prospects for getting a bit of solace from the roaring freeway noise appeared greatly improved after funding for four additional sound walls was approved last week at a Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors meeting.
The board on Thursday approved the advance of $3.712 million in Measure M funds — derived from a half-cent sales tax — and an additional $3.288 million from the Call for Projects reserve fund for construction of 210 Freeway sound walls. Metro allocates discretionary federal, state and local funds through the Call for Projects program. Continue reading “Sound Wall Project Clinches Crucial Funding Approval”

Commission Takes Up Plan for Dealing With Disasters

La Cañada Flintridge officials want residents not only to increase their understanding of the risks from natural disasters such as wildfires and earthquakes, but also to contribute to the city’s long-term strategies to diminish their impact.
Officials sought feedback on the draft Local Hazard Mitigation Plan — authorities’ blueprint for protecting citizens and property from natural or human-caused events — during a Public Safety Commission meeting on Monday in the City Council chambers. Commissioner Marilyn Smith, drawing attention to especially contemporary concerns, asked municipal staff members if there had been a consideration to include a terrorist attack or active-shooter incident under the plan. Continue reading “Commission Takes Up Plan for Dealing With Disasters”

Suspects Charged in Local Home Invasion Robberies

Six alleged gang members were recently arrested and charged with 60 felony counts in connection with multiple home invasion robberies — including two in La Cañada Flintridge, in which the victims were tied up — and escaping with cash and property worth more than $1 million, authorities said.
Suspects are alleged to have worn masks and gloves as they forced their way into homes, restraining victims and threatening them at gunpoint as they demanded cash and valuables. Continue reading “Suspects Charged in Local Home Invasion Robberies”

LCF Resident Guides Dodgers to World Series

Photo courtesy Juan Ocampo / Los Angeles Dodgers La Cañada Flintridge resident Dave Roberts has led the Dodgers to a second consecutive World Series. The team recently beat the Milwaukee Brewers in a seven-game series for the National League championship and is squaring off with the Boston Red Sox in the World Series.
Photo courtesy Juan Ocampo / Los Angeles Dodgers
La Cañada Flintridge resident Dave Roberts has led the Dodgers to a second consecutive World Series. The team recently beat the Milwaukee Brewers in a seven-game series for the National League championship and is squaring off with the Boston Red Sox in the World Series.

A year removed from guiding the Dodgers to a historic season, manager Dave Roberts and his players made good on their promise to return to the World Series by edging the Milwaukee Brewers in a thrilling seven-game series last week.
“It was a hard-fought series, and first and foremost I want to really congratulate Craig [Counsell, Brewers manager] and the Milwaukee Brewers on a tremendous season,” Roberts told reporters after the game. “ … It was a tremendous series, a great fan base. It was just kind of our [bullpen] that was very good this series. We got big hits when we needed them. I thought we played good defense, but then again, this series could have went either way. They gave us all we could handle.”
Roberts, who purchased a home in La Cañada Flintridge last year, advanced to his second consecutive World Series as manager despite an up-and-down season. The Dodgers were 10 games under .500 on May 16 with a 16-26 record, 8½ games behind the National League West leader. Continue reading “LCF Resident Guides Dodgers to World Series”

Sheriff Issues Citation Amid Facebook Posts on Alleged Shuttle Bullying, Theft

A 14-year-old La Cañada High School boy was issued a citation for grand theft recently for allegedly stealing an LCHS girl’s wallet while on the free LCF shuttle after school, according to Sgt. Alan Chu, a detective at the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station.
“It’s under investigation,” Chu said, noting that the LCHS school resource officer is now handling the issue.
The officers were asked to investigate after a closed Facebook page was filled with comments calling attention to a group of 9th-grade boys who have been allegedly verbally harassing other students, groping girls and stealing from people on the shuttle, which many children ride after school. Continue reading “Sheriff Issues Citation Amid Facebook Posts on Alleged Shuttle Bullying, Theft”

LCF Recovering From High Winds, Power Outages

A giant oak tree crashed across the property of a home in the 2000 block of Sunnybank Drive on Saturday at 1:30 a.m. following thunderstorm conditions, apparently because the inside of the tree was rotten. The tree damaged two vehicles, but no injuries were reported.
A giant oak tree crashed across the property of a home in the 2000 block of Sunnybank Drive on Saturday at 1:30 a.m. following thunderstorm conditions, apparently because the inside of the tree was rotten. The tree damaged two vehicles, but no injuries were reported.

High winds whipped up havoc for thousands of residents and businesses throughout La Cañada Flintridge this week, with Southern California Edison consumers — including public and private schools — impacted by the loss of power and internet, multiple downed trees, debris and branches blocking local roads and faltering traffic lights, according to officials. Continue reading “LCF Recovering From High Winds, Power Outages”