School Year Nears, So LCF Skate Park Will Change Hours

skate park
Photo by Christian Leonard / OUTLOOK
The La Cañada Flintridge Skate Park, tucked away near the local school district office, offers a place for skaters to practice their skills, but relatively few people seem to use the facility.

By Christian Leonard
The Outlook


A local skate park near the La Cañada Unified School District office has sat somewhat empty this summer, despite efforts to increase traffic with expanded summer hours, but city officials say the spot is still a valuable place for kids to socialize and learn skateboarding basics.
And with classes starting up again soon, it can serve again as a convenient after-school recreation site. Continue reading “School Year Nears, So LCF Skate Park Will Change Hours”

Session Helps Close Tech Gap Between Parents and Kids

Most La Cañada Unified School District parents undoubtedly want their children to be skilled in the use of digital technology, electronic devices and software — but not to be controlled by or obsessed with such tools.
That was one of the reasons more than 20 people attended Parent Tech Academy Summer 2019 in the La Cañada High School library on Monday, the first evening of a two-session event that continued the next night. Continue reading “Session Helps Close Tech Gap Between Parents and Kids”

County Official Briefs Council on Big Dig Dust Control Effort

big dig
Photo courtesy Los Angeles County Public Works
The La Cañada Flintridge City Council listened to presentations from Los Angeles County and local residents about the controversial Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project at a recent study session meeting.

It will take up to three weeks to install a wheel washer and start a pilot tarping program at the Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project to cut down on dust generated by the sprawling enterprise, a Los Angeles County official said at a meeting this week.
Steve Burger, assistant deputy director of the county Department of Public Works, made the comments about the project, also known as the Big Dig, at a La Cañada Flintridge City Council study session meeting on Tuesday night. Burger said he would also look into other concerns voiced by the council and the public. Continue reading “County Official Briefs Council on Big Dig Dust Control Effort”

LCPC Parent Ed Donates to Local Nonprofit

La Cañada Presbyterian Church’s Parent Education Board members
Photo courtesy LCPC
La Cañada Presbyterian Church’s Parent Education Board members who helped raise funds for Door of Hope include Dorothy Chen, Stephanie Ferguson, Maggie Mason, Ashley Barrett, Angela Shepherd-Isagholian, Daniela Kim, Barbara Stratte, Lynne Graves, Betsy Farhat, Darby Pearson and Charlotte Miller.

By Amanda Baughman
Special to The Outlook


A Pasadena organization was the recipient of a gift from the La Cañada Presbyterian Church’s Parent Education Program. LCPC’s volunteer board donated 10% of its anniversary fundraising proceeds, $4,619 in total, to Door of Hope, a local nonprofit organization serving homeless families.
Parent Education board chair Maggie Mason represented the board during a tour of Door of Hope. “Our Parent Ed board is excited and humbled to be able to support such a wonderful organization that is serving our homeless brothers and sisters,” she said. Continue reading “LCPC Parent Ed Donates to Local Nonprofit”

Local Volunteers Build Rose Float and, Hopefully, Tradition’s Future

“Dodo Bird Flight School”
Courtesy La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association
The completed drawing for “Dodo Bird Flight School” is the blueprint for the float that will be in the 2020 Rose Parade.

On a recent Thursday, Tim Brugarolas and Bryan Bielawa were busy twisting pieces or welding portions of the “Dodo Bird Flight School” 2020 La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association float.
“Right now, I’m shaping legs for the birds,” said Brugarolas, 15, a La Cañada High School student, as a light rain fell. “I’ve never done this kind of shaping before. I’m experiencing how the springs react, twisting them, just how they tighten. Before I was working on a propeller, and now I’m working on this.” Continue reading “Local Volunteers Build Rose Float and, Hopefully, Tradition’s Future”

Gladiators Have Just Cause to Sit Out Season

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Kevin Lacey
Kevin Lacey

By Kevin Lacey
Special to The Outlook


La Cañada Gladiators Junior All American Football has been fielding teams in this community since the mid-1960s. We have decided, however, that there will be no Junior All American football in 2019. We think our community needs to know why we took this route and our intentions for 2020. We have discussed our decision and the rationale behind it with the city and the La Cañada Sports Coalition, and are happy to report they are in full support. Continue reading “Gladiators Have Just Cause to Sit Out Season”

LCF Again Voices Concerns Over Proposed Glendale Construction

proposed senior living/medical facility and parking garage
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
A proposed senior living/medical facility and parking garage on Glendale’s border with La Cañada Flintridge has drawn local criticism. A meeting about the project, which is located directly across from USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, is set for next week in Glendale.

A proposed three-story senior residential and medical facility and three-level parking garage near La Cañada Flintridge that has drawn criticism from some neighbors and city staff members will be the topic of an Aug. 8 meeting in Glendale. Continue reading “LCF Again Voices Concerns Over Proposed Glendale Construction”

Singer and Lyricist Roddy Finds a Voice All Her Own

Claire Roddy
Photos by Christian Leonard / Outlook at the Echo, Los Angeles
Claire Roddy, creator of Dol Ikara, performed recently at the Echo. She is preparing for the release of her first EP.

By Christian Leonard
The Outlook


The first time Dol Ikara played live, it was under a full moon — a bit of timing that seemed more than coincidental for an act rooted in mysticism.
Inside the trendy, dimly lit music venue the Echo in Los Angeles, several dozen people shouted over the rumble of voices to make themselves heard by their friends. After the opening band had finished, some people mingled in front of the stage, eager to be as close to the next performer as possible. On the edge of the crowd, band members who had recently finished their set murmured apologies as they ran their equipment to the exit, where cool night air offered a reprieve from the cramped club. Continue reading “Singer and Lyricist Roddy Finds a Voice All Her Own”