Local Man Launches Pic ‘N’ Save Bargains

By Nina Aghadjanian
Outlook Valley Sun

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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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Local Political Sign Theft Seen as ‘Sad,’ ‘Unfortunate’

The removal of campaign signs also was experienced by campaigns in the 2017 City Council election, with supporters for then-candidate Keith Eich reporting a slew of missing placards from their yards. Later, it was discovered that storm debris collectors had taken at least some of those signs.

The race involving four candidates for two seats on the La Cañada Flintridge Unified School District Governing Board has been marred by the theft of political signs from residential yards, a trend mirrored — and widely discussed on social media — across nearby municipalities ahead of the national, state and local elections on Nov. 3.
All of the LCUSD board candidates have reportedly had signs stolen or defaced since campaigning began, and though Sgt. Ed Retamoza of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station confirmed authorities have received multiple reports, he could not confirm a total. The crime is considered petty theft, he added.

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Signs Depicting Hate Speech Spark Debate

Photo courtesy La Cañada BLM
Six signs displaying racist hate speech that were left at the Town Center recently were said to quote some of the hateful slurs current or former LCUSD students have heard.

A group of signs that recently were displayed at La Cañada Flintridge Town Center depict racist and hurtful slurs that La Cañada High School students say they have heard and that students have also anonymously posted to the Instagram page at racism_at_lchs, a local activist group said.
The signs were left near the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Angeles Crest Highway after a La Cañada BLM demonstration and were taken down the next morning by Town Center staff.
According to a statement by La Cañada BLM, which was formed as part of a local outcry after George Floyd died while in police custody in Minneapolis in May, the messages on cardboard were left by current or former LCUSD students.

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City Council Balks at Allowing Short-Term Rentals

The discourse over short-term rentals in La Cañada Flintridge will continue for the foreseeable future after the City Council made no decision on the issue during a virtual meeting on Tuesday.
Council members — except for Mayor Pro Tem Jonathan Curtis, who recused himself from the discussion — mulled a proposed ordinance, given preliminary approval by the Planning Commission earlier this month, that would permit and regulate short-term rentals.
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Governing Board Candidates Report on Donations

Jeremiah Arnold, one of four candidates looking to nab one of two open seats on the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board, raised more than $27,500 in campaign contributions through the most recent reporting period, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s Office.
Arnold’s campaign coffers, according to documents recording donations made through Sept. 19, were bolstered by a $9,500 loan from himself and about $2,700 in non-monetary contributions — such as bumper stickers and yard signs paid for by supporters. His campaign had also spent the most money for that period, with much of the approximately $15,600 — which also includes non-monetary contributions — going to advertising, including a rented billboard.
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Meet the State, Federal Candidates

La Cañada Flintridge voters will elect representatives to a variety of positions on Nov. 3, with candidates vying for local, state and federal seats. Congressman Adam Schiff, a Democrat, is aiming to represent California’s 28th District in the U.S. House of Representatives for another two years, with Republican and attorney Eric Early challenging his incumbency.
For the California Assembly, Democrat Laura Friedman is set on continuing to represent the 43rd Assembly District for another two years. The assemblywoman is facing Republican Mike Graves in the race. The candidates, with the exception of Graves, who did not respond to emails from the Outlook Valley Sun, have provided statements explaining why they believe they should receive residents’ votes.

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LCF Will Get a Vote Center, After All

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L.A. County agreed to make the La Cañada Unified School District offices located at 4490 Cornishon Ave. a vote center, allowing residents to vote in person in the board room from Oct. 30-Nov. 3.

La Cañada Flintridge residents will no longer have to trek to La Crescenta or Altadena to vote in person for the Nov. 3 election. City officials announced on Tuesday that the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s Office signed a site agreement with the La Cañada Unified School District for a five-day vote center.
“With the change in how the county allocates vote centers around Southern California, I think it is important that La Cañada Flintridge has a vote center located in town,” said LCF Mayor Mike Davitt. “We want people to vote and want to create all reasonable avenues to assist people in that process. I’m appreciative of all the work that the city staff has committed to this priority, and it appears we have been successful.”

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