Big Dig Discussion Takes Over City Council Meeting

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK Trucks are expected to begin removing sediment this Monday, May 13, in connection with the controversial Devil’s Gate Dam project.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
Trucks are expected to begin removing sediment this Monday, May 13, in connection with the controversial Devil’s Gate Dam project.

Several residents this week asked the La Cañada Flintridge City Council for help regarding a number of issues involving the Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project, in which trucks are set to roll this Monday, May 13.
A key question raised at the council’s meeting on Tuesday night was answered in short order. It was announced toward the end of the session that Public Works Director Patrick DeChellis would be the city’s contact person for the Los Angeles County project. Continue reading “Big Dig Discussion Takes Over City Council Meeting”

LCUSD, Former Student Move Forward After $2 Million Settlement

More than a year after a $2 million settlement between the school district and a former special education student who was injured in a fall, guardrails protect bleachers at a La Cañada High School gym where the accident occurred and the young man is trying to put the episode behind him.
Attorneys for Ethan Kalnins, a former LCHS student who has cerebral palsy, settled with the La Cañada Unified School District after Kalnins fell off the side of the bleachers in the north gym at LCHS. Guardrails were not affixed to the bleachers at the time. Continue reading “LCUSD, Former Student Move Forward After $2 Million Settlement”

Big Dig’s Trucks Expected to Roll on May 13

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK The Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project, also known as the Big Dig, is expected to involve hundreds of daily round trips by dozens of diesel trucks.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
The Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project, also known as the Big Dig, is expected to involve hundreds of daily round trips by dozens of diesel trucks.

Trucks used in the Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project will begin rolling on Monday, May 13, a Los Angeles County official said this week — though that’s not etched in stone.
Steve Burger, assistant deputy director of the L.A. County Department of Public Works cited that date while speaking to The Outlook after he and other officials delivered a progress report Tuesday to a gathering at the La Cañada High School auditorium. Burger, who said he has been put in charge of the project known as the Big Dig, had said during the presentation that trucks would start hauling in “mid-May.” Continue reading “Big Dig’s Trucks Expected to Roll on May 13”

LCF Resident Seeks Specific Reaction From Nuclear-Disaster Drama ‘Chernobyl’

Craig Mazin works with Jared Harris and Stellan Skarsgard on the set of Mazin’s HBO miniseries “Chernobyl,” premiering Monday. Mazin and his wife, Melissa, recently were honored by the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation.
Photo courtesy Liam Daniel HBO
Craig Mazin works with Jared Harris and Stellan Skarsgard on the set of Mazin’s HBO miniseries “Chernobyl,” premiering Monday. Mazin and his wife, Melissa, recently were honored by the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation.

La Cañada Flintridge resident Craig Mazin, the writer and executive producer of HBO’s upcoming “Chernobyl,” wants the historical drama’s viewers to think about what happens when truth is ignored because it doesn’t fit into a narrative.
The five-part miniseries about the 1986 Chernobyl event in Soviet Ukraine — believed to be the most disastrous nuclear power plant accident in history — is set to premiere Monday, May 6.
“I want them to think about what it means to live in a government where people at the highest level are lying to you all the time,” Mazin, who recently was honored for his service on behalf of LCF’s public schools, said in a recent phone interview. “I want them to think about what it means to live in a world where a lot of what is purported to be true is not.” Continue reading “LCF Resident Seeks Specific Reaction From Nuclear-Disaster Drama ‘Chernobyl’”

YMCA Sues Homeowners for Land Strip

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK YMCA of the Foothills and neighboring property owners are in a dispute over a piece of land on Foothill Boulevard. Homeowners fear loss of access to the YMCA entrance on Foothill Boulevard would force emergency vehicles to use a dirt road next to it.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
YMCA of the Foothills and neighboring property owners are in a dispute over a piece of land on Foothill Boulevard. Homeowners fear loss of access to the YMCA entrance on Foothill Boulevard would force emergency vehicles to use a dirt road next to it.

The YMCA of the Foothills is suing about two dozen neighboring property owners and a homeowners association to gain the title to a piece of land that the organization says has essentially belonged to it for decades.
The YMCA claims to be the rightful owner of the strip of land at 1930 Foothill Blvd. — near the YMCA’s Crescenta Cañada location — and seeks a jury trial, according to court documents. Continue reading “YMCA Sues Homeowners for Land Strip”

LCFEF Marks Four Decades as Solid Schools Foundation

 Photo courtesy LCFEF La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation 2019 Spring Gala Committee members included (front row, from left) Vanessa Terzian, Betsy Hall, Truc Moore, Karen Thurston, Gina Ricci, co-chairs Sunyoung Fahimi and Caroline Anderson, Arlene Fader, Jaime Hefner, Grace Mase and Julie Bae. Back: John Ibsen, Joyce Mayne, Chris Silber, Jason Scherbert and Tim Sheffield. Not pictured: Tracy Nelson and Jeff Parks.
Photo courtesy LCFEF
La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation 2019 Spring Gala Committee members included (front row, from left) Vanessa Terzian, Betsy Hall, Truc Moore, Karen Thurston, Gina Ricci, co-chairs Sunyoung Fahimi and Caroline Anderson, Arlene Fader, Jaime Hefner, Grace Mase and Julie Bae. Back: John Ibsen, Joyce Mayne, Chris Silber, Jason Scherbert and Tim Sheffield. Not pictured: Tracy Nelson and Jeff Parks.

A lot has changed in La Cañada Flintridge over four decades — political divides, buildings, businesses and, lest we forget, some questionable hairstyles and fashion trends — but one thing has remained the same: the community’s steadfast commitment to outstanding public schools.
LCF was built on the very idea of great schools, already woven into its fabric when it was incorporated in 1976, and most homebuyers today also will say the local school district’s superb reputation was the driving force behind their move to the tranquil foothill community. Continue reading “LCFEF Marks Four Decades as Solid Schools Foundation”

County: Measles Exposure Caused Risk at Local Restaurant

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK The El Pollo Loco restaurant in La Cañada Flintridge was visited this month by a person who had measles, briefly exposing others to the risk of catching the virus, county officials said. They added that the risk no longer exists.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
The El Pollo Loco restaurant in La Cañada Flintridge was visited this month by a person who had measles, briefly exposing others to the risk of catching the virus, county officials said. They added that the risk no longer exists.

There is no shortage of customers at the popular El Pollo Loco restaurant in La Cañada Flintridge. Unfortunately, one of its visitors earlier this month had measles, briefly exposing customers to the risk of catching the virus, county health officials have said.
In a statement, an El Pollo Loco spokesperson said restaurant officials were aware of a public health report on the incident and are working closely with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health — which is investigating measles cases and possible exposures — to ensure the safety of customers and employees. County officials said in a statement there is no known current risk related to measles that exists at the LCF restaurant and other locations at this time. Continue reading “County: Measles Exposure Caused Risk at Local Restaurant”

City to Explore Sales Tax Boost Worth $2.5 Million

La Cañada Flintridge officials decided to appropriate $30,000 for a consultant to consider placing on the ballot a local sales tax measure that could raise approximately $2.5 million each year for the city.
The council voted 5-0 to engage “research survey consultant services” at a joint special meeting on budget matters Tuesday at City Hall.
Councilman Michael Davitt said an ad hoc committee on which he serves with Councilwoman Terry Walker believes the community should have an opportunity to provide more input.
“The revenue was so significant,” Davitt said. “The money stays here. To me, that’s the driver.” Continue reading “City to Explore Sales Tax Boost Worth $2.5 Million”

Governing Board OKs a 40-Meter Pool at High School

Courtesy La Cañada Unified School District  A 40-meter swimming pool will be built on the south side of the south gym at La Cañada High School. Some attendees at a school board meeting cited their preference for a bigger pool.
Courtesy La Cañada Unified School District
A 40-meter swimming pool will be built on the south side of the south gym at La Cañada High School. Some attendees at a school board meeting cited their preference for a bigger pool.

A 40-meter-long pool has been unanimously approved for La Cañada High School, where it will be installed on the south side of the south gym.
The La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board made its decision despite calls from some who attended its meeting Tuesday to build a bigger pool.
“This community is a good swimming community and it deserves to have a 50-meter pool for the next 50 years,” said resident David Haxton. He gave the board a sheet containing nearly 30 emails from residents and others who did not state their hometown. His comments drew applause from other attendees. Continue reading “Governing Board OKs a 40-Meter Pool at High School”

Talkin’ ’Bout His Generation: LCHS Grad’s Book Explains Millennials

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK Dario CiVon, a La Cañada High School graduate and former Spartans basketball star, displays his nonfiction book “I’m Not Moving Out, I’m Not Getting a Job … A Millennial Field Guide + Gen Z.”
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
Dario CiVon, a La Cañada High School graduate and former Spartans basketball star, displays his nonfiction book “I’m Not Moving Out, I’m Not Getting a Job … A Millennial Field Guide + Gen Z.”

Dario CiVon, a La Cañada High School graduate and former Spartans basketball star, acknowledges the title of his book about millennials is attention grabbing and, yes, a little clickbait-y.
“I’m Not Moving Out, I’m Not Getting a Job … A Millennial Field Guide + Gen Z” is a 191-page nonfiction work tackling social media, video games, college and even marijuana as they relate to people around his age. It’s available on Amazon and Kindle and at the Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse.
“It’s like a clickbait title in the era of clickbait,” CiVon, 25, said in a recent interview at the bookstore on Foothill Boulevard in La Cañada Flintridge. “The book starts at all of the flaws with millennials. Here’s everything that we have to hear, that we’ve heard for years, about this, that and the other thing” — the tendency to become easily distracted, to expect to have immediate access via the internet to whatever information they seek, and much more. Continue reading “Talkin’ ’Bout His Generation: LCHS Grad’s Book Explains Millennials”