Walker Cites Experience, Knowledge of Issues

Terry Walker
Terry Walker

La Cañada Flintridge City Council candidate Terry Walker has the benefit of on-the-job experience.
Walker, 66, is completing a five-year council term, to which she was elected after serving four years on the city’s Public Works and Traffic Commission and three years on the Planning Commission.
“I don’t think it’s the issues that set the candidates apart,” Walker said in a recent breakfast interview at Panera Bread. “I think we all have the same priorities. I think we all have our heart in the right place. I think we love our community. I do think the big difference is experience … and I think the knowledge is cumulative.” Continue reading “Walker Cites Experience, Knowledge of Issues”

LCPC Parent Ed Gala to Honor Bierling Feb. 29

Anne Bierling

By Amanda Baughman
Special to The Outlook

La Cañada Presbyterian Church Parent Education will host its annual benefit gala, “Loving Mercy Restoring Lives,” on Saturday, Feb. 29, at Oakmont Country Club in Glendale. The event will help finance operations of Parent Ed, which will partner with local advocacy organization FosterAll to raise funds to secure homes for foster children in Los Angeles. L.A. County has more than 30,000 foster children in need of homes — the largest foster-care crisis in the nation. Continue reading “LCPC Parent Ed Gala to Honor Bierling Feb. 29”

Candidate Gunter Cites Experience Serving City

Rick Gunter

La Cañada Flintridge City Council candidate Rick Gunter takes seriously an uptick in local residential burglaries.
A public safety report by Capt. Todd Deeds of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station in December showed there had been 91 residential burglaries in LCF from January through November 2019, compared with 51 in the same period the previous year — a 78% increase.
“It’s a big problem,” Gunter, 55, said in a recent interview at the Hill Street Cafe on Foothill Boulevard. “There’s a number of things we need to do as a city. We need to make sure we’re in very close communication with the [local] sheriff’s office. Make sure that they understand our needs and are serving our city the way they need to. We need to have a lot of outreach to the residents, because there’s a number of things we all need to do all the time looking out for each other.” Continue reading “Candidate Gunter Cites Experience Serving City”

Beautification Group Leaves Its Mark on the Local Landscape

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
La Canada Valley Beautiful board members Susan Goddard, Linda Fults, Joellen Yundt, Carolyn Hanna, Barbie Eland, Janice Croft, Betsy Bazdarich, Sandy Erickson, Alice Ryan, Liz Argue, Chris Holmes and Barbara Kuhl. Not pictured: Eva Macho and Barbara Schembari.

She’s been a loyal, veteran volunteer, yet La Cañada Valley Beautiful President Betsy Bazdarich had a negative impression of the group when she moved to La Cañada Flintridge in 1980.
Bazdarich at first thought the nonprofit organization, founded in 1964 to improve and beautify LCF, was the female version of a good ol’ boys club — a notion she soon discarded upon realizing that it consisted of hard-working people from a variety of backgrounds. Continue reading “Beautification Group Leaves Its Mark on the Local Landscape”

LCF Rose Princess, Witty Float Shine at Parade

Photo courtesy Risha family
LCF resident and Tournament of Roses Royal Court member Emilie Risha enjoys the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena.

La Cañada Flintridge again gained national attention during the Dodoas a local float won a special award and a student from LCF was prominently featured as a Tournament of Roses Royal Court member.
The LCF Tournament of Roses Association float “Dodo Bird Flight School,” which drolly depicted playful, colorful birds, received the Bob Hope Humor Award. Meanwhile, city resident Emilie Risha could be seen at the televised parade with her fellow Rose Princesses and the Rose Queen.
Television coverage host Leeza Gibbons had kind words about “Dodo Bird Flight School” as it made its way on the 5.5-mile journey on Jan. 1 in Pasadena. The bright yellow and red float featured a number of avian characters, including one on a separate auxiliary float. The float proceeded along the route as Lenny Kravitz’s “Fly Away” boomed in the background. Continue reading “LCF Rose Princess, Witty Float Shine at Parade”

Eich Lists Traffic, Crime Among City’s Top Issues

Keith Eich
Keith Eich

The question La Cañada Flintridge City Council candidate Keith Eich is asked the most is “Why are you running for public office?” The answer ties into his philosophy of giving back.
Eich, 40, is one of four candidates seeking three seats on the council in the general municipal election to be held on March 3. The others are incumbents Leonard Pieroni and Terry Walker and former LCF Planning Commissioner Rick Gunter.
“I’ve been volunteering civically and in different things through nonprofits for a very long time,” Eich said. “I’m passionate about that. Giving back to the community, giving back to the organizations I’m part of. So I want to give back to our city. I think we have something special and I want to help keep it special.” Continue reading “Eich Lists Traffic, Crime Among City’s Top Issues”

Rose Parade Float From LCF Nears Takeoff

Courtesy LCF Tournament of Roses Association
A sketch of “Dodo Bird Flight School” is a guide for volunteers laboring to build the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association’s whimsical Rose Parade float.

Ernest Koeppen strongly believes that the 2020 La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association float “Dodo Bird Flight School” will take home an award from the upcoming 131st Rose Parade. Continue reading “Rose Parade Float From LCF Nears Takeoff”

Rose Court Princess Relishes the Moment

Photo courtesy Michelle Mishina Pasadena Tournament of Roses
Emilie Risha, La Cañada Flintridge resident and Tournament of Roses 2020 Royal Court member, will participate in the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena.

La Cañada Flintridge resident Emilie Risha’s tenure as a Tournament of Roses Royal Court member has involved a whirlwind of community appearances and an onslaught of questions from devotees of the Pasadena tradition, but now her No. 1 focus is the 131st Rose Parade.
Risha, a senior at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, will join the other young women of the court, led by Rose Queen Camille Kennedy, for the 5.5-mile journey by float on Wednesday, Jan. 1. “My brain immediately goes to being practical and thinking, ‘OK, when they pick me up at my house at 1:45 a.m., what am I going to have in my bag?’ and kind of thinking that way,” Risha said in a recent interview. “That’s the first way I’m thinking about it. But another part of my brain says, ‘OK, let’s try to really be present. Take it all in, have a big smile, take deep breaths, and ultimately I’m just super, super excited.”
Tournament President Laura Farber described Risha as a wonderful ambassador. Continue reading “Rose Court Princess Relishes the Moment”