Investigation Into LCHS Fan Behavior Concludes, Discipline Issued

The La Cañada High School administration on Tuesday said it has concluded its investigation into language and behavior by some student fans at an LCHS basketball game on Feb. 23, and determined that frequent profanity and “a slur” were used at the game. Discipline has been issued, officials said.
The administration conducted an “extensive investigation” that included interviews with more than 35 witnesses, Principal Jim Cartnal said in an emailed statement to LCHS 9-12 parents. Continue reading “Investigation Into LCHS Fan Behavior Concludes, Discipline Issued”

Miss LCF Aims to Mentor Youth With Leadership

Francesca Christensen
Francesca Christensen

Francesca Christensen, the recently crowned 2019 Miss La Cañada Flintridge, relishes the chance to be a role model to local youth.
“All my life I’ve really liked to give advice to others and be of service,” said Christensen in a recent interview at her home. “I wouldn’t say it’s pressure, but it definitely is responsibility. I do campus ministry at my school where we lead retreats for the underclassmen at our school so I’ve always really liked reaching out to younger generations and getting to act as a role model.”
Christensen, who was crowned on Jan. 17 at the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club, currently attends Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy. Her fellow Royal Court members are Kat Hightower (Campbell Hall School in Studio City), Audrey Raulli (La Cañada High School), Sarah Peck (FSHA) and Sophie Lin (Flintridge Prep). Continue reading “Miss LCF Aims to Mentor Youth With Leadership”

City Hall Debuts New Digs

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK Miss La Cañada Flintridge Royal Court member Kat Hightower, Miss LCF Francesca Christensen, LCF councilmen Michael Davitt, Jon Curtis, Greg Brown and Leonard Pieroni, and LCF Mayor Terry Walker help cut the ribbon to officially open the new City Hall at One Civic Center Drive.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
Miss La Cañada Flintridge Royal Court member Kat Hightower, Miss LCF Francesca Christensen, LCF councilmen Michael Davitt, Jon Curtis, Greg Brown and Leonard Pieroni, and LCF Mayor Terry Walker help cut the ribbon to officially open the new City Hall at One Civic Center Drive.

La Cañada Flintridge came together in style on Tuesday to officially open and celebrate its new City Hall with tours, speeches, snacks and a ribbon cutting, followed with the first City Council meeting at the new site.
Mayor Terry Walker welcomed everyone in front of the newly remodeled two-story building with multiple conference rooms at One Civic Center Drive. The event drew more than 100 people.
“I’m nervous,” Walker said. “It’s kind of like when you remodel your home and you think it’s really cool and you want everybody to like it and you’re nervous if they don’t.” Continue reading “City Hall Debuts New Digs”

City Council Denies Tree Removal Appeals

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK In early November, a city-protected coast live oak tree located at Georgian Road was approved for removal but two appeals were filed at a City Council hearing March 19. The appeals were denied.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
In early November, a city-protected coast live oak tree located at Georgian Road was approved for removal but two appeals were filed at a City Council hearing March 19. The appeals were denied.

Residents hoping to save a centuries-old oak tree set for removal at 650 Georgian Road were disappointed at City Council’s Tuesday night meeting, as council members ultimately dismissed two appeals filed against the tree removal.
Council members said they were sympathetic to the tree and the applicants but they had not found any reasons to stop the removal. Mayor Terry Walker suggested the applicants look at possibly initiating change to the current tree ordinance.
“Nobody wants to take down this tree, but nobody wants to see people hurt,” Walker said. “I think we would be remiss as a council if we ignored the perspectives of the professionals and if we ignored the process. It would be unfair to (property owner Alan) Frank who followed through the process to all of the sudden say at this point, ‘You know what, the process has changed.’ Continue reading “City Council Denies Tree Removal Appeals”

Second Interim Financial Report Declared Positive

La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board members recently declared a positive certification for their second interim financial report of 2018-19.
The positive certification, according to a district statement, means the school district will meet its financial obligations for the current fiscal year and two subsequent fiscal years. Continue reading “Second Interim Financial Report Declared Positive”

Readers Offer Impassioned Responses to Publisher’s Column

Publisher Charlie Plowman’s column in last week’s Outlook that criticized the conduct of some young La Cañada High School fans at a recent basketball game drew the largest response in more than a decade to an issue raised by the newspaper. Today we are publishing all of the letters we have received on the issue. The Outlook does not hesitate to publish letters that are critical of the newspaper. Contributors should strive to limit letters on any subject to 250 words, and letters should be submitted by one person only and be accompanied by a current address and valid telephone number for confirmation purposes. (The Outlook has allowed some latitude on these rules today.) Anonymous letters are not accepted. Send submissions by email to outlooknews@outlooknewspapers.com. Please write “Letter to the Editor” as the subject line.

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School Officials Probe Alleged Offensive Language at Game

La Cañada High School and district officials said they have launched a comprehensive investigation into allegedly offensive language and behavior attributed to a specific group of student fans at a CIF championship basketball game between LCHS and Ontario Colony High School at Azusa Pacific University on Feb. 23. The alleged language was described in a first-person, front-page editorial column by Outlook publisher Charlie Plowman on Feb. 28. Continue reading “School Officials Probe Alleged Offensive Language at Game”

New Retail Project Set for Lot

Construction will soon begin on a two-story office building with retail and a possible restaurant after the La Cañada Flintridge Planning Commission recently approved a project helmed by Commissioner Arun Jain.
Jain recused himself from the vote, which resulted in a 3-0 approval for a conditional use permit and variance allowing for the construction of a two-story, 6,232 square-foot building with a 5,365 square-foot basement on a three-parcel piece of land at the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Young Drive totaling 13,014 square feet. Commissioner Jeffrey McConnell was absent for the vote. Continue reading “New Retail Project Set for Lot”

Man Dies in Crash Near Angeles Crest; Suicide Suspected

A man in his early 30s died after he drove an SUV off Angeles Crest Highway on Monday near La Cañada Flintridge in an incident that is being investigated as a possible suicide, officials said.
Authorities were called to mile marker 31.68 around 2:30 p.m., said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Gina Eguia.
The Los Angeles man “made some statements in regard to suicide,” said Eguia, who added the department’s Homicide Bureau is handling the case. Eguia did not elaborate. Continue reading “Man Dies in Crash Near Angeles Crest; Suicide Suspected”