Permit to Remove Protected Oak Prompts Appeals

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK A city-protected coast live oak tree located in the backyard of the property at 650 Georgian Road was approved for removal in early November but two appeals of the action have been filed. An appeal hearing is scheduled for a Planning Commission meeting in mid-December or early January.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
A city-protected coast live oak tree located in the backyard of the property at 650 Georgian Road was approved for removal in early November but two appeals of the action have been filed. An appeal hearing is scheduled for a Planning Commission meeting in mid-December or early January.

The potential removal of an approximately 65-foot coast live oak tree at a La Cañada Flintridge residence has led to discussion of the importance of such trees to the city’s identity and an appeal of a decision in the matter.
The city-protected tree located at 650 Georgian Road was slated to come down after the city’s planning department received a tree-removal permit application from property owner Alan Frank in early October. The permit was approved on Nov. 2. The city ruled that the protected tree is “so diseased or damaged that it is no longer viable or is a threat to cause damage to property or other protected trees.” Continue reading “Permit to Remove Protected Oak Prompts Appeals”

Sound Wall Project to Progress, but Not at Freeway Speed

La Cañada Flintridge residents waiting for four proposed sound walls on the 210 Freeway will have to listen to noisy traffic awhile longer.
Design of the sound walls is set to begin in spring or summer 2019 and construction would take place 18 to 30 months later, Public Works Director Patrick DeChellis said in a recent phone interview. The reason for the holdup is because the proposed sound walls are a new program of California Senate Bill 1, which funds transportation projects. Continue reading “Sound Wall Project to Progress, but Not at Freeway Speed”

School District Leader Foresees Further Sagebrush Turmoil

La Cañada Unified School District Superintendent Wendy Sinnette has expressed doubt that a petition to transfer the Sagebrush territory — located in La Cañada Flintridge’s western-most corner — into the school district will be granted, and said the long-running controversy surrounding the matter is likely to continue, even if the effort succeeds. Continue reading “School District Leader Foresees Further Sagebrush Turmoil”

Armistice Day at Lanterman a Time for Reverence, Learning

 Joe Puglia speaks about the significance of Armistice Day and the legacy of World War I at the Armistice Day Centennial Program on Sunday at the Lanterman House.
Joe Puglia speaks about the significance of Armistice Day and the legacy of World War I at the Armistice Day Centennial Program on Sunday at the Lanterman House.

It was a peaceful, even tranquil, scene far removed from wartime violence and suffering, as a single line of Girl Scouts carefully affixed ornaments bearing the names of La Cañada Flintridge veterans to a tree to commemorate the passage of 100 years since the end of World War I.
Nearly 90 people gave their full attention to the Armistice Day/Veterans Day ceremony at the Lanterman House on Sunday afternoon, including Jane Dutfield, who said her grandfather was a veteran of World War I and her father was a veteran of World War II. Continue reading “Armistice Day at Lanterman a Time for Reverence, Learning”

Parents Push Forward With ‘Big Dig’ Health Concerns

Parent Elizabeth Krider (left) explains what she thinks is the potential impact to children from the Devil’s Gate reservoir sediment removal project to La Cañada Flintridge Mayor Terry Walker at a recent joint-use committee meeting.
Parent Elizabeth Krider (left) explains what she thinks is the potential impact to children from the Devil’s Gate reservoir sediment removal project to La Cañada Flintridge Mayor Terry Walker at a recent joint-use committee meeting.

A group of La Cañada Unified School District parents is pressing to show the potential impact of the Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project to county, city and school officials, with emphasis on its concerns about pollution and health hazards that could be posed by trucks making hundreds of trips each day. Continue reading “Parents Push Forward With ‘Big Dig’ Health Concerns”

Faith Comes Easily to Explorer of Heavens

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK Dave Gallagher of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory was the keynote speaker for this year’s YMCA of the Foothills’ prayer breakfast.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
Dave Gallagher of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory was the keynote speaker for this year’s YMCA of the Foothills’ prayer breakfast.

He may be engaged in the hunt for cold, hard facts about the universe in his expansive work for Jet Propulsion Laboratory, but Dave Gallagher is also a seeker of spirituality.
Gallagher, associate director for strategic integration overseeing strategy, technology and formulation at the NASA facility, shared his search for a greater good at the YMCA of the Foothills’ annual prayer breakfast, where food, faith and positive outreach are served up simultaneously. Continue reading “Faith Comes Easily to Explorer of Heavens”

Girl Cub Scouts Show They’re Up for Adventures

Photos by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK Chance Szebelledy, Aditi Iyer, Jessica Seo, Bella Castano and Maggie Cripps are the first girl Cub Scouts in Pack 515.
Photos by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
Chance Szebelledy, Aditi Iyer, Jessica Seo, Bella Castano and Maggie Cripps are the first girl Cub Scouts in Pack 515.

Maggie Cripps, in her first year as an official Cub Scout, did a bit of trailblazing recently when she was awarded a couple of belt loops — steps toward earning a Wolf patch — by her Scout pack based in La Cañada Flintridge.
To celebrate her completion of the Call of the Wild and Running With the Pack adventures, Maggie, 7, was called upon during the pack meeting at Palm Crest Elementary School. Continue reading “Girl Cub Scouts Show They’re Up for Adventures”

Mayor’s Hike Offers Path to Discovery of LCF Trails

Irene Christensen, who has lived in La Cañada Flintridge for 41 years, recently discovered parts of the city she had never seen before.
“I’m just awed,” Christensen said during a break in the third annual mayor’s hike near Woodleigh Lane. “If I didn’t have to watch my feet every step of the way I would see more of the landscape. But I think I’d better keep my attention down. It makes me want to investigate the rest of the trails.” Continue reading “Mayor’s Hike Offers Path to Discovery of LCF Trails”

City Council Sets Lower Bar for Financial Reserves Despite Objections

The La Cañada Flintridge City Council revised its general fund policy on Tuesday by agreeing, in a 3-2 vote, to set the goal of keeping reserves at 50% of operational revenues.
Councilmen Leonard Pieroni and Greg Brown were the dissenting voices, opposing any amount less than a previous 100% to 150% goal.
“I thought we should keep the reserve goal and target the same as it has been,” Pieroni said after the meeting. “It’s served the city well for a long time and helped us weather some tough times.” Continue reading “City Council Sets Lower Bar for Financial Reserves Despite Objections”

LCUSD Listens to Parents’ Concerns on Devil’s Gate Project

The La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board on Tuesday took time to hear from concerned parents over the initial process of sediment removal from Hahamongna Watershed Park behind the Devil’s Gate Dam to increase flood protection and to restore habitat within the Arroyo Seco Watershed.
During the discussion, board members said that they were writing down questions and suggestions of attendees and that they plan to measure the air quality surrounding the schools during the sediment removal project, known as the “Big Dig,” with an air-quality monitor. Continue reading “LCUSD Listens to Parents’ Concerns on Devil’s Gate Project”