Nearly 53% of LCF Residents Have Received COVID Vaccine

More than half of La Cañada Flintridge residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and the number will continue to climb with California expanding eligibility to all residents 16 and older today.
According to the L.A. Department of Public Health, La Cañada Flintridge has one of the highest vaccination rates in the county with 52.7% of residents having at least one shot of the vaccine. Nearby cities San Marino (53.3%), South Pasadena (52.4%) and Pasadena (47.6%) have similar numbers, but Glendale’s rate is only 34.4%.
All Los Angeles County residents 16 and older, regardless of medical conditions, were allowed to begin scheduling appointments as early as Wednesday. Residents under 18 can only receive the Pfizer vaccine.
L.A. County — the most populous in the state with 10 million residents — has administered more than 5 million doses of the vaccine and 37.1% of California residents 16 and older have received at least one dose.
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City Hall is Now Open

As Los Angeles County moved into the less restrictive orange tier on Monday, La Cañada Flintridge City Manager Mark Alexander announced that City Hall is officially open one year after closing its doors to walk-in business due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Though it is only a partial re-opening, Alexander said hours will be extended when the county moves into the least restrictive yellow tier. Meanwhile, the public can visit without an appointment Tuesday-Thursday between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m., but staff recommends making appointments online. Mayor Mike Davitt is hopeful that the City Council will soon be able to hold a meeting in council’s chambers.

Starbucks’ Traffic Causing Some Headaches

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A Starbucks on Foothill Boulevard (near Ocean View) does not allow left turns in or out of the location, but drivers still attempted to make the turns. Bollards have now been added to prevent cars from making illegal turns.

A Starbucks in western La Cañada Flintridge is causing quite a stir among residents, who have complained about the traffic near the coffee shop located on 2230 Foothill Blvd.
The location, which was formerly an El Pollo Loco, is one of the newer Starbucks that features a drive-thru but that convenience and service has brought more headaches for locals. The backup of vehicles traveling eastbound on Foothill Boulevard is notable and has raised several safety concerns.
Patrick DeChellis, the city’s director of Public Works, addressed the issue during a virtual city council meeting on Tuesday.
“A traffic engineer looked at the situation and there’s a lot going on,” he said.
The city re-striped the area to not allow left turns in and out of the location but drivers still attempted to make the turns. Bollards have now been added to prevent cars from making illegal turns.
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Flint Canyon Trail Repairs Top City Council’s ‘Wish List’

The La Cañada Flintridge City Council approved an application to seek federal funding for at least one of four city projects during a meeting on Tuesday.
Staff was recently contacted by the office of Congressman Adam Schiff notifying them of the opportunity to apply for federal funding and that the application was due on Friday, April 9.
With very little time to evaluate more options, LCF Division Manager Ann Wilson presented four projects — Flint Canyon Trail repairs, Community Center renovation, air conditioning for Lanterman Auditorium and the construction of soundwall segments — that possibly fit the criteria of the funding and asked the city council to rank them.
The four City Council members in attendance — councilmember Rick Gunter was not present — all agreed to place the Flint Canyon Trail repair at the top of the list. The city has attempted to secure funding for the repair and restoration of the downslope of Flint Canyon Trail for years. LCF was successful in receiving a $300,000 grant from the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy but that only covers a small portion of the overall cost, which is estimated at $6 million.
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Officials Warn of Weather After Hiker Found Dead

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More than 80 volunteers from this community and 17 other counties searched a wintery Angeles National Forest last week for Glendale hiker Narineh Avakian. Her body was located on Saturday.

The tragic result of a large search-and-rescue effort in the Angeles National Forest last week underscores how rapidly changing weather can put hikers in precarious situations.
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Robust Housing Market Underpins City Revenue Growth

One year removed from schools and many businesses shutting down due to COVID-19, local governments are honing a clearer picture of the economic fallout from the pandemic.
Alex Kung, La Cañada Flintridge director of finance, had a simple summation for city council members during a special meeting on Tuesday.
“In summary, the city’s net position changed for the positive over the past year,” he said.
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LCF Sees Uptick in Larceny, Theft in First 2 Months

The city of La Cañada Flintridge saw a slight uptick in crimes in February, most of which were larceny and theft cases.
Capt. Todd Deeds of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station delivered his monthly crime presentation to the LCF City Council on Tuesday and reported a total of 27 part 1 offenses, which include robbery, aggravated assault, residential burglary and theft. Nineteen of the crimes reported involved larceny and theft, bringing the year-to-date total to 38. In 2020, there were only 15 cases in the first two months.
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LCF Seeks Applications for Committee Vacancies

The city of La Cañada Flintridge is seeking applications from residents to serve on city commissions, councils and committees. Those interested may submit an application to the Office of the City Clerk by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 26.
Applications may be submitted in person, by mail, fax or by e-mail to tmoreno@lcf.ca.gov. Applications can be obtained online by visiting cityoflcf.org/city-accepting-applications-for-city-commissions-committees.
The city’s commissions advise the City Council on matters within specific areas of responsibility. All commissioners serve four-year terms, except Youth Council, which is a two-year term. The commissions and committee members are appointed by the City Council and members must be residents of LCF.
“City commissioners play a vital role in advising the City Council on matters that affect all of us who live, work and play in our community,” said Mayor Michael Davitt. “Serving as a commissioner is a rewarding way to make a difference in the city.”
Positions are available on all of the city’s commissions, which include the Design Commission, Investment & Financing Advisory Committee, Parks & Recreation Commission, Planning Commission, Public Safety Commission, Public Works and Traffic Commission, and Youth Council.
The City Council is tentatively scheduled to make the appointments at the May 18 regular meeting.
For more information, contact the Office of the City Clerk at (818) 790-8880 or visit cityoflcf.org.

City’s Public Works Paints Over Graffiti on Angeles Crest

Graffiti appeared overnight last weekend outside a private residence on the corner of Olive Lane and Angeles Crest Highway in La Cañada Flintridge, adding to residential concerns regarding unruly speeding and behavior recently along the ACH. After the city of LCF was notified, the public works department teamed up to paint over the graffiti early in the week.

Council Gears Up for Vaccine Dispensing Site

The city of La Cañada Flintridge has reached an agreement with Los Angeles County to make City Hall and Olberz Park a temporary medical point of dispensing (MPOD) site for the COVID-19 vaccine.
All five city council members voted in favor of approving the memorandum of understanding with the public health department during a virtual meeting on Tuesday.
However, City Manager Mark Alexander informed the council and community that the county has paused “all activities related to MPOD planning” after Gov. Gavin Newsom handed the reins of coronavirus vaccine distribution to Blue Shield of California.
“[Public health officials] are awaiting guidance from the state regarding the standardization and streamlining of vaccine prioritization, dose allocation and vaccine administration through a centralized third party administrator, which will be Blue Shield of California.”
Alexander recommended that the council still approve agreement so that when L.A. County decides to move forward in expanding vaccine distribution with MPODS, La Cañada will be “ready to go.”