Local Family Says Racial Profiling Targets Son

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK Donna Ford’s son, Alex, says he’s been stopped seven times in his La Cañada Flintridge neighborhood by sheriff’s personnel since he was 13 years old.
Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
Donna Ford’s son, Alex, says he’s been stopped seven times in his La Cañada Flintridge neighborhood by sheriff’s personnel since he was 13 years old.

Alex Ford said he was 13 the first time he was stopped by a member of the sheriff’s department.
“I was going to get some doughnuts before church,” said Ford, who is black. “I had a nice new button-down shirt, some new pants and new shoes. In the time of exiting my gate and walking past the second house, a cop pulled me over and said, ‘What are you doing here? Do you belong here?’
“And I said, ‘Yeah, I live three doors down, at that house.’ Then he said, ‘Show me.’ I had to walk the cop back to my house.
“At that point, I wasn’t in the mood for doughnuts.” Continue reading “Local Family Says Racial Profiling Targets Son”

Ex-LCE Principal Amends Lawsuit

Christine Castillo
Christine Castillo

Christine Castillo, the former La Cañada Elementary School principal, has amended her lawsuit against La Cañada Unified School District to include wrongful termination, her attorney Ben Meiselas said Wednesday.
Late last year, Castillo filed suit against the district, alleging that officials discriminated against her by subjecting her to unfair treatment that included demotion and reassignment when she told them she was pregnant shortly after being hired in 2012. Continue reading “Ex-LCE Principal Amends Lawsuit”

Clarkson, Morton, Schwartz are Les Tupper Honorees

The 53rd annual Les Tupper Community Service Awards will take place at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 10, at von Karman Auditorium at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Christie Clarkson, Sheri Morton and Victoria Schwartz will be honored with individual Community Service Awards; Kara Bradley and Shayna Goldstein are set to receive Student Service Awards; Janice SooHoo will be recognized with the Special Service Award and the Assistance League of Flintridge will receive the Organization Award.

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A Perfect 36 on the ACT, a Perfect 10 in Attitude

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK R Cohen, a La Cañada Flintridge resident and junior at Westridge School for Girls, is among the small fraction of students in the nation to post a perfect composite score of 36 this year on the ACT college readiness exam.
Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
R Cohen, a La Cañada Flintridge resident and junior at Westridge School for Girls, is among the small fraction of students in the nation to post a perfect composite score of 36 this year on the ACT college readiness exam.

She is an interested, inspired learner. She’s really bright. Special.
That’s been evident for years and was made clear again when
R Cohen, a 17-year-old La Cañada Flintridge resident, scored a perfect 36 on the ACT college readiness exam in February.

Acing the test appears it will present new opportunities. It’s already led to a surge in correspondence from premier colleges and has attracted the attention of local press. But Cohen, proving she’s wise beyond her years, knows this: It’s just a score on a test.
“This is low-key hypocritical coming from me, but so much of us place our self-worth in these standardized tests that are really not a good indicator of how intelligent you are,” she said. “I’ve seen people get lower scores than they wanted and they’re totally devastated, like, ‘I’m not a smart person!’ But these tests are how well you know what the test-makers are going to do.” Continue reading “A Perfect 36 on the ACT, a Perfect 10 in Attitude”

Devil’s Gate Dam ‘Big Dig’ Plans Denied

OUTLOOK photo For several years, concerned residents, such as those who gathered at a 2013 protest, have rallied against the county’s plan for removing millions of cubic yards of sediment from behind Devil’s Gate Dam. Opponents advocated for a more moderate plan.
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For several years, concerned residents, such as those who gathered at a 2013 protest, have rallied against the county’s plan for removing millions of cubic yards of sediment from behind Devil’s Gate Dam. Opponents advocated for a more moderate plan.

A coalition of concerned residents last week cheered a judge’s order that, for now, has halted all activity related to the County Flood Control District’s plans aimed at removing 2.4-million cubic yards of sediment from behind the Devil’s Gate Dam.
“Judge James Chalfant’s ruling about the deficiencies in L.A. County’s Big Dig EIR for Hahamongna is a big victory,” the Arroyo Seco Foundation proclaimed on its website. Continue reading “Devil’s Gate Dam ‘Big Dig’ Plans Denied”

Trash Hauler Debate Picks Up at City Council Meeting

They talked a lot of trash at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, as the city officials continue weighing whether to reduce the number of residential waste hauling companies serving La Cañada Flintridge from three to one.
Or maybe two. Unless council members opt to keep all three but divvy up the city into zones.
Whatever the eventual decision, the City Council likely won’t make it for seven months. Continue reading “Trash Hauler Debate Picks Up at City Council Meeting”

CV Sheriff’s Department to Change Captains

Capt. Bill Song soon will be Cmdr. Song.
On Sunday, April 2, the current captain at the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station is set to depart the post he’s held since May 2013. Song learned recently that he has been tabbed for a promotion, which the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced Tuesday will be in its Technology and Support Division. Continue reading “CV Sheriff’s Department to Change Captains”