City Council Commends Caltrans for Easing Congestion

The Caltrans representatives who showed up at Tuesday’s City Council meeting got a much warmer and much less-attended welcome than when they visited in February.
Previously, those representatives fielded complaints from council members and residents alike about the slowing that the $148.5-million pavement rehabilitation project on the 210 Freeway was causing on suddenly jammed surface streets throughout La Cañada Flintridge. Continue reading “City Council Commends Caltrans for Easing Congestion”

Live Camera Feed Helps Deputies Nab Suspected Burglars

Deputies worked through the night, but their efforts were rewarded with the arrest of five suspected residential burglars this week.
The nabbing was thanks to a vigilant resident in the 400 block of Paulette Place, whose home security system was triggered at 8:19 p.m. on Tuesday while he was away and prompted him to remotely check the live feeds of his home’s security cameras. He saw two juvenile boys searching through his home, and he called the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station. Continue reading “Live Camera Feed Helps Deputies Nab Suspected Burglars”

Armenian Club Students Teach Peers Genocide Awareness

Photos by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
Members of La Cañada High School’s active Armenian Club include Kaitlyn Markarian, Hrag Badalian, Annie Abnous, Emily Grigorian, Osheen Abnous, Haig Manoukian, Melody Sagarian, Michael May, Raymond Turchan, Alec Tujian, Noy Chatoyan and Alex Manoukian. The club’s display includes maps and literature all related to Armenian history and culture.

At a colorful, well-stocked display set up in the quad last week, a rotating collection of the 50 La Cañada High School’s Armenian Club members lured their peers with pastries and sandwiches and then opened up about some of their culture history.
“We’re trying to raise awareness about the culture, maybe diminish stereotypes,” said Haig Manoukian, a junior who is the club’s president. “But also to raise awareness of the genocide.” Continue reading “Armenian Club Students Teach Peers Genocide Awareness”

Architects Finalizing LCUSD Facility Upgrades

The big picture is almost in focus. Architects for LPA Inc. are finalizing La Cañada Unified School District’s Facilities Master Plan, a document that will help the Governing Board identify upgrades and specific projects for the district’s needs.
The board will likely give highest priority to the projects that need to get done “no matter what,” Board President Dan Jeffries said. The district’s two most pressing concerns aren’t flashy, but they’re necessary, bond or no bond, he noted. Continue reading “Architects Finalizing LCUSD Facility Upgrades”

Descanso Appoints Rooke Executive Director

Juliann Rooke, chief operating officer at Descanso Gardens, has been selected to be the new executive director of the La Cañada Flintridge botanic garden. The announcement was made Tuesday by Amy Lamb, chair of the Descanso Gardens Guild board of trustees.

Rooke will step into the position on Sept. 1, following the retirement of current Executive Director David Brown on Aug. 31.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to be selected as the next executive director,” Rooke said. “My heart and soul are rooted in Descanso Gardens. This is so much more than just a job.” Continue reading “Descanso Appoints Rooke Executive Director”

L.A. County to Hear Sagebrush Transfer Presentations

Proponents of the long-desired Sagebrush territory transfer are expecting the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization to deliver and render a preliminary decision of their petition at its meeting at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 3, in Downey.
Residents of westernmost La Cañada Flintridge have been fighting since 1961 for students in the so-called Sagebrush neighborhood to attend La Cañada Unified School District Schools rather than the Glendale Unified schools they’ve always attended.
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LCF Mansion for Sale Boasts Notable Owner History

If you want to live in a piece of automotive and film history in La Cañada Flintridge, all it’ll take is about $6 million.
The six-bedroom, 4½-bathroom Country English Manor-style home located at 632 Berkshire Ave. is listed at a cool $5.85 million. The expansive 5,237-square-foot home was built in 1923 and sits on 2.4 acres of wooded landscape. It also includes a 1,142-square-foot basement, two ground-floor patios and three second-story patios and a gated entryway for both cars and pedestrians.
“It’s old Flintridge,” said Brett Furrey, the Realtor marketing the home. “Not too different from when it was built. It’s one of the most private homes in the Flintridge flats.”
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Extended Overnight 210 Closures to Slow Traffic

Drivers should expect continued slow going along the 210 Freeway, along which the eastbound Berkshire Place on-ramp and Arroyo Boulevard off-ramp will remain closed through June.
In an April 21 news release, Caltrans also detailed numerous of planned nighttime closures associated with the $148.5-million pavement rehabilitation project.
Residents can learn more and share their thoughts at a 6 p.m. City Council meeting on Tuesday, May 2, to which the city has invited Caltrans representatives.
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Schiff Honors LCF’s Porto Among Women of Year

Betty Porto, a La Cañada Flintridge resident, is presented a certificate from Congressman Adam Schiff during the annual Women of the Year luncheon Saturday in Echo Park.

La Cañada Flintridge resident Betty Porto was among the honorees at this year’s Women of the Year luncheon Saturday, April 22. Congressman Adam Schiff recognized inspiring women from the 28th District for their service to their communities.
Schiff celebrated the Porto family at the event in Echo Park, near where they opened their first bakery in the United States.
The Portos came from humble beginnings in Manzanillo, Cuba. After Fidel Castro’s violent revolution in the 1950s, Continue reading “Schiff Honors LCF’s Porto Among Women of Year”