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”

Spartans Baseball Win League Outright

The La Cañada High School varsity baseball team remained perfect in Rio Hondo League play, defeating host South Pasadena, 5-0, on Saturday and clinching the league championship outright.
The Spartans (18-5 overall record, 9-0 in league), who won their first title since 2013, jumped out to a four-run lead in the top of the first and added another run in the second. Continue reading “Spartans Baseball Win League Outright”

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”