Sediment Removal Begins at Devil’s Gate Dam

Devil’s Gate Dam
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The process of removing about 1.7 million cubic yards of sediment from behind Devil’s Gate Dam at Hahamongna Watershed Park got underway Tuesday.

Removal of sediment in connection with the controversial Devil’s Gate Dam project began on Tuesday after a delay of about two weeks because of rainy weather and other concerns.
The project is expected to include as many as 425 daily round trips, by approximately 95 diesel trucks, through the intersection at Berkshire Place and Oak Grove Drive and onto the 210 Freeway — all part of a Los Angeles County effort to take away 1.7 million cubic yards of sediment from behind the dam at Hahamongna Watershed Park. Continue reading “Sediment Removal Begins at Devil’s Gate Dam”

Wary of Disasters, City Officials Revamp Emergency Procedures

Measures that are being taken by La Cañada Flintridge officials to handle disasters such as wildfires and earthquakes were detailed during a special meeting of the LCF City Council this week.
Chris Carey, LCF’s emergency services coordinator, said Tuesday that he and an emergency preparedness committee recently reviewed what to do if such an event occurred. Carey said he is revamping some materials for use in the city’s emergency operations center and going through information binders and checklists available for groups and individuals. Continue reading “Wary of Disasters, City Officials Revamp Emergency Procedures”

Spartans Fall in Championship Game, 7-0

Spartans baseball
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The Spartans wait in front of the dugout for postgame honors after being defeated by Temecula Great Oak, 7-0, in the CIF-SS Division 3 championship.

The La Cañada High School varsity baseball team’s hopes of adding another accolade to its historic season were crushed by No. 4-seeded Temecula Great Oak.
The Spartans were denied their first CIF Southern Section championship as Great Oak scored seven runs in one inning and claimed the Division 3 title with a 7-0 victory at Dodger Stadium last Saturday. Continue reading “Spartans Fall in Championship Game, 7-0”

LCHS Principals’ ‘Cartnal and Gold’ Podcast Debuts

La Cañada High School Principal Jim Cartnal and LCHS 7/8 Principal Jarrett Gold
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La Cañada High School Principal Jim Cartnal and LCHS 7/8 Principal Jarrett Gold have a new podcast titled “Cartnal and Gold” available on the LCHS and LCHS 7/8 websites as well as Spotify.

La Cañada High School has officially joined the podcast craze with its new show, “Cartnal and Gold,” a tool to spread news about school activities and objectives as well as students’ accomplishments, using a medium with which youth are familiar.
LCHS Principal Jim Cartnal and LCHS 7/8 Principal Jarrett Gold’s podcast debuted recently on both schools’ websites and Spotify.
The show’s name, displayed in its logo over a crossed-out “Cardinal,” arose from La Cañada Unified School District webmaster Toby Lewsadder’s inspiration.
“The school colors are cardinal and gold,” Cartnal said in a recent interview. “That was Toby’s idea. We have heard positive feedback so far.” Continue reading “LCHS Principals’ ‘Cartnal and Gold’ Podcast Debuts”

LCHS Is Losing Two Assistant Principals, Will Hire Just One

Jonathan Lyons and Kip Glazer
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Jonathan Lyons and Kip Glazer are leaving La Cañada High School to become principals in Carmel and the Santa Barbara area, respectively.

With some big administrative changes already undertaken this school year, La Cañada High School is prepping for yet another.
Assistant principals Jonathan Lyons and Kip Glazer are set to leave, having accepted jobs in other districts, and the district will look to fill the vacancies with just one person, administrators said.
“Historically, the LCHS team is two assistant principals and one principal,” said LCHS Principal Jim Cartnal, who was confirmed in his role in March after briefly serving on an interim basis. Former Principal Ian McFeat has left the district since reaching a settlement of a dispute with the school system. Continue reading “LCHS Is Losing Two Assistant Principals, Will Hire Just One”

LCUSD Hires New Executive Director of Special Education

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK La Cañada Unified School District Superintendent Wendy Sinnette shares a smile with Derek Ihori, newly named executive director of special education and psychological services, at a May 2 special LCUSD Governing Board meeting.
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La Cañada Unified School District Superintendent Wendy Sinnette shares a smile with Derek Ihori, newly named executive director of special education and psychological services, at a May 2 special LCUSD Governing Board meeting.

In a unanimous vote, the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board named a new executive director of special education and psychological services during a special meeting last week.
“I’m really excited for this opportunity and I want to thank you,” Derek Ihori told the board after he was voted in last Thursday. Ihori’s salary will be $151,080, said Debra Cradduck, executive director of personnel services.
Ihori replaces Tamara Jackson, who is set to retire on June 30. Jackson has been with the LCUSD since 2003, always as special education director, she said in a previous statement.
District Superintendent Wendy Sinnette said Ihori, who has been the director of pupil services for the Las Virgenes Unified School District, was selected out of a strong candidate pool. He oversees 120 special education teachers and specialists for Las Virgenes. Continue reading “LCUSD Hires New Executive Director of Special Education”

Big Dig Discussion Takes Over City Council Meeting

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK Trucks are expected to begin removing sediment this Monday, May 13, in connection with the controversial Devil’s Gate Dam project.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
Trucks are expected to begin removing sediment this Monday, May 13, in connection with the controversial Devil’s Gate Dam project.

Several residents this week asked the La Cañada Flintridge City Council for help regarding a number of issues involving the Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project, in which trucks are set to roll this Monday, May 13.
A key question raised at the council’s meeting on Tuesday night was answered in short order. It was announced toward the end of the session that Public Works Director Patrick DeChellis would be the city’s contact person for the Los Angeles County project. Continue reading “Big Dig Discussion Takes Over City Council Meeting”

LCUSD, Former Student Move Forward After $2 Million Settlement

More than a year after a $2 million settlement between the school district and a former special education student who was injured in a fall, guardrails protect bleachers at a La Cañada High School gym where the accident occurred and the young man is trying to put the episode behind him.
Attorneys for Ethan Kalnins, a former LCHS student who has cerebral palsy, settled with the La Cañada Unified School District after Kalnins fell off the side of the bleachers in the north gym at LCHS. Guardrails were not affixed to the bleachers at the time. Continue reading “LCUSD, Former Student Move Forward After $2 Million Settlement”

LC Boys Win 1st Title Since 2009; Girls Place 11th

Photo courtesy Kristina Kalb The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ swimming and diving team won its first Division 2 championship since 2009.
Photo courtesy Kristina Kalb
The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ swimming and diving team won its first Division 2 championship since 2009.

The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ swimming team dominated the CIF Southern Section Division 2 championships at the Riverside Aquatics Complex and claimed its first title since 2009.
The Spartans tallied 336 points, which was more than enough to defeat La Verne Damien (235 points) and bring home the program’s fifth crown in school history. Continue reading “LC Boys Win 1st Title Since 2009; Girls Place 11th”