Mayor Savors LCF’s 2018 Advances, Eyes Challenges in New Year

Terry Walker La Cañada Flintridge Mayor
Terry Walker
La Cañada Flintridge Mayor

Terry Walker, who was selected as La Cañada Flintridge’s mayor in April 2018 by her City Council colleagues, has had an eventful year. Long-awaited funding for a 210 Freeway sound wall project was approved, Target became a reality and the issue of the Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project reheated since Walker became mayor.
Walker was elected to the council in March 2015. She previously served eight years on the YMCA of the Foothills Board of Directors and spent three terms as president of the LCF Chamber of Commerce. Her journey to the council began when she was appointed in 2008 to the Public Works and Traffic Commission, where she served for four years, including one term as chair. She also served as a planning commissioner for three years before she vacated the position to join the City Council. The mayor recently took time out from her schedule to reflect, at an LCF restaurant, on the past year and look toward this year’s challenges. This interview has been edited for space. Continue reading “Mayor Savors LCF’s 2018 Advances, Eyes Challenges in New Year”

Art’s Ability to Help Heal at USC-VHH

Photo courtesy Kenneth Selko Artist Gayle Garner Roski, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital CEO Keith Hobbs and artist Kitty Keck spoke at a reception for the hospital’s Healing Arts Exhibition.
Photo courtesy Kenneth Selko
Artist Gayle Garner Roski, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital CEO Keith Hobbs and artist Kitty Keck spoke at a reception for the hospital’s Healing Arts Exhibition.

USC Verdugo Hills Hospital relies on medical skills as it goes about the business of healing, of course, but it also acknowledges the power of art in pushing the process along. Hence, the hospital’s Healing Arts Exhibition.
Now on its fifth art exhibition, the hospital held an opening reception featuring colorful illustrations by Gayle Garner Roski and iPhone art by Kitty Keck for a permanent display in the hospital near La Cañada Flintridge. Continue reading “Art’s Ability to Help Heal at USC-VHH”

Governing Board Leader Sets Challenges, Goals for 2019

Brent Kuszyk
Brent Kuszyk

Brent Kuszyk may have only recently been selected to become the La Cañada Unified School District board president, but he’s no stranger to the governing board and boasts a long list of previous volunteer experience from other community roles.
Since joining the board in 2015, he has served on a number of panels including the Bond Oversight Committee, the Parcel Tax Oversight Committee, the Joint-Use Committee, the NGSS (for Next Generation Science) Committee and many others. He was unanimously selected as board president on Dec. 13, having served the previous year as vice president. Continue reading “Governing Board Leader Sets Challenges, Goals for 2019”

LCUSD Board OKs Settlement With Ex-Principals, Dives Into Pool Plans

The La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board on Tuesday night unanimously ratified settlements worth more than $500,000 involving former principals Christine Castillo and Ian McFeat.
Board members did not discuss the issue before or after the vote, but local resident David Haxton rose to object after the settlements were approved in open session that they were not truly “confidential,” as they were revealed to newspapers. The Outlook reported on them after making a public records request. Continue reading “LCUSD Board OKs Settlement With Ex-Principals, Dives Into Pool Plans”

LCUSD Settlements With Ex-Principals Stir Mixed Parent Response

La Cañada High School students are beginning an academic year’s second half without Principal Ian McFeat for the first time since 2013 as a result of six-figure legal settlements involving him, the school district and his wife, Christine Castillo, a former La Cañada Elementary School principal.
McFeat, who was hired as principal in July 2012, became the La Cañada Unified School District’s executive director of student services on Dec. 10, a move that district officials had said was a promotion. Later, it was revealed that he and Castillo had signed settlement agreements on Dec. 4 that stemmed from a Castillo lawsuit and determined his employment is terminated effective June 30.

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Ian McFeat, former La Cañada High School principal, and Christine Castillo, an ex-La Cañada Elementary School principal, agreed in December to separate six-figure settlements from LCUSD.

Since The Outlook reported last month that McFeat has left and details of the settlement have been disseminated, the community has engaged in spirited discussion — in particular on a closed Facebook page, with more than 100 comments on the topic. Some parents have said they are glad the lawsuit has ended, albeit with questions regarding the cost and divided opinion over the unforeseen changes in leadership. In several Facebook posts, writers voiced displeasure that LCUSD had settled at all in a case that they said was bogus and declared that the hiring process for McFeat and Castillo had been flawed from the beginning.
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County Committee Continues to Study Sagebrush Transfer Proposal

Supporters of a transfer of La Cañada Flintridge’s Sagebrush area into the local school district were on hand Wednesday when the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization took up the issue, which appeared to remain far from a resolution.
Sagebrush, located in the LCF’s western-most corner, is part of the Glendale Unified School District. Continue reading “County Committee Continues to Study Sagebrush Transfer Proposal”

Sheriff Gives Blasnek Transfer, Promotion

Chris Blasnek
Chris Blasnek

Chris Blasnek was not necessarily expecting to leave the familiar setting of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station when he was called to a meeting on Dec. 27 with Alex Villanueva, the new Los Angeles County sheriff.
Blasnek, who has been the captain at the local station, said he was not told the reason for the session at the Hall of Justice in downtown L.A., and he was prepared for anything. Continue reading “Sheriff Gives Blasnek Transfer, Promotion”

Obituary: Elsie Lenore Swingle Hughes

Elsie Lenore Swingle Hughes
June 15, 1917-Dec. 26, 2018

Elsie Lenore Swingle Hughes

Beloved by all who knew her, Elsie Lenore Swingle Hughes passed away gracefully at age 101. In her lifetime she left a legacy of love, kindness and beautiful memories.
She was born in Carbondale, Pennsylvania, to Caroline and Worrie Swingle. After graduation from Benjamin Franklin High School in Carbondale, she joined her older sister at the University of Arizona, Tucson, where she was an active member of the Alpha Phi sorority. There she met the love of her life, Thomas Earl Hughes (Tommy), a captain in the Army Air Corps. After a short time, he proposed and she accepted. They were married in 1941, soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and moved to California. While he was overseas, she worked for Lockheed.
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LCF Resident on Cover of Time Likes Magazine’s Message

Maryam Nouh
Maryam Nouh

La Cañada Flintridge resident Maryam Nouh felt a sense of pride after she learned an image showing her praying would be on a recent cover of Time magazine featuring a photo illustration of a diverse group of people and the headline “Who Gets to Be American?”
“Time magazine is one of the oldest weekly newsmagazines still running — still in print — so to have that be so deeply tied to America is really beautiful,” said Nouh, a Muslim who is shown praying while wearing a head scarf on the Nov. 26/Dec. 3 double issue. “It was really touching for me and really touching for my community,” she said. “I’d be super thrilled if I looked at that and this girl is wearing a scarf like me. But it actually is me in this case.” Continue reading “LCF Resident on Cover of Time Likes Magazine’s Message”