Local Volunteers Build Rose Float and, Hopefully, Tradition’s Future

“Dodo Bird Flight School”
Courtesy La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association
The completed drawing for “Dodo Bird Flight School” is the blueprint for the float that will be in the 2020 Rose Parade.

On a recent Thursday, Tim Brugarolas and Bryan Bielawa were busy twisting pieces or welding portions of the “Dodo Bird Flight School” 2020 La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association float.
“Right now, I’m shaping legs for the birds,” said Brugarolas, 15, a La Cañada High School student, as a light rain fell. “I’ve never done this kind of shaping before. I’m experiencing how the springs react, twisting them, just how they tighten. Before I was working on a propeller, and now I’m working on this.” Continue reading “Local Volunteers Build Rose Float and, Hopefully, Tradition’s Future”

Gladiators Have Just Cause to Sit Out Season

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Kevin Lacey
Kevin Lacey

By Kevin Lacey
Special to The Outlook


La Cañada Gladiators Junior All American Football has been fielding teams in this community since the mid-1960s. We have decided, however, that there will be no Junior All American football in 2019. We think our community needs to know why we took this route and our intentions for 2020. We have discussed our decision and the rationale behind it with the city and the La Cañada Sports Coalition, and are happy to report they are in full support. Continue reading “Gladiators Have Just Cause to Sit Out Season”

LCF Again Voices Concerns Over Proposed Glendale Construction

proposed senior living/medical facility and parking garage
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
A proposed senior living/medical facility and parking garage on Glendale’s border with La Cañada Flintridge has drawn local criticism. A meeting about the project, which is located directly across from USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, is set for next week in Glendale.

A proposed three-story senior residential and medical facility and three-level parking garage near La Cañada Flintridge that has drawn criticism from some neighbors and city staff members will be the topic of an Aug. 8 meeting in Glendale. Continue reading “LCF Again Voices Concerns Over Proposed Glendale Construction”

Singer and Lyricist Roddy Finds a Voice All Her Own

Claire Roddy
Photos by Christian Leonard / Outlook at the Echo, Los Angeles
Claire Roddy, creator of Dol Ikara, performed recently at the Echo. She is preparing for the release of her first EP.

By Christian Leonard
The Outlook


The first time Dol Ikara played live, it was under a full moon — a bit of timing that seemed more than coincidental for an act rooted in mysticism.
Inside the trendy, dimly lit music venue the Echo in Los Angeles, several dozen people shouted over the rumble of voices to make themselves heard by their friends. After the opening band had finished, some people mingled in front of the stage, eager to be as close to the next performer as possible. On the edge of the crowd, band members who had recently finished their set murmured apologies as they ran their equipment to the exit, where cool night air offered a reprieve from the cramped club. Continue reading “Singer and Lyricist Roddy Finds a Voice All Her Own”

LC Gladiators Will Not Play Jr. All American Football This Season

La Cañada Gladiators
Photo courtesy Kevin Lacey
The La Cañada Gladiators will not field any teams this season because of rule changes made by the conference. The local youth football organization has participated in every season since 1968.

The La Cañada Gladiators have fielded youth football teams and competed in the San Gabriel Valley Conference of Junior All American Football since 1968, making the program president’s decision to not participate in the 2019 season a difficult one. Continue reading “LC Gladiators Will Not Play Jr. All American Football This Season”

Public Safety Commission Gets Update on LCF Crime Prevention Efforts

An update regarding the city’s crime prevention efforts was given after community members voiced concerns about residential burglaries at a recent Public Safety Commission meeting.
There have been 46 home burglaries this year through June, compared with 28 during the same period last year, according to statistics from the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station. Continue reading “Public Safety Commission Gets Update on LCF Crime Prevention Efforts”

Equestrian Show Jumper Clears Significant Hurdle

Sloan Elmassian
Photo courtesy Captured Moment Photography
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy graduate Sloan Elmassian, an LCF resident who gained recognition as a student athlete from her university, is shown riding her horse Centurion.

Sloan Elmassian, a 2017 graduate of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy who grew up in La Cañada Flintridge, is redefining the notion of the student athlete at the University of San Diego while remaining passionate to educate others about equestrian events such as show jumping, in which she specializes.
Elmassian is a professional equestrian who was able to get the university to revise its policy to include members of her sport — and others who qualify — as student athletes if they are able to produce a letter from a training federation recognized by the Olympics to qualify for that famed athletic competition. Continue reading “Equestrian Show Jumper Clears Significant Hurdle”

Parent Ed Honors Erskine, Young Families at Year-End Celebration

Chris Erskine (third from left), Jack Erskine and George Young
Photo courtesy Dorothy Chen
Chris Erskine (third from left), Jack Erskine and George Young were honored by La Cañada Presbyterian Church’s Parent Education program during a recent celebration. They are pictured with (from left) Nancy Stoner, Parent Ed director Anne Bierling and Lynne Graves (far right).

By Amanda Baughman
Special to The Outlook


La Cañada Presbyterian Church’s Parent Education Program recently had its annual Year-End Celebration at Ashley Barrett’s home, wrapping up its 40th anniversary year. In addition to showing gratitude to the program’s 44 team members, the event honored the Young and Erskine families for the memorials they donated to Parent Ed over the past year. Continue reading “Parent Ed Honors Erskine, Young Families at Year-End Celebration”

Big Dig Court Hearing Could Have a Notable Impact

Devil’s Gate Dam
Photo courtesy Los Angeles County Public Works
Los Angeles County is continuing its process of removing about 1.7 million cubic yards of sediment from behind Devil’s Gate Dam at Hahamongna Watershed Park. The countywide flood control district is involved in a lawsuit brought by the Arroyo Seco Foundation and Pasadena Audubon Society over the project and is currently in negotiations.

The Arroyo Seco Foundation and Pasadena Audubon Society are currently in negotiations with the Los Angeles County Flood Control District over the controversial Devil’s Gate Dam project in the wake of a judge’s ruling regarding the nonprofit groups’ December 2017 lawsuit over the so-called Big Dig. Continue reading “Big Dig Court Hearing Could Have a Notable Impact”