Commission Is Briefed on City’s Efforts to Extinguish Wildfire Danger

Measures that are being taken by La Cañada Flintridge and a regional utility company to prevent wildfires were outlined during a city Public Safety Commission meeting this week.
Chris Carey, LCF’s emergency services coordinator, explained Monday how the city plans to prevent power lines from creating fires. Questions from Commissioner Thomas Schafer had prompted the meeting at City Hall. Continue reading “Commission Is Briefed on City’s Efforts to Extinguish Wildfire Danger”

Mayor’s ‘State of the City’ Message Is an Upbeat Update

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK Mayor Terry Walker delivered a “state of the city” presentation on Wednesday, March 27, at a Kiwanis Club of La Cañada meeting held at Descanso Gardens.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
Mayor Terry Walker delivered a “state of the city” presentation on Wednesday, March 27, at a Kiwanis Club of La Cañada meeting held at Descanso Gardens.

La Cañada Flintridge Mayor Terry Walker on Wednesday gave an upbeat “state of the city” address that ranged from financials and public safety to the building of the new City Hall.
“Our top two goals are to make sure the city is fiscally sound and also public safety,” Walker told an audience of about 70 people at a Kiwanis Club of La Cañada meeting held at Descanso Gardens. “So we’ll talk about the fiscally sound part. After a year of me as your mayor, you’ll be happy to know City Hall is still standing — not necessarily in the same spot, but we’re still putting money in the bank.”
Showing slides that conveyed numbers, facts and images of the new hall, Walker said the general fund budget was more than $14.6 million for the 2018-19 fiscal year with reserves greater than $10 million. Continue reading “Mayor’s ‘State of the City’ Message Is an Upbeat Update”

Investigation Into LCHS Fan Behavior Concludes, Discipline Issued

The La Cañada High School administration on Tuesday said it has concluded its investigation into language and behavior by some student fans at an LCHS basketball game on Feb. 23, and determined that frequent profanity and “a slur” were used at the game. Discipline has been issued, officials said.
The administration conducted an “extensive investigation” that included interviews with more than 35 witnesses, Principal Jim Cartnal said in an emailed statement to LCHS 9-12 parents. Continue reading “Investigation Into LCHS Fan Behavior Concludes, Discipline Issued”

Spartans Win 10th Straight Game

Photo courtesy Eric Danielson Jason McCubbin Jr. drove in a run in the Spartans’ 3-1 victory at Monrovia.
Photo courtesy Eric Danielson
Jason McCubbin Jr. drove in a run in the Spartans’ 3-1 victory at Monrovia.

The La Cañada High School varsity baseball team extended its winning streak to 10 games by picking up a 3-1 victory at Monrovia on Tuesday.
Pitchers Luke Forgarty and Connor Buchanan held the Wildcats at bay and led the Spartans to their sixth Rio Hondo League win of the season. La Cañada improved to 12-2 on the season with a 6-0 record in league.
Fogarty earned the win on the mound, allowing one run on four hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings of work. Buchanan pitched 2 2/3 innings of relief and struck out five to get the save. Continue reading “Spartans Win 10th Straight Game”

Miss LCF Aims to Mentor Youth With Leadership

Francesca Christensen
Francesca Christensen

Francesca Christensen, the recently crowned 2019 Miss La Cañada Flintridge, relishes the chance to be a role model to local youth.
“All my life I’ve really liked to give advice to others and be of service,” said Christensen in a recent interview at her home. “I wouldn’t say it’s pressure, but it definitely is responsibility. I do campus ministry at my school where we lead retreats for the underclassmen at our school so I’ve always really liked reaching out to younger generations and getting to act as a role model.”
Christensen, who was crowned on Jan. 17 at the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club, currently attends Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy. Her fellow Royal Court members are Kat Hightower (Campbell Hall School in Studio City), Audrey Raulli (La Cañada High School), Sarah Peck (FSHA) and Sophie Lin (Flintridge Prep). Continue reading “Miss LCF Aims to Mentor Youth With Leadership”

City Hall Debuts New Digs

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK Miss La Cañada Flintridge Royal Court member Kat Hightower, Miss LCF Francesca Christensen, LCF councilmen Michael Davitt, Jon Curtis, Greg Brown and Leonard Pieroni, and LCF Mayor Terry Walker help cut the ribbon to officially open the new City Hall at One Civic Center Drive.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
Miss La Cañada Flintridge Royal Court member Kat Hightower, Miss LCF Francesca Christensen, LCF councilmen Michael Davitt, Jon Curtis, Greg Brown and Leonard Pieroni, and LCF Mayor Terry Walker help cut the ribbon to officially open the new City Hall at One Civic Center Drive.

La Cañada Flintridge came together in style on Tuesday to officially open and celebrate its new City Hall with tours, speeches, snacks and a ribbon cutting, followed with the first City Council meeting at the new site.
Mayor Terry Walker welcomed everyone in front of the newly remodeled two-story building with multiple conference rooms at One Civic Center Drive. The event drew more than 100 people.
“I’m nervous,” Walker said. “It’s kind of like when you remodel your home and you think it’s really cool and you want everybody to like it and you’re nervous if they don’t.” Continue reading “City Hall Debuts New Digs”

City Council Denies Tree Removal Appeals

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK In early November, a city-protected coast live oak tree located at Georgian Road was approved for removal but two appeals were filed at a City Council hearing March 19. The appeals were denied.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
In early November, a city-protected coast live oak tree located at Georgian Road was approved for removal but two appeals were filed at a City Council hearing March 19. The appeals were denied.

Residents hoping to save a centuries-old oak tree set for removal at 650 Georgian Road were disappointed at City Council’s Tuesday night meeting, as council members ultimately dismissed two appeals filed against the tree removal.
Council members said they were sympathetic to the tree and the applicants but they had not found any reasons to stop the removal. Mayor Terry Walker suggested the applicants look at possibly initiating change to the current tree ordinance.
“Nobody wants to take down this tree, but nobody wants to see people hurt,” Walker said. “I think we would be remiss as a council if we ignored the perspectives of the professionals and if we ignored the process. It would be unfair to (property owner Alan) Frank who followed through the process to all of the sudden say at this point, ‘You know what, the process has changed.’ Continue reading “City Council Denies Tree Removal Appeals”

LCHS, Flintridge Prep, FSHA, St. Francis Earn All-CIF Honors

Photo courtesy David Thomas Ryan Graves made the Division 2A first team after averaging 18 points per game during his senior season.
Photo courtesy David Thomas
Ryan Graves made the Division 2A first team after averaging 18 points per game during his senior season.

The CIF Southern Section released its All-CIF honors list on Monday and it included athletes from La Cañada High School, Flintridge Prep, Flintridge Sacred Heart and St. Francis.
Two members of the LCHS boys’ basketball team and a girls’ water polo athlete earned places on the All-CIF teams. Ryan Graves was one of the best players in Division 2A, averaging 17 points and 5.11 rebounds per game. He shot 45% from beyond the arc and led the Spartans to a CIF-SS championship berth, earning him a spot on the All-CIF Division 2A first team. La Cañada fell short of winning the title, falling to Ontario Colony, 50-47.

Outlook Photo LCHS standout goalie Carolyne Stern, who committed to USC, made the Division 2 first team.
Outlook Photo
LCHS standout goalie Carolyne Stern, who committed to USC, made the Division 2 first team.

“His three-year varsity career is one of the best at La Cañada,” said LCHS head coach Tom Hofman. “He’d be a starter if we had an all-star team. There’s nothing flashy or out of the ordinary with him. He just scores well and is a good defender. He’s very talented and doesn’t have any real weaknesses. He’s the type of player who could have stepped onto any team and made it better.”
His teammate, Zack Feehan, made the Division 2A second team after an impressive season under the rim. The forward averaged 10 points and 12.35 rebounds per game in 34 contests. Feehan smashed the program’s single-season rebounding record of 311 set by Matt Faber in 2011. Feehan finished the year with 420 rebounds. Continue reading “LCHS, Flintridge Prep, FSHA, St. Francis Earn All-CIF Honors”

Second Interim Financial Report Declared Positive

La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board members recently declared a positive certification for their second interim financial report of 2018-19.
The positive certification, according to a district statement, means the school district will meet its financial obligations for the current fiscal year and two subsequent fiscal years. Continue reading “Second Interim Financial Report Declared Positive”

Readers Offer Impassioned Responses to Publisher’s Column

Publisher Charlie Plowman’s column in last week’s Outlook that criticized the conduct of some young La Cañada High School fans at a recent basketball game drew the largest response in more than a decade to an issue raised by the newspaper. Today we are publishing all of the letters we have received on the issue. The Outlook does not hesitate to publish letters that are critical of the newspaper. Contributors should strive to limit letters on any subject to 250 words, and letters should be submitted by one person only and be accompanied by a current address and valid telephone number for confirmation purposes. (The Outlook has allowed some latitude on these rules today.) Anonymous letters are not accepted. Send submissions by email to outlooknews@outlooknewspapers.com. Please write “Letter to the Editor” as the subject line.

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