JPL Speaker Uses InSight to Fire Kids’ Imaginations

Photos by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Tom Hoffman, a project manager for the InSight Mission, discusses the spacecraft before 70 people at La Cañada Elementary School.
Photos by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Tom Hoffman, a project manager for the InSight Mission, discusses the spacecraft before 70 people at La Cañada Elementary School.

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Tom Hoffman had a plan to make the younger children in his audience see science as cool and explain that local residents are doing some great work: giving them an imagination-expanding glimpse into the InSight spacecraft mission to Mars. Continue reading “JPL Speaker Uses InSight to Fire Kids’ Imaginations”

New City Database Gives Seniors Useful Information

Seniors can now find a listing of numerous services available to them in La Cañada Flintridge with a few taps on their computer keyboard or smartphone.
The Senior Resource Center database, which continues to evolve, has been posted to the city’s website at lcf.ca.gov/parks-rec/seniors with updates on services, said LCF Division Manager Arabo Parseghian. Continue reading “New City Database Gives Seniors Useful Information”

Permit to Remove Protected Oak Prompts Appeals

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK A city-protected coast live oak tree located in the backyard of the property at 650 Georgian Road was approved for removal in early November but two appeals of the action have been filed. An appeal hearing is scheduled for a Planning Commission meeting in mid-December or early January.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
A city-protected coast live oak tree located in the backyard of the property at 650 Georgian Road was approved for removal in early November but two appeals of the action have been filed. An appeal hearing is scheduled for a Planning Commission meeting in mid-December or early January.

The potential removal of an approximately 65-foot coast live oak tree at a La Cañada Flintridge residence has led to discussion of the importance of such trees to the city’s identity and an appeal of a decision in the matter.
The city-protected tree located at 650 Georgian Road was slated to come down after the city’s planning department received a tree-removal permit application from property owner Alan Frank in early October. The permit was approved on Nov. 2. The city ruled that the protected tree is “so diseased or damaged that it is no longer viable or is a threat to cause damage to property or other protected trees.” Continue reading “Permit to Remove Protected Oak Prompts Appeals”

Sound Wall Project to Progress, but Not at Freeway Speed

La Cañada Flintridge residents waiting for four proposed sound walls on the 210 Freeway will have to listen to noisy traffic awhile longer.
Design of the sound walls is set to begin in spring or summer 2019 and construction would take place 18 to 30 months later, Public Works Director Patrick DeChellis said in a recent phone interview. The reason for the holdup is because the proposed sound walls are a new program of California Senate Bill 1, which funds transportation projects. Continue reading “Sound Wall Project to Progress, but Not at Freeway Speed”

School District Leader Foresees Further Sagebrush Turmoil

La Cañada Unified School District Superintendent Wendy Sinnette has expressed doubt that a petition to transfer the Sagebrush territory — located in La Cañada Flintridge’s western-most corner — into the school district will be granted, and said the long-running controversy surrounding the matter is likely to continue, even if the effort succeeds. Continue reading “School District Leader Foresees Further Sagebrush Turmoil”

Armistice Day at Lanterman a Time for Reverence, Learning

 Joe Puglia speaks about the significance of Armistice Day and the legacy of World War I at the Armistice Day Centennial Program on Sunday at the Lanterman House.
Joe Puglia speaks about the significance of Armistice Day and the legacy of World War I at the Armistice Day Centennial Program on Sunday at the Lanterman House.

It was a peaceful, even tranquil, scene far removed from wartime violence and suffering, as a single line of Girl Scouts carefully affixed ornaments bearing the names of La Cañada Flintridge veterans to a tree to commemorate the passage of 100 years since the end of World War I.
Nearly 90 people gave their full attention to the Armistice Day/Veterans Day ceremony at the Lanterman House on Sunday afternoon, including Jane Dutfield, who said her grandfather was a veteran of World War I and her father was a veteran of World War II. Continue reading “Armistice Day at Lanterman a Time for Reverence, Learning”

Parents Push Forward With ‘Big Dig’ Health Concerns

Parent Elizabeth Krider (left) explains what she thinks is the potential impact to children from the Devil’s Gate reservoir sediment removal project to La Cañada Flintridge Mayor Terry Walker at a recent joint-use committee meeting.
Parent Elizabeth Krider (left) explains what she thinks is the potential impact to children from the Devil’s Gate reservoir sediment removal project to La Cañada Flintridge Mayor Terry Walker at a recent joint-use committee meeting.

A group of La Cañada Unified School District parents is pressing to show the potential impact of the Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project to county, city and school officials, with emphasis on its concerns about pollution and health hazards that could be posed by trucks making hundreds of trips each day. Continue reading “Parents Push Forward With ‘Big Dig’ Health Concerns”