State’s Order a New Hardship for Restaurateurs

Photo by Oscar Areliz / Outlook Valley Sun
Los Gringos Locos, a popular Mexican restaurant in La Cañada Flintridge, shuts down its outdoor setup after stay-at-home order from state officials banning in-person dining went into effect on Monday.

A longtime caterer for Los Gringos Locos was at the Plaza De La Cañada shopping center parking lot on Tuesday, disassembling the restaurant’s small outdoor dining setup.
“It’s just sad,” he said.
It’s a sentiment shared by just about everyone else who works in the restaurant industry, which was dealt yet another crushing blow on Monday when a state stay-at-home order that halts all in-person dining for three weeks went into effect. The directive supplanted the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health order from Nov. 25 that did the same in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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LCHS Staff Assists as Police Identify Murder Suspect

By Zane Hill and Camila Castellanos
Outlook Valley Sun

It will likely be months before a Pasadena man arrives in Los Angeles County to appear on charges that he stabbed and killed a Glendale woman in the La Cañada High School parking lot last month and then left her body in the park across the street.
Adrian Robert Casey, 26, remains in the custody of the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office in New Mexico after being arrested near Albuquerque on Thanksgiving Day. Officials here expect to take custody of him next year, since delays typically are the case for suspects held in other states.
“Unless he waives extradition,” Bill Grisafe, a special services lieutenant with the Pasadena Police Department, told the Outlook Valley Sun.

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Church Bells to Ring on Christmas Eve

Photo by Christian Leonard / Outlook Valley Sun
“I think it’s just a reflection that COVID can’t keep God from coming to us,” the Rev. Chuck Osburn, associate pastor at La Cañada Presbyterian Church, said of the Christmas Eve event.

The churches of La Cañada Flintridge are inviting members of the community, wherever they are in the city, to sing a carol and reflect during an event on Christmas Eve.
Residents will be able to hear bells tolling from the churches that have bell systems, including St. Bede the Venerable Church and St. George’s Episcopal Church, from 8:57 p.m. until 9 p.m., when they will stop to allow La Cañada Presbyterian Church to play “Silent Night” through its system.
The sound will be most audible on Foothill Boulevard, and those within earshot — whether they be out for a walk or on their front porch — are encouraged to sing along with the song or simply ponder the lyrics. Even those who are out of range of the bells’ sound are invited to take a few minutes to sing with their families at 9 p.m.

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County Continues to Set Records for COVID-19 Cases

With Los Angeles County reporting record highs for daily new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, public health officials continue to urge residents to remain indoors as much as possible to combat the recent surge.
“Unfortunately, where we are and where we are headed is alarming,” Barbara Ferrer, the county’s director of public health, said on Wednesday, adding that the positivity rate now stands at 12.5%. That figure was 3.5% in early November.
The county broke its record for daily new cases five times last week and has averaged nearly 8,700 the past three days, including 9,243 new cases on Wednesday. There had been 305 cases reported so far in La Cañada Flintridge as of Wednesday. The Department of Public Health reported 267 cases the previous week.

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PTSA Honors 26 Students of the Quarter

On Nov. 20, the La Cañada High School PTSA honored 26 Students of the Quarter. Student members coordinated a breakfast burrito drive-thru (from Lucky Boy Pasadena) at the LCHS lower parking lot. Via personalized videos, teachers delivered messages of praise, in lieu of the usual in-person ceremony. Teacher’s congratulated these outstanding students for working especially hard during this unique school year thus far.

In Big Election Turnout, Locals Largely Favored Biden

Well, it’s official: La Cañada Flintridge residents care, and they show it by voting.
The final outstanding ballots from this year’s November general election were certified by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office this week, and vote tallies indicate more LCF residents voted in this presidential election than any in recent history, with the majority supporting the Democratic candidate.
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CIF Delays Prep Sports’ Return, Awaits State Guidance

With reopening plans for schools and businesses hitting a snag due to a recent surge in new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, the California Interscholastic Federation announced Tuesday that state health officials will likely not release updated youth sports guidelines until after Jan. 1, postponing any education-based practices and competition scheduled for December.
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