Obituary: Vineda Ann Smith Mitchell

Vineda Mitchell
Vineda Mitchell

Vineda Ann Smith Mitchell, 75, passed away on Nov. 17 at her home in Monrovia following a long battle with cancer. She was born on May 20, 1941, in Denver to Vincent and Edith Smith. Hence her name is a combination of their names Vincent and Edith.
Vineda grew up in Englewood, Colo., and graduated from Englewood High School in 1959. After high school, she attended John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark., where she received an associate’s degree.
Vineda married Robert Mitchell in 1962 in Englewood, and they were married for 28 years. Early in her life, she worked as a secretary while her husband finished school. She then became pregnant and motherhood began. Continue reading “Obituary: Vineda Ann Smith Mitchell”

City Approves Sport Chalet Office Purchase

City Hall will relocate to the former Sport Chalet headquarters.
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City Hall will relocate to the former Sport Chalet headquarters.

The city of La Cañada Flintridge signed off Wednesday on the acquisition of the old Sport Chalet office building at One Sport Chalet Drive for use as City Hall, Mayor Jonathan Curtis said.
A 90-day due diligence process evaluated the physical, legal, environmental and suitability factors. Now, the city will pay $11.2 million for the 24,000-square-foot office space and the Montessori school operating on the property, Curtis said.
“It promises to bring new efficiencies and services to the community,” Curtis said. “We’re very excited about that.”
City operations have outgrown the current City Hall space, where 48 city staffers work closely in a 7,160-square-foot building at 1327 Foothill Blvd. When City Manager Mark Alexander began working for LCF 28 years ago, there were only 10 city employees in the same facility, he said.

— Mirjam Swanson

Ex-LCE Principal’s Lawyer Offers Details; Seeks Apology

Christine Castillo visited a classroom with daughter Alissa soon after she was born.
Photo courtesy Christine Castillo.
Christine Castillo visited a classroom with daughter Alissa soon after she was born.

An attorney for former La Cañada Elementary School principal Christine Castillo suggested there could be a “happy ending” to his client’s lawsuit charging La Cañada Unified School District with gender discrimination.
“A happy ending is the school district apologizes,” said Ben Meiselas, an attorney handling Castillo’s suit along with Mark Geragos, of the Los Angeles-based firm Geragos & Geragos. Castillo is seeking unspecified damages in the suit. Continue reading “Ex-LCE Principal’s Lawyer Offers Details; Seeks Apology”

City Council Cautions LCF on Rain Alert

Gregory Hisel, an assistant fire chief for L.A. County, played meteorologist at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.
He cautioned La Cañada Flintridge residents to prepare for a series of storms, starting with the first phase, which is forecast to drop as much as 2 inches of rain on the Foothill area by today, Jan. 19. Two other coming storms could bring as much as 5 inches more with strong gusts of wind, he said.
“This is significant,” he said. “The ground is already partially saturated and more and more rain is building up and the ground is going to start getting oversaturated.” Continue reading “City Council Cautions LCF on Rain Alert”

‘Hidden Figures’ Inspires Female STEM Students

Photo courtesy Katelyn Biesiadecki Katelyn Biesiadecki, Taleen Sarkissian, Hannah Chew and Charlotte Strasburg were among the 50 LCHS students who attended a special screening of “Hidden Figures” last week at USC.
Photo courtesy Katelyn Biesiadecki
Katelyn Biesiadecki, Taleen Sarkissian, Hannah Chew and Charlotte Strasburg were among the 50 LCHS students who attended a special screening of “Hidden Figures” last week at USC.

Last week, about 10,000 public high school students from throughout L.A. County — including 50 from La Cañada High School — filled USC’s Galen Center for a history lesson unlike any they’ve ever had before.
They were invited by the L.A. Promise Fund, a nonprofit focused on preparing L.A. students for the future, for a mass screening of “Hidden Figures.”
And almost the entire audience, gathered to watch the movie about African-American women who helped NASA achieve some of its greatest achievements, was female.
“It was like watching a football game,” said Gayle Nichols-Ali, a computer science and visual arts teacher at LCHS. “Your team won every time the girls won.” Continue reading “‘Hidden Figures’ Inspires Female STEM Students”