Dodgers All-Access Features Baseball’s Top Team

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Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts, General Manager Farhan Zaidi, President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman and former Dodger great Orel Hershiser were among the featured guests as the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission partnered with Dodgers Foundation to host the fourth annual Dodgers All-Access at Dodger Stadium.

The Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission, in partnership with the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, hosted the fourth annual Dodgers All-Access at Dodger Stadium on Monday. This officially sanctioned Dodger event afforded 400 guests the unique opportunity to go behind the scenes at the iconic franchise’s stadium.
The evening included a panel discussion with current and former Dodger players, coaches and executives. Guests had the opportunity to take batting practice in the Dodger batting cages, pitch in the Dodgers’ bullpen, tour the stadium, call play-by-play action on historic Dodger moments, take photos throughout the stadium with current and alumni legends, bid on Dodgers memorabilia in the silent auction and enjoy a dinner on the infield.
The program included two panel discussions. Dodger Manager Dave Roberts, Dodger President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman and General Manager Farhan Zaidi participated in the first panel discussion, “The Business Perspective.” To close the evening, former Dodgers first basemen Steve Garvey and Eric Karros joined current first baseman Cody Bellinger in an exclusive interview with emcees John Hartung (SportsNet LA anchor) and Orel Hershiser (former Cy Young winner and World Series MVP).
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New Town Center Tenant Right on Target

La Cañada Flintridge is getting a Target.
The national retailer announced Wednesday that it has signed a lease to move into the former Sport Chalet space, with plans to open in July 2018.
The popular discount store will operate a 45,865-square foot “small-format” store in the La Cañada Flintridge Town Center. This Target will be the 10th of its kind in the Los Angeles area. It will operate next door to the new City Hall, which also is scheduled to open next year, occupying the former Sport Chalet corporate office space.
“I am delighted; it’s going to be great for our community,” said Pat Anderson, CEO of the LCF Chamber of Commerce.
Target began discussions with the IDS Real Estate Group, which owns the Town Center, last November, according to Rob Fuelling, IDS’ senior vice president.

The Town Center will have a new anchor retailer when a small-format Target opens in the former Sport Chalet store in July 2018.

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LCF Home Sells for a Record $10.5 Million

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This estate at 4110 Woodleigh Lane, with more than 11,000 square feet sitting on more than 2 acres, recently sold for $10.5 million, setting a benchmark for recorded home sale prices in La Cañada Flintridge.

An off-market home just entered the annals of La Cañada Flintridge history as being the highest recorded home sale of all time in the 91011 ZIP code.
The estate, located at 4110 Woodleigh Lane, recently closed with a $10.5 million price tag, placing it squarely on top of Multiple Listing Service’s list of top-priced LCF homes.
Rachel Ashton, who represented the home’s seller along with Partners Trust colleague Laura Brandt, said the home had previously been listed on the market in 2014. Continue reading “LCF Home Sells for a Record $10.5 Million”

Hatch Chiles Have Returned to Gelson’s

Hatch Chilis at Gelson’s.

The highly anticipated Hatch chile seasonal celebration at Gelson’s returns to La Cañada Flintridge on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The Hatch chile roasting event includes sampling of Hatch chile favorites, contests and giveaways.
Grown in Hatch, New Mexico, Hatch chilies are a mildly hot and savory pepper that, when perfectly roasted, yields a uniquely delicious flavor, both spicy and sweet. While the Hatch Chile Festival annually attracts thousands of visitors from around the world to this small farming community every Labor Day weekend, Gelson’s brings its own festival to pepper-loving customers across Southern California.
Activities include sampling Hatch chile specialty items, learning about the growing process from produce experts, and receiving cooking ideas from Gelson’s staff. The service deli will have Hatch chile heirloom tomato salad, Hatch chile macaroni and cheese, Hatch chile stuffed flank roll, Hatch chile cornbread, Hatch chile chicken sausage, Hatch chile crab cake or Hatch chile mini-crustless quiches. Gelson’s staff will be on-site roasting fresh chiles.

Local Drug Rehab House Unsettles Residents

Neighbors uneasy at the thought of a residential drug treatment program operating near their homes spent the past week swapping information before gathering en masse to share concerns at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.
A house in the 900 block of Green Lane is being leased by Ridgeview Ranch, the state-licensed, for-profit treatment center that helps men and women struggling with alcoholism and drug addiction. According to Chief Operating Officer Larry Thornton, it has been used as a residential treatment facility for clergy who are dealing only with substance abuse. Continue reading “Local Drug Rehab House Unsettles Residents”

Kiwanis Continues to Support LCUSD

The Kiwanis Club of La Cañada hosted representatives of the La Cañada Unified School District last week at lunch, where 19 new teachers and three new administrators were introduced at the service club’s annual “Apple for the Teacher” event.
Keeping with the Kiwanis international motto, “serving the children of the world,” the club not only offered new hires a warm welcome but handed over a $1,500 check to help fund scholarships for the annual 5th-grade trip to Pennsylvania’s Valley Forge.

Kiwanis Club President Mike Leininger hands a check to Paradise Canyon Elementary School Principal Debra Cradduck, Paradise Canyon Elementary’s Karen Hurley and La Cañada Elementary’s Emily Blaney during last week’s “Apple for the Teacher” luncheon at Descanso Gardens. The club’s $1,500 donation will help support the district’s annual Valley Forge trip.

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City Picks Architect to Remodel New City Hall Building

Gonzalez Goodale Architects will remodel the former Sport Chalet corporate headquarters into La Cañada Flintridge’s new City Hall..

The City Council voted 4-0 at its meeting Tuesday to award Gonzalez Goodale Architects with the contract to renovate the new City Hall building, agreeing to a fee of no more than $505,000.
The architects will be tasked with turning the former Sport Chalet corporate headquarters office building — for which the city is paying $11.23 million — building into a workable City Hall. City Councilman Jonathan Curtis was not at Tuesday’s meeting, but his fellow council members gave the contract the go-ahead when they approved the consent agenda. Continue reading “City Picks Architect to Remodel New City Hall Building”

La Cañada Hires Water Polo, Girls’ Golf Coaches

La Cañada High School athletic director Kristina Kalb announced the hiring of three new coaches last Saturday.
Gilbert Millanes will take over the boys’ water polo program, Ian Davidson is the new girls’ water polo coach and Derrick Williams will be guiding the girls’ golf team this season.
Millanes takes over the boys’ team after the resignation of Joshua Rodriguez, who accepted to be an assistant coach for the men’s team at Air Force Academy last month. Rodriguez encouraged Millanes to apply for the open position. Continue reading “La Cañada Hires Water Polo, Girls’ Golf Coaches”