New Honors for Beloved Leader in Pediatric Pulmonology

Dr. Thomas Keens
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Dr. Thomas Keens, at his office at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, displays the Pediatric Founders Award he recently won.

Dr. Thomas Keens, a La Cañada Flintridge resident who has served as medical director of the pulmonary physiology laboratory at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles since 1977, has gained further validation of his prominence in his field, having recently received the Pediatric Founders Award.
Keens spoke about his passion for his job during an interview in his CHLA office, where the many awards he has received — including the Founders Award — cover the walls, shelves and desk.
“I just love it,” Keens said. “I like the patient care, I like the research and I like the teaching. It’s the perfect career. No two days are the same, so I never get bored.”
Keens was the 10th recipient of the distinction granted by the Pediatric Scientific Assembly of the American Thoracic Society at its annual meeting on May 19 in Dallas. Continue reading “New Honors for Beloved Leader in Pediatric Pulmonology”

LCHS Grad Known as ‘Brilliant Student’ Dies in Plane Crash

Colin Um
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La Cañada High School graduate Colin Um (center) is shown enjoying a UC Berkeley laboratory’s picnic in August 2017 at the Berkeley Rose Garden.

A La Cañada High School graduate was killed when the plane he was piloting crashed in the California Delta near Antioch recently.
Colin Um, 22, of Berkeley was the only person in the plane when it crashed on June 9, said Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jimmy Lee. The victim, a student at UC Berkeley, died of blunt force injuries, Lee added. Continue reading “LCHS Grad Known as ‘Brilliant Student’ Dies in Plane Crash”

Searchers Rescue Hiker Missing in Forest for Seven Days

Eugene Jo, flanked by Deputy Daniel Paige of the Altadena Sheriff’s Station and Fred Pearce and Chris Gonzales of the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team
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Eugene Jo, flanked by Deputy Daniel Paige of the Altadena Sheriff’s Station and Fred Pearce and Chris Gonzales of the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team, recovers in the hospital after spending a week lost in the Angeles National Forest.

By Christian Leonard
The Outlook


A 73-year-old Gardena man lost in the Angeles National Forest for a week was found alive Saturday after a search-and-rescue operation involving almost 90 people.
Eugene Jo had been with a group hiking on Mount Waterman on June 22 when they took a break for lunch. Soon afterward, the hikers realized Jo had gone missing. Continue reading “Searchers Rescue Hiker Missing in Forest for Seven Days”

Resident’s Ring Camera Video Leads to Arrests

By Christian Leonard
The Outlook


Footage from a La Cañada Flintridge resident’s Ring security system resulted in the recent arrests of two people suspected of attempting to burglarize the man’s house in February.
According to Detective Rodger Burt of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station, a juvenile approached the residence, located on Alcorn Drive, and knocked on the door. After the juvenile determined no one was in the home, two other suspects jumped over the fence to the backyard, but ran off after the homeowner used an app to shout at them through the Ring system there. Nothing was taken or broken. Continue reading “Resident’s Ring Camera Video Leads to Arrests”

New Mobile Command Post Moves a Step Closer to Reality

mobile command post
Photos courtesy Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station
The Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station’s current mobile command post is a converted trailer that is about 11 years old. Officials are expecting a new post next May.

Local law enforcement’s much anticipated mobile command post finally has an estimated date of arrival.
The vehicle, resembling a mobile home, can be used as a communications hub in emergencies such as earthquakes and wildfires, and officials say the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station — which serves La Cañada Flintridge residents, among others — will receive it around May 2020. Continue reading “New Mobile Command Post Moves a Step Closer to Reality”

For Residents’ Sake, City Council Moves Traffic Discussion to July 10

The San Marino City Council will expedite its discussion of proposed traffic plans that would be funded by L.A. Metro by including the item in its meeting on Wednesday night, July 10, which would be likely to produce a larger audience than its morning meeting on July 26, when the topic was to have been addressed. Continue reading “For Residents’ Sake, City Council Moves Traffic Discussion to July 10”

City Orders a Diagnosis of Its Traffic Circulation

By a narrow margin, the San Marino City Council voted last week to move forward with a traffic circulation study, which is slated to begin in August.
With the awarding of the contract on a 3-2 vote, the Los Angeles office of Iteris Inc. was formally tasked with preparing a comprehensive evaluation of San Marino’s traffic circulation, which will include traffic modeling, the identification of capacity constraints, an analysis of system conditions, the identification and prioritization of traffic-related needs and the preparation of possible improvements or enhancements to the city’s traffic system. The contract will be for $149,840. Continue reading “City Orders a Diagnosis of Its Traffic Circulation”

New Fall Playoff Divisions Affect Local Programs

La Cañada High School varsity football team
Photo courtesy Eric Danielson
The La Cañada High School varsity football team was placed in Division 14, the lowest in CIF.

The CIF Southern Section recently released its new playoff divisions for football, girls’ volleyball, boys’ water polo and girls’ tennis, affecting several local programs.
CIF uses a formula to develop a ranking that is based on regular season record, strength of schedule and playoff performances the past two seasons. The La Cañada High School varsity football program has struggled to win games the last few seasons, placing the team in Division 14, which includes 70 squads. St. Francis was moved down to Division 3 this year. Continue reading “New Fall Playoff Divisions Affect Local Programs”