City Parades Its Fiesta Days Spirit, Never Mind the Rain

Participants enjoy the feeling of riding in the 46th annual Fiesta Days parade route.
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Participants enjoy the feeling of riding in the 46th annual Fiesta Days parade route.

The 46th annual Fiesta Days made history last weekend as rain struck the slice-of-Americana celebration — for the first time in about two decades — during a music and fireworks show but skipped the traditional memorial service and parade. Continue reading “City Parades Its Fiesta Days Spirit, Never Mind the Rain”

Beloved St. Bede Principal, ‘Mr. V,’ Retires After 46 Years

St. Bede the Venerable School Principal Ralph Valente
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St. Bede the Venerable School Principal Ralph Valente is set to retire at the end of this school year. He’s been at the school since 1973.

St. Bede the Venerable School Principal Ralph Valente, 69, started out his career in La Cañada Flintridge by sweeping floors and wiping windows.
“True story,” Valente laughed. “I like to say I started out as janitor and worked my way down.”
There’s a back story, of course, as there often is with Valente, whose much-loved, energetic charisma nourishes a reputation that precedes him in the community. But back in 1973, he’d just graduated from USC with a master’s degree in teaching during what was then one of worst recessions in modern history. He’d applied for jobs, all kinds of jobs, to no avail. Continue reading “Beloved St. Bede Principal, ‘Mr. V,’ Retires After 46 Years”

LCF Resident Helps Pilot Disneyland’s New Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is set to open this Friday at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. Walt Disney Imagineering Portfolio Creative Executive Scott Trowbridge, a La Cañada Flintridge resident, oversaw its development.

Walt Disney Imagineering Portfolio Creative Executive Scott Trowbridge, a La Cañada Flintridge resident who has guided the development of the highly anticipated Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge experience, just wants to tell stories.
Taking its theme, of course, from the media franchise, the attraction at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim covers 14 acres and is set to open to the public this Friday, May 31. The version at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, is scheduled to open in late August. Continue reading “LCF Resident Helps Pilot Disneyland’s New Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge”

Motor Classic Shapes Up as Alluring Car Cornucopia

Aaron Weiss
Aaron Weiss

No matter your relationship to the automobile, you’re likely to find something to enjoy about the annual San Marino Motor Classic, which returns to Lacy Park on Sunday, June 9.
For the entry fee of $35 at the door (free for children 12 and younger), guests may enjoy the annual display of venerable antiques, never-before-seens and the cream of the crop that fills Lacy Park for the day. Organizers have gathered well over 400 vehicles this year.
“For the quality of what we have, the number is pretty amazing,” said Aaron Weiss, a founder of the Motor Classic. “These are all Concours-level show cars. We have some coming from as far as the East Coast. We have some pretty significant cars.” Continue reading “Motor Classic Shapes Up as Alluring Car Cornucopia”

City Council Readies for Final Budget Proposal

The City Council plans to finally consider a budget proposal for the forthcoming fiscal year at its Friday morning meeting, where it also is expected to establish the public safety parcel tax levy for the year.
If approved, the budget would take effect on July 1, as scheduled; substantive changes to the budget would require a new public hearing, although there remain two regularly scheduled meetings in June that would allow a July 1 adoption. Continue reading “City Council Readies for Final Budget Proposal”

ChapCare Zones In on Local Health Care for Uninsured

ChapCare
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ChapCare CEO Margaret Martinez, L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger and Kaiser Permanente Southern California President Julie Miller-Phipps celebrated ChapCare’s new Pasadena location, which will serve low-income residents.

“Location, location, location.”
A real estate tycoon might typically utter that phrase, but this time it was Margaret Martinez, CEO of Community Health Alliance of Pasadena, or ChapCare, on the opening of its new, cutting-edge health-care facility in the heart of northwest Pasadena. Continue reading “ChapCare Zones In on Local Health Care for Uninsured”

Local Sheriff’s Station Gets New Captain, Interim Leader to Retire

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has named an officer at its East Los Angeles station to take over as captain at the Crescenta Valley station, whose deputies serve La Cañada Flintridge.
Todd Deeds will start his new duties on Sunday, said Lt. Mark Slater, interim captain at Crescenta Valley. Slater held the post after the previous captain, Chris Blasnek, received a promotion several months ago and moved to an office in downtown Los Angeles. Continue reading “Local Sheriff’s Station Gets New Captain, Interim Leader to Retire”

Sediment Removal Begins at Devil’s Gate Dam

Devil’s Gate Dam
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The process of removing about 1.7 million cubic yards of sediment from behind Devil’s Gate Dam at Hahamongna Watershed Park got underway Tuesday.

Removal of sediment in connection with the controversial Devil’s Gate Dam project began on Tuesday after a delay of about two weeks because of rainy weather and other concerns.
The project is expected to include as many as 425 daily round trips, by approximately 95 diesel trucks, through the intersection at Berkshire Place and Oak Grove Drive and onto the 210 Freeway — all part of a Los Angeles County effort to take away 1.7 million cubic yards of sediment from behind the dam at Hahamongna Watershed Park. Continue reading “Sediment Removal Begins at Devil’s Gate Dam”

Wary of Disasters, City Officials Revamp Emergency Procedures

Measures that are being taken by La Cañada Flintridge officials to handle disasters such as wildfires and earthquakes were detailed during a special meeting of the LCF City Council this week.
Chris Carey, LCF’s emergency services coordinator, said Tuesday that he and an emergency preparedness committee recently reviewed what to do if such an event occurred. Carey said he is revamping some materials for use in the city’s emergency operations center and going through information binders and checklists available for groups and individuals. Continue reading “Wary of Disasters, City Officials Revamp Emergency Procedures”