Commission Takes Up Plan for Dealing With Disasters

La Cañada Flintridge officials want residents not only to increase their understanding of the risks from natural disasters such as wildfires and earthquakes, but also to contribute to the city’s long-term strategies to diminish their impact.
Officials sought feedback on the draft Local Hazard Mitigation Plan — authorities’ blueprint for protecting citizens and property from natural or human-caused events — during a Public Safety Commission meeting on Monday in the City Council chambers. Commissioner Marilyn Smith, drawing attention to especially contemporary concerns, asked municipal staff members if there had been a consideration to include a terrorist attack or active-shooter incident under the plan. Continue reading “Commission Takes Up Plan for Dealing With Disasters”

Suspects Charged in Local Home Invasion Robberies

Six alleged gang members were recently arrested and charged with 60 felony counts in connection with multiple home invasion robberies — including two in La Cañada Flintridge, in which the victims were tied up — and escaping with cash and property worth more than $1 million, authorities said.
Suspects are alleged to have worn masks and gloves as they forced their way into homes, restraining victims and threatening them at gunpoint as they demanded cash and valuables. Continue reading “Suspects Charged in Local Home Invasion Robberies”

LCF Resident Guides Dodgers to World Series

Photo courtesy Juan Ocampo / Los Angeles Dodgers La Cañada Flintridge resident Dave Roberts has led the Dodgers to a second consecutive World Series. The team recently beat the Milwaukee Brewers in a seven-game series for the National League championship and is squaring off with the Boston Red Sox in the World Series.
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La Cañada Flintridge resident Dave Roberts has led the Dodgers to a second consecutive World Series. The team recently beat the Milwaukee Brewers in a seven-game series for the National League championship and is squaring off with the Boston Red Sox in the World Series.

A year removed from guiding the Dodgers to a historic season, manager Dave Roberts and his players made good on their promise to return to the World Series by edging the Milwaukee Brewers in a thrilling seven-game series last week.
“It was a hard-fought series, and first and foremost I want to really congratulate Craig [Counsell, Brewers manager] and the Milwaukee Brewers on a tremendous season,” Roberts told reporters after the game. “ … It was a tremendous series, a great fan base. It was just kind of our [bullpen] that was very good this series. We got big hits when we needed them. I thought we played good defense, but then again, this series could have went either way. They gave us all we could handle.”
Roberts, who purchased a home in La Cañada Flintridge last year, advanced to his second consecutive World Series as manager despite an up-and-down season. The Dodgers were 10 games under .500 on May 16 with a 16-26 record, 8½ games behind the National League West leader. Continue reading “LCF Resident Guides Dodgers to World Series”

A Tower of California Cuisine to Cook at Parkway Grill

Photo courtesy Sam Hannah Jeremiah Tower
Photo courtesy Sam Hannah
Jeremiah Tower

Those who enjoy California cuisine will have a chance to enjoy offerings from one of culinary style’s pioneers — Jeremiah Tower — when he serves as guest chef at Parkway Grill during a three-day window in November.
The renowned Bay Area chef, whose past enterprises include the famed Stars restaurant that got its start in San Francisco, will lend his skills to Parkway Grill’s kitchen from Nov. 6-8, replacing the restaurant’s dinner menu in its entirety during that span and mixing in choice offerings with the usual lunch menu. Tower is known for popularizing California cuisine, which emphasizes using locally produced, sustainable ingredients to match the season of the region. Continue reading “A Tower of California Cuisine to Cook at Parkway Grill”

Poly Senior Walks the Walk, and More, to Fight Diabetes

Photo courtesy Meghan Stimmler Taylor Stimmler (far right) rallied friends to join her last year at the JDRF L.A.’s One Walk to help raise money for Type 1 diabetes research. Her team, the Injectibles, includes (front) Martha Gluck and Shaya Naimi. Back: Cameron Carey and Jack Deschenes.
Photo courtesy Meghan Stimmler
Taylor Stimmler (far right) rallied friends to join her last year at the JDRF L.A.’s One Walk to help raise money for Type 1 diabetes research. Her team, the Injectibles, includes (front) Martha Gluck and Shaya Naimi. Back: Cameron Carey and Jack Deschenes.

Taylor Stimmler wasn’t born with a superpower, but she embraces the one she has now.
“People point to a dish and I can tell them exactly how many carbs are in it,” joked Stimmler, 18, who just three short years ago was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at her pediatrician’s office.
It’s typical off-the-cuff humor for Stimmler, the lead volunteer for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Los Angeles chapter’s Youth Ambassador Program. Apart from organizing family-centered events intended to spread awareness of T1D, provide mentorship to young children and raise funds for research of the disease, Stimmler has created her own community online through group chats with young children of all ages, lending a listening ear, giving encouragement and suggestions or just sharing some “diabetic humor.” Continue reading “Poly Senior Walks the Walk, and More, to Fight Diabetes”

Carver Programs Robotics Event

Photo courtesy Michael Lin San Marino elementary school students competed for the first time last year at the FIRST Lego League qualifying tournament hosted in Upland. Carver Elementary School will host a similar tournament next month.
Photo courtesy Michael Lin
San Marino elementary school students competed for the first time last year at the FIRST Lego League qualifying tournament hosted in Upland. Carver Elementary School will host a similar tournament next month.

Having joined the organization just last year, Carver Elementary School will host a qualifying tournament for FIRST Lego League in November at which enterprising elementary school students from throughout the San Gabriel Valley will compete in the robotics program’s Into Orbit challenges.
Twenty-one teams are signed up for Carver’s tournament, including a handful from Carver, Valentine Elementary School and Huntington Middle School. Up to 10 students in grades 4-8 can be on a team. Carver’s tournament will be on Saturday, Nov. 10. Continue reading “Carver Programs Robotics Event”

Man Charged With Setting Fires in Front of Businesses

A Rancho Cucamonga man has been arraigned on arson charges after being arrested last week by the San Marino Police Department in connection with fires that were set in front of Huntington Drive businesses in September.
The 27-year-old was arrested on Monday, Oct. 15, after an investigation by the SMPD, the San Marino Fire Department and the San Gabriel Police Department. Continue reading “Man Charged With Setting Fires in Front of Businesses”

Protection of Mature Trees on City Council’s Friday Agenda

The City Council on Friday will consider a long-anticipated proposed ordinance designed to extend greater protection to mature trees in San Marino, including during construction projects.
Commissioned in May after a lengthy discussion, the proposal is expected to improve the manner in which the public is notified of planned tree removals, substantially increase fines for various infractions, modify the appeal process, establish new parameters for permitting the removal of trees and extend the historic landmark designation to trees. Continue reading “Protection of Mature Trees on City Council’s Friday Agenda”

Everything’s Coming Up Roses

Photo by Staci Moraza / OUTLOOK San Marino resident and Sequoyah High School senior Louise Siskel was named the 2019 Rose Queen as princesses Lauren Baydaline and Ashley Hackett congratulate her.
Photo by Staci Moraza / OUTLOOK
San Marino resident and Sequoyah High School senior Louise Siskel was named the 2019 Rose Queen as princesses Sherry Ma and Ashley Hackett congratulate her.

In one of Pasadena’s favorite time-honored traditions, the Tournament of Roses on Tuesday announced its 101st Rose Queen for 2019, San Marino resident Louise Siskel, to the delight of a packed Pasadena Playhouse.
Siskel, a senior at Sequoyah High School, stood momentarily dazed when 2019 Tournament of Roses President Gerald Freeny called out her school and named her queen, only reacting when the six other rose princesses turned to her, applauding. Continue reading “Everything’s Coming Up Roses”