Hikers Step Up to Help the Homeless

Photo by Merin McDonald / OUTLOOK Friends in Deed Food Pantry Manager Tim Nistler, Board President Richard Cheung, Executive Director the Rev. Donna Byrns, Bad Weather Shelter Director William Shelby and Mike Simms of Friends of Echo Mountain hosted “Hike for the Homeless” at Altadena’s Cobb Estate trailhead on Sunday. The event called on local hikers to donate used outdoor clothing and gear to aid those sleeping outdoors this winter.
Photo by Merin McDonald / OUTLOOK
Friends in Deed Food Pantry Manager Tim Nistler, Board President Richard Cheung, Executive Director the Rev. Donna Byrns, Bad Weather Shelter Director William Shelby and Mike Simms of Friends of Echo Mountain hosted “Hike for the Homeless” at Altadena’s Cobb Estate trailhead on Sunday. The event called on local hikers to donate used outdoor clothing and gear to aid those sleeping outdoors this winter.

Mike Simms is no stranger to the elements. Between volunteering with the Forest Service, curating the Echo Mountain ruins and running Friends of Echo Mountain, a local preservationist group, Simms spends each of his days hiking the trails of the San Gabriel Mountains above Altadena. Continue reading “Hikers Step Up to Help the Homeless”

Increased DUI Risk on Super Bowl Sunday

Before you don your Broncos or Panthers garb and head to a Super Bowl party this weekend, be sure you’ve made arrangements to get home safely. The risk of getting into a drunk-driving accident significantly increases on Super Bowl Sunday, according to research by the Automobile Club of Southern California.
Statewide, DUI crashes are 77% more common on Super Bowl Sunday compared to other Sundays in January and February, while Los Angeles sees a 57% increase in alcohol-related crashes on game day. The analysis, collected from California Highway Patrol data from 2009 to 2013, also reported 294 alcohol-related fatal and injury accidents on Super Bowl Sunday in California and 77 in Los Angeles County in the last five years. Continue reading “Increased DUI Risk on Super Bowl Sunday”

Door of Hope Swings Open for Gala on Feb. 20

Door of Hope will celebrate 30 years of helping Pasadena homeless families rebuild their lives at a gala on Feb. 20. Pictured are Door of Hope board members, supporters and staff, including (front row, from left) Jim Howe, Bob Joe, Congresswoman Judy Chu, Door of Hope founders Steve and Iris Lazarian, and Door of Hope Executive Director Tim Peters (far right). Back: George Rothwell, Greg Waybright, Gil Gazanian and Jeremy Rose.
Door of Hope will celebrate 30 years of helping Pasadena homeless families rebuild their lives at a gala on Feb. 20. Pictured are Door of Hope board members, supporters and staff, including (front row, from left) Jim Howe, Bob Joe, Congresswoman Judy Chu, Door of Hope founders Steve and Iris Lazarian, and Door of Hope Executive Director Tim Peters (far right). Back: George Rothwell, Greg Waybright, Gil Gazanian and Jeremy Rose.

For the past 30 years, Door of Hope in Pasadena has stood as a beacon of optimism in the community, helping homeless families rebuild their lives through a variety of resources. Nearly 1,500 individuals who once lived on the streets have found better futures as a result of their experience at the Christian faith-based transitional housing service. This concept of looking ahead toward a brighter tomorrow is one of the nonprofit’s primary pillars. It makes sense, then, that instead of focusing on the past three decades of success, Door of Hope is choosing to celebrate what’s to come in the next 30 years and beyond at the organization’s upcoming gala on Feb. 20. Continue reading “Door of Hope Swings Open for Gala on Feb. 20”

After Foster Care, Youths’ Journey Starts Here

Photo by Merin McDonald / OUTLOOK Yahniie Bridges, Lucero Noyola, Patty Cabanillas, Gabby Hendriksen and Jesse Aguiar are all former foster youth who’ve found a new beginning at Journey House, a nonprofit that supports emancipated youth who have aged out of the foster care system.
Photo by Merin McDonald / OUTLOOK
Yahniie Bridges, Lucero Noyola, Patty Cabanillas, Gabby Hendriksen and Jesse Aguiar are all former foster youth who’ve found a new beginning at Journey House, a nonprofit that supports emancipated youth who have aged out of the foster care system.

For many foster youth, emancipation signifies freedom from years of displacement, confusion, confinement and often trauma. This freedom is short-lived, however, when emancipated foster youth face the reality that with it comes the loss of any structure or support, however scant, on which they previously relied. While some assistance is available after emancipation, after the age of 18, resources become few and far between as former foster youth “age out” of the system. By 24, emancipated fosters are more or less on their own, tossed out by a system that has taught them little about surviving, let alone succeeding, in the real world. Continue reading “After Foster Care, Youths’ Journey Starts Here”

LCHS Grad Surveys NFL From Thoughtful Distance

Covering the NFL for the L.A. Times has placed La Cañada High School graduate Sam Farmer in some pretty heady company, whether sitting on a discussion panel with former Dallas quarterback Troy Aikman (above), climbing a mountain with Commissioner Roger Goodell (below) or chatting up Denver quarterback Peyton Manning at practice (right).
Covering the NFL for the L.A. Times has placed La Cañada High School graduate Sam Farmer in some pretty heady company, whether sitting on a discussion panel with former Dallas quarterback Troy Aikman (above), climbing a mountain with Commissioner Roger Goodell (below) or chatting up Denver quarterback Peyton Manning at practice (right).

This was a call he had to take.
It was former Los Angeles Rams running back Eric Dickerson, wanting to know what everyone else did: Were his Rams coming back to L.A.?
“And I thought, ‘This is really a cool moment in my career,’” said Sam Farmer, a 1984 La Cañada High School graduate whose hard work covering the National Football League for the Los Angeles Times was recognized recently by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, which named him the California Sportswriter of the Year. Continue reading “LCHS Grad Surveys NFL From Thoughtful Distance”

Congregational Church Seen as Option for SMHS Tower

San Marino Congregational Church has emerged as a new option for the relocation of a cell tower on the grounds of San Marino High School, according to city Planning and Building Director Aldo Cervantes.
American Tower, which manages the tower for carriers Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile, had originally sought to relocate it to the grounds of Tony’s Pizza at the corner of Huntington Drive and Winston Avenue. But that has proven to be problematic. Continue reading “Congregational Church Seen as Option for SMHS Tower”