Dick Cook Studios, the namesake venture of La Cañada Flintridge resident and one of Hollywood’s heralded nice guys, last month announced a $500-million production deal with Film Carnival, a Chinese movie company. Continue reading “Cook Studios Signs $500M Deal with Chinese Company”
It appears that not even an expert consulting firm could crack the more-than-half-century-old Sagebrush conundrum.
Last July, the La Cañada and Glendale Unified school districts, along with the city of La Cañada Flintridge, hired Capitol Advisors Group to help the parties — who divided the $15,000 price tag for the consultants’ services — explore all viable options for a mutually agreeable transfer of the 385 acres in the western edge of the city between districts. Continue reading “Consultants Can’t Solve the Sagebrush Puzzle”
The hashtag is everything.
Isabelle Risha had already managed to summarize her experience running La Cañada Elementary School for a day in the Twitter-imposed 140-or-less character count: “4th grade Isabelle takes command and becomes principal for the day at L.C.E.” preceded a link to a longer blog post about her short but productive reign. Continue reading “Principal for a Day Puts Her Stamp on LCE”
Talks between district officials and union representatives about additional teacher compensation continued in earnest this week. Continue reading “Teachers, District Continue to Talk About Pay”
Fifty-seven years ago, German immigrant Norbert Olberz spent $10,000 — his life savings — to open a small ski shop in La Cañada Flintridge. He and his wife, Irene, spent the first year sleeping in the back of the shop, showering with a garden hose. But their sacrifices paid off: The business expanded to sell scuba gear and baseball mitts and all types of sports gear, and blossomed into a 55-store sporting goods chain with locations in Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah.
Late last week, news broke that the retailer is going out of business. Continue reading “After 57 Years, Sport Chalet to Close Doors”
La Cañada High School hosted a “Be the Change Day” a couple of years ago, an event that welcomed dozens of the community’s most interesting and creative thinkers to campus. They urged students to find original ways to make a difference in the world.
Chuck Ernst, 69, taught chemistry, physics and a little geology at another school — he’s a retired Azusa High educator — but “be the change” applies to him, too. Continue reading “One Man’s Trash Patrol Keeps Mountains Tidier”
Slow and steady wins the race. Many of us have heard this classic proverb, associated with Aesop’s fable “The Tortoise and the Hare.” Its lesson that consistent, effective effort leads to more success than accelerated doggedness has stood the test of time, and this moral rings especially true for Flintridge Prep Headmaster Peter Bachmann. Celebrating his 25th year at the helm of one of America’s most prestigious independent schools, the teacher and author reflected on the past quarter-century while sitting in his office during a recent afternoon. Continue reading “Flintridge Prep’s Bachmann Celebrates 25 Years as Headmaster”
The La Cañada High School Spartans — and every other user group that runs, jumps and tackles on the field at the school — is a step closer to having new turf. The La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board on Tuesday unanimously approved a $728,697 project to replace the field and the padding beneath it. Continue reading “LCUSD Approves New Turf at High School”
Whenever he rides out of town, Frank Ruiz will be doing it in style.
After opening Paco’s Barber Shop in La Cañada Flintridge 57 years ago, Ruiz is trying to sell the establishment to another barber. As a thank-you — and perhaps a parting gift — for all he’s meant to the community, the good-natured, 83-year-old Air Force veteran has been named grand marshal of the 43rd Fiesta Days Parade, said Pat Anderson, CEO of the Chamber of Commerce. Continue reading “Barbershop Owner Named Grand Marshal for Fiesta Days”
Paco’s Barber Shop, on the market since late last summer, remains for sale not because the local institution hasn’t received interest from would-be buyers but because none of them made the cut. Continue reading “Barber is Particular About Snipping Ties With Paco’s”