A Tale of Two City Halls: Officials Consider Tenants at New Site

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK Employees will need to be fully moved into the new La Cañada Flintridge City Hall by March 1.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
Employees will need to be fully moved into the new La Cañada Flintridge City Hall by March 1.

City Hall will look a lot different starting March 1, the deadline for employees to leave its home of some 40-plus years, and start work less than a mile away at a new facility near Olberz Park. Escrow will close that day on the long-time municipal headquarters.
At a recent City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Alexander said the move date is actually set sooner — on President’s Day weekend — and everyone must be out by the start of March. President’s Day is Feb. 18, but some commission meetings will continue to be held at the old City Hall at the end of the month. Continue reading “A Tale of Two City Halls: Officials Consider Tenants at New Site”

Mayor Savors LCF’s 2018 Advances, Eyes Challenges in New Year

Terry Walker La Cañada Flintridge Mayor
Terry Walker
La Cañada Flintridge Mayor

Terry Walker, who was selected as La Cañada Flintridge’s mayor in April 2018 by her City Council colleagues, has had an eventful year. Long-awaited funding for a 210 Freeway sound wall project was approved, Target became a reality and the issue of the Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project reheated since Walker became mayor.
Walker was elected to the council in March 2015. She previously served eight years on the YMCA of the Foothills Board of Directors and spent three terms as president of the LCF Chamber of Commerce. Her journey to the council began when she was appointed in 2008 to the Public Works and Traffic Commission, where she served for four years, including one term as chair. She also served as a planning commissioner for three years before she vacated the position to join the City Council. The mayor recently took time out from her schedule to reflect, at an LCF restaurant, on the past year and look toward this year’s challenges. This interview has been edited for space. Continue reading “Mayor Savors LCF’s 2018 Advances, Eyes Challenges in New Year”

Sequoyah Songstress Turned Star, Bridgers Styles Singular Sound

Photo courtesy Nik Freitas Phoebe Bridgers, a Sequoyah School alumna, has reached star status, dropping her second album, “Better Oblivion Community Center,” this week.
Photo courtesy Nik Freitas
Phoebe Bridgers, a Sequoyah School alumna, has reached star status, dropping her second album, “Better Oblivion Community Center,” this week.

For someone so young, Phoebe Bridgers has been working at music a long time, pretty much since she picked up a kid-sized guitar at age 10 while a student at Sequoyah School.
Now a mere 24, the Pasadena native has become a bona fide rock star who this week dropped her second album, “Better Oblivion Community Center,” a collaboration with Conor Oberst (of Bright Eyes fame) on the Dead Oceans label. The band, named the same as the album, was scheduled to make its first appearance on CBS’ “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” on Wednesday night. Continue reading “Sequoyah Songstress Turned Star, Bridgers Styles Singular Sound”

City to Devise Rules of the Road for E-Scooters

As rental electric scooters continue to permeate roadways, media cycles and internet memes, San Marino plans to address their local use in an ordinance soon.
The devices — frequently called e-scooters — are popular among those who find them useful to make short, cheap trips without the need of a car and scorned by those who don’t cotton to the scooters’ being scattered throughout communities’ sidewalks or roadways. The scooters run on batteries and are available to rent to anyone with an appropriate app wherever they’re found — which is where the previous user left them. Continue reading “City to Devise Rules of the Road for E-Scooters”

Reports of Crime Fell in 2018, Police Chief Says

Statistics indicate San Marino experienced an overall decrease in crime last year, including significant drops in the number of residential and commercial burglaries from the previous year.
According to the 2018 crime stats prepared by Police Chief John Incontro, the San Marino Police Department had 84 reports of burglary in 2018, down from 125 in 2017. Of those 84 burglaries, 76 were residential and eight were commercial. Continue reading “Reports of Crime Fell in 2018, Police Chief Says”

San Marino Rebounds at Blair; Holds On to 3rd Place in Standings

The San Marino High School varsity boys’ basketball team remained in the hunt for a CIF Southern Section playoff berth by defeating host Pasadena Blair, 69-32, in a Rio Hondo League contest last Friday.
The Titans (13-9 overall record, 3-2 in league) found success against the Vikings’ zone defense, scoring 19 points in the first quarter to build a double-digit lead early. San Marino kept its foot on the pedal and led comfortably, 52-24, through three quarters of play. Continue reading “San Marino Rebounds at Blair; Holds On to 3rd Place in Standings”

Obituary: Maurice Rudolph Brody

Dr. Rudy Brody
Dr. Rudy Brody

Dr. Rudy Brody — beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, friend, doctor and lifelong Dodgers fan — passed away peacefully on Jan. 6. He was 80 years old.
Rudy grew up in Brooklyn, where he had the quintessential New York City childhood, playing stickball in the streets with classmates from P.S. 181 and walking to Ebbets Field to see the Brooklyn Dodgers. His father died when Rudy was only 6, but the boy had a close and loving family that included his mother, Tinnie, and sisters, Doris and Bea. Continue reading “Obituary: Maurice Rudolph Brody”