On Black (Balloon) Tuesday, Teachers, LCUSD Deadlocked

The small army of La Cañada Unified School District’s teachers at Tuesday’s Governing Board meeting, clad in their matching blue T-shirts and toting black balloons, signaled that no accord had been reached between the teachers’ association and the district.
The two sides, which are wrestling over teacher compensation, met for the 10th time Monday. Continue reading “On Black (Balloon) Tuesday, Teachers, LCUSD Deadlocked”

A Virtual High School Experience of High Repute

The power rankings featured all the usual suspects, including Harvard-Westlake, Flintridge Prep and Pasadena Polytechnic, which checked in high among the private schools sorted by factors such as academics and college readiness.
Meanwhile, another California institution that has started to make itself at home high in such rankings is not quite like the others. Continue reading “A Virtual High School Experience of High Repute”

Adoption of New Math Textbooks Delayed

The La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board opted to delay adoption of new math textbooks for at least a week and maybe longer.
Reacting to concerns from several parents in attendance, and at least 93 others who signed an online petition, the district will delay adoption of Everyday Mathematics for kindergartners through 5th-graders until parents can learn more about the materials. Continue reading “Adoption of New Math Textbooks Delayed”

Poly’s Troop 5 Celebrates 100 Years of Scouting

A century ago, two men named Tallman Trask and Charles Miller decided to cobble together a Boy Scouts of America troop based out of Polytechnic Elementary School in Pasadena. Their vision to further the momentum of a burgeoning national movement resulted in a collection of local youth known as Troop 5. During the next several decades, generations of Troop 5 Boy Scouts have upheld the group’s values by developing character and
self-reliance through participation in outdoor activities, educational programs and community service. Continue reading “Poly’s Troop 5 Celebrates 100 Years of Scouting”

Annual Music Festival at Rose Bowl Approved By Pasadena City Council

For nearly two decades, the music festival capital of Southern California has been Indio, a city located 130 miles east of Pasadena. Each April, weekend-long extravaganzas known as Coachella and Stagecoach attract thousands from all over the country with live performances by popular artists and rising talent alike. But starting next year, local music aficionados may no longer have to make the two-hour trek into the desert to hear their favorite bands. Continue reading “Annual Music Festival at Rose Bowl Approved By Pasadena City Council”

Are Intersection Changes Really Necessary?

Double the capacity for left-turn lanes off Huntington Drive at two major intersections? Not so fast.
The City Council last week put the brakes on a plan to reconfigure the Huntington Drive intersections at San Marino Avenue and San Gabriel Boulevard to create an extra turn lane for eastbound traffic heading north onto those two thoroughfares. Instead, it will have the city traffic engineer study the intersections for three months to determine if there is a pressing need for the changes. Continue reading “Are Intersection Changes Really Necessary?”

Paramedic Capability Increased on SMFD Engine

San Marino firefighter Dominic Petta was in a local store last week when a woman walked up and showered him with gratitude.
Petta had recently responded to an emergency call and found this same woman in cardiac arrest. He and other San Marino Fire Department paramedics worked to restore her heartbeat, and here she was a short time later, up and around … and profoundly grateful that he had been there to minister to her. Continue reading “Paramedic Capability Increased on SMFD Engine”

Budget Receives Close Scrutiny From Council

Transparency in city government, especially as it related to the fiscal-year budget process, was a common rallying cry for those bidding for seats on the City Council last fall. Dr. Steven Huang resolved to find “how we could have a more efficient city government while reducing costs,” while Steve Talt professed his “willingness to roll up my sleeves on issues like the budget and work with our citizens.” Continue reading “Budget Receives Close Scrutiny From Council”