Helping Children Cope With Disaster, Part 1

When my three daughters were young, we occasionally reviewed the “Family Fire Escape Plan.” The girls each had easy-to-open windows in their bedrooms, which were on the ground floor. The simple plan consisted of “Open your window, jump out and we’ll meet on the backyard grass.” Earthquakes were similar: Gather on the stairs under the steel beam (the one the engineer/architect said was “strong enough to hold up a parking structure”). Continue reading “Helping Children Cope With Disaster, Part 1”

Walter Hoving Home President Has Come Full Circle

Beth Greco stood atop the Colorado mountain, digging her skis into the snow. The brisk November chill blasted her face as she peered down the steep incline. With next to no experience traversing black-diamond slopes, Greco knew the idea was dangerously reckless, the type of descent that carried significant risk of injury, or worse. But after a downward spiral with drug addiction had led her to this latest plunge, Greco was very much hoping for the worst. Continue reading “Walter Hoving Home President Has Come Full Circle”

Another National Writing Award for Altadena’s Plaschke

Flip open the sports page of the Los Angeles Times and Bill Plaschke is usually there to greet readers with thought-provoking commentary about a local team or player. He’s lived in that space for the past 20 years as a columnist, constructing opinionated narratives that speak to the city’s fan bases with poignancy. Earlier this month, the Altadena resident took first place in the annual Associated Press Sports Editors contest for column writing in newspapers with circulations of more than 175,000. It was Plaschke’s sixth time receiving the national honor. Continue reading “Another National Writing Award for Altadena’s Plaschke”

Police Activities League Guides Youth Down Right Path

Deon Brown and Kimberly Sanchez exude confidence as they sit inside a small room at the Salvation Army’s Pasadena Tabernacle on a recent Friday afternoon. At this time of the week, the facility is home to the Pasadena Police Activities League, an enrichment program that not only provides a safe haven for local students after school and during the summer, but also helps police officers build positive relationships with youth in the communities they serve. Both 17 years old, Brown and Sanchez realize that their life trajectories could have gone in very different directions if it weren’t for PAL. Continue reading “Police Activities League Guides Youth Down Right Path”

Portantino, 2 Other LCF Residents Seek State Office

The June 7 primary is approaching in a hurry, and La Cañada Flintridge has a presence in a pair of intriguing state races.
Anthony Portantino is no stranger in town: He previously served as mayor here before he was elected to the state Assembly in 2005, succeeding LCF’s Carol Liu. Now he is in the thick of a six-candidate race for the 25th state Senate District seat that will be vacated by Liu, who will term out. Continue reading “Portantino, 2 Other LCF Residents Seek State Office”

The Day Miley Cyrus Rode in LCF Parade

Ten years ago, amid the war veterans and public officials parading down Foothill Boulevard on Memorial Day was a local starlet on the verge of superstardom. She was the person whom Sofia Miera, then 5 years old, was there to see.
Miley Cyrus has been nearly impossible to miss since then, when she was best known as Hannah Montana, the character she played opposite her dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, on the Disney Channel hit show. Continue reading “The Day Miley Cyrus Rode in LCF Parade”

Talks on Teachers’ Pay Continue

They’re still talking.
“Still working on the numbers,” as La Cañada Teachers Association President Mandy Redfern put it in an email Wednesday.
Representatives of the LCTA and the La Cañada Unified School District continued to negotiate teacher pay this week. The two sides met on Monday and Tuesday, according to LCUSD Superintendent Wendy Sinnette.
Last week, she said they engaged in a bargaining session that lasted until after 2 a.m. on May 18. Continue reading “Talks on Teachers’ Pay Continue”