Right Turn Could Speed Things Up

City officials hope a new right-turn pocket will at least slightly ease congestion at La Cañada Flintridge’s busiest intersection of Angeles Crest Highway and Foothill Boulevard.
On Tuesday night, after the update was discussed at the City Council meeting, crews finished painting the new lane, which will allow vehicles headed eastbound to turn directly onto the 210 Freeway without having to queue up behind cars lined up to drive straight on ACH.

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FBI Charges LCF Man With Cyberattack

A La Cañada Flintridge resident was arrested on Dec. 9 on charges that he initiated a cyberattack on a San Francisco-based tech company.
Sean Sharma, a 26-year-old La Cañada High School graduate, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on Dec. 16 in Northern District of California court.
Sharma was arrested in LCF, after which he was released on a $100,000 bond, according to a statement by the FBI. Sharma, a graduate student studying computer science at USC, is being accused of purchasing a tool to carry out a distributed denial-of-service attack on web servers belonging to Chatango, a company that provides chat services to third-party websites.

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Water Usage Falls to 1978 Levels

Customers in the Foothill Municipal Water District service area proved themselves to be water wise over the past year, registering their lowest water usage in 38 years.
That’s according to a report from the district’s 2015-16 Fiscal Year Management Report, which calculated that water use was about 144 gallons per capita daily. That’s 15% less than the previous year, about 32% less than in 2007 and the lowest since 1978.
“It shows how well the community responded to the drought and the call for conservation,” FMWD General Manager Nina Jazmadarian said.

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LCF Optometrist Sees Through Scam Attempt

Scammers attempted to coerce a La Cañada Flintridge optometrist’s office into sending money their way this week.
Different callers rang La Cañada Eye Care on Tuesday and claimed falsely to be Southern California Edison, stating that the business was delinquent in paying its electric bill and that the power would be cut off shortly.
“They did it with a certain amount of force, with pressure, with a timed [deadline],” said Dr. Tony Chahine. “And, oh, the irony of it all.”
Chahine’s office is solar powered.

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Sheriff Suspects Serial Crew in Six LCF Burglaries

A crew of burglars appears to have targeted La Cañada Flintridge last week, breaking into six residences on Friday, Dec. 16, according to reports from the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station.
“I think it’s one crew hitting a whole lot of people in the same area,” said Detective Alan Chu of the spate of break-ins, most of which were reported in southern LCF. “That’s just my opinion, but all of a sudden we had a whole cluster of them in the same area, and in just one night.”

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Local Author Has a ‘Yarn’ to Tell in Second Book

Lois Petren
Lois Petren

Just in time for the Christmas season, San Marino resident and avid knitter Lois Petren has released the latest in her series of yarn-based children’s books.
The fully illustrated “Lulu and Lainey … A Christmas Yarn” was released Nov. 28 as the sequel to “Lulu and Lainey … a French Yarn,” which debuted in June. In the latest book, the titular character, Lulu, visits her grandmother in France and brings along her prized knitting kit. However, an adventure unfolds when grandmother’s cat steals a ball of yarn and then loses it in the days before Christmas. Continue reading “Local Author Has a ‘Yarn’ to Tell in Second Book”

Some Compromise Made on Proposed Home

There was a modicum of compromise at the recent City Council meeting regarding the long-contested demolition of a home to make way for a new one.
Thanks to a unanimous vote at the Dec. 14 meeting, the property owners of 1470 Virginia Road will be able to file papers with the city for their proposed new home, which will allow evaluators to use the state’s 2016 energy requirements for new homes. However, the ultimate decision as to whether they will be allowed to move forward will tentatively be made at the City Council’s meeting on Jan. 11. Continue reading “Some Compromise Made on Proposed Home”

School Board Defers Borrowing Decision, Elects Officers

Given the body was short one board member, the San Marino Unified School District board elected to wait a month to decide on what terms it will try to borrow $8 million for its forthcoming athletic complex.
The board did, however, elect new officers for 2017 in its final meeting for 2016.
The Certificate of Participation, as presented by Chet Wang of El Segundo-based Keygent Advisors, would be for $8 million over a 25-year period with varying interest rates based on early payment schedules. The payments would run through 2041 unless the School Board acts upon an early payment contingency. Continue reading “School Board Defers Borrowing Decision, Elects Officers”

City Council Takes Steps on Election Decision

Though coming short of a final determination, the City Council did narrow its choices for how it will conform to the state’s election calendar at its sole December meeting.
Based on its vote at the Dec. 14 meeting, the City Council plans to hold the November 2017 election for three of its seats as planned. To be determined, however, is how those or subsequent terms will be modified to transition the city to elections on even-numbered years. Continue reading “City Council Takes Steps on Election Decision”

A Happy Literary Christmas to All

Dear Parents,
When Christmas morning finally arrives, many children will be bursting at the seams to see what awaits them in those mysteriously shaped packages they’ve been eyeing under the tree, and trying to guess their contents.
Most children will find among the plethora of new electronic gadgets, games and sports paraphernalia, at least one or perhaps more flat, rectangular-shaped gifts. Here there is no mystery — it is the predictable book.
For some children, as they handle the package and try to guess what’s inside, you can see it written all over their faces — they  know it’s a book, and this is often a “bah humbug” moment for them. “Oh I know … it’s a book.” On to the next gift. Continue reading “A Happy Literary Christmas to All”