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”

‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ You Old Movie House!

Photo courtesy RKO Pictures The “Martini house,” as it was depicted in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” illustrates how little the La Cañada Flintridge home (below) has changed since the classic Christmas movie, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary, was released.
Photo courtesy RKO Pictures
The “Martini house,” as it was depicted in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” illustrates how little the La Cañada Flintridge home (below) has changed since the classic Christmas movie, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary, was released.
OUTLOOK photo
OUTLOOK photo

Residents of Seneca Falls, NY, have embraced the notion that their city is the original Bedford Falls, the small town that inspired the setting for the 1946 Christmas classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

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LCPC Choir’s 99-Year-Old Singer Voices His Wit

Photo by Mary Emily Myers / OUTLOOK Bob Wilson, 99, is a dedicated member of the La Cañada Presbyterian Church Choir, whose members appreciate his voice and musical knowledge as well as his dry wit.
Photo by Mary Emily Myers / OUTLOOK
Bob Wilson, 99, is a dedicated member of the La Cañada Presbyterian Church Choir, whose members appreciate his voice and musical knowledge as well as his dry wit.

With all due deference to Courtney B. Vance,  the Emmy- and Tony-winning actor who will narrate the Christmas concert on Saturday afternoon at La Cañada Presbyterian Church, there will be another performer in the show who’s also worthy of an ovation.

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