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”

Ordinance to Track Vacant Homes in City

San Marino police responded to a disturbing incident on the morning of March 8. A man who had gone to check on a supposedly vacant Avondale Road residence on behalf of the homeowner was accosted by a squatter living in the master bedroom. Police, who found that a rear door had been forced open, arrested the 22-year-old transient on suspicion of residential burglary and assault with a deadly weapon. Continue reading “Ordinance to Track Vacant Homes in City”

LCUSD, Teachers at an Impasse on Pay Increase

Both sides say they want the same thing, but after 80 hours spanning nine negotiation sessions through last week, no deal.
La Cañada Unified School District teachers say they want to be paid salaries that are in line, long-term, with comparable districts such as San Marino and Manhattan Beach.
The district’s top administrator says she and the Governing Board share that goal, identifying the retention of high-quality teachers as the top priority in the Local Control Accountability Plan that is part of the state’s Local Control Funding Formula. Continue reading “LCUSD, Teachers at an Impasse on Pay Increase”

Community on Alert for Asian Mosquito

Kelly Middleton came to Tuesday’s City Council meeting to issue a warning to the La Cañada Flintridge Community: Be on the lookout for bad guys.
Those bad guys — mosquitoes capable of transmitting painful, serious diseases such as dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever and West Nile Virus to people, and heartworm to pets — have made themselves at home in Southern California in recent years. And they could move into LCF. Continue reading “Community on Alert for Asian Mosquito”