State’s Order a New Hardship for Restaurateurs

Photo by Oscar Areliz / Outlook Valley Sun
Los Gringos Locos, a popular Mexican restaurant in La Cañada Flintridge, shuts down its outdoor setup after stay-at-home order from state officials banning in-person dining went into effect on Monday.

A longtime caterer for Los Gringos Locos was at the Plaza De La Cañada shopping center parking lot on Tuesday, disassembling the restaurant’s small outdoor dining setup.
“It’s just sad,” he said.
It’s a sentiment shared by just about everyone else who works in the restaurant industry, which was dealt yet another crushing blow on Monday when a state stay-at-home order that halts all in-person dining for three weeks went into effect. The directive supplanted the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health order from Nov. 25 that did the same in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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Virtual Community Backyard BBQ to Celebrate Miss LCF, Royal Court

Photo courtesy La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce
Miss La Cañada Flintridge and her court include (from left) Audrey Melillo, Grace Fontes, Ally Rayer, Ellaney Matarese and Reese Ramseyer.

The La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce will hold a Virtual Community Backyard BBQ on Thursday evening, Aug. 13, to recognize, honor and raise money for the 2020 Miss LCF and Royal Court scholarship. The event begins at 6:30 p.m.
The Royal Court comprises five high school students who are selected from the community each year to serve as official representatives of the city of La Cañada Flintridge and the Chamber of Commerce. Each year those selected, through a vigorous interview process, participate in publicity photos, promotional events, and assist in fundraising activities throughout the year. Their fundraising efforts support the Royal Court scholarship fund. The Royal Court also fully participates at various civic functions, including ribbon-cutting ceremonies, chamber mixers, Fiesta Days Memorial Day Weekend celebrations, and miscellaneous chamber-sponsored events.

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LCF Town Hall Focuses on Small Businesses

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK La Cañada Flintridge restaurant owner Bent Hansen (speaking) was among the members of a five-person panel who took part in state Assemblywoman Laura Friedman’s town hall on Friday at Flintridge Prep.
Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
La Cañada Flintridge restaurant owner Bent Hansen (speaking) was among the members of a five-person panel who took part in state Assemblywoman Laura Friedman’s town hall on Friday at Flintridge Prep.

State Assemblywoman Laura Friedman and a panel of experts spent last Friday evening at Flintridge Prep, batting around ideas about what measures might improve the landscape for small businesses in the state.
Those on stage might not have solved the most pressing issues during the 90-minute town hall, — titled “The State of Business in California” — but their conversation, before a crowd of more than 30 interested attendees, covered a lot of ground, from overregulation to the housing shortage. Continue reading “LCF Town Hall Focuses on Small Businesses”