City to Consider Pride Support in Lieu of Festival

In the absence of what would have been Glendale’s first-ever pride fest, the City Council may vote in the future to designate June as the city’s pride month and emblazon City Hall with rainbow lighting in observance of it.
Councilman Dan Brotman brought forth the motion to consider the designation at this week’s meeting, and Councilwoman Paula Devine joined him by seconding it. Brotman said he had previously spoken with the organizations — including glendaleOUT, Equality Armenia and the Gay and Lesbian Armenian Society — which were planning the pride fest.
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City Invites Applicants for Youth Council

La Cañada Flintridge is accepting applications for two of its board and commissions.
The city invites interested residents interested in serving on the Public Works and Traffic Commission to submit an application to the City Clerk’s Office by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 22. This commission, which typically meets at 6 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m., is responsible for advising the City Council on the Public Works program for the city, including infrastructure improvements to the city’s streets and roads, maintenance requirements of the city’s roads, parks, trees, planted medians, traffic signals, storm drains as well as other improvements. Continue reading “City Invites Applicants for Youth Council”

Commission Takes Up Plan for Dealing With Disasters

La Cañada Flintridge officials want residents not only to increase their understanding of the risks from natural disasters such as wildfires and earthquakes, but also to contribute to the city’s long-term strategies to diminish their impact.
Officials sought feedback on the draft Local Hazard Mitigation Plan — authorities’ blueprint for protecting citizens and property from natural or human-caused events — during a Public Safety Commission meeting on Monday in the City Council chambers. Commissioner Marilyn Smith, drawing attention to especially contemporary concerns, asked municipal staff members if there had been a consideration to include a terrorist attack or active-shooter incident under the plan. Continue reading “Commission Takes Up Plan for Dealing With Disasters”

City to Study Costs of Storm Water Drainage Project

The City Council has tasked Parks and Public Works Director Michael Throne to meet with representatives from a host of other San Gabriel Valley cities collaborating on a Rio Honda River storm water drainage project to discuss San Marino’s expected fiscal contribution to the endeavor.
Throne is expected to report on the results of those meetings to the City Council at its November meeting. Information the City Council seeks includes a specific breakdown on the funding formula for the collaboration, an explanation of costs and whether the other cities are open to adjusting apportionments. Continue reading “City to Study Costs of Storm Water Drainage Project”

LCF Set to Take Digital Requests for Permits

Starting Oct. 1, the city of La Cañada Flintridge will no longer accept paper applications for permits and planning applications.
In gearing up for the official launch of Connect LCF, a new platform created to digitize processing, an introductory soft launch will begin on Monday, Sept. 24, at City Hall with two kiosk stations.
“I expect we’ll have people come in with paper plans,” said Arabo Parseghian, a division manager with the city’s administrative department. “That’s fine you brought those in, now we have to teach you how to use it.”
The platform for residents, homeowners, business owners and others will allow applicants to pay with a credit card, Parseghian said.
“This is our new permit, planning, inspection, code enforcement and service module,” Parseghian told the City Council on Tuesday night.
Parseghian said he and other officials will be present during the week of Sept. 24 to help people use the kiosks and answer their questions.
“We’ll have staff walk them through the system,” Parseghian said.
Connect LCF will become available online — say, from home or office — on Oct. 1.
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In a Balancing Act, City Council OKs Budget

Not without some final discussion, the City Council on Tuesday voted 3-1 to adopt the 2018-19 budget and financial plan, with $14,650,375 in expected revenue aligning with anticipated expenditures. Councilman Greg Brown voted against it and Councilman Michael Davitt wasn’t in attendance.
In the budget, 29% of general fund expenditures will go to personnel, while the bulk of departmental expenditures will go to capital projects (22%), public safety (21%) and public works (21%). Continue reading “In a Balancing Act, City Council OKs Budget”

Barger, City Brainstorm About Sound Walls

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger (left) and Dave Perry address LCF officials, including City Council members Jonathan Curtis, Leonard Pieroni and Mayor Terry Walker, on Wednesday. They discussed a variety of local issues, including funding options for sound walls.
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L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger (left) and Dave Perry address LCF officials, including City Council members Jonathan Curtis, Leonard Pieroni and Mayor Terry Walker, on Wednesday. They discussed a variety of local issues, including funding options for sound walls.

City officials spent much of their two-hour annual sit-down with L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger on Wednesday discussing a local priority: How to fund the construction of additional sound walls to help block out freeway noise in the city. Continue reading “Barger, City Brainstorm About Sound Walls”