Michael Davitt said he’ll remember his second go-round as La Cañada Flintridge mayor for the city’s purchase of a new City Hall building, for the traffic jams spurred by the 210 Freeway resurfacing project, for the long-sought approval of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy’s Master Plan — but, most of all, for the loss of fellow councilman and friend Dave Spence, who suffered a fatal heart attack in May.
Over scrambled egg whites recently at Magpie’s Grill, Davitt discussed some of the key events in 2017 and previewed some of what he’s excited about in 2018.
Highlights of that conversation follow:
It was a busy year in La Cañada Flintridge. Residents came together to mourn losses and celebrate victories, they made their voices heard at the polls and in public hearings, they made history in real estate and sports, and, at La Cañada High School, students were instructed to try to get a little more sleep.
Here are the 17 most important local stories of 2017:
1. LCF Loses Dave Spence
Dave Spence suffered a fatal heart attack at his home May 16. The devoted city councilman and six-time mayor was 80.
In March, he’d been re-elected for a seventh term as a member of the City Council, on which he’d served since 1992: “In my opinion, La Cañada Flintridge is one of the greatest cities in this state,” Spence said during his last campaign.
The La Cañada Flintridge City Council soon will be whole again. Greg Brown was appointed Tuesday to a third term; he’ll serve until March 2019, filling the unscheduled vacancy that occurred with Dave Spence’s death in May.
“I’m excited, just to keep things moving and to get some things done and hopefully not miss a beat,” Brown said Tuesday evening by phone from Utah. “Obviously, this whole situation is one that we wish hadn’t arisen. You can’t help but think of Dave; he would want things to carry on well and so we’ll do our best.” Continue reading “LCF City Council Selects Brown to Fill Empty Seat”
Residents interested in applying for an appointment to the City Council have until 5 p.m. on June 30 to file with the city clerk’s office. So far, two applicants have submitted paperwork: recent City Council candidate Keith Eich and Public Works and Traffic Commissioner Charles Gelhaar.
The Council will hold interviews of applicants on July 11, 12 and 13. An appointment to fill the seat — which became vacant last month with the death of longtime councilmember and seven-time Mayor Dave Spence — is scheduled to take place by July 13, according to the city website, lcf.ca.gov.
Additional written information after June 30 will not be accepted, unless requested by the City Council. Continue reading “Two Applicants Emerge for LCF City Council Seat; Deadline June 30”
There were tears, yes, but there was also laughter, as more than 500 family and friends remembered longtime City Councilman Dave Spence, 80, at a memorial service Wednesday at La Cañada Presbyterian Church.
The Rev. Chuck Osburn asked those gathered if they recalled Spence — a six-time La Cañada Flintridge mayor who was serving his seventh City Council term when he died May 16 from an apparent heart attack — gleefully riding down Foothill Boulevard on a fire truck in past Fiesta Days parades. Hundreds of hands shot up. Continue reading “LCF’s Spence Remembered as Kind, Fun-Loving Public Servant”
A memorial service for local leader Dave Spence will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 31, at La Cañada Presbyterian Church.
Spence died of an apparent heart attack on Tuesday, May 16. A six-time La Cañada Flintridge mayor, he was serving his seventh term as a member of the City Council. He also served a four-year term on the Public Safety Commission.
In lieu of flowers, Spence’s family requests that donations be made to the “La Cañada Presbyterian Church,” or the “City of La Cañada Flintridge.” Funds will be used to support children’s ministry at the church or a memorial at the new City Hall, respectively.
Checks can be sent to: La Cañada Presbyterian Church, 626 Foothill Blvd., LCF, 91011.
La Cañada Flintridge lost Dave Spence on Tuesday.
The devoted city councilman and six-time mayor died from an apparent heart attack at his home, according to a statement from the city. Spence, 80, was found Tuesday morning.
Spence loved LCF, and, judging by a quarter-century worth of election results, the city loved him.
In March, he was re-elected for a seventh term as a member of the City Council, on which he’d served since 1992, including those record six turns as mayor: “In my opinion, La Cañada Flintridge is one of the greatest cities in this state,” Spence said during his last campaign.
“Dave Spence’s love for our community was truly unparalleled in our history,” wrote Steve Del Guercio, also a former mayor and longtime friend of Spence, in an email. “Seemingly ubiquitous, he touched the lives of generations of La Cañadans with his kindness, goodwill and dedication to helping others.”
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 31, at La Cañada Presbyterian Church. Continue reading “An ‘Unparalleled’ Civil Servant, Spence Dies at 80”
La Cañada Flintridge City Council members played musical chairs, bestowed gifts and celebrated their city at Tuesday’s meeting.
After Michael Davitt and Dave Spence were sworn in for their seventh and second terms, respectively, outgoing mayor Jonathan Curtis handed over the gavel to Davitt, who was elected by fellow council members to serve as the city’s mayor for the second time. Terry Walker was tabbed by her colleagues as the city’s mayor pro-tem. Continue reading “LCF City Council Bids Adieu to Mayor Curtis, Welcomes Mayor Davitt”