LCF Birthday Boy Thrown Surprise Drive-By Party

Photos courtesy Jason Olivarez
Parker Winzenried 11, and Jake Olivarez observe Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station patrol vehicles recognizing Olivarez’s 12th birthday with a parade on Crown Avenue in LCF.

A 12-year-old La Cañada Flintridge boy recently celebrated a birthday he won’t ever forget.
Jake Olivarez had an estimated 100 cars go by his home to celebrate his first-ever “virtual birthday” on Crown Avenue.
“At first I was nervous because of all the cars I just randomly saw,” Jake said afterward while standing next to a “Happy Birthday JAKE 12!!!” sign in front of his house. “Then my mom said, ‘This is going to be a long ride.’ It was really fun and my friend [Parker Winzenried, who attends Paradise Canyon Elementary School] came and stood next to me while everyone was honking and the cop cars came and I was happy.”
After Gov. Gavin Newsom’s “Shelter in Place” order was announced in March, directives were given locally and statewide regarding social distancing to stop the spread of the coronavirus. So Jake’s mother Johanna came up with the plan after watching the local news and seeing someone else throwing a similar party.
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La Cañada Council Picks Davitt as Mayor; Inducts Eich, Gunter

Michael Davitt

Amid a notable lack of fanfare due to social distancing, Michael Davitt was chosen unanimously as mayor of La Cañada Flintridge at a virtual City Council meeting on Tuesday, which also featured the installation of new members Keith Eich, Rick Gunter and incumbent Terry Walker.

The meeting, which typically would have celebrated the council re-organization after an election, with special recognition to new members and those leaving office — which this term includes Gregory Brown and Leonard Pieroni — was held quickly and from the privacy of separate locations.

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