Cameras Help Net Local Arrests

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Deputies from the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station apprehended two suspected car thieves in La Cañada Flintridge this week, thanks in large part to alerts from the city’s recently installed Flock Safety cameras.

Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies arrested two suspects in the theft of a car and recovered the vehicle on Tuesday afternoon with the help of the city’s recently installed license plate-reading devices, known as Flock Safety Security cameras, which alert law enforcement to previously flagged vehicles.
At about 1:20 p.m., deputies were informed about a stolen white Nissan Sentra in the La Cañada Flintridge area, officials said, and Deputy Gregory Afsharian spotted the vehicle near Gould Avenue and Foothill Boulevard. He conducted a traffic stop as the car entered the Trader Joe’s shopping center.
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City Council Balks at Allowing Short-Term Rentals

The discourse over short-term rentals in La Cañada Flintridge will continue for the foreseeable future after the City Council made no decision on the issue during a virtual meeting on Tuesday.
Council members — except for Mayor Pro Tem Jonathan Curtis, who recused himself from the discussion — mulled a proposed ordinance, given preliminary approval by the Planning Commission earlier this month, that would permit and regulate short-term rentals.
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Transportation Board Ponders New Approach

Margaret McAustin

A board made up of officials from Pasadena and nearby cities is crafting a new strategic plan, potentially expanding its role in coordinating transportation initiatives in the area.
Members of the governing board for the Arroyo Verdugo Communities Joint Powers Authority expressed interest Aug. 6 in moving beyond traffic and infrastructure concerns to consider other types of transportation, such as light rail and bicycles, for local development, as well as environment-related projects.
The joint powers authority was formed in 2017 and includes officials from Pasadena, South Pasadena, La Cañada Flintridge, Glendale, Burbank and the Los Angeles County Fifth Supervisorial District. Councilwoman Margaret McAustin represents Pasadena on the board, but she announced during the meeting that this would be her last term on the authority’s panel, as she is not running for re-election to City Council.
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Obituary | Sally Reid Samuelson June 1, 1926 – July 14, 2020

Sally Reid Samuelson

Sally Samuelson lived a long and wonderful life.  Born in Salem, Oregon on June 1, 1926, only child of James Morton Reid and Sarah E. Reynolds, she made California her home at a young age.   Moving to Long Beach as a child, she experienced the earthquake of 1933, and went onto to live in Los Angeles County for all the years thereafter.   Sally lived in the hills of La Canada-Flintridge for more than 55 years with her husband, Jack Samuelson, before moving to Royal Oaks Manor, a senior community in Duarte.  She was an active community and church member.  She joined the La Canada Presbyterian Church in 1952 where she served as an elder, was responsible for family church dinners and knit hats and scarves for Operation Christmas Child. Continue reading “Obituary | Sally Reid Samuelson June 1, 1926 – July 14, 2020”

U.S. Security Adviser O’Brien Tests Positive for COVID-19

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National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, a former LCF resident, has tested positive for COVID-19 but is experiencing only mild symptoms, according to President Trump’s administration.

Former La Cañada Flintridge resident Robert C. O’Brien, who is serving as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, has tested positive for COVID-19, the White House confirmed in a statement this week.
O’Brien appears to be doing well, however, as the White House stated: “He has mild symptoms and has been self-isolating and working from a secure location off site.”
O’Brien joins the 4.34 million Americans who’ve been confirmed as having the disease, which has killed more than 148,866.
The statement emphasized that there has been “no risk of exposure to the president or vice president. The work of the National Security Council continues uninterrupted.”
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LCHS Grad Morikawa Wins Golf Tournament, $1.1 Million

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Former La Cañada High School star Collin Morikawa picked up his second career PGA Tour victory by edging out Justin Thomas in a three-hole playoff at the Workday Charity Open in Ohio on Sunday.

Two weeks removed from missing the cut for the first time in his PGA Tour career, Collin Morikawa was ready to pick himself up in the Workday Charity Open at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.
“We’ve got a few more weeks left of the full regular season until the playoffs, and after that missed cut, I learned a lot,” he said. “I came out fresh, I had a nice week off, and I’m ready. I’m ready to compete with these guys.”
The La Cañada High School graduate proved he wasn’t fazed by his previous struggles and rallied to defeat Justin Thomas after three playoff holes on Sunday. Morikawa, who had lost a playoff one month ago, claimed his second PGA Tour championship with a par on the final hole.
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City to Septic Tank Users: Get With the System

La Cañada Flintridge officials are ready to continue their decades-old struggle to persuade some residents north of Foothill Boulevard to connect their properties to the sewer systems used by the city.
The City Council discussed the ongoing issue in a special meeting on Tuesday and decided to get back on track with its original plan. Officials will send letters to 64 addresses, mostly homes, giving them notices of public nuisance.
“What it would be is a courted document on the property,” said City Manager Mark Alexander. “It would come up with a title search and put a hold on anything the property owner wanted to do with the property until [the notice] is cleared.”
To encourage property owners to eliminate septic tanks and connect to one of the sewer systems, the city offered grants of approximately $8,000 to qualified low- and moderate-income households. Letters were originally sent to unconnected homes in 2018 during March and July, and city code enforcement officer David Rodriguez went door to door to personally notify the owners.
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Protesters Continue Demands for Justice, Racial Equality

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Protests demanding police reform continued this week in La Cañada Flintridge in connection with the death of George Floyd, a black man who perished recently in Minneapolis while — as shown in a video — a white officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. Like many protesters across the nation, a group that assembled Sunday at the Town Center called for justice, racial equality and an end to police brutality. The Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station estimated that between 400 and 600 protesters gathered at the event. Meanwhile, about 200 protesters — many of them students — also gathered for a demonstration on Monday. Continue reading “Protesters Continue Demands for Justice, Racial Equality”