LCF Sees Uptick in Larceny, Theft in First 2 Months

The city of La Cañada Flintridge saw a slight uptick in crimes in February, most of which were larceny and theft cases.
Capt. Todd Deeds of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station delivered his monthly crime presentation to the LCF City Council on Tuesday and reported a total of 27 part 1 offenses, which include robbery, aggravated assault, residential burglary and theft. Nineteen of the crimes reported involved larceny and theft, bringing the year-to-date total to 38. In 2020, there were only 15 cases in the first two months.
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City’s Public Works Paints Over Graffiti on Angeles Crest

Graffiti appeared overnight last weekend outside a private residence on the corner of Olive Lane and Angeles Crest Highway in La Cañada Flintridge, adding to residential concerns regarding unruly speeding and behavior recently along the ACH. After the city of LCF was notified, the public works department teamed up to paint over the graffiti early in the week.

Council Gears Up for Vaccine Dispensing Site

The city of La Cañada Flintridge has reached an agreement with Los Angeles County to make City Hall and Olberz Park a temporary medical point of dispensing (MPOD) site for the COVID-19 vaccine.
All five city council members voted in favor of approving the memorandum of understanding with the public health department during a virtual meeting on Tuesday.
However, City Manager Mark Alexander informed the council and community that the county has paused “all activities related to MPOD planning” after Gov. Gavin Newsom handed the reins of coronavirus vaccine distribution to Blue Shield of California.
“[Public health officials] are awaiting guidance from the state regarding the standardization and streamlining of vaccine prioritization, dose allocation and vaccine administration through a centralized third party administrator, which will be Blue Shield of California.”
Alexander recommended that the council still approve agreement so that when L.A. County decides to move forward in expanding vaccine distribution with MPODS, La Cañada will be “ready to go.”

CV Sheriff’s Station Ramps Up Patrols of Angeles Crest Highway

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Todd Deeds, Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station captain, had more deputies patrolling Angeles Crest Highway last weekend after residents expressed concern regarding speedy drivers. The station issued a total of 36 citations.

The Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station took action and deployed more resources to patrol Angeles Crest Highway after hearing from the Public Works and Traffic Commission and the La Cañada Flintridge community.
Deputies issued 36 citations last weekend, 26 of which were for speeding. Several drivers cited were reportedly going over 70 mph in a 45-mph zone.
“We’re going to keep up with our efforts on Angeles Crest Highway,” CV Station Capt. Todd Deeds said Wednesday. “We realize the problem has gotten worse over time and we’re going to be proactive in our enforcement in the months to come.”
Residents and city commissioners expressed concerns in a meeting on Jan. 20 and claimed they have heard drivers racing on the highway. However, Deeds said he had not seen or heard any races in La Cañada.
Speeding down the highway isn’t the only concern, according to Deeds. Deputies also wrote 10 citations for drivers using their cellphones while driving.
“That’s a huge concern because we hear all the time about horrific accidents because people were distracted and texting,” he said. “That is why we are enforcing those laws. Please obey the traffic laws and be mindful of everyone else around you.”

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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