Protesters Continue Demands for Justice, Racial Equality

Photos courtesy Emaan Qazi

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”

Protesting of Racial Inequality Reaches LCF

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About 60 protesters turned out locally to decry police brutality on people of color and the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes.

Dozens of protesters gathered in La Cañada Flintridge on Sunday to advocate for police reform, in a demonstration that echoed others held across the nation since the recent death of George Floyd while he was in officers’ custody.
The protesters, clad in face masks, started the morning at Memorial Park before making their way to the busy intersection on Angeles Crest Highway and Foothill Boulevard. Once there, they displayed to passing drivers signs bearing messages such as “Black Lives Matter” or urging donations to funds for those who have been injured or arrested in the protests to condemn the death of Floyd, who perished in Minneapolis on May 25 after a police officer kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes despite his pleas that he could not breathe.
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Community-Based News is Important for LCF

Mayor Michael Davitt

By Mayor Michael Davitt
Special to The Outlook Valley Sun

Over the past two months, there have been many changes to our normal lives. Some people have been affected more severely than others, but these are trying times for everyone.
A couple of weeks ago, I was saddened to learn that the Valley Sun, one of our community’s valued partners, was closing. The Valley Sun, or “The Sun” as some people referred to it, has been a part of the La Cañada Flintridge Community for decades.
Growing up in town, I can recall opening up the paper and hoping I would know someone who was being written about. Or even better, when my little league team won a game and maybe my name got mentioned. (That was a rarity.)The Valley Sun was and has been a constant conduit to highlight the many happenings in our great city.
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Outlook Newspaper Group Purchases Glendale News-Press, Burbank Leader and La Cañada Valley Sun

Charlie Plowman

LOS ANGELES – Outlook Newspapers, owned by Charlie Plowman, has agreed to purchase three community news titles, the Glendale News-Press, Burbank Leader and La Cañada Valley Sun. California Times, the previous owner of the titles, recently announced that the three papers were being closed due to the challenging business environment and unforeseen economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Now, the publications are part of the Outlook Newspapers group, with the La Cañada publications being combined and renamed the La Cañada Outlook Valley Sun. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We are thrilled to have acquired three iconic newspapers with deep roots and historic legacies in their respective communities,” Plowman said. “I heard the outpouring from local residents, as to how much they love these publications, and want to support them.

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Caution Urged as Three Coronavirus Cases Emerge

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The tennis courts on Cornishon Avenue were closed recently after the city of La Cañada Flintridge took action to reduce opportunities for coronavirus transmission following an L.A. County Department of Public Health order.

As Los Angeles County Department of Public Health officials confirmed three coronavirus cases in a region including La Cañada Flintridge as of Wednesday, the city’s mayor called this a “serious and difficult time” for the community.
The region referred to by public health also includes unincorporated La Crescenta-Montrose and has a population of 40,253.
“I ask that our residents stay up to date with the recommendations to battle this virus,” Mayor Leonard Pieroni said in an email to The Outlook this week. “Adhere to the ‘safer at home’ orders from the federal, state and county leadership. We are all in this situation together. I count on our community to look out for our families, friends, and especially those that might need more help during this time. We will get through this, and I am looking forward to that.”
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LCUSD Superintendent’s Message on Status of District

By Wendy Sinnette, Special to The Outlook

Wendy Sinnette

I hope everyone is managing during these unprecedented times as we engage with Gov. Newsom’s “Safer at Home” order and work together to flatten the curve of infection with the COVID-19 virus. I am grateful to The Outlook and Charlie Plowman for giving me the opportunity to update the larger community regarding the status of our schools in the La Cañada Unifed School District.
I have been regularly emailing district families, students in grades 7-12 and staff, but given the support that the community of La Cañada Flintridge continually demonstrates for its schools, it is important to keep everyone informed regarding district updates. Our schools closed on Friday, March 13, in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Teachers were provided two days to prepare for distance learning, which officially commenced on Tuesday, March 17. Our teachers and students have access to Google Classroom, and student textbooks and learning apps are stored in Classlink, an online centralized platform. Other resources available for distance learning opportunities are Screencastify, Google Hangouts, Zoom, YouTube and EdPuzzle. Teachers are designing lessons according to their instructional style and working hard to ensure a continuation of learning throughout the school closure period.
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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”

Local Veteran, 100, Enthralls With Adventure Tales

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Joe Giocomarra (center), a World War II veteran of the Merchant Marine who turned 100 on Monday, rode in this year’s Fiesta Days parade after introducing himself at the Memorial Ceremony in the park beforehand.

For the past couple decades, over glasses of wine or the occasional margarita, Joe Giocomarra has regaled his pal Tom Caulfield with tales of his fascinating, improbable life.
Giocomarra, one of only about 558,000 World War II veterans still living, turned 100 on Memorial Day.
“I have the privilege of reaching 100,” Giocomarra said. “That’s a privilege a lot of people don’t [have]. And, I don’t know, I really shouldn’t be here.”
Giocomarra retains vivid memories of the war, when he served with the U.S. Merchant Marine, a collection of ships populated by civilian volunteers transporting materials, supplies, equipment and troops to help fight and win World War II. Continue reading “Local Veteran, 100, Enthralls With Adventure Tales”

‘Jewel’ Mansion Sells for Record $11M

Photo courtesy Mike Kobeissi
The “Crown Jewel Estate” sold last week for $11 million, the highest recorded home sale in La Cañada Flintridge history, according to the Realtors involved.

Real estate history was made last week in La Cañada Flintridge.
The 100-year-old home at 700 Berkshire Avenue, believed to have been designed by noted architect Myron Hunt for U.S. Sen. Frank Putnam Flint, sold last week for $11 million, the highest valued real estate transaction recorded in the city, according to the Realtors involved.
Mike Kobeissi of Kobeissi Properties represented the sellers, and Julie Milbrodt of Keller Williams Realty represented the buyers.
The sale of the home known as the “Crown Jewel Estate of La Cañada Flintridge” was recorded Thursday, May 10, and eclipsed 2017’s $10.5 million purchase of an Irish country manor on Woodleigh Lane.
“It took months to put together and everybody is very happy,” Milbrodt said of last week’s transaction. “It’s wonderful news.” Continue reading “‘Jewel’ Mansion Sells for Record $11M”