Wary of Disasters, City Officials Revamp Emergency Procedures

Measures that are being taken by La Cañada Flintridge officials to handle disasters such as wildfires and earthquakes were detailed during a special meeting of the LCF City Council this week.
Chris Carey, LCF’s emergency services coordinator, said Tuesday that he and an emergency preparedness committee recently reviewed what to do if such an event occurred. Carey said he is revamping some materials for use in the city’s emergency operations center and going through information binders and checklists available for groups and individuals. Continue reading “Wary of Disasters, City Officials Revamp Emergency Procedures”

Big Dig Discussion Takes Over City Council Meeting

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK Trucks are expected to begin removing sediment this Monday, May 13, in connection with the controversial Devil’s Gate Dam project.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
Trucks are expected to begin removing sediment this Monday, May 13, in connection with the controversial Devil’s Gate Dam project.

Several residents this week asked the La Cañada Flintridge City Council for help regarding a number of issues involving the Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project, in which trucks are set to roll this Monday, May 13.
A key question raised at the council’s meeting on Tuesday night was answered in short order. It was announced toward the end of the session that Public Works Director Patrick DeChellis would be the city’s contact person for the Los Angeles County project. Continue reading “Big Dig Discussion Takes Over City Council Meeting”

City Council Denies Tree Removal Appeals

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK In early November, a city-protected coast live oak tree located at Georgian Road was approved for removal but two appeals were filed at a City Council hearing March 19. The appeals were denied.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
In early November, a city-protected coast live oak tree located at Georgian Road was approved for removal but two appeals were filed at a City Council hearing March 19. The appeals were denied.

Residents hoping to save a centuries-old oak tree set for removal at 650 Georgian Road were disappointed at City Council’s Tuesday night meeting, as council members ultimately dismissed two appeals filed against the tree removal.
Council members said they were sympathetic to the tree and the applicants but they had not found any reasons to stop the removal. Mayor Terry Walker suggested the applicants look at possibly initiating change to the current tree ordinance.
“Nobody wants to take down this tree, but nobody wants to see people hurt,” Walker said. “I think we would be remiss as a council if we ignored the perspectives of the professionals and if we ignored the process. It would be unfair to (property owner Alan) Frank who followed through the process to all of the sudden say at this point, ‘You know what, the process has changed.’ Continue reading “City Council Denies Tree Removal Appeals”

Appeals to Protect Oak Fail but Revive Preservation Discussion

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK A city-protected coast live oak tree located at 650 Georgian Road was approved for removal in early November but two appeals were filed. The appeals were denied at a Planning Commission hearing on Thursday, Feb. 14.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
A city-protected coast live oak tree located at 650 Georgian Road was approved for removal in early November but two appeals were filed. The appeals were denied at a Planning Commission hearing on Thursday, Feb. 14.

Two appeals to stop the removal of a large tree at 650 Georgian Road were denied at a recent La Cañada Flintridge Planning Commission meeting that included a larger discussion about what can be done in the future to save city-protected coast live oaks.
Planning Commission Chair Rick Gunter said after the 4-0 vote last Thursday that those who want to appeal the decision further had 15 days in which to bring the matter before the City Council. Commissioner Mike Hazen was absent. Continue reading “Appeals to Protect Oak Fail but Revive Preservation Discussion”

A Tale of Two City Halls: Officials Consider Tenants at New Site

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK Employees will need to be fully moved into the new La Cañada Flintridge City Hall by March 1.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
Employees will need to be fully moved into the new La Cañada Flintridge City Hall by March 1.

City Hall will look a lot different starting March 1, the deadline for employees to leave its home of some 40-plus years, and start work less than a mile away at a new facility near Olberz Park. Escrow will close that day on the long-time municipal headquarters.
At a recent City Council meeting, City Manager Mark Alexander said the move date is actually set sooner — on President’s Day weekend — and everyone must be out by the start of March. President’s Day is Feb. 18, but some commission meetings will continue to be held at the old City Hall at the end of the month. Continue reading “A Tale of Two City Halls: Officials Consider Tenants at New Site”

City Council Sets Lower Bar for Financial Reserves Despite Objections

The La Cañada Flintridge City Council revised its general fund policy on Tuesday by agreeing, in a 3-2 vote, to set the goal of keeping reserves at 50% of operational revenues.
Councilmen Leonard Pieroni and Greg Brown were the dissenting voices, opposing any amount less than a previous 100% to 150% goal.
“I thought we should keep the reserve goal and target the same as it has been,” Pieroni said after the meeting. “It’s served the city well for a long time and helped us weather some tough times.” Continue reading “City Council Sets Lower Bar for Financial Reserves Despite Objections”