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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Officials Caution Against Risky Labor Day Gatherings

Recent community transmission data has indicated a decline in confirmed COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County, a trend that public health officials strongly hope to see continue during the holiday weekend — and they’ve urged area residents to help avoid a reversal of the progress.
“As we approach the Labor Day weekend and as we plan for how our county will reopen schools and more businesses, we must learn from our past,” Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer said in a statement released on Monday. “Gatherings — parties, cookouts and the other activities we usually do with non-household members on holidays — can easily lead to increase in transmission, hospitalizations and death.”
The department this week urged residents to “heed the lessons learned from the spike in cases, hospitalizations and deaths that occurred after the previous holidays” and find alternative ways to celebrate “without going to parties and barbecues hosted by non-household members.”
“As we look at the possibility of reopening more businesses and, eventually, schools, there is a lot at stake,” Ferrer said Tuesday, returning to the theme. “Increased numbers of people being around one another can result in more transmission of COVID-19, at a time where we need to be doubling down on our efforts to slow the spread. Our past weekend inspections demonstrated that 20% of restaurants and 17% of markets are still not in compliance with the Health Officer Orders. This does not help us get our numbers down.”
La Cañada Flintridge Mayor Michael Davitt echoed Ferrer’s proclamation of following health guidelines this holiday weekend.
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Businesses to Get Grants, Outdoor Space

Photo by Christian Leonard / Outlook Valley Sun
La Cañada Flintridge’s city manager told council members he would give an order making it easier for local businesses, particularly restaurants, struggling due to the pandemic to expand outdoor seating.

La Cañada Flintridge will offer grants to a few local small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, giving up to $10,000 to three entities.
The City Council approved the funds, which the city received from the Department of Housing and Urban Development through the CARES Act, during its meeting on Tuesday. The program will include a stipulation that the businesses cannot already have received COVID-19 recovery funds.
The $35,925 the city is eligible for is enough to give grants of up to $10,000 to three businesses. The remaining money could then be awarded to a fourth, according to a staff report submitted to the City Council by Senior Management Analyst Lisa Brancheau.
The money, which does not have to be repaid, can be used for payroll, operational expenses and the purchase of protective equipment.
Council members acknowledged that the money was not enough to help every business that needed it, but said they would try to get additional funding.
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City Council Adopts Approximately $30M Preliminary Budget

Memorial Park fence repairs and a social media intern position were among so-called consideration items that fell by the wayside as the La Cañada Flintridge City Council closed a $3.1 million funding gap and unanimously adopted an approximately $30 million preliminary budget on Monday.
A final budget will be presented to the council for adoption in July, according to City Manager Mark Alexander, who explained that to sustain municipal operations, the council needed to OK the preliminary budget before the new fiscal year began on Wednesday.
Consideration items included several projects submitted to the council for approval, including street resurfacing and air quality monitoring for the Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project. Council members greenlit most of the fund requests, but some had to be rejected or reduced to keep the preliminary budget afloat before Monday’s 5-0 vote.
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As Local Shops Reopen, Curbside, COVID-19 Cases Monitored

As local businesses attempt a partial reopening after nearly two months of shuttered operations due to the pandemic measures, city officials said this week they continue to look to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health for direction on how to safely — and slowly — encourage businesses back to usual.
After the state and L.A. County released succinct updates last week as to how they will begin relaxing the “Safer at Home” order over the next few months — with certain types of businesses permitted to resume operations strictly for curbside pickup — a statement on Tuesday from Public Health briefly threw those plans in doubt after it was mistakenly reported the order will be extended through the summer.
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The Great Chocolate Race Returns May 6

Photo courtesy Flintridge Guild of Children’s Hospital
Brandon Grandalski, Taylor Post and Claire Chapman participated in the Great Chocolate Race last year. The race returns on May 6.

The Great Chocolate Race returns to Memorial Park at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 6. Hosted by the Flintridge Guild of Children’s Hospital, all proceeds from the race benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Mayor Michael Davitt officially will start the race. The 2.5k or 5k walk or run is open to all racers and pets and strollers are welcome.
There will be T-shirts for pre-registered racers, finish medals for all participants, official chip timing for the 5k, chocolate treats at the pit stops, breakfast and a kids’ zone in the park after the race.
The cost is $30 for adults and $15 for children between ages 5 and 18.
For more information, visit fgch.la.

All Aboard the August Happy Hour

David Kirchheimer gives Bill Pounders and Chuck Terhune a train ride at the event.
Photos courtesy Alison Davitt
Mayor Michael Davitt and state Sen. Anthony Portantino were among 85 supporters at the recent La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association’s August Happy Hour.

The La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association’s August Happy Hour recently was hosted by Sherry and David Kirchheimer at their beautiful home on Flintridge Avenue.
More than 85 float supporters and enthusiasts enjoyed riding the miniature Flintheim Railroad, built by the Kirchheimers. The evening had a magical feeling created by the Disney-like environment of the frontier railway. The grounds of the home were freshly manicured with beautiful green lawns and flowers in abundance — just like being at Disneyland. Guests enjoyed delicious hors d’oeuvres when not riding the railway through the Kirchheimers’ backyard.
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