Permit to Remove Protected Oak Prompts Appeals

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK A city-protected coast live oak tree located in the backyard of the property at 650 Georgian Road was approved for removal in early November but two appeals of the action have been filed. An appeal hearing is scheduled for a Planning Commission meeting in mid-December or early January.
Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
A city-protected coast live oak tree located in the backyard of the property at 650 Georgian Road was approved for removal in early November but two appeals of the action have been filed. An appeal hearing is scheduled for a Planning Commission meeting in mid-December or early January.

The potential removal of an approximately 65-foot coast live oak tree at a La Cañada Flintridge residence has led to discussion of the importance of such trees to the city’s identity and an appeal of a decision in the matter.
The city-protected tree located at 650 Georgian Road was slated to come down after the city’s planning department received a tree-removal permit application from property owner Alan Frank in early October. The permit was approved on Nov. 2. The city ruled that the protected tree is “so diseased or damaged that it is no longer viable or is a threat to cause damage to property or other protected trees.” Continue reading “Permit to Remove Protected Oak Prompts Appeals”

Target Store’s Staffing Aim: to Hire 100 Workers

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK Target expects to hire about 100 employees at its new La Cañada Flintridge store, which is expected to open in the fall.
Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
Target expects to hire about 100 employees at its new La Cañada Flintridge store, which is expected to open in the fall.

Target is stocking up on employees.
Ahead of its scheduled fall opening, Target Corp. is seeking to fill approximately 100 jobs in its La Cañada Flintridge location, according to company spokeswoman Jacqueline DeBuse. Continue reading “Target Store’s Staffing Aim: to Hire 100 Workers”

Treehouses Could Find a Home in LCF

The Planning Commission soon will be talking treehouses after City Council members on Tuesday decided La Cañada Flintridge needs to specify its zoning code to allow for in-tree structures to be built in non-protected species — so long as the structures meet current building code standards and, perhaps, additional to-be-determined requirements.
The conversation began April 3, when LCF resident John Womack approached the City Council to ask that they review the topic. He’d received a notice of violation from the city’s code enforcement personnel after someone reported that he’d built a treehouse in a protected oak tree on his property. Continue reading “Treehouses Could Find a Home in LCF”

Conversation Continues on LCF Senior Living Project

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
One of many speakers at Tuesday night’s Planning Commission meeting, Michael Gross suggests the 72-bed Oakmont Senior Living facility proposed at 600 Foothill Blvd. won’t offer its residents the village-like atmosphere it has promised.

The Planning Commission called a timeout Tuesday after listening to more than four hours of testimony about the proposed Oakmont Senior Living project during a jam-packed meeting.
Commissioners agreed that they needed more time to consider the project before deciding whether to approve or deny it, or even whether to request Oakmont take any specific actions. For now, discussion of the matter was continued to a date uncertain.
“I heard a lot tonight and learned a lot tonight,” Planning Commission Chairman Rick Gunter said. “Studying this project is a lot of work; the various reports were literally hundreds of pages. I need some time to think about what I heard and absorb it. I don’t know exactly what do at this moment. I can’t give a snap decision, I’ve just got to go back and read it again.” Continue reading “Conversation Continues on LCF Senior Living Project”

Planning Commission to Consider Senior Living Facility

The Planning Commission is expected to consider a proposal by Oakmont Senior Living to build a three-story, 72-room assisted care facility for the elderly at 600 Foothill Blvd., where the Christian Science Church currently is located. The church will move to a smaller building on the corner of the lot.
The plan, unpopular with neighbors concerned about the facility’s suggested size and location, will come before the commission at its meeting on Monday, Jan. 22, said Susan Koleda, deputy director of community development.
Oakmont’s proposal includes a new, three-story licensed residential care facility that will stand 48 feet, 6 inches — a height that would require a variance from the city. Koleda said Oakmont also requires setback variances for a chimney and the double doors that cover the utility meters but exceed setback regulations by a few inches. Continue reading “Planning Commission to Consider Senior Living Facility”

A Look Back at 2017’s Top Stories in LCF

It was a busy year in La Cañada Flintridge. Residents came together to mourn losses and celebrate victories, they made their voices heard at the polls and in public hearings, they made history in real estate and sports, and, at La Cañada High School, students were instructed to try to get a little more sleep.
Here are the 17 most important local stories of 2017:

1. LCF Loses Dave Spence
Dave Spence suffered a fatal heart attack at his home May 16. The devoted city councilman and six-time mayor was 80.
In March, he’d been re-elected for a seventh term as a member of the City Council, on which he’d served since 1992: “In my opinion, La Cañada Flintridge is one of the greatest cities in this state,” Spence said during his last campaign.

Photos by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
Mayor Michael Davitt speaks at the funeral of longtime City Councilman Dave Spence in May at La Cañada Presbyterian Church.

Continue reading “A Look Back at 2017’s Top Stories in LCF”

Flintridge Prep Campus Projects Get Green Light

Flintridge Prep got the go-ahead this week to build a new 17,205-square foot Collaborative Leadership Building and to install 60-foot lights on its athletic field as part of a multi-phase campus improvement project.
Despite continued objections from some of its adjacent neighbors, the private school received unanimous approval from the three members of the La Cañada Flintridge Planning Commission who were present at the special meeting Monday, where Prep presented its revised plans. (Commissioners Arun Jain and Jeffrey McConnell recused themselves.) Continue reading “Flintridge Prep Campus Projects Get Green Light”

City Council Examines Pressuring SCE for More Upgrades

A pair of consultants encouraged the city of La Cañada Flintridge to pressure Southern California Edison to focus on improving the worst five of their 24 citywide circuits — including one that SCE already is in the process of removing — in order to maintain reliable service.
SCE spokesman Adrian Garcia told the City Council at its meeting Tuesday that the agency is currently doing such monitoring, but that it would review the report compiled by independent consultant PMCM and “take those recommendations into account.” Continue reading “City Council Examines Pressuring SCE for More Upgrades”

FSHA Expansion Plans Closer to City Approval

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy is a few dotted i’s and crossed t’s from finally seeing its master plan receive the blessing of the La Cañada Flintridge Planning Commission.
Commissioners indicated Tuesday they’re ready to support the project when they revisit it at their Oct. 24 meeting, so long as there are a few minor adjustments to the proposal, which calls for an increase of building square footage by some 116,000 square feet to 333,502 square feet. Continue reading “FSHA Expansion Plans Closer to City Approval”