Committee Needs More Time on Sagebrush Decision

A Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization leader said the panel will take 30 to 60 days to make a decision on the Sagebrush territory transfer petition, taking into account a new environmental study completed under the California Environmental Quality Act.
“We will be reviewing this at an upcoming meeting,” said Chairman A.J. Willmer on Wednesday about the CEQA study and additional information about the petition to transfer the territory in La Cañada Flintridge from the Glendale Unified School District to the La Cañada Unified School District. “We also just received the CEQA report late last week. We take comments sent to us very seriously. We take your public comment very seriously. I also want to emphasize that despite some impressions out there, there has been no binding vote by this committee.” Continue reading “Committee Needs More Time on Sagebrush Decision”

Council Spells Out City Budget Plans

During two sessions of budget discussions in the past week, La Cañada Flintridge City Council members agreed to designate reserve funds in support of the proposed Sagebrush territory transfer, prepared for the possible repeal of the state gas tax, and dedicated $353,425 to support 11 community groups.
The City Council is set to finalize the budget for the coming fiscal year when it reconvenes for its third budget hearing at 8:30 a.m. today, June 28.
Councilman Jonathan Curtis suggested the city earmark $100,000 in reserves to back up La Cañada Unified School District in the latest chapter of a decades-long tug of war over the Sagebrush territory. Continue reading “Council Spells Out City Budget Plans”

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.

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LCHS Sees Fewer Suspensions With Counseling Options

Over the course of this school year, administrators at La Cañada High School made it a point to keep misbehaved students on campus whenever possible, said Assistant Principal Mary Hazlett, who is in charge of discipline.
There were fewer suspensions in 2016-17, she told La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board members Tuesday. She said there have been 13 “out-of-school” suspensions for a total of 41 days, and 13 “in-school” suspensions, totalling 26 days. (A year ago, there were 34 out-of-school suspensions for a total of 86 days.) Continue reading “LCHS Sees Fewer Suspensions With Counseling Options”

Sagebrush Transfer Wins Initial Approval

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK Tom Smith, Nalini Lasiewicz and Nick Karapetian, the chief petitioners behind the Sagebrush territory transfer request, were delighted that the L.A. County Committee on School District Organization ruled in their favor Wednesday.
Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
Tom Smith, Nalini Lasiewicz and Nick Karapetian, the chief petitioners behind the Sagebrush territory transfer request, were delighted that the L.A. County Committee on School District Organization ruled in their favor Wednesday.

It wasn’t pretty, but for proponents of the Sagebrush territory transfer, it was sweet.
After complicated, confused deliberation, the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization voted 8-1 on Wednesday to preliminarily approve the transfer of westernmost La Cañada Flintridge from Glendale Unified School District to La Cañada Unified School District.
“We’re delighted at this outcome,” said Tom Smith, one of the chief petitioners behind the request to transfer the 385 acres of LCF, where he lived when this latest attempt to redistrict the territory was initiated four years ago. Continue reading “Sagebrush Transfer Wins Initial Approval”

County Sagebrush Meeting Postponed Until April

What’s an extra nine weeks spent on an issue that dates back to 1961?
At the request of the chief petitioners, the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization has again postponed making a preliminary decision on whether to grant a territory transfer of the 385-acre Sagebrush area in westernmost La Cañada Flintridge from Glendale Unified to La Cañada Unified School District. Continue reading “County Sagebrush Meeting Postponed Until April”

County’s Sagebrush Ruling Postponed

The next big development in the decades-old Sagebrush saga has been rescheduled for March 8.
The Los Angeles County Committee of School District Organization’s meeting that was scheduled for Feb. 1 was canceled late last week because of the substantial amount of information members must read and analyze, according to the leader of the citizens group pushing for the territory transfer. UniteLCF wants the 385-acre westernmost portion of La Cañada Flintridge to be redistricted from Glendale Unified to La Cañada Unified.

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