La Cañada Council Picks Davitt as Mayor; Inducts Eich, Gunter

Michael Davitt

Amid a notable lack of fanfare due to social distancing, Michael Davitt was chosen unanimously as mayor of La Cañada Flintridge at a virtual City Council meeting on Tuesday, which also featured the installation of new members Keith Eich, Rick Gunter and incumbent Terry Walker.

The meeting, which typically would have celebrated the council re-organization after an election, with special recognition to new members and those leaving office — which this term includes Gregory Brown and Leonard Pieroni — was held quickly and from the privacy of separate locations.

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Walker Cites Experience, Knowledge of Issues

Terry Walker
Terry Walker

La Cañada Flintridge City Council candidate Terry Walker has the benefit of on-the-job experience.
Walker, 66, is completing a five-year council term, to which she was elected after serving four years on the city’s Public Works and Traffic Commission and three years on the Planning Commission.
“I don’t think it’s the issues that set the candidates apart,” Walker said in a recent breakfast interview at Panera Bread. “I think we all have the same priorities. I think we all have our heart in the right place. I think we love our community. I do think the big difference is experience … and I think the knowledge is cumulative.” Continue reading “Walker Cites Experience, Knowledge of Issues”

Mayor Savors LCF’s 2018 Advances, Eyes Challenges in New Year

Terry Walker La Cañada Flintridge Mayor
Terry Walker
La Cañada Flintridge Mayor

Terry Walker, who was selected as La Cañada Flintridge’s mayor in April 2018 by her City Council colleagues, has had an eventful year. Long-awaited funding for a 210 Freeway sound wall project was approved, Target became a reality and the issue of the Devil’s Gate Dam sediment removal project reheated since Walker became mayor.
Walker was elected to the council in March 2015. She previously served eight years on the YMCA of the Foothills Board of Directors and spent three terms as president of the LCF Chamber of Commerce. Her journey to the council began when she was appointed in 2008 to the Public Works and Traffic Commission, where she served for four years, including one term as chair. She also served as a planning commissioner for three years before she vacated the position to join the City Council. The mayor recently took time out from her schedule to reflect, at an LCF restaurant, on the past year and look toward this year’s challenges. This interview has been edited for space. Continue reading “Mayor Savors LCF’s 2018 Advances, Eyes Challenges in New Year”

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”

City Considers Parking Rules for Large Vehicles

La Cañada Flintridge City Council members want the city to regulate oversized vehicle parking in the public right of way, likely by issuing temporary permits — but they’re leaving the details to the Public Works and Traffic Commission.
The subject arose when a resident approached the City Council at a recent meeting to complain about a neighbor who was parking his recreational vehicle on the street for long periods. Continue reading “City Considers Parking Rules for Large Vehicles”

City Council Hesitates to Budget for Sound Walls

In the last of three budget meetings, City Council members opted on Thursday, June 28, to hold off funding four sound walls and the long-discussed bikeway and pedestrian project near the YMCA as they worked to balance the city’s budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.
La Cañada Flintridge’s total general fund revenue for the next year is budgeted at $14,650,375, which will match its expenditures, according to Finance Director Rebekka Hosken. Continue reading “City Council Hesitates to Budget for Sound Walls”

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”

LCF Commemorates Memorial Day With Fiesta, Tribute

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Boy Scouts from Troops 502 and 507 raise the flag during the annual Memorial Ceremony in the park.

As has long been a cherished staple of life in La Cañada Flintridge, residents came together to celebrate their community with a multi-day party this past weekend for the 45th edition of Fiesta Days.
Together, neighbors enjoyed a host of activities, including fireworks, food, music and, on Memorial Day, thousands showed up to watch or participate in the colorful, patriotic parade.
But before that, as has been tradition since 1976, a couple hundred people took a pause from the festivities to pay tribute to sacrifices made by U.S. military personnel in the line of duty, including the 29 with LCF roots who died in combat and whose names adorn plaques in Memorial Park. Continue reading “LCF Commemorates Memorial Day With Fiesta, Tribute”

Local Starbucks Under Fire After Racial Slur on Cup

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A Latino Los Gringos Locos employee
received beverages labeled with a derogatory term at the Starbucks on Foothill Boulevard.

Allegations of racism put Starbucks in the national spotlight again last week. The latest incident occurred in La Cañada Flintridge, following those in Philadelphia and Torrance.
On Tuesday, May 15, a Latino customer who ordered two drinks at the Starbucks location at 475 Foothill Blvd. received beverages labeled with a derogatory term used to refer to people of Latino descent.
“The mistake is unacceptable and we’re absolutely taking additional steps,” said a Starbucks spokeswoman, who identified herself only as Ann, by phone last week. “Our leadership team did meet with the customer and he accepted our apology.”
Without offering specifics, she added: “We’re taking additional steps to make sure we understand exactly what happened and how our partners can be better.”
The popular coffee chain had previously publicized plans to close more than 8,000 of its company-owned stores for an afternoon of employee “racial-bias education” on Tuesday, May 29. Continue reading “Local Starbucks Under Fire After Racial Slur on Cup”

Council Approves New City Hall Design

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A rendering illustrates what visitors to La Cañada Flintridge’s new City Hall can expect to see when the renovations on the building are finished in late 2018 or early 2019.

The City Council voted 4-1 last week in favor of the “original design” concept recommended by the New City Hall Renovation Subcommittee that is estimated to cost $6.45 million.
Concerned about the cost, Councilman Greg Brown voted against approving the final design plan and authorizing the preparation of bid specifications, but the other four council members embraced the proposal at a special meeting on Thursday, April 12.
“This is a 50-year decision, and if we’re going to make a 50-year decision, we have to make the right decision, and I think that’s the first plan,” Councilman Michael Davitt said. Continue reading “Council Approves New City Hall Design”