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2010 in review

Floods, debris, school budget problems and a Rose Queen help mark the year in LCF.

December 31, 2010|By Carol Cormaci
(Raul Roa/Staff…)

The year 2010 was one of watchful anticipation in La Cañada Flintridge: City officials were on alert during periods of rainfall, keenly aware of the threat of debris flows in the wake of the 2009 Station fire that charred the Angeles National Forest, while school officials braced for ever-worsening news on the state budget front.

The preparations taken immediately after the disastrous forest fire spared some, but not all, of the homes in the path of mudslides that hit the area in early February; it was a disaster of proportions that brought the governor to town to declare a state of emergency. But when thunderous storms arrived again in December, the hillsides held.

While many were occupied in clean-up activities throughout the year, the La Cañada school board was buffeted by bad news out of Sacramento, where the state's financial woes impacted education spending. Some La Cañada teaching positions and district staff jobs were eliminated. The La Cañada Educational Foundation agreed to run the high-school summer-school program to save the district other funds. And in recent weeks the call went out for annual donations of $2500 from public-education stakeholders.

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Still, the city and organizations such as the Crescenta-Cañada Y, Descanso Gardens, the Community Center and the LCF Chamber of Commerce saw their share of positive events throughout the year, including the launch of the La Cañada Flintridge Shakespeare Festival and word that one of our own, Evanne Friedmann, would reign as Rose Queen in Pasadena this weekend. Continue reading for a month-by-month review of 2010 in La Cañada Flintridge.

January

•On the first day of January, "Scissored Wizard," the float created by the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association, captured the Fantasy Award for Most Outstanding Display of Fantasy and Dramatic Imagination in the 2010 Rose Parade. Also representing this city that day were Rose Queen Natalie Innocenzi and Princess Katherine Margarita Hernandez, both Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy students, and Princess Michelle Van Wyk, a student at La Cañada High School.

•The Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station installed three boxes to receive old prescription drugs, illegal narcotics and used syringes for proper disposal. "It's a great way to keep drugs out of our sewers and [illegal drugs] off the streets," said Sheriff's Capt. David Silversparre.

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