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.