Since arriving in the United States from Lebanon 30 years ago, Charbel “Charlie” Kamar has bootstrapped himself from gas-station manager to owner of that business to one of the more active figures in local affairs.
Kamar, 58, moved to La Cañada Flintridge from Montrose after purchasing the La Cañada Union 76 gas station in 1999. His wife Taleen is a real-estate agent, and their 7-year-old son George attends Palm Crest Elementary.
While Kamar has served for five years on the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and volunteers with the local Merchants Association, his deepest commitment appears to be supporting local public education. Kamar, who said he graduated college in Lebanon, has been an active supporter of the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation, donating both time and some of the proceeds of his business to that cause.
Civic involvement helped Kamar raise $4,470 for his election bid as of Jan. 22, including donations from schools boosters and Planning Commissioner Michael Cahill, according to campaign documents.