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Laura Olhasso

Olhasso started out at City Hall serving four years on the Public Works and Traffic Commission, and she put in eight years as a planning commissioner before her election to City Council in 2003.

February 15, 2011|By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com

Of the nearly 30 years that Laura Olhasso has called La Cañada Flintridge home, 20 have carried official duties at City Hall. A mother of two and a government affairs consultant specializing in real estate, it would be fair to say that Olhasso has made a second job - third, really - of local public service.

Olhasso started out at City Hall serving four years on the Public Works and Traffic Commission, and she put in eight years as a planning commissioner before her election to City Council in 2003. As a council member, she participates in a number of regional boards and is currently president of the California Contract Cities Association.

And there's no way she's going to quit now.

Olhasso's campaign involves much more than her resume, she said, promising to continue careful spending, keep battling extension of the 710 Freeway, and fight state regulations that would force homeowners without sewer connections to install them.

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Beyond City Hall, Olhasso has served on the board of the local YMCA, the Lanterman Museum and the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge. She won the Les Tupper Service Award in 2007 and was the 2009 La Cañadan of the Year.

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