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Piece of Mind: A hardship, not a bonus

September 16, 2011|By Carol Cormaci

No sooner do we get lulled into thinking our city should be at the top of those lists of best places to call home than we are faced with a reason why maybe the arbiters of such things might actually know what they’re doing when they omit our little Tree City U.S.A. from their glowing reports.

What, you might wonder, has brought on such a thought? Just one little thing, honestly. I’m seeing a nit and I’m in the mood to do a little picking.

Until yesterday, my La Cañada-honed boosterism felt at nearly an all-time peak. How cool, after all, was last weekend? Congratulations to Todd Andrews and his organizing committee behind the 9.10.11 celebration. It was fantastic to see so many people turn out for the first event of the weekend, the party/picnic/concert in Memorial Park on Friday night, and to learn from the various organizations who held open houses and offered volunteer opportunities all day Saturday that our residents were engaged in a host of activities.

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I can’t speak for how well all the merchants fared as they promoted 9.10.11 by enticing customers indoors, but Foothill appeared to be bustling midday Saturday when I had an appointment with my personal goddess of hair, who toils in the 1100 block. I can guarantee that particular shop was counting some serious coin by the end of the day, as it was crawling with women in need of care.

Salutations to the Young Republican Club, which presented the local observance of the 10th anniversary of 9/11. This event, held Sunday afternoon at La Cañada Presbyterian, had a respectable turnout of about 100 people, including some area dignitaries. The club is led this year by high school senior Alex Keledjian, whom I met this summer and found to be earnest. I’m very pleased his group’s tribute went well.

Also on the plus side of our city’s register this week is the grand opening this Saturday of the Sturt Haaga Gallery at Descanso Gardens. This is a welcome addition to the community, as it affords another opportunity for cultural and educational enrichment for us all. Cheers to all involved.

OK. You’ve been waiting for the “but…” too long. Here’s what’s bugging me today: The story we’re publishing about Roberta Dominguez, who just wants to take out a Chinese elm that is causing damage to her La Cañada property. She is getting nowhere fast with City Hall.

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