If you live just west of the Alta Canyada area and are enjoying the benefits of owning property in La Cañada, you might want to tip your hat to the La Cañada Chamber of Commerce and Community Association, which in April of 1949 formed a Boundaries Committee.
The committee came about because, according to a vintage Valley Sun, residents in the upper reaches of town found themselves “floating in space — neither La Cañada, La Crescenta, Montrose — not even ‘Catalina-on-a-clear-day.’” And so they appealed to the local chamber of commerce to help resolve their problem. The Boundaries Committee was tasked with securing public acceptance of standardized boundaries for La Cañada “by mapping the various political districts and public services.”
That’s just one historical tidbit related to the local chamber that we learned this week. Researching some of the organization’s history for us was Olga Alvarado, the cheerful woman you’ll find at the Valley Sun’s front desk any time you wander into our office. She answers our phones, helps the walk-ins, keeps an eye on our building operations and, in her spare time, lends her support to the editorial department.