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Laura Olhasso named new La Cañada Flintridge mayor

Steve Del Guercio leaves the council.

March 19, 2013|By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com
  • ARCHIVE PHOTO: Laura Olhasso during award luncheon honoring her as the 2009 La Cañadan of the Year at Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge on Wednesday, May 5, 2010. The former La Canada Flintridge mayor was honored for her outstanding volunteer service and leadership rendered to the community.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: Laura Olhasso during award luncheon honoring… (Raul Roa / Staff…)

Exiting Mayor Steve Del Guercio was honored by friends, officials and local agencies for 14 years of service on Monday night before City Councilwoman Laura Olhasso was named the new mayor of La Cañada Flintridge.

Olhasso was first elected in 2003 and has served two previous terms as mayor. Her last stint as the top elected official was in March 2009 to March 2010, a period that included the double-fatal truck crash at the base of the Angeles Crest Highway, the Station fire and some post-fire, storm-induced debris flows that destroyed properties in some of the city's neighborhoods.

City Councilman Michael Davitt alluded to that year when he nominated Olhasso.

“Laura has served this city with great dedication over the years and has shown remarkable leadership in both crisis and non-crisis situations,” he said. “So we're going to hope for non-crisis situations this year.”

Council members selected Davitt as mayor pro tem. The City Council selects members for both positions each term.

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“It truly is an honor representing this community,” said Olhasso. “I've done it twice before and as Mr. Davitt said, I certainly hope this time is much more calm.”

Planning Commissioner Jon Curtis was sworn in as a new member of the City Council, filling a seat left open by Del Guercio, who did not seek reelection. Curtis won one of two seats on the council in the March 5 election, earning more votes than either City Councilman Dave Spence or newcomer Joe Layton.

Curtis led the race with 40.7% of the votes cast. Spence, who retained his seat, came in second with 39.2%, while Layton earned 20.1% voter support.

Del Guercio was feted for his two years on the city's Planning Commission, followed by 12 years on the council.

South Pasadena Mayor Richard Schneider, Former Assemblyman Anthony Portantino and representatives from the Los Angeles County Fire Department, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich's office offered recognition certificates and gifts to Del Guercio.

A representative from Rep. Adam Schiff's (D-Burbank) office offered the exiting mayor a flag that had been flown from the U.S. capitol. Members of the Trails Council and the No 710 Action Committee also recognized Del Guercio for his achievements during the past year.

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