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News | By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | March 15, 2011
It wasn’t the latest iPad or the promise of front-row concert tickets but a chance to enroll their children in the La Cañada Unified School District that led more than 50 people to spend Monday night sleeping on the sidewalk. LCUSD’s annual inter-district enrollment process allows some parents who live outside the district the chance to enroll their children here on a first-come, first-served basis. And although the district only started accepting applications Tuesday morning, dozens of people showed up as early as the weekend to snag a place near the front of the line.
NEWS
By Tiffany Kelly | August 7, 2013
Alice Spence, a mother who took an active role in community affairs and was the wife of La Cañada Flintridge City Councilman Dave Spence, has died. She was 75. She died on Thursday, Aug. 1 at an assisted-living facility in La Cañada near the house where they raised a family, her husband confirmed. She had suffered from dementia for many years. The couple met at Ohio Wesleyan University in the 1950s and moved to this city in 1969. They often appeared together at community events, volunteering their time to local efforts and earning the shared distinction of "La Cañadans of the Year" in 1994.
NEWS
By Sara Cardine | September 19, 2013
When students first set foot on the brand-new La Cañada High School campus back in September 1963, they had no idea they were creating a legacy. The city's new unified school district had just formed two years prior, separating itself administratively from the Pasadena school system. As a result, La Cañada was opening Foothill Intermediate School on the former La Cañada Junior High site and starting classes at the high school for freshman, sophomores and juniors only. La Cañada teens who were entering their senior year in the fall of 1963 remained at John Muir High School to complete their high school careers in the Pasadena school system.
NEWS
By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | February 20, 2013
Dave Spence has sat behind the City Council dais for more than 20 years. At 75, he is the oldest elected official in the city, with five terms as mayor under his belt. Spence says his breadth of experience will help the council maintain the city's independent, small-town feel. Valley Sun: How would you improve traffic flow in the downtown area? Would you support installing one or more parking structures in the area? Spence: Since the approval of the Downtown Village Specific Plan, the Sport Chalet corporate headquarters development and other significant developments in and along Foothill Boulevard, the public works and traffic commission, along with our traffic engineer and public works director, constantly review proposals to improve traffic flow in the downtown area.
NEWS
September 18, 2013
A La Cañada Flintridge neighborhood is on edge after the latest in a series of dog poisonings, this time reportedly from a meatball laced with a toxic pesticide. Dan Horwath told KCBS-TV on Tuesday that his 7-year-old dog June nearly died a few weeks ago after ingesting a meatball laced with what a veterinarian later determined to be strychnine, a pesticide that can be lethal. “She was just lethargic, confused, tripping,” he said. Horwath said he found two other poisoned meatballs on his property that he said, if consumed, likely would have killed June.
NEWS
By Joe Puglia | April 1, 2010
Capt. Clark extended his hand. “Take a seat left-tenant,” he said. I did, opposite him on an 81-Mike-Mike ammo crate. He brought me up to speed on enemy movements, their strength, weaponry and combat readiness. We were operating 20 clicks from Phouc Tuy, and the intelligence would prove to be fortuitous. With devilish good looks, Clark was an image from a Kipling novel. He was an Aussie, SAS (Strategic Air Service). The Viet Cong called them ma rung , phantoms of the jungle.
NEWS
August 16, 2007
Red flag alert issued A red flag alert was issued by the National Weather Service on Monday afternoon and remained in effect through yesterday morning. The alert was issued due to high pressure aloft producing very warm and dry conditions for areas including the Angeles National Forest. Many of the affected locations suffered with single digit relative humidities and gusty winds, furthering concern. According to the service report, the combination of strong winds, low humidity and warm temperatures create “explosive” fire growth potential.
NEWS
February 9, 2006
Applications for Assistance League of Flintridge Summer School teachers and classroom aides will be available beginning tomorrow, Feb. 10, at all La Cañada Unified School District offices and at Assistance League of Flintridge. Teachers must have their California teaching credential and classroom aides must be at least 19 years old or have completed at least one year of college. Assistance League of Flintridge Summer School is scheduled for five weeks from June 26 through July 28, Monday through Friday except for the July 4 holiday.
FEATURES
June 22, 2006
Kirsten Fossan Newquist of La Cañada has been named to the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Pasadena. Newquist is vice-president of Copia Associates, a private investment firm based in San Ramon. She has also been vice-president of corporate development for Ancora Capital and Management Group, San Fernando. She received her bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and her MBA from UCLA's Anderson School. She and her husband are the parents of four children.
SPORTS
May 14, 2009
Baseball Babe Ruth Cubs 11, A?s 1 The Cubs used strong pitching, solid defense and a methodical offense to overpower the A?s, 11-1. Justin Cohen started and pitched two innings, allowing just one run, then Scott Moulin and Sean Bird came in to complete the victory with three shutout innings. On offense, the Cubs scored in every inning but the fourth. Kevin Stoner continued his power surge with a triple, two doubles and a walk, scoring twice. Ben Whitefield hit a booming double to left and was on base four times.
NEWS
By Ruth Longoria | March 5, 2009
Very few La Cañadans turned out at City Hall Tuesday night as tallies of La Cañada Flintridge precincts came in from the City Council election. However, voters of this city made a not-too-bad showing at the polls, with 22% of residents casting their votes. That’s opposed to the only about 15% of voters who cast their ballots in nearby Los Angeles, according to L.A.’s City Clerk’s office. Up for grabs in La Cañada were two of the five seats on the council. Those seats were retained in a decisive victory for incumbents: Mayor Steve Del Guercio and Councilman Dave Spence.
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