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January 1, 2014
Kudos to Marjorie Cates and 50 odd residents who have the courage to stand up and discourage affordable housing in La Cañada - Flintridge. City Council says developers will probably not build in La Cañada but want to pass rezoning laws anyway. Having grown up in La Cañada and now residing in NYC - home for holidays at my parents home - I feel unique in position to judge such a proposal. Three blocks down from my Lincoln Center Condominium in NYC is an affordable housing project.
NEWS
By Anita S. Brenner | December 18, 2013
In November, more than 50 residents attended the Planning Commission hearing “to oppose locations identified by the city for affordable housing, group homes and homeless shelters ,” according to coverage of the meeting by Valley Sun reporter Tiffany Kelly. The immediate neighbors had the greatest concern. With one bang of a gavel, their real property value could decrease. If they were just outside of the changed zone, there would be no need for a developer to purchase their parcel.
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | November 27, 2013
More than 50 La Cañada Flintridge residents filled the Council Chambers on Tuesday night to oppose locations identified by the city for affordable housing, group homes and homeless shelters. The residents claimed that such housing options would not fit into a community known for scenic views, good schools, and little-to-no crime. Others were worried that the changes would lower their high property values. “It's frightening to think of the neighborhood changing,” said resident Marilee Mitchell.
NEWS
By Michael Bruer | January 22, 2014
After hearing from some residents who remain opposed to the idea , the City Council on Tuesday moved ahead with an updated zoning ordinance that will allow for 343 affordable housing units. State law requires every city in California to comply with laws that mandate specified zoning for low-to-moderate income housing. La Cañada Flintridge is required to zone for affordable housing that comprises three different types: mixed use, multiple family residence (R-3), and residential planned development zones.
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By Valley Sun Staff | January 1, 2014
La Cañadans can expect a busy year ahead. Residents will watch sound walls being constructed while a Gelson's opens in a popular shopping center in the city. City officials will tackle issues such as affordable housing and off-leash dogs. On the education front, voters will decide if they want to continue with a parcel tax, and teachers will adjust to the new California Common Core standards. Sound walls Some residents can expect quieter homes in the near future. Officials broke ground last month on the first of three sound walls that are scheduled to be built this year.
NEWS
November 24, 2005
Los Angeles Family Housing (LAFH), founded in 1983 to end homelessness and increase affordable housing, honored Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Santa Monica Councilman Bobby Shriver and developer Mark Weinstein at its 6th annual Awards Dinner Nov. 17 at the Universal Studios Globe Theater. More than 400 attended raising $600,000 for LAFH that has served 90,000 since it began. Citibank, Washington Mutual and Century Housing were presenting sponsors. Dinner chairs were Linda and Steve Brown of Hoffman Brown Company in Sherman Oaks.
NEWS
By Charles Cooper | May 17, 2007
Horses and trails are the major defining elements of life in La Cañada, and need to be protected in the community plan revision now underway, according to local residents attending a plan workshop May 10 at Descanso Gardens. The workshop was conducted by the city planning department and the plan consultants, Jones and Stokes. Conducting the workshop were Claudia Umhold and Patricia Bluman of Jones and Stokes. They presented some general characteristics of the city generated during the first meeting of the General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC)
NEWS
By Charles Cooper | October 2, 2008
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is rapidly clearing his desk of bills which piled up during the great budget battle, and his messages won?t be a pleasure for many legislators, including the two who represent La Cañada Flintridge. The governor used his refusal to sign bills as a stick in his effort to get the budget done. With more than 1,100 bills awaiting action, Schwarzenegger braved the threat of writer?s cramp and set to work on the pile. As of Monday, he had signed 565 bills and vetoed 278, more than the total of 214 he rejected all of last year.
NEWS
By Carol Cormaci, carol.cormaci@latimes.com | December 19, 2013
The old oaks that arch so gracefully over Commonwealth Avenue north of the boulevard still appear to be thriving, despite the protests of those who were opposed to the installation of sewers in Sewer Assessment District 2 (the neighborhood my husband and I call home) in about 2002. One of their key concerns, these worried citizens said, was that if septic tanks disappeared, so would some of the groundwater the trees relied upon and we would lose these aging beauties. It would seem the trees adapted when the sewer advocates won the day and the septic systems were abandoned, doomsday predictions aside.
NEWS
October 9, 2008
Letters to the Editor Local ‘Y’s seek input from community At the heart of community life in the Foothills is the Crescenta-Cañada and Verdugo Hills Family YMCAs. For more than 50 years, our YMCA has provided a place to explore creativity, make new friends, volunteer and to form healthy lifestyles. Each year, YMCA programs are developed by staff and volunteers that renew our commitment to charity, provide community members a chance to build friendships, and improve physical, mental and cognitive abilities.
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By Michael Bruer | January 22, 2014
After hearing from some residents who remain opposed to the idea , the City Council on Tuesday moved ahead with an updated zoning ordinance that will allow for 343 affordable housing units. State law requires every city in California to comply with laws that mandate specified zoning for low-to-moderate income housing. La Cañada Flintridge is required to zone for affordable housing that comprises three different types: mixed use, multiple family residence (R-3), and residential planned development zones.
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NEWS
January 1, 2014
Kudos to Marjorie Cates and 50 odd residents who have the courage to stand up and discourage affordable housing in La Cañada - Flintridge. City Council says developers will probably not build in La Cañada but want to pass rezoning laws anyway. Having grown up in La Cañada and now residing in NYC - home for holidays at my parents home - I feel unique in position to judge such a proposal. Three blocks down from my Lincoln Center Condominium in NYC is an affordable housing project.
NEWS
By Valley Sun Staff | January 1, 2014
La Cañadans can expect a busy year ahead. Residents will watch sound walls being constructed while a Gelson's opens in a popular shopping center in the city. City officials will tackle issues such as affordable housing and off-leash dogs. On the education front, voters will decide if they want to continue with a parcel tax, and teachers will adjust to the new California Common Core standards. Sound walls Some residents can expect quieter homes in the near future. Officials broke ground last month on the first of three sound walls that are scheduled to be built this year.
NEWS
By Carol Cormaci, carol.cormaci@latimes.com | December 19, 2013
The old oaks that arch so gracefully over Commonwealth Avenue north of the boulevard still appear to be thriving, despite the protests of those who were opposed to the installation of sewers in Sewer Assessment District 2 (the neighborhood my husband and I call home) in about 2002. One of their key concerns, these worried citizens said, was that if septic tanks disappeared, so would some of the groundwater the trees relied upon and we would lose these aging beauties. It would seem the trees adapted when the sewer advocates won the day and the septic systems were abandoned, doomsday predictions aside.
NEWS
By Anita S. Brenner | December 18, 2013
In November, more than 50 residents attended the Planning Commission hearing “to oppose locations identified by the city for affordable housing, group homes and homeless shelters ,” according to coverage of the meeting by Valley Sun reporter Tiffany Kelly. The immediate neighbors had the greatest concern. With one bang of a gavel, their real property value could decrease. If they were just outside of the changed zone, there would be no need for a developer to purchase their parcel.
NEWS
By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | November 27, 2013
More than 50 La Cañada Flintridge residents filled the Council Chambers on Tuesday night to oppose locations identified by the city for affordable housing, group homes and homeless shelters. The residents claimed that such housing options would not fit into a community known for scenic views, good schools, and little-to-no crime. Others were worried that the changes would lower their high property values. “It's frightening to think of the neighborhood changing,” said resident Marilee Mitchell.
NEWS
October 9, 2008
Letters to the Editor Local ‘Y’s seek input from community At the heart of community life in the Foothills is the Crescenta-Cañada and Verdugo Hills Family YMCAs. For more than 50 years, our YMCA has provided a place to explore creativity, make new friends, volunteer and to form healthy lifestyles. Each year, YMCA programs are developed by staff and volunteers that renew our commitment to charity, provide community members a chance to build friendships, and improve physical, mental and cognitive abilities.
NEWS
By Charles Cooper | October 2, 2008
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is rapidly clearing his desk of bills which piled up during the great budget battle, and his messages won?t be a pleasure for many legislators, including the two who represent La Cañada Flintridge. The governor used his refusal to sign bills as a stick in his effort to get the budget done. With more than 1,100 bills awaiting action, Schwarzenegger braved the threat of writer?s cramp and set to work on the pile. As of Monday, he had signed 565 bills and vetoed 278, more than the total of 214 he rejected all of last year.
NEWS
By Charles Cooper | May 17, 2007
Horses and trails are the major defining elements of life in La Cañada, and need to be protected in the community plan revision now underway, according to local residents attending a plan workshop May 10 at Descanso Gardens. The workshop was conducted by the city planning department and the plan consultants, Jones and Stokes. Conducting the workshop were Claudia Umhold and Patricia Bluman of Jones and Stokes. They presented some general characteristics of the city generated during the first meeting of the General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC)
NEWS
November 24, 2005
Los Angeles Family Housing (LAFH), founded in 1983 to end homelessness and increase affordable housing, honored Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Santa Monica Councilman Bobby Shriver and developer Mark Weinstein at its 6th annual Awards Dinner Nov. 17 at the Universal Studios Globe Theater. More than 400 attended raising $600,000 for LAFH that has served 90,000 since it began. Citibank, Washington Mutual and Century Housing were presenting sponsors. Dinner chairs were Linda and Steve Brown of Hoffman Brown Company in Sherman Oaks.
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