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By Joe Puglia | May 1, 2013
My mother was a cross between Genghis Khan and Morgan le Fay and all the hoodlums in the neighborhood feared her. But it was under her tutelage I learned that Providence often gives you what you need instead of what you want. It must have been a divine plan that caused the stork to drop me down the chimney at 233rd street in the Bronx. Someone knew that my survival was dependent upon the parenting of a benevolent dictator. Mom never attended any of my soccer or baseball games. That's because I played neither soccer nor baseball.
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By Jake Armstrong | October 28, 2004
Parents, high school administrators and students met Monday to discuss problems with drugs and alcohol in the community and to share ongoing efforts to address such issues. In the second such forum sponsored by the La Cañada Flintridge Com-munity Prevention Council, Sheriff's Department school resource deputies offered their observations on the presence of drugs at La Cañada High School and discussed their efforts to combat drug use. "Do we have a drug problem? Yes," CPC Chair Will Moffitt told those in attendance.
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By Mary O’Keefe | May 15, 2008
Part two of a series ? The pervading perception of ?not in our town? concerning drug and alcohol abuse by La Cañada teens may be changing, slightly. As reported recently in the Valley Sun, La Cañada High School has recently begun a program of random visits by Interquest Canine Detection, spurred from concerns by parents of increased drug and alcohol use by students, according to Principal Damon Dragos. Law enforcement at Crescenta Valley Sheriff?s Station is aware of the concerns as well.
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By Megan O’Neil | January 28, 2010
The data on underage drinking is staggering. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, minors who consume alcohol are 50 times more likely to use cocaine than minors who abstain; 40% of individuals who start drinking at 14 or younger become dependent on alcohol later in life; and 5,000 people under the age of 21 die each year from alcohol related injuries. With the help of SafeHomes LCF, however, La Cañada parents are trying to keep their children from becoming statistics.
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By Mary O’Keefe | December 11, 2008
Korean parents from the La Cañada Flintridge Outreach organization met on Dec. 11 at La Cañada High School to discuss teen drug use. The parents have always been proactive in learning the latest drug threat to their teens. President Lucy Park said that they invited professionals who deal with the issue of drugs and wanted to know what to look for and how to prevent their children from falling victim to the ever-growing problem of drug addiction. Chang Hyun Cho, vice president of the Drug Free Community Foundation, quoted a study that had some startling statistics.
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By Bianca P. Gallegos | April 5, 2007
A year ago, more than 35 community leaders representing various organizations gathered for a Teen Summit at the La Cañada Flintridge City Hall to address undergraduate drinking and substance abuse in the community. The summit was organized by William Moffitt, chairman of the Community Prevention Council of La Cañada Flintridge, an organization that combats the illegal use of drug and alcohol, substance abuse, and family problems in the community. The goal of the summit was to raise awareness of teen abuse of drugs and alcohol in La Cañada.
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By Carol Cormaci | May 20, 2010
Public safety and school officials are bracing for a two-car collision they expect to take place at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday on Oak Grove Drive, directly in front of La Cañada High School. An intoxicated driver will be involved, and at least one of our own teens will die, maybe more. We know that at least a few will be injured, and the underage drunk behind the wheel of one of those cars will be arrested. Of course this is theater with a very specifically targeted audience, and all the youth participants will, by Thursday, be completely healthy.
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By Mary O’Keefe | April 24, 2008
Canine contraband-detecting dogs will soon be walking the halls and classrooms of La Cañada High School. On April 18 all 7/8 and high school students attended an assembly where they met two trainers and one of the dogs from Interquest Detection Canines. The assemblies were staggered so all classes would be allowed to hear the presentation and pose questions to the trainers and LCHS Principal Damon Dragos. The dogs will be part of a pilot program that will continue through the end of this school year.
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | May 22, 2013
In the interest of protecting surrounding neighborhoods from noise and possible drunk drivers, La Cañada Flintridge City Council members want to limit the hours that customers can buy alcohol from stores. On a 3-2 vote, the council on Monday directed staff to amend a zoning ordinance to require off-sale establishments, which include liquor and grocery stores, to stopping selling alcohol at midnight. Currently, only one store sells alcohol past midnight in the city: The 24-hour 7-Eleven Liquor at 1535 Foothill Blvd.
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By Joe Puglia | May 1, 2013
My mother was a cross between Genghis Khan and Morgan le Fay and all the hoodlums in the neighborhood feared her. But it was under her tutelage I learned that Providence often gives you what you need instead of what you want. It must have been a divine plan that caused the stork to drop me down the chimney at 233rd street in the Bronx. Someone knew that my survival was dependent upon the parenting of a benevolent dictator. Mom never attended any of my soccer or baseball games. That's because I played neither soccer nor baseball.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | December 19, 2012
Diners looking for a nice sit-down meal in La Cañada Flintridge have a couple of options, but local entrepreneur Brady Caverly is betting that they are ready for one more. Caverly is in the final stages of launching Flintridge Proper, an upscale restaurant in the space formerly occupied by Los Gringos Locos on Foothill Boulevard. The La Cañada resident hopes to open by February. Caverly cleared a final procedural hurdle last week when the city Planning Commission voted 4 to 0 and approved his request to extend alcohol-sales hours, allowing Flintridge Proper to offer drinks as early as 7 a.m. and as late as 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | March 14, 2012
Six weeks after La Cañada Flintridge's Lotte Market received the Planning Commission's unanimous backing in its efforts to sell beer and wine, the city's other Korean market received the same support. The commission voted 5-0 in favor of recommending that Seoul Market, at 2383 Foothill Blvd, be given a conditional use permit to sell beer and wine, pending its approval for a liquor license by the state Department of Alcohol Beverage Control. The matter, along with Lotte Market's permit, will be considered by the City Council.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | June 10, 2011
A driver heading toward La Cañada on Angeles Crest Highway was killed at about 3 a.m. Friday when he lost control of his car, careened into an embankment and collided with a tree, officials said. The fatal wreck came just a week after state transportation officials reopened the winding 7-mile stretch of highway between La Cañada Flintridge and Angeles Forest Highway. Pasadena resident Julio Velasquez, 21, crashed his Honda sedan near mile marker 30.71, a sharp curve about six miles above the Foothill (210)
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | December 9, 2010
Promising an affordable and family-friendly atmosphere, a group of investors hoping to open a new restaurant near the United Artists La Cañada movie theater is expected on Tuesday to seek Planning Commission approval for beer and wine sales. North Shore Burgers would fill the vacancy left by the recent closure of the Rice Garden, but with a slower, sit-down dining concept appropriate for serving drinks with a meal, said general partner Craig Bittner. "I think it's something the community needs…a place that's comfortable and not too expensive," Bittner said.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | September 29, 2010
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law Friday a bill that protects from legal repercussions underage individuals who call 911 during an alcohol-related medical emergency. AB 1999 was authored by state Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge), whose intern, South Pasadena High School honor student Aydin Salek, died in December after consuming alcohol at a party. The new law goes into effect on Jan. 1. "I am very excited that the governor saw the merit behind this idea of incentivizing our children to make good decisions," Portantino said.
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By Megan O¿¿¿Neil | September 22, 2010
Concerns about underage drinking were thrust into the spotlight again Monday as parents urged the La Cañada Flintridge City Council to implement a social-host ordinance, while public officials said their hands are tied when it comes to enforcement. A social-host ordinance is designed to curb underage drinking by holding homeowners and adults responsible for furnishing alcohol to minors. The terms of social-host ordinances vary from city to city, but most commonly include stiff fees for successive law-enforcement visits after an initial call-out.
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By Carol Cormaci | May 20, 2010
Public safety and school officials are bracing for a two-car collision they expect to take place at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday on Oak Grove Drive, directly in front of La Cañada High School. An intoxicated driver will be involved, and at least one of our own teens will die, maybe more. We know that at least a few will be injured, and the underage drunk behind the wheel of one of those cars will be arrested. Of course this is theater with a very specifically targeted audience, and all the youth participants will, by Thursday, be completely healthy.
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