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May 16, 2012
Increasingly, Americans who are so concerned about security that they will sacrifice their liberty in order to be protected by government are succeeding in turning our society into a group of terrified lemmings. A case in point is condoning the outrageous behavior of TSA agents at airport security points. Every few days, news reports bring another example of atrocious TSA behavior. People of all ages, including young children, are groped by the TSA. This is a violation of the U.S. Constitution's Fourth Amendment forbidding unreasonable searches.
NEWS
June 21, 2010
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Mark Slater is cruising down Knight Way in La Cañada Flintridge when he spots a cyclist that fits the suspect profile. He makes a quick U-turn, pulls up to the curb and stops 12-year-old Garret Culver. The Paradise Canyon Elementary School student's offense? Proper use of safety precautions while riding his bicycle. The fine? A coupon for a free Slurpee at 7-Eleven. Operation Chill is underway in La Cañada Flintridge and La Crescenta, where law enforcement personnel from the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station are "citing" children for exhibiting good behavior.
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By Nancy Turney | October 14, 2010
Q. My mom has Alzheimer's disease and has been exhibiting behavior that is distressing to me. No matter where we are, at home or in public, she starts to undress. When I try to stop her she gets upset and either cries or hits me. How should I handle this? People with Alzheimer's often exhibit inappropriate behavior. Reasoning with them is typically our first response to a behavior but it is fruitless and only upsets all concerned since they have lost their ability to reason.
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By Anita S. Brenner | April 25, 2013
In the midst of one of our nation's hardest weeks, just after the Boston Marathon the La Cañada Unified School District presented an uplifting program titled “Cliques, Conflicts, Connections: Empowering your daughter to navigate her social and emotional worlds.” The evening started inauspiciously. As I walked across the Lanterman Auditorium parking lot on Cornishon, there were several near misses as one SUV after another barreled into the lot like a four-wheeled cloud of bats out of the nether regions, narrowly missing the pedestrians and other vehicles.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | October 5, 2011
How do you know whether your child's behavior is normal teenage rebellion or something more serious? And if it is something more, what resources are available to you? Those questions are the focus of a new series of parenting classes designed to assist families with special-needs children that kicked off this week at the Crescenta-Cañada YMCA. “It came about because we have offered a variety of parenting classes in the past for more normal kids, and then realized that there were parents that had additional challenges with raising kids with special needs,” said Ana-Marie Schaefer, fitness director at the YMCA.
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By Mary O'Keefe | December 7, 2006
Crescenta Valley Sheriff deputies arrested a naked La Crescenta man in his 30s walking up Briggs Avenue Monday afternoon. The man is known by station personnel due to previous calls concerning his behavior, according to Sgt. Gloria Ramierz. He suffers from a mental condition that has caused him to display unusual behavior. In the past the station has been called about him lying in the middle of the road and screaming. This is the first time he has been seen naked in public, she said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Diana Olson | November 26, 2009
Part 3 Continuing with the words of Anita M. Smith, vice president of The Institute for Youth Development: If we can step back and lower our defenses as parents, we can readily recognize that the essentials of common courtesy, self- respect, respect for others, personal responsibility, good judgment, decision making, conflict management, compassion and integrity are the foundation blocks related to the other behavior-related issues...
NEWS
November 30, 2011
No, Mr. Puglia, society is not becoming too sensitive [“Sensitivity and Gabrielle Leko,” Thoughts from Dr. Joe, Nov. 24]. I suggest that you read what Abraham Joshua Heschel has written on the topic of sensitivity. What I have concluded from Heschel's writings is that as sensitivity decreases, callousness increases. We raise our children to be kind to their family and friends. We hold workshops in the schools about bullying to put a stop to this type of behavior. Our social studies curriculum has been updated to teach our students about the Holocaust.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Diana Olson | October 21, 2010
Part I: The workplace in America is becoming increasingly more uncivil, ill-mannered, chronically rude and disrespectful of the opinions of others. Assaultive language, intolerance of differences, aggressive behavior and false accusations all contribute to stress, absenteeism and a hostile environment. Other acts of incivility are aggressive, inappropriate communication via cell phones, e-mails, and social media. Taking credit for the works of others, lack of respect and restraint, tardiness or texting during meetings, bullying and humiliation of workers, and toxic personalities all contribute to dysfunctional operations within companies.
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By Anita S. Brenner | October 18, 2013
After Dr. Melissa Johnson gave a program on girls and cliques for the La Cañada Unified School District last year, I invited her to speak to the La Cañada Thursday Club. Even though I am a past president of the Thursday Club, doing a swan song as the club's current vice president, bringing in a psychologist to discuss relationships is slightly out of character. I've practiced law for nearly 40 years, with a focus on trial work. My law school class was less than 7% female. Cliques?
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By Anita S. Brenner | April 25, 2013
In the midst of one of our nation's hardest weeks, just after the Boston Marathon the La Cañada Unified School District presented an uplifting program titled “Cliques, Conflicts, Connections: Empowering your daughter to navigate her social and emotional worlds.” The evening started inauspiciously. As I walked across the Lanterman Auditorium parking lot on Cornishon, there were several near misses as one SUV after another barreled into the lot like a four-wheeled cloud of bats out of the nether regions, narrowly missing the pedestrians and other vehicles.
NEWS
By Sara Cardine | March 20, 2013
A small crowd assembled Tuesday night at City Hall to talk frankly about the stresses and difficulties today's teenagers face and what can be done to prevent depression, substance abuse and suicide. But while attendance was low, the conversation generated among the teens and adults who turned out was honest and bore much insight about how to improve the spirits and well-being of area youth. The panel discussion, sponsored by the La Cañada Flintridge Youth Council and co-sponsored by the Public Safety Commission and the Community Prevention Council, follows the March 1 death of Campbell Taylor, a La Cañada High School senior who committed suicide on campus.
NEWS
May 16, 2012
Increasingly, Americans who are so concerned about security that they will sacrifice their liberty in order to be protected by government are succeeding in turning our society into a group of terrified lemmings. A case in point is condoning the outrageous behavior of TSA agents at airport security points. Every few days, news reports bring another example of atrocious TSA behavior. People of all ages, including young children, are groped by the TSA. This is a violation of the U.S. Constitution's Fourth Amendment forbidding unreasonable searches.
NEWS
November 30, 2011
No, Mr. Puglia, society is not becoming too sensitive [“Sensitivity and Gabrielle Leko,” Thoughts from Dr. Joe, Nov. 24]. I suggest that you read what Abraham Joshua Heschel has written on the topic of sensitivity. What I have concluded from Heschel's writings is that as sensitivity decreases, callousness increases. We raise our children to be kind to their family and friends. We hold workshops in the schools about bullying to put a stop to this type of behavior. Our social studies curriculum has been updated to teach our students about the Holocaust.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Nancy Turney | October 26, 2011
Q. I recently visited my dad out of state and was shocked to see the state of his house. Apparently he has become a hoarder. What can I do to help him? This problem has gained wider visibility in recent years, thanks in part to several hoarding-related television shows. Hoarding's effects can extend beyond an overstuffed home. It can put people's health at risk. It can affect surrounding neighborhoods. And treating it requires more than a big box of trash bags. Experts usually draw the line between a messy lifestyle and hoarding when it comes to the person's ability to function.
NEWS
By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | October 5, 2011
How do you know whether your child's behavior is normal teenage rebellion or something more serious? And if it is something more, what resources are available to you? Those questions are the focus of a new series of parenting classes designed to assist families with special-needs children that kicked off this week at the Crescenta-Cañada YMCA. “It came about because we have offered a variety of parenting classes in the past for more normal kids, and then realized that there were parents that had additional challenges with raising kids with special needs,” said Ana-Marie Schaefer, fitness director at the YMCA.
NEWS
By Joe Puglia | June 28, 2011
Usually I refrain from commenting on politics or the antics of politicians. I don’t wear my ideology on my shirtsleeve, nor would I ever attempt to dissuade one from their political persuasion. To our detriment, our politics are often imbedded in our identity, making us vehement in our point of view and a prisoner thereof. We lose the capacity to think critically. However, I feel compelled to weigh in on the recent behavior of former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, who resigned this month after scandalous behavior.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Diana Olson | January 6, 2011
Etiquette is not about snobbish rules and class separation. It is a code of behavior and life skills that shows thoughtfulness, common sense and consideration toward others. Life often has changes and circumstances that arise for which one has no experience or training. Knowledge of etiquette helps to develop poise, confidence and self-esteem, and that enables one to handle the unexpected. Because business is often social and involves dining situations, knowledge of fine-dining skills can help to give one an extra edge and create a positive impression and trust.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Diana Olson | October 21, 2010
Part I: The workplace in America is becoming increasingly more uncivil, ill-mannered, chronically rude and disrespectful of the opinions of others. Assaultive language, intolerance of differences, aggressive behavior and false accusations all contribute to stress, absenteeism and a hostile environment. Other acts of incivility are aggressive, inappropriate communication via cell phones, e-mails, and social media. Taking credit for the works of others, lack of respect and restraint, tardiness or texting during meetings, bullying and humiliation of workers, and toxic personalities all contribute to dysfunctional operations within companies.
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