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By Megan O’Neil | September 3, 2009
A friend of the Totta family, La Cañada resident Joe Wilson used to stop by the Totta & Sons garage on Foothill Boulevard and watch patriarch Pete Totta assemble classic cars. During one such visit in the late 1980s, a 1931 Ford Model A roadster pickup truck caught Wilson’s eye and he tried to buy it. It wasn’t until 2007, however, that Pete Totta would relinquish the keys. Within days of the transaction, Totta had died and his two sons closed the shop, the end of an era for the family-run business.
August 17, 2009
Mary O'Keefe Hikers and visitors to the Angeles National Forest should leave their valuables at home when hiking the trails, officials said, citing a rash of burglaries of cars left unattended for hours at a time. From July 2 to Aug. 8, about 15 vehicle burglaries were reported to the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station that occurred in a variety of recreational areas throughout the forest. “[Vehicle burglaries and thefts] usually increase in the summer months.
By Seth Amitin | March 25, 2010
Despite recent warnings from the Crescenta Valley Sheriff?s Station, car burglaries are continuing to plague the La Cañada and La Crescenta area, according to a sheriff?s official. Eight car burglaries have been reported since the station?s commander sent an e-mail to businesses on March 2 warning about a string of vehicle burglaries released on Foothill Boulevard, and seven of those crimes happened in a four-day period, between March 11 and 15. ?We?re concerned about the spike in car burglaries in the area,?
August 20, 2009
An Altadena man was arrested this week in connection with the thefts of two La Cañada luxury cars this summer, according to a police report. Maxince Labbe, 27, was arrested and charged with grand theft auto. Labbe was driving in Arcadia when he was apprehended. ?An officer was working an accident on the corner of Colorado and Princeton,? said Sgt. Mike Castro of the Arcadia Police Department. ?The suspect drove by at an unsafe speed. There was a pursuit and the suspect was arrested at 508 Santa Maria Road.
By Elaine La Marr | March 23, 2006
The second annual Andrew Torres Memorial Golf Tournament received a huge boost this week with the addition of not one, but two, hole-in-one opportunities for golfers when Star Ford and Star Chrysler Jeep, both members of the Star Auto Group in Glendale, announced they will sponsor the April 3 event at the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club. "We are thrilled with the support that Star has extended the tournament this year," said Anita Brenner Torres, Andrew's mother. "Star Chrysler Jeep, in conjunction with Chrysler Corporation, will provide a 2006 Chrysler 300 as a Hole-in-One prize.
By Mary O’Keefe | September 27, 2007
A rash of stolen vehicles has hit the area in the past few weeks. ?We have had over ten in the last couple of weeks,? Det. Frank Diana of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff?s Station said Tuesday. On Wednesday, one more car theft was reported by a La Cañada woman whose vehicle was stolen from her residence while she made a one-day trip out of the area. The vehicles range from BMWs to Hondas and do not follow any time pattern for the thefts, Diana said. All the car theft incidents are still under investigation.
By Daniel Siegal, | December 7, 2011
Sheriff's deputies arrested a trio of alleged car burglars in La Cañada Flintridge last Friday, and now they're looking to find the rightful owners of the burglars' loot. Detective Rodger Burt said that the three men were caught in a car on Ocean View Boulevard around 2:30 a.m. Dec. 2 after the suspects committed a rash of vehicle burglaries and thefts. Burt said that he was able to link the men to two burglaries and five thefts through property recovered from their vehicle, but he thinks there are victims he has yet to identify that are still missing property.
By Seth Amitin | October 22, 2009
A three-car crash on the 1600 block of Verdugo Boulevard Wednesday morning that extended into the parking lot of the Goldstein’s Bagels resulted in one person being taken to the hospital. Glendale Police Department and Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station personnel were on the scene working together as the street is Glendale’s jurisdiction and the parking lot is in the CV station’s territory. “The Saab was driving west on Verdugo Boulevard and the Mini Cooper attempted to make a left-hand turn into the parking lot,” said Officer Tom Broadway of the Glendale Police Department.
October 7, 2004
What a unique idea for our city. Here I thought I would have to drive to Pasadena or Glendale for the rest of my life to get a quick carwash ["Planning Commission Gives Nod to Car Wash," Sept. 30]. I was happy to see that our city approved a much needed service. It is time that during high prices for gas and state funding cuts, that we as a city attempt to expand services for which we get a share of the increased tax revenue the car wash will certainly have to pay. I am not an expert to know if our smaller population, compared to a larger city, can support the economics of a car wash, yet I am thrilled at learning that our city sought out an opportunity to help our revenues.
By Andrew Shortall, | June 15, 2011
It’s no secret the Foothill Car Wash Lube Oil and Detail Center has gone green. The giant solar panels on top of the car wash are dead giveaways and there are multiple signs posted at the site, in the 2300 block of Foothill Boulevard. It’s safe to say Steve Berkman, the owner of the business, isn’t shy about his newly-acquired power. “We provide 60% of our electricity [with solar power] and that’s significant in this business. We use a lot of electricity,” said Berkman, whose solar panels at the Foothill Car Wash have been up and running since March 8. It’s also significant because the installation saves Foothill Car Wash, in business for 25 years, quite a bit of green.
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