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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | August 1, 2013
La Cañada Flintridge City Manager Mark Alexander is quick to point out that City Council members drive decision-making and he's quick to give his staff the credit for jobs well-done. But legacies - even quiet ones - aren't built to be ignored. In June the San Dimas native became the longest-serving city manager in La Cañada's history - the first to hold the city's top post for a solid decade, and that on top of 15 additional years working for the city. Alexander took his first administrative staff position here in 1988, when he was 23 years old, and worked his way up through a variety of posts under three previous city managers.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2009
Ten Years Ago The newly-seated La Cañada Flintridge City Council in late March 1999 was said to be close to naming a new city manager, following the November 1998 departure of Gaby Pryor from the role. Assistant City Manager Mark Alexander, who was shouldering the work of both desks in the interim, took himself out of the running for the top post, citing other goals. Twenty Years Ago The old Harry Johansing estate on Flintridge Avenue was selected by the Pasadena Junior Philharmonic Committee for its 25th anniversary Pasadena Showcase House of Design.
NEWS
October 25, 2007
City’s General Plan Committee to meet Lanterman Auditorium on Cornishon Avenue is the venue when the La Cañada Flintridge General Plan Advisory Committee meets at 6:30 tonight. The committee is putting the finishing touches on its vision statement, which will help direct the future of the city. . . Design Commission approves projects The city’s design commission has approved work at two commerical properties in La Cañada this month, according to Robert Stanley, director of community development, in his Oct. 10 report to the city manager.
NEWS
February 16, 2006
The Parks and Recreation Commission at its meeting Feb. 8 approved the field schedule for the coming year, and agreed to leave it to the Sports Coalition to work out competing use requests. The city will issue only one permit for each time period and the sports groups will privately work out any conflicts, according to the commission staff. A proposed professional bicycle race through town will be discussed at the next commission meeting and dates finalized. The commission agreed to refer the issue of facility improvements at the sports field near Foothill Intermediate School to the joint use committee, composed of representatives from the city and the school district.
NEWS
By Anita Susan Brenner | August 12, 2010
On July 15, the Los Angeles Times published the first reports of the inflated salaries of the city of Bell employees. On Aug. 4, Valley Sun reporter Megan O'Neil followed up on the bloated pensions for recently retired city of Bell employees. ("There may be some possibility that La Cañada Flintridge could be responsible for some small, tiny portion of former Bell employees' pension benefits, but it is so uncertain right now," said Daniel Jordan, our city's director of finance.
NEWS
July 18, 2012
Our La Cañada Flintridge city manager recently stated that the city does not have financial responsibility for city-owned trees that damage private property. That is troubling. Several years ago, we contacted the city about a diseased tree across the street from our residence at 2040 Hilldale Drive. The city-hired arborist declared the eucalyptus tree diseased and slowly dying. City officials said the tree was on private property and notified the owner of the problem. The owner responded that the tree was on city street right of way. The city then replied that the complaining resident would need to provide a current survey showing street and property lines.
NEWS
By Ruth Longoria | January 10, 2008
It was a rainy day in January 2005 when David Stegner showed up to take on the job as the city of La Cañada Flintridge?s public safety coordinator. It had been raining for 10 days straight, Stegner recalls. ?But, my first day was peaceful,? he said. ?It was the second day when water came rushing down the streets.? Stegner had to deal with mudslides and slope failures immediately after beginning his first day on the job, said Mark Alexander, city manager. And now, three years later, following a week of storm clouds and downpours, Stegner is packing up to leave.
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By Sara Cardine,sara.cardine@latimes.com | February 20, 2014
It would be difficult to guess, from the serene exterior of La Cañada Flintridge's City Hall building, at the multitude of daily activities and decisions a single year in the life of a city requires. To help shed light on what the city's main departments - Administration, Finance, Community Development and Public Works - accomplished in 2013, City Manager Mark Alexander compiled his annual report of city activities, submitting it at Tuesday night's meeting of the City Council. The 30-page document details nearly every facet of city operation last year, highlighting statistics from the number of free shuttle service rides provided (4,122)
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NEWS
By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | August 1, 2013
La Cañada Flintridge City Manager Mark Alexander is quick to point out that City Council members drive decision-making and he's quick to give his staff the credit for jobs well-done. But legacies - even quiet ones - aren't built to be ignored. In June the San Dimas native became the longest-serving city manager in La Cañada's history - the first to hold the city's top post for a solid decade, and that on top of 15 additional years working for the city. Alexander took his first administrative staff position here in 1988, when he was 23 years old, and worked his way up through a variety of posts under three previous city managers.
COMMUNITY
November 21, 2012
Ten Years Ago Jerry Fulwood, then city manager, announced that a former city clerk for the city of Poway, Marjorie Wahlsten, would assume that role in La Cañada Flintridge, beginning in January 2003   Twenty Years Ago Verdugo Hills Hospital was given permission by the City Council to display 36 of its blue-and-white flags along Foothill and Verdugo boulevards in observance of the hospital's 20th anniversary. Thirty Years Ago La Cañada Flintridge resident and businessman Jeff Dewey was heading up the annual “Shop in La Cañada Flintridge” campaign for the local chamber of commerce.
COMMUNITY
September 19, 2012
Ten Years Ago La Cañada residents concerned about vector control following an announcement that mosquito-borne West Nile virus was contracted by a Los Angeles County woman learned they would have to fend for themselves against mosquitoes on their private property. The city was not included in a county abatement district. Twenty Years Ago Friends of the La Cañada Flintridge Public Library reported that more than 9,000 books would be offered during their September 1992 book sale.
NEWS
July 18, 2012
Our La Cañada Flintridge city manager recently stated that the city does not have financial responsibility for city-owned trees that damage private property. That is troubling. Several years ago, we contacted the city about a diseased tree across the street from our residence at 2040 Hilldale Drive. The city-hired arborist declared the eucalyptus tree diseased and slowly dying. City officials said the tree was on private property and notified the owner of the problem. The owner responded that the tree was on city street right of way. The city then replied that the complaining resident would need to provide a current survey showing street and property lines.
NEWS
By Anita Susan Brenner | August 12, 2010
On July 15, the Los Angeles Times published the first reports of the inflated salaries of the city of Bell employees. On Aug. 4, Valley Sun reporter Megan O'Neil followed up on the bloated pensions for recently retired city of Bell employees. ("There may be some possibility that La Cañada Flintridge could be responsible for some small, tiny portion of former Bell employees' pension benefits, but it is so uncertain right now," said Daniel Jordan, our city's director of finance.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2009
Ten Years Ago Bringing an end to a five-month search, the La Cañada Flintridge City Council voted unanimously to hire Jerry Fulwood, 52, to serve as city manager. Chosen from a field of 54 candidates, Fulwood came to the city from a post as deputy city manager of Rancho Cucamonga. Twenty Years Ago Paradise Canyon Elementary School was selected as one of 234 California Distinguished elementary schools. Principal of the Knight Way campus that year was Gloria McGehee-Koel.
NEWS
March 26, 2009
City launches 24/7 customer service The city has begun a new online service, Access La Cañada Flintridge, as part of an initiative to improve customer service. The new service allows residents and staff to track the status of all requests or complaints whether they are received via e-mail, phone or postal mail. The system is currently available to the public for use on the city’s website at www.lcf.ca.gov . Residents will have 24/7 access to City Hall online, status updates via e-mail, and an informed dialogue with staff.
NEWS
By Mary O’Keefe | May 1, 2008
On April 24 La Cañada High School students were witness to a horrific accident that took place in front of their school on Oak Grove Drive. The fact that this collision was staged for the Every 15 Minutes program did not affect the realism as emergency services responded and cries of ?oh no? echoed down the street. Students watched as members of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Crescenta Valley Sheriff?s Station, California Highway Patrol, Schaeffer?s Ambulance and the Los Angeles County Coroner?
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