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April 16, 2014
At the town hall meeting discussing the Sagebrush transfer issue , representatives from the La Cañada and Glendale school districts stated that Sagebrush kids and parents should always feel “welcomed” or “invited” to participate in either community's activities. Community leaders from both LCF and Glendale have repeatedly echoed these same sentiments to Sagebrush families. As comforting as some make think that sounds, as a parent of two young kids and taxpayer living in the Sagebrush area of La Cañada Flintridge, it doesn't sound so good to me. When you are invited or welcomed to join a group or community, it simply means that you currently lack ownership or a sense of belonging.
NEWS
November 21, 2012
Having recently moved to La Cañada because of its great public schools and family-friendly community, I have become quickly dismayed at the unfriendliness that greets me when I walk around the neighborhood. Granted, there are no sidewalks so pedestrians are forced to share the road with people in cars. I have been greeted with cars going far closer to 40 than 25. I have talked to two mothers, apprehensively at first, as I didn't want to come off as paranoid, who immediately agreed that they do not walk their children because they feel it is unsafe.
NEWS
By Ruth Longoria | June 18, 2009
At the end of a four-hour-long City Council meeting Monday night, the council moved forward with voting and appointments to fill three Youth Council vacancies and one seat on the Investment and Financing Advisory Committee. From a list of three well-qualified applicants, the council selected longtime La Cañadan Gene Stein, 63, to the Investment and Financing Committee. Stein and his wife, Mindy moved to La Cañada from the west side of Los Angeles in 1983. He was born in Chicago, but grew up in La Cañada.
NEWS
December 12, 2012
Re: " This could be a walk-friendly community ," Mailbag, Nov. 22: As a former LCF resident myself for over 30 years, as well as my relatives having been there for over 50 years, I feel I am qualified to speak about this issue. I can agree the traffic in some areas is faster on a regular basis than it should be, so contact the authorities with details about your issues. About adding sidewalks: I do not understand why people moving into an established community have to change things and make the community look like the community they just moved out of. You moved to a small community, so keep it that way. Do not install huge street lights, sidewalks, grocery stores, Targets, Walmarts, CVSs, etc., in every location on Earth.
NEWS
May 23, 2012
Thank you for the coverage of the 2012 Les Tupper Community Service Awards, and the background information on Les Tupper (“Les Tupper is a man worth remembering,” Carol Cormaci's Piece of Mind column, May 17). We all know our town is unique for its family/personal involvement, but it's nice to be reminded that our roots run deep. Individuals help to define a community, and we have one exceptional community. Thank you for your part in bonding us all. Sheree Butts La Cañada Flintridge Editor's note: The writer is president of the LCF Coordinating Council, which honors exceptional volunteers with the annual Les Tupper Community Service Awards.
NEWS
July 15, 2004
My name is Franz Phillip Hosp, and my wife and I have resided on Alta Canyada Road for over 50 years. We built our home at this location at that time and have been happily satisfied until lately. We enjoy our neighborhood and the family atmosphere it affords us. We are fortunate to have a son, Phil Hosp, Jr., who has enjoyed the fruits of the sound educational basis offered in the La Cañada School District (as did his two adult children) and who is currently a successful attorney in Pasadena.
NEWS
March 19, 2014
People often ask me how La Cañada schools do it. The answer has always seemed obvious: No one understands the school/community partnership better than La Cañada. We take very seriously our collective ownership of the education of the city's children, and we demonstrated this - once again - with the successful passage of Measure LC . California's persistent underfunding of public schools is an outrage, and new funding formulas put La Cañada on track to be one of the five lowest-funded districts in California - the 49th lowest funded state in the nation.
NEWS
By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | March 23, 2011
The Kiwanis Club of La Cañada has named club member and longtime community volunteer Clyde Hemphill as the newest La Cañadan of the Year. A retired engineer, Hemphill is vice president of the La Cañada Flintridge Coordinating Council, a member of the city’s Public Works and Traffic Commission, sits on the board of Valley Water Company and is an active volunteer with the LCF Tournament of Roses Association. Hemphill was previously instrumental in resurrecting the La Cañada High School Spartan Booster Club in 1973, and he also volunteered with youth sports and helped run the local Soap Box Derby Project.
NEWS
October 18, 2013
The community and district have benefited from the campaign for school board, and in no small part because of Dan Jeffries' hard work . I have been grateful for Dan's outreach efforts, and impressed as he has gone door-to-door and sought to understand the many perspectives in our community. Further, I am excited about his commitment to some of the most important goals the district has taken on in recent years. I know he will push us further when it comes to transparency, accountability and the overall quality of our educational program.
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By Sara Cardine, sara.cardine@latimes.com | May 1, 2014
Former La Cañada Mayor Steve Del Guercio, retired teacher and Boy Scout leader Harriet Hammons and Kyla Bradley, a high school student dedicated to making the area's homeless feel loved, are among this year's winners of the Les Tupper Community Service Award. Five individuals and two organizations were selected to receive the prestigious volunteer award and will attend a May 12 awards ceremony to be held at JPL's von Karman Auditorium at 7 p.m. Also being honored this year are: business owner Tony Angelica, former La Cañada Unified School Board member Susan Boyd, the Community Scholarship Foundation, and the La Cañada Flintridge Public Library along with its manager, Mark Totten.
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NEWS
April 16, 2014
At the town hall meeting discussing the Sagebrush transfer issue , representatives from the La Cañada and Glendale school districts stated that Sagebrush kids and parents should always feel “welcomed” or “invited” to participate in either community's activities. Community leaders from both LCF and Glendale have repeatedly echoed these same sentiments to Sagebrush families. As comforting as some make think that sounds, as a parent of two young kids and taxpayer living in the Sagebrush area of La Cañada Flintridge, it doesn't sound so good to me. When you are invited or welcomed to join a group or community, it simply means that you currently lack ownership or a sense of belonging.
COMMUNITY
By Carol Cormaci, carol.cormaci@latimes.com | March 28, 2014
Longtime La Cañadan Martha Burns, who in previous years has been honored locally for her deep involvement in community affairs, was recognized in March by Rep. Adam Schiff as one of the women of the year for California's 28th Congressional District. Burns was feted at a luncheon held in Hollywood, where Schiff entered a special tribute to her into the Congressional Record. Also so honored were a dozen other women from Schiff's district: Alexandra Helfrich, Burbank; Alice Steere Coulombe, Pasadena; Barbara Ferris, Los Feliz; Blaire Lennane, Elysian Valley; Cheryl Davis, La Crescenta; Christy Schilling, Glendale; Drian Juarez, Hollywood; Nadine Trujillo, Silver Lake; Elizabeth Garo, Echo Park; Ruth Williams, West Hollywood; Shelli-Anne Couch, Atwater Village and Sonia Tatulian, Tujunga.
NEWS
March 19, 2014
People often ask me how La Cañada schools do it. The answer has always seemed obvious: No one understands the school/community partnership better than La Cañada. We take very seriously our collective ownership of the education of the city's children, and we demonstrated this - once again - with the successful passage of Measure LC . California's persistent underfunding of public schools is an outrage, and new funding formulas put La Cañada on track to be one of the five lowest-funded districts in California - the 49th lowest funded state in the nation.
NEWS
March 12, 2014
Families gathered at the Community Center on the first Saturday of March to take part in the 21st annual Western Round Up, the largest fundraiser of the year for the center's preschool program. The event featured games and other attractions, as well as a catered barbecue meal. Adults had the opportunity to bid on more than 300 items in the silent auction, including children's party packages, tickets to sporting events, restaurant certificates, toys and gifts. -- Carol Cormaci, carol.cormaci@latimes.com Follow @CarolCormaci on Twitter.
NEWS
By Michael Bruer | March 5, 2014
City and school officials, as well as other local residents and business leaders turned out at La Cañada Elementary on Feb. 28 to participate in the annual Community Read-in, organized by the PTA. More than 25 members of the community were scheduled to read to students from transitional kindergarten through the sixth grade. The readers included La Cañada Mayor Laura Olhasso, City Councilman Donald Voss, and Chris Morgan, a screenwriter and parent. They were eager to read to the students from a variety of different books, and happy to enjoy a respite from the nearly constant downpour that deluged the foothills that day. Linda Chun, in her first year organizing the event, was pleased with the turnout and participation.
NEWS
February 20, 2014
A fourth generation of a local family is taking advantage this winter of offerings at the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge, the Chevy Chase Drive facility that began more than 60 years ago as the Youth House. Kelly Cook and her sister Michelle Mena have been attending "Mommy and Me" dance classes offered at the center with their daughters, Irene and Amelia. It's come full circle for the young mothers, as they too participated in classes when they were growing up in La Cañada.
COMMUNITY
February 20, 2014
Steve Del Guercio, a former mayor of this city, has joined the board of directors of the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge, it was announced Wednesday. The longtime local resident is a partner at the downtown Los Angeles law firm of Demetriou, Del Guercio, Springer & Francis, LLP. Ara Aslanian, a local business and technology firm leader, was reelected to a third consecutive year as president of the center's board. “I am honored to be asked to serve as president of the board for another term,” Aslanian stated.
NEWS
February 12, 2014
In the past several weeks, I frequently have been asked, “What does it cost to educate a student in the La Cañada Unified School District?” It is an important question and one that I want to openly answer for the entire community. The cost per pupil for the District's educational program in the 2013-14 school year is $9,320. (For purposes of comparison, the 2011 National Average in public school per pupil spending was $11,864.) The 2013-14 total amount of per pupil revenue allocated to LCUSD from the state of California and from federal funding is $7,327.
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