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NEWS
March 5, 2014
As a La Cañada homeowner for over a decade, I am aware that this city is an affluent bedroom community of private homes - and that most residents want to keep their property values high, their schools prestigious, businesses prosperous and the community relatively crime-free. The recent City Council action to rezone selected areas for low-income housing (as required by state law) seems to have panicked some of the more skittish towns folk into thinking it's the beginning of the end for this valley's quality of life.
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NEWS
By Sara Cardine, sara.cardine@latimes.com | March 4, 2014
La Cañada's foothill areas held their ground this weekend through a series of massive rainstorms that brought inches of rain to a previously parched landscape. Local officials returning to work on Monday reported all seemed to be well, adding that increased patrols and precautionary measures, along with improved foothill vegetation, likely spared the area from the brunt of the storm's damage. City Engineer Ying Kwan said Monday no emergency calls had come in over the weekend. “We had one drain back up at Chevy Chase [Drive]
COMMUNITY
February 27, 2014
Nominations are being accepted by the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada for its annual La Cañadan of the Year Award. Nomination applications are available via email from Nick Berkuta at Nberkuta@me.com and completed forms are due by March 5. Phone inquiries about the process and criteria for the award can be made to Berkuta at (818) 790-3034. The club will host a luncheon in honor of this year's award winner on Wednesday, April 30 at Van de Kamp Hall in Descanso Gardens. Recent winners, selected for their broad-based volunteer efforts in the community, include Mary Gant, Tom and Meredith Reynolds, Laura Olhasso, Clyde Hemphill, Terry Walker and this year's event chairman, Berkuta.
NEWS
By Sara Cardine | February 13, 2014
As California continues to experience extreme drought, the far-reaching effects of abnormal weather patterns are being observed locally in tree populations and the unwelcome guests they may be housing. The city is warning La Cañada residents to be on the lookout for signs of bark beetle infestation in trees on their property. The small, boring insects pose a special threat to pines and other conifers in dry weather conditions. "Pines need moisture to produce the defensive sticky substance required to repel the bark beetle when attacked," reads a Jan. 29 warning posted on the city's website.
COMMUNITY
February 13, 2014
A special screening of a new film that focuses on the history of the La Cañada Flintridge trails system will be shown at 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16 at Lanterman House, 4420 Encinas Drive. The La Cañada Flintridge Trails Council marks its 40th anniversary this year and worked with film director John Newcombe to create the film. The DVD, “The History of the La Cañada Flintridge Trails,” will be available for $19.95 on Sunday and can also be found at area retailers including Sport Chalet, Flintridge Bookstore and Once Upon a Time.
NEWS
By Dan Loumena | January 26, 2014
Steven Holcomb, the veteran bobsled champion, and Kate Hansen, a promising slider in the luge from La Cañada Flintridge, made it a banner day for U.S. competitors in season-ending World Cup competitions on Saturday. Holcomb became the seventh two-man bobsled pilot in World Cup history to win a second season title when he and brakeman Curt Tomasevicz finished seventh in Konigssee, Germany, on Saturday, the Los Angeles Times reports .  Hansen became the first American to win a major singles luge competition since 2009 and a World Cup event since 1997 when she took the victory in Sigulda, Latvia.
NEWS
January 24, 2014
[UPDATE 1:03 p.m.: Descanso Gardens officials estimate that the early morning blaze that ripped through a maintenance shed storing chemicals and gardening equipment may have cost at least half a million dollars in damage. ] The gardens remain closed Friday while crews work to investigate the cause and clean the area near the maintenance shed, which is off the main grounds, said Descanso Executive Director David Brown. "We've probably lost $10,000 or $20,000 worth of tools," Brown said.
COMMUNITY
January 22, 2014
Stephen Baldonado, a residential landscape designer and lead lecturer with the community of tomato lovers known as Tomatomania, was the guest speaker during the January luncheon meeting of the La Cañada Thursday Club. Baldonado taught the audience how to grow their own vegetable gardens and provided them with a monthly planting guide. Club members there to learn about edible gardens also enjoyed an Italian-style lunch in the Woodleigh Lane clubhouse. Baldonado will be offering classes on the topic “How to grow perfect tomatoes in your own backyard” at Descanso Gardens on March 29 and 30, at 1 p.m. both days.
COMMUNITY
January 22, 2014
Six Palm Crest students given the Terrific Kids honor this month by the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada joined the group for a luncheon meeting held at Descanso Gardens on a recent Wednesday. The event was coordinated by Kiwanis member Pat Flynn. The students honored were Nick Myskowski, Grace Bernstein, Elsa Sheehy, Kristin Kilaghibian and Kathryn Wolhaupter. The Terrific Kids program is an ongoing Kiwanis endeavor to acknowledge the achievements of local elementary-age students. -- Carol Cormaci, carol.cormaci@latimes.com ALSO: La Cañada Crime: Break-in attempt at Flintridge Pharmacy and Medical Supply Kaitlin Powers crowned as 2014 Miss La Cañada Flintridge Flintridge Prep boys' basketball looks sluggish in Shootout loss
COMMUNITY
January 22, 2014
Ten Years Ago The Community Scholarship Foundation of La Cañada Flintridge announced plans for its upcoming luncheon and auction event. The 2004 fundraiser, themed "A Classical Affair," was to feature Jorge Mester, then music director of the Pasadena Symphony, and actor John de Lancie as guest speakers. Twenty Years Ago The night after the Northridge earthquake struck, causing massive damage and displacing people from their homes, the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada cooked up hamburgers and hot dogs for about 250 people who had sought refuge at the Glendale National Guard Armory and another 250 who were being sheltered at Wilson Junior High School, also in Glendale.
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