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By Mary O’Keefe | January 22, 2009
It looks like another long dry year for La Cañada Flintridge and the rest of Los Angeles County with the appearance of La Niña. ?The diva of drought,? is what Bill Patzert, climatologist from Jet Propulsion Laboratory calls La Niña. The condition is the result of the eastern equatorial Pacific experiencing unusually cold ocean temperatures. That usually means colder weather for the Midwest region of the country and dry conditions for the Southland The heat was on last week, with a final high temperature day on Monday, which marked the ninth straight day of above 80 degrees setting a January record.
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By Mary O’Keefe | December 14, 2007
The rain of last weekend and cool temperatures may fit well with the holiday season in La Cañada. But be warned, the wet stuff did not bring Southern California out of its ongoing dry spell in a meaningful way, according to the experts. “Right now we have had a little storm and we will be at normal [rainfall for the season]. That’s the good news,” said Bill Patzert, climatologist and oceanographer from Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “But normal doesn’t cut it in terms of the drought.
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By Carol Cormaci | October 25, 2007
What’s that I hear echoing from the hills of Flintridge to the country club’s fairways? I can barely make it out, but I think its a collective sigh of relief. It looks like we’ve escaped unharmed from the encircling infernos that have caused most of the Southland’s counties — including our own — to be declared disaster areas. Believe me, I’m rapping frantically on the wood framing of my office window in between typing sentences because I don’t have a rabbit’s foot, horseshoe or shamrock handy for good luck’s sake.
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April 5, 2011
Re: “Hearing looks at tax industry credits”, Valley Sun March 24 and at lacanadaonline.com: The conservative economic system that has been established has given corporations a kind of stranglehold over local and state governments as they play [filming] locations off one another to get the biggest bribe in exchange for the jobs. A movie production is mobile and temporary, not a good investment/bet for any government that thinks it can hand out bribes for eternity. The previous model for filmmaking was better for the industry as a whole and for those who wished to work in it. When there are just one or two primary locations where most of the production occurs, it requires that aspiring professionals make the commitment to move there.
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January 17, 2014
California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency in the state on Friday, emphasizing what area water experts have warned locals about.  Brown's announcement comes as state reservoirs reach critically low levels and cities across the state have instituted water-rationing measures, the Los Angeles Times reports . Speaking at a San Francisco news conference, Brown also called on "all citizens" to cut back "at least 20% of their water...
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January 23, 2014
Foothill Municipal Water District officials are alerting customers to limit water consumption following Gov. Jerry Brown's drought emergency announcement last week.  Two consecutive dry years and the state's snowpack registering at only 20% of average water content prompted the area water board to change its conservation stage to “green,” according to a statement from Nina Jazmadarian, general manager at Foothill Municipal Water District.  ...
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By Carolyn Neuhausen, Special to the Valley Sun | May 25, 2011
About a dozen local volunteers turned out Saturday with gardening tools in hand when Form LA landscaping company, in conjunction with La Cañada Valley Beautiful, hosted a garden maintenance day at the La Cañada Library’s demonstration garden. The volunteers pruned back overgrown yarrow and sage. Cassy Aoyagi, co-owner of Form LA, told the workers that the concept of pruning is to cut damaged, diseased or dead wood from a plant, something she calls following the 3Ds. Doing so encourages the plant to allocate energy to re-flowering or keeping its foliage lush and robust.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | November 24, 2010
Gatorade baths are usually reserved for winning coaches. Still, La Cañada High's Dan Yoder got an early shower following his team's 42-14 loss to Covina in the first round CIF Southern Section Mid-Valley Division playoff game Friday night. Covina (10-1), the fourth-seeded team in the division, had La Cañada (5-6) backpedaling early. Billy Livingston, Covina's quarterback, put the Colts on the board seven plays after the opening kickoff when he hit receiver Randy Robledo with a 10-yard touchdown pass for a quick 7-0 lead.
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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.
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By Sara Cardine,sara.cardine@latimes.com | February 27, 2014
Greg Foley had a vision in mind last year when he began ripping out the beautifully green grass in the frontyard of his La Crescenta home. Neighbors were leery, but he had a mission to replace the water-wasting sod with something more suitable to California's dry climate - succulents. "I was raised in the Midwest, where everybody has green grass," Foley explained. "Here, that's crazy. We live in a desert. Why are we wasting all this water?" He replaced half his lawn with drought-tolerant plantings, and is now working on completing the project.
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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.
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January 23, 2014
Foothill Municipal Water District officials are alerting customers to limit water consumption following Gov. Jerry Brown's drought emergency announcement last week.  Two consecutive dry years and the state's snowpack registering at only 20% of average water content prompted the area water board to change its conservation stage to “green,” according to a statement from Nina Jazmadarian, general manager at Foothill Municipal Water District.  ...
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January 17, 2014
California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency in the state on Friday, emphasizing what area water experts have warned locals about.  Brown's announcement comes as state reservoirs reach critically low levels and cities across the state have instituted water-rationing measures, the Los Angeles Times reports . Speaking at a San Francisco news conference, Brown also called on "all citizens" to cut back "at least 20% of their water...
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By Carolyn Neuhausen, Special to the Valley Sun | May 25, 2011
About a dozen local volunteers turned out Saturday with gardening tools in hand when Form LA landscaping company, in conjunction with La Cañada Valley Beautiful, hosted a garden maintenance day at the La Cañada Library’s demonstration garden. The volunteers pruned back overgrown yarrow and sage. Cassy Aoyagi, co-owner of Form LA, told the workers that the concept of pruning is to cut damaged, diseased or dead wood from a plant, something she calls following the 3Ds. Doing so encourages the plant to allocate energy to re-flowering or keeping its foliage lush and robust.
NEWS
April 5, 2011
Re: “Hearing looks at tax industry credits”, Valley Sun March 24 and at lacanadaonline.com: The conservative economic system that has been established has given corporations a kind of stranglehold over local and state governments as they play [filming] locations off one another to get the biggest bribe in exchange for the jobs. A movie production is mobile and temporary, not a good investment/bet for any government that thinks it can hand out bribes for eternity. The previous model for filmmaking was better for the industry as a whole and for those who wished to work in it. When there are just one or two primary locations where most of the production occurs, it requires that aspiring professionals make the commitment to move there.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | March 2, 2011
For two local high school boys' tennis coaches, a good portion of their attention will be geared toward how their doubles teams fare. The consensus among the coaches is that it might be the difference between being in line to win a league championship Flintridge Prep, which appeared in the playoffs last season, will look to get back to the top of the Prep League. The Rebels finished tied for second last season after sharing the league championship with Webb in 2009. The Rebels will feature a top doubles team of Kent Byun and Eric Kazangian to go along with a solid nucleus of singles players that will include Alex Wood and Albert Lee. "We have the depth in singles and in doubles," Flintridge Prep Coach Ron Catano said.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | November 24, 2010
Gatorade baths are usually reserved for winning coaches. Still, La Cañada High's Dan Yoder got an early shower following his team's 42-14 loss to Covina in the first round CIF Southern Section Mid-Valley Division playoff game Friday night. Covina (10-1), the fourth-seeded team in the division, had La Cañada (5-6) backpedaling early. Billy Livingston, Covina's quarterback, put the Colts on the board seven plays after the opening kickoff when he hit receiver Randy Robledo with a 10-yard touchdown pass for a quick 7-0 lead.
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By Mary O’Keefe | January 22, 2009
It looks like another long dry year for La Cañada Flintridge and the rest of Los Angeles County with the appearance of La Niña. ?The diva of drought,? is what Bill Patzert, climatologist from Jet Propulsion Laboratory calls La Niña. The condition is the result of the eastern equatorial Pacific experiencing unusually cold ocean temperatures. That usually means colder weather for the Midwest region of the country and dry conditions for the Southland The heat was on last week, with a final high temperature day on Monday, which marked the ninth straight day of above 80 degrees setting a January record.
NEWS
By Mary O’Keefe | December 14, 2007
The rain of last weekend and cool temperatures may fit well with the holiday season in La Cañada. But be warned, the wet stuff did not bring Southern California out of its ongoing dry spell in a meaningful way, according to the experts. “Right now we have had a little storm and we will be at normal [rainfall for the season]. That’s the good news,” said Bill Patzert, climatologist and oceanographer from Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “But normal doesn’t cut it in terms of the drought.
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