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By Mary O’Keefe | May 14, 2009
The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office has released the cause of death as accidental for the 45-year-old La Cañada woman who was found dead in her vehicle the evening of March 23 in the 800 block of Monarch Drive. The cause of death has been determined as the “intentional inhalation of volatile gases, accident,” according to the Ed Winter of the coroner’s office. “There were multiple cans of compressed gases found in the vehicle,” he added.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | September 15, 2010
Eric Matejka, a deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, is passionate about drug-abuse prevention. The school resource officer for the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station has spent $10,000 and more than 300 vacation hours on classes dealing with drug-abuse prevention. Although there isn't a huge drug problem in La Cañada schools, there are a few "isolated cases here and there" and it's something to keep an eye on, Matejka said at the Sept. 3 La Cañada Flintridge Youth Council meeting that focused on narcotics in the community and at La Cañada High School.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | November 23, 2011
Parents would be better off accepting that their kids will experiment with drugs and instead focus their efforts on educating them about the real consequences of substance abuse, a local pediatrician told parents at a forum held in City Hall Thursday night. For the past 30 years, parents, educators and law enforcement officials have been telling kids to “just say no” to drugs, but according to Dr. Leonard “Skip” Baker, that approach is destined to fail. Baker, a founding member of the Community Prevention Council and the founder of the Descanso Medical Center for Development and Learning, said during the “Hidden in Plain Sight” forum that the last decade has seen breakthroughs in scientific understanding of how substance abuse and addiction function.
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By Kae Cormaci | January 19, 2006
Speaker at Community Prevention Council forum held last week urged parents to stay attentive. "You have to stand up and make a choice," therapist Paul Royer said.Parents, teens, educators and the public have a lot to say about substance abuse in the Crescenta-Cañada area. This was apparent during the free parenting forum titled "Drugs are Real: How Safe Are Your Kids?" held Jan 12. Local therapist Paul Royer, along with help from local sheriff's deputies, led the Community Prevention Council-sponsored forum, which was held at the Roger Barkley Community Center.
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By Mary O'Keefe | November 10, 2005
Crescenta Valley High School students have created a brick wall of negative effects from drug and alcohol abuse. Although the red bricks are made of paper, the experiences expressed are concrete negative effects of abuse. The brick wall is Project Success and Red Ribbon Week activity. "I know we are late for Red Ribbon," said Kathleen Keck, Project Success councilor for CVHS. She states that the project began during Red Ribbon Week, which was last Oct. 23 through 31, but drug and alcohol programs continue throughout the year.
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May 24, 2007
Ten Years Ago … The La Cañada High all-school musical presented in late May 1997 was The Pajama Game. Lead actors were Chris D'Elia, Heather Stafford, Clayton Cogswell, Julie Asher, Janelle Bayard, Darren Pollock, Hillal Latif and Corinne Davis. Twenty Years Ago … Official formation of a Community Prevention Council to tackle youth alcohol and drug abuse was recommended to the LCF City Council by Dr. Skip Baker, head of the Mayor's Teen Committee.
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By Elaine La Marr | November 2, 2006
This November marks the 25-year anniversary of SADD, Students Against Destructive Decisions. The organization, which has saved countless lives during those years, has been empowering students nationwide by teaching them ways to make correct choices when it comes to underage drinking, drug use and safe driving. Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy has an active SADD Chapter that was formed about 15 years ago by student Kelly Nardoni whose father was a criminal defense attorney and who had seen the devastation caused by drunk drivers.
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By Guadulesa Rivera | May 15, 2008
Although it has been illegal for more than 100 years, retailers in La Cañada Flintridge have been willing to sell tobacco to minors at an alarming rate. PC308(a), a state law prohibiting the sale of tobacco to youth under the age of 18, has been on the books for over 100 years. Yet, disregard for the law is affecting the long-term health of our children who may experiment with smoking, because their access to tobacco is being aided and abetted by the tobacco industry and the local retailers selling it to them.
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By Bianca P. Gallegos | May 4, 2006
A teen drug and alcohol abuse meeting held at La Cañada Flintridge City Hall Saturday morning served as a forum where ideas were exchanged on how to deal with the issue within this city. "This is an important day, a day to address the concerns of community members on how to address the teen drug and alcohol problem," Will Moffitt, chair of the Community Prevention Council and lead event organizer, said. "Not to say that we are any worse or any better in this community, but if we can help one family then our work has been worthwhile," he said.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | November 23, 2011
Parents would be better off accepting that their kids will experiment with drugs and instead focus their efforts on educating them about the real consequences of substance abuse, a local pediatrician told parents at a forum held in City Hall Thursday night. For the past 30 years, parents, educators and law enforcement officials have been telling kids to “just say no” to drugs, but according to Dr. Leonard “Skip” Baker, that approach is destined to fail. Baker, a founding member of the Community Prevention Council and the founder of the Descanso Medical Center for Development and Learning, said during the “Hidden in Plain Sight” forum that the last decade has seen breakthroughs in scientific understanding of how substance abuse and addiction function.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | September 15, 2010
Eric Matejka, a deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, is passionate about drug-abuse prevention. The school resource officer for the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station has spent $10,000 and more than 300 vacation hours on classes dealing with drug-abuse prevention. Although there isn't a huge drug problem in La Cañada schools, there are a few "isolated cases here and there" and it's something to keep an eye on, Matejka said at the Sept. 3 La Cañada Flintridge Youth Council meeting that focused on narcotics in the community and at La Cañada High School.
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By Mary O’Keefe | May 14, 2009
The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office has released the cause of death as accidental for the 45-year-old La Cañada woman who was found dead in her vehicle the evening of March 23 in the 800 block of Monarch Drive. The cause of death has been determined as the “intentional inhalation of volatile gases, accident,” according to the Ed Winter of the coroner’s office. “There were multiple cans of compressed gases found in the vehicle,” he added.
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