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By Sara Cardine | August 1, 2013
Supplying water to thousands of homes and buildings in a semi-arid climate threaded by dwindling river systems is no small task. Foothill residents currently get less than half their water from local groundwater basins and canyon runoff. The remaining 60% is imported from faraway sources such as the Sacramento/San Joaquin Bay/Delta Watershed and the Colorado River, and supply is at the mercy of drought conditions and regulations occurring hundreds of miles away. Now local officials with the Foothill Municipal Water District have a plan to create more locally sourced water.
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COMMUNITY
By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | July 10, 2013
Although it was once a center exclusive to card-carrying members, the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA hopes to become a place where residents can simply stop and take a break. One recent development leading the transformation is the Community Café, which opened in April. The kitchen offers coffee and healthy breakfast items like an egg white panini. Sandwiches, salads and smoothies are offered throughout the day. Tyler Wright, the president and chief executive officer of the YMCA of the Foothills, said a woman who was not a member recently approached him and asked him if she could buy something at the café.
NEWS
July 3, 2013
Foothill Municipal Water District customers who use high efficiency toilets and rain barrels or remove their lawns are eligible for rebates, the agency announced this week. The rebates are being offered to encourage limited use of the imported water provided to La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta and other nearby communities. The agency doled out more than $30,000 in rebates to customers over the last year. Customers will receive $50 for replacing their old toilet with a high efficiency toilet with a capacity to flush 1.28 gallons of water or less.
COMMUNITY
By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | June 19, 2013
This story has been corrected. See details below. Children playing in Memorial Park this summer will have a place to escape the heat. La Cañada Flintridge completed a shade structure at the park's playground late last month with the support of a local organization. Mom's Club of the Foothills donated $1,275 toward the project, which had a budget of $13,000, according to Carl Alameda, senior management analyst for the city. The playground has received other upgrades in the past year, including a new tube slide and an access gate.
NEWS
June 10, 2013
A shuttle that transports residents from the foothill communities to Santa Monica every summer resumes service next week. Beach-goers who live in La Cañada Flintridge,  Montrose and La Crescenta can hop on board the Los Angeles County line on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from June 18 to Sept. 2. It departs at 9:45 a.m. from La Cañada Flintridge for the Santa Monica Pier, returning to Memorial Park on Foothill Boulevard around 4:55 p.m. There are other pick-up and drop-off locations in the Crescenta Valley, including Two Strike Park, the La Crescenta Public Library and  the southeast corner of Montrose Avenue and Ocean View Boulevard.  The bus will be in service through Labor Day. Round trip fare is $3 for children and adults and $1.50 for seniors and disabled passengers.
COMMUNITY
By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | May 1, 2013
Jerry Martin and Wes Seastrom - two longtime community volunteers - were honored last week at a dinner hosted by YMCA of the Foothills. Martin received the Pat Aho Volunteer of the Year Award, while Seastrom won the President's Call to Service Award. More than 70 people attended the event at La Cañada Flintridge's Thursday Club on April 25, including Y staff, board members and students involved in the organization's Youth & Government Program. The Pat Aho award, established in 1989, recognizes Y volunteers and is named after a former staff member and volunteer of the organization.
NEWS
By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | April 24, 2013
On a recent Saturday night at Flintridge Proper, well-dressed couples and multi-generational families occasionally left their tables or bar stools to talk to people they knew across the room. The 3,000-square-foot La Cañada Flintridge bar and restaurant feels more like the inside of a neighbor's living room than a place that serves oysters and champagne cocktails. Two separate rooms evoke two different atmospheres - one a library with historic memorabilia and photos, the other a chic lounge with tall, custom-made chairs and bartenders in suspenders mixing up vintage cocktails.
COMMUNITY
By Carol Cormaci, carol.cormaci@latimes.com | March 21, 2013
Seventeen area students are among those participating Saturday when the Foothill Force Jump Rope Team hosts the USA Jump Rope Region 8 Tournament for more than 100 athletes across California and Arizona at La Cañada High, 4463 Oak Grove Drive. The competition will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the public is invited to watch. Competition-trained jumpers, ages 8 to 38, will compete in 12 events. The La Cañada residents competing include Soren Ryssdal, Berit Oxley, Megan Oh, Shelby Kim, Skyla Park, Carly Witteman, Julia Kim, Allie Foster, Lara Kang, Daniella DiPaolo, Charolotte Spry, Jenna Dorse, Eza Bromley, Emma Sheehy, Maya Sahai, Dane Reeb and Ethan Angold.
NEWS
By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | February 27, 2013
Residents who drive or walk past an open dirt space on Foothill Boulevard will soon have a more pleasant view. A project to turn a Southern California Edison plot of land into park-like grounds is set to be completed next month. It will include trees, benches and parking spaces. It will also offer more appealing scenery for those using a trail link that traverses the property. Neighbors have long complained that the vacant lot was unattractive, said Ann Wilson, senior management analyst for the city.
NEWS
By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | February 20, 2013
One more neighborhood in La Cañada Flintridge is slated to get a little quieter. Last year, officials announced that construction would begin this year for two sound walls to be placed between homes and the Foothill (210) Freeway, near the Meadow Grove neighborhood and St. Francis High School. But after engineers looked at ways to cut costs, they found funding for an additional noise blockade. Construction for all three walls is expected to start in October. Voters in Los Angeles County approved a Measure R transportation tax four years ago, which provides funds for the sound-wall project.
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