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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | September 5, 2013
Kate Hansen stood beside a table set up in Los Gringos Locos on Thursday night that showcased some of her most prized possessions: a pair of well-worn gloves with spiked fingertips, shoes that zip shut, a sled called a luge and Junior World Championship medals. Behind the table hung a photo of Hansen in a racing suit and beanie, posing in the snow. Hansen, 22, is a La Cañada High School graduate who began entering in luge competitions after being recruited more than a decade ago. A luge is a small, one- or two-person sled on which a racer rides face-up and feet-forward, but over which the racer has very little control beyond steering input applied by the racer's legs to the tips of the sled's runners.
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NEWS
By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | June 26, 2013
La Cañada Flintridge City Council members gave the green light to a variety of public projects and doled out money to several community groups on Monday while keeping the budget for the next year relatively conservative. City staff recommended that council members approve a $11.2-million budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year,  supported by $13.6 million in reserves. Mayor Laura Olhasso was comfortable enough with that financial cushion to recommend increasing projected property tax revenues for the year by $12,900.
COMMUNITY
May 23, 2013
Members of the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada and La Cañada High School students who are members of the Key and Builders clubs, together raised money last weekend to support eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus, which kills thousands of babies every year in poor countries. The funds will support the Kiwanis Eliminate Program, which is an international effort to reduce deaths caused by the disease. -- Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com Follow on Google+ and on Twitter: @LATiffanyKelly .
NEWS
April 19, 2013
Don't cut planetary science funding, members of Congress urged NASA on Friday. In a letter to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden , Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), urged the space agency to maintain funding levels for missions to Mars and the outer planets that were allocated by Congress this spring -- and not to react to budget pressures by making disproportionate cuts to the science budget. "While we fully understand that the funding levels ... are subject to change to reflect across-the-board and sequester cuts, we expect that the balance among programs will remain consistent with the structure directed by Congress," they wrote.
COMMUNITY
April 11, 2013
Festive decorations, enticing prizes and a surprise bagpipe performance were hallmarks of this year's bingo luncheon organized by the Women's Council for the Verdugo Hills Hospital Foundation. Twenty lucky participants won bingo games during the event, which raised nearly $3,200 for the hospital. The guest bagpiper was Dr. Karen McIlvena, an anesthesiologist at the hospital. -- Carol Cormaci, carol.cormaci@latimes.com Follow on Twitter: @CarolCormaci .
COMMUNITY
April 10, 2013
Ten Years Ago Noticing the mail was piling up at a residence on La Granada Way, a postman notified his supervisor that someone should check on the elderly woman who lived there. When deputies arrived, they found the 82-year-old lying on the floor of her garage, covered by various items, including a window, assorted debris and bags filled with groceries. From a dated receipt found in one of the grocery bags its was surmised she had slipped and fallen four days earlier. Semi-conscious when she was found, she was recuperating in a nearby hospital.
NEWS
By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | February 6, 2013
A scenic lookout with views of the San Gabriel Mountains and La Cañada Flintridge got a boost Monday from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The city has been waiting for additional funding for the Ultimate Destination Point project, which would install water fountains for hikers and horses and a rest area with trees. Supervisors approved $30,000 toward the project, which would allow the city to move forward with construction as soon as March. The city approved the project in September and is expected to award the project to a contractor at the next City Council meeting on Feb. 19. Liz Blackwelder, the La Cañada resident who pushed for the project, donated $35,000 of her own money.
NEWS
By Peter Day | January 23, 2013
Gov. Jerry Brown's recently announced school funding proposal appears friendlier to the La Cañada Unified School District than his previous proposal, district officials said this week. “On the surface it's encouraging,” said Scott Tracy, president of the La Cañada school board, “but we've got a long way to go.” Much of the optimism comes from a change in how the governor proposes to fund the state's education. Last year, Brown had proposed a funding formula that based school district funding on individual student need rather than a set, across-the-board amount.
NEWS
January 9, 2013
As a longtime volunteer in the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn., I feel I must respond to the letters written by Trent Sanders (Dec. 27) and Ellen Sherwood (Jan. 3) regarding our float designs. Standing Rule No. 1: Float Riders There will be no people identifiable as human beings riding on the float. Human power may be used to maneuver or cause figures of any description to have movement, but persons will not be displayed simply for the benefit of riding on the float.
NEWS
By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | November 28, 2012
Starting Wednesday, there's a new char burger in town. The Habit Burger Grill will open in the La Cañada Flintridge Town Center, and before its official launch it will host three events for local nonprofits. Mike Mirkil, representative for the Santa Barbara-based chain, said that with locations doing well in neighboring Pasadena and Glendale, the company is confident that Habit char burgers will be in demand at the corner of Angeles Crest Highway and Foothill Boulevard in La Cañada.
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