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By Bill Kisliuk | November 14, 2012
Local students burned calories and generated cash for the La Cañada Educational Foundation on Wednesday during the foundation's 15th annual jog-a-thon. At Paradise Canyon Elementary School students met with MRFY, a robot made out of recyclables and presented by waste-management firm Republic Services, before they sped around the field.
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NEWS
By Peter Day | November 7, 2012
La Cañada Unified School District officials can stop sharpening the budget knife now that voters have approved a statewide measure restoring $6 billion in school funding. But the district's budget challenges won't disappear entirely. “It won't answer all the problems,” Supt. Wendy Sinnette said. “But it will allow us to take a very different, targeted approach for dealing with our future needs.” Proposition 30, a temporary increase in sales and income taxes championed by Gov. Jerry Brown, won with 54% of the vote Tuesday.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | November 3, 2012
Local lawmakers want to see voters approve Measure J on Nov. 6 and commit more funds for regional transportation projects, but they are making sure transportation officials know they don't want money to flow toward a proposed extension of the Long Beach (710) Freeway. In recent weeks La Cañada Flintridge, South Pasadena and Glendale have passed resolutions supporting Measure J, a Los Angeles County proposition that would extend until 2069 an existing half-cent increase in the county sales tax to pay for transit projects and roadwork.
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By Peter Day | October 20, 2012
The way Californians vote on Nov. 6 could decide La Cañada Unified School District's future. If voters approve Proposition 30, which raises sales tax to 7.5% and hikes income tax on individuals making more than $250,000 a year, the La Cañada district can maintain services at their current level. But if Gov. Jerry Brown's initiative isn't passed and La Cañada, like other state school districts, sees a $455 per-student per year drop in funding, the school district would be forced to cut services or find new funding.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | October 17, 2012
Less than a week from today, La Cañada Flintridge resident Don Sheppard will roll into Charleston, S.C. on his bike, the finish line for a ride that will have raised $63,078 for charity. Sheppard said in a phone interview during a break in Clayton, N.M. that he is gratified that the 3,215-mile trip has drawn attention from people who have made donations via his website, www.donsheppardbikesacrossamerica2012.com . “It's just got a huge following in La Cañada, certainly, and all over the country and in Canada.
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By Peter Day | August 25, 2012
Bells will ring in a new La Cañada Flintridge school year Tuesday, but state funding problems could transform the excitement into urgency as the year wears on. Last week administrators at La Cañada Unified School District campuses prepared for the new year, with Paradise Canyon and Palm Crest elementary schools welcoming new students and their families to ice cream socials Thursday evening. While district Supt. Wendy Sinnette looks forward to the new year, she is also eyeing Nov. 6, when California voters will weigh in on Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed tax hike to help fund public schools.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | July 20, 2012
La Cañada Flintridge officials are playing catch-up in an attempt to resurface all 110 miles of the city's streets. The problem is, they don't have all the money the work requires. City staffers hope to set La Cañada on a course to repave all of its roads over the next 15 years, the projected time before they begin to deteriorate. But at the rate the city is funding the effort, the work would take 35 years. After spending $1.25 million on street resurfacing in the 2011-12 budget, the City Council approved a budget that includes only $690,500 for the program this year - enough to resurface about two miles of road.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | June 20, 2012
Where state funding is falling short, La Cañada Flintridge residents are filling in. La Cañada Unified School District board members this week approved a $33.3-million budget for the 2012-13 school year. At the same time, they announced a record fundraising effort by the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation that will save more than jobs for temporary teachers and others. “We have received notification from the foundation that they have reached the $2-million mark, and perhaps have exceeded it,” Supt.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | April 28, 2012
Jet Propulsion Laboratory's missions to Mars have gotten a boost from congressional leaders, who this week found up to $100 million more for NASA's planetary science program. The White House's initial proposal for the 2013 NASA budget would have cut planetary science funding by $300 million, scrapping two future Mars missions and threatening hundreds of jobs at JPL. A new version of the NASA budget that passed the House Appropriations Committee on Thursday restores $88 million of the planetary science cuts, said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank)
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | April 28, 2012
Skid-row-style box cities aren't common in La Cañada Flintridge, and neither is serious hunger. But this weekend, members of La Cañada Unified Methodist Church built a shantytown on Oak Grove Avenue and deprived themselves of food in an effort to put the focus on hungry children elsewhere in the world. Starting at 12:30 p.m. on Friday and ending at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, 20 youths, 14 and older, and their chaperons from the church drank only water and juice, slept outdoors in cardboard boxes on the church grounds, and raised funds as part of World Vision's 30-Hour Famine program.
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