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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | July 22, 2011
A former NASA investigator who had worked at JPL in La Cañada Flintridge pleaded guilty this week to filing a fraudulent federal tax return that failed to report nearly $300,000 he stole from a Lancaster church. Alvin Danielle Allen, 42, was a special agent with NASA's Office of Inspector General, which conducts audits of agency operations and investigates allegations of fraud, waste and misconduct. Court documents state that NASA employed Allen from 2000 to November 2009.
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By Carolyn Neuhausen, Special to the Valley Sun | July 13, 2011
Men and women sipped bottomless margaritas as they played craps, black jack and roulette Saturday at the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge’s Second Annual Casino Night, held in the main room at the Chevy Chase Drive facility. Although Community Center board members and City Council members have voiced the need to earmark money for a new roof, and possibly a redesign of the center, money raised at the casino event will go toward expanding programs offered at the center, according to Community Center Executive Director Megan Nordvedt.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | July 6, 2011
La Cañada Flintridge City Council members concluded four days of budget hearings last week with a decision last Thursday to leave $14.1 million in the city’s general fund reserves for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. While many other Southern California cities were forced to raid reserves while simultaneously cutting back programs and services, La Cañada instead saw its rainy-day fund grow by $1 million last year — leaving an enviable current balance of $14.7 million, almost unheard of for cities its size.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | July 1, 2011
La Cañada Flintridge City Council members concluded four days of budget hearings with a decision Thursday to leave $14.1 million in the city’s general fund reserves for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. The city’s current general fund reserves total $14.7 million, having grown by $1 million since July 2010 while many other cities were forced to raid reserves while cutting back programs and services. If council members had decided to operate the city at an absolute bare-bones level over the next 12 months, projected revenues of $11.2 million would have added another $1 million to reserves.
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By Ron Dietel | June 8, 2011
As the Valley Sun reported last week, the LCUSD Governing Board recently voted 4-1, with Joel Peterson dissenting, to cut four complete days of school next year, replacing them with four pupil-free days for teacher professional development. The district will add a few minutes to each school day to keep the total annual minutes about the same or even a little higher, but the four days will be gone. The basic agreement was made during teacher contract negotiations, behind closed doors, with almost no input from parents or members of the community, who are paying more, yet getting less.
NEWS
By Becky Lankey | June 8, 2011
As a member of the La Cañada Unified School District Parcel Tax Oversight Committee, I was recently reminded that it was my turn to write an article highlighting one of the numerous programs currently funded by the parcel tax. My colleagues have previously written in the local papers, explaining the parcel tax (a tax of $150 paid annually for five years, approved by residents within the boundaries of the LCUSD, that is added to our property tax...
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By Carolyn Neuhausen, Special to the Valley Sun | May 10, 2011
Dads were making pancakes and sausage during the early morning hours on Saturday, but they weren’t cooking in their own kitchens. Instead, fathers who are part of the YMCA’s Y-Tribes program served up breakfast for other parents, kids and community members at the 61st Annual YMCA Y Tribes Pancake Breakfast at the Crescenta-Cañada YMCA on Foothill Boulevard. The local Y hosts the breakfast every year to help raise funds for the association’s Y-Tribes, a program where fathers and their kids, kindergarten age through third grade, can spend bonding time with each other.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joyce Rudolph, joyce.rudolph@latimes.com | March 24, 2011
Veterans and those new to yoga gathered Sunday to unite in the fight against lung cancer and breathe as one. The inaugural Free to Breathe Yogathon at Descanso Gardens raised funds for the National Lung Cancer Partnership to support research, education and awareness programs. As yoga places its focus on breath, organizers said it was the perfect choice for the event because lung cancer robs its victims of the ability to breathe. Many of those rolling out their yoga mats in Van de Kamp Hall were co-workers of event organizer Stephanie Gatschet of Burbank and star of daytime drama “All My Children.” Others attending were fans of the show and people Gatschet has met through her affiliation with the partnership.
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By Sara Cardine, Special to the Valley Sun | March 2, 2011
Most people selectively remain in the dark about lung cancer until, by a twist of fate, they are forced to learn. For Stephanie Gatschet, that moment came in 2006, when her mother and best friend, Nancy, was diagnosed with small-cell lung cancer. “Now I know more about lung cancer than I ever thought I would know or hope to know,” said Gatschet, a 27-year-old Burbank resident and star of ABC’s daytime drama “All My Children.” Gatschet’s mother pulled through treatment and today remains cancer free.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | February 23, 2011
Students in La Cañada High School’s theater department have been building their acting skills during rehearsals for the school’s third annual production of “Dracula.” The limited engagement is set to run from on Feb. 27, Feb. 28 and March 1, with all three performances beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and the doors will open 10 minutes prior to curtain for open seating. All proceeds will help fund the all-school musical, “Beauty and the Beast,” set for performances June 2 - 5. “Dracula” is La Cañada High School’s second repertory show done each year.
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