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July 6, 2006
There has been a break in contract negotiations between the La Cañada Unified School District and the La Cañada Teachers Association. No, it isn't a break caused by frustration and anger over the bargaining parties' inability to come to a settlement on various issues. Contract talks, which are moving along, are simply taking a break due to summer vacation. Negotiations between the district and the teachers for the 20006-2007 school year began on May 22. The meetings continued June 6 and June 9 with the last meeting between the two groups occurring on June 26. The parties developed a master list of topics to be discussed with extra duty/extra pay as the initial issue to be negotiated.
FEATURES
By Ruth Longoria | March 26, 2009
A love of the outdoors, nature, animals and baseball combined with a naturally great personality is what makes this week’s Valley Sun All-Star outstanding in his community. Those who know Paradise Canyon Elementary School fourth grader Aidan Phillips say the youth has abilities, aptitude and an excellent attitude. “He’s a wonderful kid, with great manners and a wide variety of interests,” said Cub Scout co-den leader Joan Raney. Raney said Aidan is an active participant in scout meetings, always asking questions or providing a good story or joke.
NEWS
October 28, 2010
Wow, this election cycle is really astonishing; the money flow, the heated rhetoric, the extreme views! I believe that the anticipated demise of our majority democratic government is greatly exaggerated. It can only happen if the majority of voters is apathetic or votes against its own interests. Let's face it, most of this country's citizens are not rich. Most will never have to worry about survivors having to pay inheritance taxes. Most pay Social Security taxes on all their earnings while those who make over $102,000 don't.
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March 25, 2010
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NEWS
By Mary O’Keefe | September 18, 2008
Law enforcement officials announced yesterday they are seeking a “person of interest” in an eight-year double murder case involving a La Cañada couple. In August, the San Bernandino County Sheriff Department’s cold case division re-opened the investigation into the murder of Harold “Skip” and Joni Tillman. A witness has since come forward with information that may help investigators find the party responsible for murders. On Feb. 9, 2000, the Tillmans’ bodies were found in two isolated desert graves in Yucaipa, about 75 miles east of La Cañada.
NEWS
September 4, 2013
Re “Home of board hopeful at issue,” Aug. 22. I thank the Valley Sun for its coverage of the LCUSD school board elections. We can all agree that it is important for school board members to be vested in the community. The appearance of this article was surprising. It is my understanding that the question of Joel Peterson's residency has been previously addressed and found to be a non-issue by the school board itself.  LCUSD is fortunate to have Peterson serving on the school board, a thankless and unpaid position.
NEWS
April 7, 2005
From the Editor's Desk by CAROL CORMACI I'm as stunned as you are at this week's news that the Valley Sun has been purchased by the Times Community News. Not worried, because I believe the new publisher when he tells me this paper and its sister, the Crescenta Valley Sun, will continue to run and be distributed as independent papers blanketing their respective communities, but truly stunned because I had no idea our owner would even entertain the idea of selling this jewel.
NEWS
By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | May 16, 2012
Showing a strong volunteer spirit, 23 La Cañada Flintridge residents have applied for just a handful of openings on the city's seven advisory bodies. Some candidates, such as Kiwanis Club La Cañadan of the Year Terry Walker or schools booster and Chamber of Commerce volunteer Charlie Kamar, jump at the opportunity to take public service to a higher level. Others - including WorleyParsons engineer Leonard Pieroni and Glendale Water & Power civil engineer Patrick Hayes - want to put professional expertise to broader public use. “I think these folks genuinely have an altruistic feeling about their community.
NEWS
By Robert Lang | August 28, 2012
Now that I and many of my fellow baby boomers are turning 64, I say with love and hard, lessons-learned conviction to my 30-something California children (with all due credit to the Beatles): “I hope you'll still need me; I hope you'll still feed me.” But continue to make the same democratic governance mistakes your boomer parents have been making for the last 20 years and all of us will soon be eaten out of house and home by local, state and federal governments that increasingly pursue interests that have little to do with maintaining a balanced democracy.
THE818NOW
March 6, 2012
Having finished their review of the separate elements of the city's Draft General Plan, La Cañada's Planning Commission will be conducting a tour this Saturday of the various sites that would be affected by changes implemented in the plan. Robert Stanley, Director of Community Development, said on Monday night that residents interested in seeing where changes to the land use map will be made, such as which areas would be designated for multi-use housing, should meet at City Hall at 8 a.m. The tour will conclude around 12 p.m. The Planning Commission will have busses to transport them, but Stanley said that there will be forms with the route available for members of the public who wish to follow.
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By Sara Cardine,sara.cardine@latimes.com | March 13, 2014
From the outside, room 604 looks like any other classroom on the La Cañada High School campus. But inside, the former wood shop room is a bustling workshop filled with wires, gadgets, computers and all the necessary ingredients required to animate a robot. This is the humble home of the LCHS Engineering Club, which in its seven-year existence, has transformed the lives of students whose interests in building, computers and robotics had previously lain dormant, undiscovered and untapped.
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By Sara Cardine | September 26, 2013
The La Cañada Unified Governing Board on Tuesday dragged a portion of its closed-session discussion into the light, sharing with the public a legal opinion on a potential conflict of interest related to one of its own members. Board member Joel Peterson is chief executive of Student Planning Services, a local academic counseling and consulting business. Among other things, the business sees students through the admissions process of private schools or colleges. According to Board President Scott Tracy, who presented the information at Tuesday's meeting, a request was made in August for legal counsel to look into whether Peterson's financial interest in the business would be a conflict to his tenure on the board.
NEWS
September 4, 2013
Re “Home of board hopeful at issue,” Aug. 22. I thank the Valley Sun for its coverage of the LCUSD school board elections. We can all agree that it is important for school board members to be vested in the community. The appearance of this article was surprising. It is my understanding that the question of Joel Peterson's residency has been previously addressed and found to be a non-issue by the school board itself.  LCUSD is fortunate to have Peterson serving on the school board, a thankless and unpaid position.
NEWS
By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | August 9, 2013
This post has been corrected. See details below. With the deadline to file candidacy papers looming, the number of potential and declared candidates vying for a seat on the La Cañada Unified School District board as of Wednesday had grown to seven. Since last week, two more parents who have children in the district - Tim O' Hair and Kaitzer Puglia - have shown interest in running for one of three open seats on the board. Puglia and three other candidates - Karyn Riel, Dan Jeffries and Kevork Kurdoghlian - have filed their nomination papers for the Nov. 5 election . Joe Layton, who ran for a seat on the City Council in March, and Warner Bros.
NEWS
By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | August 1, 2013
This post is corrected. See details below.  The latest resident to announce a campaign for one of three open seats on the La Cañada Unified School District board isn't all that far out of the classroom - a place where he thinks board members should get more involved. Kevork Kurdoghlian, who served as senior class president for the La Cañada High School class of 2012 and was editor of the school's newspaper, is the fifth person to pull papers in a race that so far includes no incumbents.
NEWS
By Carol Cormaci, carol.cormaci@latimes.com | June 6, 2013
In a year-end tradition, the La Cañada Council PTA and its various school-site PTAs on Monday held their joint installation breakfast, which this year featured a new twist: Several students were invited to present programs that had captured their attention during this past school year. Called "Spotlight on Students," the program in past years was held separately from the PTA installation and didn't garner much attendance, said Pam Knapp, outgoing president of the Council PTA. The showcase was abandoned for a couple of years due to school testing schedules but resumed this year.
NEWS
By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | May 30, 2013
A variety of security changes, including the installation of fences and interior door locks, could be implemented at La Cañada Unified School District campuses. The school board presented the possible security additions on Tuesday night and made plans to study the cost of going forward with the measures. Orange County-based T. Davis & Associates conducted a security audit on January 30. Findings were released to the district in March, but officials did not release them to the public, citing security reasons.
NEWS
By Robert Lang | August 28, 2012
Now that I and many of my fellow baby boomers are turning 64, I say with love and hard, lessons-learned conviction to my 30-something California children (with all due credit to the Beatles): “I hope you'll still need me; I hope you'll still feed me.” But continue to make the same democratic governance mistakes your boomer parents have been making for the last 20 years and all of us will soon be eaten out of house and home by local, state and federal governments that increasingly pursue interests that have little to do with maintaining a balanced democracy.
NEWS
By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | May 16, 2012
Showing a strong volunteer spirit, 23 La Cañada Flintridge residents have applied for just a handful of openings on the city's seven advisory bodies. Some candidates, such as Kiwanis Club La Cañadan of the Year Terry Walker or schools booster and Chamber of Commerce volunteer Charlie Kamar, jump at the opportunity to take public service to a higher level. Others - including WorleyParsons engineer Leonard Pieroni and Glendale Water & Power civil engineer Patrick Hayes - want to put professional expertise to broader public use. “I think these folks genuinely have an altruistic feeling about their community.
THE818NOW
March 6, 2012
Having finished their review of the separate elements of the city's Draft General Plan, La Cañada's Planning Commission will be conducting a tour this Saturday of the various sites that would be affected by changes implemented in the plan. Robert Stanley, Director of Community Development, said on Monday night that residents interested in seeing where changes to the land use map will be made, such as which areas would be designated for multi-use housing, should meet at City Hall at 8 a.m. The tour will conclude around 12 p.m. The Planning Commission will have busses to transport them, but Stanley said that there will be forms with the route available for members of the public who wish to follow.
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