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NEWS
November 27, 2013
An unknown explosive device went off inside a mailbox on Tuesday night in La Cañada Flintridge, causing minor damage to a vehicle and destroying the mailbox, authorities said. The explosion occurred in the 300 block of Noren Street, just north of Crown Avenue, around 8 p.m., said Lt. Angela Shepherd of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station. It's unknown why the explosive device was set up inside the mailbox, she said. The incident is under investigation. -- Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com Follow on Google+ and on Twitter: @LATiffanyKelly . ALSO: La Cañada History: Descanso Gardens Guild prepared for annual Christmas exhibit Homeless agency not accepting prepared food for Thanksgiving meal New look for La Cañada city boys' soccer programs  
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NEWS
November 15, 2013
The La Cañada Flintridge City Council will consider a bid for the construction of the first three sound walls on Monday night. City Council members previously rejected a bid for the project . City staff is recommending that the City Council approve an offer from Griffith Company. The City Council will also need to approve payments to five property owners who live near the project area before construction can begin. The project is intended to shield freeway noise from neighborhoods.
NEWS
By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | October 14, 2013
This post was updated to include more information about the ongoing investigation.  Thieves allegedly stole thousands of dollars worth of equipment from a La Cañada Flintridge site late on Saturday night where a float for the 2014 Rose Parade is being built. Ann Neilson, president of the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Rose Assn., said workers discovered welding equipment, cables, large extension cords, power cables and copper wiring missing on Sunday morning. The equipment was very heavy, said Neilson.
NEWS
September 18, 2013
A La Cañada Flintridge neighborhood is on edge after the latest in a series of dog poisonings, this time reportedly from a meatball laced with a toxic pesticide. Dan Horwath told KCBS-TV on Tuesday that his 7-year-old dog June nearly died a few weeks ago after ingesting a meatball laced with what a veterinarian later determined to be strychnine, a pesticide that can be lethal. “She was just lethargic, confused, tripping,” he said. Horwath said he found two other poisoned meatballs on his property that he said, if consumed, likely would have killed June.
NEWS
By Sara Cardine | August 14, 2013
La Cañada Unified students are largely demonstrating proficiency in all subjects, with a few minor declines in certain areas and among individual grade levels, according to results of the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) assessments released last week by the California Department of Education. The tests break down student performance across 31 subjects and/or grade levels, ranking them in five proficiency levels from far below basic to advanced. The statewide standard is for all students to reach proficient or advanced levels.
COMMUNITY
By Jane Napier Neely | August 8, 2013
As the old saying goes, let's let those sleeping dogs lie. My pooch, Lola, was all set with her new short haircut for the hot weather that was supposed to come with the onset of the dog days of summer. What a surprise for the two of us, we had June gloom weather and my little dog just wanted to stay in bed and cuddle next to me to stay warm. This past week was pretty quiet, socially speaking. That happens every August, when many locals are still vacationing out of town, getting in that last little bit of summer hoorah because school will be starting up soon.
NEWS
August 1, 2013
The Foothill Municipal Water District will embark on a $1.6-million project to replace emergency generators at pumping stations in La Cañada Flintridge and Pasadena later this year, the agency announced Wednesday. Trenching, concrete and installation work is set to begin in October and may result in intermittent lane closures along Berkshire Avenue in La Cañada Flintridge and Rosemont Avenue in Pasadena. The work is expected to wrap up in March. The pumping station at 540 Berkshire Ave. pumps imported drinking water into La Cañada and is operational 24 hours a day, according to a statement by the agency.
COMMUNITY
July 24, 2013
Piper Prescindia McIntosh will perform in La Cañada Flintridge next month. The Leisure Club of La Cañada Flintridge is hosting the Aug. 2 event at the the Lutheran Church in the Foothills. McIntosh has played for former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and many actors, including Helen Mirren. Refeshments will be provided. The event begins at 1 p.m. at the church on 1700 Foothill Blvd. -- Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com Follow on Google+ and on Twitter: @LATiffanyKelly .
NEWS
July 24, 2013
Neighbors in one La Cañada Flintridge neighborhood were relieved of their mud-blocking barriers on Wednesday morning. Crews began to remove the K-rails, which were installed after the 2009 Station fire, from Big Briar Way and Haskell Street in a neighborhood near the Angeles National Forest. Earlier this month, residents celebrated the imminent removal . Only some of the K-rails will be removed today, said Director of Public Works Edward Hitti, adding that the barriers removed will be used by the city in other locations.
NEWS
By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | July 18, 2013
It's not been unusual in recent years to see k-rails in hillside neighborhoods of La Cañada Flintridge decorated for each season. While living next to the mud-blocking barriers that were installed after the 2009 Station fire, residents have added festive touches: pumpkins for Halloween, inflatable animals wearing Santa hats for Christmas. Now, one scuffed-up barrier at the end of the cul-de-sac on Big Briar Way has a new decoration: a sign that reads, 'ADIOS KRAIL.' The La Cañada Flintridge City Council voted in June to remove the k-rails from all but one neighborhood in the city, an action that will free the residents of Big Briar and nearby streets from the barriers they have said devalued the neighborhood and caused blind spots.
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