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July 3, 2013
One La Cañada Flintridge family has won a Los Angeles Dodgers jersey in a silent auction. The Harp family netted the jersey, autographed by Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, in the auction held by the La Cañada Junior Baseball Association's Boys U12 Cooperstown Team. The team is still seeking donations so the boys can play baseball and visit the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in New York. Donations can made online at: http://bit.ly/13jZmCv . The minimum donation is $10. -- Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com Follow on Google+ and on Twitter: @LATiffanyKelly .
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May 1, 2014
All three of the elementary schools in the La Cañada Unified School District State Schools were named to the California Distinguished Schools for 2014, it was announced Wednesday by State Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. Palm Crest, La Cañada and Paradise Canyon elementary schools were among the 424 public schools named to the list “ for their strong commitment and innovative approaches to improving student academic achievement,” according to a news release. “I applaud these strong, thriving schools that are making such impressive strides in preparing their students for continued success,” Torlakson stated in the release.
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December 12, 2012
Re: " This could be a walk-friendly community ," Mailbag, Nov. 22: As a former LCF resident myself for over 30 years, as well as my relatives having been there for over 50 years, I feel I am qualified to speak about this issue. I can agree the traffic in some areas is faster on a regular basis than it should be, so contact the authorities with details about your issues. About adding sidewalks: I do not understand why people moving into an established community have to change things and make the community look like the community they just moved out of. You moved to a small community, so keep it that way. Do not install huge street lights, sidewalks, grocery stores, Targets, Walmarts, CVSs, etc., in every location on Earth.
NEWS
January 2, 2013
Oh my gosh! The Dec. 27 newspaper has a letter from Trent Sanders in the “Mailbag” that is exactly my thoughts and what I have been saying for many years. Why does the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn. keep producing the same exact (to quote Mr. Sanders) “silly, laughable arcade-like” floats year after year? Where is the beautiful, artistic and innovative floral expression that we could just as easily produce? (Not that any of the work is easy, of course).
NEWS
November 20, 2013
On Thursday, Nov.14, I had the good fortune of being reminded why we live in such a nice town. It was the semiannual heavy item trash disposal day. On the way to dropping my kids off at school, we noticed some pallets that were placed curbside for collection. My son, who has aspirations of building a tree house with his dad, said they might be useful for the project. So, after drop-off, I headed back to retrieve the pallets and attempt to get them into my minivan. As I was clearly struggling with this task, a nice gentleman in a pickup truck stopped and asked if they were going to fit in the minivan, and if I needed some help.
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | June 20, 2013
The city is set to decide next week how to spend its money and what projects to fund over the next year. The annual budget hearings began on Tuesday and will continue today at 8:30 a.m. The meetings are open to the public. La Cañada Flintridge City Hall is located at 1327 Foothill Blvd. -- Follow Tiffany Kelly on Google+ and on Twitter: @LATiffanyKelly .
COMMUNITY
June 27, 2012
Ten Years Ago La Cañada Flintridge resident Brock Turner was named to succeed Bart Dickins as head varsity softball coach at La Cañada High School. Twenty Years Ago “That's Entertainment” was the theme for the ninth annual Pops Concert staged at La Cañada Presbyterian Church. Director was Paul Mayo. Thirty Years Ago See's Candies in La Cañada was closed for a day to make repairs after burglars knocked out a wall, entered the building, cut open the safe and got away with $4,500 in cash.
NEWS
August 28, 2013
The La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation will write a check for more than $2 million to the La Cañada school district for the new school year, the organization recently announced. Many local families made donations to the foundation, which supported the $2.225-million gift. “As public school funding in California continues to come in at historically low levels, the members of this community have proven once again that we can and will do what we must to protect the education of our children,” Craig Mazin, president of the foundation, said in a statement.
NEWS
August 16, 2013
A memorial service for La Cañada Flintridge attorney Michael Thomas O'Callaghan, who died on Aug. 12, will be held at St. Bede the Venerable Catholic Church on Saturday, Aug. 17. O'Callaghan was active in community organizations in La Cañada, including the church. He passed away at age 49. Born on December 6, 1963, he attended Arcadia High School before graduating from USC and Loyola Law School. He also studied at Georgetown University Law Center and Pepperdine University. The memorial service begins at 10 a.m. The family requests that donations be made in lieu of flowers.
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By Sara Cardine, sara.cardine@latimes.com | May 1, 2014
For her tireless efforts to promote and represent the city of La Cañada Flintridge in all things, to enhance community spirit and, in her case, to literally take care of business, Pat Anderson has been named "La Cañadan of the Year. " The president and chief executive of the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce was officially bestowed with the title in a ceremony Wednesday held at Descanso Gardens by the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada. Leading the personal tributes, Anderson's younger sister, Marilyn Smith praised the honoree for her organizational and multitasking abilities, as well as her devotion to family.
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NEWS
May 1, 2014
All three of the elementary schools in the La Cañada Unified School District State Schools were named to the California Distinguished Schools for 2014, it was announced Wednesday by State Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. Palm Crest, La Cañada and Paradise Canyon elementary schools were among the 424 public schools named to the list “ for their strong commitment and innovative approaches to improving student academic achievement,” according to a news release. “I applaud these strong, thriving schools that are making such impressive strides in preparing their students for continued success,” Torlakson stated in the release.
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By Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com | April 30, 2014
Charter Communications customers in La Cañada Flintridge could soon be getting their TV cable and Internet services from Comcast Corp. under a proposed subscriber-base swap announced Monday. In an effort to get approval from the Federal Communications Commission to buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion, Comcast, the country's largest cable provider, has agreed to trim 3.9 million customers once the transaction has been completed, including 1.4 million existing Time Warner customers in the Midwest that would go to Charter.
NEWS
April 24, 2014
City Council members are grappling to find a balance between bringing needed technological infrastructure into La Cañada and maintaining safe and attractive thoroughfares. The issue came to light Monday when the council considered two appeals over the placement of an AT&T U-Verse equipment cabinet on Foothill Boulevard. After a lengthy discussion, they decided not to vote on either one, returning the matter to the Public Works and Traffic Commission. This week's discussion occurred during a public hearing regarding a March 19 application for a permit submitted to the commission by AT&T for the placement of an above-ground, 4-foot wide equipment cabinet at 1651 Foothill Blvd.
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By Sara Cardine, sara.cardine@latimes.com | April 23, 2014
Despite ongoing grumblings from frustrated La Cañada drivers, traffic in and around the city's Town Center area is about as good as it's going to get, according to the findings of a monthslong traffic study heard Monday by City Council. Sri Chakravarthy, a representative from the civil engineering firm Kimley-Horn and Associates, explained to council members how a consulting team evaluated several signaled intersections along Foothill Boulevard, focusing on the road's intersection with the heavily traveled Angeles Crest Highway.
NEWS
By Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com | April 23, 2014
Though a report released by the California Environmental Protection Agency shows water in La Cañada Flintridge has significant levels of toxicity , local water officials report that contaminant levels are well below maximum levels allowed by the state. A chart, showing various types of pollution by census tract , shows the majority of the community's drinking water had a score of 82.87, compared to 61.47 in a nearby neighborhood in Glendale. Scoring is based on the presence of 12 carcinogenic and seven noncarcinogenic contaminants, said Sam Delson, deputy director for external and legislative affairs for California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard.
COMMUNITY
April 23, 2014
The La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to raising money each year for La Cañada's public schools, begins its spring phone campaign next week. Volunteers will be operating in space offered by Dilbeck Real Estate. Community members are encouraged to continue donations of $2,500 per family. Specifically, the foundation plans to earmark funds to reduce class sizes in grades 4-6; further reduce class sizes in ninth-grade English and math; revitalize La Cañada Unified School District campuses, fields and facilities; expand course offerings and complete technological upgrades.
NEWS
April 17, 2014
La Cañada United Methodist Church celebrates Holy Week with a Good Friday service at 7 p.m. April 18, an Easter sunrise service Sunday at 5:45 a.m. in the church's outdoor amphitheater, and the regular 10:30 a.m. worship service led by Pastor Elaine Cho that will include music by the Sanctuary Choir and the Men's Chorus. A continental breakfast follows the sunrise service. Childcare for pre-K is offered during the 10:30 a.m. service. Last weekend, more than 60 children from La Cañada and neighboring Altadena turned out to enjoy games and an Easter egg hunt during the church's Easter party.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | April 16, 2014
Reaction from Glendale school board members on transferring the students living in the west side of La Cañada known as the Sagebrush area to the LCUSD was mixed Tuesday night during the board's first public discussion of the matter since a town hall meeting last month. “At the end of the day, I think [the territory transfer is] the best move for all of us,” said Glendale school board member Greg Krikorian. “Far too many times, elected bodies bump heads and they end up putting dollars in legal pockets and law firms' pockets and no one wins.” His board colleague Christine Walters lauded La Cañada city leaders and school officials in both districts for creating a “democratic process” that has involved officials hearing input from residents at public meetings and entering into monthslong negotiations that has resulted, in part, to a six-year phase in plan.
NEWS
April 16, 2014
At the town hall meeting discussing the Sagebrush transfer issue , representatives from the La Cañada and Glendale school districts stated that Sagebrush kids and parents should always feel “welcomed” or “invited” to participate in either community's activities. Community leaders from both LCF and Glendale have repeatedly echoed these same sentiments to Sagebrush families. As comforting as some make think that sounds, as a parent of two young kids and taxpayer living in the Sagebrush area of La Cañada Flintridge, it doesn't sound so good to me. When you are invited or welcomed to join a group or community, it simply means that you currently lack ownership or a sense of belonging.
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