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March 19, 2014
The Los Angeles Times recently published a story, “Most L.A. County cities failing to protect historic sites, study says, ” about a Preservation Report Card issued by the Los Angeles Conservancy. In it, the writer reports that La Cañada Flintridge was one of several cities to receive a failing grade. I think the Conservancy and the story's writer should have done more research. I want La Cañada residents to know the city has spent significant monies, about half a million dollars, to restore and maintain our most precious historic facility, Lanterman House.
NEWS
November 27, 2013
On Dec. 2 the City Council will review an appeal of the Planning Commission's approval of a residential project that was reviewed under the Hillside Ordinance. The project approved by the Planning Commission is for construction of a two-story single-family residence totaling 4,770 square feet exclusive of a 2,200 square foot basement. The street on which this project sits is a narrow one, lined with houses averaging approximately 2,200 square feet. With a couple of exceptions, the existing homes on the street are single-story structures.
NEWS
February 19, 2014
As longtime residents (26 years), parents of LCHS graduates, and LCUSD educators, we are deeply invested in our community and especially proud of our school district. We realize the gift of living in a neighborhood where families send their highly capable children to our public schools. It has always been a preface to success stories that most students are ready, willing and able when they begin in the LCUSD. We also know that dedicated teachers are an imperative part of the formula.
NEWS
October 24, 2013
I was a bit disappointed to see Rex Nishimura's letter published this week . He begins by acknowledging that the school board election is fundamentally a nonpartisan race. The text of his letter further demonstrates his understanding of the nonpartisan nature of this election. However, by innuendo and what he no doubt considers to be clever semantics, he then makes clear the political affiliation of a candidate of whom he disapproves. I am actually grateful to Nishimura for reinforcing my decision to vote for Dan Jeffries: It's not so much that I agree with his political affiliation, not relevant in this election, but that Nishimura's candidate, Kevork Kurdoghlian, is encumbered by unethical supporters.
NEWS
October 18, 2013
I don't know the Rev. Skip Lindeman of the La Cañada Congregational Church, but I certainly was impressed by his passionate response to the In Theory question, “What is our obligation to help the poor?” No doubt there will be many in his congregation who were uncomfortable reading his words - it was not a “politically correct” response for La Cañada, nor did it conform to the vague platitudes we usually read. Rev. Lindeman's words rang true for me - these are the teachings I expect from true men and women of faith.
NEWS
December 18, 2013
Sheesh, what's with all the trash? I hike frequently behind our house from the Forest Hill gate up to the top of the hill (great view, by the way). I've never seen as much trash along the fire roads and trails as I saw today. Plastic water bottles, broken glass and not broken liquor bottles, aluminum cans, etc. were all over the place. Oops, did I mention left bags of dog stuff? Come on, people! At one time we had trash cans near the top, why not now? I'd be happy to be in charge of emptying them when the time comes.
NEWS
April 9, 2014
Thank you La Cañadans for your support of our neighborhood's plea to save La Forest Drive. Whether I was recognized at the store, eatery or elsewhere, the outpouring of positive feedback has been incredible. Also, your emails and phone calls have kept me on my toes. I was made aware of our F grade for Historical Preservation. There is plenty of evidence to support neighborhood stories worth preserving. Truly, we are a special community because of our history. Together, let us find a way to protect and honor our homes.
NEWS
February 26, 2014
As La Cañada resident and career land-use attorney, I have seen my share of antiproject hyperbole, but none so crass as the recent full-page hit piece ad against the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy Master Plan purchased in the Valley Sun by the so-called “Protect La Cañada Flintridge” group. As if equating the image of a male bartender and a lineup of cocktail glasses with a prestigious all-girls parochial school wasn't tasteless enough, the purported facts that our residents should be up in arms about were hardly compelling.
NEWS
Joe Puglia | July 27, 2011
My buddy Ray Early and I were contemplating the ills of contemporary life. From microeconomics to text messaging, nothing was spared from our scrutiny. Our analysis evolved to the paradigm of human communication. “Who writes letters today?” Ray asked. “I do!” I replied. I have a penchant for writing letters. Kids today are ill-served by the phenomenon of electronic communication. My grandfather taught me the art of writing a letter. I remember his weekly ritual. Each Saturday, Papa Puglia would pour a glass of wine, grab his Montegrappa pen, some fine linen paper, Waterman blue-black ink. Then he would sit and meticulously scribe the weekly events to his sister, Zia Carmella, who lived in Misterbianco, Sicily.
NEWS
February 19, 2014
Recently the City Council zoned for low-income housing development into La Cañada . I hope that low-income housing units are built right next to these council members so we can see just how much their property values will increase. If the voters elect this same body of members next time around then they should love the consequences of welfare checks, trash can streets, transients hopping, wholesale crime increase and all the wonderful things associated with neighborhood projects.
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NEWS
April 23, 2014
Re: “ Reasons for the Obama protest,” Mailbag, April 17 .  A caricature of the president of the United States as Hitler is not a “protest” and it's the opposite of patriotism. Why defend the indefensible? We can disagree without being disagreeable. There is a huge, legitimate philosophical difference between those who think the federal government is doing too much, and those who thing it needs to do more. Actually, everyone I know thinks the IRS is doing too much, taking tax return money from people who happen to be related to others who are indebted to the U.S. Treasury.
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NEWS
April 23, 2014
Dear citizens, unite. Is there anyone out there in our fair city that would like to repeal the bungling effort of the latest tree ordinance ? How can five people determine what our city should become? The last time we all went through this no one cared. Now there is some rumbling. Our beautiful city is being decapitated. Soon we will become Palmdale. The current tree ordinance protects California sycamores and live oaks , including other oak species that either don't grow here or cannot easily be identified.
NEWS
April 16, 2014
This article is in response to the letter written about an Obama protest which took place in our La Cañada Post Office ( “Obama protest leaves a stamp of hate,” Mailbag, April 10 ). There is growing dissatisfaction with our federal government. Many have lost their health insurance because Obama administration regulations on grandfathering the existing plans were so stringent they did not comply. The result was a higher insurance premium for new plans. How much has yours gone up?
NEWS
April 16, 2014
Your story about the new school computer labs ( April 10, “Schools tap into tech with iPads” ) incorrectly reported that funding from the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation opened and furnished the high school's iMac lab. The lab was paid for with $75,000 from the LCHS 7/8 PTA and 9-12 PTSA. This money was raised over several years through the hard work of PTA volunteers and the generous support of parents and local businesses. A major PTA fundraiser is the 7/8 Home Tour, this year on May 2 featuring four beautiful La Cañada homes, a catered lunch, a marketplace and music.
NEWS
April 16, 2014
The city of La Cañada Flintridge's deeply rooted lush lawn traditions are tied to a romance with the English or cottage garden. Today, there is essentially one way most residents envision landscapes for their homes: a green lawn accompanied by various shrubs or flowers with a tree or two which have become iconic of the city. Modeling our landscapes after those of rain-soaked England requires intensive watering and is environmentally unsustainable. Earlier this year, Gov. Jerry Brown presented data that concluded calendar year 2013 ended as the driest year on record for the state of California.
NEWS
April 16, 2014
Before popping the champagne to celebrate the transfer of Sagebrush into La Cañada Unified School District , let's take a look at the economics of this move. LCUSD will have to pay Glendale Unified $6.5 million. Ask yourself, where is LCUSD going to find the funds when they just passed a $450 parcel tax increase just to fund a deficit in next school year's budget? Next, Sagebrush property owners will pay $15 more (per $100K) in property taxes in addition to the new $450 parcel tax increase.
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.
NEWS
April 9, 2014
Thank you La Cañadans for your support of our neighborhood's plea to save La Forest Drive. Whether I was recognized at the store, eatery or elsewhere, the outpouring of positive feedback has been incredible. Also, your emails and phone calls have kept me on my toes. I was made aware of our F grade for Historical Preservation. There is plenty of evidence to support neighborhood stories worth preserving. Truly, we are a special community because of our history. Together, let us find a way to protect and honor our homes.
NEWS
By Carol Cormaci, carol.cormaci@latimes.com | April 9, 2014
A large envelope addressed to me in cursive handwriting was delivered to our home mailbox last week. A quick glance at the return address suggested I was in for a special treat. La Cañada Elementary School teacher Sue Fuelling had earlier alerted me via email that she hoped to soon send through the postal service some thank-you notes her class had written me after my participation in the school's late February community read-in. I opened the envelope eagerly, then leafed through the 29 well-crafted and thoughtful notes, savoring the children's words and reliving our brief time together.
NEWS
April 9, 2014
Before leaving the house this morning, I posted on Facebook a very inspirational video showing that good deeds enrich your lives and the ones around you endlessly. People responded by sharing it and thanking me for sharing it. It brought some to tears. I left the house a few minutes early for work so I could stop by the La Cañada Post Office and mail off my state taxes. As I pulled in, I took offense to the giant poster showing Obama with a Hitler mustache, erected by sidewalk demonstrators.
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