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By Megan O’Neil | June 25, 2009
It was all about a tree at Tuesday?s La Cañada Flintridge Planning Commission meeting where commission members debated the merits of a new two story-house that would require serious pruning or even the removal of an oak tree. City staff member Chris Gjolme, who presented the development report to the commission, explained that property owners Su and Ro Yu were seeking to build a new 3,040-square-foot home on a 8,450-square-foot lot located at 307 San Juan Way. Gjolme described the design and massing of the house as attractive and appropriate for the neighborhood.
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By Megan O'Neil | October 29, 2009
An oak tree once again took center stage at La Cañada City Hall Tuesday as members of the planning commission debated whether to approve the construction of a two story house that could threaten a large Quercus agrifolia. This time the tree won, minus a few branches. The original development proposal detailed plans for a new 3,040-square-feet house to be built on a 8,450-square-feet lot located at 307 San Juan Way. A wide drainage channel runs along the west property line, and rooted in the channel is a 35-foot oak tree.
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By Charles Cooper | March 30, 2006
Trees were again on the agenda Tuesday as the La Cañada Flintridge Planning Commission held the second of its two meetings for March. The planning commission is dealing with the subject of trees because it has the authority to enforce the city's tree ordinance. The commissioners decided not to approve the removal of two Chinese elm trees from a home on Meadow Grove Street, despite an opinion from an arborist that the trees are growing into the canopy of a mature oak on the site.
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By Seth Amitin | November 19, 2009
You could say this started in August, when Arasky Avakian, asked her Flintridge neighbor, Jacqueline Chen, to trim her oak tree as it continued to encroach upon her property. You could also say this started nine years ago, when the two became neighbors and that same oak tree presented itself as a problem in the first place. But whenever it started, it escalated to new heights when Avakian hired workers to trim the tree off of her property and perhaps broke a few rules in doing so. The tree was noticeably slimmer on the south side, where it encroached Avakian?
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | December 23, 2010
An oak tree in a gully behind homes along the 500 block of Meadow Grove Street in La Cañada Flintridge came crashing down into power lines early Thursday morning, snapping a utility pole in half and cutting off electricity to as many as 582 homes or businesses in the area. A short time later, Southern California Edison was able to reroute a local power grid and restore service to most of those customers, but four homes will remain without electricity until about 4 a.m. Friday, said Southern California Edison spokesman Charlie Coleman.
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April 20, 2011
City officials, members of La Cañada Valley Beautiful and others gathered Thursday at Lanterman House for the ceremonial planting of an oak tree. Hopes are that the 10- to 12-foot tree will grow to replace a 60-foot heritage oak that came crashing down onto the property’s parking lot during a rain and wind storm on March 19, city Facilities and Maintenance Superintendent Gonzalo Venegas said. The fallen oak predated the Lanterman House, built in 1915, by decades, according to Executive Director Melissa Patton.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | April 21, 2011
During a Thursday morning ceremony that marked the La Cañada Flintridge’s observance of Arbor Day, local officials planted an oak tree at the Lanterman House to replace one that fell there during a heavy weekend storm last month Though just over 10 feet tall, the new tree is of the same California live oak species as the 60-foot heritage oak that came crashing down onto the property’s parking lot on March 19. The fallen oak had predated the...
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I?m a very thrilled grandmother once again. Son Chris and his wife Megan presented me with a tiny, beautiful little girl, Morgan Fionnuala Flanagan Neely ,on Sept. 21. Her two brothers, Aidan , 6, and Lucan , 4, were hoping for a baby brother, but now love showing off their tiny sister who now weighs about 5 pounds, 9 ounces and is 18-1/2 inches long. Chris and Megan like to have ?surprise? babies so they requested not to be told about the baby?s sex until the wee one made its appearance in the world.
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August 16, 2007
Going to work at La Cañada?s Descanso Gardens is a little like coming home, said Mary Ellen Walker. Walker has been a visitor to the gardens for the past few decades, first as a youth going there on dates and then as a mom, bringing her babies in strollers to enjoy the 160-acre botanical gardens and woodlands. Now that her two children ? Jason and Mary House ? are grown, Walker said she?s glad to have a new reason to spend time at the gardens. Walker, a resident of La Crescenta and former Los Angeles Times staff writer and editor, took over as public relations manager at Descanso Gardens at the end of July when her predecessor, Avery Econome, retired.
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By Chris Sutton | June 24, 2004
The gavel was passed by John Connolly, out going chair of the Public Works and Traffic Commission, to Dawn Witte at last week's meeting. In her first official act, chair Witte nominated Commis-sioner Allen Koblin to be her vice chair, which the commissioners unanimously approved. Continuing with the congratulations, Steve Castel-lanos, director of public works, recognized Commis-sioners John Connolly and Dana Hobart for their recent reappointment by the City Council, both for a second four year term.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | April 21, 2011
During a Thursday morning ceremony that marked the La Cañada Flintridge’s observance of Arbor Day, local officials planted an oak tree at the Lanterman House to replace one that fell there during a heavy weekend storm last month Though just over 10 feet tall, the new tree is of the same California live oak species as the 60-foot heritage oak that came crashing down onto the property’s parking lot on March 19. The fallen oak had predated the...
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April 20, 2011
City officials, members of La Cañada Valley Beautiful and others gathered Thursday at Lanterman House for the ceremonial planting of an oak tree. Hopes are that the 10- to 12-foot tree will grow to replace a 60-foot heritage oak that came crashing down onto the property’s parking lot during a rain and wind storm on March 19, city Facilities and Maintenance Superintendent Gonzalo Venegas said. The fallen oak predated the Lanterman House, built in 1915, by decades, according to Executive Director Melissa Patton.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | December 23, 2010
An oak tree in a gully behind homes along the 500 block of Meadow Grove Street in La Cañada Flintridge came crashing down into power lines early Thursday morning, snapping a utility pole in half and cutting off electricity to as many as 582 homes or businesses in the area. A short time later, Southern California Edison was able to reroute a local power grid and restore service to most of those customers, but four homes will remain without electricity until about 4 a.m. Friday, said Southern California Edison spokesman Charlie Coleman.
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By Megan O’Neil | March 4, 2010
The La Cañada Flintridge City Council on Monday voted to further discuss a claim filed by Berkshire Avenue property owners Kevin and Julie Abbott, who say a damaged city-owned oak destroyed a wrought-iron fence and gate. City staff had recommended the city council reject the claim. It will now be heard in closed session on March 15. The city pays for the maintenance of trees on public property, said Carl Alameda, senior management analyst for the city. It does not assume liability for trees that have been properly monitored and trimmed.
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By Seth Amitin | November 19, 2009
You could say this started in August, when Arasky Avakian, asked her Flintridge neighbor, Jacqueline Chen, to trim her oak tree as it continued to encroach upon her property. You could also say this started nine years ago, when the two became neighbors and that same oak tree presented itself as a problem in the first place. But whenever it started, it escalated to new heights when Avakian hired workers to trim the tree off of her property and perhaps broke a few rules in doing so. The tree was noticeably slimmer on the south side, where it encroached Avakian?
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By Megan O'Neil | October 29, 2009
An oak tree once again took center stage at La Cañada City Hall Tuesday as members of the planning commission debated whether to approve the construction of a two story house that could threaten a large Quercus agrifolia. This time the tree won, minus a few branches. The original development proposal detailed plans for a new 3,040-square-feet house to be built on a 8,450-square-feet lot located at 307 San Juan Way. A wide drainage channel runs along the west property line, and rooted in the channel is a 35-foot oak tree.
NEWS
October 1, 2009
Letters to the Editor Oak tree should have been saved In regard to the article by Megan O’Neil in the Sept. 24 edition of the Valley Sun [“City Council votes to cut down dying oak”], the subject of the cutting down of the dying oak at 4341 Encinas Drive, I took it upon myself to visit this particular area and found how utterly ridiculous Mayor Laura Olhasso and Councilmembers Gregory Brown and David Spence were on suggesting the removal of a perfectly good oak tree, as sound as this tree is. It’s obvious that someone just wants to rid the area of this particular tree, maybe because it blocks his or her view or maybe other reasons to satisfy their own needs.
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By Megan O’Neil | June 25, 2009
It was all about a tree at Tuesday?s La Cañada Flintridge Planning Commission meeting where commission members debated the merits of a new two story-house that would require serious pruning or even the removal of an oak tree. City staff member Chris Gjolme, who presented the development report to the commission, explained that property owners Su and Ro Yu were seeking to build a new 3,040-square-foot home on a 8,450-square-foot lot located at 307 San Juan Way. Gjolme described the design and massing of the house as attractive and appropriate for the neighborhood.
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