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By Valley Sun Staff | December 28, 2011
La Cañada saw its share of troubling news in 2011, the most controversial being a complaint filed against a La Cañada High School teacher for having made ethnic slurs in her math classrooms. But there also were celebratory moments - for the victors in city council and school board elections as well as for individuals who achieved recognition in their fields. Taking advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime occasion, an ad hoc committee, giving a nod to La Cañada's unique ZIP code, organized a 9.10.11 weekend of events in September that drew participants across a broad spectrum of the populace.
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By Jennifer Berry | January 5, 2006
Several La Cañada Flintridge residents started the new year with a power interruption due to Monday's heavy rains and blustering winds. "We did have several problems in La Cañada yesterday related to trees and tree limbs," Mark Olson, region manager for Southern California Edison, said Tuesday. Southern California Edison provides electricity to La Cañada streets, homes and businesses. The storm caused extensive power interruptions throughout Southern California Edison's territory, which includes 4.6 million customers in 430 cities in Southern California, Central California and coastal regions.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | December 7, 2011
The Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station is increasing patrols in La Cañada Flintridge in response to a spike in residential burglaries that has included at least four homes targeted during power outages. Deputies are working overtime and volunteers on patrol are putting in extra hours to canvass neighborhoods around the clock, Capt. Dave Silversparre said Wednesday. Silversparre has also sought help from the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services to fund extra patrols throughout the month.
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December 6, 2011
Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D- La Canada Flintridge) on Tuesday called for Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency for the San Gabriel Valley, stemming from a severe wind storm Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 and resulting power outages that still linger six days later. “The devastation in the San Gabriel Valley and the 44th Assembly District has been significant and dramatic,” Portantino wrote. “Residents of small and large cities need assistance and the towns and counties warrant the state's help in meeting the demand placed on them from this horrendous natural disaster.” -- Bill Kisliuk , Times Community News Twitter: @bkisliuk    
ENTERTAINMENT
December 14, 2011
La Canada Elementary PTA announced its 2011-2012 Honorary Service Award recipients at a school Spirit Rally on Dec. 9. They are Mo Cornwell, parent volunteer; Elissa DeAngelo, principal; Lisa Marie DeLeon, third-grade teacher; Heather Ehrhart, parent volunteer; Marie Evelyn, second-grade teacher; Jennifer Neumann, school aide. In keeping with the Founders Day Ceremony theme of “You are the Light of Our Lives,” chairpersons Tamar Tujian and Ellen Portantino reminded the students how different their lives were during the recent power outages and how different the school would be without the efforts of the recipients.
COMMUNITY
September 5, 2012
Ten Years Ago Four days of triple-digit heat in early September 2002 were blamed for power outages that affected some 200,000 Southern California Edison customers. An Edison spokesman said that La Cañada Flintridge was one of the communities that was especially hit hard by the outages. Twenty Years Ago Church of the Lighted Window announced it would mark the opening of its fall 1992 season with the 16th annual “Launch Day,” which would feature the release of white homing pigeons.
NEWS
October 17, 2012
How nice to know that upper Ocean View received a light dusting of white stuff after the hailstorm last Thursday. Did you also know that several yards and pools, plus the entire street on Nancy Way, were flooded due to a plugged storm drain on Crown Avenue, and that more than 90 customers were without power from Thursday afternoon until sometime late Friday night or Saturday morning? As far as I'm aware, the streets affected were Nancy Way, Baptiste, San Juan Way, plus the water companies on Hampton Road.
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February 8, 2012
I wish to take a slight exception to one point raised in Diane Isaacs' reasonable rant about recent power outages [“Time to speak up about power losses,” Our Readers Write, Jan. 26] - that being the use of land-line phones during same. Cordless phones that require power are useless when the power goes out. Our household has a set of cordless telephones that become fancy paperweights when Edison's equipment fails. (We lost power at 2:30 a.m. on Jan. 31 and it stayed out for 15 hours.)
NEWS
September 8, 2012
Rare is the day that Southern California Edison gets high praise in La Cañada Flintridge. It is more common to hear residents and civic officials grumble about occasional power outages and an unresponsive bureaucracy. But Edison came through for residents in recent weeks. In the middle of July, deteriorating and damaged underground power lines in and around Big Briar Way gave out, leaving dozens of homes in the dark. It was not the first time the neighborhood had experienced problems.
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By David Spence | February 1, 2012
Over the past few months, there have been a couple of significant issues that have concerned or frustrated our residents and merchants and thus have received attention from the City Council and staff. Because of this, I wanted to apprise you of what the city has been doing to help bring about resolutions that we hope will address our community's needs. Southern California Edison Power Outages: Residents have been frustrated by the frequent recurrence of power outages, both prior to, and subsequent to, the windstorm of Nov. 30, 2011.
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October 17, 2012
How nice to know that upper Ocean View received a light dusting of white stuff after the hailstorm last Thursday. Did you also know that several yards and pools, plus the entire street on Nancy Way, were flooded due to a plugged storm drain on Crown Avenue, and that more than 90 customers were without power from Thursday afternoon until sometime late Friday night or Saturday morning? As far as I'm aware, the streets affected were Nancy Way, Baptiste, San Juan Way, plus the water companies on Hampton Road.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | September 26, 2012
A new law inspired by the windstorms that hammered the San Gabriel Valley in 2011 was signed into law over the weekend, forcing utilities to develop emergency management plans and work closely with local cities on how to respond to natural disasters. The bill, introduced by Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge), requires Southern California Edison and other privately owned utilities to develop an emergency and disaster preparedness plan every two years and to hold comprehensive disaster preparedness meetings with the counties and cities they service.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | September 19, 2012
La Cañada High School students had a short and sweet school day Monday, as a power outage prompted administrators to turn students loose at 11 a.m. A nearby transformer failed at about 12:30 a.m. Monday, according to Southern California Edison, knocking out power to the school and more than 1,200 other customers. Power to all customers except one returned by 11 a.m. Monday. Electricity was restored to the last customer, a residence, at around 9 p.m. La Cañada High School Principal Ian McFeat said the power outage made life difficult in myriad ways, prompting the decision to go to a shortened schedule.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | September 17, 2012
La Cañada High School students had a short and sweet school day Monday, as a power outage prompted administrators to turn students loose at 11 a.m. A nearby transformer failed at about 12:30 a.m. Monday, according to Southern California Edison, knocking out power to the school and more than 1,200 other customers. Power to all customers except one returned by 11 a.m. Monday. Electricity was restored to the last customer, a residence, at around 9 p.m. La Cañada High School Principal Ian McFeat said the power outage made life difficult in myriad ways, prompting the decision to go to a shortened schedule.
NEWS
September 8, 2012
Rare is the day that Southern California Edison gets high praise in La Cañada Flintridge. It is more common to hear residents and civic officials grumble about occasional power outages and an unresponsive bureaucracy. But Edison came through for residents in recent weeks. In the middle of July, deteriorating and damaged underground power lines in and around Big Briar Way gave out, leaving dozens of homes in the dark. It was not the first time the neighborhood had experienced problems.
COMMUNITY
September 5, 2012
Ten Years Ago Four days of triple-digit heat in early September 2002 were blamed for power outages that affected some 200,000 Southern California Edison customers. An Edison spokesman said that La Cañada Flintridge was one of the communities that was especially hit hard by the outages. Twenty Years Ago Church of the Lighted Window announced it would mark the opening of its fall 1992 season with the 16th annual “Launch Day,” which would feature the release of white homing pigeons.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | March 20, 2012
La Cañada Flintridge Councilman Stephen Del Guercio was named to his third stint as mayor of the city on Monday, replacing David Spence.. Spence leaves the post after having served five terms, making him the longest-serving mayor in the city's history. But Del Guercio also has plenty of civic experience, as Councilman Donald Voss noted when he nominated Del Guercio. “I'd love to nominate a man who is entering his 12th year of distinguished service on the council, a two-time mayor and former planning commissioner [who has]
NEWS
February 8, 2012
I wish to take a slight exception to one point raised in Diane Isaacs' reasonable rant about recent power outages [“Time to speak up about power losses,” Our Readers Write, Jan. 26] - that being the use of land-line phones during same. Cordless phones that require power are useless when the power goes out. Our household has a set of cordless telephones that become fancy paperweights when Edison's equipment fails. (We lost power at 2:30 a.m. on Jan. 31 and it stayed out for 15 hours.)
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By Carol Cormaci | February 1, 2012
It was the squirrel that broke the restaurateur's back. And that of his next-door neighbor. There may soon be a citizens revolt. Taylor's Steak House proprietor Bruce Taylor reports that he lost business Jan. 25 when electrical power went out in La Cañada just as customers were settling in for lunch. Because we were struck by an outage at the same time here, I can attest that there was no warning, no blinking of lights. Just that unnerving silence that comes when darkness comes suddenly and TVs, radios and computers shut down.
NEWS
February 1, 2012
On Jan. 25, the power in many of our homes shut off completely again. According to my records, this is the 18th time in two years. The Sunday before, there were two power outages lasting a few minutes. I was angry and disappointed. It is obvious that if power goes out, essentially everything that requires electricity, including gas pumps, banking, purchasing of food and other trading, stops. I wrote to Mayor David Spence. I complained about the last two years, which have been fraught with these many unexpected and unplanned outages.
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