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By Megan O’Neil | March 2, 2010
The La Cañada Flintridge City Council on Monday continued a claim filed by Berkshire Avenue property owners Kevin and Julie Abbott seeking damages after a city-owned tree fell and damaged private property. City staff had recommended the council reject the claim. 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. “If we assume the liability on all the city trees we wouldn’t have them because it would be too great a liability for us to pay the claims on them,” Alameda said.
NEWS
November 2, 2012
If you have ever had an unpleasant experience with the city planning department over protected trees, you have not seen anything yet. If you think the planning department has been unreasonable in the past, the new ordinance more than doubles the arbitrary power of the planning department or the planning commission to tell us how we can deal with the protected trees on our private property. It is time that we stop the unreasonable actions of the city. We did not incorporate in 1976 so that our city government could interfere more than Los Angeles County ever did with our individual rights to develop, maintain and enjoy our private property to the fullest extent possible.
NEWS
July 18, 2012
Our La Cañada Flintridge city manager recently stated that the city does not have financial responsibility for city-owned trees that damage private property. That is troubling. Several years ago, we contacted the city about a diseased tree across the street from our residence at 2040 Hilldale Drive. The city-hired arborist declared the eucalyptus tree diseased and slowly dying. City officials said the tree was on private property and notified the owner of the problem. The owner responded that the tree was on city street right of way. The city then replied that the complaining resident would need to provide a current survey showing street and property lines.
NEWS
December 6, 2012
Re: “Residents should embrace tree ordinance,” Mailbag, Nov. 29. Not one person who spoke at the City Council's study session at which the Council sought input from property owners on the proposed new protected tree ordinance criticized the merits of a reasonable protected tree ordinance. But we did let the council know that we object to the present draft of the proposed protected tree ordinance because it will unreasonably interfere with your and my rights to develop, maintain and enjoy our private property to the fullest extent possible.
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By Ruth Longoria | September 13, 2007
Should city officials have the right to take pictures on private property to document possible code violations? Some homeowners along La Cañada?s Ahlin Drive say a resounding ?No!? But, although City Manager Mark Alexander said city officials wouldn?t go on private property to take pictures or trespass ? what some consider trespassing might be permissible under the law, according to John Van Doren, La Cañada Flintridge city code enforcement officer. Property owner rights came into question in February, after Ahlin Drive homeowner Guenter Luettgens, who has lived there for 30 years, observed a now-former city code enforcement official on his property taking pictures.
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By Megan O'Neil | February 7, 2010
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger toured the tattered Paradise Valley neighborhood in La Cañada Flintridge Sunday morning, meeting property owners affected by Saturday?s mudslides and promising a coordinated cleanup effort. Flanked by La Cañada Mayor Laura Olhasso, Supervisor Mike Antonovich, Rep. David Dreier (R-San Dimas), State Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) and dozens of members of the media, Schwarzenegger promised to fast-track a state permit for a fourth dumping site needed to dispose of the truckloads of mud that overwhelmed the foothill neighborhood.
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By Megan O’Neil | February 11, 2010
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger toured the battered Paradise Valley neighborhood in La Cañada Flintridge Sunday morning, meeting property owners affected by Saturday’s mudslides and promising a coordinated cleanup effort. Flanked by La Cañada Mayor Laura Olhasso, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, Rep. David Deier (R-San Dimas), state Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) and the media, Schwarzenegger promised to fast-track a state permit for a fourth dumping site needed to dispose of the truckloads of mud that overwhelmed the foothill neighborhood.
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By Megan O’Neil | February 4, 2010
La Cañada Flintridge Mayor Laura Olhasso said Monday that the city is pressing the U.S. Forest Service for increased cooperation in protecting against possible debris flows in the Station fire burn areas. In preparing for the winter storms in the Station fire burn areas, Los Angeles County engineers and residents were not permitted access to national forest land to position sandbags or other barriers to direct runoff away from properties and into the public right-of-way. Several properties that abut Angeles National Forest have been damaged when mud and water flowed from national forest land onto private property.
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December 6, 2012
Re: “Residents should embrace tree ordinance,” Mailbag, Nov. 29. Not one person who spoke at the City Council's study session at which the Council sought input from property owners on the proposed new protected tree ordinance criticized the merits of a reasonable protected tree ordinance. But we did let the council know that we object to the present draft of the proposed protected tree ordinance because it will unreasonably interfere with your and my rights to develop, maintain and enjoy our private property to the fullest extent possible.
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NEWS
November 2, 2012
If you have ever had an unpleasant experience with the city planning department over protected trees, you have not seen anything yet. If you think the planning department has been unreasonable in the past, the new ordinance more than doubles the arbitrary power of the planning department or the planning commission to tell us how we can deal with the protected trees on our private property. It is time that we stop the unreasonable actions of the city. We did not incorporate in 1976 so that our city government could interfere more than Los Angeles County ever did with our individual rights to develop, maintain and enjoy our private property to the fullest extent possible.
NEWS
July 18, 2012
Our La Cañada Flintridge city manager recently stated that the city does not have financial responsibility for city-owned trees that damage private property. That is troubling. Several years ago, we contacted the city about a diseased tree across the street from our residence at 2040 Hilldale Drive. The city-hired arborist declared the eucalyptus tree diseased and slowly dying. City officials said the tree was on private property and notified the owner of the problem. The owner responded that the tree was on city street right of way. The city then replied that the complaining resident would need to provide a current survey showing street and property lines.
NEWS
By Megan O’Neil | March 2, 2010
The La Cañada Flintridge City Council on Monday continued a claim filed by Berkshire Avenue property owners Kevin and Julie Abbott seeking damages after a city-owned tree fell and damaged private property. City staff had recommended the council reject the claim. 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. “If we assume the liability on all the city trees we wouldn’t have them because it would be too great a liability for us to pay the claims on them,” Alameda said.
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By Megan O’Neil | February 11, 2010
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger toured the battered Paradise Valley neighborhood in La Cañada Flintridge Sunday morning, meeting property owners affected by Saturday’s mudslides and promising a coordinated cleanup effort. Flanked by La Cañada Mayor Laura Olhasso, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, Rep. David Deier (R-San Dimas), state Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) and the media, Schwarzenegger promised to fast-track a state permit for a fourth dumping site needed to dispose of the truckloads of mud that overwhelmed the foothill neighborhood.
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By Megan O'Neil | February 8, 2010
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger toured the tattered Paradise Valley neighborhood in La Cañada Flintridge Sunday morning, meeting property owners affected by Saturday’s mudslides and promising a coordinated cleanup effort. Flanked by La Cañada Mayor Laura Olhasso, Supervisor Mike Antonovich, Rep. David Dreier (R-San Dimas), State Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) and dozens of members of the media, Schwarzenegger promised to fast-track a state permit for a fourth dumping site needed to dispose of the truckloads of mud that overwhelmed the foothill neighborhood.
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By Megan O’Neil | February 4, 2010
La Cañada Flintridge Mayor Laura Olhasso said Monday that the city is pressing the U.S. Forest Service for increased cooperation in protecting against possible debris flows in the Station fire burn areas. In preparing for the winter storms in the Station fire burn areas, Los Angeles County engineers and residents were not permitted access to national forest land to position sandbags or other barriers to direct runoff away from properties and into the public right-of-way. Several properties that abut Angeles National Forest have been damaged when mud and water flowed from national forest land onto private property.
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By Ruth Longoria | July 31, 2008
It?s still only a paper road, but an attorney for Dr. Philip Merritt, the La Cañada Flintridge resident who wants to use the city property sketched as Windermere Place for access to Merritt?s private property, is claiming a victory this week in what he sees as a reversal of a previous City Council action to leave the road on paper only. ?What does it mean? It means we won,? Arnold Graham, an attorney with Graham Vaage & Cisneros in Glendale, said Tuesday concerning a letter he received last week from La Cañada?
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