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June 11, 2013
It was bittersweet when I read your front-page article last week about Todd Kissel's upcoming retirement from LCHS 7/8 school . I'm glad that he is still young enough to enjoy the much-deserved wonderful years ahead with his family and friends. But, selfishly, I'm sad that our two grandsons at La Cañada Elementary and countless other students will not have the same opportunity our son and daughter had to experience him as a seventh-grade math teacher. He not only instilled a love of the subject in most kids, but also had their respect - something probably very difficult during those trying junior high years.
NEWS
By Nancy Turney | March 21, 2012
Q. I recently retired. My wife and I went on a trip for a month visiting our kids who live around the country. Then I did some home improvement projects that I had been putting off for years. Then I read three books. What do I do now? This is a common experience of new retirees. For your entire life, you have gotten up, taken a shower, dressed in work clothes, grabbed your briefcase and headed off to work. Suddenly, every day becomes a weekend. But, there is hope for you. There are a myriad of activities and opportunities to fill your time.
NEWS
By Ruth Longoria | August 6, 2009
It is with mixed emotions that YMCA of the Foothills CEO Larry Hall will move his family to the Seattle area in the next few weeks, he said in an interview shortly after announcing his retirement last Thursday. ?There are a lot of giving people in these communities. Working with so many great leaders in the community has been a great experience I won?t forget,? Hall said. Hall was honored at a retirement luncheon last week and gathered again Monday afternoon with a group of friends, co-workers and family members at the Crescenta-Cañada Y for a less formal retirement party.
SPORTS
By by Seth Amitin | February 7, 2008
Larry Naeve, the longtime boy’s water polo coach at La Cañada High, announced his retirement Monday after a 21-year career studded with conference championships, 30 all-Americans and five CIF coach of the year awards. “Since September 1972, I have had the outstanding opportunity to work as a teacher and coach for the La Cañada Unified School District,” Naeve said in his official announcement. “However, as with all things, there comes a time to move on. Thus, I have decided that I will retire at the end of the 2007-08 school year.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 2007
I don?t understand golf. Little ball, skinny stick, riding around in funny carts ? just don?t get it. I think I?m saving that one for old age. What are you saving for retirement? Playing cards or going fishing? We plan and save for the future so we can stop working and relax. It all sounds wonderful; in fact, many of us are in a big hurry to ?do nothing.? But if wellness means having a sense of purpose and contentment, maybe we need to rethink the concept of retirement. Retirement began in the ?
NEWS
March 24, 2005
At his request, no services are planned for Eugene Lee "Gene" Stout, 76, of Lompoc, Calif. Stout was born Nov. 8, 1928, in Calexico, Calif., to Merton and Pauline Baker Stout. He served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War and later was employed as a driver with United Parcel Service for 27 years in the greater Glendale, area, before retiring in 1982. He and his wife enjoyed traveling during his retirement years, settling in Lompoc in 1999, moving here from Phoenix. Stout attended the Lompoc Foursquare Church and was a man of many talents.
NEWS
February 11, 2010
Gray Berg died at home Feb. 4 after a long-fought battle with cancer. Born in Pontiac, Mich. on Sept. 20, 1926, his family moved to California in 1944. Gray enlisted in the Army Air Corps on D-Day and hoped to become a pilot. He was in cadet training at the end of World War II and finished his enlistment at an air base near Munich, Germany. He became an associate of the Mighty Eighth Air Force and attended many reunions with members of the 357th Fighter Group, many of whom became close friends.
NEWS
September 17, 2009
Millard launches new practice Neal Millard , a 25-year resident of La Cañada and current candidate for LCUSD Governing Board, has retired from the international law firm of White & Case and launched a practice dedicated to education at Musick Peeler & Garrett . As the head of White & Case’s West Coast real estate practice, Millard traveled the world for his work. As he looks toward a meaningful career capstone, he has turned to the one area of law that he loves most: education.
NEWS
By Robert Lang | December 12, 2012
Thanks to good management and deep pockets, the city of La Cañada Flintridge has amassed a healthy budget surplus. But like the California budget surpluses of the 1990s, it will vanish in a heartbeat if strong action is not taken now to protect us from public sector retirement liabilities and costs. A review of La Cañada's current operating budget shows that the state pension crisis is hitting La Cañada hard and fast. Our town's direct payments to CALPERS in fiscal year 2011-2012 were $457,000 but are expected to rise above $535,000 in 2012 -20123, an increase of almost 17%. Additionally, La Cañada paid a total of $2.587 million for public safety (police and fire)
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By Sara Cardine | January 22, 2014
Mike Leininger, the former assistant superintendent of facilities and operation for the La Cañada Unified School District who retired in June after 26 years of service, has returned to the district as a consultant and will head committees in charge of security and nutrition, according to a contract recently passed by the school board. Board members approved the six-month contract on Jan. 7 after Leininger's replacement, Chief Business Operator Ruben Rojas, left the district in November to take a position as deputy executive director in the governor's economic development office.
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By Tim Traeger, tim.traeger@latimes.com | January 8, 2014
“I don't see myself as part of the future. I see myself as part of the past.” And with those words, Sheriff Lee Baca announced the end of a 48-year career with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department on Tuesday, 15 of those years as head of the largest sheriff's department in the world. Baca's connection to the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station is memorable, according to Capt. Bill Song, the station's commander. But his retirement will do little to affect how the 93 employees and 64 sworn deputies do their jobs.
NEWS
January 7, 2014
Los Angeles County Sheriff  Lee Baca  has scheduled a news conference for 10 a.m., with sources telling The Times he plans to announce his retirement. The news of Baca's decision to step down has stunned people inside and outside the Sheriff's Department. He was locked in a tough reelection battle amid several scandals that beset the department, the Los Angeles Times reports .  Baca, 71, told top officials in county government late Monday that he believes stepping down would help the department recover after several years of tumult and criticism, according to sources familiar with the conversations.
NEWS
By Robert Faturechi, Jack Leonard and Kate Mather | January 7, 2014
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca announced Tuesday that he would not seek a fifth term in office and would instead retire at the end of the month. Baca - who spent 48 years with the department including 15 as sheriff - was at times emotional as he explained his decision, which he said he made three days ago, the Los Angeles Times reports .  "I will go out on my terms," Baca, 71, said. "The reasons for doing so are so many, most personal and private. " FULL COVERAGE:  L.A.
COMMUNITY
By Jane Napier Neely | November 27, 2013
I'm writing this column before Thanksgiving Day, but you will read it on turkey day or over the weekend. I hope you have a wonderful holiday. I'm excited to celebrate this Thanksgiving with my extended family - all 25 of them. I can provide details next week. The stormy weather last week certainly provided some autumn ambience for us. Of course I loved the chill that made me feel that maybe I really was going to go "over the river and through the wood" to be with my family. Curious about this saying, I researched it a little further.
NEWS
September 18, 2013
A longtime official at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge will retire at the end of the month, the agency announced Wednesday. Gen. Eugene Tattini has served as deputy director of JPL for the past 12 years. He will leave the lab on Sept. 20. U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Larry D. James will take over the position on Sept. 23. “We owe our gratitude to General Tattini for his dedication and contributions during the past 12 years, which were filled with numerous successful spacecraft launches and milestones, including the landing of the Mars rover Curiosity,” JPL Director Charles Elachi said in a statement.
NEWS
By Carol Cormaci, carol.cormaci@latimes.com | August 29, 2013
Services were held in Arroyo Grande last week for Col. Alfonso “Ozzie” Oseguera, who was reared in La Cañada and more recently made his home in the Central California town. He passed away Aug. 11 at the age of 83. Oseguera, born in Montrose in 1930, was featured on the cover of the Valley Sun in 1947 when he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout as a member of La Cañada Boy Scout Troop 2. With him in the photo were three other Eagle Scouts who remained lifelong friends, Richard “Dick” Kiner, John Argue and Jerry Carruthers.
NEWS
By Sara Cardine | July 24, 2013
Can harmonies help kids learn history? Can rhymes reinforce reading skills? Local educator and La Cañada resident Tim Griffin seems to think so. A longtime Los Angeles Unified School District teacher with a proclivity for music, Griffin regularly wove music and performing arts into his lessons to grab students' attention and reinforce core content standards. He penned clever songs covering everything from the American Revolution to zoology. Now he wants to share his talents, and the benefits of using the arts to aid learning, with others.
NEWS
By Anita S. Brenner | July 11, 2013
Even though it's addressed to our daughter, we're always excited when the Harvard-Westlake alumni magazine arrives. We always sneak a look at the “class notes” to see what her friends are doing, then leaf through the magazine to see what's going on at this awesome school. The magazine is called “Harvard-Westlake Life.” Unlike most school development magazines, it is edited entirely by current students. This month, the cover features an “unfinished portrait” of outgoing headmaster Tom Hudnut.
NEWS
June 11, 2013
It was bittersweet when I read your front-page article last week about Todd Kissel's upcoming retirement from LCHS 7/8 school . I'm glad that he is still young enough to enjoy the much-deserved wonderful years ahead with his family and friends. But, selfishly, I'm sad that our two grandsons at La Cañada Elementary and countless other students will not have the same opportunity our son and daughter had to experience him as a seventh-grade math teacher. He not only instilled a love of the subject in most kids, but also had their respect - something probably very difficult during those trying junior high years.
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