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By Chris Sutton | November 4, 2004
At a special meeting held last week, a recommendation for sidewalks, curbs and gutter installations on La Cañada Boulevard was denied by the Public Works Commission on a 3-2 vote. Commissioners Allen Koblin, John Connolly and Dana Hobart said no to the project while Comm-ission Chairman Dawn Witte and Commissioner Lucien LeBlanc were in favor of it. On October 7, city staff members and representatives of La Cañada Elementary School met to discuss additional possible traffic safety measures that could be implemented near the school.
NEWS
July 3, 2008
Q. I want to be able to stay in my home, but I am worried about safety. What can I do to make my home safer? ? Hannah, La Cañada ? You are definitely in the majority by wanting to stay in your home and you are very wise to think about safety. We all have fire insurance on our homes, but we do not plan or expect to have a fire. Yet, many people say they do not need to do any upgrading to the safety aspects of their home because they have never had a fall.
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By Fereva | March 22, 2007
In the past few decades, there have been a staggering number of changes in car design which have been reflected in our driving culture. I recall the old touring bus commercial featuring a handsomely uniformed fellow who enjoined us to, "Go Greyhound — and leave the driving to us!" Greyhound's glory days may be past, but auto manufacturers are scrambling to pick up the slack, exploiting the gist of that slogan with increasingly robotoid vehicles. Cars do a lot of things they didn't used to, theoretically offering luxury services but really … I think it's because manufacturers figure we're too dumb or lazy to do much for ourselves.
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March 25, 2010
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By Mary O'Keefe | May 17, 2007
Since the shooting on the Virginia Tech campus where 32 people, including students and instructors, were killed by a lone gunman many parents, teachers and administrators have been reexamining school campus locked down protocols. Before the Virginia Tech shooting, school resource officer at La Cañada High School Deputy Todd Sams and Crescenta Valley High School SRO Scott Shinagawa attended a seminar held by the U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center. "What we found was that there is no profile of a school shooter," Sams said "There is no way to profile someone who would do this, there was not one set pattern," Shinagawa said.
NEWS
August 7, 2008
Ashley Hermans, wildlife management specialist from the Pasadena Humane Society, has some tips for those living near wildlife areas who may encounter a mountain lion: ?Keep all food, especially pet food, and garbage in closed animal-proof containers and store indoors. ?Keep property clean and trim any vegetation over-growth. ?Mountain lions stalk their prey and do not like wide open areas. ?Do not go out hiking or walk ing alone.
COMMUNITY
May 23, 2013
Toddlers at La Cañada Flintridge Community Center Preschool learned how to stop, drop and roll when local firefighters and sheriff's deputies recently visited the school. The students also learned how to hold a fire hose and inspected a deputy's car. They heard tips for riding a bicycle safely and listened to a siren. The school is an extension of the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge on Chevy Chase Drive. -- Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com Follow on Google+ and on Twitter: @LATiffanyKelly .
NEWS
June 10, 2010
Q . I'm concerned that my mom's home might not be safe for her now that she is 90. She refuses to move and I honor that wish, but are there steps I could take to make her home safer for her? — Bill, La Cañada Dear Bill, There are ways to make her home less of a fall risk for her. Moving to assisted living sometimes increases a person's fall risk due to being in unfamiliar surroundings. Go through her house looking for and correcting safety hazards such as cords going across pathways, throw rugs, and clutter in places where it obstructs pathways.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2012
To augment work from the county and city, the La Cañada Trails Council, with help from community volunteers and the Arcadia Amblers, a local mountain biking club, have recently worked on trail clean-up projects around the city, including on Horse Lane, the hillside behind Flintridge Riding Club and along the Flint Canyon Trail. The end of 2011 saw installation of an improved crosswalk on Chevy Chase with reflectors and signals, and all accessible by foot, bike or horse. To learn more about the Trails Council, or to make a donation, visit www.lcftrails.org . Scholarship applications online The Community Scholarship Foundation of La Cañada Flintridge has announced that its 2012 applications for scholarships are now available online at www.csflacanada.org and are due April 16. The foundation provides scholarships of $500 to $1,500 per year to local students.
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By Sara Cardine, sara.cardine@latimes.com | April 23, 2014
Do you know what to do when a message pops up on your computer asking if you want to chat? La Cañada Unified second-graders do. “If they don't give their name, you shouldn't do it,” said Paradise Canyon Elementary School student Owen when the question was recently posed in his class. “You should be careful giving your personal information to your friend on the Internet,” he continued, “because it could be someone else disguising their name.” Many school districts want students to have access to computers or other technological devices during the school day, but not all have a plan for teaching kids to be safe and responsible in an online context.
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By Michael Bruer | February 19, 2014
Following up on state requirements, La Cañada High School has updated its campus safety plan, according to a report given to the school board Tuesday by Assistant Principal Jarrett Gold. The components of the plan, approved by the School Site Council in January, include assessment of the current status of the school or school-related crimes; child abuse reporting procedures; disaster procedure, routine and emergency; policies related to suspensions and expulsions; sexual harassment policy; provisions for safe ingress and egress to and from school; and hate crime reporting procedures, among other items.
NEWS
January 15, 2014
Do you ever have to turn on fans for “white noise” or have you ever had to wear earmuffs or earplugs to get some quiet at home? Then please attend the Public Safety Commission meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27 at City Hall, when the issue of excessive noise will be addressed. Every household creates and is exposed to noise, be it yard equipment or new construction. This kind of normal neighborhood noise has a beginning and an end. Other situations however will affect the quality of your life for years and we have a chance to address those issues this month.
NEWS
September 30, 2013
Bob Meeker's guest column (“ Getting cross with a crossing guard ,” Sept. 19) prompted a nice exchange of ideas between the two of us, but I must state a few words on behalf of the crossing guard he wrote about. My children have attended St. Bede and St. Francis schools continuously from 1993 to the present and given the proximity of these schools to the crosswalk, I have seen a lot. This crosswalk poses challenges unlike any other. Multiple area schools starting/ending classes at roughly the same time each day, JPL commuter traffic, and the “Michigan Hill” that prohibits clear viewing of up-hill traffic/the crosswalk for both drivers and pedestrians.
NEWS
September 30, 2013
I read with sad interest about the attack on a dog belonging to a reader in the Sept. 19 issue of the Valley Sun. One of our Chihuahua-mix dogs was also attacked about three weeks ago. Our backyard is surrounded by six-foot-high fencing and is also lighted at night. In our case, we believe that the predator was a bobcat. I happened to have heard the cat-fight-like sound of the assault around 9 p.m., when it occurred. I rushed to our backyard and, I believe, interrupted it. Bobcats have been observed from time to time in our neighborhood, and one was seen strolling down our street the morning after our dog was attacked.
COMMUNITY
By Carol Cormaci, carol.cormaci@latimes.com | June 19, 2013
Splashes were heard around the globe Tuesday morning - including those echoing off the walls at the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA's indoor pool - as thousands of children and adults participated in the World's Largest Swimming Lesson. Although final numbers on participation have not been released, it was hoped that about 35,000 people would take part in the event, staged simultaneously at 700 swimming facilities and water parks worldwide, to break the Guinness World Record of 24,873 participants.
COMMUNITY
May 23, 2013
Toddlers at La Cañada Flintridge Community Center Preschool learned how to stop, drop and roll when local firefighters and sheriff's deputies recently visited the school. The students also learned how to hold a fire hose and inspected a deputy's car. They heard tips for riding a bicycle safely and listened to a siren. The school is an extension of the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge on Chevy Chase Drive. -- Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com Follow on Google+ and on Twitter: @LATiffanyKelly .
NEWS
By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | March 20, 2013
Although a public workshop was held Tuesday to study a safety audit conducted earlier this year on La Cañada Unified School District campuses, no details of the study were announced, with officials citing security reasons. The audit was conducted in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. The district invited residents to attend the workshop to discuss the results, but crime experts with the Orange County-based firm who performed the audit stopped short of releasing details.
COMMUNITY
July 15, 2012
Inspired to make something positive of a local tragedy, a La Cañada Flintridge Girl Scout and the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA teamed up Saturday to offer a water safety course for children and their families. Kids practiced rescue and swimming safety techniques while parents learned how to make their backyard pools as safe as possible with the proper fences, gate latches, pool filters and flotation devices. Heather Harris, the Y's director of aquatics, said Girl Scout and YMCA Junior Lifeguard graduate Ariel Pezner suggested the program after learning about the death of 6-year-old Emily Fu, who drowned in her backyard pool during a Memorial May block party in La Cañada.
NEWS
March 28, 2012
As chair of the city's Public Safety Commission, I'd like to present an update on some of our activities. The commission is structuring our upcoming 2012 meetings around the safety goals proposed in the LCF General Plan update. Commissioners Olivia Brown, Kay Linden, Tom Schafer, Joel Smith and I meet each month to review and recommend action on a wide range of safety issues impacting the city. As the city's draft general plan moves closer to adoption, the Public Safety Commission had the opportunity to review the safety elements of the plan at our January meeting.
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