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July 17, 2013
From the Glendale Unified School District's point of view, despite their disingenuous claims to the contrary, the current “Sagebrush” controversy has nothing at all to do with education of kids. It's all about the money. Trent Sanders La Cañada Flintridge
NEWS
April 16, 2014
Before popping the champagne to celebrate the transfer of Sagebrush into La Cañada Unified School District , let's take a look at the economics of this move. LCUSD will have to pay Glendale Unified $6.5 million. Ask yourself, where is LCUSD going to find the funds when they just passed a $450 parcel tax increase just to fund a deficit in next school year's budget? Next, Sagebrush property owners will pay $15 more (per $100K) in property taxes in addition to the new $450 parcel tax increase.
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | September 12, 2013
Nine years ago, Nalini Lasiewicz and her family moved to the westernmost part of La Cañada Flintridge, commonly known as the Sagebrush area. She soon discovered that her area was isolated because students there do not attend La Cañada schools . “Our little neighborhood was not represented,” she said. Students who live in the Sagebrush area have attended Glendale schools since before the Glendale Unified School District was formed in 1936. But residents of the area have fought hard in recent decades to be included within La Cañada Unified's boundaries.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | April 16, 2014
Reaction from Glendale school board members on transferring the students living in the west side of La Cañada known as the Sagebrush area to the LCUSD was mixed Tuesday night during the board's first public discussion of the matter since a town hall meeting last month. “At the end of the day, I think [the territory transfer is] the best move for all of us,” said Glendale school board member Greg Krikorian. “Far too many times, elected bodies bump heads and they end up putting dollars in legal pockets and law firms' pockets and no one wins.” His board colleague Christine Walters lauded La Cañada city leaders and school officials in both districts for creating a “democratic process” that has involved officials hearing input from residents at public meetings and entering into monthslong negotiations that has resulted, in part, to a six-year phase in plan.
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By Anita S. Brenner | August 22, 2013
For the past 30 years, parents in the Sagebrush area, a residential band west of Palm Crest Elementary School, inside the city limits of La Cañada Flintridge, have sought to be included in the La Cañada Unified School District. Right now, the Sagebrush is part of the Glendale Unified School District, but Sagebrush families can petition to have their children admitted into the LCUSD on an interdistrict transfer, not to exceed five years. We now have a two-tier system. There are La Cañada residents who must go through a cumbersome process, with their permits always at the will of these two entities, the GUSD and the LCUSD.
NEWS
By Sara Cardine and Kelly Corrigan | October 16, 2013
Members of the La Cañada school board on Tuesday expressed hopes that a territory transfer of homes near the city's western border from the Glendale Unified School District into the LCUSD could be on the horizon. And they read a resolution placing a $450 seven-year parcel tax on a March 4 ballot. While that meeting was taking place, their counterparts on the Glendale Unified School District board considered allowing parents in the affected neighborhoods, long known as the Sagebrush area, to choose whether to send their children to Glendale or La Cañada public schools.
NEWS
April 16, 2014
At the town hall meeting discussing the Sagebrush transfer issue , representatives from the La Cañada and Glendale school districts stated that Sagebrush kids and parents should always feel “welcomed” or “invited” to participate in either community's activities. Community leaders from both LCF and Glendale have repeatedly echoed these same sentiments to Sagebrush families. As comforting as some make think that sounds, as a parent of two young kids and taxpayer living in the Sagebrush area of La Cañada Flintridge, it doesn't sound so good to me. When you are invited or welcomed to join a group or community, it simply means that you currently lack ownership or a sense of belonging.
NEWS
October 21, 2010
Last week, I wrote about the need to support our young families in their quest to lower class sizes in the La Cañada public elementary schools, and the need to encourage all parents to participate in the decision-making process. Because of my focus on the plight of the Sagebrush families, I unintentionally mixed apples and oranges when I discussed permit students. I pointed out that the permit kids, including many from the Sagebrush area (which is in our city but falls within the Glendale Unified School District)
NEWS
April 29, 2010
Letters to the Editor Sagebrush families should be allowed in La Cañada schools It’s about time that the La Cañada Unified School District should consider allowing Sagebrush residents to enroll in the district. For the last 40 years we’ve increased our population in the Sagebrush area and home prices have quadrupled and just imagine how much money the city is losing, not to mention the growing number of establishments in the area. I don’t think it’s fair for Sagebrush residents to go to Glendale Unified School District when in fact the tax base for their property is based on La Cañada, which is higher compared to La Crescenta or Montrose.
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By Sara Cardine, sara.cardine@latimes.com | May 1, 2014
Former La Cañada Mayor Steve Del Guercio, retired teacher and Boy Scout leader Harriet Hammons and Kyla Bradley, a high school student dedicated to making the area's homeless feel loved, are among this year's winners of the Les Tupper Community Service Award. Five individuals and two organizations were selected to receive the prestigious volunteer award and will attend a May 12 awards ceremony to be held at JPL's von Karman Auditorium at 7 p.m. Also being honored this year are: business owner Tony Angelica, former La Cañada Unified School Board member Susan Boyd, the Community Scholarship Foundation, and the La Cañada Flintridge Public Library along with its manager, Mark Totten.
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NEWS
April 16, 2014
Nick Sercel and Andrew Nettles, students at St. Bede the Venerable Catholic School, were recently recognized as distinguished service award winners by local branch 374 of the Italian Catholic Federation. Branch President Al Restivo, and First Vice President Mark Mannarelli presented checks for $100 each to the young men at two meetings of ICF held in February and March at the St. Bede Parish Center. The boys were also presented with a framed certificate, which honored them for their distinguished service to their community, church and school.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | April 16, 2014
Reaction from Glendale school board members on transferring the students living in the west side of La Cañada known as the Sagebrush area to the LCUSD was mixed Tuesday night during the board's first public discussion of the matter since a town hall meeting last month. “At the end of the day, I think [the territory transfer is] the best move for all of us,” said Glendale school board member Greg Krikorian. “Far too many times, elected bodies bump heads and they end up putting dollars in legal pockets and law firms' pockets and no one wins.” His board colleague Christine Walters lauded La Cañada city leaders and school officials in both districts for creating a “democratic process” that has involved officials hearing input from residents at public meetings and entering into monthslong negotiations that has resulted, in part, to a six-year phase in plan.
NEWS
April 16, 2014
Before popping the champagne to celebrate the transfer of Sagebrush into La Cañada Unified School District , let's take a look at the economics of this move. LCUSD will have to pay Glendale Unified $6.5 million. Ask yourself, where is LCUSD going to find the funds when they just passed a $450 parcel tax increase just to fund a deficit in next school year's budget? Next, Sagebrush property owners will pay $15 more (per $100K) in property taxes in addition to the new $450 parcel tax increase.
NEWS
April 16, 2014
At the town hall meeting discussing the Sagebrush transfer issue , representatives from the La Cañada and Glendale school districts stated that Sagebrush kids and parents should always feel “welcomed” or “invited” to participate in either community's activities. Community leaders from both LCF and Glendale have repeatedly echoed these same sentiments to Sagebrush families. As comforting as some make think that sounds, as a parent of two young kids and taxpayer living in the Sagebrush area of La Cañada Flintridge, it doesn't sound so good to me. When you are invited or welcomed to join a group or community, it simply means that you currently lack ownership or a sense of belonging.
NEWS
By Sara Cardine, sara.cardine@latimes.com | April 2, 2014
After decades of contention over whether Glendale or La Cañada Unified School District should have stewardship of children living in La Cañada's westernmost territory , known as “Sagebrush,” school officials are closer than ever to negotiating a deal. Superintendents from both districts answered residents' questions in a March 25 town hall forum about a proposed territory transfer to La Cañada Unified and the impact it would have on families and school sites. “There are a lot of deep roots, and I want to say that's at the core of what we're doing working together,” La Cañada Unified Supt.
NEWS
February 5, 2014
Everyone knows our property values here in La Cañada Flintridge are much higher than in Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena, Eagle Rock and even the so-called Sagebrush area in our own city. Of course, this is because of the reputation of the La Cañada Unified School District. Most of our buyers come here for the schools. In fact, most of us realtors came here for the schools. Having one of the best school districts in the state gives us a tremendous advantage over our neighboring cities even though they are much more cosmopolitan than us. They have more restaurants, theaters, parks, shopping centers and points of interest than us. But you can't just build good schools.
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By Valley Sun Staff | December 27, 2013
La Cañada Flintridge had a difficult first quarter in 2013 as residents coped with two tragic events. But the city also experienced positive changes throughout the year, such as a surge in the number of businesses in the downtown area and a change of hands at the Plaza de La Cañada. New members were elected to both the City Council and La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board, and they will shape decisions in the year to come. We take a look back at some of the top La Cañada stories of the year: The close-knit community was rocked by two tragedies on the same day. At around 10 a.m. on Friday, March 1, a gas explosion near the pool at the Sport Chalet store seriously injured two employees . Lauren Polzin, 27, who led the store's scuba department and Victor Gonzalez, 25, a store supervisor, were hospitalized with severe burns.
NEWS
By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | October 17, 2013
Dan Jeffries moved to La Cañada Flintridge more than a decade ago when looking for a community that offered great schools. Jeffries, 55, is a father of five with three children enrolled in elementary schools. By day, he is a prosecutor with the Los Angeles City Attorney's office, dealing mostly with DUI offenses. The Valley Sun recently sat down with Jeffries on the porch of his La Cañada home. What is your motivation for running? Jeffries: I've been thinking about it for a while.
NEWS
By Sara Cardine and Kelly Corrigan | October 16, 2013
Members of the La Cañada school board on Tuesday expressed hopes that a territory transfer of homes near the city's western border from the Glendale Unified School District into the LCUSD could be on the horizon. And they read a resolution placing a $450 seven-year parcel tax on a March 4 ballot. While that meeting was taking place, their counterparts on the Glendale Unified School District board considered allowing parents in the affected neighborhoods, long known as the Sagebrush area, to choose whether to send their children to Glendale or La Cañada public schools.
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