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By Mary O'Keefe | March 8, 2007
In recent weeks some 30 trees have been cut down in the area on Valley Sun Lane between Hill Street and Cornishon Avenue in preparation for a parking area that has not received required approvals from the city. Parking spaces currenlty run along a fenced area in the alley. On the north side of the fence is a strip of land, then the property slopes downhill toward the 210 Freeway. The parking spaces are reserved for the Foothill Boulevard businesses that run parallel to Valley Sun Lane.
NEWS
April 9, 2014
I wanted to express my appreciation to your paper and reporter Sara Cardine for last week's tree-ordinance article . I am sure that many La Cañada residents were not aware that the city's tree policy had changed and were surprised to learn that most trees regardless of their size can now be cut down. I believe that this change will result in the removal of many trees especially by developers who need to maximize their return on investment. According to public records, local developer Mr. Seung Choon “Mario” Lim paid all cash for two investment homes on my street, La Forest Drive.
COMMUNITY
December 27, 2012
Now that Christmas is past, La Cañada Flintridge residents looking to toss their trees before their homes turn into a pine needle storage facilities can put them out with the trash. Free curbside pickup by local trash haulers Athens Services, Allied Waste and NASA Services started Wednesday, and will continue until Saturday, Jan. 19. Trees should be put out on residents' normal pick-up day. Trees covered in flocking or fire retardant will be accepted, but all other decorations, such as ornaments or stands, must be removed.
NEWS
By Reg Green | July 9, 2013
Have you noticed that in La Cañada the trees stop where the national forest begins? Look down sometime from the Cherry Canyon trail. Although there is not an empty lot to be seen, trees dominate the entire view. Their variety is equally astonishing even for someone who has never hugged a tree in his life. (Well, hardly ever.) To name a few: the groves of deodars that always put me in mind of the phantom wood in Disney's “Snow White” and, at the other end of the cultural scale, the orderly rows of cedar more suited to classical Rome; the startling splotches of gold and red among the evergreens in the fall and the delicate purple jacaranda in the spring that would be more at home in the tropics than in Granola Park - sorry, Glenola.
NEWS
By Sara Cardine, sara.cardine@latimes.com | April 3, 2014
For years, La Cañada has worn the mantle of "Tree City USA," a title bestowed by the national Arbor Day Foundation upon communities that support tree preservation, in part, by maintaining a comprehensive tree ordinance. The city recently revised its tree ordinance after 12 years to simplify rules protecting certain species and to codify language on preservation, removal and maintenance. At the time, City Council had the opportunity to consider also protecting "heritage trees," or nonprotected species with a diameter of at least 36 inches, but declined.
NEWS
By Mary O'Keefe | July 19, 2007
There are two things La Cañadans take very seriously; sewers and trees. While the first subject is one of debate and oftentimes headache, the latter is one of community pride. For the past decade various sections of the city at various times have dealt with the construction of new sewers. These projects are borne of necessity, however many times the road to improvement is marred with trials and tribulations for local residents. Road closures, dust, dirt and noise fill neighborhoods as construction equipment and workers fill the streets.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Cary Ordway | June 18, 2009
Sometimes the most unique getaways are off the beaten path a bit, and take a little extra effort to find. Such is the case with the Lazy Z Resort, a place well known by the families who have been visiting the resort since it opened in the 1940s, but not such a household name for most people. The Lazy Z is located in the Sierra Nevada foothills — Mark Twain country — where interestingly enough a small town was named after a couple of well-known writers: Twain and Brett Harte.
NEWS
By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | June 12, 2013
On a walk through the upper Alta Canyada neighborhood of La Cañada Flintridge, people and large estates appear dwarfed by rows of deodar cedars. The towering trees, which are more than 100 feet tall in some areas, have become an icon of the neighborhood and residents don't want them harmed. When the City Council prepared to approve a tree ordinance in March that would protect the California sycamore and a variety of oaks but omit the deodar cedar, residents protested. Council members have proposed a compromise: a historic deodar district that would protect the tree where it defines the character of the neighborhood.
NEWS
By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | April 25, 2012
Pierre Morillo will pay a $25,000 price for removing three protected Chinese elm trees from his La Cañada Flintridge property without permission, the Planning Commission decided Tuesday night. The commission voted 4-0 to require Morillo to place at least three new protected trees on his St. Katherine Drive property, with the remaining money used to plant trees throughout the city. Commissioner Arun Jain was absent from the meeting. The commission reduced the proposed restitution from $45,000, which a city arborist said is the value of the removed trees.
COMMUNITY
By Jane Napier Neely | December 12, 2013
Ho, Ho, Ho - 'Tis the season. It's party time in the foothills. Last Friday night it was the annual Festival in Lights at Memorial Park. Santa Claus arrived by sheriff's patrol car and greeted the assembled crowd. Carols were sung by the school kids and the Miss La Cañada Flintridge court introduced. And then, like magic, the lights went on in the median down Foothill Boulevard. Our city looks so pretty with its holiday lights. --- The YMCA of the Foothills, which operates both the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA and the Verdugo Hills YMCA, held its first ever "Deck the Halls" Dinner and Auction of 22 beautifully decorated Christmas trees and wreaths to benefit the Youth Leadership Endowment Fund that supports kids today and tomorrow in their quests for good health and social responsibility.
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NEWS
April 23, 2014
Dear citizens, unite. Is there anyone out there in our fair city that would like to repeal the bungling effort of the latest tree ordinance ? How can five people determine what our city should become? The last time we all went through this no one cared. Now there is some rumbling. Our beautiful city is being decapitated. Soon we will become Palmdale. The current tree ordinance protects California sycamores and live oaks , including other oak species that either don't grow here or cannot easily be identified.
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NEWS
April 9, 2014
I wanted to express my appreciation to your paper and reporter Sara Cardine for last week's tree-ordinance article . I am sure that many La Cañada residents were not aware that the city's tree policy had changed and were surprised to learn that most trees regardless of their size can now be cut down. I believe that this change will result in the removal of many trees especially by developers who need to maximize their return on investment. According to public records, local developer Mr. Seung Choon “Mario” Lim paid all cash for two investment homes on my street, La Forest Drive.
NEWS
By Sara Cardine, sara.cardine@latimes.com | April 3, 2014
For years, La Cañada has worn the mantle of "Tree City USA," a title bestowed by the national Arbor Day Foundation upon communities that support tree preservation, in part, by maintaining a comprehensive tree ordinance. The city recently revised its tree ordinance after 12 years to simplify rules protecting certain species and to codify language on preservation, removal and maintenance. At the time, City Council had the opportunity to consider also protecting "heritage trees," or nonprotected species with a diameter of at least 36 inches, but declined.
NEWS
By Sara Cardine,sara.cardine@latimes.com | February 20, 2014
A La Cañada resident living on the 700 block of Forest Green Drive was fed up last month with a neighboring sycamore tree that continually dropped leaves into his pool. Seeing that the property next door where the tree grew was unoccupied and in the process of being "flipped" by an investment firm, the resident instructed his gardener to remove the tree. After the property owners filed a police report against the neighbor and the gardener, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department contacted the city's code enforcement division to weigh in on the matter, according to Vahe Massih, an enforcement officer.
NEWS
By Sara Cardine | February 13, 2014
As California continues to experience extreme drought, the far-reaching effects of abnormal weather patterns are being observed locally in tree populations and the unwelcome guests they may be housing. The city is warning La Cañada residents to be on the lookout for signs of bark beetle infestation in trees on their property. The small, boring insects pose a special threat to pines and other conifers in dry weather conditions. "Pines need moisture to produce the defensive sticky substance required to repel the bark beetle when attacked," reads a Jan. 29 warning posted on the city's website.
NEWS
By Reg Green | January 29, 2014
Entering Burned Area. Trees may fall at any time. Potential hazards include: fallen trees, flash flooding and debris flows. Do not linger under large burned trees. Avoid this area during high winds. Be alert for falling trees. So say the signs on some Angeles National Forest trails, like a warning on one of those commercials for a product that holds loose dentures in place but comes with the risk of a sudden loss of vision, fatal bleeding and other afflictions lasting more than four hours.
NEWS
January 9, 2014
La Cañada Flintridge residents still looking to dispose of their Christmas trees can leave them curbside on regular pick-up days for their trash haulers until Jan. 17, according to a city report. Questions should be directed to the haulers that serve this city: Athens Services, (818) 336-6100; Allied Waste, (888) 742-5234 or NASA Services (888) 888-0388. -- Carol Cormaci, carol.cormaci@latimes.com ALSO: Real Estate: Pricey properties abound in LCF Documenting a rite of passage in 'It's Better to Jump' Area's first baby of 2014 born at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital  
COMMUNITY
By Jane Napier Neely | December 12, 2013
Ho, Ho, Ho - 'Tis the season. It's party time in the foothills. Last Friday night it was the annual Festival in Lights at Memorial Park. Santa Claus arrived by sheriff's patrol car and greeted the assembled crowd. Carols were sung by the school kids and the Miss La Cañada Flintridge court introduced. And then, like magic, the lights went on in the median down Foothill Boulevard. Our city looks so pretty with its holiday lights. --- The YMCA of the Foothills, which operates both the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA and the Verdugo Hills YMCA, held its first ever "Deck the Halls" Dinner and Auction of 22 beautifully decorated Christmas trees and wreaths to benefit the Youth Leadership Endowment Fund that supports kids today and tomorrow in their quests for good health and social responsibility.
NEWS
December 4, 2013
I called the city on a recent day to ask that the two overgrown Chinese elms and liquidambar trees in front of our house on Carmel Road be checked and trimmed. The following day an inspector was out to check the trees and determine that they did, in fact, need trimming. He said that the trimming would take place within the next two weeks, depending on the crews' schedules. Last Friday a crew was out and trimmed one Chinese elm before they had to go to a meeting. They said they would be out to trim the second Chinese elm and the liquidambar this morning.
NEWS
December 3, 2013
The 19th annual Glenola Park Tree Lighting and Canned Food Drive will take place Wednesday, Dec. 4 from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. at the small park located on Angeles Crest Highway at Vista del Valle Road in La Cañada. Area residents are invited to participate in this free event, which will feature carols, cookies and cider. This holiday season kick-off is sponsored by the La Cañada Girl Scouts, Friends of Glenola Park, La Cañada Kiwanis Club and the city of La Cañada Flintridge. --Carol Cormaci, carol.cormaci@latimes.com ALSO: Man jumps from Ocean View bridge onto 210 Freeway La Cañada History: Sheriff's deputies arrested 17 LCHS students in a surprise raid La Cañada Turkey Trot draws in 1,400 entrants, some in costume  
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