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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | June 19, 2013
La Cañada Flintridge plans to repair storm drains in three areas of the city, but residents in one neighborhood believe the project is costly and excessive. The $200,000 project is designed to address water runoff and drainage issues. At Fairmount Avenue and Palm Drive, one of the project's locations, water can overflow onto the east side of the intersection quickly. Officials plan to install underground storm drain pipes, catch basins and a parkway outlet drain. But neighbors seek an alternative solution.
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By Leticia Cheng | August 2, 2007
Residents on the normally quiet street of Forest Green Drive near La Cañada Flintridge Country Club were surprised to discover a torrent of water heading down their block on Saturday night, shortly before 10 p.m. The mini deluge came from a rain gutter located near the top of the road by a water reservoir operated by Mesa Crest Water Company. Neighbor Robin Elmassian, who lives across the street from the structure, contacted the fire department who later came by to investigate the issue.
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August 14, 2008
Letters to the Editor Kudos to band’s conductor, soloist I enjoyed Ruth Longoria’s article about the LCF Community Band and the people enjoying Music in the Park [“Striking the right note,” July 31]. I would like to add many cheers for Susan Hamre, who rehearses and conducts the band, and for the marvelous young soloist who sang “The Impossible Dream.” It was a talented and delightful program. — Elizabeth McMurray Glendale   Editor’s note: McMurray and others may be happy to learn the LCF Community Band returns to the Memorial Park bandstand this Sunday.
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By Ruth Longoria Valley Sun | March 20, 2008
Residents who turned out for a dedication Saturday afternoon of the La Cañada Flintridge Public Library’s new California native plant garden got a lesson in botany as well as an opportunity to thank the local group responsible for the $27,000 library beautification project. If you’ve driven down Oakwood Avenue in recent months, chances are you’ve noticed the drastic differences at the site, which Sue Renyer, community library manager, said used to consist primarily of overgrown, rodent-infested ivy. “This is so much nicer,” Renyer said.
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May 5, 2005
On behalf of the many people in LCF who regularly use our trails system, I would like to thank the over 75 volunteers who gave up their Saturday morning to cut weed, clear fallen trees, fill in ruts and make the trails safe and usable again. And so, now we appeal to the whole community as well as to our local contractors, sub contractors, architects, landscape architects, Realtors, and owner- builders, if your property adjoins the trail system in town, both north and south of foothill, please respect the fact that for many years the residents of La Cañada Flintridge have enjoyed the unique privilege of having open space and trails to use for exercise and enjoyment.
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By Trent Sanders | January 21, 2010
The Haiti earthquake should be a wake-up call for all of us. Bear in mind that the Haiti quake was a 7.0 on a strike/slip tectonic fault. The anticipated “big one” for California will also be on a strike/slip tectonic fault, the San Andreas, and is variously estimated to be in the range of the mid 8’s to the low 9’s, hundreds of times stronger than Haiti’s. Notice that there were two phases of the Haiti quake event. The first was the immediate death and destruction from collapsed buildings.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 31, 2007
Lynn Duvall Scott Bailey and Christina Galloway crafted an ambitious plan for their wedding on May 26 in Fallbrook. They blended old traditions with modern ideas to create a memorable day of ceremony and celebration. "It was our goal to create an occasion that would affect people emotionally. We wanted to engage them, to touch their hearts," Christina explained. Christina, a La Cañada native, met Scott two years ago in Northern California, during her final year of study in a doctoral program in psychology.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 2004
California Weekend by Cary Ordway is a new feature in Applause designed to help the California resident and visitor find unique and extraordinary getaway experiences in and near California. One never forgets the first time - on a houseboat, that is. It has to be considered one of life's precious moments when you come on board your own 40-foot boat, crank up those growly engines and cast off for parts unknown. It's almost like you want to run up to the front of the boat, position your arms like wings and yell out something like "I'm the king of the?
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By Ruth Longoria | January 24, 2008
A recent rain and windstorm did a lot to prove the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge is in dire need of some roof repairs; it also went a long way to show the dedication of city staff to support the center. However, despite volunteer efforts, and the board’s decision to OK funding for necessary roof repairs, staff at the center is convinced it’s only a matter of time before the center needs to be rebuilt. Large black tarps weighted down on the roof above the community center’s ceramics studio now accompany the clear plastic tarp tacked down on the adjoining roof.
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By Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com | April 23, 2014
Though a report released by the California Environmental Protection Agency shows water in La Cañada Flintridge has significant levels of toxicity , local water officials report that contaminant levels are well below maximum levels allowed by the state. A chart, showing various types of pollution by census tract , shows the majority of the community's drinking water had a score of 82.87, compared to 61.47 in a nearby neighborhood in Glendale. Scoring is based on the presence of 12 carcinogenic and seven noncarcinogenic contaminants, said Sam Delson, deputy director for external and legislative affairs for California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard.
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By Sara Cardine, sara.cardine@latimes.com | April 23, 2014
Officials at Descanso Gardens gave Metropolitan Water District a look under the hood Friday morning, participating in a free irrigation survey designed to pinpoint spots where water efficiency upgrades could be made. The audit is a service MWD offers at no cost to larger, nonresidential entities that maintain at least one acre of irrigation within the Metropolitan Water District's 5,200-square-mile service area. Descanso has about 80 acres of cultivated, irrigated garden space. During the three-hour audit, Gregg Roesnik, a San Diego-based certified landscape irrigation auditor contracted by MWD, examined various systems throughout the garden, reading meters and taking notes on his observations.
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By Sara Cardine,sara.cardine@latimes.com | April 9, 2014
The Metropolitan Water District (MWD) announced last week the appointment of Foothill Municipal Water District (FMWD) Director Richard Atwater to its Southern California Board of Directors. Atwater replaces James Edwards, who served as a FMWD representative to the board for 15 years before resigning. In his new capacity, Atwater will vote on water issues affecting MWD and the 19 million customers who live in its six-county service area. He plans to focus on maintaining a reliable water supply in the face of the current statewide drought "I look forward to working with other regional leaders on initiatives to drought-proof our region through increased conservation, storm-water capture and recycled water development," Atwater stated in a release.
NEWS
March 26, 2014
As you are all aware, we are in a serious drought statewide and the governor has asked everyone to do their part and reduce their water use by 20%. One of the key ways you can conserve is to limit your outdoor water use. Typically in our area more than 50%, and in some cases, as much as 75% of water use goes to irrigating outdoor landscapes. If your turf springs back when stepped on, it does not need watering. Have your gardeners raise their lawn mowers to allow for a longer turf blade which will help your lawn retain more moisture and stay greener longer.
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March 17, 2014
The Foothill Municipal Water District is calling for students' entries for its Third Annual K-12 "Water is Life" Student Art Contest. This fun, educational project is designed to inspire student creativity while engaging young people in the tenants of environmental stewardship and conservation. The contest is open to all students attending a K-12 school located within the service area of a member water agency served by the local water district. Artwork from students outside the Foothill service area will not be accepted.
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By Sara Cardine,sara.cardine@latimes.com | February 27, 2014
Greg Foley had a vision in mind last year when he began ripping out the beautifully green grass in the frontyard of his La Crescenta home. Neighbors were leery, but he had a mission to replace the water-wasting sod with something more suitable to California's dry climate - succulents. "I was raised in the Midwest, where everybody has green grass," Foley explained. "Here, that's crazy. We live in a desert. Why are we wasting all this water?" He replaced half his lawn with drought-tolerant plantings, and is now working on completing the project.
NEWS
February 19, 2014
In the midst of this record-breaking drought, emerald green lawns blight our landscape. Block after block, there are lawns lavished with so much water it runs off the surface, down the street and into storm drains. This wastefulness and self-absorption are harming our economy and ruining natural habitats across the West. Being able to pay for profligate water use doesn't make it right, just as being able to pay for cocaine or prostitutes doesn't make those things right either. Financial resources cannot excuse wrongdoing and this should extend to watering lawns in a drought.
NEWS
February 5, 2014
Re: “ Officials suggest customers limit water use ,” Quick Hits, Jan. 30. Bravo for the Foothill Municipal Water District calling for conservation. However, asking people to irrigate every other day ignores the larger problem of the ornamental, water-thirsty landscapes throughout La Cañada. Drought is normal for California and we don't have the water to waste on plants that feed neither people nor wildlife, particularly now that the State Water Project is cutting off allocations to public water agencies.
SPORTS
From Staff Reports | January 23, 2014
GIRLS' WATER POLO Temple City 12, La Cañada 5: Heather Connolly finished with two goals Thursday for the host Spartans in a Rio Hondo League match. The Spartans fell to 6-8, 0-3 in league. GIRLS' BASKETBALL Flintridge Prep 50, Westridge 42: Tala Ismail registered a team-high 15 points Thursday to lift the visiting Rebels in a Prep League contest. Maya Okamoto and Lacy Coan finished with 12 and nine points, respectively, for Flintridge Prep (10-2, 3-0 in league)
NEWS
January 23, 2014
Foothill Municipal Water District officials are alerting customers to limit water consumption following Gov. Jerry Brown's drought emergency announcement last week.  Two consecutive dry years and the state's snowpack registering at only 20% of average water content prompted the area water board to change its conservation stage to “green,” according to a statement from Nina Jazmadarian, general manager at Foothill Municipal Water District.  ...
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