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818 Roundup: Judge relinquishes case involving student suicide to Burbank; Sagebrush residents cry foul

818 Roundup: Judge relinquishes case involving student suicide to Burbank; Sagebrush residents cry foul

Good morning, 818 readers. Today is Wednesday, July 30. Weather for the Glendale area is expected to reach a high of 87 degrees and a low of 70, with a partly cloudy forecast for the evening.

City imposes stiff penalties for removing trees in public right of way

City imposes stiff penalties for removing trees in public right of way

Anyone who removes or critically damages a tree in the city’s public right-of-way could face stiff penalties — up to $18,000 — after the La Cañada Flintridge City Council recently determined restitution amounts for such violations.

Zoning is main topic at LCF council meeting

Zoning dominated Monday's La Cañada Flintridge City Council meeting, as members considered accommodating a new church parking lot and looked at how to comply with laws requiring cities to make land available for the construction of homeless shelters.

Telephone fraud scam targets La Cañada area residents

For La Cañada resident Allen Koblin, what started last week with a voice mail message — ostensibly from the IRS — quickly turned into threats and a demand for $5,400 to fix years of alleged tax oversights.

Amid Sagebrush talks, LCUSD revises student transfer process

Some students in La Cañada’s Sagebrush area whose parents work in the city will be allowed to attend school in the La Cañada Unified School District this fall, after officials agreed Thursday to change how they accept transfer applications.

Gatto gains support for "Yellow Alert" hit-and-run bill

Gatto gains support for "Yellow Alert" hit-and-run bill

A proposed state bill by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) that would utilize digital signs along freeways typically used for displaying Amber Alerts in order to help identify hit-and-run suspects earned support from the Los Angeles City Council.

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy files EIR with planning board

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy files EIR with planning board

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy filed a draft Environmental Impact Report Monday with the La Cañada Flintridge Planning Department regarding a series of campus improvements and expansions, including a 99,000-square-foot parking structure.

LCUSD board meeting to consider Sagebrush transfer priorities

LCUSD board meeting to consider Sagebrush transfer priorities

The La Cañada school board will hold a special meeting Thursday at 6:30 p.m. to discuss whether changes should be made to the process in which applications for transfer into the district are accepted.

Assemblymen boost success at pet shelter

The Pasadena Humane Society saw 132 pets go home with families on its first ever Pet Adoption Day, when all adoption fees were waived for the day.

Schiff co-sponsors amendment to research energy-saving technologies

Schiff co-sponsors amendment to research energy-saving technologies

An amendment to secure $20 million of additional funding for a program to assist the private sector in creating high-impact, energy-saving technologies passed the House of Representatives on Thursday with a 216-206 vote.

Split vote stalls action on new signboard rules in La Cañada

After a lively debate late Tuesday on whether the city's sign ordinance should be tweaked to allow two Foothill Boulevard private schools to install electronic...

Groups weigh whether to roll camera or call cut in La Cañada

Groups weigh whether to roll camera or call cut in La Cañada

When the movie "Jersey Boys" opened in theaters late last month, viewers watched as music phenom Frankie Valli was brought to life on screen.

La Cañada officials talk neighborhood aesthetics

Faced with a light summer agenda Monday night, the La Cañada Flintridge City Council sought to refine city development standards alongside Planning Commission members and later denied a Glendale resident's claim the city violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Carol Liu heads library talk on aging

Carol Liu heads library talk on aging

Dozens of people, representing health and advocacy groups for the elderly, met Tuesday morning to hear how long-term care for a growing elderly population statewide may be addressed.

Liu's bill extends foreclosure notification law

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a bill to extend legislation that informs homeowners if they are in danger of losing their properties.

Pasadena Humane Society to host assemblymen

On Tuesday, the Pasadena Humane Society will waive all adoption fees for dogs, cats, rabbits and birds, including fees for the first round of vaccinations, spaying and neutering surgeries and micro-chipping.

LCF Planning board to discuss digital signs

Members of the La Cañada Flintridge Planning Commission will discuss Tuesday a draft ordinance that would allow electronic message centers on certain private school properties along Foothill Boulevard.

'No 710 tunnel' activists to march on Fourth of July

'No 710 tunnel' activists to march on Fourth of July

Activists opposed to one of the options under consideration for the completion of the 710 Freeway — a multibillion-dollar, 4.9-mile tunnel — have announced plans to march Friday in the annual Independence Day Festival of Balloons parade in South Pasadena.

Agreements reached with LCF school unions

La Cañada Unified teachers have a lot to look forward to in the coming school year, after recently approved negotiations with the district's bargaining team netted district employees an across-the-board raise and created a new incentives program for outstanding educators willing to take on...

Local officials react to sale of La Cañada-based Sport Chalet

Local officials react to sale of La Cañada-based Sport Chalet

Local officials reacted Wednesday to the news announced earlier this week that sporting goods retailer Sport Chalet, a longtime La Cañada company and flagship of the...

Policy committee approves film retention bill

A bill that would expand tax credits for movie studios that stay and film in California was approved 6-0 this week by the Senate Governance and Finance Committee.

Col. Nancy Sumner named Veteran of the Year

Col. Nancy Sumner named Veteran of the Year

A retired California Air National Guard colonel whose career spans from serving military operations in the Middle East to aiding veterans back home was named Veteran of the Year on Wednesday.

La Cañada Council divvies up the grant pie

Representatives from several local organizations came to City Hall Monday with hats in hand, asking the City Council to dedicate $288,950 of next year’s budget to key projects and programs throughout the community.

Pasadena light rail upgrades could trump 710 extension

La Cañada officials are watching with anticipation as something unfolds in the city of Pasadena that could affect the outcome of the controversial 710 Freeway extension.

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