Mailbag

Letter: Civility and facts go hand in hand

Re: “Reasons for the Obama protest,” Mailbag, April 17.  A caricature of the president of the United States as Hitler is not a “protest” and it's the...

Letter: Moss hasn't grown on new tree ordinance

Letter: Moss hasn't grown on new tree ordinance

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?

Letter: PTAs funded the LCHS iMac lab

Your story about the new school computer labs (April 10, “Schools tap into tech with iPads”) incorrectly reported that funding from the La Cañada...

Letter: Rebates can help with turf removal

The city of La Cañada Flintridge’s deeply rooted lush lawn traditions are tied to a romance with the English or cottage garden. Today, there is essentially one way most residents envision landscapes for their homes: a green lawn accompanied by various shrubs or flowers with a tree or...

Letter: Schools and a sense of community

At the town hall meeting discussing the Sagebrush transfer issue, representatives from the La Cañada and Glendale school districts stated that Sagebrush...

Letter: Sagebrush transfer could be costly

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....

Letter: Reasons for the Obama protest

This article is in response to the letter written about an Obama protest which took place in our La Cañada Post Office (&...

Letter: Obama protest leaves a stamp of hate

Before leaving the house this morning, I posted on Facebook a very inspirational video showing that good deeds enrich your lives and the ones around you endlessly. People responded by sharing it and thanking me for sharing it. It brought some to tears.

Letter: The city of L.A. offers free mulch

Not being a big fan of xeriscaping (I much prefer English cottage gardens), but wanting to seriously reduce my outdoor landscape watering, I discovered a wonderful source of free mulch through the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation's Lopez Canyon Environmental Center located at 11950 Lopez Canyon...

Letter: The past is worth preserving

Thank you La Cañadans for your support of our neighborhood's plea to save La Forest Drive. Whether I was recognized at the store, eatery or...

Letter: Developers don't care about the trees

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 Cañ...

Letter: FSHA is a member of the community

Letter: FSHA is a member of the community

There are a couple of things that attract most of us to La Cañada Flintridge: its exceptional schools and the desire to be a member of a tight-knit community.

Letter: Utility offers rebates, water-saving tips

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.

Letter: Conservancy grade is inaccurate

The Los Angeles Times recently published a story, “Most L.A. County cities failing to protect historic sites, study says,” about a Preservation Report Card issued by the Los Angeles...

Letter: Measure's passage is a good investment

People often ask me how La Cañada schools do it. The answer has always seemed obvious: No one understands the school/community partnership better than La Cañada. We take very seriously our collective ownership of the education of the city’s children, and we demonstrated this...

Letter: Closing her store with a heavy heart

It is with a heavy heart that after failed attempts to sell the Flowering Tree in Montrose that I am looking at having to close after 23 years serving the community. Health and financial reasons have led to this decision. It is a sad commentary that the store will be added to a dying breed of...

Letter: FSHA has earned the right to upgrade

I’ve lived in the Crescenta Valley for almost 30 years, and during that time, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy has been a jewel in our community. Although I have no connection to the school, I have always held them in high esteem and I support their efforts to modernize their campus.

Letter: Not so fast on FSHA expansion

The Valley Sun on Feb. 27 published two letters critical of the recent ad placed in your newspaper by Protect La Cañada Flintridge (“Protect LCF”) pertaining to the proposed expansion of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy....

Letter: Wastewater rules are intransigent

A foreboding specter is haunting owners of residences in the Flintridge area and other communities that do not have public sewers available. The Los Angeles County Environmental Health Department regulates new private sewage-disposal systems, also known as on-site wastewater treatment systems, and...

Letter: LCF is somewhat lacking in hospitality

As a La Cañada homeowner for over a decade, I am aware that this city is an affluent bedroom community of private homes — and that most residents want to keep their property values high, their schools prestigious, businesses prosperous and the community relatively crime-free.

Letter: Ad was shameless and inaccurate

As La Cañada resident and career land-use attorney, I have seen my share of antiproject hyperbole, but none so crass as the recent full-page hit piece ad against the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy Master Plan purchased in the Valley Sun by the so-called “Protect La Cañada...

Letter: Flintridge-Heart deserves to thrive

We have lived in La Cañada for 33 years and our home is within walking distance of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy. This school is a gem on our hill, an anchor for our neighborhood and a terrific neighbor. FSHA is not only a well-respected school, it is also a place dedicated to the...

Letter: Public schools don't affect property value

In a recent letter Robert Craven let the readers know how generous he is. His basic point is that paying a parcel tax will “&...

Letter: Measure LC vote is a difficult one

Let’s be honest, voting to increase the parcel tax in La Cañada is hard. I am in most circumstances not in favor of any form of a tax. However, voting “yes” on Measure LC is a must. The setback to our children’s education, schools and community would severely impact...

Letter: Glad to vote yes for school district

Like so many of our friends and neighbors, we moved to La Cañada Flintridge because we wanted our daughters to have a great public education in a warm and nurturing community. Our oldest, Sofia, entered LCE in kindergarten, graduated from LCHS and finished her degree at UCSB early thanks to...

Letter: Overall rankings belie local success

How do La Cañada schools perform relative to other schools in California? Near the top? Absolutely! How do California schools perform relative to East Coast schools? Near the top? Unfortunately not; we are quite a ways down in the rankings. How does the U.S. educational system compare to...

Letter: Ad creators got their schooling elsewhere

Had the anonymous drafters of the “PATRIOT PAC“ half-page ad in opposition to the parcel tax attended La Cañada schools they would not associate the deceased chief executive of Apple, a corporation long associated with questionable Mainland China labor and safety practices...

Letter: Support the YMCA and its services

The YMCA recently commissioned a consumer survey to measure how Americans view quality of life in their communities nationwide. The survey was based on several factors, such as community-member involvement and the quality of a community’s services, ranging from education to public safety....

Letter: Stigmatize the waste of water

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...

Letter: Zoning change fears and jeers

Recently the City Council zoned for low-income housing development into La Cañada. I hope that low-income housing units are built right next to these council members so we...

Letter: Measure supports success stories

As longtime residents (26 years), parents of LCHS graduates, and LCUSD educators, we are deeply invested in our community and especially proud of our school district.

Letter: Reasons to vote no on parcel tax

In response to page 13 of the Measure LC Parcel Tax ballot: The information provided is worded in a deceptive manner, and makes it difficult for voters to make an informed decision. This is NOT a “renewal of the current parcel tax” (Measure LC 2009: $150 x 5 years = $750 total).

Letter: Measure LC is packed with benefits

We moved to La Cañada Flintridge so that our children could benefit from an outstanding education in a close and supportive community. Over the years, however, we’ve become increasingly concerned as we've watched the state cut millions from our neighborhood schools. Sacramento has...

Letter: A vote for schools is a vote for home

Considered one of the top K-12 school districts in the state La Cañada schools offer our students a strong education in math, science and technology and prepare them for the best colleges and careers. Thanks to the world-class education our children receive, demand is high for homes and...

Letter: Forced to adopt federal standards

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were thrust upon California public schools without parental consent. Why? This is because the federal government wants to have...

Letter: Community covers the funding gap

In the past several weeks, I frequently have been asked, “What does it cost to educate a student in the La Cañada Unified School District?” It is an important question and one that I want to openly answer for the entire community. The cost per pupil for the District’s...

Letter: Parcel tax measures up to LCF standards

It has been a privilege to serve our community as a member of the school board for 12 years. During this time, the state’s chaotic and unreliable funding for education created immense challenges for La Cañada schools.

Letter: Another way to view senior exemption

Recent letters to the editor opposing the upcoming Measure LC parcel tax criticize the feature that allows seniors who vote “yes” for the parcel tax to...

Letter: Parcel tax exemption is bribery

In reading the Mailbag section in last week’s Valley Sun it appears that I am not the only person who thinks bribing certain favored voters to vote yes for the parcel tax is voter fraud and illegal. Why not just stuff the ballot box? (Come to think of it; there will be no ballot box. The voter...

Letter: LCF's good schools are due to residents

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...

Letter: Native plants would help save water

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....

Letter: A 'no' vote will send a message

When you cast your vote on the parcel tax measure, I urge you to let reason — rather than emotion — prevail. If you do, you will vote “no.”

Letter: Sales pitch neglects 'why' question

The supporters of parcel tax have a website. It tells us why we should vote yes. Nowhere is the financial statement available to validate the monetary need. So how can one make an informed decision? What happened to the $3.75 million received this year from Proposition 30 and the La Cañada...

Letter: Where would a tax increase be spent?

I am concerned that the parcel tax money, if passed at $450 per year, will not be money well spent. Governor Brown recently announced his new budget proposal to...

Letter: Different ways of approaching ice

The overhead sign on the westbound exit at Angeles Crest from the 210 Freeway seems to be regulating figure skating on the Crest. Any good figure skater would recognize the word axel, as in double axel. For regulating truck traffic it appears Caltrans probably wanted to refer to truck axles.

Letter: A yes vote on fees without a quorum

On the rear window of my little Honda I have an American flag decal with “I love my country, but” written above, and with “our government is the problem, not the solution” written below.

Letter: Israel is the Jewish homeland

The article about the film 'It's Better to Jump'“ (Jan. 4) undoubtedly distorts historical fact. The piece discussed the “plight of...

Letter: Zoning plans go beyond state mandate

One of the most pressing issues facing our community is leaving the station quickly; and without public involvement city officials are on course to significantly overburden our community, reducing our quality of life. California requires all cities to share the weight of housing supply shortages...

Letter: Palestinian point of view is often told

Your front page article in the Jan. 9 edition, “Focusing the camera on a rite of passage” quotes Patrick Stewart, the filmmaker as follows: “There is...

Letter: Hoping the access point is reopened

Much to the dismay of many local residents, the access point to the Cross Town Trail at the west end of Flanders Road was recently closed by the L.A. County Parks and Recreation Department. We were delighted the La Cañada Flintridge Parks and Recreation Commission recently voted to take all...

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