Mailbag

Letter: Cost of high-speed rail is far too high

Big numbers are hard to comprehend, and Gov. Jerry Brown's $68 billion for a train boggles the mind. There are better ways to use the money. Here's an example: Instead of a train between L.A. and San Francisco, we could invest $68 billion in 30-year government bonds, today yielding an average of 3....

Letter: Pay little mind to FSHA detractors

I have lived in La Cañada for 43 years and have witnessed many changes in La Cañada, including the reluctant application of cityhood, which has brought on many non-common-sense rules to the community, but that is for another letter.

Letter: City needs to start saving water

Re: “Council considers task force on drought issues.” Aug. 7.

Guest Column: Rain draws a torrent of reflection

Guest Column: Rain draws a torrent of reflection

Aug. 3 — today, I heard a sound that I have not heard in months and didn't expect to hear for several more: rain. But not just rain — rain falling on a million leaves.

Letter: Judge's ruling isn't that complicated

Re: “Judge hands off Ferraro case,” July 31. I think a further explanation of the judge’s action in your article is needed. Judge Samantha Jessner’s action in...

Letter: City's moves show signs of disparity

I read the July 31 op-ed in your paper about the La Cañada city government proposing to allow electronic signs (“Sign rules should stay on message”), and then...

Op-Ed: Sign rules should stay on message

On Aug. 4, our City Council will consider allowing “electronic message centers” in La Cañada Flintridge. We think meddling with the city's long-standing ban on these signs will diminish the character of our community and create unnecessary risks for the people who live and work...

Letter: Drought not Edison's fault

Re: “Frustrations with power outages,” Mailbag, July 17. I will take full responsibility for at least two of them. On Sunday morning, July 13, we...

Op-Ed: Community involvement is key to FSHA success

Op-Ed: Community involvement is key to FSHA success

Last month, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy (FSHA), families and friends joyously congratulated another group of young women who will walk confidently into the next chapter of their...

Letter: Homeowners have right to defend themselves

Re: “More guns won’t stop the violence

Letter: Reader expresses frustration with power outages

This past weekend we experienced four power outages in our neighborhood. On Saturday, July 12, I spoke with Southern California Edison and the representative estimated the outage to 342 homes in the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club area would last from approximately 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. On...

Letter: New standards, test have common link

Common Core national standards, as dictated by the federal government and adopted by states, have been implemented in California. The control of academic content, standards and testing through our state and local policy makers have been relinquished. There has also been a change in the Scholastic...

Letter: Our trees need stronger protection

It is extremely important that, as a community, we citizens get involved with something as important as protecting our trees. We are moving in that direction, but much to the delight of the City Council, we’re not moving fast enough.

Letter: Some answers to the rise in crime

I am a Boy Scout and a resident of La Cañada. I am concerned about the rise in crime in our city. I feel we need to take more precautions against crime.

Letter: Old farmhouse will be missed

Re: “Farmhouse not long for this world,” Piece of Mind column, June 26. Thank you for the nice article in the...

Letter: Signs would change the character of LCF

We were dismayed to learn that there is a proposal to permit digital signage at Flintridge Prep and St. Francis. Among those institution’s stated missions is to...

Letter: Take advantage of the area's trails

I have been a trail user in our town, for more than 20 years and I have to say that the trails have never looked better! We are so fortunate to live in a community that has over 22 miles of multiple-use trails. Now is a great time to get out and explore those trails, the weather is pleasant, there...

Letter: More guns won't stop the violence

I moved to La Cañada with my family four years ago for a number of the usual reasons — trees, schools, hiking, etc. What I did not move here for was its enlightened and progressive social views. Anyone coming here expecting those just hasn't done their research. But even so, my...

Letter: GOP voter is stuck in a nostalgic past

David C. Wilcox's June 12 letter regarding Tim Donnelly's election loss is the latest example of...

Letter: June 3 election turnout was dismal

Letter: June 3 election turnout was dismal

Buried on page 2 of the June 5 Valley Sun was the La Cañada voter statistics for the Tuesday, June 3 primary election. Of the 14,519 registered voters, only 2,856 bothered to vote. That's only 19.67%. Fewer than 20% of La Cañada's registered voters actually voted.

Guest Column: Memories of a noble gift that was taken for granted

"Doc, it's Pete Davis. My brother, Jim, shot himself straight through his right shoe. We've been deer hunting. He's bleeding bad."

Letter: Filming projects need regulation

The Public Safety Commission has held four meetings amending Section 6.04 of the filming ordinance. City staff presented their latest revisions on May 28. The commissioners asked that more criteria be included; the revised ordinance will go to a sub-committee made up of two commissioners and city...

Letter: Reader disappointed with Donnelly's loss

Oh my, how times have changed in La Cañada Flintridge!

Letter: Farmers Market becoming political

When did the La Cañada Farmers Market become a platform/location for individuals or groups with a political agenda to publicize their views?

Letter: Membership has multiple benefits

Forty dollars. To some, this is a small amount, but $40 can make a tremendous impact.

Letter: City appears to OK illegal construction

This is an important warning for the residents of La Cañada Flintridge.

Letter: Many thanks for a smashing Fiesta Days

What a wonderful Fiesta Days weekend!

Letter: Don't fall for current smear campaign

As Ronald Reagan would say, “there you go again.” So-called “moderate” Republicans Pete Wilson, Darrell Issa and others are taking out all the stops in sliming gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly.

Letter: Clarification of the Park & Ride

I am the developer referred to in James Stoker’s letter to the editor last week. The reasons the city chose to enter into an agreement with me to develop the Park & Ride in 1995...

Letter: The tree canopy makes LCF special

We stand with Larry Moss in support of La Cañada trees! The trees of La Cañada are such an integral part of our lives that we often overlook...

Letter: Time to say bon voyage to Mary Boger?

I live in the western edge of La Canada Flintridge, support the schools territory transfer and participated in the recent Glendale Unified School District-...

Letter: On teachers unions and climate change

Last week’s edition of the Valley Sun contained a letter from Deborah Kong, president of Early Edge California, strongly urging passage of Assembly Bill 1444...

Letter: Act would threaten parents' rights

The Strong Start for America's Children Act, SB 1697 will be using federal dollars to create universal preschool programs. In addition, money would be used to fund the “Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program,” which was created in the Affordable Care Act. What is the...

Letter: Times editorial had it wrong

Last Sunday the L.A. Times ran an editorial which distorted and glossed over the facts of the April 28 federal court's decision regarding the Adventure Pass requirements for visitors to our Angeles National Forest. To set the record straight, the Adventure Pass Fee legislation is very explicit in...

Letter: Park-N-Ride needs policing

Enough is enough! For years we have nagged the city of La Cañada Flintridge about the Verdugo Park-N-Ride. Nothing has changed. Each morning we commuters dodge obstacles to park in a lot filled with commercial vehicles and covered with trash. We park there knowing we will return to find...

Letter: Trees and nature were the draw

Letter: Trees and nature were the draw

Even though La Cañada schools are amazing, I didn't move here 27 years ago for them. The small-town feeling back then as well as the low crime rate were also perks, but again, I didn't move here for that.

Letter: Keep an eye on upcoming school bills

Education in California is the buzz these days. There is Assembly Bill 1444 requiring mandatory kindergarten. The other Senate Bill 837 provides 4-year-olds access to public school. Will these laws improve our states academic performance?

Letter: Teach children early and teach them well

Re: “Op-ed: Preschool should remain out of public hands,” May 1. I think we can all agree we...

Letter: Society's changes and women's rights

While I found Mr. Berkman's op-ed piece on “The demise of the single-car garage” (May 8) an interesting stroll down memory lane, I'd like to share some...

Letter: Serious water issues have not gone away

The May 8 Valley Sun article about students Derek Jiang and Shelby Perez and their wonderful artwork in the “Water is Life” poster contest reminded me of the...

Letter: Carrotwood is not a La Cañada native

Re: “Planting the city's legacy,” May 1, a photo and caption describing the Arbor Day planting. Arbor Day is supposed to be about celebrating trees, connecting children with nature and nurturing our urban forests. It's sad that the city chose to plant a carrotwood tree, a native to...

Op-Ed: The demise of the single-car garage

What happened to the single-car garage? It is just about extinct. As a senior citizen, I remember this symbol of days gone by with a bit of nostalgia. To me it represented a time when my father used the family car to go to work, and my mother stayed home to raise the children and care for the home....

Letter: Farmers market is a community asset

As a health and wellness coach and a person living with multiple sclerosis, I find that in order to live without relapses it’s imperative that I watch what I eat. With this “food as medicine” philosophy, the quality of what is being consumed must be the highest. And with our...

Letter: Ordinance protects property owners

I live in arguably the single home with the most deodar cedar trees around and through it. What a mess — and for what? Is it to appease my neighbors? No. It is because of unreasonable restrictions placed on my home by my neighbors as they petitioned the Planning Commission for restrictions...

Letter: Protection should include all trees

The city of La Cañada Flintridge is obviously oblivious to what its designation “Tree City USA “ means. This is a partial list of all the beautiful trees that grow in our city and should be preserved: toyon, redwood, maple, birch, redbud, dogwood, ash, ginkgo, locust, crape...

Op-Ed: Preschool should remain out of public hands

I am compelled to get the word out regarding a Senate bill that could adversely affect private preschools in California. The bill is labeled SB 837 or Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2014. This bill is written with good intentions, but the implementation is a problem. The bill written by state Sen....

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...

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