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Letter: It's possible: less water, more beauty

La Cañada Valley Beautiful, which presents monthly awards to outstanding gardens, will continue to encourage our community to landscape yards wisely, preserving our trees as we all work together to cut back on water use. As we all transition during our acute drought, our landscape awards will...

Letter: There is honor in being water wise

I am a Boy Scout so I care about nature and our society. I think we should limit the amount of water homes and schools can use, or we could raise the water expenses to encourage people to use less water. We are getting less rainfall than other areas up north, and we are not getting enough water from...

Letter: Hospital evaluation remains a mystery

In the middle of the night one can hear the screeching siren of a red truck racing up to this house of mystery. Then the night goes silent till another screeching siren breaks the silence. What is this mystery house on the side of the hill? Ah, it says hospital; but do mysteries still surround it?...

Letter: School's help advances students

Re: “School concert is layered with meaning,” Thoughts from Dr. Joe, May 7. “Ah, music, a magic beyond all we do here.” To be...

Letter: Conservation is a blameless scapegoat

Re: “Court put smelt before people,” Around Town, April 23. Anita Brenner is completely missing the big picture of the California drought....

Letter: Preservation is key to gardens' future

Earlier this month, my longtime friend and fellow landscape architect Jill Benshoof Baker wrote a letter to the Valley Sun about the current demise of Descanso Gardens. We...

Letter: Garden stewardship doesn't bode well

Re: “Rosarium raises thorny questions,” April 16. My family’s Descanso Gardens membership has given us immeasurable enjoyment over the years. Descanso...

Letter: Water shortage is about leadership

Conserve water — yes, we must. “Mother Nature” is in control of the climate and always has been. (Some deserts used to be lush and green.) Due to the wrong leadership of our state we are now in serous trouble.

Letter: If for nothing else, the butterflies

Re: Anita Brenner’s April 9 Around Town column, “Drought dries up lush-lawn dreams.” Our understanding of native and drought-friendly gardens is often...

Letter: Roses are a beloved part of Descanso

Re: “Modernization may threaten garden,” Mailbag, April 9. In her letter, Jill Benshoof-Baker makes an important point: Descanso Gardens’ character is...

Letter: Guns strike her as a bit of overkill

Re: “Crime prevention starts at home,” Around Town column, April 2. Columnist Anita Brenner passed along some very reasonable suggestions to avoid being a...

Letter: Security cameras offer a good shot

Anita Brenner's column “Crime prevention starts at home” missed one important prevention, security cameras.

Letter: Modernization may threaten garden

A disturbing narrative is unfolding at Descanso Gardens, which I believe could threaten the International Rosarium, a precious, local resource. Designed 20 years ago by the local firm Lawrence Moss and Associates, this garden was recognized almost immediately in the rose world as having world-...

Guest Column: Germs are mightier than the pen

In 1945, Milton Reynolds received a patent for the first commercially available ballpoint pen. It first went on sale at Gimbles in New York City Oct. 29, 1945, and thousands of pens were sold in a week. At that time, I was a youngster earning my spending money as a locker boy at a local resort hotel...

Letter: It's the season of fraudulent calls

It must be tax time. I received my annual fraudulent phone call from someone with a heavy accent claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service Tax and Audit Department. The message left on the answering machine said this was legal notice that I was in trouble, and I’d better call the...

Letter: Partnership will prove to be an asset

Forty years ago VHH community hospital was born on a hill bordering Glendale and La Cañada. Over the four decades the hospital has been through its ups and downs. Thousands of the local communities' children have been born there — and many more have made unscheduled visits to the...

Guest Column: The mountains offer clarity in a sea of fog

Guest Column: The mountains offer clarity in a sea of fog

The change in temperature from tropical to Arctic — you’ll forgive the slight hyperbole, I hope — and the resulting 50 shades of gray enveloping our city has cast a gloom on many of us. Ira Gershwin had the same response to a foggy day in London town:

Letter: Reasons to have one trash hauler

Re: “City leaders should serve the electorate,” Thoughts from Dr. Joe, March 12. I take issue with the claim in Joe Puglia's column that he is...

Letter: People are unlikely to give up cars

Re: “The long road toward rethinking transportation,” Piece of Mind, March 12. I read with interest the column regarding the 710 Freeway. Two...

Letter: Congratulations to council members

This week our city clerk swore in two terrific people as our next La Cañada Flintridge City Council members, Terry Walker and Len Pieroni. I am confident that Len and...

Letter: Red Cross honors Everyday Heroes

It is Red Cross Month and we would like to recognize our Everyday Heroes who reach out to help their neighbors when they are in need.

Letter: Grand Marshal naming is an honor

Thank you, LCF Chamber of Commerce, for honoring the La Cañada Flintridge Trails Council as the 2015 Memorial Day Parade Grand Marshal! We always look forward to marching in the parade, waving to our family, friends, and supporters. This year will be especially exciting for us as the Grand...

Letter: Hospital stay at USC VHH was not problem-free

I read with interest the March 5 op-ed article by Paul Craig and Dr. Steve Hartford about negotiating union contracts at our USC Verdugo Hills Hospital (“...

Letter: Survey respondents need more to go on

 Re: “Council briefed on survey,” March 5. The recent poll results covering single company trash collection were extremely disappointing. Personally I have to wonder how this poll was...

Letter: Arrest seems to be based on man's race

The first item in the March 5 Crime Report, which began “Soliciting without a permit,” bothered me enough that I just had to write. It describes a “nicely dressed...

Letter: Bark beetles threaten our trees

APB, All hands on deck! Save our urban forest! Please residents, act now to save our canopy of trees from the plague of the bark beetle. Clearly visible, it spans from Castle Road, up to the line of deodars along Fairmont Avenue and beyond. Our neighbor's tree went from 5% to 30% brown in two weeks....

Guest Column: There's no denying L.A.'s climate appeal

Guest Column: There's no denying L.A.'s climate appeal

Everyone knows what the legendary crossing of the United States to California is like: Calistoga wagons baking near dried-up water holes, Okies in overheated cars, stumbling miners crazed with thirst (have you ever known of one who wasn’t?).

Op-Ed: Negotiating with an eye toward the future

“How can you sit silently by while others throw stones at you?” It’s a frequent question from those who champion the merits and value of USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, as we work through routine contract negotiations with labor unions. Our supporters see those outside the bargaining...

Guest Column: Lines of cable run through it

Guest Column: Lines of cable run through it

The circling helicopters that added an intriguing element to life in La Cañada last week have gone, and the cables that double the capacity going into Gould Mesa substation are in place to bring electricity from windmills in the Tehachapi hills to the California grid.

Guest Column: The power and the politeness

Guest Column: The power and the politeness

Crews are just finishing adding new power lines into the Gould Mesa substation in La Cañada which carry twice as much capacity as the existing lines. The current, which will go into the California grid, comes from Kern County, where the electricity is generated mainly by windmills.

Guest Column: Utility pole's days might be numbered

If we look back to the history of the telephone pole, we find it is responsible for ushering in an era of communications that changed the world. Using the original telegraph, it enabled President Lincoln the ability to micromanage the Civil War. It brought forth an era of growth at a staggering...

Letter: Liu's name absent from reportage

Re: “State looks into Peevey,” Feb. 5. Conspicuously absent in the news articles about Michael Peevey and the Public Utilities Commission is...

Letter: Warm hopes for a far-flung progeny

Letter: Warm hopes for a far-flung progeny

I’m told that at Carleton College in Minnesota last weekend my freshman son, Martin, climbed a wall of ice with ice axes in weather so cold that when he was at last able to speak his friends had to thaw his words over a fire before they could tell what he was saying. Yet, on Briartree Drive,...

Letter: Flowers bloom forecasts change

Letter: Flowers bloom forecasts change

One thing I could always count on and looked forward to, for decades, was that my mother's cymbidium orchids would bloom in March. Mom's blooming orchids equals March.

Letter: Where did all the school money go?

I was shocked to read your Jan. 22 article entitled “Teachers seek help online.” As a former teacher in a low-low income district. I was always buying supplies, etc....

Letter: Climate change, as a matter of fact

Re: “Disproving claims of climate change,” Jan. 22. People are entitled to their own opinions, but they aren't entitled to their own facts. Just as, for...

Guest Column: A man who saw possibility in all things real

People say, “Once you knew Howard, you couldn't forget him.” Howard Schultz, a former resident of La Cañada, passed away unexpectedly last month while celebrating his 28th wedding anniversary on family vacation in Hawaii. He was 61. He recently moved to Boulder, Colo., where he...

Letter: Disproving claims of climate change

Last Saturday the L.A. Times headline read, “Heat hits new high,” an article accompanied by a map of the world glowing red hot. Scary stuff? True? Not so much. This is pretty much the standard “crisis” effort intended to get the public behind “saving the earth.”

Letter: Online system left them out of sorts

Re: “Victims can log on to a system of SORTS,” Valley Sun, Jan. 1. My son’s bike worth about $400 was stolen on Dec. 31. It...

Letter: Cap the freeways, reap the benefits

In December the L.A. Times had a column “Capping freeways for open space” about how “Planners around the Southland tout building parks atop interstates.”

Letter: Changes in town mean changes in life

My family moved to La Cañada in 1943. At that time there were many horses, one public elementary school, one small grocery store, grape vineyards, open spaces and a small population. Now we have fewer horses, many more schools, lots of grocery stores, no vineyards, almost no open space and...

Letter: It's past time to eradicate RINOs

The Republican landslide election of November 2014 brought great hope to many Republicans. It increased Republican numbers in the House of Representatives, gave control of the Senate to Republicans and increased the number of Republicans in state legislatures across America.

Guest Column: Surviving the frustration of the plumbing season

For everything, they say, there is a season. A time to weep and a time to laugh, etc. The season your household doesn’t want to experience, however, is to have a blocked drain between Christmas and New Year. As you can tell, I speak in the season for bitterness. It started with a phone call to...

Letter: A delayed but heartfelt thank you

This past year our family planned our first wedding, celebrated first and new jobs, and experienced the loss of a father, friend, community volunteer and my husband Andy. Many have said to me, “I don’t know how you all are handling all this.” I can only look to another life-...

Letter: Zina's issue goes beyond landlord and tenant

I spoke before the La Cañada Flintridge City Council on Dec. 15 about property owner Arun Jain and his attempts at terminating a multiyear lease established prior to his August 2014 property acquisition and the eviction of tenant Zina’s Healthy Corner.

Letter: Encounter with an aggressive dog

My friend and I were out walking our dogs this morning, enjoying the cool, wet weather. We were on Alta Canyada when a large, aggressive brown boxer attacked our dogs. He first went for my friend's English Retriever, Blondie, but then turned on my 25-pound goldendoodle, Doodly Do-right. We were...

Letter: Comparing GUSD to the Russian leader

The ongoing debate between the Glendale Unified School District and the La Cañada Unified School District brings to mind the struggle the world is experiencing with Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, who is hell-bent on achieving power at the expense of logic and peace. It is...

Letter: A question for LCUSD from GUSD

GUSD to LCUSD: The state gives money to school districts to educate students. You get to educate students from the Sagebrush area. We get to keep half the money. What’s wrong with that?

Letter: L.A. River bikeway is an unknown asset

Letter: L.A. River bikeway is an unknown asset

One of the best kept secrets in the San Fernando Valley is the L.A. River Bike Path that begins on the Griffith Park side of the Victory Boulevard freeway overpass and goes east nearly 10 miles to the I-5 overpass near Figueroa Street. The path is well paved, lit at night, and mostly flat to ride...

News-Press Cartoon: Sagebrush

News-Press Cartoon: Sagebrush

Cartoonist Bert Ring offers his take on the ongoing saga between the Glendale and La Cañada unified school districts over a potential transfer of the Sagebrush...

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