10,20,30,40 and 50 Years Ago from the pages of the Valley Sun

Ten Years Ago

The City Council reached an agreement with a development company to purchased the final 10 acres of Cherry Canyon for $1.6 million with the provision the partnership drop a discrimination lawsuit it had filed against the city. The undeveloped hillside property was to be added to the city’s inventory of open space.

Twenty Years Ago

The La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation was conducting an intensive volunteer effort to phone all local households that had not yet contributed to the 1988-’89 fund drive. Parents of children who attended La Cañada schools were urged to give $175 or more to support the district’s educational efforts.

Thirty Years Ago

Agreeing with objections posed by La Cañada Presbyterian Church, First Church of Christ, Scientist and the La Cañada Thursday Club, the city turned down a proposal to convert the ARCO service station on Foothill at Woodleigh Lane to a combined gas station/mini-market that would have a license to sell beer and wine.

Forty Years Ago

Torrential rains, coming on the heels of several unusually heavy January storms, brought the precipitation totals to a record-breaking 40.39” in La Cañada. Homes along Hampstead Road particularly suffered, with one resident reporting his patio had slid into the backyard of neighbors, filling their swimming pool with mud. Also filled to the brim with mud was the duck pond at Descanso Gardens, which had been cleaned of the same kind of mess just a week earlier.

Fifty Years Ago

Paradise Canyon Elementary School PTA leaders selected Mardi Gras as the theme for their annual carnival, which featured booths of hand-crafted and white elephant items, confetti eggs, a cakewalk, sponge throw and plate smash. Those looking for more exciting activities could take advantage of four carnival rides, as well as turns in quarter midget race cars.


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