Quick Hits: Liquor store hearing delayed

La Cañada Flintridge City Council members were ready on Monday to discuss whether to support the reopening of the former Foothill Liquor location for alcohol sales, but the new leaseholder was not.

Melina Issakhanian, who hopes to reopen the shuttered store on 823 Foothill Blvd. as a high-end liquor market, asked council members to hold off discussion because her attorney could not be present.

Council members agreed to take up the matter again on Nov. 15.

Because Foothill Liquor has been shuttered for several months and the previous owner lost her state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control license, Issakhanian must apply to the ABC for a new one.

City leaders must first weigh whether to grant the shuttered location's prospective new operator a letter of public convenience or necessity, which would be sent to state officials for consideration in the licensing process.

ABC regulations allow for three liquor-sale sites in the proposed store's census tract, according to a report by city senior planner Fred Buss, but five already exist — Alcorn Liquor, La Cañada Imports, Vons, Ralphs and Trader Joe's.

Foothill Liquor had been in operation for decades before its closure, but the location still carries with it a city conditional-use permit for alcohol sales. 

Olhasso will lead Memorial Day Parade

La Cañada Flintridge City Councilwoman Laura Olhasso will serve as grand marshal of the city’s 2011 Memorial Day Parade, LCF Chamber of Commerce President Pat Anderson announced at Monday’s City Council meeting.

Anderson also said that “La Cañada Flintridge: The American Dream” will be the theme for the Chamber-run Fiesta Days celebration during Memorial Day weekend.

Fiesta Days will begin on May 28 and culminate with that Monday’s Memorial Day Parade.

Olhasso was first joined the City Council in March 2003. She will be up for re-election in March 2011.

The first Fiesta Days event was held in 1973. Last year’s celebration included a community breakfast, classic-car show, YMCA run, musical performances and an outdoor barbecue, as well as the culminating parade down Foothill Boulevard.

Rescuers find lost forest hiker

Montrose Search and Rescue workers on Monday made quick work of finding a hiker lost in some of the Angeles National Forest’s most rugged terrain.

Scott Gossard, 44, was last heard from Friday night and reported missing by his mother early Monday morning.

Using a helicopter to access the high-altitude area, rescuers searched on foot and found Gossard uninjured but disoriented on rocky terrain between Twin Peaks and Triplet Rocks and airlifted him to safety, said Lt. Angela Shepherd of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station.

Shepherd said Gossard had eaten snow to remain hydrated but did not need medical attention and was able to drive himself home to Anaheim.

Sheriff's deputies had located Gossard's silver Toyota truck early this morning near the Buckhorn Ranger Station at mile marker 58.2 along the Angeles Crest Highway.

A hike account posted to the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club website describes Triplet Rocks area, at altitudes beyond 6,500 feet, as “the most remote and also the most difficult peak in the San Gabriel range,” requiring hikers to negotiate gullies and climb rock faces.

Men About Town fashion show is Saturday

The 6th Men About Town fashion show and dinner event, a biannual fundraiser for the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce, will take place Saturday, Nov. 6. The event gets underway at 6:30 p.m. at University Club of Pasadena, 175 N. Oakland Ave., Pasadena.

La Cañada Flintridge Mayor Don Voss will be among the models showing clothing provided by P.M. Jacoy Menswear of San Marino. Other models include Andrew Adams, George Cook, Oscar Crespo, Tim Drummond, Chris Dunbar, Howard Hakes, Mark Heredia, Leo Lesh, Daniel Minguez, Rolando Morales, Joel Peterson, Jim Phillips, Chuck Sanford, Pete Smith, Larry Welk and Tyler Wright.

Tickets are $100 and late reservations will be accepted up to 5 p.m. Nov. 4. Call the Chamber office, (818) 790-4289.

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