What happened 10-20-30 years ago?

Ten Years Ago

Personnel at the La Cañada Super Crown Books were awaiting news about the fate of the local store as the parent company announced it would be closing 28 stores across the nation, including seven stores in the Los Angeles area.


Twenty Years Ago

After nearly 20 years at the job, Chris Valente, who was also serving as the city’s mayor pro tem, resigned as executive director of the La Cañada Youth House (today known as the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge). Valente was replaced by Mike Nocita.


Thirty Years Ago

Services were held at St. Bede the Venerable Catholic Church in La Cañada for aviation pioneer Jack Northrop, who died at Verdugo Hills Hospital at the age of 85. Northrop, a creative aircraft designer, was also co-founder of several well-known aviation companies, among them Lockheed and Northrop Corp. Northrop was living at the Encinas Drive home of his son and daughter-in-law at the time of his death.


Forty Years Ago

A gunman wearing sunglasses held up the See’s Candy shop in La Cañada and got away with all the money in the cash drawer: $20.


Fifty Years Ago

The La Cañada Teachers Association recommended that the school board adopt a $5,000 annual salary for new hires in the soon-to-be-launched La Cañada Unified School District. At the time the recommendation was made, the beginning teacher wage was $4,720 annually.


Sixty Years Ago

The La Cañada branch of the County of Los Angeles Public Library system was given a new home when a modern structure was opened at 4510 La Cañada Boulevard on a lot roughly northwest of where the See’s Candy store operates today. The library had to be replaced several years later when the 210 Freeway was constructed and the tunnel built.

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