10-20-30 Years Ago
Ten Years Ago
The president of the La Cañada Unified School District, Barbara Racklin, announced she was withdrawing from the November 2001 school board election. Her decision dropped the field to five candidates for three open seats.
Twenty Years Ago
A two-year attempt by then-City Councilman Chris Valente to have the city adopt a gray-water ordinance fell short on a 4-1 vote of the council. Mayor Jack Hastings said very few La Cañada residents would be interested in a program that called for the reuse of gray water for outside irrigation because the idea was “not popular.”
Thirty Years Ago
A flash fire started by steel wool being rubbed on a wood wall that had been soaked with paint stripper destroyed the top floor of the La Cañada Professional Building at 1433 Foothill Boulevard. Losses were estimated to be about $200,000.
Forty Years Ago
See’s opened a new candy store at its former address in the 1100 block of Foothill Boulevard, which the company had been required to give up for a few years while the Foothill (210) Freeway was under construction. The store’s temporary location in town was in the 800 block of Foothill.
Fifty Years Ago
Like others in the community, the Wright family of Encinas Drive installed a fallout shelter on their property for use “in case of an atomic attack,” the Valley Sun reported. The underground shelter was large enough for four persons. Other property owners interested in building their own bomb shelters were advised to look in the Yellow Pages under “Concrete blocks and shapes.”
Sixty Years Ago
An urgent plea went out to La Cañada fathers to become trained as Boy Scout leaders. The “University of Scouting” program was held at McKinley Junior High in Pasadena.