Ten Years Ago
In the middle of his trial, Philip Sifuentes, the man accused of killing La Cañada resident Helen Huff in October 1997, pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge as well as to three other felony charges related to the case. He was sentenced to 11 years-plus in prison, but when credited with time served, was expected to be released in late 2007.
Twenty Years Ago
A 27-year-old construction worker accidentally drowned after having been invited to cool off in a La Cañada family’s backyard pool on a day when the temperature soared to 110 degrees.
Thirty Years Ago
The La Cañada Flintridge Planning Commission endorsed the idea of the city passing a law to ban gaming arcades. The commissioners suggested the ordinance should include wording that would also allow up to three coin-operated games in any local establishment, as long as a conditional use permit was granted.
Forty Years Ago
The 70 students in Dan Miller’s first-year drafting class at La Cañada High School were put to work constructing individual egg containers that could withstand a fall from the multi-story main academic building in an “egg drop” contest. Each one had to cost less than 50 cents to build, weigh no more than 8 ounces and be less than one cubic foot in size. No parachutes were permitted.
Fifty Years Ago
Engine hoods were being stolen off of cars parked in La Cañada, with 1956 Fords being the year and make most targeted.
Sixty Years Ago
It was in vogue for the youth in town to walk around barefoot. The Valley Sun ran a photo documenting the fad that showed three 10th-grade girls in dresses, carrying their school books, and walking down a local street sans shoes.