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New happenings under the Sun’s umbrella

Perhaps you’ve heard the word on the street, or seen our recent advertisements to this effect: Times Community News tomorrow launches the Pasadena Sun, a weekly newspaper that will shine new light on the cities of Pasadena, South Pasadena and San Marino. It will publish every Friday, directly on the heels of the La Cañada Valley Sun’s Thursday publication.

This is quite a venture and it has brought new life to our office on Foothill Boulevard in recent weeks, as Pasadena Sun City Editor Bill Kisliuk and his staff of reporters moved into desks here and began the heady task of getting to know their reporting beats and planning their first issues under the guidance of Editor Dan Evans, who oversees the new effort as well as the Valley Sun, Glendale News-Press and Burbank Leader.

There’s nothing quite like being involved in community journalism. There is a true satisfaction in letting your neighbors know what’s going on in town. After spending some time in the company of this new staff, I can safely report to you that I believe the Pasadena Sun team is dedicated to doing just that.

I’m also very pleased with the fresh look our venerable paper is gaining during this transition and I hope you’ll share my enthusiasm for everything from the new logo to the headers at the top of our various sections.


But wait! There’s more! On Sunday, the Pasadena Sun and the La Cañada Valley Sun will combine forces to publish the Sunday Valley Sun. This edition will be delivered inside the Los Angeles Times every Sunday to Times subscribers in the areas served by the two Suns.

This means that La Cañada Flintridge residents who take the Times will be seeing print coverage of their city twice a week — a big departure from the 65-year history of a single Valley Sun publication each week.

Our readers who do not go to the Internet ( for daily updates but prefer to read La Cañada’s news in print won’t have quite such a long wait now, as important breaking news and early weekend high school sports results will be printed in the Sunday Valley Sun.

Longtime features of the La Cañada Valley Sun will remain in the Thursday edition, including Jane Napier Neely’s “The Valley Line” society column; my “Piece of Mind” column and my favorite weekly assignment, the 10-20-30 history piece; the Forum page musings of Joe Puglia, Anita Brenner and Gene Pepper; and the advice articles provided by Nancy Turney (“Senior Living”) and Loa Blasucci (“All Health’s Breaking Loose”). We will also continue to bring you local news and feature stories in these pages. The activities of our many social and civic organizations will also continue to be spotlighted in our society pages.


There will still be a sports section in our Thursday paper, bringing you coverage of games and any sports feature stories not published in the previous Sunday paper. And our Youth section will, as always, provide you with news of our local school-age children and their activities.

You will notice a change in La Cañada Valley Sun’s Religion section. The popular “In Theory” column that poses a weekly question for consideration by area religious leaders — and by one atheist — will be moved to the Sunday Valley Sun. That leaves us with a considerably smaller offering in the way of religion items for the Thursday paper, so, beginning today, we are folding those pieces into our Life and Leisure section. If your La Cañada church wants to get the word out about upcoming services, the Thursday paper remains the best place for those notices.

So, there you have it. I don’t think I’ve overlooked any details here, but maybe you have a question about the new developments. You can reach Editor Dan Evans at, Pasadena Sun City Editor Bill Kisliuk at, or yours truly at

CAROL CORMACI is managing editor of the La Cañada Valley Sun. She can be reached via email at or Her direct phone line is (818) 495-4161.