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February 9, 2002
Marshall Allen LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE -- La Canada Flintridge Assistant City Manager Mark Alexander can now add "deputy city attorney" to his title. At Monday night's City Council meeting, Alexander was given the title for the position he'll hold concurrent with his assistant city manager job. Alexander is licensed to practice law in California and regularly attends city attorney education programs offered by the League of California Cities. Given that the city contracts for its city attorney services, Alexander's new official title will save the city money.
NEWS
June 28, 2003
The La Canada Flintridge City Council, which wisely has opted to wait until the budgeting process is over before hiring a new city manager, might be inclined to announce it will launch a nationwide, or at least regional, search for candidates for the city's top position. That's generally the tack taken by elected bodies when a big job they supervise comes open. Members want to assure their constituents that the best possible pool of candidates will be created, with the best of the best, in theory, landing the job. That's fine as far as it goes -- certainly no one wants to discourage officials from seeking good candidates -- but the best person for the city manager's position in La Canada Flintridge already is intimately acquainted with the ins and outs of the job, knows the council well, is respected in the community ... heck, he already works for the city.
NEWS
September 5, 2003
Josh Kleinbaum Mark Alexander describes himself as analytical and ordered. The La Canada Flintridge city manager weighs his words and actions carefully, and loves to immerse himself in his work, as he did during his 60-hour weeks in June working on the city's budget. So when he hires an assistant city manager, he is looking for just the opposite. "I'm not looking for someone who is similar in turns of style or personality as myself," Alexander said.
NEWS
July 18, 2003
Josh Kleinbaum Barring any unexpected developments, the La Canada Flintridge City Council will probably turn six weeks of speculation into certainty on Monday, appointing Mark Alexander as its permanent city manager. The appointment of a new city manager is the second item listed in the closed-session portion of the agenda for Monday's meeting. Since Jerry Fulwood announced his intention to leave La Canada Flintridge for a job as chief administrative officer of Culver City, all five members of the City Council have voiced support for Alexander to take over.
NEWS
July 22, 2003
Josh Kleinbaum As usual, Mark Alexander wanted to keep it low key. Sure, he was just named city manager of La Canada Flintridge, taking over the top spot in a city for which he's worked 15 years for. But he still asked Mayor Steve Del Guercio, the city's mayor, not to blow up the announcement. "Mark does not like a whole lot of pomp and circumstance," Del Guercio said at Monday's City Council meeting. "But I will say that Mark has been very valuable for many years.
NEWS
September 6, 2003
Josh Kleinbaum Fifteen years after joining the La Canada Flintridge city staff as an administrative assistant, Mark Alexander finally has the corner office. He just hasn't moved into it yet. Instead, Alexander works in the cramped assistant's office, about half the size of the big one, even though the City Council named him city manager 45 days ago. That is not too surprising for Alexander, a low-key numbers man who began working for the city in 1988.
NEWS
June 4, 2003
Josh Kleinbaum For the second time in five years, Mark Alexander will serve as interim city manager for La Canada Flintridge. The City Council voted unanimously to give Alexander the job on an interim basis in a closed-session meeting Monday night. "It was an easy decision for me personally," Councilman Anthony Portantino said. "He's done it before, and he's a dedicated, positive public servant. He's extremely fiscally responsible, which is something we need in times of financial uncertainty, and he is actually a very good guy."
NEWS
July 4, 2000
Tim Willert LA CRESCENTA -- They gathered at the corner of Foothill and La Canada boulevards on Thursday morning, surrounded by boogie boards and beach towels, coolers and beach umbrellas. Tujunga resident Tobie Columbus and her 12-year-old daughter, Mia, were among the dozen or so people waiting to ride the La Crescenta/La Canada Flintridge Summer Beach Bus to Santa Monica for the day. Columbus said convenience is the primary reason she's been taking the beach bus for years.
NEWS
June 23, 2003
Josh Kleinbaum For Mark Alexander, the interim city manager for La Canada Flintridge, the hard part is done. The preliminary budget is complete -- two of them, in fact. Alexander presented two budgets to the La Canada Flintridge Council on Friday, one preliminary budget and another, the reduction budget in case the city suffers reductions in state revenues as a result of the state budget crisis. "Most of the hard part is done already," Alexander said of the preliminary budget of $7.8 million, or $7 million if the city has to go to its reduction budget.
NEWS
By Jonathan Frochtzwajg | August 30, 2006
LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE ? The city of La Cañada Flintridge is looking for a new director of public works, having bid its former director Steve Castellanos adieu on Aug. 7. Castellanos left his job, which he'd held for six years, to be closer to his home, said Mark Alexander, La Cañada Flintridge's city manager. He is now the public works director for the city of La Habra. Alexander hopes to have an interim director in place by mid-September, he said. Alexander wants to use an executive search firm to find a permanent director ?
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By Jonathan Frochtzwajg | August 30, 2006
LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE ? The city of La Cañada Flintridge is looking for a new director of public works, having bid its former director Steve Castellanos adieu on Aug. 7. Castellanos left his job, which he'd held for six years, to be closer to his home, said Mark Alexander, La Cañada Flintridge's city manager. He is now the public works director for the city of La Habra. Alexander hopes to have an interim director in place by mid-September, he said. Alexander wants to use an executive search firm to find a permanent director ?
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NEWS
September 6, 2003
Josh Kleinbaum Fifteen years after joining the La Canada Flintridge city staff as an administrative assistant, Mark Alexander finally has the corner office. He just hasn't moved into it yet. Instead, Alexander works in the cramped assistant's office, about half the size of the big one, even though the City Council named him city manager 45 days ago. That is not too surprising for Alexander, a low-key numbers man who began working for the city in 1988.
NEWS
September 5, 2003
Josh Kleinbaum Mark Alexander describes himself as analytical and ordered. The La Canada Flintridge city manager weighs his words and actions carefully, and loves to immerse himself in his work, as he did during his 60-hour weeks in June working on the city's budget. So when he hires an assistant city manager, he is looking for just the opposite. "I'm not looking for someone who is similar in turns of style or personality as myself," Alexander said.
NEWS
July 22, 2003
Josh Kleinbaum As usual, Mark Alexander wanted to keep it low key. Sure, he was just named city manager of La Canada Flintridge, taking over the top spot in a city for which he's worked 15 years for. But he still asked Mayor Steve Del Guercio, the city's mayor, not to blow up the announcement. "Mark does not like a whole lot of pomp and circumstance," Del Guercio said at Monday's City Council meeting. "But I will say that Mark has been very valuable for many years.
NEWS
July 18, 2003
Josh Kleinbaum Barring any unexpected developments, the La Canada Flintridge City Council will probably turn six weeks of speculation into certainty on Monday, appointing Mark Alexander as its permanent city manager. The appointment of a new city manager is the second item listed in the closed-session portion of the agenda for Monday's meeting. Since Jerry Fulwood announced his intention to leave La Canada Flintridge for a job as chief administrative officer of Culver City, all five members of the City Council have voiced support for Alexander to take over.
NEWS
June 28, 2003
The La Canada Flintridge City Council, which wisely has opted to wait until the budgeting process is over before hiring a new city manager, might be inclined to announce it will launch a nationwide, or at least regional, search for candidates for the city's top position. That's generally the tack taken by elected bodies when a big job they supervise comes open. Members want to assure their constituents that the best possible pool of candidates will be created, with the best of the best, in theory, landing the job. That's fine as far as it goes -- certainly no one wants to discourage officials from seeking good candidates -- but the best person for the city manager's position in La Canada Flintridge already is intimately acquainted with the ins and outs of the job, knows the council well, is respected in the community ... heck, he already works for the city.
NEWS
June 23, 2003
Josh Kleinbaum For Mark Alexander, the interim city manager for La Canada Flintridge, the hard part is done. The preliminary budget is complete -- two of them, in fact. Alexander presented two budgets to the La Canada Flintridge Council on Friday, one preliminary budget and another, the reduction budget in case the city suffers reductions in state revenues as a result of the state budget crisis. "Most of the hard part is done already," Alexander said of the preliminary budget of $7.8 million, or $7 million if the city has to go to its reduction budget.
NEWS
June 4, 2003
Josh Kleinbaum For the second time in five years, Mark Alexander will serve as interim city manager for La Canada Flintridge. The City Council voted unanimously to give Alexander the job on an interim basis in a closed-session meeting Monday night. "It was an easy decision for me personally," Councilman Anthony Portantino said. "He's done it before, and he's a dedicated, positive public servant. He's extremely fiscally responsible, which is something we need in times of financial uncertainty, and he is actually a very good guy."
NEWS
February 9, 2002
Marshall Allen LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE -- La Canada Flintridge Assistant City Manager Mark Alexander can now add "deputy city attorney" to his title. At Monday night's City Council meeting, Alexander was given the title for the position he'll hold concurrent with his assistant city manager job. Alexander is licensed to practice law in California and regularly attends city attorney education programs offered by the League of California Cities. Given that the city contracts for its city attorney services, Alexander's new official title will save the city money.
NEWS
July 4, 2000
Tim Willert LA CRESCENTA -- They gathered at the corner of Foothill and La Canada boulevards on Thursday morning, surrounded by boogie boards and beach towels, coolers and beach umbrellas. Tujunga resident Tobie Columbus and her 12-year-old daughter, Mia, were among the dozen or so people waiting to ride the La Crescenta/La Canada Flintridge Summer Beach Bus to Santa Monica for the day. Columbus said convenience is the primary reason she's been taking the beach bus for years.
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