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October 25, 2013
Re: “ The heat of burning Sagebrush ,” Stop the Presses, Oct. 19. What the column needs is some of the history behind the current Sagebrush controversy. In or about 1888, it is my understanding that the Glendale and Pasadena school districts agreed upon a boundary line between their respective districts. The line they established is the one that is currently the boundary line between the Glendale and La Cañada Flintridge school districts. Until the 1960s, the communities of La Cañada and Flintridge, which were then unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, were served by the Pasadena Unified School District.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | November 22, 2013
A Sagebrush resident pressed Glendale school officials this week to allow children in the La Cañada area to attend that city's schools. Tom Smith established “Unite LCF” last spring, essentially reigniting a decades-old fight to have La Cañada's school boundaries match its city limits. Students in the Sagebrush area have historically been served by Glendale schools. Glendale Unified Supt Dick Sheehan said recently that the two district continue to negotiate , but the Glendale board has not publicly discussed the issue since Oct. 15. Partly at stake in the territory issue is its value.
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By Dan Evans, dan.evans@latimes.com | October 19, 2013
Like a dormant volcano, the long-smoldering Sagebrush issue may be again ready to blow all over Glendale and La Cañada. Students in the New Hampshire-shaped area within La Cañada city limits attend Glendale schools, a quirk of history, geography and inertia. Much of the explanation of how this came to be seems to have been lost in the sands of time, but my colleague Carol Cormaci's explanation seems quite plausible. As Carol tells it, the Sagebrush area, situated at the western edge of La Cañada, is physically separated from the main part of the city.
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | June 6, 2013
A group of La Cañada Flintridge residents have resurrected an effort to transfer students who live in the westernmost section of the city, but attend Glendale public schools, into the La Cañada Unified School District. Last month, the residents wrote city officials, asking them to endorse a resolution in support of moving the so-called Sagebrush area, which the Glendale Unified School District has historically fought hard to keep, into schools within their own city. On Monday night, the City Council approved the resolution, which they called the first step of a lengthy process.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | February 14, 2014
The long simmering issue over the Sagebrush territory in La Cañada - an area whose students have historically been served by Glendale Unified - is still ongoing, school board members confirmed this week. The decades-old battle on behalf of La Cañada residents to match that city's school boundaries with its city limits was reignited by Sagebrush resident Tom Smith last year. For La Cañada school board President Ellen Multari, the end goal is to incorporate the La Cañada territory into that city's school district.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | March 12, 2014
Following months of meetings and closed-door negotiations , Glendale Unified officials are seeking input from Sagebrush residents on whether the La Cañada area should be transferred to that city's district. The area has historically been served by Glendale Unified, although efforts on behalf of residents to transfer the territory to La Cañada Unified spans decades. A current proposal would allow for the transfer, but would allow parents to choose which district to send their children to during a six-year period.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | April 16, 2014
Reaction from Glendale school board members on transferring the Sagebrush territory to La Cañada Unified was mixed Tuesday night during the board's first public discussion of the issue since 350 people attended a town-hall meeting last month and most of the speakers supported the move. “At the end of the day, I think it's the best move for all of us,” said school board member Greg Krikorian. “Far too many times, elected bodies bump heads.” Board member Christine Walters lauded La Cañada city officials as well as school officials in both districts for creating a “democratic process” that has involved hearing input from residents at public meetings and entering into monthslong negotiations that has resulted, in part, in a six-year phase-in plan.
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March 27, 2014
Good morning, readers. Today is Thursday, March 27.  Here are your top headlines in the 818 region: The majority of about 40 people who spoke at a town hall meeting Tuesday night favored a potential plan to transfer La Cañada's Sagebrush territory from Glendale Unified to the La Cañada's school district , a subject that's long been disputed. A 59-year-old motorist died after suffering what appeared to be a heart attack while driving in Burbank, police said.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | August 14, 2013
Glendale school officials Tuesday discussed the latest in the long-smoldering issue between the district and Sagebrush residents seeking to become part of the La Cañada Unified School District . At issue are the 400 students who live in the La Cañada area but historically have been served by Glendale schools. Without them, Glendale Unified would lose $2.6 million in state funding each year, a loss that could increase to $3.6 million by 2018. If the students were to move to the La Cañada district, that district likely would gain much of the money that Glendale would lose.
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April 17, 2014
Good morning, readers. Today is Thursday, April 17. Forecasters predict a high of 73 degrees and a low of 57 with patchy fog throughout the day in the Glendale region. The top headlines in your area this morning : To the shock of some victims of his embezzlement scheme, former Councilman John Drayman's was assigned to serve the remainder of his time in custody - an expected total of six weeks - in home confinement, after spending just eight days in jail . Originally, Drayman was sentenced last week to serve one year behind bars, but once he was in custody, his projected release date was slashed in half.
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By Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com | April 17, 2014
With Glendale's development boom bringing thousands of new residential units to downtown, the management behind a condominium complex built in the 1980s is undertaking a decorative overhaul to remain competitive in the local real estate market. Located at 345 Pioneer Drive, Park Towers is a pair of 18-story structures housing 180 units and is already nearing completion of a remodeling of its main lobby. The sea-foam-colored motif that might have been hip in 1987 is no longer in style.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | April 16, 2014
Reaction from Glendale school board members on transferring the Sagebrush territory to La Cañada Unified was mixed Tuesday night during the board's first public discussion of the issue since 350 people attended a town-hall meeting last month and most of the speakers supported the move. “At the end of the day, I think it's the best move for all of us,” said school board member Greg Krikorian. “Far too many times, elected bodies bump heads.” Board member Christine Walters lauded La Cañada city officials as well as school officials in both districts for creating a “democratic process” that has involved hearing input from residents at public meetings and entering into monthslong negotiations that has resulted, in part, in a six-year phase-in plan.
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March 27, 2014
Good morning, readers. Today is Thursday, March 27.  Here are your top headlines in the 818 region: The majority of about 40 people who spoke at a town hall meeting Tuesday night favored a potential plan to transfer La Cañada's Sagebrush territory from Glendale Unified to the La Cañada's school district , a subject that's long been disputed. A 59-year-old motorist died after suffering what appeared to be a heart attack while driving in Burbank, police said.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | March 26, 2014
The majority of about 40 people who spoke at a town hall meeting Tuesday night favored a potential plan to transfer La Cañada's Sagebrush territory from Glendale Unified to the La Cañada's school district . Hundreds of people filled the seats at Crescenta Valley High School's auditorium for an open meeting Tuesday night, invited by officials from both districts to offer their opinions and ask questions of Glendale Unified Supt. Dick Sheehan and La Cañada Supt. Wendy Sinette.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | March 12, 2014
Following months of meetings and closed-door negotiations , Glendale Unified officials are seeking input from Sagebrush residents on whether the La Cañada area should be transferred to that city's district. The area has historically been served by Glendale Unified, although efforts on behalf of residents to transfer the territory to La Cañada Unified spans decades. A current proposal would allow for the transfer, but would allow parents to choose which district to send their children to during a six-year period.
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February 15, 2014
Good morning, 818 readers. Today is Thursday, Feb. 13. Temperatures for tomorrow in the Glendale area will reach a high near 80 and low around 52 . Here are the top headlines in your region:  Los Angeles police searched Friday for the drivers of two vehicles that struck a man in what they called a "gruesome" fatal hit-and-run near Atwater Village . The long simmering issue over the Sagebrush territory in La...
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | February 14, 2014
The long simmering issue over the Sagebrush territory in La Cañada - an area whose students have historically been served by Glendale Unified - is still ongoing, school board members confirmed this week. The decades-old battle on behalf of La Cañada residents to match that city's school boundaries with its city limits was reignited by Sagebrush resident Tom Smith last year. For La Cañada school board President Ellen Multari, the end goal is to incorporate the La Cañada territory into that city's school district.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | November 22, 2013
A Sagebrush resident pressed Glendale school officials this week to allow children in the La Cañada area to attend that city's schools. Tom Smith established “Unite LCF” last spring, essentially reigniting a decades-old fight to have La Cañada's school boundaries match its city limits. Students in the Sagebrush area have historically been served by Glendale schools. Glendale Unified Supt Dick Sheehan said recently that the two district continue to negotiate , but the Glendale board has not publicly discussed the issue since Oct. 15. Partly at stake in the territory issue is its value.
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November 18, 2013
I would like to add to James Gorton's detailed letter regarding the Sagebrush issue in western La Cañada Flintridge (“Sagebrush history: effort and outlook,” Mailbag, Oct. 30). The La Cañada community did have its own school system, an elementary school district, which was founded in 1885, nine years after the land representing La Cañada was purchased by its co-founders, Dr. Jacob Lanterman and Col. A.W. Williams. There were only 18 students enrolled the first year. Until 1920, older La Cañada students attended junior high and high school in Glendale.
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