News From Sacramento » LAURA FRIEDMAN

Let’s Get Down to Business
As covered in the CV Weekly earlier this month, in September I held a town hall on small business in California. I want to thank the panelists and attendees who contributed to the rewarding conversation on doing business in our state.
I am committed to working hard to help small business owners […]

Treasures of the Valley » Mike Lawler

Canyon Name Origins – Ward Canyon, Quail Canyon, Shields Canyon
Ward Canyon – Ward Canyon is presumably named for the Reverend Samuel Ward, the son-in-law of La Crescenta founder Benjamin Briggs. The Rev. Ward married Briggs’ daughter Irene in 1876, before Briggs came to La Crescenta. The Wards were missionaries in Persia and spent the first […]


Even before Crescenta Valley Weekly began, Robin Goldsworthy and I were involved with Prom Plus. As with many newspapers, CVW supports its share of philanthropic organizations, so it made sense that our full support would be behind this amazing 20-plus year organization.
Prom Plus is an after-prom party for CV High School seniors and their guests. […]

Treasures of the Valley » Mike Lawler

Canyon Name Origins – Cooks Canyon, Dunsmore Canyon
As we move into the Crescenta Valley, my info comes from one of our best local history researchers, Jo Anne Sadler, and her book “Crescenta Valley Pioneers & Their Legacies.”
Cooks Canyon – This canyon is the first one encountered when heading east over the La Crescenta border. Who […]

Treasures of the Valley » Mike Lawler

Canyon Name Origins – Blue Gum Canyon, Blanchard Canyon
Blue Gum Canyon – We covered Haines Canyon last week, so the next canyon heading east is the small Blue Gum Canyon. I’ve never been up in Blue Gum, but it looks like it’s a well-treed canyon. It has a small debris basin at the end of […]


Time for Bipartisanship
Earlier this month, news outlets reported the unexpected: President Trump had struck a deal on the debt ceiling and funding the government that favored the timeline requested by Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer rather than that of his own party. Politics aside, this deal – particularly in funding the government – […]


Exploring the Origins of Bullying
Are we letting politicians, the major media and adults get away with bullying?
The vicious ongoing attacks on our President, his supporters, and various religions are perfect examples. One could say “So what! Sticks and stones, etc.”
But what is being overlooked is the lesson that is being taught to our children. Two […]

Treasures of the Valley » Mike Lawler

Canyon Name Origins – Rowley Canyon, Haines Canyon
We continue east across the San Gabriel Mountains, exploring the name origins of the canyons that empty into the Tujunga Valley and the Crescenta-Cañada Valley.
Rowley Canyon – The next canyon heading east is Rowley Canyon, which, like Zachau, is almost entirely obscured by the massive Seven Hills development. […]

NEWS FROM Sacramento » Laura FRIEDMAN

Issues that affect the quality of life of residents, access to parks and open space is a too-often ignored and crucial component of public health. Living near, or having convenient access to, a park has been proven to greatly improve the physical and mental health of communities. Public parks provide areas for exercise, community services […]

Treasures of the Valley » Mike Lawler

Canyon Name Origins – Big Tujunga, Zachau
The magnificent San Gabriel Mountains above Tujunga, La Crescenta and La Cañada have a multitude of canyons that snake down into our valley. Those canyons each have a name, some from indigenous language, some Spanish, but most American. The names themselves have individual histories. For the most part, the […]

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