In just over a week, Valentine’s Day will be here – a day dripping with chocolate, diamonds and love (so we hope). Already hearts can be found everywhere. From elementary school efforts to full blown store displays, the symbol of love – the heart – can be found just about anywhere you look.
And what better way to relay one’s affection than with a heart? After all, we all want heart and the love that comes with it.
Which brings me to the Black Cow on Friday afternoon. Stepping into the restaurant was nothing new – I’ve been to the Black Cow many times before – but on Friday the place not only delivered great food but the news … courtesy of KNX 1070 radio. From early morning until 7 p.m., the various KNX teams were on-site at the restaurant, discovering and sharing with its audience the secrets of why the Crescenta Valley is so special.
A highlight for me was being on the Business Hour with Frank Mottek. The show started at 1 o’clock and CV Chamber president Steve Pierce was first on the mic. Steve was terrific, highlighting the businesses in the Crescenta Valley. Next up was Sunland-Tujunga chamber president Cindy Cleghorn who outlined some of the changes in her city. Kim Beattie sits on the La Cañada Flintridge chamber board and is also the director of Development for the YMCA. She and Y of the Foothills CEO Tyler Wright took the mics to give an overview of what’s going on in La Cañada Flintridge, both within the city and at the Y.
Around 1:50 it was my turn. I had no idea what Frank was going to ask me – the other guests seemed to have pretty well covered everything. But Frank is a seasoned professional and he didn’t leave me hanging. He asked me about the future of foothills real estate, both commercial and residential, how the changes over at JPL might affect our community and, most importantly, what is driving the economy here in the Crescenta Valley. I tried my best to keep up with him while answering in a cohesive way.
Before I knew it, we were wrapping it up and I was breathing a sigh of relief.
When I walked into the Black Cow an hour earlier, there were many folks on hand to offer support and cheer us on. As I relinquished the microphone and stood up, these friends applauded my efforts – which truly warmed my heart.
The Crescenta Valley is not perfect; we have our challenges but we rise together to meet them. We work hard. We raise our kids. We take care of our elders. We have heart.
I’m pretty sure the KNX On Your Corner team learned that.
If you’d like to listen to Friday’s Business Hour program, click the QR code or just go to www.cvweekly.com.