The City of La Cañada Flintridge honored former mayors Laura Olhasso and Don Voss by installing bronze plaques commemorating their service at Mayors’ Discovery Park.
Mayor’s Discovery Park opened in 2004 and features a water element and a whimsical “buried treasures” children’s discovery area. Also located at the park is a wall of bronze plaques honoring the service of former La Cañada Flintridge mayors.
On March 31, Olhasso and Voss met current mayor David Spence at the park to view their plaques. Recently, both Olhasso and Voss concluded several years of faithful service on the La Cañada Flintridge City Council.
Olhasso, elected for the first time in 2003, spent over a decade working for the residents of La Cañada Flintridge on the council. Prior to that, she served as a planning commissioner for eight years. She was selected by her peers on the city council to serve as mayor three times. As mayor from March 2009 to March 2010, she faithfully led the city through three major disasters: the Station Fire, the resulting storm-induced debris flows, and a tragic truck crash at the base of Angeles Crest Highway. Olhasso represented the city on a number of regional boards and served as president of the California Contract Cities Association. A mother of two and a 30-year resident, her service to the community has extended far beyond city hall. Olhasso has volunteered for the boards of the YMCA, Lanterman Museum and the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge.
Voss served the city as treasurer for five years before being appointed to fill a vacancy on the city council in 2006. He served on city council for nine years, winning election and reelection after his initial appointment. He was selected mayor by his city council peers in March 2010. Voss has served on numerous regional boards including the Los Angeles County Sanitation District and the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments. He has been the key spokesperson in advocating the city’s opposition to the proposed SR-710 tunnel extension. During his time on the city council he was an active participant in the League of California Cities and the California Contract Cities Association. Locally, Voss is a member of the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada (noon) and active in the LCF Chamber of Commerce.