As president this year of the CV Town Council, my goal has been to reach out to our neighboring cities, local agencies and our elected officials through our State of the Community Series. Our April meeting guest will be former La Cañada mayor, now La Cañada City councilmember, Laura Olhasso. Our communities share many of the same issues: potential 710 tunnel, possible territory transfer from GUSD to LCUSD and sound walls, just to name a few. Most of all, we are neighbors, so let’s communicate.
In addition to Olhasso, our agenda includes an update by the National Charity League on Twelve Oaks, the former senior housing facility, as well as Burrtec trash and a public comments section regarding the possible territory split between GUSD and LCUSD.
The CV Town Council is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Over the years the Council has dealt with many issues and helped bring about many changes to La Crescenta. Currently the largest issues facing our community are the possible territory transfer of the Sagebrush area from Glendale Unified to La Canada Unified school district. If approved, Mountain Avenue Elementary will lose one third of its enrollment.
The district is looking for input from residents in the Crescenta Valley with regard to the territory transfer. If the transfer happens, the district has also stated in a FAQ, which can be found on the CVTC website, that they will be listening to the community to keep Mountain Avenue a neighborhood school.
The CV Town Council is encouraging residents’ to voice their opinion. I have seen the La Crescenta-Montrose community be very vocal when support is needed. One recent example is the thousands of letters and emails received to keep the Rosemont crossing guard. Once again, I am asking for your input.
La Crescenta is a community known for its top rated schools. Current residents, alumni and generations have come and stayed in this community, not only because it is a wonderful place to live, but also because the schools are some of the best. A change in school district lines could have a significant impact to our community. A majority of our community voted in favor of several bonds to support our schools over the past years; your opinion counts and should be heard.
Everyone is encouraged to contact GUSD and voice their opinion. The CV Town Council would like to know how you feel these changes will affect your community. In addition, we want to be proactive and start to hear your ideas, should the transfer be approved, of what would you like to see happen to keep Mountain Avenue a top neighborhood school.
Lastly, on behalf of the Crescenta Valley Town Council, I would like to thank the CV Weekly publisher Robin Goldsworthy for the opportunity to reach out to such a great community.
The next CVTC general meeting is on April 17 at the La Crescenta Library Community Room, 2809 Foothill Blvd. at 7 p.m. Our agenda is posted 24 hours before the meeting at www.TheCVCouncil.com.
Robbyn Battles, President
Crescenta Valley Town Council
Please email any comments or concerns to Robbyn@thecvcouncil.com