Happy Mother’s Day!

It was brought to the attention of the Council that an anti-Semitic symbol was discovered within our community. The Council located the graffiti and advised Los Angeles County Public Works, which removed the graffiti. The Town Council, working closely with 5th District Supervisor Kathryn Barger’s office and the Crescenta Valley Sheriffs’ Station, reminds our community that the Council has always stood against racism, discrimination and bigotry in all its forms and expressions. The Crescenta Valley Town Council will continue to honor its responsibility to promote tolerance, non-discrimination and diversity within our community.

As a community we must work together to drive positive change. The Crescenta Valley Town Council stands ready to help, working closely with our community partners to protect our community and promote equality for all its citizens, residents and visitors.

On Thursday April 28, the Crescenta Valley Town Council Executive Committee held an emergency meeting following an accident involving a Rosemont Middle School student who was struck by a vehicle, and a dog that was struck and killed on Ramsdell Avenue. The meeting was held to discuss the ongoing concerns of speeding, traffic flow during school drop-off and pickup times, and the safety of our community’s pedestrians. This meeting was historic in that it was attended by the following agencies and its representatives:

  • Captain Robert Hahnlein, Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station
  • Captain Moulton, California Highway Patrol Altadena Station
  • Officer Bay, California Highway Patrol Altadena Station
  • Officer Boyd, California Highway Patrol Altadena Station
  • Sussy Nemer, deputy field officer, Supervisor Kathryn Barger’s office
  • Julian Garcia, LA County Public Works
  • Steve Burger, deputy director, LA County Public Works
  • Vivian Ekchian, superintendent, Glendale Unified School District
  • Brooke Reynolds, director, GUSD Educational Services
  • Ago Eulmessikian, director, GUSD Student Services
  • Christine Benitez, principal, Crescenta Valley High School
  • Suzanne Risse, principal, Rosemont Middle School
  • Hury Babyan, principal, Monte Vista Elementary School
  • Josephine Bixler, principal, La Crescenta Elementary School
  • Scott Shinagawa, resource deputy officer
  • Crescenta Valley Town Council Executive Committee: Harry Leon, Chris Kilpatrick, Kerri Braütigam, Donna Libra and Dede Mueller (CVTC Streets and Transportation Committee chair)

The meeting addressed the concerns of our community and how each agency could help one another to find resolutions. It was adjourned with intentions for a special meeting with the community to have further input and to hear suggested solutions.

On April 30, the Hometown Country Fair was yet another success and the Council was honored to help. Big shoutout to CV Chamber for a very successful event!

Coffee with the Council. Did you see us yesterday in front of Ralphs? We had so many great conversations with our community members. Special appearance by Eric from the CV Youth Town Council who was on hand to talk to students.

The Crescenta Valley Town Council honored and recognized our crossing guards who are an important part of our community and the safety of our students. Not only do they ensure our students get to school safely, but they greet each with a smile and wishes for a good day. Thank you to our partners – CV Sheriff’s Station, CHP and GUSD – for honoring them with us.

On Saturday, May 14, we are holding the CVTC Prayer Breakfast at American Legion/VFW Hall, 4011 La Crescenta Ave. in La Crescenta. The keynote speaker is

Vince Iuculano of the YMCA. Doors open at 7 a.m.

The Council received a letter of resignation from Councilmember Paul Barnes who served as third alternate on the council. In Councilmember Barnes’ letter he stated that he could no longer serve his one-year term as he is moving out of state. Per the Council’s bylaws, adopted August 2003, when an alternate member cannot fulfill his/her term, a replacement shall be appointed by the president and ratified by majority vote of all the regular members of the Council.

Let me once again warn bulky item dumpers that it is a violation of a county ordinance to simply dump items without thought as to who or how they will be picked up. Trash service provider Burrtec (in the case of the unincorporated portion of La Crescenta-Montrose) or the resident’s applicable trash service must be notified. If unclaimed, the County, through The Works App on smartphones, can be contacted with evidence of the offense.

As always, I look forward to seeing you at our May 19 general meeting starting at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the La Crescenta Library, 2809 Foothill Blvd.

Harry Leon, President
Crescenta Valley Town Council