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Celebrating the Past and Building the Future of the Crescenta Valley

The 135th Anniversary Gala for the Crescenta Valley was a huge success. Attended by Supervisor Kathryn Barger who was the gala’s main sponsor, State Senator Anthony Portantino, and Assemblymember Laura Friedman, among countless other dignitaries, celebrated another milestone for our community courtesy of St. Luke’s of the Mountains. I want to personally thank Supervisor Barger for supporting our community. We gave her the Key to the City as a token of our appreciation and, due to a snafu, the entire audience sang the National Anthem together. It was incredibly moving. Also honored with additional keys to the City were Don Norbut and Ed Waldheim.

Emceed by our very own Librarian, Marta Wiggins, of the La Crescenta Library and hosted by Antonio Gallardo, vicar of St. Luke’s of the Mountains, who gave the benediction, the night was filled with merriment. Mike Lawler, Michael Morgan, and Stuart Byles of the Historical Society of the Crescenta Valley gave a talk on our area’s history as a destination for health seekers due to its clean air and good weather; many sanitariums were established in the Crescenta Valley in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. We of course still have Rockhaven.

I want take this opportunity to thank our Sponsors:

•Forest Lawn

•J’s Maid Service, Inc

•Crescenta Valley insurance

•Caspian Services

•American Savings Financial Services


•Donna Libra

•La Crescenta Woman’s Club

•Arent Fox LLP

•Drawn 2 Arts

•Global Print, Inc.


•Byblos Mediterranean Bakery

•CV Weekly

•Bob Smith Toyota

•Crescenta Valley Car Wash

•St. Luke’s of the Mountains Church

Pivoting to the 2019 Crescenta Valley Town Council elections, I would like to share this message from our Election Committee Co-Chairs, Sophal Ear and Daniel Kim:

The 2019 Election will be Friday, Nov. 8 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov 9 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. St Luke’s has once again kindly agreed to serve as the venue for the election.

The application is now available and downloadable at Each year, we rely on the willingness of community members to step into the arena of public service and put themselves on a ballot for election to the Crescenta Valley Town Council. We hope you will consider putting your name in the ring. Six positions are open, three regular three-year terms and three one-year alternate positions.

We envision the Candidate Forum to be at our October 17 General Meeting (7 p.m. at the La Crescenta Library Community Room: 2809 Foothill Blvd, La Crescenta) given the deadline to receive all applications with $40 is  October 15. We look forward to seeing you there.

Returning to our regularly scheduled broadcast—I want to turn now to Oktoberfest this past Saturday, October 5th during which we once again manned an ID booth. Quite a few Town Council Members volunteered under the guidance of Jo Ann Stupakis. Thanks to everyone for helping out in this annual event.

Finally the Two Strike Park median beautification has turned out magnificently, thanks to Supervisor Barger’s office for helping to make that happen!

Harry Leon is President of the Crescenta Valley Town Council.