Community Corner August

August “Community Corner” focuses on the Foothill communities; Shadow Hills, Sunland-Tujunga, La Crescenta, Montrose, North Glendale, Sparr Heights and La Canada-Flintridge. This month I’m sharing news on Affordable housing, watermelon festival, the start of school, and a few other tidbits including our local real estate market.

Hard to believe it’s already just days away from August and for so many schools will start in a matter of two weeks. Where did the time go? Pretty soon we will be talking about the Holiday season, Yikes.  This months community corner is a little shorter and has some great information, so let’s get started.


The 55th Annual Watermelon Festival
Get ready for a slice of happiness at the California Watermelon Festival the weekend of July 29-30 in Lake View Terrace at the Hansen Dam Soccer Complex in the San Fernando Valley. All day fun includes free watermelon, delicious foods, carnival rides and attractions, games, contests, live entertainment, a Kids Zone, and the newest attraction – watermelon skiing! Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The celebration kicks off a 55-year tradition that pays tribute to the early days when watermelons were the prized crop of the eastern San Fernando Valley foothills.

Melon mania expands the limits of the seedy super-sized fruit. For the first time ever, patrons can step into carved-out watermelon halves and “melon ski” across a greased canvas to showcase their skills as the crowd cheers them on. Puckering up for the seed-spitting contest at the “Spitway” or going for the gold in the watermelon relay are also among the options. Free watermelon is in plentiful supply for all attendees. Read the complete article from the Crescenta Valley Weekly.



Affordable Housing, Several Bills being proposed in California.
This certainly is a tough issue and there are clearly several different arguments as government steps in to resolve the housing issue. Senate Bill 35 would force cities that have fallen behind on their state housing production goals to reduce some of the hoops they put in place to approve developments and would authorize a $3-billion bond to spend on low-income housing on the 2018 statewide ballot.

Two major housing funding bills have yet to receive full votes in the Senate or Assembly: a proposal from Sen. Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) to add a $75 fee on real estate transactions — except for home and commercial property sales — and one from Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco) to eliminate the state’s mortgage interest deduction from second homes. Combined, the measures would raise roughly $600 million a year for low-income housing development.
(Additional Proposed Bills)

A report from the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office estimated that building affordable homes for the 1.7 million low-income households in California that currently spend half their salaries on housing would cost as much to finance each year as the state’s spending on Medi-Cal.


It’ time for the start of a new school year.
Get ready for all that back to school traffic on all of our local streets. Please slow down and watch out for all the pedestrians and kids on their bikes. One last thing, don’t leave home without an extra dose of patience because you know how disruptive and sometimes disrespectful student drop-off drivers can be.  Please slow down.

First Day of school for all of our local school districts:
Glendale Unified: August 16th
La Canada Unified: August 14th
LA Unified: August 15th
Pasadena Unified: August 14th

This just in. GUSD- Rosemont Middle School has a new Principal: Dr. Scott Anderle has been announced as the new Rosemont Middle School principal. He will have some big shoes to fill with the retirement of Cynthia Livingston. Best wishes Dr. Anderle.


School may be starting but he Beach Bus continue to run through September 4th.
Catching the bus to the beach is easy in La Crescenta, La Canada-Flintridge, and Altadena and the cost can’t be beaten. Roundtrip, Children, and Adults. $3.00, Persons with Disabilities. $1.50, Senior Citizens (60+)*. $1.50.

Because the bus is so popular reservations are required. Spend the day at Santa Monica Pier without the hassles of parking. Here is the link to all of the participating cities Beach Bus details Want to make a reservation. here is the link, Book your reservation according to the Beach Bus reservation page the are suggesting in order to ensure your seating availability, make your reservation up to 10 days in advance, but no later than 10 a.m. one day prior to your trip.

The La Crescenta and La Canada-Flintridge Beach bus runs through the following dates, June 13 – September 4, 2017, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Labor Day. Here is the link to the La Crescenta and La Canada-Flintridge pickup locations as well as other details.

Beach Bus info to Santa Monica Beach.


Notable community events, changes, and proposals.
Montrose Shopping Park:
 “8th Annual MONTROSE FILM FESTIVAL! August 18 & 19. Free popcorn and admission! Mark your calendars!”

LA County Dog Ordinance change: On a motion by Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Hilda Solis, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved amends the existing municipal code to allow up to four dogs per household per household in unincorporated areas.

La Canada-Flintridge: The YMCA of the Foothills has submitted plans to the La Cañada Flintridge Planning Department calling for a two-level parking deck, the demolition of nearly 7,000 square feet of existing structures and 15,000 square feet of new construction at 1930 Foothill Blvd. The roughly $7 million repurposing and expansion of the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA is part of a long-term strategy to offer members more access to programs and spaces where they can create, be social and connect with one another. The addition of a parking structure on the western end of what is currently the front parking lot would increase the site’s overall number of parking spaces from 195 to 266.
A new three-story building on the east end of the campus would house a yoga and mind/body center and creative arts spaces for youths, while a landscaped amphitheater in the center of the campus would provide outdoor seating.


The Real Estate Market is Hot throughout the Foothill Communities.
Take a look at July closed sales in your neighborhood:
La Crescenta & La Canada-Flintridge Closed Sales for July. Click here
Sunland-Tujunga & Shadow Hills. Click here
Glendale, Chevy Chase Canyon & the Woodlands Rossmoyne areas. Click here

Interested in sales activity in another area? Send me an email and I would be happy to send you a quick link matching your request.

Articles you may find helpful:
4 Curb appeal projects to max out your home value
Housing Market Comparison 2016 vs 2017
Understanding True Market Value

Hot Scoop Coming to the Market:
 Do you or someone you know need a 4 Bedroom, 3 bath in La Crescenta high above Foothill? Over 2400 square feet, Formal Dining and Living Room, large Family Room open to the kitchen. Built in 1996 or Email: or call 818-249-7492. Seller will entertain offers and sell prior to the home being placed on the MLS.

Talk to you again in September.