Community Corner September

Thank you for another amazing job protecting our communities.

Dear First Responders,

You have been with us through so much here in the Foothills’. You worked tirelessly to protect La Crescenta, La Canada-Flintridge, Sunland, Tujunga and all of the Foothill communities from The Station Fire. Last year it was the Sand Fire.  Over the years we have had floods, earthquakes, and fires. Now you must be commended, thanked and thanked again for another spectacular job, saving thousand of homes from the La Tuna Fire. Our communities are forever grateful.

P.S. La Crescenta, Sunland-Tujunga, Shadow Hills, Lake View Terrace, Burbank, Glendale, La Canada-Flintridge, Thank you to the volunteers that reached out to make sure the first responders, animals, and families were cared for during the La Tuna fire.


Why should you take the Purposeful Aging Survey? Watch my brief video.  Take the Purposeful Aging L.A. Survey!

Our older adult population in the Los Angeles region is already larger than the older adult population of 41 states, and will nearly double by 2030.

Purposeful Aging Los Angeles (PALA) seeks to prepare the Los Angeles region for a rapidly aging population through an innovative, sustained initiative that unites public and private leadership and strategies. PALA will improve the lives of older adults and Angelenos of all ages. Read more


La Crescenta:
911 Remembrance Motorcade: The motorcade with over 40 cars leaves the Ralphs parking lot on Foothill in La Crescenta at 8:45 am. The motorcade has been a tradition of the CV Chamber and Early Rodders club for 4 years.

The motorcade is escorted by the local CHP  and Sheriff throughout the Foothills of  La Crescenta, Glendale, Montrose, and La- Canada-Flintridge.

The motorcade drives by almost every Elementary school in La Crescenta, private and public as well as Clark Magnet, CV High School. A new addition St. Monica’s in Montrose.

The motorcade then travels through Montrose to La Canada past Flintridge Prep, St. Bedes and La Canada High School. Each and every one of these schools has the curb lined with the kids to show respect for the first responders that lost their lives on 911. In addition to the schools, the motorcade will pass all of the local fire, Sheriff, and Police stations.

Watch the video from last year of  Monte Vista Elementary. Monte Vista 9-11 remembrance Video.

Where will you be standing along the route from La Crescenta, Glendale, Montrose and La Canada-Flintridge? Remembrance Day Route Map Click Here

Coffee at the Commons Wednesday, September 6th: Robbyn Battles and the Crescenta Commons keepers are serving coffee at the Commons. Every  3 weeks from 7:30 am to 8:45 pm, stop by and enjoy a free cup of coffee and enjoy the wonderful blooms in the gardens of the Crescenta Commons.

La Crescenta’s first community garden located on the corner of Rosemont and Orange.  Coffee at the Commons is my, (Robbyn Battles) little way to say thanks and show appreciation for the ongoing support of our special garden in the middle of our La Crescenta community.

Hope to see you there. This time we will have a little decaf for those in need of a little less caffeine in their morning.

Click the image to Like Crescenta Commons on Facebook.


3rd Annual La Crescenta Christmas Tree Lighting: Mark your calendar now, Tuesday, December 5th 6:30 pm at the La Crescenta Library courtyard. 2809 Foothill Blvd. La Crescenta CA 91214

The La Crescenta Christmas Tree Committee led co-chaired by ASTER and the LA Crescenta Library is already hard at work planning for this year’s event. The goal this year is to have a little bit more audience participation and a whole lot of fun. We already have fun festivities in the works and of course a spectacular Tree lighting.

This year look for a Pre-Holiday decoration day held at the Library sometime in October. More announcements to follow. You can keep up with all the festivities on the La Crescenta Christmas Tree Facebook page, click to like us.


La Canada-Flintridge:

Descanso Gardens: Family Gardening Day @ Descanso Gardens Tickets Sep 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Enjoy a morning filled with hands-on gardening activities for the whole family in the Harvest Garden. Learn the basics of plant care while having fun digging, watering and sowing seeds. Free to members; nonmembers $10 adult, $5 children 5-12, free 4 and younger. Advance registration required, link to registration.

In case you did not hear…It’s official Target is coming to La Canad-Flintridge.  Officials with Target Corp. have confirmed that the 45,865-square-foot “small-format” retail store is planned for La Cañada Flintridge’s Town Center, in the former site of the locally founded Sport Chalet, is anticipated to open its doors to shoppers in July 2018.

For the Kids:
Kidspace Museum Farmer Days: Welcome autumn and the harvest season during our annual Kidspace Farmer Days on September 2 & 4! What they will be doing…creating harmonicas, getting down with the barnyard boogie, and exploring worms to see how they help our food grow. Guests will also have the chance to meet some farmyard friends. Overalls and straw hats optional, but encouraged.  Link to more details

Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse is celebrating Curious George Day on Sept. 16 at 10:30 a.m. with a special storytime that includes a craft activity
and appearances by Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat.  All are invited to this free event. Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse is located at 1010 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge, at the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Angeles Crest Highway. For more information, call (818) 790-0717.

News From our State Legislators

Bills on state-run STEM school and later school start time pass committees move to full vote: A state-run STEM school is one step closer to being established in downtown Los Angeles, and California middle and high schoolers are closer to getting state approval to sleep in. The two education bills passed out of committees on Friday and will head to the floor of the Legislature. Both bills must be taken up by Sept. 15, the deadline to send legislation to the governor’s desk this session.

The bill establishing the STEM school, which would focus on teaching science, technology, engineering, and math to students from low-income and ethnically diverse communities, was hotly debated by the LA Unified school board, even though the school would not be under their control. The bill, AB 1217, is authored by state Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra, D-San Fernando, and co-sponsored by state Sen. Anthony Portantino, D-La Canada Flintridge. Read the entire article.

Stormwater Tax on Property Owners: The chairs were barely warm when lawmakers advanced yet another sneak attack on property owners. This time it’s a gut-and-amend bill to allow the Los Angeles County Flood Control District to levy special taxes for stormwater management projects. The San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments estimated that the cost per parcel to comply with the most recent stormwater regulations could be as much as $1,400 per parcel per year. The total cost for L.A. County’s compliance is estimated at $20 billion. Local governments that don’t comply face fines of up to $250,000 per day. Read the entire article.

Real Estate News from Robbyn Battles: By now many of you have realized a slight change in my business name. I am proud to announce a great new affiliation with JohnHart Real Estate. Change for me is always positive. and is always made with the benefit of the client coming first. I have sold real estate for over 28 years and have always said the Company really has no impact on the agent’s ability to do a good job. After all of these years, I will humbly admit the one company that does is JohnHart.  I won’t go into all of the details here however if you are at all considering selling or buying then we should talk now. 818-249-7492 or 818-388-1631 0r

In the meantime, perhaps you can help: As you all are very aware the market continues to have limited inventory.
Would you or someone you know be thinking about selling the following?

1: I have several buyers looking for a 3-4 bedroom home with an open floor plan preferably updated and located within the boundaries of Crescenta Valley High School.
2: I have another buyer looking for a home between 1500-1800 square feet with some updates. Location can be La Crescenta or the Glendale Chevy Chase Canyon area.

If you feel your home fits either one of these criteria’s please, give me a call and let’s see if we can get your home sold to one of these well-qualified buyers.

Finally, a great link you should sign up for now. Stay up to date on all of the trends in your neighborhood or a neighborhood you are considering moving to.

In fact, even if you are not planning on moving keep up with the market. Think of it like this, if you had stock you would track your stock, right? Your home is some of the most valuable stock you own. Now you can track your home just as easily.

Click here to keep up with the market trends.


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