UniteLCF! Update 9-15-17

With the new school year underway we are pleased to report that a total of 165 students residing within the Sagebrush territory are currently attending LCUSD schools. We see this as a positive upward trend towards our goal of uniting the LCF community.

At this stage in the Petition process, the County Office of Education is working to have a CEQA analysis prepared to review the environmental impacts of a permanent territory transfer from GUSD to LCUSD. They have informed us that the study would likely be completed by late spring or early summer 2018. At that point we will get notice of the meeting at which the findings of the CEQA analysis will be presented to the County Committee. If the Committee has no further questions or instructions to staff regarding the findings they would then vote on whether to grant their final approval of our Petition. The Committee would also normally recommend the area of election should a ballot vote be required.

In the meantime, the UniteLCF! Petition Committee continues to monitor the progress of the CEQA analysis, meeting regularly and doing research to prepare for the future.


Five candidates announce for LCUSD governing board election


Five candidates to run for 3 open seats on the La Cañada school board
La Cañada Valley Sun
by: Sara Cardine

This November La Cañada Unified School District voters will not only vote on a $149-million general obligation bond to build new school facilities, they’ll also fill three vacancies on the district’s governing board.

Five candidates have filed papers — incumbents Dan Jeffries and Kaitzer Puglia will seek reelection, while La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation board member Joe Radabaugh, land use attorney Joshua Gottheim and JPL engineer Christopher Salvo filed papers with the Los Angeles County Registrar’s Office by Wednesday’s deadline.

Board member David Sagal won’t seek a second term. Election day is Nov. 7.

L.A. County committee gives preliminary approval to Sagebrush transfer

Glendale News-Press
May 3, 2017
By Kelly Corrigan

Four years after citizens renewed a decades-long effort to transfer the Sagebrush area of La Cañada Flintridge into the La Cañada Unified School District, the area could be stripped from Glendale Unified’s jurisdiction following a decision Wednesday by the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization.

The committee voted to give preliminary approval to a petition to transfer the territory into La Cañada Unified’s boundaries during an hours-long meeting at the Los Angeles County Office of Education in Downey.

Tom Smith, a former Sagebrush resident now living in Chicago, started working with neighbors several years ago to transfer the territory.

“It’s something— our friends — our neighborhood — they’ve been fighting for this for 50 years, and to see us get this much of a step closer … I’m just thrilled for the neighborhood. It’s been a grassroots effort from the very beginning. That’s what’s been so personally rewarding to me, just seeing the neighbors rise up and band together for the community. Fortunately, I had a good team that rallied around me early.”

Following the committee’s approval to transfer the Sagebrush territory, the proposal must now undergo a California Environmental Quality Act study to determine the environmental impacts of the transfer, which could take place sometime next year.

If the environmental findings favor a transfer, the transfer would go to local voters to decide on.

If Glendale school officials decide to appeal the committee’s decision, they would not be able to appeal to the California State Board of Education until the environmental study is complete.

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County Committee to consider the Sagebrush Petition on May 3

It’s been four years since the UniteLCF! residents committee formed to request a “territory transfer” of the western most part of La Cañada Flintridge to be permanently part of the La Cañada Unified School District (LCUSD). This transfer has been the desire of a majority of “Sagebrush” residents since La Cañada Flintridge (LCF) became an incorporated City back in 1976.  La Cañada-Sagebrush families no longer wish to attend our own neighborhood schools as “non-residents.” Approval of our Petition could stitch back together the entire City of LCF and enhance the community identity and civic engagement that we feel are critical components of any outstanding public education system.

We are pleased to announce that the members of the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization will deliberate and render its preliminary approval or denial of our Petition on Wednesday, May 3rd. The meeting begins at 9:30AM at the Los Angeles County Office of Education, 9300 Imperial Highway in Downey. Members of the public are invited to attend and hear the presentations by the impacted school districts and the Petitioners, as each will make a 20-minute presentation.

An approval at this meeting would be preliminary. Before final approval is granted, an analysis of the environmental impacts of the transfer would need to be completed following the guidelines provided in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) which could take up to 6 months to complete.


Breaking news! March 8th deliberation postponed

The Sagebrush Territory Transfer deliberation by the Los Angeles County Committee on School Organization that was scheduled for March 8th has been postponed upon request from the Chief Petitioners. Tom Smith, Chair of UniteLCF! issued this statement “we have taken this step to facilitate the ongoing analysis of our transfer petition by the County Committee and the two school districts. We expect to appear before the County Committee at their next scheduled meeting, April 5, 2017.”

Public hearing presentations by all parties

Public Hearing, October 26, 2016:
Petitioners Presentation Part 1  https://unitelcf.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/petitioners-10-26-16-presentation-part-1.pdf
Petitioners Presentation Part 2  https://unitelcf.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/petitioners-10-26-16-presentation-part-2.pdf
La Cañada Unified School District Presentation  https://unitelcf.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/lcusd-sagebrush-10-26-16-prsnttn.pdf

Public Hearing, November 2, 2016:
Petitioners Presentation Part 1  https://unitelcf.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/petitioners-11-02-16-presentation-part-1.pdf
Petitioners Presentation Part 2 https://unitelcf.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/petitioners-11-02-16-presentation-part-2.pdf
La Cañada Unified School District Presentation  https://unitelcf.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/lcusd-sagebrush-11-02-16-prsnttn.pdf
Glendale Unified School District Presentation  https://unitelcf.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/11-02-16-glendale-usd-presentation.pdf

UPDATE: Feb 1st meeting cancelled

The meeting that was originally scheduled to take place at the Los Angeles County Office of Education on February 1st has been cancelled.

We have been advised that the County Committee on School District Organization will move their deliberation of the UniteLCF! territory transfer to a March date.

Please check back here for updates, or sign up for our mailing list to receive updates from our petition committee, click here.


A message from the Petition Committee UniteLCF!

Thank you so much to all the community members who attended the public hearings on the Sagebrush territory transfer.  Our committee was very pleased with the turnout, the quality and scope of the many speakers who spoke in support for our petition.  Articles appeared in the local papers today and we continue to hear from supporters, asking how they can help.  Our La Cañada-Sagebrush community is quite grateful for the many hours our committee members, volunteers and supporters have given in order to reach this milestone in our campaign.  While not everyone could attend the hearings, we will continue to invite everyone to do what they can to help in our cause.


The Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization is an independent, 11-member elected body that studies and makes decisions such as transferring territory between school districts.  The Committee Members have now heard from both school districts, UniteLCF!, the City of La Cañada Flintridge and about 100 members of the public.

Over the next 120 days county staff will be collecting more public comments, researching the issues brought forward, and assembling a complete packet of information for each of the County Committee members to prepare for their deliberation meeting, which could be as early as February 1, 2017.

Your letter, or email, can be sent to both the following contacts at the Los Angeles County Office of Education.  Also, if you would like UniteLCF! to have a copy for our records, please cc: nalini@lasiewicz.com

It’s helpful to put your position at the top or subject line: Subject: SUPPORT for Sagebrush Territory Transfer

 Keith D. Crafton
Director, Business Advisory Services
Secretary, County Committee
(562) 922-6144

Allison Deegan, Ed.D.
Regionalized Business Services Coordinator
(562) 922-6336

Mailing Address:
Los Angeles County Office of Education
9300 Imperial Highway
Downey, CA 90242

Members of the Public are also welcome to attend the monthly meetings of the County Committee and give testimony in person. More at: http://www.lacoe.edu/BusinessServices/BusinessAdvisoryServices/CountyCommittee/DocumentsPage.aspx