Sagebrush residents embark on own path to transfer school territory

La Cañada Valley Sun
November 19, 2015
By Sara Cardine

Frustrated by stalled negotiations between La Cañada and Glendale school officials over a possible transfer of students living in western La Cañada into LCUSD boundaries, a citizens group has decided to begin pursuing a “second path” to resolution.

Unite LCF, a group of residents living in the contested “Sagebrush” area, announced it will move ahead with plans to collect signatures from residents in a petition that could eventually be submitted to the L.A. County Office of Education for a legal decision on the matter.

Unite LCF Chair Tom Smith, who established the group in 2013, said members felt it was time to move forward with preparations, since the school districts have failed to reach consensus after two years of talks.

“It seemed like we were on the cusp of what would have been a historic negotiated landmark settlement,” Smith said Wednesday. “And (now) that seems to have totally gone off track.”

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