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La Cañada Flintridge is a city in Los Angeles county located in the Crescenta Valley and far western end of San Gabriel Valley to the nortwest of Pasadena.

During the Spanish and Mexican eras, La Cañada Flitridge consisted of two separate communities and the area was known as Rancho La Cañada.

Flintridge comprises the southern part of the city, covering the northern flank of the San Rafael Hills, but more generally including most areas south of Foothill Blvd. The eastern part, even north of Foothill Blvd., was also originally considered Flintridge and is still home to the Flintridge Riding Club and Flintridge Preparatory School.

Reference to the entire city is often shortened to just “La Cañada” or seldom to just “Flintridge”. The full city name specifically does not have a hyphen in it, to illustrate unity between the two communities that became one.

In a 2015 issue of Forbes, La Cañada Flintridge ranked as the 121st most expensive U.S. city.

The climate of La Cañada Flintridge is typical of Southern California inland valley with hot summers and mild winters. On average the warmest month is August with temperatures in the mid 90’s and December and January are the coolest with temperatures in the mid 40’s-50’s. Rainfall occurs primarily during winter. Occasionally the Santa Ana winds can bring hot air in the summer further warming up the area during that time. Snow occurs rarely, but at times during winter storms in the small ski resprts Mountain High, Mount Baldy and Mount Waterman which are located about 30 miles to the north east.

According to the 2010 United States Census,  reported population was 20,246.

The racial makeup of La Cañada Flintridge was 13,959 (68.9%) White (64.7% Non-Hispanic White),[15] 109 (0.5%) African American, 24 (0.1%) Native American, 5,214 (25.8%) Asian, 5 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 245 (1.2%) from other races, and 690 (3.4%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1,267 persons (6.3%).

According to the 2010 United States Census, La Cañada Flintridge had a median household income of $156,952, with 1.8% of the population living below the federal poverty line.

La Cañada Flintridge is governed by its city council, which has five members, each elected to overlapping four-year terms. Each year, the council selects one of its members to serve as mayor and another to serve as mayor pro-tem for terms of one year. The elections were held on March of odd-numbered years until 2017. Beginning in 2020, the elections are held during the California Primary elections. The council is aided by five commissions and two committees, each with its own area of responsibility. In addition, the council appoints the city manager, city attorney, city treasurer, and all members of its advisory bodies. It also serves as the governing board for the public improvement corporation, the redevelopment agency, the LCF Local Financing Authority, and Sanitation Districts No. 28 and No. 34.

La Cañada Flintridge’s City Hall was located on 1327 Foothill Boulevard from December 1976 to March 2019. In that same month, the new City Hall address is One Civic Center Drive, which is located in the La Cañada Flintridge Town Center, where the former Sport Chalet headquarters were located.

The current members of the city council are:

  • Mayor Michael T. Davitt
  • Mayor Pro Tem Jonathan C. Curtis
  • Council Member Teresa “Terry” Walker
  • Council Member Keith Eich
  • Council Member Richard B. Gunter III

State and federal representation

  • In the state senate, La Cañada Flintridge is in the 25th Senate District, represented by Democrat Anthony Portantino.
  • In the California State Assembly, La Cañada Flintridge is located in the 43rd district and is represented by Laura Friedman
  • In the United States House of Representatives, La Cañada Flintridge is in California’s 28th congressional district, represented by Democrat Adam Schiff.

Public schools
The La Cañada Unified School District serves most of the city and is ranked as one of the top school districts in the state. On September 13, 2010, the California Department of Education announced that 2010 California Standards Tests (CSTs) results indicate that the La Cañada Unified School District earned the second highest Academic Performance Index (API) score in the state.The API reflects a district’s performance level, based on the results of statewide testing.

The district has three public elementary schools that serve grades K-6:

  • La Cañada Elementary
  • Palm Crest Elementary
  • Paradise Canyon Elementary School.

The public high school, La Cañada High School, which also serves as a middle school (grades 7–8), is a 1993 and 2004 Blue Ribbon School.

A small western portion of the city is served by the Glendale Unified School District, with La Cañada Flintridge students attending:

  • Mountain Avenue Elementary School
  • Rosemont Middle School
  • Clark Magnet High School
  • Crescenta Valley High School.

Private schools

High schools are:

  • St. Francis High School
  • Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy
  • Flintridge Preparatory School.

Elementary schools are:

  • Crestview Preparatory (K-6)
  • The Learning Castle (Kindergarten-3rd Grade)
  • La Canada Preparatory (4th–8th)
  • St. Bede (K-8).

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