Rains draw news vans to La Cañada

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From the La Cañada Valley Sun

Residents in the Station fire burn areas no longer have to check the weather channel for the latest forecast. They know the prediction is for rain when they see television news vans cruising local neighborhoods and hovering at major intersections along Foothill Boulevard.

La Cañada Flintridge, thrust into the national spotlight during the Station fire in late August, is once again making headlines with the ongoing threat of mudslides. Reporters, photographers and cameramen have joined the mix of safety engineers, public works crews and city officials who swarm impacted communities at the first sign of rain.

On any given cloudy day, a dozen news vans can be seen traveling up and down Ocean View Boulevard and Angeles Crest Highway. In Paradise Valley, camera crews set up equipment in the streets, stopping joggers, dog-walkers and motorists for interviews.

Bud Slotky, president of the Paradise Valley Neighborhood Association, described the television news crews as hovering “harbingers of doom.” He and his neighbors are already under tremendous stress as they fight to protect their homes, Slotky said, and the TV vans are adding to the commotion.

Their presence, however, is not all negative, Slotky said. The media has done a lot to educate the public about the seriousness of the situation in his neighborhood.

“I know they have interviewed a lot of the neighbors,” Slotky said. “The good side is that they are helping raise awareness in the community…about the dangers of the mudslides and about the danger the Station fire has caused.”

For more of this story, read here.

Written by Megan O'Neil

December 15, 2009 at 10:47 am

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