Carlos Casanova of Glendale puts the ball during the third annual Glendale City Golf Championship at Scholl Canyon Golf Course in Glendale on Wednesday. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)

Jake Ledbetter grabs lead in Glendale City Golf Championship

GLENDALE — For someone who has played golf for about two years, Jake Ledbetter caught the attention of the field Wednesday during the qualifying round of the third annual Glendale City Golf Championship.

Privately run summer schools debated

Members of the La Cañada Unified school community are reacting to a recent Los Angeles Times article that questioned the merit of public school districts benefiting from summer school programs operated privately by their educational foundations.

L.A. County Parks & Rec. equipment operator John Del Rio buiilds a new trail above the washed out part of the La Cañada Loop Trail north of Gould Debris Basin at Green Lane on Tuesday, July 21, 2014. Del Rio built the trail above the old one which ran through a small creek in this area and washed out often. There will be more clearing of rocks farther north near Angeles Crest Highway.

Area trails receiving an improved look

Crews from Los Angeles County’s Parks and Recreation Department set their sights this summer on making trail improvements in and around La Cañada, and are currently working in several sections of the city through July 31.

California Assemblyman Mike Gatto speaks at a press conference introducing Assembly Bill 47 and Assembly Bill 1532 which enforces broader and stiffer hit-and-run laws in California in front of Los Angeles City Hall on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. The bills, introduced by Gatto, represents joint interest and energy from the State level, City of Los Angeles level, and local level from Finish the Ride and The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. The Amber Alert system could be used to track hit-and-run drivers if enough evidence is collected from the scene.

Gatto gains support for "Yellow Alert" hit-and-run bill

A proposed state bill by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) that would utilize digital signs along freeways typically used for displaying Amber Alerts in order to help identify hit-and-run suspects earned support from the Los Angeles City Council.

Glendale looks to less harmful rodenticide for city parks and wildlife areas

Glendale is set to swap a poison that parks maintenance workers use to kill mice and rats for one that’s less dangerous to other wildlife that may eat the rodents, following City Council review this week.

College educators examine success rates

At Glendale Community College, 54% of students who were tracked from 2007 through 2013 went on to earn a certificate, degree or transfer to four-year school, according to data released this week showing the college’s student success rates.

Crescenta Valley Briefs: Local grad earns full ride to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo; Montrose Food and Brewfest

Crescenta Valley High School graduate Max Burton, 18, received a full scholarship from Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Intersections: Life in the time of grief and the kindness of strangers

A few months ago, my grandmother passed away. It was a slow, agonizing end, one of those things that began with a trip to the hospital and only became progressively worse as the months wore on. In some ways, she knew that once she went in, she would not be coming out. In some ways, we did, too.

Piece of Mind: Educational foundations provide valuable service

Education inequality — such as undeniably exists between schools in affluent communities and those in poor areas — is of concern to anyone who has compassion for others and who understands the value of good schooling to the future of our civilization. If all children, from the most tender age, could be guaranteed a solid education, our society would benefit in countless ways. Aristotle and Plato had that right.

John Kilpatrick and Gabrielle Wagner were two of the singers singing carols at the "Christmas in July" mixer. Behind them is the buffet set up for a complete holiday dinner, including turkey, stuffing and cranberries.

The Valley Line: Chamber's mixer celebrates 'Christmas in July'

My goodness we are speeding through summer. It's hard to believe we are almost done with July and on to August. In just weeks the local kids will be back to school.