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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, September 22nd

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, September 22nd

Sunday, September 16th

4:00 PM – A grand theft occurred in the 800 block of E. Sacramento Street. Stolen: 2006 Toyota Prius catalytic converter.

Monday, September 17th

3:30 PM – A grand theft occurred in the 1700 block of Atchison Street. Stolen: 2004 Toyota Prius catalytic converter.
9:00 PM – A grand theft occurred in the 400 block of Alberta Street. Stolen: 2005 Toyota Prius catalytic converter.

Tuesday, September 18th

12:09 AM – A vehicle was reported stolen from the 1800 block of Lake Avenue. Vehicle described as a black 1999 Honda Civic.
2:00 AM – A grand theft occurred in the 100 block of E. Woodbury Road. Stolen: 2007 Toyota Prius catalytic converter.
7:00 PM – A residential burglary occurred in the 3100 block of Highview Avenue. Suspect(s) entered the location via the garage side door. Stolen: 2008 Zhong motor scooter.
9:30 PM – A petty theft occurred in the 2200 block of Crary Street.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, September 15th

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, September 15th

Sunday, September 9th

1:30 AM – An attempt vehicle theft occurred in the area of Woodbury Road and Spaulding Avenue. Suspects described as two male Hispanic juveniles approximately 5 feet 5 inches and 95-105 pounds.
9:30 PM – A battery occurred in the 3900 block of Fair Oaks Avenue. Suspect has not been identified.
10:00 PM – A petty theft from a vehicle occurred in the 300 block of Laun Street. Stolen: car battery.

Monday, September 10th

12:00 AM – A grand theft from a vehicle occurred in the 1200 block of Boston Street. Stolen: catalytic converter.
1:00 AM – A petty theft from a vehicle occurred in the 1800 block of New York Drive. Stolen: car battery.

Tuesday, September 11th

12:00 PM – A residential burglary occurred in the 2500 block of Berendo Street. Suspect(s) entered the location by shattering the rear sliding door. Stolen: jewelry and currency.
2:00 PM – A domestic violence incident occurred in the 2200 block of E.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Altadena Station Sheriif’s Station Asks the Public’s Help in Locating Missing Teenager

Altadena Station Sheriif’s Station Asks the Public’s Help in Locating Missing Teenager

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Altadena Station detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating missing teenager DeJuan Rhodes.

Rhodes is a 16-year-old African America who was last seen at his group home on the 2900 block of El Nido Drive, Altadena, Tuesday, September 18 approximately 9:30 p.m.

DeJuan is described as 5’08” tall, 138 lbs., with short black hair, and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, and dark blue shorts.

He is diabetic, insulin dependent, and requires additional medications. His family and caregivers have not seen or heard from him. They are very concerned and asking for the public’s help in located him.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Altadena Station (626) 798-1131.

If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google Play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, September 1st

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, September 1st

Sunday, August 26th

3:25 AM – Maria Ahumada, 25 years old of Los Angeles was arrested in the 300 block of Mountain View Street for drunk in public.
11:00 PM – A battery occurred in the 2900 block of El Nido Drive. Suspect was taken into custody.

Monday, August 27th

9:30 PM – A vehicle vandalism occurred in the 2200 block of Navarro Avenue. Vehicle damage: spray painted.
9:30 PM – A residential vandalism occurred in the 2100 block of Navarro Avenue. Damage: spray painted wall.

Tuesday, August 28th

12:44 PM – A vehicle was reported stolen from the 2100 block of Lincoln Avenue. Vehicle described as a black 2013 Honda Fit. Vehicle was recovered by CHP.
4:20 PM – A battery occurred in the 2900 block of El Nido Drive. Suspects were taken into custody.

Wednesday, August 29th

5:30 PM – A petty theft occurred in the 2300 block of N.

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Opinion | Betsy Kahn: Moving Altadena Library Forward

Opinion | Betsy Kahn: Moving Altadena Library Forward

In the six months since I was appointed to the Altadena Library District Board of Trustees, there have been critical reports about conflicts embroiling the District that began long before my arrival. After I was elected President in April, we began steadily inching toward a resolution that will allow the District to move forward into a positive future and begin a necessary season of healing. I want to reassure the residents of Altadena and our neighboring communities that although we may have our differences among ourselves, our current Board takes its responsibilities extremely seriously and is working hard to right our ship.

The role of any Trustee is weighty. In Altadena we know that the well-being of this treasured community institution has been passed down to us, hand to hand, since it was founded almost 100 years ago. We are volunteer public servants, and we take the same oath as every other elected official to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.” In unincorporated Altadena this responsibility takes on added weight;

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Altadena Library Trustees Hire ‘Gap’ Director, Form New Search Committee During Contentious Meeting

Altadena Library Trustees Hire ‘Gap’ Director, Form New Search Committee During Contentious Meeting

One Trustee ignores the proceedings and reads a magazine, while the Board President mistakenly adjourns the meeting before completing the agenda


[Updated] In a Special Meeting that was both bizarre and fractious, the Altadena Library District Board of Trustees voted Wednesday to install a “gap” employee to temporarily serve as library director in the time period following the upcoming departure of Interim Director Ryan Roy, and before the Board hires a new interim director.

Interim Public Services Director Stella Terrazas was asked by the Board to assume the position of library director beginning September 22, when Roy will have departed the position.

The Board also voted to form an subcommittee to make recommendations to the Board for a new interim “or long term” library director. The new subcommittee would be made up of Board President Betsy Kahn and Board Member Terry Andrues.

The meeting was bookended by two awkward incidents, one seemingly on purpose, and the other “accidental.”

Following roll call and throughout the public comments section of the meeting,

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Monday, September 3, 2018

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda for September 4, 2018

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda for September 4, 2018

Diane Marcussen, Chair, Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee, has issued the agenda for the Land Use Committee meeting for September 4, 2018 meeting to be conducted at the Altadena Community Center, 730 East Altadena Drive, starting at 7:00 p.m.

1. CALL TO ORDER: Diane Marcussen

2. Pledge of Allegiance: LUC Committee Member

3. Roll Call – Pat Sutherlen

4. Approve Meeting Agenda(s) – September 4, 2018

5. Approve Minutes – August 7, 2018

6. Chairman Report – Diane Marcussen

7. Action Items – The committee is expecting to take action on this item

7.1. Project No. PM064462- Subdivision of 3572 Canyon Ridge Dr. (aka 3511 Lincoln Ave.)
7.1.1. Public Comment

8. Presentation Only

8.1. Project R2014-01586 located at 183 – 205 E. Palm Street – The applicant will present this project for information only. – Okorie Ezieme and Billy Malone
8.1.1. Public Comment

9.

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

At The Playhouse: Good Fences Don’t Always Make Good Neighbors

At The Playhouse: Good Fences Don’t Always Make Good Neighbors

From STAFF REPORTS

 

Pasadena Playhouse, the State Theater of California, is presenting Native Gardens, a new comedy by Karen Zacarías and directed by Seinfeld’s Jason Alexander. The production runs September 5 through 30 at Pasadena Playhouse.

The cast of Native Gardens features actors of both screen and stage: Christian Barillas (Ronaldo on Modern Family), Academy Award Nominee Bruce Davison (Willard, Longtime Companion, and A Song at Twilight at Pasadena Playhouse), Frances Fisher (Titanic, Unforgiven, Resurrection), and Jessica Meraz (TNT’s Major Crimes). The cast of Native Gardens is rounded out by Julian Armaya, Joshua Duron and Bradley Roa II.

In this new comedy, horticultures clash, turning well-intentioned neighbors into feuding enemies. It’s the War of the Hoses where cultures collide and mudslinging ensues – literally. Good fences don’t always make good neighbors, but they do make for a lot of laughs in this new play.

Native Gardens tells the story of Pablo (Barillas), a rising attorney,

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, August 25th

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, August 25th

Sunday, August 19th

10:15 AM – A vehicle was reported stolen from the 2300 block of E. Washington Boulevard. Vehicle described as a gold 2000 Honda Civic. Vehicle was recovered by LAPD Southeast Division.

Monday, August 20th

6:00 AM – A residential burglary occurred in the 3000 block of La Corona Avenue. Suspect(s) entered the residence by removing the window screen. Stolen: unknown.
7:22 AM – A residential burglary occurred in the 600 block of W. Mendocino Street. Suspect(s) entered the residence by removing the window screen. Stolen: black wallet and currency.

Tuesday, August 21st

4:06 AM – Agustin Aldaba, 57 years old of Altadena was arrested in the 2700 block of N. Tola Avenue for vehicle burglary.
11:00 AM – A vehicle vandalism occurred in the 2900 block of El Nido Drive. Vehicle damage: shattered window and dents.

Wednesday, August 22nd

8:28 PM – A grand theft occurred in the 2200 block of N.

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Altadena Man Shot Multiple Times Friday Night

Altadena Man Shot Multiple Times Friday Night

[Upadted]   A 48-year-old Altadena man was shot and wounded Friday night at about 8:30 p.m. when he was returning to his home near the intersection of Palm Street and Olive Avenue.

Authorities said the man was struck multiple times by gunfire.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lt. DeMarkus Smith said the victim was walking through his front doorway when he was shot. Witnesses heard a car speed away, but no description of the car or shooter is known.

The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment. His condition this morning is not known.

Deputies told local media there is no suspect information or motive in the Altadena shooting.

This shooting came against the backdrop of two shootings in Pasadena on Friday.

At about 5:20 p.m., Pasadena police were called to La Pintoresca Park after two men were seen pointing handguns at each other, Pasadena police Lt. Javier Aguilar said.

Witnesses told arriving officers the suspects had fled northbound on North Raymond Avenue and both men remain at large,

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