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Thursday, March 15, 2018
Five Acres’ new board of directors, from left to right: Sue McGuirl, Don Boline, Scott Street, Kelley Bannon Lashley, Sam Greenberg, Christianne Kerns, Marie Claire Moulet, Nicole Rodger, Donald E. Bishop, Rustin Mork and Chanel Boutakidis.
Altadena-based nonprofit Five Acres inducted new board and executive committee members at its annual board celebration on March 14, 2018 at Altadena Town and Country Club. The nonprofit also recognized departing board members for their work and awarded major advocates of Five Acres’ mission of child and family welfare.
Departing board members included Ryan Dietz, former board chair, as well as Chantal Bennett, Keri Crowell, Peter Diedrich, Paul Maurin, John Reith, Carol Williams and Bill Wishner.
Joining the board were new members Marie Claire Moulet, Sam Greenberg and Nicole Rodger. Inducted executive committee members included Christianne Kerns as incoming board chair, Rustin Mork as board secretary, Donald E. Bishop as vice chair finance, Kelley Bannon Lashley as vice chair advancement, Sue McGuirl as vice chair nominating and John Reith as vice chair audit.Read More »
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
The Board of Supervisors approved a motion by Supervisor Kathryn Barger to partner with the City of Pasadena, the Trust for Public Land, Edison International and the Wilderness Society to implement a six-month pilot bus service in the unincorporated Altadena area.
The pilot service will connect the Metro Gold Line at Memorial Park Station with the Sam Merrill Trailhead in Altadena. Service would extend from April 7 to Sept. 30 on Saturdays and Sundays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
“This exciting partnership expands access to open space recreation and provides another option to improve regional transit connectivity for our residents in the Altadena community,” Supervisor Barger said.
The popular Sam Merrill Trail provides access to exclusive areas in the San Gabriel Mountain Range. Funding for the county’s portion of the estimated costs would come from the supervisor’s Fifth District discretionary transit funds.
“This new service will provide a convenient transportation option to access this wonderful open space for the local and regional community.Read More »
Friday, March 9, 2018
Pussyhat Project Co-Founder Krista Suh Talks About Women’s Rights and Her New Book at Altadena Event Saturday
Krista Suh, co-founder of the Pussyhat Project, a social movement focused on raising awareness about women’s issues and advancing human rights, will sign copies of and discuss her new book, “DIY Rules for a WTF World: How to Speak Up, Get Creative and Change the World,” this Saturday, March 10, from 2 to 5 p.m., at Webster’s Community Pharmacy, 2450 N. Lake Avenue in Altadena.
Millions of protesters took part in the Women’s March on January 21 last year. That event showed a “sea of pink” which came from knitted “pussyhats,” now a symbol of resistance and persistence especially among women.
Suh grew up locally and graduated from Polytechnic School.
As a matter of fact, the Pussyhat Project has now become a global women’s movement, where women young and old, rich and poor, wear the hand-made knitted caps and march arm-in-arm in solidarity for women’s rights and in protest against the rhetoric used toward women and minorities.
The idea of the pussyhat came in late 2016 when Suh touched base with her friend Jayna Zweiman,Read More »
Thursday, March 1, 2018
In mountains north of Altadena on Wednesday night, the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team located a stranded, injured hiker who told rescuers he had been waiting for help in the unusually cold weather for five days.
The unidentified man in his 30’s had injuries suffered during a fall, authorities said.
A video news crew reported the temperature near the rescue was 35 degrees at the time the hiker was found.
Rescuers found the man in an area totally void of any hiking trails at approximately 9:30 p.m. after people on horseback told the Sheriff’s Department they heard someone yelling for help off Chaney Trail above Altadena at 6:40 p.m.
The Altadena Mountain Rescue Team responded and scoured the hillside. Rescue team crews could hear the man, but his cries were so faint they could not easily determine his location.
Two helicopters, one from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the other from the Los Angeles County Fire Department,Read More »
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion by Supervisor Kathryn Barger reestablishing a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of a suspect or suspects responsible for the murder of Marcus Nieto.
Nieto’s body was discovered on the Altadena Crest horse trail by two riders on horseback on February 16, 2013. Investigators have confirmed that Marcus Nieto left his residence to visit an acquaintance in Pomona but may have returned to the Covina/Azusa area at some point before he went missing. The Medical Examiner-Coroner has determined the mode of death to be a homicide. The $20,000 reward offer approved by the Board in April, 2014 has since expired.
Supervisor Barger encourages anyone with information about this heinous crime to contact Sergeant Robert J. Gray at (323) 890-5500.
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Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Supervisor Kathryn Barger announced that the Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved a motion she co-authored with Supervisor Janice Hahn to enhance the role of the county’s School Threat Assessment Response Team (START) program.
To prevent campus violence through early identification and intervention of at-risk youths and young adults, the Department of Mental Health created START in 2009 to partner with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to develop a regional approach to targeted school violence.
“Early identification and intervention are vital in our mutual effort to identify and prevent possible incidents of school violence,” said Supervisor Barger. “We cannot ignore the red flags and we must actively seek out troubled young people and get them the help they need before a tragedy occurs.”
START is currently staffed with 10 clinicians working with local law enforcement to respond to reports of potential school violence. In the past year, START conducted interventions with 127 students and in the past week START has received 63 referrals.Read More »
Monday, February 26, 2018
Pasadena Mayor Tornek Responds to Altadena Town Council Request to Restrict Pasadena Police in Altadena; Altadena Town Council Chair Reacts
Pasadena Mayor Terry Tomek has responded to a request by Altadena’s Town Council for restrictions on two Pasadena police officers involved in the violent arrest of Altadena resident Christopher Ballew during a November 2017 traffic stop in this unincorporated part of Los Angeles County.
The request came in the form of a February 10 letter sent by Town Council Chair Okorie Ezieme, in which he also asked Mayor Tornek and Police Chief Sanchez to review policies and procedures on use of force, racial profiling and investigatory stops.
“The Altadena Town Council, along with the residents we represent, will not tolerate brutality or racist practices, by anyone including law enforcement,” Ezieme wrote.
In his February 23 response addressed to Ezieme, Mayor Tomek said the Ballew incident is being “properly investigated to determine whether any policy violations were committed on the part of the Pasadena police officers involved. These policies represent best practices and are similar, if not identical, to those adopted by the Los Angeles County Sheriff.Read More »
Friday, February 23, 2018
Altadena Town Council Sends Letter to Pasadena Officials Requesting Restrictions on Pasadena Police Within Their Town Limits
In a Feb. 10 letter to top Pasadena officials, Altadena Town Council Chair Okorie Ezieme requested that two Pasadena police officers involved in the violent arrest of an Altadena man during a traffic stop not be allowed to patrol that unincorporated part of Los Angeles County.
“In an effort to uphold the safety and quality of life of each and every one of our Altadena residents, [Altadena residents] have voiced the following requests of the Pasadena Police Department. That Officers Larry [sic] Esparza and Zachary Lujan be restricted from conducting any police business within Altadena [town] limits. Pasadena Police Officers continued presence in Altadena has resulted in at least one additional harassment incident since the incident on November 9, and poses a continued safety concern to all residents of Altadena,” the letter reads.
Read the entire letter here
21-year-old Christopher Ballew suffered a broken fibula and head wounds during an encounter with the two Pasadena officers last Nov.Read More »
Thursday, February 22, 2018
‘Get Healthy Altadena’ Debut Event Integrates New Technology Designed to Detect and Predict Health Problems in Real Time, For Free
Men Educating Men About Health (MEMAH) will present their inaugural Get Healthy Altadena event this weekend and will feature helpful technology designed to detect and even predict health problems in real time, at no cost to the public.
The event, which provides a variety of health screenings for adult men and women, is a staple of MEMAH’s efforts. The nonprofit hosts a similar event in Pasadena each year called “Get Healthy Pasadena” and is expected to attract over 9,000 residents who are seeking preliminary health care this Saturday morning at the Altadena Senior Center.
“Our goal is to give all attendees a whole health experience, so they can make informed health care decisions,” says Jim Morris, executive director of MEMAH. “We want to introduce all of our participants to an exciting and healthy lifestyle that will increase their longevity and quality of life.”
MEMAH’s mission is dedicated to raising the awareness, importance, and understanding of men’s health issues by offering knowledge of traditional treatments and suggesting alternative options.Read More »
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Okorie Ezieme, Chair, Altadena Town Council has issued the agenda for the Council’s February 20, 2018 meeting to be conducted at the Altadena Community Center, 730 East Altadena Drive, starting at 7:00 p.m.
A pdf version is available by clicking here.
1. CALL TO ORDER
1.1 Pledge of Allegiance ________________________ Altadena Community Schools
Introduction, Judy Matthews
1.2 Roll Call _________________________________ Recording Secretary, Judy Matthews
1.3 Approve February 20, 2018 meeting Agenda _____ Pat Sutherlen
2. OFFICERS’ REPORTS
2.1 Chairman __________________________________ Okorie Ezieme
2.2 Vice Chairman ______________________________ Pat Sutherlen
2.3 Recording Secretary _________________________ Judy Matthews
2.3.1 Approve January 16, 2018 Meeting Minutes
2.4 Treasurer __________________________________ John White
2.5 Corresponding Secretary _____________________ Nestor de la Torre
3. PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS
3.1. California Highway Patrol ____________________ Officer Mike Ulloa
3.2 Altadena Sheriff’s Station ____________________ Lt. Carmichael Octave/Lt. Yolanda Clay
3.3 County Fire ____________________________ Maria Grycan
3.4 CERT ______________________________________ Deputy Dan Paige
3.5 Map Your Neighborhood ______________________ Karen Gibson/Eric Vander Velde
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