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Thursday, January 5, 2023
Caltrans Activates Statewide Electronic Highway Signs Due to Severe Weather
In response to the oncoming powerful storm, this morning Caltrans activated approximately 1,200 electronic highway signs statewide to display urgent safety messaging.
“Safety is always Caltrans’ priority, so as a violent storm deluges our state, today we activated our electronic message signs to advise everyone to avoid unnecessary travel during the peak of the storm,” said Caltrans Director Tony Tavares. “If travel cannot be postponed, we urge motorists to drive slowly, allow themselves plenty of time and be especially alert.”
Earlier today, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an emergency proclamation throughout California to support the ongoing response to recent winter storms. Caltrans has activated its district emergency operation centers and is working with local partners to respond to the storm and be poised to recover from its damage. In addition, the department is:
• Prioritizing staffing, with more than 4,000 crew members working 12-hour shifts.
• Placing equipment at critical locations to prepare for flooding and mudslides to quickly respond to emergencies.
Friday, September 2, 2022
Flex Alert in Effect for 2nd Day; Another Conservation Alert Called for Friday
CITY NEWS SERVICE
A Flex Alert calling for voluntary power conservation to reduce strain on the state’s electricity grid took effect for a second consecutive day Thursday, and the high heat prompted yet another alert that’ll be in effect Friday afternoon.
Responding to the heat wave that has driven up temperatures and demand for air conditioning, the California Independent System Operator — which manages the state’s power grid — issued the first Flex Alert of the week on Wednesday, urging residents to reduce electricity use from 4 to 9 p.m. The alert worked, and the state avoided any involuntary blackouts.
Another Flex Alert took effect at 4 p.m. Thursday, again continuing until 9 p.m. And with the forecast still calling for high heat, Cal-ISO issued yet another Flex Alert for Friday.
“Flex Alerts have been resulting in some helpful conservation and grid operators and an emergency proclamation from Gov. Gavin Newsom, requested by the ISO, has also freed up some additional resources,”Read More »
Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Heat Wave Prompts Flex Alert Calling for Voluntary Power Conservation
CITY NEWS SERVICE
With searing heat expected to drive up air- conditioner use across California, the manager of the state’s power grid issued a Flex Alert Wednesday calling on residents to conserve as much electricity as possible from 4 to 9 p.m.
The California Independent System Operator issued the Flex Alert “due to high temperatures pushing up energy demand and tightening available power supplies.”
“With excessive heat in the forecast across much of the state and Western U.S., the grid operator is expecting high electricity demand, primarily from air conditioning use, and is calling for voluntary conservation steps to help balance supply and demand,” according to Cal-ISO.
The power system operators warned that more Flex Alerts are likely to be posted in the coming week and through the Labor Day weekend.
During the alerts, residents are urged to take power-saving steps such as
— setting thermostats to 78 degrees or higher;
—Read More »
Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Poor Air Quality Likely to Accompany Heat Wave
CITY NEWS SERVICE
If the heat wasn’t bad enough, Southland residents were being warned Tuesday about the likelihood of poor air quality over the next week that could reach unhealthy levels in some areas.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District has issued an ozone advisory, warning of potentially unhealthy air quality most afternoons, exacerbated by the rising temperatures, through at least Sunday.
“Elevated temperatures increase emissions of chemicals leading to ozone formation and enhance ozone formation rates,” according to the AQMD advisory. “This long duration and intense heat wave will likely cause unusually high and persistent levels of ozone pollution.”
The AQMD noted that ozone, or smog, pollution can lead to problems such as difficulty breathing, asthma attacks and lung damage.
According to the agency, poor air quality is possible over the coming week in the entire San Gabriel Valley — as well as central Los Angeles, southeastern L.A. County, the east and west San Fernando Valley,Read More »
Tuesday, August 30, 2022
Four Million in LA County Urged To Suspend Outdoor Watering Next Month
More than four million residents in Los Angeles County were urged Tuesday to suspend outdoor watering for 15 days next month while the Metropolitan Water District repairs a leak in a water delivery pipeline.
The repairs will take place from Sept. 6 thru 20, and will impact the cities of Pasadena, Beverly Hills, Burbank, Glendale, Long Beach, San Fernando and Torrance.
Pasadena Water and Power described the MWD’s request as “voluntary.” The City already has already moved ahead with its new 1-day-a-week watering restriction.
“During this two-week shutdown period, Metropolitan will not be disrupting deliveries to Pasadena. What is going to be happening is they’re going to have to switch to a more limited supply source — from Colorado River supplies to State Water Project supplies, which are even more limited,” Stacie Takeguchi of PWP said on Aug. 15. “It’s even more important for us to save water during that time, which is why we’re trying for this call for action during that time,Read More »
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
County Bans Single-Use Plastics in Food Service
The County Board of Supervisors Tuesday gave final approval Tuesday to an ordinance requiring that all food-service containers, cups, dishes and cutlery distributed by restaurants and food facilities in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County be recyclable or compostable.
The ordinance, which will be phased in starting in May 2023, will also prohibit retail stores from selling “expanded polystyrene,” or Styrofoam, products such as coolers, packing materials, cups, plates and pool toys, unless they are encased in a “durable material.”
It also requires that full-service restaurants with sit-down service provide customers with reusable “multi-service” utensils and plates.
The board, which tentatively approved the measure two weeks ago, voted 4-1 Tuesday without comment to give it final approval. Supervisor Kathryn Barger was the dissenting vote.
The ordinance will take effect May 1, 2023, for all food facilities operating in a permanent location, and for all retail stores. It will take effect for food trucks on Nov. 1, 2023, and on May 1,Read More »
Tuesday, December 21, 2021
No-Burn Order Extended for Much of Southland Through Wednesday
CITY NEWS SERVICE
The South Coast Air Quality Management District today extended a mandatory prohibition on indoor and outdoor wood burning in much of the Southland through tomorrow night due to a forecast of high air pollution in the area.
The residential wood-burning ban is in effect through at least 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. It affects all those in the South Coast Air Basin, including the non-desert portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties and all of Orange County.
The order does not apply to mountain communities above 3,000 feet, the Coachella Valley or the high desert. Homes that rely on wood as a sole source of heat, low-income households and those without natural gas service also are exempt from the requirement.
The no-burn rule prohibits burning wood as well as manufactured fire logs, such as those made from wax or paper. Gas and other non-wood burning fireplaces are not restricted, the SCAQMD said.
Fine particles in wood smoke,Read More »
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
COVID-19 Deaths Linked to Poor Air Quality
CITY NEWS SERVICE
A research project led by the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health found that Los Angeles County neighborhoods with poor air quality had the highest coronavirus death rates, it was announced today.
“Our findings imply a potentially large association between exposure to air pollution and population-level rates of COVID-19 cases and deaths,” said Dr. Michael Jerrett, a Fielding School professor of environmental health sciences and the project’s leader. “These findings are especially important for targeting interventions aimed at limiting the impact of COVID-19 in polluted communities.”
The research — “Spatial Analysis of COVID-19 and Traffic-Related Air Pollution in Los Angeles” — is being published in the August edition of the peer-reviewed journal Environment International and is now available online.
One example of the findings is Los Angeles County neighborhoods with the worst air quality saw a 60% increase in COVID-19 fatalities when compared with communities with the best air quality.
“In the U.S.,Read More »
Thursday, October 24, 2019
High Winds Expected through Friday, Millard Campground Closed to Vehicles, and Campfires
Starting this evening 10/23/19 Altadena Sheriff’s Station and United States Forest Service will be closing the Millard Canyon Campground along with many portions of the Angeles National Forest to be under red flag fire warning. The National Service has issued a Santa Ana wind condition and red flag warning.
The conditions could exist in the next few days through Friday. A Red Flag Warning is the highest alert. During these times, extreme caution is urged by all residents because fires are more likely to ignite and those that do are more likely to spread rapidly and be more difficult to control, therefore the area will be closed and the Chaney trail gate remain locked. The area is closed to vehicles however pedestrians / hikers are still able to visit the area.
Also the Angeles National Forest will be under fire restriction starting today, asking people not to build maintain or attend any campfire, fire, or stove fire within the forest boundary.
“We thank everyone for their cooperation.”Read More »
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Authorities Prepare for Possible Electrical Outages
The Altadena Sheriff’s Station issued a statement Wednesday night saying deputies were “doing everything we can to be prepared for any emergencies that may arise” during a potential electrical power shutoff by Southern California Edison (SCE) Thursday, October 10, and Friday, October 11.
SCE said that in response to the Santa Ana conditions, it is considering widespread Public Safety Power Shutoffs to reduce risk of wildfires.
“During these events, we will proactively turn off power in high fire risk areas to reduce the threat of wildfires,” an SCE statement said. “Turning off our customers’ power is not something we take lightly, but PSPS events are one of the ways we can better ensure the safety of the public, our customers, and our employees.”
The electrical shutoffs would not affect customers of Pasadena Water and Power.
Altadena Station deputies reminded Altadenans to make sure that their residences are locked and secured as alarm systems may not work during power outages.Read More »
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Some Things Are Too Toxic to Trash
Residents of Altadena will have the opportunity to safely discard of their household hazardous waste, such as antifreeze, unused pharmaceuticals, car batteries, used motor oil, paint and pesticides, among others, during a free Household Hazardous and E-Waste collection event on Saturday, May 11, at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works Fleet Maintenance Yard, located at 252 West Mountain View Street in Altadena.
The free event is part of LA county’s Household Hazardous and E-Waste Roundup Program, presented by the Department of Public Works and the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, in cooperation with the Altadena unincorporated community.
Residents can also bring their home-generated sharps waste such as hypodermic needles, pen needles, syringes, lancets, and intravenous needles to the event, as well as universal waste including household batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, and electronic waste such as TVs and monitors, computers, VCRs, stereos, and cell phones.
More than 50 of these free household hazardous waste and e-waste roundups are conducted throughout the county each year to provide residents with a convenient way to rid their homes of these unwanted hazardous materials.Read More »
Monday, December 17, 2018
Los Angeles County Announces Holiday Tree Recycling Information
Los Angeles County residents can once again conveniently recycle their Holiday trees this year, County officials said.
Most areas throughout the County provide curbside recycling services and/or drop-off sites, where trees can be recycled.
Both Altadena and Kinneloa Mesa will be served with curbside pick-up service, with slightly different rules.
Altadenans will be served from December 26 through January 26, 2019. The trees should be placed by the curb by 6 a.m. on the service day.
In Kinneloa Mesa, service will be available from December 26 through January 12, 2019. Trees must be cut if taller than six feet in height, officials said, and flocked trees and tress wrapped in plastic will not be picked up.
The pickups in both communities will be conducted by Athens Services. Their phone number is 1-888-336-6100.
Officials asked residents to please remove all ornaments, tinsel, lights, nails, plastic containers, and plastic or metal tree stands.
The Holiday trees can then be placed at curbside next to the recycling and waste containers on scheduled trash collection day during the time period noted.Read More »
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
“California Friendly” Landscape Training to be Held at La Canada Presbyterian Church
On Saturday, December 1, 2018
Foothill Municipal Water District (FMWD) is hosting a “California Friendly” Landscape training class on December 1st, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon at the La Cañada Presbyterian Church located at 626 Foothill Blvd. in La Cañada.
Get a jump on your planting while Green Media Creations teaches you about right plants for the right places; using rainwater as a resource; managing irrigation, rethinking site elements and sustainable garden approaches. Also, view examples of some “California Friendly” gardens.
Don’t Wait… Sign Up Now and RSVP to Karen Oblak at firstname.lastname@example.org or (818) 790-4036 at least one week in advance.
Foothill Municipal Water District provides imported water to Crescenta Valley Water District, La Cañada Irrigation District, Mesa Crest Water Company, Valley Water Company, Lincoln Avenue Water Company, Las Flores Water Company and Rubio Cañon Land & Water Association. Kinneloa Irrigation District, another retail agency, takes no water from Foothill.
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Monday, June 18, 2018
Altadena’s Air Quality Ranked Healthiest in L.A. County
A recent USC study found Altadenan’s enjoy the healthiest air quality in L.A. County.
The community was ranked number one for air quality, based on the amount of time residents and visitors spend breathing air that’s low in dangerous particle pollution, according to Gabriel Kahn, a professor of professional practice at USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism.
“So, yes, some bragging rights are in order,” he said.
Small particles in the air have been declining at the nationwide level for three decades, with pollution levels dropping by around half in many areas, the study found. But L.A. ranks among the worst.
The professor cautioned against over-simplifying the matter.
“Air quality and lung health are both complicated issues, and we don’t want to reduce it to just clean (versus) dirty. However, in looking over a lot of data, we can say that air quality levels are generally better in (Altadena).”
So just how tiny are these harmful particles?Read More »
Friday, May 4, 2018
Free Household Hazardous and E-Waste Roundup in Altadena on May 12, 2018
Altadena residents can safely discard their household hazardous waste such as antifreeze, unused medicines, car batteries, used motor oil and pesticides during a Household Hazardous Waste Roundup on Saturday, May 12, at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works Fleet Maintenance Yard in Altadena.
Other hazardous waste that residents can bring to the event for disposal include unused paint, home-generated sharps waste such as hypodermic needles, pen needles, syringes, lancets, and intravenous needles, fluorescent light bulbs, and electronic waste (e-waste) such as TVs and monitors, computers, VCRs, stereos, and cell phones.
The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works and the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County conduct more than 50 free Household Hazardous Waste and E-Waste Roundups annually throughout the County to provide residents with a convenient way to rid their homes of unwanted hazardous materials.
Because hazardous waste can pollute the environment, it is illegal to discard these items in trash cans, sinks and storm drains.Read More »
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Will Thrall: Hiker, Writer, Conservationist, Explorer
Sometimes called “Southern California’s John Muir,” Will Thrall dedicated his life to the preservation of the San Gabriel Mountains.
Thrall’s acclaimed biographer, Ronald C. Woolsey, will present a program on his life story at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23 at the Community Center, 730 E. Altadena Drive, sponsored by the Altadena Historical Society.
Woolsey will accompany his talk with an exhibit of memorabilia about Thrall, and copies of his book will be available for purchase.
The program will be free and open to the public.
From his arrival in the 1880s to his death in the 1960s, Thrall reveled in and defended the beauty of the San Gabriel Mountains, documenting the Great Hiking Age, working on the Mount Lowe Railway, organizing hiking clubs and promoting conservation of natural resources.
“He embraced the spirit which connected people with the San Gabriels, and his life is a study in Southern California itself,” said Woolsey, a history professor at Citrus College and El Camino College and author of the book “Will Thrall and the San Gabriels;Read More »
Monday, December 26, 2016
Altadena Store Gutted by Fire
A fire heavily damaged a discount store in Altadena Friday night, a report from the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.
The report said the fire on the commercial structure was first reported at Fair Oaks Avenue and Woodbury Road about 11:03 p.m. Firefighters arrived on scene a few minutes later and saw heavy smoke and fire inside the building.
The structure, located at 2211 N. Fair Oaks Avenue, was occupied by Joon’s Discount.
Responding units had to use cutting tools to gain access inside and saw nobody was inside.
The statement said the exact cause of the fire is unknown and investigation is continuing.
“Early signs show it does not appear to be suspicious circumstances,” the statement continued.
Fire, smoke and water damaged most of the contents of the store, the county fire department said, although an estimate of the cost of the damage was not available at the time.
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Friday, December 9, 2016
The Altadena Library Presents the [i] cell Interactive Kiosk
The Altadena Library District is excited to announce the installation of a new interactive kiosk. The [i]cell Interactive Kiosk is programmed with California-specific water conservation information and is available for use by all patrons.
Over the last year, Altadena Library worked to install a drought-tolerant, water conservation demonstration garden on its grounds. Working with the Foothill Municipal Water District and using grants awarded by local organizations, the garden was ready and open to the public as of July. The Library is committed to becoming more energy efficient, including more water-wise. The installation of the Demonstration Garden helps the Library to lead by example and to engage the community through educational events about the importance of water conservation. Events have ranged from installing a drought-tolerant garden to tips on water saving at home.
The [i]cell Interactive Kiosk gives the Library an opportunity to continue the work it has been doing with the water conservation garden. As California’s drought is estimated to continue for the foreseeable future,Read More »
Friday, December 2, 2016
High Winds Expected Through Saturday Morning
Winds have topped 32 MPH here in Altadena and we have had some power lines fall onto a metal fence off of Lake Ave. Other than lots of trash cans and debris on the road, we have been free from major damage to Altadena. Thanks for the local weather info Bill, http://www.westphalfamily.com/wxdata2.html
Watch for flying debris. Tree limbs may break and objects can be blown off roofs during strong wind gusts. Dust may also be blown up into air and into unprotected eyes.
In the event of a downed power line:
– Call for help. Report downed lines to Southern California Edison or Altadena Sheriff’s Station. Do not try to free lines or to remove debris yourself. Report an Outage (24-hours a day, 7-days a week): 1-800-611-1911. If you see a downed power line, call 911 immediately.
– Avoid anything that may be touching downed lines, including vehicles or tree branches. Warn others to stay away.Read More »
Friday, October 28, 2016
Altadena Library Presents Gardening with California Natives with Maureen Taylor
Join Altadena Library as instructor Maureen Taylor gives an overview workshop of California native plant horticulture, for beginners. Saturday, November 12 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Learn why native plants are important and how to successfully grow them in your garden. Class topics will include plant selection, planting techniques, establishment, and irrigation. The second portion of the class will be held outdoors with a hands-on planting demonstration. Please wear closed-toed shoes, and bring a shovel and watering can if you have them. Everyone is invited to this free event.
Maureen received her BA in Environmental Studies/Biology from UC Santa Cruz. After graduating she was hired by the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants, which expanded her love for nature into the realm of gardening. Maureen now operates her own landscape maintenance business for clients with mostly native gardens. She recently became a UC Master Gardener Volunteer in order to learn about growing food. In her free time, Maureen enjoys making art inspired by nature.Read More »
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
California ISO Declares a Statewide Flex Alert Due to High Temperatures
The California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) is declaring a Flex Alert, a request for consumers to conserve electricity today, especially during peak demand time from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Electricity supplies statewide are expected to be tight because of high summer temperatures driving up demand, power plant outages, and transmission line import capacity reductions. Power imports may be limited today because of high temperatures in neighboring states.
Consumers are urged to conserve electricity today, especially during the late afternoon when air conditioners push power consumption to the highest point of the day. Find Flex Alert tips at www.caiso.com.
Outlook for July 27, 2016 Flex Alert
High temperatures are forecast for the entire state. Energy demand is expected to be high and consumers are urged to conserve electricity until after 9 p.m.
Forecast peak demand: 45,867 megawatts between 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Outlook for July 28, 2016
Temperatures will continue to be hot.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Eaton Canyon Nature Center’s Monthly Twilight Program Kicks Off with Special Guests The Animal Guys
The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce the first 2016 Twilight Program is scheduled for Saturday, July 30th starting at 7:00 p.m. This family-friendly special program, developed by the Eaton Canyon Nature Center Associates, will include a visit from The Animal Guys, the wildlife outreach team from the Wildlife Learning Center in Sylmar, California.
The Animal Guys teach children about the fascinating world of wildlife biology with the help of rescued and captive bred wild animals as visual aids including a porcupine, grey and red foxes, snakes and more. They aim to inspire youngsters to develop a deep interest in natural sciences through exciting interactive experiences.
The Twilight Program takes place monthly, during the summer months, at the Eaton Canyon Natural Area Park which is located at 1750 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena in the Cynthia Null Outdoor Classroom. The suggested donation is $3.00 per person, children under 2 free, family discounts are available upon request.
For more information contact Eaton Canyon Nature Center staff at (626) 398-5420 or Helen Wong at email@example.com.Read More »
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Altadena Library Water Conservation Demonstration Garden
The Altadena Library District celebrates the Grand Opening of its new Water Conservation Demonstration Garden on Saturday, July 9 at 10:00 a.m. at the Altadena Library. Supervisor Mike Antonovich will be in attendance as well as the Altadena Library District Staff and Board and community members.
The garden includes such features as a Swale [a trench that follows the contour of the landscape to capture water and alleviate runoff], a Hugelkultur [a passive water collection technique with stacked logs covered in soil], and an Infiltration Pond [to collect water and allow for water percolation].
Visitors can learn about these techniques, along with many others, including drought tolerant plant selection, that can be used in home landscaping projects.
Major Funding for this project has been provided by a Los Angeles County Parks & Recreation District Proposition A Grant, District 5, Michael D. Antonovich, Supervisor.
Additional Funding and Support has been provided by:
• The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California through its member agency,
Friday, May 13, 2016
“Altadena Goes Green” at E-Waste Recycling Event
Sunday May 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
“Altadena Goes Green,” Electronic Waste Center, Inc. Recycling all electronic devices in an environmentally safe manner. Recyclable materials include but are not limited to TVs, monitors, computers, printers, keyboards, mouse, copiers, A/V equipment, cell phones, etc. (No fluorescent light bulbs, alkaline batteries.) 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Altadena Adventist Church, 2609 Lincoln Ave. Info: (626) 794-3953.Read More »
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Bird Walk and Habitat Restoration at Rubio Canyon
Saturday, May 14th, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Rubio Canyon Nature Preserve
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty with a day of birding and habitat restoration.
Join the Pasadena Audubon Society and the Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy at Rubio Preserve on May 14th. This is an all ages event (but please, no dogs). There will be a bird walk from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., and then help restore Rubio Canyon’s bird habitat by either removing invasive plants or planting native plants from 9:00 a.m. to noon.
Wear clothes that you are okay getting dirty, sturdy shoes, and a hat. Organizers ask that participants bring a refillable water bottle and sunscreen. Water and light snacks will be provided.
“Whether you’ve been birding for years or just want to learn who is visiting your backyard feeders, we welcome anyone with a love for our feathered friends.”
Rubio Canyon is at Rubio Vista Road in Altadena.Read More »
Monday, April 25, 2016
Los Angeles County Fire Department Encourages Residents to be Prepared for Distasters on the One-Year Anniversary of the Nepal Earthquake
Today marks the one-year anniversary of the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck central Nepal. Within hours of the April 25, 2015, earthquake, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) deployed a 136-person Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) comprised of 22 USAID disaster experts and two urban search and rescue (USAR) teams from Los Angeles County and Fairfax County, Virginia. Twelve search dogs also accompanied the DART.
Since 1988, USAID has deployed USAR teams abroad 16 times for disaster assistance, with only a 72-hour window to quickly rescue trapped victims from precarious situations before they succumb to dehydration or further injury.
Five days after the tremor initially hit, USAR teams pulled a 15-year-old boy out of the rubble in north Kathmandu. After a large aftershock, USAR specialists from the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) also rescued a 41-year-old woman from a collapsed four-story building in the remote village of Singati. During its deployment, USAR team members provided triage and much-needed medical treatment to dozens of survivors.Read More »
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Altadena Heritage’s Third Thursday Series: Toward a Zero-Waste Future
Join Altadena Heritage on Earth Day Eve, Thursday, April 21, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Altadena Community Center – 730 East Altadena Drive .
Bring your questions about recycling, landfills, pollution, green shopping, climate change and more for our environmental and conservation experts, including:
Marialyce Pedersen is an environmentalist, journalist, author, researcher, teacher and Altadena resident who serves as a senior representative for the Walt Disney Company’s Corporate Citizenship Environment and Development Team. She will focus on how every individual can practice a zero-waste lifestyle at home, work, school and in the community.
Morey Wolfson has 40 years of experience in energy and environmental policy, including a stint at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and is currently a member of Pasadena’s Environmental Advisory Commission, serving as its representative on the Hahamongna Watershed Park Advisory Committee. He will provide background information and updates about the status of Pasadena’s delayed polystyrene (aka Styrofoam™) ban.
Additionally,Read More »
Monday, February 29, 2016
Free Household Hazardous Waste Roundup for Altadena, 3/12
There will be a free Household Hazardous Waste & E-Waste Recycling Roundup for Altadena area residents on Saturday, March 12, at Los Angeles County Department of Public Works Fleet Maintenance Yard, 252 West Mountain View Street, in Altadena from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Safely dispose of household hazardous waste such as antifreeze, unused pharmaceuticals, car batteries, used motor oil, paint, pesticides, home-generated sharps waste, e-waste, and more. It’s a free and easy way to safely dispose of items that are too toxic to trash.
For more information, contact the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works at 1(888) CLEAN LA or www.CleanLA.com or the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County at 1 (800) 238-0172 or www.lacsd.org.Read More »
Friday, February 26, 2016
Altadena Public Library Presents “The Art and Delight of Water Harvesting” with Leigh Adams
On Tuesday, April 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the Barbara J. Pearson Community Room of the Main Library, join Altadena Library for an invigorating evening with local artist, educator, and water conservationist, Leigh Adams.
Leigh has reconfigured her Altadena yard to capture and hold as much water as possible. She utilized resourceful measures to turn an arid hillside into an oasis of fruit trees, herbs, and edibles. Leigh will explain water capturing techniques you can try at home; such as bioswales, hugelkultur, French drains, grey water, and more. She will also speak of conservation measures that have worked for her…and the enjoyment she has experienced along the way.
Leigh Adams’ love of art and children and her commitment to doing public art with children have resulted in a variety of differing art installations and activities. Although most of her work is done in the Pasadena, California area, Leigh has traveled and worked with children in Mexico, China and Central America for many years.Read More »
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
January Water Savings Improve to 25%
Water savings for the Foothill Municipal Water District service area ended at 25% for the month of January 2016, which improved from the 20% savings achieved in December 2015. FMWD supplies water to three major Altadena water companies.
The State is using calendar year 2013 as the benchmark for measuring water savings for water agencies throughout California. Compliance with the mandate is determined on a cumulative basis starting with June 1, 2015. Cumulative water savings for the District since the State-mandated reductions began is 29%.
As with other water providers in the State, some local agencies did not meet their State-mandated targets for the month of January. However on a cumulative basis, which accounts for all water savings achieved from June 2015 to December 2015, most agencies are on track in compliance. Below are the numbers for agencies within the FMWD service area:
*The State allows smaller agencies to choose between two days a week watering or 25% reduction.
“During the winter months,Read More »
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Eliot Arts Magnet School’s Free E-waste Recycling Event
The public is invited to drop off their electronic waste at Eliot Arts Magnet School’s Free E-Waste Recycling Event on Saturday, January 16, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 2184 N. Lake Ave., Altadena.
Electronic Items accepted are computers, monitors, laptops, printers, scanners, copiers, televisions, LCDs, PC peripherals, VCR/VCD Players, Facsimile Machines, Power Supplies, Auto/Rechargeable Batteries, and Cell/Landline Phones.
We do not accept: Light bulbs, Oil, Household batteries likd (AAA, AA, C, D), Hazardous Waste, and All Medical Waste. **$5 fee for microwave ovens.
For more information, contact 1-909-591-8408 or visit attanrecyclingcorp.com.
Charles W. Eliot Arts Magnet Academy, 2184 N. Lake Avenue, Altadena, (626) 396-5680 or visit eliot.pasadenausd.org.
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Sunday, November 15, 2015
State of the Mulch
“If we haven’t already converted our lawns, we will soon, so we need to get new plants started. We understand that el Nino will bring heavy rains, so we need ways to capture that water. But soil experts explain that the drought has actually made flooding more likely by diminishing the soil’s capacity to soak up moisture.”
Whether Nature sends too little or too much rain, it also provides trees to help. Placing chipped tree-wood mulch on soil enable heavy rain to land on many surfaces, which breaks its velocity and allows the rain to stay and soak in instead of racing off to the ocean. It provides water for trees long after the rainy day and some reaches the aquifer to be pumped out and purified for the drinking water no longer available to import.
So how to get enough of this versatile mulch to cover all bare soil? Pasadena provides some free mulch and can learn from other cities ways to provide more.Read More »
Friday, September 18, 2015
Architect, Horticulturist Dispense Water-Wise Garden Design Tips at Altadena Heritage Landscaping Workshop
By NADRA KAREEM NITTLE
If you’ve ever been tempted to buy a bunch of different plants and cram them together in your yard, Mark Goldschmidt has one word of advice: Don’t.
The former landscape architect outlined the basics of site design Thursday night at Altadena Heritage’s second water-wise landscaping workshop, which also featured horticulturalist Debby Figoni discussing low-maintenance plants and irrigation at the Altadena Community Center.
“You really do need some kind of structure,” Goldschmidt said of cluttered yards. Hardscapes, pavement, walls and hedges can organize a disordered front lawn, he continued.
“You need something to contrast with the plants,” he said while presenting a slide show highlighting a variety of landscapes found in Altadena yards.
While the former architect appreciates gravel, rocks and dry stream beds in front lawns, he warned the several dozen people gathered in the community center for his talk not to use rocks in excess. In addition to those materials, Goldschmidt suggested that audience members give concrete,Read More »
Saturday, September 5, 2015
Altadena Heritage’s Pours Out Water-Wise Landscaping Workshop Series
Altadena Heritage will be conducting a series of water-wise landscaping workshops on transforming your front yard into a beautiful and sustainable garden.
The series will have three sessions on September 12 and 17 and on October 24.
“Early sessions of workshops almost sold out, but we still have room in 11:30-1:30 sessions,” Michele Zack said recently.
The first and third sessions will be on-site workshops and the second session will be a free presentation by experts about designing your front yard using drought-tolerant plants. This presentation will be held at the Altadena Community Center, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Horticulturist Debby Figoni is leading the hands-on workshop and is offering up her lawn as the main “classroom.” She will be providing quick reference design sheets focusing on water-wise plants and irrigation, and share her experiences with project changes and lessons learned.
Figoni is a water conservation analyst who practices what she teaches. She has transformed her lawn-dominated yard into an award-winning water wise wonderland.Read More »
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Family Program Focuses on the World of Wolves by Bringing Real Wolf “Ambassadors”
Eaton Canyon Nature Center delves into the World of Wolves on Saturday, July 25 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The World of Wolves is an exciting presentation which gives an overview about wolves and discusses topics such as wolf habitat, diet, physical characteristics, pack structure, and the ways in which wolves communicate through fun and interesting facts.
“Must we always teach our children with books? Let them look at the stars and the mountains above. Let them look at the waters and the trees and flowers on Earth. Then they will begin to think, and to think is the beginning of a real education” said David Polis of Wildsong.
To bring these words to life, Wildsong brings objects that can be held and touched to help foster a deeper and meaningful connection between two worlds.
Project Wildsong was created in the belief that rather than forcefully mitigate nature, mankind must strive to coexist with wildlife. To do this,Read More »
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Demand for MWD Turf Rebate Program Exhausts Supplies, Program Closes
Facing unprecedented public demand for incentives to transform the region’s landscapes, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California announced today it will be closing its turf rebate program to new applications later this week because available funding has been fully allocated.
Metropolitan’s $450 million conservation program, the largest of its kind in the nation, will focus remaining available funds on rebates for water-saving devices and a multi-media outreach campaign to promote greater water conservation in homes, gardens and communities throughout the Southland. The district will also maintain a waiting list of interested turf rebate applicants in the event that some of the approved projects do not move forward with their planned landscape changes.
“We knew that the popularity of the turf program would exhaust the available funds at some point, but even we didn’t predict just how popular turf rebates would become,” said Metropolitan General Manager Jeffrey Kightlinger. “Metropolitan is proud to have accelerated the movement by hundreds of thousands of Southern Californians to embrace a new outdoor aesthetic and lock in water savings permanently.”
Last December,Read More »
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Jeffrey Vail Named New Forest Supervisor for Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mountains National Monument
Jeffrey Vail has been selected as the new Forest Supervisor for the Angeles Natio nal Forest and San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. He took the helm on Friday, June 5.
“I look forward to the challenges and opportunities the Angeles and the new Monument bring,” said Vail, “I’m excited and humbled to have the opportunity to oversee one of the most complex urban places in the nation. I look forward to working closely with communities, partners and stakeholders to cooperatively manage our majestic mountains.”
Vail has extensive experience having worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture for 24 years. Since 2012, he served as Director of Lands, Minerals, & Uses (Rec and Lands) for the Southern Region of the Forest Service. In that role, he provided program and policy oversight for land adjustment, boundary and title management, recreation and lands special uses, valuation services, and all minerals and geology management activities in the Region.
He also served as Assistant Director of Lands and Realty Management in the Washington Office overseeing the agency’s real property program,Read More »
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Altadenan Meredith McKenzie to Speak on Water Issues at All Saints Church Forum
California water expert Meredith McKenzie will speak about California’s prolonged drought, its ramifications and just how large the crisis has grown on June 18, 7 p.m. in a forum at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena.
McKenzie is a local realtor and a member of the board of the Altadena Library District. She is also a lecturer at Cal Poly Pomona.
As part of her discussion, McKenzie will touch on how the people can support effective water availability and environmental justice. The event is also sponsored by Sustainable World, Environmental Defense of the Earth Now (EDEN), Transition Pasadena, The Arroyo Interfaith Environmental Coalition.
Contact Norma Sigmund for more information at (626) 583-2734 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Saints Church is located at 132 North Euclid Avenue in Pasadena.Read More »
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Woodbury House, Storied Altadena Landmark, Reportedly Wins Reprieve from May 14 Foreclosure Auction
The owner of Woodbury House, a storied landmark important to the history of Altadena, said today the May 14 foreclosure auction of the property has been postponed by the foreclosure trustee.
Peter Leissos said that although the auction of the property at 2606 Madison Avenue still appears on the auction.com website he was told in a May 4 telephone conversation that its foreclosure sale will be postponed in order for the mortgage servicer, Nation Star, to complete a review of the property’s files.
Neighborhood concern spread in late April when passersby say they noticed and photographed a foreclosure notice posted on the front door of the National Historic Register-listed property.
That notice indicated the six bedroom, five bathroom, 6,159 square foot residence would be sold at a live auction for a minimum bid of $863,097.03 on May 14 in Norwalk.
In response, the Altadena Historical Society and Altadena Heritage announced cooperation and established a “joint watch” of the property,Read More »
Saturday, May 2, 2015
SCE Helicopter Work Set for May 5 Has Been Postponed, No New Date Set
Southern California Edison Public Affairs spokesman Francisco Martinez announced yesterday afternoon that work by a low-flying helicopter which would have forced some neighborhood evacuations on Tuesday, May 5 has been postponed.
“We are in the process of scheduling a new date and sending an updated notice,” Martinez wrote in an email. “Once I have the new date I will let you know.”
SCE still plans to use a helicopter to help in replacing 2 deteriorated wooden poles behind a residence in the 800 block of La Vina Lane.
Earlier, SCE said a low-flying helicopter is required to remove the current wood poles and install new poles due to the “restricted access” of the poles. Actual helicopter flight time is under 15 minutes per pole, the company said.
17 homes are inside the operational area which will be evacuated during external load operations.
The company said in a press release “at no time will our helicopter over fly any residence with a load attached.”
Originally,Read More »
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Altadena Heritage asks: Know of a big, beautiful tree that adds to Altadena’s character?
Do you know of a big, beautiful tree that adds to Altadena’s character? You have until May 16 to nominate it for our first ever Altadena Heritage Big Tree Contest! Tree owners (who must consent) will be fêted at the Golden Poppy Garden Awards and Celebration Sunday, May 31st. Get your nominations in! Self-nominations are fine.
Here is the form you can use: Tree Nomination FormRead More »
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Updated: Tuesday Night’s Special Foothill Municipal Water District Board Meeting to Include Discussion of State’s Draft Emergency Regulations
A special Foothill Municipal Water District Board Meeting Tuesday night at 6 p.m. is expected to include public comments and discussion of emergency drought water conservation regulations.
SEE THE PRESENTATION THAT WILL BE SHOWN TUESDAY NIGHT: Click Foothill Presentation
Observers anticipate plenty of public input, noting that the agency is holding their meeting at the La Cañada Presbyterian Church, rather than at their regular meeting location on Hampton Road, an indication that they expect significant public attendance, input and comment.
Foothill Municipal Water District General Manager Nina Jazmaderian said the format will be more of a public forum, rather than a board meeting.
“The special meeting is a workshop intended to inform the public regarding the hydrology, water supplies, the State’s draft emergency regulations, Foothill’s retail agency conservation plans and steps consumers can take to conserve,” said Jazmaderian. “The President of the District’s Board, Richard Atwater and the General Manager of Metropolitan Water District, Jeff Kightlinger will be speaking along with myself.”Read More »
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Fire Clearance and Water Conservation Meeting Tuesday Night at Farnsworth Park
A community meeting focused on fire safety and water conservation has been scheduled for 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on the Farnsworth Community Room Tuesday, April 28.
Four organizations will present important information:
• Fire Clearance (Los Angeles County Fire Station 12)
• Water Conservation and Lawn Removal (Metropolitan Water District)
•Native Plants (Theo Payne Foundation)
• Fire Safety Programs, (Meadows Fire Safe)
The public is invited to attend. For more information, please email Meadows Fire Safe at email@example.com.
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Saturday, April 25, 2015
Foothill Municipal Water District Announces Special Board Meeting, Water Officials Will Be on Hand to Answer Questions From the Public About the Drought
A Special Board Meeting of the Foothill Municipal Water District next Tuesday, April 28 will be the setting for a Community Drought & Water Allocation Workshop open to all Altadena residents.
The discussion will focus on the statewide drought, water supplies and conservation.
Regional and local water officials have been invited so residents can ask them questions about the drought, the Governor’s Executive Order, anticipated cutbacks in water use and other timely topics.
The meeting is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. at La Cañada Presbyterian Church, 626 Foothill Boulevard, in La Cañada Flintridge, in Fellowship Hall (around back). No RSVP is needed.
Further infgormation is available here.Read More »
Friday, April 24, 2015
Master Gardener Yvonne Savio Returns: “Recycling Household Throwaways Into New Garden Tools”
Master Gardener Yvonne Savio focuses her inventiveness on “Recycling Household Throwaways Into New Garden Tools” in a hands-on talk at the Altadena Library scheduled for Monday, May 11, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Last fall Yvonne, who is Master Garden Volunteer Training Program Coordinator at the UC Cooperative Extension of Los Angeles County spoke at the library on planting fall vegetables and flowers and the audience clamored for more.
In March of this year, she gave us detailed info on what to plant for Spring and Summer. This time she will teach us how to create new uses for recycled household items to use in our own gardens.
Yvonne will also be showing an episode of Huell Howser’s “California’s Green”, in which she shows Huell her garden and shares her specialty of turning household items into new “garden tools.” Bring your gardening questions — she’s got the answers!
The event will be in the Barbara J. Pearson Community Room of the Altadena Public Library,Read More »
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Seven Green Tips for Celebrating Earth Day
Tips courtesy of Waste Management
Earth Day is just around the corner and people everywhere are becoming more and more conscious of how their actions are impacting the planet. So just in time for the 45th anniversary of the global observance of sustainability on April 22, Waste Management of Southern California is sharing seven easy-to-implement ideas to reduce your environmental footprint every day.
“As the largest recycler in North America, we are committed to the environment and we are asking community members to join in our efforts to conserve natural resources,” said Eloisa Orozco, spokesperson for Waste Management of Southern California. “This year, we’re inviting community members across Southern California to make this Earth Day the best ever by implementing some of our top tips to help reduce their carbon footprint and make a big impact.”
Residents can help make the Earth a cleaner, greener place by implementing these suggestions on a regular basis:
•Reduce your shower time: California is in the middle of one the worst droughts in recent history and residents of the state have been mandated by Governor Jerry Brown to reduce water consumption by 25 percent in addition to other measures.Read More »
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
“Water, Water, Everywhere” On ACONA Agendas, Including Upcoming May 26 Meet
Elliot Gold urges Altadenans to mark their calendars in “water-resistant ink [since we’re in a drought]” that next Altadena Coalition of Neighborhood Associations (ACONA) meeting will be May 26 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Altadena Library Conference Room, 600 E. Mariposa Street.
Gold is a co-founder of ACONA.
The agenda again is damp with water-related issues, starting with an update on the crippling drought.
Gold says the water companies which serve Altadena will address these drought-related topics:
• Specifics? Rules? Penalties?
•Landscaping on the cheap, rebates, other programs available to property owners
•Is there really a moratorium on building during the drought?
Additionally, and on a completely unrelated matter, Gold says the meeting will turn to discussing telephone “robo-calls.”
“We have a ‘commitment from an expert who will tell us how to FINALLY get those calls to stop!
I’ll have the speaker name and confirmation later this week… keep your fingers crossed,'”
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Looking at “Altadena’s Urban Forests” on April 16
Altadena Heritage Presents Altadena’s Urban Forests
Thursday, April 16, 7 to 9 pm
Altadena’s Heritage of Abundance includes its trees, from native California scrub oaks, sycamores and certain palms to the eucalyptus, silk, carob and fruit trees introduced later … and don’t forget our mile-long stretch of giant deodars known as Christmas Tree Lane!
Come to the Altadena Community Center, 730 E. Altadena Drive, on Thursday, April 16, to hear from two experts about what we all can do to help preserve and revitalize this precious heritage.
Don Hodel is an environmental horticulturist for the University of California Cooperative Extension, Los Angeles County. His presentation will focus on:
the beauty and benefits of trees in urban areas;
drought-tolerant, sustainable, low-maintenance landscaping techniques; and
how to select trees that are suitable for Altadena’s climate, along with tips for planting, irrigation, feeding and mulching.
Frank McDonough is the botanical information consultant for the L.A. County Arboretum and Botanic Garden.
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