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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Los Angeles County Proclaims Armenian Genocide Day of Remembrance

Los Angeles County Proclaims Armenian Genocide Day of Remembrance

Supervisor Kathryn Barger and the Board of Supervisors marked the 102nd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide by proclaiming a Day of Remembrance for one of the darkest chapters in human history.

“The month of April and the celebration of the Armenian culture culminates in our Day of Remembrance, a day where we mourn, remember, and rejoice in the rebirth of a resilient people,” said Supervisor Barger.

Earlier this month, Supervisors Barger and Hahn introduced a motion proclaiming April as “Armenian History Month” in Los Angeles County – the home to the largest population of Armenians in the United States. The Armenian community continues to enrich the region through their leadership in the fields of business, agriculture, academia, medicine, government, and the arts.

 

 

 

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

County Budget Takes Cautious Approach Amid Fiscal Uncertainty

County Budget Takes Cautious Approach Amid Fiscal Uncertainty

During her first budget hearing, Supervisor Kathryn Barger praised Chief Executive Officer Sachi Hamai for developing the 2017-2018 Proposed Budget. “I would like to commend the CEO for developing this proposed budget which represents a balanced strategy that funds vital programs and services while remaining cautious in anticipation of potential shortfalls and curtailments,” said Supervisor Barger. “However, we must bear in mind that the County is entering a period of significant uncertainty, with the fiscal impacts of changes to the political and economic landscape largely unclear.”

In order to safeguard the County’s fiscal sustainability, Supervisor Barger introduced a motion, coauthored by Supervisor Ridley-Thomas and unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors, to emphasize the Board’s role as responsible stewards of taxpayer funds and enhance the County’s commitment to fiscal responsibility.

“The adoption of fiscally prudent practices in the budget process will ensure the County’s ability to deliver vital services while maintaining a structurally sound and balanced budget in the future,” she added.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda for April 4, 2017

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda for April 4, 2017

Diane Marcussen, Chair, Altadena Town Council, has issued the agenda for the Land Use Committee meeting for April 4, 2017 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: Diane Marcussen

2. Pledge of Allegiance: LUC Committee Member

3. Roll Call – Pat Sutherlen

4. Approve Meeting Agenda(s) – April 4, 2017

5. Approve Minutes – March 2017

6. Chairman Report – Diane Marcussen

7. Action Items – None

8. Special Presentation and Public Comment

8.1. CSD Fences and Hedges Revisited – As announced at the March Altadena Town Council meeting, Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning has offered Altadena one more review of the Fences and Hedges portion of the revised CSD before it goes the Board of Supervisors hearing. A representative from the Department of Regional Planning will be present to explain the subjects being revisited.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries

Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries

As residents prepare to change their clocks on Sunday, March 12, for daylight saving time, the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) reminds everyone to change the batteries in every smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector in their homes.

When properly installed, working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors can mean the difference between life and death.

“A working smoke detector in your home greatly increases your chances of survival during a fire,” says LACoFD Fire Captain Keith Mora. “The device can alert sleeping family members and provide them with critical seconds to escape.”

Carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal; symptoms include severe headache, dizziness, mental confusion, nausea and fainting.

California law requires the installation of carbon monoxide detectors outside of each sleeping area in a home. For maximum protection against carbon monoxide gas, the LACoFD also recommends installing a carbon monoxide detector inside each bedroom.

For more information, visit fire.lacounty.gov, follow us on Twitter!

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Mark Pestrella New Director of LA County Public Works

Mark Pestrella New Director of LA County Public Works

Mark Pestrella, P.E., was officially sworn in today by the LA County Board of Supervisors to lead the largest municipal public works agency in the United States.

In his capacity as Director of the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works, Pestrella will also serve as the County Engineer, Road Commissioner, and Chief Engineer of the Los Angeles County Flood Control District.

With an annual budget of more than $2.5 billion and a workforce of 4,000 employees, LA County Public Works provides vital public infrastructure and civic services to more than 10 million people across a 4,000-square-mile service area.

Pestrella’s appointment followed a nationwide search that attracted more than 20 highly-qualified applicants. He becomes the sixth director to lead the Department since it was formed in 1985.

Pestrella, a 29-year Department veteran who has held a variety of management positions, said he was humbled by the appointment.

“To be selected to lead this dedicated team of men and women is an incredible honor,” Pestrella said.

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda for March 7, 2017

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda for March 7, 2017

Diane Marcussen, Chair, Altadena Town Council, has issued the agenda for the Land Use Committee meeting for March 7, 2017 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: Diane Marcussen

2. Pledge of Allegiance: LUC Committee Member

3. Roll Call – Pat Sutherlen

4. Approve Meeting Agenda(s) – March 7, 2017

5. Approve Minutes – February 2017

6. Chairman Report – Diane Marcussen

7. Presentation Only – None

8. Action Items

9. Presentation Only

9.1. Further discussion of CUP 2016-001849 – CUP to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages in each tenant space. Plans include the sale of alcohol for on-site consumption in the 6 restaurant spaces. The six restaurant spaces will have either Type-41 or Type-47 licenses. The applicant plans to include the sale of a full line of alcoholic beverages for off-site consumption (Type-21 ABC license) in the 1 small market tenant space.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Supervisor Barger Seeks Full Risk Assessment of County Dams and Spillways in Light of Oroville Dam Emergency

Supervisor Barger Seeks Full Risk Assessment of County Dams and Spillways in Light of Oroville Dam Emergency

At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Kathryn Barger will introduce a motion directing county agencies to conduct a comprehensive investigation to determine any potential threats to public safety in the county’s system of dams, spillways and other water collection and diversion assets.

Barger, who represents the district with highest number of dams and other drainage facilities, said, “the Oroville situation reminds us of the need to proactively evaluate our county’s risk with regard to dams and other facilities which may be prone to failure from storms, earthquakes or other foreseeable events.”

Additionally, Barger’s motion will instruct the Department of Public Works to work with other county agencies as well as State and Federal partners to develop a list of priority infrastructure projects by district.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger Voices Concerns, Listens to Altadena Residents at Chamber Breakfast

L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger Voices Concerns, Listens to Altadena Residents at Chamber Breakfast

Newly elected L.A. County 5th District Supervisor Kathryn Barger opened up to Altadena residents and business owners Thursday morning about her concerns, hopes and plans of action to help Altadena thrive.

The early morning “Power Breakfast” hosted by the Altadena Chamber was an opportunity not only for Barger to let residents get to know her better as a person and politician, but also for her to listen to what business owners had to say about what needs improvement and what’s working for the people of Altadena.

“It’s been a challenging couple of months,” Barger said. “With the new (Presidential) Administration coming in, there’s been a lot of reaction as it relates to the County and how we operate.”

Barger oversees a district that is more than two thousand square miles in area and includes portions of the San Gabriel, Pomona, San Fernando, Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys.

“I, and we, have challenges because I am an extension of everyone in this room.

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda for February 7, 2017

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda for February 7, 2017

Diane Marcussen, Chair, Altadena Town Council, has issued the agenda for the Land Use Committee meeting for February 7, 2017 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: Diane Marcussen

2. Pledge of Allegiance: LUC Committee Member

3. Roll Call – Pat Sutherlen

4. Approve Meeting Agenda(s) – February 7, 2017

5. Approve Minutes – January 2017

6. Chairman Report – Diane Marcussen

7. Presentation Only – None

8. Action Items

8.1. CUP 2016-001849 – CUP to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages in each tenant space. Plans include the sale of alcohol for on-site consumption in the 6 restaurant spaces. The six restaurant spaces will have either Type-41 or Type-47 licenses. The applicant plans to include the sale of a full line of alcoholic beverages for off-site consumption (Type-21 ABC license) in the 1 small market tenant space.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Altadenans Tackle Homeless Count Tonight

Altadenans Tackle Homeless Count Tonight

Altadena residents and community leaders will deploy all over town after sunset Tuesday night to begin to document the homeless population that lives throughout Altadena, both in plain sight and hidden.

This effort is the time that hundreds of communities throughout L.A. County do the utmost possible to determine a realistic homeless count.

“It’s a massive count. We believe it’s the largest homeless count in the United States,” said Tom Waldman, Director of The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), of the overall county-wide effort.

A joint powers authority of the City and County of Los Angeles, LAHSA was created in 1993 to address the problems of homelessness in Los Angeles and has been spearheading the annual homeless count over the years — an issue that has plagued the county for decades.

Altadena’s participation in the 2017 count is a part of a larger effort that includes over 6,000 volunteers at 149 deployment sites and spans over 4,000 square miles of land.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Altadena Will Count Its Homeless on January 24

Altadena Will Count Its Homeless on January 24

Altadena will be taking part in the annual homeless count that Los Angeles County conducts every January, and is calling on volunteers to help in the counting. This year’s Homeless Count is on Tuesday, January 24.

Judy Matthews, Altadena Town Council Member, said volunteers will be deployed from Loma Alta Park, located at 3330 Lincoln Avenue in Altadena. Volunteers are advised to sign up for the count at www.theycountwillyou.org.

Last year, Los Angeles County recorded the largest homeless census in the nation with over 7,500 volunteers, over 5,000 demographic surveys completed, and 100 percent coverage of the Los Angeles Continuum of Care census tracts.

The annual homeless count usually takes three days and aims to gather valuable data that would support programs and funding that will address – and hopefully bring an end to – the critical issue of homelessness in the region. With the data, the county hopes to bring leaders, residents and stakeholders together, and ensure the delivery of vital community resources for the solution of the problem.

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for January 17, 2017

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for January 17, 2017

Diane Marcussen, Chair, Altadena Town Council has issued the agenda for the Council’s January 17, 2017 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 ___________________________ Councilmember
1.2. Roll Call _____________________________________ Recording Secretary, Judy Matthews
1.3. Approve January 17, 2017 meeting Agenda

2. OFFICERS’ REPORTS

2.1. Chairman ____________________________________ Okorie Ezieme
2.2. Vice Chairman ________________________________ Damon Hobdy
2.3. Recording Secretary ___________________________ Judy Matthews
2.3.1. Approve December 20, 2016 Meeting Minutes
2.4. Treasurer ____________________________________ Patricia Sutherlen
2.5. Corresponding Secretary _______________________ Billy Malone

3. PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS

3.1. California Highway Patrol _______________________ Officer Mike Ulloa
3.2. Altadena Sheriff’s Station ______________________ Captain Stuckey
3.3. Cert ________________________________________ TBD
3.4. County Fire __________________________________ TBD

4. SPECIAL PRESENTATION

None

5.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Advisory: Barger Seeks to Double the Number of “Mental Evaluation Teams” and Develope a Mental Health “Triage Help Desk”

Advisory: Barger Seeks to Double the Number of “Mental Evaluation Teams” and Develope a Mental Health “Triage Help Desk”

To help prevent use-of-force incidents and improve outcomes for individuals with mental health issues, the Board of Supervisors will vote on a motion by Supervisor Kathryn Barger to expand the utilization of Mental Evaluation Teams (MET teams) at their regular meeting Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. at the Board of Supervisors Hearing Room (500 West Temple St., L.A.) MET teams consist of a mental health clinician paired with a law enforcement officer who respond to emergency calls involving psychiatric crisis or critical incidents and provide immediate assistance to those in need.

“Proactive engagement that includes a mental health expert will reduce confrontations, and provide access to treatment for individuals in crisis that may lead to a full recovery,” said Barger. “Expanding this vital program will also help law enforcement in its effort to avoid violent incidents, protect the public and save lives.”

Los Angeles County was the first in the nation to develop co-response teams as a pilot program in the early 1990s.

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda for January 3, 2017

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda for January 3, 2017

Diane Marcussen, Chair, Altadena Town Council, has issued the agenda for the Land Use Committee meeting for January 3, 2017 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: Diane Marcussen

2. Pledge of Allegiance: LUC Committee Member

3. Roll Call – Pat Sutherlen

4. Approve Meeting Agenda(s) – January 3, 2017

5. Approve Minutes – October 4, 2016, December 2016

6. Chairman Report – Diane Marcussen

7. Presentation Only

7.1. CUP 2016-001849 – CUP to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages in each tenant space. Plans include the sale of alcohol for on-site consumption in the 6 restaurant spaces. The six restaurant spaces will have either Type-41 or Type-47 licenses. The applicant plans to include the sale of a full line of alcoholic beverages for off-site consumption (Type-21 ABC license) in the 1 small market tenant space.

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for December 20, 2016

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for December 20, 2016

Diane Marcussen, Chair, Altadena Town Council has issued the agenda for the Council’s December 20, 2016 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
1.2. Roll Call
1.3. Approve December 20, 2016 meeting Agenda

2. OFFICERS’ REPORTS

2.1. Chairman
2.2. Vice Chairman
2.3. Recording Secretary
2.3.1. Approve November 15, 2016 Meeting Minutes
2.4. Treasurer
2.5. Corresponding Secretary

3. PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS

3.1. California Highway Patrol
3.2. Altadena Sheriff’s Station
3.3. Cert
3.4. County Fire

4. SPECIAL PRESENTATION

4.1. Pasadena Humane Society

5. COMMITTEE REPORTS

5.1. Land Use Committee
5.2. Altadena Filming Committee

6. ALTADENA COMMUNITY REPORTS

6.1. Altadena Public Library –

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for November 15, 2016

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for November 15, 2016

Diane Marcussen, Chair, Altadena Town Council has issued the agenda for the Council’s November 15, 2016 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 ___________________________ Councilmember
1.2. Roll Call _____________________________________ Recording Secretary, Damon Hobdy
1.3. Approve November 15, 2016 meeting Agenda

2. OFFICERS’ REPORTS

2.1. Chairman ____________________________________ Okorie Ezieme
2.2. Vice Chairman ________________________________ Diane Marcussen
2.3. Recording Secretary ___________________________ Damon Hobdy
2.3.1. Approve October 18, 2016 Meeting Minutes
2.4. Treasurer ____________________________________ Patricia Sutherlen
2.5. Corresponding Secretary _______________________ Billy Malone
2.6. Slate Committee ______________________________ Brent Musson
2.6.1. Decision on open position on Executive Committee

3. PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS

3.1. California Highway Patrol _______________________ Officer Mike Ulloa
3.2. Altadena Sheriff’s Station ______________________ Captain Stuckey
3.3.

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Supervisor Antonovich’s Veteran’s Day Message

Supervisor Antonovich’s Veteran’s Day Message

“On Veteran’s Day, the United States honors our brave soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who have dedicated themselves to the defense of our country and the advancement of the freedom and liberty that makes our republic the greatest in the world. We pray for those who have died, those with us today, and those currently serving to advance our resolve to preserve liberty and peace throughout the world. For your service, sacrifice and courage, you have earned our permanent gratitude and respect. Thank you and God Bless you and your families.”

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

County of Los Angeles Contracts with Pasadena Humane Society for Animal Control, Sheltering Services

County of Los Angeles Contracts with Pasadena Humane Society for Animal Control, Sheltering Services

The County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control announced Tuesday it will be contracting with Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA effective Dec. 1, 2016, for animal control and sheltering services to the unincorporated areas of Altadena, La Crescenta-Montrose, and Pasadena.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors authorized Department of Animal Care and Control Director Marcia Mayeda to enter into an agreement with PHS for animal care and control services in these unincorporated communities.

The agreement will allow for PHS to respond to animal service inquiries within the unincorporated areas of Altadena, La Crescenta-Montrose, and Pasadena to provide sheltering services to these communities previously served by DACC.

“This public-private partnership will improve animal control services to these unincorporated communities as PHS works extensively in those areas,” said DACC Director Marcia Mayeda. “Their animal shelter is better located to serve residents and
animals, which will make it easier to reunite lost pets with their owners, a goal we all share.”

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Los Angeles County Enters Sole Source Agreement with Pasadena Humane Society for Animal Care Services

Los Angeles County Enters Sole Source Agreement with Pasadena Humane Society for Animal Care Services

 

To enhance and expand animal care services to Altadena and the unincorporated La Crescenta communities, the Board of Supervisors has contracted with the Pasadena Humane Society, Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich announced.

The $1.5 million grant funding for this project was allocated from the Fifth Supervisorial District Extraordinary Maintenance Funds to the Department of Animal Care and Control operating budget to fund the first prorated fiscal year of services.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for October 18, 2016

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for October 18, 2016

Diane Marcussen, Chair, Altadena Town Council has issued the agenda for the Council’s October 18, 2016 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 ___________________________ Councilmember
1.2. Roll Call _____________________________________ Recording Secretary, Damon Hobdy
1.3. Approve October 18, 2016 meeting Agenda

2. OFFICERS’ REPORTS

2.1. Chairman ____________________________________ Okorie Ezieme
2.2. Vice Chairman ________________________________ Diane Marcussen
2.3. Recording Secretary ___________________________ Damon Hobdy
2.3.1. Approve September 20, 2016 Meeting Minutes
2.4. Treasurer ____________________________________ Patricia Sutherlen
2.5. Corresponding Secretary _______________________ Billy Malone

3. PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS

3.1. California Highway Patrol _______________________ Officer Mike Ulloa
3.2. Altadena Sheriff’s Station ______________________ Captain Stuckey
3.3. Cert ________________________________________
3.4. County Fire __________________________________ Stephanie English

4. SPECIAL PRESENTATION

4.1.

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Assemblymember Chris Holden to Read to Young Children at Altadena Library

Assemblymember Chris Holden to Read to Young Children at Altadena Library

Assemblymember Chris Holden, representing the 41st District, will be reading to young children at the Altadena Library (600 East Mariposa Street, Altadena CA) on Thursday, October 13 at 11:00 am. All are invited to this free event. This special guest appearance is part of First 5 California’s Official Reading Tour of Talk. Read. Sing. It changes everything® campaign.

Parents and caregivers are invited along with their young children to this engaging event to learn and to discuss how important it is to talk, read and sing with children beginning at birth. The first three years of life are particularly critical for mental stimulation. Talking, reading, and singing with young children helps billions of neurons make stronger, critical connections inside the brain. “The importance of reading and other types of verbal engagement, particularly during early years, can set our children on a life trajectory for success,” said George Halvorson, Chair, First 5 Commission.

Assemblymember Holden brings a lifetime of experience in public service and business garnered during his many years on the Pasadena City Council and the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority to the legislature.

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda for October 4, 2016

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda for October 4, 2016

Diane Marcussen, Chair, Altadena Town Council, has issued the agenda for the Land Use Committee meeting for October 4, 2016 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: Diane Marcussen

2. Pledge of Allegiance: LUC Committee Member

3. Roll Call – Pat Sutherlen

4. Approve Meeting Agenda(s) – October 4, 2016

5. Approve Minutes – September 6, 2016

6. Chairman Report – Diane Marcussen

7. Action Items – The committee is expected to take action on these items

7.1. La Vina Project – Amendment to CUP 2007-00114, project number 2007-00005. Matthews/Hobdy/Norman
7.1.1.Public Comment
7.2. 162 E Las Flores Drive – 2016-001202 Legalize and remodel 2nd unit with non-conforming setback Middleton/Malone

7.2.1. Public Comment

8. Presentation Only

8.1.

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Saturday, September 3, 2016

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda for September 6, 2016

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda for September 6, 2016

Diane Marcussen, Chair, Altadena Town Council, has issued the agenda for the Land Use Committee meeting for September 6, 2016 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: Diane Marcussen

2. Pledge of Allegiance: LUC Committee Member

3. Roll Call – Pat Sutherlen

4. Approve Meeting Agenda(s) – September 6, 2016

5. Approve Minutes – August 2, 2016

6. Action Items

6.1. R2016-001299 Request for beer and wine sales. Aldi Market 2246 N Lake Avenue – Lee/Lansing
6.1.1.Public Comment

7. Presentation Only

7.1. La Vina Project – Amendment to CUP 2007-00114, project number 2007-00005. Matthews/Hobdy/Norman
7.1.1. Public Comment
7.2. 2014-02685 2235 N Lake Ave – Adrian Rabbani (owner) Request to rezone from C2 to C3 Sutherlen/Robertson
7.2.1.Public Comment

8.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Altadena Library Board Position Vacancy

Altadena Library Board Position Vacancy

With the resignation of Trustee Meredith McKenzie, the Altadena Library Board of Trustees is accepting letters of interest from anyone who would like to serve on the board for her unexpired 2016/2017 term. Those applying must be at least 18, a resident of and registered to vote in Altadena. The board will interview potential candidates at the next board meeting at 5 pm on September 26. The applicant selected must agree to be willing to run in the 2017 election for the 4-year term for this seat which expires in 2021.

Interested parties should submit a letter of interest, resume, and completed supplemental questionnaire (on library’s website) to the Library Director by 5 pm on Friday, September 16, 2016.

The Altadena Library is located at 600 E. Mariposa Street in Altadena. For more information about the library, please visit the library’s website at www.altadenalibrary.org.

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for August 16, 2016

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for August 16, 2016

Diane Marcussen, Chair, Altadena Town Council has issued the agenda for the Council’s August 16, 2016 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 ___________________________ Councilmember
1.2. Roll Call _____________________________________ Recording Secretary, Damon Hobdy
1.3. Approve August 16, 2016 meeting Agenda

2. OFFICERS’ REPORTS

2.1. Chairman ____________________________________ Okorie Ezieme
2.2. Vice Chairman ________________________________ Diane Marcussen
2.3. Recording Secretary ___________________________ Damon Hobdy
2.3.1. Approve July 19, 2016 Meeting Minutes
2.4. Treasurer ____________________________________ Patricia Sutherlen
2.5. Corresponding Secretary _______________________ Billy Malone

3. PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS

3.1. California Highway Patrol _______________________ Officer Mike Ulloa
3.2. Altadena Sheriff’s Station ______________________ Captain Stuckey
3.3. Cert ________________________________________
3.4. County Fire __________________________________ Stephanie English

4. SPECIAL PRESENTATION

4.1.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Altadena Sheriff’s Station hosting National Night Out at Farnsworth Park

Altadena Sheriff’s Station hosting National Night Out at Farnsworth Park

Altadena Sheriff’s Station will be hosting National Night Out on Tuesday August 2nd, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Farnsworth Park, located at 568 E. Mount Curve Ave.

The various agencies will be setting up booths and equipment in the park on the grass area just north of the baseball field. We have LA Co. Fire, our Special Enforcement Bureau (SWAT), California Highway Patrol, and our various volunteer and neighborhood watch groups in attendance. A Barbecue dinner will be served, along with cotton candy, popcorn, snow cones and a bounce house. A face painter from the LA Co. Parks department will be helping out also. Eaton Canyon Nature Center will have a presentation, plants, and live animals on display.

This event is meant to increase awareness about police programs in Altadena, such as Explorers, radio service, volunteers, Reserve Deputies, neighborhood watch and other anti crime efforts.

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for July 19, 2016

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for July 19, 2016

Diane Marcussen, Chair, Altadena Town Council has issued the agenda for the Council’s July 19, 2016 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 ___________________________ Councilmember
1.2. Roll Call _____________________________________ Recording Secretary, Damon Hobdy
1.3. Approve July 19, 2016 meeting Agenda

2. OFFICERS’ REPORTS

2.1. Chairman ____________________________________ Diane Marcussen
2.2. Vice Chairman ________________________________ Okorie Ezieme
2.3. Recording Secretary ___________________________ Damon Hobdy
2.3.1. Approve June 21, 2016 Meeting Minutes
2.3.2. Approve May 17, 2016 Meeting Minutes
2.4. Treasurer ____________________________________ Patricia Sutherlen
2.5. Corresponding Secretary _______________________ Billy Malone

3. SWEARING IN OF NEWLY ELECTED COUNCIL MEMBERS

3.1. Swearing In __________________________________ Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich

4. ELECTION OF NEW OFFICERS

4.1. Slate Committee Report ________________________ Brent Musson

5.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Board Supports Antonovich Motion to Identify Existing Funds for Homeless

Board Supports Antonovich Motion to Identify Existing Funds for Homeless

The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich directing the County CEO, the Health Agency and other departments to identify existing funding that can be redirected to fund the County’s homelessness effort. It also asks the CEO to continue lobbying the state legislature on behalf of local governments for additional resources to address the homeless crisis.

“To avoid placing an additional burden on local taxpayers, this action requests that the county look within its own budget, and appeal to the state in our mutual effort to address the statewide homelessness crisis,” said Antonovich. “It is the state’s responsibility to take a proactive role in reimbursing local governments for the costs associated with homelessness.”

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda for July 5, 2016

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda for July 5, 2016

Diane Marcussen, Chair, Altadena Town Council, has issued the agenda for the Land Use Committee meeting for July 5, 2016 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: Okorie Ezieme

2. Pledge of Allegiance: LUC Committee Member

3. Roll Call

4. Approve Meeting Agenda(s) – July 5, 2016

5. Approve Minutes – June 7, 2016

6. Action Items

6.1. R2015-00140 Retroactive CUP for construction in the side yard setback 1930 Garfias Dr – Sylvia Vega, Diane Marcussen
6.1.1. Public Comment

7. Presentation Only – None

8. General Public Comment: During the Public Comment period, any person may address the Land Use Committee concerning any item that is or is not listed on the agenda. The Land Use Committee welcomes public participation and input.

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for June 21, 2016

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for June 21, 2016

Diane Marcussen, Chair, Altadena Town Council has issued the agenda for the Council’s June 21, 2016 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 ___________________________ Councilmember
1.2. Roll Call _____________________________________ Recording Secretary, Damon Hobdy
1.3. Approve June 21, 2016 meeting Agenda

2. OFFICERS’ REPORTS

2.1. Chairman ____________________________________ Diane Marcussen
2.2. Vice Chairman ________________________________ Okorie Ezieme
2.3. Recording Secretary ___________________________ Damon Hobdy
2.3.1. Approve May 17, 2016 Meeting Minutes
2.4. Treasurer ____________________________________ Patricia Sutherlen
2.5. Corresponding Secretary _______________________ Billy Malone

3. PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS

3.1. California Highway Patrol _______________________ Officer Mike Ulloa
3.2. Altadena Sheriff’s Station ______________________ Lt. Clay
3.3. Cert ________________________________________
3.4. County Fire __________________________________ Stephanie English

4. SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

4.1.

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

The 4th Annual Altadena Car Show to be Held at Farnsworth Park

The 4th Annual Altadena Car Show to be Held at Farnsworth Park

Tim Smith’s, “American Freedom Fighter” a jet engine powered race car will be at the 4th annual Altadena Car Show.

The car show will start at 9:00 a.m. at Farnsworth Park in Altadena, 568 Mt. Curve Avenue. Featuring Law and Disorder playing live music, popcorn, face painting, snow cones, and vendor booths. There’s also grilling hot food served with ice cold drinks, fun for the whole family.

The Altadena car show is raising money to benefit the Sheriff’s Youth Explorer Program. “We hope you can come out next Saturday June 11th to support this fantastic cause.” Please call (626) 296-2105 for more information.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Southern California Gas to Run Make-or-Break Pressure Test on 20-Inch Pipeline in Pasadena, Altadena

Southern California Gas to Run Make-or-Break Pressure Test on 20-Inch Pipeline in Pasadena, Altadena

Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) will test a major local pipeline by forcing water through it at very high pressure to see if it holds without leaks, a move prompted in part by the tragic natural gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno in 2010.

Late last week, Pasadena Water and Power announced that a hydrostatic pressure test of the 1.6 mile section of a 20-inch high pressure natural gas transmission pipeline within Pasadena and Altadena will be conducted in June.

Shari Thomas, PWP Interim General Manager, said the segment runs from the Pasadena City Yards at Mountain and Mentone Streets to the intersection of Crosby Street and North Lincoln Avenue in Altadena.

The work is part of a system-wide plan by SoCalGas to further enhance the safety of their pipelines.

The test will involve digging around the underground pipeline and safely venting natural gas from the pipeline. The pipeline will then be filled with water and the pressure will be increased to a level that is higher than the pipeline’s normal operating pressure.

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for May 17, 2016

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for May 17, 2016

Diane Marcussen, Chair, Altadena Town Council has issued the agenda for the Council’s May 17, 2016 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 ___________________________ Councilmember
1.2. Roll Call _____________________________________ Recording Secretary, Damon Hobdy
1.3. Approve May 17, 2016 meeting Agenda

2. OFFICERS’ REPORTS

2.1. Chairman ____________________________________ Diane Marcussen
2.2. Vice Chairman ________________________________ Okorie Ezieme
2.3. Recording Secretary ___________________________ Damon Hobdy
2.3.1. Approve April 19, 2016 Meeting Minutes
2.3.2. Minor ATC Bylaw revision
2.4. Treasurer ____________________________________ Patricia Sutherlen
2.5. Corresponding Secretary _______________________ Billy Malone

3. PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS

3.1. California Highway Patrol _______________________ Officer Mike Ulloa
3.2. Altadena Sheriff’s Station ______________________ Lt. Clay
3.3. Cert ________________________________________
3.4. County Fire __________________________________ Stephanie English

4.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

County Supervisor Candidates Debate in Pasadena

County Supervisor Candidates Debate in Pasadena

Five Republicans, one Democrat, discuss 710, homelessness, and water use

The six candidates vying to replace termed-out LA County Supervisor Michael Antonovich in the Fifth District, met for a live Internet-streaming debate at Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church Monday evening. The Fifth District, over two thousand square miles in area, includes all or part of the San Gabriel, Pomona, San Fernando, Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys.

Antonovich has held the office since 1980.

The evening, hosted by the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters, and moderated by KABC-TV’s Marc Brown, featured candidates Kathryn Barger, Antonovich’s former Chief of Staff; Gang Prosecutor Elan Carr, LA City Councilmember Mitchell Englander, Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff, Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian, and public policy executive Darrell Park.

Five of the candidates for the non-partisan office are Republican, while candidate Park is a Democrat.

Given only an hour for the debate, the candidates were given two rounds of questions from the panel of moderators.

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for April 19, 2016

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for April 19, 2016

Diane Marcussen, Chair, Altadena Town Council has issued the agenda for the Council’s April 19, 2016 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 ___________________________ Councilmember
1.2. Roll Call _____________________________________ Recording Secretary, Damon Hobdy
1.3. Approve April 19, 2016 meeting Agenda

2. OFFICERS’ REPORTS

2.1. Chairman ____________________________________ Diane Marcussen
2.2. Vice Chairman ________________________________ Okorie Ezieme
2.3. Recording Secretary ___________________________ Damon Hobdy
2.3.1. Approve February 16, 2016 Meeting Minutes
2.3.2. Approve March 15, 2016 Meeting Minutes
2.4. Treasurer ____________________________________ Patricia Sutherlen
2.5. Corresponding Secretary _______________________ Billy Malone

3. PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS

3.1. California Highway Patrol _______________________ Officer Mike Ulloa
3.2. Altadena Sheriff’s Station ______________________ Captain Stuckey, Lt. Clay
3.3. Cert ________________________________________
3.4. County Fire __________________________________ Stephanie English

4.

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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries

Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries

As residents prepare to change their clocks on Sunday, March 13, for daylight saving time, the Los Angeles County Fire Department reminds everyone to change the batteries in every smoke and carbon monoxide detector in their homes.

When properly installed, working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors can mean the difference between life and death.

“A working smoke detector in your home greatly increases your chances of survival during a fire,” says Fire Captain Keith Mora. “The device can alert sleeping family members and provide them with critical seconds to escape.”

Carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal; symptoms include severe headache, dizziness, mental confusion, nausea and fainting.

California law requires the installation of carbon monoxide detectors outside of each sleeping area in a home. For maximum protection against carbon monoxide gas, the Los Angeles County Fire Department also recommends installing a carbon monoxide detector inside each bedroom.

For more information, go to fire.lacounty.gov.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for March 15, 2016

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for March 15, 2016

Diane Marcussen, Chair, Altadena Town Council has issued the agenda for the Council’s March 15, 2016 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 ___________________________ Councilmember
1.2. Roll Call _____________________________________ Recording Secretary, Damon Hobdy
1.3. Approve March 15, 2015 meeting Agenda

2. OFFICERS’ REPORTS

2.1. Chairman ____________________________________ Diane Marcussen
2.2. Vice Chairman ________________________________ Okorie Ezieme
2.3. Recording Secretary ___________________________ Damon Hobdy
2.3.1. Approve February 16, 2015 Meeting Minutes
2.4. Treasurer ____________________________________ Patricia Sutherlen
2.5. Corresponding Secretary _______________________ Billy Malone

3. PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS

3.1. California Highway Patrol _______________________ Officer Mike Ulloa
3.2. Altadena Sheriff’s Station ______________________
3.3. Cert ________________________________________
3.4. County Fire __________________________________ Stephanie English

4. SPECIAL PRESENTATION

4.1. Altadena Public Library ________________________ Mindy Kittay,

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Monday, February 29, 2016

Los Angeles County To Honor Firefighter Heroes in Pasadena

Los Angeles County To Honor Firefighter Heroes in Pasadena

The Los Angeles County Fire Department will honor more than 100 people at the 2016 Valor Awards, to be held at the Pasadena Convention Center Tuesday, March 1, 2016, starting at 7:00 p.m.

The Valor Awards is an annual ceremony that recognizes extraordinary members of the Department and other first responder agencies and civilians alike for their exceptional heroism and exemplary service.

This year, four personnel will be given the Medal of Valor, the highest honor bestowed upon a member of the Department.

Fire Captain Daniel McKeen and Fire Fighter Matthew Prasch were part of the U.S. contingent that responded to the devastating earthquake Nepal in April 2015. The pair was sent on a search and rescue mission to a remote village in the Himalayan nation, where they endured strong aftershocks and dug a 30-foot tunnel – with their bare hands and a few tools – to rescue a woman buried underneath three stories of rubble.

Fire Captain Mark Roberts and Fire Fighter Leo Harris will be awarded the Medal for Valor in recognition of their heroic effort when they dove into a blazing building whose roof had collapsed and trapped four firefighters.

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Friday, February 19, 2016

South Coast Air Quality Management District – Leaf Blower Exchange Program

South Coast Air Quality Management District – Leaf Blower Exchange Program

SCAQMD sponsors an annual Leaf Blower Exchange Program that helps clean the air through the exchange of backpack leaf blowers. Commercial landscapers and gardeners operating within the South Coast Air Basin can exchange old, noisy, high-polluting backpack leaf blowers for new low-emission/low-noise backpack leaf blowers available at a discounted price.

The 2016 Leaf Blower Exchange Program will offer three STIHL models—the BR500 will be $200 with the trade-in of a used backpack blower. There will also be 2 battery-electric models—the BGA85, will be $200 with trade-in and the BGA100 which retails at $1,400 will be $600 with trade-in. School districts, college and local governments also are encouraged to take advantage of this year’s program. For additional information on trade-in options, please visit www.aqmd.gov/home/programs/community.

Since the Leaf Blower Exchange Program began in 2006, 12,000 old leaf blowers have been replaced, reducing 138,729 pounds of hydrocarbon and NOx emissions per year. The Program has also reduced smog-forming pollutants by 88,282 pounds per year in the Southland.

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Friday, February 12, 2016

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for February 16, 2016

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for February 16, 2016

Diane Marcussen, Chair, Altadena Town Council has issued the agenda for the Council’s February 16, 2016 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 ___________________________ Councilmember
1.2. Roll Call _____________________________________ Recording Secretary, Damon Hobdy
1.3. Approve February 16, 2015 meeting Agenda

2. OFFICERS’ REPORTS

2.1. Chairman ____________________________________ Diane Marcussen
2.2. Vice Chairman ________________________________ Okorie Ezieme
2.3. Recording Secretary ___________________________ Damon Hobdy
2.3.1. Approve January 19, 2015 Meeting Minutes
2.4. Treasurer ____________________________________ Patricia Sutherlen
2.5. Corresponding Secretary _______________________ Billy Malone

3. PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS

3.1. California Highway Patrol _______________________ Officer Mike Ulloa
3.2. Altadena Sheriff’s Station ______________________ Lt. Phil Marquez
3.3. Cert ________________________________________
3.4. County Fire __________________________________ Stephanie English

4. SPECIAL PRESENTATION

4.1.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Altadena Resident to Chair LA County’s Sybil Brand Commission

Altadena Resident to Chair LA County’s Sybil Brand Commission

Altadena Resident and lifelong educator, Barbara Bigby was recently elected Chair of the Los Angeles County Sybil Brand Commission for Institutional Inspections.Barbara is the first African American to serve in this esteemed role.Commissioner Barbara Bigby was first appointed by Supervisor Michael Antonovich in June 2008, representing the 5th Supervisorial District.

Barbara is an advocate for children and a voice for those who have no voice – she is a strong believer of justice for all inmates and children in lock-ups and group homes.

Mrs. Bigby was the past owner and director of the Bright-Eye Day Care Center for 30 years, a youth counselor at her church for 28 years, and a tireless volunteer – a very active member of her community. She is married to Richard Bigby Jr., has three children, and is the proud grandmother of four grandchildren. She previously served as the President of the Altadena Chapter of the NAACP, is a member of the Altadena Community Center Advisory Board,

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Monday, January 18, 2016

Altadena Heritage, L.A. County to Hold Park Needs Assessment Meeting Thursday

Altadena Heritage, L.A. County to Hold Park Needs Assessment Meeting Thursday

Altadena Heritage is facilitating a Park Needs Assessment meeting at 7 pm on Thursday, January 21, 2016, at the Altadena Community Center. It is one of more than 160 such meetings set up all over Los Angeles County, in incorporated cities and unincorporated communities, to gather public input on needed park improvements.

Michele Zack, Chair of Altadena Heritage, said the private sector nonprofit was tapped by Altadena Town Council chair and Supervisor Antonovich’s field office to run Altadena’s Park Needs Assessment meeting, and heritage staff and volunteers were trained on how to go about the consultation process. Anne Chomyn from the Town Council is also on the meeting committee.

Zack said the discussion will help the County come up with a better strategy to improve facilities at public parks.

She also said that based on information from County officials, the Park Needs Assessment should lead to a ballot initiative about how funds for public park infrastructure should be prioritized, saying past initiatives failed because of the lack of public consultation.

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for January 19, 2016

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for January 19, 2016

Diane Marcussen, Chair, Altadena Town Council has issued the agenda for the Council’s January 19, 2016 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 ___________________________ Councilmember
1.2. Roll Call _____________________________________ Recording Secretary, Damon Hobdy
1.3. Approve January 19, 2015 meeting Agenda

2. OFFICERS’ REPORTS

2.1. Chairman ____________________________________ Diane Marcussen
2.2. Vice Chairman ________________________________ Okorie Ezieme
2.3. Recording Secretary ___________________________ Damon Hobdy
2.3.1. Approve November 17, 2015 Meeting Minutes
2.3.2. Approve December 15, 2015 Meeting Minutes
2.4. Treasurer ____________________________________ Patricia Sutherlen
2.5. Corresponding Secretary _______________________ Billy Malone

3. PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS

3.1. California Highway Patrol _______________________ Officer Mike Ulloa
3.2. Altadena Sheriff’s Station ______________________ Lt. Rob Lewis
3.3. Cert ________________________________________ Karen Gibson
3.4. County Fire __________________________________ Stephanie English

4.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Altadenan Darrell Park Announces Campaign for County Supervisor

Altadenan Darrell Park Announces Campaign for County Supervisor

Darrell Park, a former White House Office of Management and Budget staffer, author, and entrepreneur, officially announced his campaign for Los Angeles County’s 5th Supervisorial District today. The seat is currently held by Supervisor Mike Antonovich, who is prevented from seeking re-election by term limits.

“I am running for Supervisor because Los Angeles County needs leaders with new ideas, progressive values, and a demonstrated ability to bring people together to tackle the problems we face,” Park said. I am committed to fighting for policies that will end homelessness, invest in a green energy future, reform our foster care and criminal justice systems, preserve the natural beauty of our region, and protect funding for the services on which our most vulnerable citizens rely. The unique communities of this district deserve a progressive representative, one who will fight for a better quality of life for all. I am excited to officially launch my campaign and to get to work.”

Park, a Democrat, opened a fundraising committee at the end of September and has more than $100,000 on-hand as of December 31st.

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Monday, January 4, 2016

Proposals for Homeless Funding Must Protect Local Government

Proposals for Homeless Funding Must Protect Local Government

Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said today that any proposal to alter or redirect the use of MHSA (Mental Health Services Act) funds should enhance the County’s existing efforts to address the homeless problem.

“Funding must follow treatment needs,” said Supervisor Antonovich. “Greater flexibility means supporting effective local programs including hospitalization and family participation in recovery as well as extending supportive housing services to those leaving restrictive environments, such as jails and hospitals, and ensuring their successful reentry into the community.”

State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin DeLeon is anticipated to announce today a proposal which may alter the way MHSA funding is directed to local government.
Since the enactment of Proposition 63 (the Mental Health Services Act), which provides additional money to support mental health services, Los Angeles County has maximized available funds to expand critical mental health services.

“Local governments across the state have the hands-on knowledge and experience about how to address the homeless problems in their counties and cities,” he added.

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Monday, January 4, 2016

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda for January 5, 2016

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda for January 5, 2016

Diane Marcussen, Chair, Altadena Town Council, has issued the agenda for the Land Use Committee meeting for January 5, 2016 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: Diane Marcussen, ATC Chair

2. Pledge of Allegiance: LUC Committee Member

3. Roll Call

4. Approve Meeting Agenda(s) — January 5, 2016

5. Approve Minutes — December 2015

6. Action Items: The committee is expected to take action on the following items:

6.1. R2015-02165 Request to sell alcohol onsite at Amy’s Patio Café located at 912/900 E Altadena Drive
6.1.1. Public Comment

7. General Public Comment: During the Public Comment period, any person may address the Land Use Committee concerning any item that is or is not listed on the agenda. The Land Use Committee welcomes public participation and input.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Frost Advisory Issued for Altadena for Monday Night, Tuesday Morning

Frost Advisory Issued for Altadena for Monday Night, Tuesday Morning

The National Weather Service has issued another frost advisory for Altadena and nearby areas, in effect from midnight Monday night to 9 a.m. Tuesday. NWS predicts there will likely be “at least two hours of temperatures at or just slightly above freezing” tonight.

“Cold air behind a weak weather system will bring another round of cold overnight temperatures and areas of gusty winds,” the NWS says in its frost advisory for tonight.

NWS advises residents that measures should be taken to protect sensitive outdoor plants and that pets should be brought indoors.

Tuesday will be sunny with a high near 59 and calm winds from the north and northeast, and Tuesday night will be mostly clear with lows at 43.

Wednesday will be sunny and the temperature gets warmer, high around 64 with a north to northeast wind around five miles per hour becoming calm in the afternoon. Lows will be near 45 degrees.

Thursday promises to be warmer sunny day,

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for December 15, 2015

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for December 15, 2015

Diane Marcussen, Chair, Altadena Town Council has issued the agenda for the Council’s December 15, 2015 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 _______________________ Councilmember
1.2. Roll Call _________________________________ Recording Secretary, Damon Hobdy
1.3. Approve December 15, 2015 meeting Agenda

2. OFFICERS’ REPORTS

2.1. Chairman ________________________________ Diane Marcussen
2.2. Vice Chairman ____________________________ Okorie Ezieme
2.3. Recording Secretary _______________________ Damon Hobdy
2.3.1 Approve November 17, 2015 Meeting Minutes
2.3.2 Approve September 15, 2015 Meeting Minutes
2.4. Treasurer ________________________________ Patricia Sutherlen
2.5. Corresponding Secretary ____________________ Billy Malone

3. PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS

3.1. California Highway Patrol ___________________ Officer Ulloa
3.2. Altadena Sheriff’s Station ___________________ Lt. Rob Lewis
3.3. Cert ____________________________________ Karen Gibson
3.4. County Fire_______________________________ Stephanie English

4.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Assembly Majority Floor Leader Chris Holden Announces Availability of Assembly Fellowship Program Applications

Assembly Majority Floor Leader Chris Holden Announces Availability of Assembly Fellowship Program Applications

Assembly Majority Floor Leader Chris Holden (AD – 41) today announced the availability of applications for the 2016-2017 Jesse Marvin Unruh Assembly Fellowship Program.

The Assembly Fellowship Program provides the opportunity for aspiring public servants of all ages, background and experiences to directly participate in the legislative process. The 11–month fellowship provides an introduction to public policy formation and adoption through full-time work as professional staff in the Assembly.

“The Assembly Fellowship Program offers college graduates the unique opportunity to learn and craft public policy through hands-on work with elected officials and staff,” said Assembly Majority Floor Leader Holden. “The program provides a challenging, professional work experience that serves as the foundation for successful careers in both the public and private sectors.”

As fellows work to pass legislation on behalf of an Assemblymember, they’re in a position to make a real difference for everyday Californians on issues that may include education, consumer protection, labor or the economy.

“Being an Assembly Fellow was an outstanding way for me to learn about state government,

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Monday, November 30, 2015

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda for December 1, 2015

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda for December 1, 2015

 

Diane Marcussen, Chair, Altadena Town Council, has issued the agenda for the Land Use Committee meeting for December 1, 2015 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: Diane Marcussen, ATC Chair

2. Pledge of Allegiance: LUC Committee Member

3. Roll Call

4. Approve Meeting Agenda(s) – December 1, 2015

5. Approve Minutes – November 2015

6. Action Items: The committee is expected to take action on the following items:

6.1. R2013-02962 Proposed New Verizon Cell Tower at 2561 Fair Oaks Ave – Gloria Sanyika, Dean
Cooper, Patricia Sutherlen, Justin Robertson
6.1.1. Public Comment
6.2. R2015-02353 – Proposed New Verizon Cell Tower located at 2949 Lincoln Ave – Dean Cooper,
Gloria Sanyika
6.2.1. Public Comment
6.3. R2015-00201 – 91 Wapello – Request to build a new two-story second unit with a reduced 3-
foot side yard setback and 19.5-foot rear yard setback.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Altadena Town Council Expected to be Asked to Sign on to NBBA’s “Historic Corner: Historic Choices” White Paper

Altadena Town Council Expected to be Asked to Sign on to NBBA’s “Historic Corner: Historic Choices” White Paper

Altadena School and Civic Organizations Seek Town Council Participation in Effort to Improve Lake Avenue/Calaveras Building Plans

Neighbors Building a Better Altadena, together with Altadena Chamber of Commerce, Altadena Heritage, Altadena Historical Society, Eliot Arts Magnet’s PTA, School Site Council, and Principal said yesterday they will ask the Altadena Town Council to join them in signing a White Paper, “Historic Corner : Historic Choices,” that encourages a “better design for the building slated for construction on the northeast corner of Lake Avenue and Calaveras Street.”

Read the white paper here: LakeCalaverasWhitePaper v4.9

The construction site is located at the historic gateway to Altadena called Altadena Junction and is situated directly north of Eliot Arts Magnet Middle School, designed by the renowned architects Sylvanus Marston and Edgar Maybury during the Depression era.

The signatories of the document are concerned that the Charles Company drawings have not been responsive to the community and are out of alignment with community visioning documents,

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for November 17, 2015

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for November 17, 2015

Diane Marcussen, Chair, Altadena Town Council has issued the agenda for the Council’s November 17, 2015 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 – Councilmember
1.2. Roll Call – Recording Secretary, Damon Hobdy
1.3. Approve November 17, 2015 meeting Agenda

2. OFFICERS’ REPORTS

2.1. Chairman Diane Marcussen
2.2. Vice Chairman Okorie Ezieme
2.3. Recording Secretary Damon Hobdy
2.3.1 Approve October 20, 2015 Meeting Minutes
2.4. Treasurer Patricia Sutherlen
2.5. Corresponding Secretary Billy Malone

3. PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS

3.1. California Highway Patrol Officer Ulloa
3.2. Altadena Sheriff’s Station Lt. Rob Lewis
3.3. Cert Karen Gibson
3.4. County Fire Stephanie English

4. COMMITTEE REPORTS

4.1. Land Use Committee Diane Marcussen
The Committee is expected to take action on the following items:
4.2.

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda for November 3, 2015

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda for November 3, 2015

Diane Marcussen, Chair, Altadena Town Council, has issued the agenda for the Land Use Committee meeting for November 3, 2015 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: Diane Marcussen, ATC Chair

2. Pledge of Allegiance: LUC Committee Member

3. Roll Call

4. Approve Meeting Agenda(s) – November 3, 2015

5. Approve Minutes – October 2015

6. Action Items: The committee is expected to take action on the following items:

6.1. Sale of less than one acre of the (County) Altadena Golf Course to the Altadena Country Club – Jennifer Lee, Lorrie Drogin
6.1.1. Public Comment
6.2. R2013-02962 Proposed New Verizon Cell Tower at 2561 Fair Oaks Ave – Gloria Sanyika, Dean Cooper, Patricia Sutherlen, Justin Robertson
6.2.1. Public Comment
6.3. R2015-02193 Request to sell alcohol –

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Gold Line Extension to Azusa – And Express Bus to Glendale, Burbank, Bob Hope Airport Begins March 5, 2016

Gold Line Extension to Azusa – And Express Bus to Glendale, Burbank, Bob Hope Airport Begins March 5, 2016

MTA Director Mayor Michael D. Antonovich announced that March 5, 2016, will be the official opening date for the Gold Line Foothill Extension to Azusa. “This new rail service is a milestone for regional transportation in Los Angeles County,” said Antonovich. “I applaud MTA CEO Phil Washington for expediting the opening of this vital extension and Gold Line CEO Habib Balian for a job well done building the line on time and on budget. The Gold Line will be the backbone of our transit system in the San Gabriel Valley for many years to come, linking the rest of the county to the many businesses, cultural venues, and downtown areas of the Gold Line corridor cities.”

“With MTA Chair Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti and MTA Director Councilman John Fasana, we are working toward a truly regional transportation system that serves all parts of the County,” Antonovich added. “We will work together as a region to build on the success of the Gold Line to go beyond Azusa and on to Claremont —

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for October 20, 2015

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for October 20, 2015

Diane Marcussen, Chair, Altadena Town Council has issued the agenda for the Council’s October 20, 2015 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 Councilmember
1.2. Roll Call Recording Secretary, Damon Hobdy
1.3. Approve October 20, 2015 meeting Agenda

2. OFFICERS’ REPORTS

2.1. Chairman Diane Marcussen
2.2. Vice Chairman Okorie Ezieme
2.3. Recording Secretary Damon Hobdy
2.3.1 Approve September 15, 2015 Meeting Minutes
2.4. Treasurer Patricia Sutherlen
2.5. Corresponding Secretary Billy Malone

3. PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS

3.1. California Highway Patrol Officer Cooper
3.2. Altadena Sheriffs Station Lt. Rob Lewis 3.2.1. Introduction of Captain Stuckey Captain Chris Reed
3.3. Cert Karen Gibson 3.4. County Fire Stephanie English

4. SPECIAL PRESENTATION

4.1. Assemblymember Chris Holden will meet with the community to give his yearly update of activities and accomplishments in the California Assembly

5.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

LA Sheriff Search and Rescue Teams Prepare for Potential Swift Water Rescues During Possible Rainy El Niño Season

LA Sheriff Search and Rescue Teams Prepare for Potential Swift Water Rescues During Possible Rainy El Niño Season

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s 8 search-and-rescue (SAR) teams are training and planning for the anticipated El Niño storms predicted for L.A. County. Last weekend 36 SAR specialists trained for swift-water rescue response. The focus was land-based operations which primarily deal with how to rescue a victim safely out of a fast flowing river or channel without having to enter the water. Upcoming future training will certify these SAR team members as Swift-water Rescue Technicians. Many current SAR team members already possess this certification, which deals with how to rescue a person trapped in a river or channel by entering the water and making contact with them. Swift-water rescue responses are the highest level of risk to the public safety agencies who respond. One-third of all swift-water deaths are rescuers who attempt to save someone from a river or channel.

 

The 8 SAR teams consist of team members who live in the immediate area and they will be pre-identifying likely areas prone to flooding.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

County Fire Adds Two Additional Superscoopers in Anticipation of Santa Ana Wind Fire Threat

County Fire Adds Two Additional Superscoopers in Anticipation of Santa Ana Wind Fire Threat

Photo credit Maarten Visser

Mayor Michael D. Antonovich announced that two additional CL-415 SuperScoopers will arrive for service in Los Angeles County on October 9 augmenting the two SuperScoopers currently leased from the government of Quebec.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department has leased the fire-fighting aircraft to prepare for widespread highly flammable conditions caused by a four-year drought, coupled with mandatory water restrictions which have stressed native and ornamental vegetation — conditions similar to those which led to the rapid spread of multiple catastrophic wildfires in Northern California.

In the event that early and significant El Nino rainfall arrives, the fire department is prepared to return of all four SuperScoopers as early as November.

SuperScoopers are a fixed-wing aircraft that can carry up to 1,620 gallons of water and take only 12 seconds to scoop water from a lake and inject it with fire-resistant foam – a combination up to three times more effective than water alone.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Finally, the Evidence Emerges: It Looks Likely that ALDI Really is Coming to Altadena

Finally, the Evidence Emerges: It Looks Likely that ALDI Really is Coming to Altadena

At tonight’s Land Use Committee meeting of the Altadena Town Council, the attached documents were available for distribution showing detailed plans filed with the County which clearly show an ALDI market at the corner of Calaveras Street at Lake Avenue.

These plans are the first solid, convincing documentary evidence Altadena Now has seen.

See the plans for yourself! Click here Aldi_Elevations

As recently as August 25, public relations officials for ALDI refused to reveal if the market was planning to come to Altadena.

“As you can imagine, there are many factors involved when ALDI opens a new location. Aspects such as population density, proximity to competition, cost of the property and, with this being California, even traffic patterns are evaluated,” wrote Eniko Bolivar, Vice President of ALDI-hired PR firm Weber Shandwick.

Looks like Los Angeles County may have blown their smokescreen away.

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Altadena Town Council  Land Use Committee Agenda for Tuesday, September 1 Meeting

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Agenda for Tuesday, September 1 Meeting

Here is the agenda for the Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee, which is scheduled to meet Tuesday, September 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the Altadena Community Center at  730 East Altadena Drive:

1. CALL TO ORDER: Diane Marcussen, ATC Chair

2. Pledge of Allegiance: LUC Committee Member

3. Roll Call

4. Approve Meeting Agenda(s) – September 1, 2015

5. Approve Minutes – August 2015

6. Action Items: None

7. Presentation

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

7.2. Public Comment

8. General Public Comment:

8.1. Public Comment: During the Public Comment period, any person may address the Land Use

Committee concerning any item that is or is not listed on the agenda. The Land Use Committee welcomes public participation and input.

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for August 18, 2015

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for August 18, 2015

Diane Marcussen, Chair, Altadena Town Council has issued the agenda for the Council’s August 18, 2015 meeting to be conducted at the Altadena Community Center, 730 East Altadena Drive, starting at 7 p.m.

A pdf version is available by clicking here.

1. CALL TO ORDER

1.1. Pledge of Allegiance____________________ Councilmember

1.2. Roll Call _____________________________ Recording Secretary, Damon Hobdy

1.3. Approve August 18, 2015 meeting Agenda

2. OFFICERS’ REPORTS

2.1. Chairman ____________________________ Diane Marcussen

2.2. Vice Chairman ________________________ Okorie Ezieme

2.3. Recording Secretary____________________ Damon Hobdy

2.4. Treasurer ____________________________ Patricia Sutherlen

2.5. Corresponding Secretary ________________ Billy Malone

3. SWEARING IN OF NEW COUNCILMEMBERS ________ Diane Marcussen

4. PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS

4.1. California Highway Patrol _______________ Officer Cooper

4.2. Altadena Sheriff’s Station _______________ Lt. Phil Marquez

4.3. Cert ________________________________

4.4. County Fire___________________________ Stephanie English

5.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Antonovich Says He Will Run for Liu’s Senate Seat

Antonovich Says He Will Run for Liu’s Senate Seat

Los Angeles County Mayor Michael D. Antonovich, whose district includes Pasadena, said at a gathering last weekend that he is running for the California state Senate in 2016.

The 75-year-old Republican, who will be forced out from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors by term limits next year, said as much during the La Crescenta Valley Republican Women Federated picnic at the Two Strike Park in La Crescenta on Saturday, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Antonovich has said he was eyeing the seat now held by Carol Liu (D-La Cañada), who will also be termed out in 2016.

The Times reported Natalie Blanning, managing partner with the political consulting firm Gilliard Blanning & Associates, as saying Antonovich hired her firm a few weeks ago and has been interviewing fundraisers and other potential campaign staff.

Blanning also said Antonovich is in the process of opening a candidate committee.

Antonovich’s supervisorial district includes Pasadena, Burbank and Glendale.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Board Of Supervisors Approves Diversion And Jail Plan

Board Of Supervisors Approves Diversion And Jail Plan

The Board of Supervisors approved a joint motion on jail diversion by Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Sheila Kuehl, with amendments by Supervisors Michael D. Antonovich and Hilda Solis.

 

“Resuming the work on the jail plan, coupled with new strategies on diversion, is a step in the right direction and avoids further delays in much needed improvements to the existing jail conditions as well as treatment services for inmates with medical, mental health and drug addiction problems,” said Mayor Antonovich.

 

Supervisor Sheila Kuehl moved to approve Antonovich’s motion regarding the jail plan by amending the number of beds at Consolidated Correctional Treatment Facility (CCTF) from 4,600 to 3,885 which was approved by Supervisors Antonovich and Mark Ridley-Thomas but opposed by Supervisor Don Knabe with Supervisor Hilda Solis abstaining.

 

Additional amendments to the diversion motion were also offered by Mayor Antonovich and Supervisor Solis and approved by the Board.  Mayor Antonovich’s amendment required that development and expansion of treatment services and housing capacity in the community include robust outreach and input from those residing in the surrounding neighborhoods directly affected. 

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Board Of Supervisors Approves Integrated Health Services Plan To Improve Access To Care

Board Of Supervisors Approves Integrated Health Services Plan To Improve Access To Care

The Board of Supervisors approved a motion by Mayor Michael D. Antonovich establishing a coordinated health agency to integrate the operations of the Departments of Health Services, Mental Health, and Public Health to improve access to care and streamline operations.

“The action of the board today addresses serious concerns expressed by doctors, pharmacists, nurses, and other healthcare professionals regarding their ability to provide seamless care to county residents. This vital step expands access to care and saves taxpayer dollars through enhanced efficiency in the county’s $7 billion healthcare system,” said Mayor Antonovich.

The motion also directed the Interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to convene an Integration Advisory Board (IAB) made up of a broad cross section of stakeholders including the public health, hospital, alcohol and drug, and HIV commissions as well as consumers and organized labor unions.

“This will provide independent oversight of the performance and effectiveness of the newly formed Health Services Agency,” Antonovich added.

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Tony Bell

Assistant Chief Deputy

Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D.

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Chamber of Commerce Hears About the Minimum Wage Increase (and More) from County Mayor Antonovich

Chamber of Commerce Hears About the Minimum Wage Increase (and More) from County Mayor Antonovich

The Altadena Chamber of Commerce hosted Los Angeles County Mayor Michael D. Antonovich for a Thursday morning Power Breakfast.

After a “warpath outreach” the Altadena Chamber memberships have grown over 300% from less than 30 members one year ago to now more than 100.

Antonovich briefed the more than 50 attendees on important legislation that could impact business in Altadena including the recent approval of a minimum wage hike.

“We were not successful in defeating the minimum wage increase,” said Antonovich, who had cast one of the two votes against the measure that will incrementally raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2020 for the 1.5 million people living in unincorporated parts of the County like Altadena.

“It doesn’t help the unincorporated parts when they are located next to the city. It should be done at the state level,” Antonovich said.

Ed Wascahtka, who attended the meeting, said that the Pasadenan’s for a Liveable Wage group hopes to “fix” the discrepancy between the adjacent Pasadena and Altadena minimum wages within the upcoming months.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

County Receives $6.4 Million Grant to Combat Fraud

County Receives $6.4 Million Grant to Combat Fraud

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has been awarded a $6.4 million grant – the largest in the state – to be used in the investigation and prosecution of cases involving workers’ compensation fraud.

The California Department of Insurance announced the grant as part of a $34.95 million fund allocation for anti-fraud programs being pursued by 37 district attorney offices representing 42 counties in the state.

State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said the grants are crucial to the campaign to effectively enforce the law for the benefit of workers throughout the state.

“The impact of fraud is felt across California as a drain on our economy. These grants

will assist district attorneys across the state in uncovering workers’ compensation fraud schemes and prosecuting those who take advantage of the system,” Jones said.

The Insurance Commission says workers’ compensation insurance fraud includes medical provider fraud, employer premium fraud, employer defrauding employee, insider fraud, claimant fraud, and the willfully uninsured operating within the underground economy.

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Altadena Chamber Power Breakfast – Mike Antonovich

Altadena Chamber Power Breakfast – Mike Antonovich

 

The Altadena Chamber of Commerce is having County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich as its Distinguised Guest on Thursday, August 6th, at its Special Power Breakfast at the Altadena Town and Country Club starting at 8 a.m.

Mayor Antonovich, who has represented the 5th District in the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors since 1980, will share important information about County legislation that relates to the business community in Altadena. He will also hear ideas, concerns and solutions to local and county problems during the exchange.

Antonovich is also expected to discuss developments in the debate on raising the minimum wage in unincorporated areas of the county like Altadena. In June, Antonovich spoke before hundreds of attendees at the seventh annual State of the County Luncheon and said a decision on the wage issue “is still a ways off, but the consequences could include increased costs to employers.”

“Employers could then look to reduce hours or staffing to offset those costs,” he told the crowd of more than 300 local government officials and community representatives at the June 17thluncheon.

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Altadena Town Council Land Use to Meet, Agenda Announced

Altadena Town Council Land Use to Meet, Agenda Announced


1. CALL TO ORDER: Diane Marcussen, ATC Chair

2. Pledge of Allegiance: LUC Committee Member

3. Roll Call

4. Approve Meeting Agenda(s) – August 4, 2015

5. Approve Minutes – April 2015

6. Action Items: The committee is expected to vote on the following items

6.1 Community Bible Church located at 2124 Lincoln Ave. – Project number R2012-00330- request for a local plan amendment to the Altadena Community Plan to convert a 37,562 square-foot lot from the current Business Park to a General Commercial land use designation to allow for the conversion of a 19,586 square-foot warehouse to a church in the C-M (Commercial Manufacturing) zone. (Michelle Martinez, Jessica Mack)

6.2 Public Comment

7. General Public Comment:

7.1. Public Comment: During the Public Comment period, any person may address the Land Use Committee concerning any item that is or is not listed on the agenda. The Land Use Committee welcomes public participation and input.

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Superscooper Fire-fighting Aircraft  To Arrive In Los Angeles County 2 Weeks Early

Superscooper Fire-fighting Aircraft To Arrive In Los Angeles County 2 Weeks Early

Mayor Michael D. Antonovich announced that the Los Angeles County Fire Department has secured the early arrival of two CL-415 SuperScoopers fire-fighting aircraft leased from the government of Quebec.  The SuperScoopers will arrive for service in Los Angeles County on August 15th.

 

SuperScoopers are a fixed-wing aircraft that can carry up to 1,620 gallons of water and takes only 12 seconds to scoop water from a lake and inject it with fire-resistant foam – a combination up to 3 times more effective than water alone.  They can be airborne in as little as five minutes and fly three hours before refueling.

 

In addition, an Erickson Aircrane Type I Helitanker was also leased for the 2015 fire season.  Capable of delivering 2,200 gallons per drop, it will be also placed into service on August 15th.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for July 21 Meeting

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for July 21 Meeting

Diane Marcussen, Chair, Altadena Town Council has issued the agenda for the Council’s July 21, 2015 meeting to be conducted at the Altadena Community Center, 730 East Altadena Drive, starting at 7 p.m.

A pdf version is available by clicking here.

1. CALL TO ORDER
1.1. Pledge of Allegiance ____________________ Councilmember
1.2. Roll Call _____________________________ Recording Secretary, Damon Hobdy
1.3. Approve July 21, 2015 meeting Agenda

2. OFFICERS’ REPORTS
2.1. Chairman ____________________________ Diane Marcussen
2.2. Vice Chairman ________________________ Okorie Ezieme
2.3. Recording Secretary ____________________ Damon Hobdy
2.3.1 Approve June 16, 2015 Meeting Minutes
2.4. Treasurer ____________________________ Amy Cienfuegos
2.5. Corresponding Secretary ________________ Billy Malone

3. ELECTION OF NEW OFFICERS____________Brent Musson
3.1. Slate Committee Report

4. SWEARING IN OF NEWLY ELECTED COUNCILMEMBERS

5. PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS
5.1. California Highway Patrol ________________Officer Cooper
5.2. Altadena Sheriff’s Station ________________Lt. Phil Marquez
5.3.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Filing for Declaration of Candidacy for LA County Local and Municipal Elections Begins

Filing for Declaration of Candidacy for LA County Local and Municipal Elections Begins

Filing declaration of candidacy for the local and municipal consolidated elections to be held on November 3, 2015 has begun. The filing period for declaration of candidacy began yesterday, Monday, July 13, 2015 and ends Friday, August 7, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.

There are three seats on the Altadena Library Board of Trustees that will be on the ballot this November 3, 2015.

Interested candidates must be registered voters and a resident of the district to declare candidacy. Candidacy forms are available at the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office, 12400 Imperial Highway, Norwalk, CA 90650 – (562) 462-2716, or online at www.lavote.net.

Per Resolution No. 201301 of the Altadena Library District adopted May 20, 2013, candidates’ pro rata share of printing, handling, and mailing costs must be paid by the candidate at the time of filing and which sets a maximum of 200 words on the candidate’s statement on the November ballot of the Trustees’ election.

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Demand for MWD Turf Rebate Program Exhausts Supplies, Program Closes

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,

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Altadena Public Library Receives “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” Grant

Altadena Public Library Receives “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” Grant

The Altadena Public Library has been selected to receive a competitive Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA).

As one of 203 grant recipients selected from across the country, Altadena Public Library will receive a cash grant of $3,000 to hold public programming — such as public film screenings, discussion groups, oral history initiatives, local history exhibitions, multi-media projects or performances — about Latino history and culture.

The library will also receive the six-part, NEH-supported documentary film “Latino Americans,” created for PBS in 2013 by the WETA public television station. The award-winning series chronicles the history of Latinos in the United States from the 16th century to present day. (Learn more about the series at www.pbs.org/latino-americans/en/.)

The Latino Americans funding will enable the Altadena Library to present a film and lecture series with scholars including Roberta Martinez and Dr. Francisco Balderrama, special presentations in partnership with Altadena Heritage and Altadena Historical Society and a Latino Festival in April highlighting local Latino culture.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Board of Supervisors Adopts Recommendations Supported by Antonovich

Board of Supervisors Adopts Recommendations Supported by Antonovich

The Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted the recommendations of the Interim Chief Executive Officer on a motion by Mayor Michael D. Antonovich and Supervisor Sheila Kuehl to enhance the efficiency of the governance structure and end the failed 2007 interim structure.  The Board also directed the CEO to report back to the Board in 90 days with additional changes to governance to further enhance operations.

“Today’s action will improve the Board’s ability to address emerging priorities and ensure effective service delivery with increased collaboration on vital county issues.” said Mayor Antonovich.  “The previous costly and bureaucratic interim governance structure was bloated and hindered the ability to provide coordinated services to emancipated youth, veterans, the mentally ill and other vial services.”

In February, the Board unanimously approved a motion by Mayor Antonovich and Supervisor Kuehl that directed the CEO to provide flexibility, transparency and accountability to the County governance structure.  The new structure provides Board interaction with departments and improves decision-making by creating ad hoc units in the Chief Executive Office dedicated to accomplishing Board priorities.

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee’s July Meeting Has Been Cancelled

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee’s July Meeting Has Been Cancelled

Diane Marcussen, Chair of the Altadena Town Council, said today in an email that the July Land Use Committee meeting has been cancelled. After polling the entire committee for action items, Marcussen reports, “it has been determined that we have no items that are ready for presentation or for voting this month.” “I expect that there may be several items for action at the August meeting,” Marcussen said.

 

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

New D.A. Unit Will Focus on Wrongful Conviction Claims

New D.A. Unit Will Focus on Wrongful Conviction Claims

Wrongfully convicted defendants in Los Angeles County criminal cases can now hope to get their cases reviewed faster with the establishment of a new unit within the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office that will specifically focus on wrongful conviction claims.

District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced Monday the creation of a Conviction Review Unit, and the assignment of three experienced deputy district attorneys, one senior investigator and one paralegal staff to staff the new unit.

“I am proud to announce that my office is establishing a Conviction Review Unit that expands our office’s ability to address credible claims of innocence made by people currently incarcerated for serious and violent felonies,” District Attorney Lacey said at a news conference.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has recently approved Lacey’s request for nearly $1 million for the assignment of new staff and other requirements.

Considered the largest prosecutorial agency in the nation, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office files more than 71,000 felony cases annually.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Altadena Library Board Announces Board Vacancy

Altadena Library Board Announces Board Vacancy

With the resignation of Trustee David Datz, the Altadena Library Board of Trustees is accepting letters of interest from anyone who would like to serve on the board for his unexpired 2015 term.

Those applying must be at least 18, a resident of and registered to vote in Altadena. The board will interview potential candidates at the next board meeting at 5 p.m. on July 20th.

The applicant selected must agree to be willing to run in the Nov. 3, 2015 election for the 4-year term for this seat which expires in 2019.

Interested parties should submit a letter of interest, resume, and completed supplemental questionnaire (on library’s website) to the Library Director by 12 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7, 2015.

The Altadena Library is located at 600 E. Mariposa St. For more information about the library, please visit the library’s website at www.altadenalibrary.org.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Altadena Library Adult Summer Reading Program Kicks Off Tomorrow

Altadena Library Adult Summer Reading Program Kicks Off Tomorrow

Calling all adults! You are invited to “Read to the Rhythm” during the Altadena Library’s second annual Adult Summer Reading Program for a chance to win a Barnes & Noble NOOK!

The purpose of this program is to motivate community members to read. Countless studies have shown the many benefits of reading for pleasure. It reduces stress and improves your memory, focus, and concentration. Reading has even been shown to combat feelings of loneliness in adults.

What you need to know about the Adult Summer Reading Program: It is open to all adults aged 18 and over. Sign up at the Main or Bob Lucas Branch Library starting June 23, 2015.
Laemmle Theatres tickets will be raffled off each week!

Enter the Bookface/Sleeveface photo contest by July 31st for a chance to win a special prize. Submit your photo to sim@altadenalibrary.org (see photo on right for inspiration).
Read 6 books by July 31st to be eligible for the Barnes &

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Agenda Released for Monday’s Altadena Library District Board Meeting

Agenda Released for Monday’s Altadena Library District Board Meeting

The June Board of Trustees meeting will be held on Monday, June 22nd at 5:00 p.m. in the Barbara J. Pearson Community Room of the Main Library. Following is the agenda:

1. CALL TO ORDER

2. ROLL CALL:
Meredith McKenzie, President
David Datz, Secretary
David Tuck
Gwendolyn McMullins
Adalila Zelada-Garcia

3. ADOPTION OF AGENDA
Opportunity for Board members to delete items, re-order items, continue items or make additions to the agenda pursuant to Government Code Section 54954.2(b).
Recommended Action: The Board of Library Trustees hereby adopts the Agenda as presented.

4. PUBLIC COMMUNICATION
Citizens may address the Board regarding any item of Library business on or not on the agenda. Citizen comments are limited to 3 minutes per item. At the discretion of the President, citizens may be allowed a longer presentation. While all comments are welcome, the Brown Act does not allow the Board to take action on any item not on the agenda.

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for June 16 Meeting

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for June 16 Meeting

Diane Marcussen, Chair, Altadena Town Council today issued the agenda for the Council’s June 16, 2015 meeting to be conducted at the Altadena Community Center, 730 East Altadena Drive, starting at 7 p.m.

The agenda appears below or as a pdf here.
1. CALL TO ORDER
1.1. Pledge of Allegiance ____________________ Councilmember
1.2. Roll Call _____________________________ Recording Secretary, Damon Hobdy
1.3. Approve June 16, 2015 meeting Agenda
2. OFFICERS’ REPORTS
2.1. Chairman ____________________________ Diane Marcussen
2.2. Vice Chairman ________________________ Okorie Ezieme
2.3. Recording Secretary ____________________ Damon Hobdy
2.3.1 Approve May 19, 2015 Meeting Minutes
2.4. Treasurer ____________________________ Amy Cienfuegos
2.5. Corresponding Secretary ________________ Billy Malone
3. PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS
3.1. California Highway Patrol _______________ Officer Cooper
3.2. Altadena Sheriff’s Station _______________ Lt. Robert Lewis
3.3. Cert ________________________________
3.4. County Fire ___________________________ Stephanie English
4. SPECIAL PRESENTATION
4.1. New Yard Sale Ordinance ________________ Jonathan Bell,

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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Election Results Declared in Altadena Town Council Races

Election Results Declared in Altadena Town Council Races

[Revised Results Published 9:40 p.m.]

 

Anne Chomyn, Billy Malone, Damon Hobdy, Dean Cooper, Brent Musson, Anne Lansing, Justin Robertson and Sylvia Vega have won seats on the Altadena Town Council.

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Altadena Town Council Election is Saturday, From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Altadena Town Council Election is Saturday, From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Election Day for the Altadena Town Council is Saturday, June 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cast your ballot for a candidate in your Census Tract at any of nine polling locations:

Altadena Community Center (730 E Altadena Dr)

Altadena Library (600 E Mariposa St)

Coffee Gallery (2029 Lake Ave)

Farnsworth Park (568 E Mt Curve Ave)

Gordy’s Garage (843 W Woodbury Rd)

Loma Alta Park (3330 N Lincoln Ave)

Mint Leaf Restaurant (2535 E Washington Blvd)

Podley Properties (1471 E Altadena Dr)

Ralph’s Market (2270 Lake Ave)

Identification is needed to vote; bring something that identifies your street address, such as a driver’s license, California ID, utility bill or similar.

For more information, please visit www.altadenatowncouncil.org or www.altadenaelection.org.

 

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Town Council Elections Early Voting Reportedly Goes Smoothly, Turnout Exceeds Council’s Expectations

Town Council Elections Early Voting Reportedly Goes Smoothly, Turnout Exceeds Council’s Expectations

Election Committee Chairman Okorie Ezieme said the Altadena Election Early Voting on Tuesday “was well conducted and orderly” and that there were no unusual incidents.

“The turn out was great — exceeded our expectations,” Ezieme said in a late-night email. “While, the Election Committee is not prepared and / or required to announce or release any data at this time, the total number of votes cast is expected to set another record for Early Voting.”

 

Altadena Sheriff’s Station Lieutenant Lewis and Sergeant Bossier picked up the Ballot box at 9 p.m. from the Altadena Main Library and transported it to the Altadena Sheriff Station and secured in a locked cabinet at the Station, Ezieme said.

Residents can also vote this Saturday, June 6, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at any of the nine polling locations all over town.

Altadena Community Center (730 E Altadena Dr) Altadena Library (600 E Mariposa St) Coffee Gallery (2029 Lake Ave) Farnsworth Park (568 E Mt Curve Ave) Gordy’s Garage (843 W Woodbury Rd) Loma Alta Park (3330 N Lincoln Ave) Mint Leaf Restaurant (2535 E Washington Blvd) Podley Properties (1471 E Altadena Dr) Ralph’s Market (2270 Lake Ave)

Voters must provide an ID such as a driver license or utility bill for proof of residence.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Mayor Michael D. Antonovich Calls for Local Waterworks Districts

Mayor Michael D. Antonovich Calls for Local Waterworks Districts

Mayor Michael D. Antonovich authored a motion unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors today directing County Counsel to create separate water district commissions to administer the Waterworks Districts.

“These commissions, made up of local representatives, will provide local control with transparency in the Districts’ administration, changes in water rates and other related issues” said Antonovich. “Local commissions, with local community and business representation, will make it easier for ratepayers to obtain information and collaborate with staff on issues of concern.”

County Counsel will report back to the Board in 30 days on the details of how these Commissions will be formed.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Today is Early Voting Day, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., at the Altadena Library

Today is Early Voting Day, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., at the Altadena Library

Today is early voting day. Altadena residents can vote any time between 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Altadena Library, 600 E Mariposa.

Residents can also vote this Saturday, June 6, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at any of the nine polling locations all over town.

Altadena Community Center (730 E Altadena Dr) Altadena Library (600 E Mariposa St) Coffee Gallery (2029 Lake Ave) Farnsworth Park (568 E Mt Curve Ave) Gordy’s Garage (843 W Woodbury Rd) Loma Alta Park (3330 N Lincoln Ave) Mint Leaf Restaurant (2535 E Washington Blvd) Podley Properties (1471 E Altadena Dr) Ralph’s Market (2270 Lake Ave)

Voters must provide an ID such as a driver license or utility bill for proof of residence.

For more election information visit www.altadenatowncouncil.org, www.altadenaelection.org or www.buildingabetteraltadena.org.

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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee June 2 Meeting Is Cancelled

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee June 2 Meeting Is Cancelled

The June 2 meeting of the Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee has been cancelled, Council Chair Diane Marcussen said in an email Saturday.

“After careful consideration of the current status of the active projects that we are working on, the committee has determined that there are no actionable items at this time so the June 2 meeting of the ATC Land Use Committee has been cancelled,” Marcussen wrote. “This will also allow residents to vote for their ATC councilmember that evening as well.”

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Neighbors Building a Better Altadena Host Altadena Town Council Debate Thursday

Neighbors Building a Better Altadena Host Altadena Town Council Debate Thursday

Story and Photography by LAURA B. MONTEROS

[Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article inadvertently erred by identifying altadenaelection.org as the “official election site.” In fact, the official site is the Altadena Town Council site, altadenatowncouncil.org. We apologize for this error.]

All politics is local, and it doesn’t get much more local than the Altadena Town Council, a non-legislative advisory council to the District 5 county supervisor. In a forum sponsored by Neighbors Building a Better Altadena (NBBA) on Thursday night, seven of the 12 candidates for eight seats presented their views on Altadena and what they will bring to ATC. One of the recurring themes was that many Altadenans do not know that there is a town council, so increasing visibility of the body is crucial to its effectiveness in advising the Board of Supervisors.

Candidates who attended the forum were incumbents Billy Malone (CT4602), Damon Hobdy (CT4603.01), and Brent Musson (CT4610) and new candidates Anne Chomyn (CT4601),

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

12 Invited to Public Forum for Altadena Town Council Candidates

12 Invited to Public Forum for Altadena Town Council Candidates

Twelve candidates running for eight seats on the Altadena Town Council have been invited to appear at a candidates’ forum at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 28 at the Altadena Library Community Room, 600 East Mariposa Street.

Voting in the election will be held on June 2 and June 6.

The candidate forum is sponsored by Neighbors Building a Better Altadena, a group dedicated to creating a stronger, more cohesive community.

At the forum, each candidate will be offered an opportunity to speak to the entire community and respond to additional questions from attendees.

Then the group will gather by census tract with each tract’s candidates available for more detailed discussions with their neighbors.

The Altadena Town Council is the community’s forum for discussion, consensus, and prompting action on issues important to residents. From traffic, to public safety, to economic development, this body is the vehicle for addressing local concerns.

This will be the third time Neighbors Building a Better Altadena is working to increase community involvement in the election of Town Council representatives.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Election Update: Cecil Griffin Pulls Out of Race

Election Update: Cecil Griffin Pulls Out of Race

[Updated]    Cecil Griffin, candidate for Census Tract 4610 in the upcoming Altadena Town Council Election, has pulled out of the race, Election Committee Chairman Okorie Ezieme confirmed Monday.

Altadena Now received a copy of an email Griffin apparently sent this afternoon. The email read:

Good afternoon Members of the Altadena Town Council Election Committee.
I am sorry for taking so long in getting this to you. Due to some resent changes in my business.
I am asking that my name withdrawn from the roster of candidates for  this current election.

Sincerely,

Cecil Griffin
Broker, GRI, RDCPro, Lic# 01133831
Independent Brokers
2509 N. Lake Ave.

“I have confirmed the email emanated from Mr. Griffin and he has withdrawn his candidacy,” Ezieme said in an email Monday afternoon.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Election Updates: Candidate Otis Triplett Withdraws from Race; Election Committee Extends Early Voting Hours

Election Updates: Candidate Otis Triplett Withdraws from Race; Election Committee Extends Early Voting Hours

Altadena Town Council Election Committee Chairman Okorie Ezieme reported two developments in the upcoming Town Council elections race in a late-night Sunday email.

Ezieme reported that candidate Otis Triplett CT-4611 requested that his name be withdrawn from the roster of candidates for the current election.

Additionally, Ezieme said, the Election Committee has decided to extend the polling hours for the Early Voting on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at the Altadena Main Library, located at 600 E. Mariposa Street from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Here is the revised polling locations / hours schedule Ozieme provided:

EARLY VOTING: JUNE 2, 2015 (TUESDAY)

NAME ADDRESS HOURS

1.) Altadena Main Library 600 E. Mariposa St 10am – 9pm

REGULAR VOTING: JUNE 6, 2015 (SATURDAY)

NAME ADDRESS HOURS

1.) Altadena Main Library 600 E. Mariposa St. 9am – 4pm

2.) Altadena Community Center 730 E. Altadena Dr. 9am – 4pm

3.) Coffee Gallery 2029 Lake Ave.

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Altadena Town Council Election Committee Releases Locations of Official Polling Places, Dates and Times

Altadena Town Council Election Committee Releases Locations of Official Polling Places, Dates and Times

The Altadena Town Council released this schedule of Official Polling places via email early Sundar morning, May 24:

 

EARLY VOTING: JUNE 2, 2015 (TUESDAY)

NAME ADDRESS HOURS

1.) Altadena Main Library 600 E. Mariposa St 10am – 7pm

 

REGULAR VOTING: JUNE 6, 2015 (SATURDAY)

NAME ADDRESS HOURS

1.) Altadena Main Library 600 E. Mariposa St. 9am – 4pm

2.) Altadena Community Center 730 E. Altadena Dr. 9am – 4pm

3.) Coffee Gallery 2029 Lake Ave. 9am – 4pm

4.) Farnsworth Park 568 E. Mt. Curve Ave. 9am – 4pm

5.) Gordy’s Garage 843 W. Woodbury Rd. 9am – 4pm

6.) Loma Alta Park 3330 N. Lincoln Ave. 9am – 4pm

7.) Mint Leaf Indian Cuisine 2535 E. Washington Blvd. 9am – 4pm

8.) Podley Properties 1471 E. Altadena Dr. 9am – 4pm

9. Ralph’s Market 2270 Lake Ave.

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

If You’ve Seen This Sign, Please Forget You’ve Seen This Sign. It’s Not Correct.

If You’ve Seen This Sign, Please Forget You’ve Seen This Sign. It’s Not Correct.

Well-intentioned, it seems — but half the dates are wrong! According to Altadena Town Council Election Committee Chair Okorie Ezieme, election pre-voting will take place at the Altadena Library on Tuesday, June 2 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. — not June 5.

Election Day is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 6. There are eight census tracts each with one open seat for this election: 4601, 4602, 4603.01, 4603.02, 4610, 4611, 4612, and 4613.

The election will conducted at about 10 polling places, Ezieme predicts.

“So far with the election committee have gotten permission to have polling locations at seven locations. We will probably end up with about 10, between eight and 10,” he said, continuing to say he assures voters of one polling place in every census tract.

Volunteers are needed, and those interested should contact Ezieme at
okorie.ezieme@altadenatowncouncil.org or by calling (213) 610-3807.

 

 

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Altadena Town Council Releases Agenda for Tuesday, Newly-Declared Candidates Will Each Be Given Talk Time

Altadena Town Council Releases Agenda for Tuesday, Newly-Declared Candidates Will Each Be Given Talk Time

In releasing the agenda below, Altadena Town Council Chair Diane Marcussen noted she expects “this month’s meeting will be quite a long one because we have 14 Candidates running for office and each will have 3 minutes to speak at the meeting.”

“Great news that we have so many candidates!” Marcussen wrote, but notes this will probably “add an hour on to the regular meeting length. ”

The meeting will be held Tuesday, May 19, at 7 p.m. in the Altadena Community Center, 730 East Altadena Drive.

1. CALL TO ORDER
1.1. Pledge of Allegiance, Councilmember
1.2. Roll Call, Recording Secretary, Damon Hobdy
1.3. Approve May 19, 2015 meeting Agenda

2. OFFICERS’ REPORTS
2.1. Chairman, Diane Marcussen
2.2. Vice Chairman,  Okorie Ezieme
2.3. Recording Secretary, Damon Hobdy
2.3.1 Approve April 21, 2015 Meeting Minutes
2.4. Treasurer, Amy Cienfuegos
2.5. Corresponding Secretary, Billy Malone
3. PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS
3.1. California Highway Patrol,

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Altadena Town Council Race Draws 14 Candidates for Eight Seats

Altadena Town Council Race Draws 14 Candidates for Eight Seats

[Editor’s Note: The original version of this article mispelled two candidates’ names. We apologize for these errors. The corrections have been made below.]

Fourteen candidates have thrown their hats in the ring to run for eight openings on the Altadena Town Council.

Altadena Town Council Chair Diane Marcussen said that eight candidates have submitted complete, approved packets as of Thursday, May 14. Six additional candidates submitted their packets on the final day, Friday, May 15, and have not yet been checked for completeness.

The final list of candidates will be approved by the Town Council at its regular meeting May 19.

Approved candidates, by census tract, are:

CT 4601
James Walker, Jr.

CT 4602
Ruben Balter
Billy Malone (incumbent)

CT 4603.01
Damon Hobdy (incumbent)

4603.02
(No canddiate)

4610
Brent Musson (incumbent)

4611
Otis Triplett

4612
Anne Lansing

4613
Vahe Atchabaharian

The candidates who submitted Friday are: CT 4601,

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Altadena Town Council Candidate Forum  to be Held May 28

Altadena Town Council Candidate Forum to be Held May 28

A forum for candidates running for a seat on the Altadena Town Council will be held Thursday, May 28 in the Altadena Library Community Room, 600 E Mariposa Street.

Voting in the election will be held on June 2 and June 6.

The candidate forum is sponsored by Neighbors Building a Better Altadena, a group dedicated to creating a stronger, more cohesive community.

At the forum, each candidate will be offered an opportunity to speak to the entire community and respond to additional questions from attendees.

Then the group will gather by census tract with each tract’s candidates available for more detailed discussions with their neighbors.

Prior to the forum, each candidate will be asked to answer in writing three questions about their goals for the community and the Town Council, and the responses will be posted on the group’s web site at buildingabetteraltadena.org.

A similar survey of candidates was conducted in the last election; the responses can be seen at http://buildingabetteraltadena.org/Town_Council_Election_2014!.html

Candidate applications are due before 4:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Town Council Election Chair Okorie Ezieme Urges Potential Candidates to Apply as Deadline Looms

Town Council Election Chair Okorie Ezieme Urges Potential Candidates to Apply as Deadline Looms

With a Friday deadline for candidates to apply for the upcoming Altadena Town Council election fast approaching, Election Committee Chair Okorie Ezieme urges residents thinking about running for office to pick up the forms at the Altadena Library or download them here.

The forms must be turned in by May 15, no later than 4:30 p.m. at the Altadena Library, 600 East Mariposa Street, Ezieme said yesterday.

There are eight census tracts each with one open seat for this election: 4601, 4602, 4603.01, 4603.02, 4610, 4611, 4612, and 4613.  Election Day is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, with pre-voting at the Library on Tuesday, June 2 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

After the deadline passes this Friday, Ezieme said, applications will be examined for completeness before the potential candidates can be placed on the ballot. The approved ballot should be available for release late that day, he said.

Ezieme said that he can report that two incumbents,

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

LA County Supervisors Vote to Support the Building Homes and Jobs Act; Antonovich Declines

LA County Supervisors Vote to Support the Building Homes and Jobs Act; Antonovich Declines

By APRIL BAMBURG

Affordable housing in LA County gained official support from a majority of County Supervisors on May 12. The board voted 3-2 to support Assembly Bill 1335, which is also known as the “Building Homes and Jobs Act.”

Proposed by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, the bill imposes a $75 fee on various real estate transactions. This fee does not apply to home sales and would be capped at $225 per property. Twenty percent of the money from this fee will be spent on affordable owner-occupied workforce housing; the rest of the money will be used for a variety of purposes, including matching funds in local or regional housing trust funds, affordable rental and ownership housing for workers up to 120 percent of median income, emergency shelters, transitional housing and rapid rehousing

Two thirds of the state legislature must approve Assembly Bill 1335 for the bill to pass and this fee to be imposed.

City News Service reported that Supervisor Don Knabe voted against the motion,

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Altadena Town Council Applications Due Friday

Altadena Town Council Applications Due Friday

Applications to run as an Altadena Town Council Representative are due May 15th, no later than 4:30 pm at the Altadena Library, 600 East Mariposa Street, in Altadena.

Applications may be picked up at the Altadena Library or downloaded from AltadenaElection.org or altadenatowncouncil.org

Each of the eight census tracts has one representative seat open for election. Contribute to the well-being of your community. Work with law enforcement, utility companies, County Supervisor and others to get things done!

Election Day is Saturday, June 6, with pre-voting on Tuesday June 2nd. More information is available at www.AltadenaElection.org

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Share Your Views on a Possible Minimum Wage Increase at County Forum Tonight

Share Your Views on a Possible Minimum Wage Increase at County Forum Tonight

The Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs is holding a business forum at the Altadena Community Center tonight at 6 p.m.

This forum is intended for business owners to share their views with County representatives on a potential minimum wage increase in the unincorporated areas of the County.

The Altadena Community Center is located at 730 E. Altadena Drive.

The event is free. For more information call: 800-593-8222. For those who wish to submit comments online visit www.dcba.lacounty.gov.

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Gretchen Seager Will Not Run for Re-Election to the Altadena Town Council

Gretchen Seager Will Not Run for Re-Election to the Altadena Town Council

Gretchen Seager has announced that she will not run for re-election to the Altadena Town Council in her census tract #4601, Pat Sutherlen, Altadena Town Council Election Committee Vice Chair said in an email Friday night.

Town Council elections will be held on June 6.  Applications may be picked up at the Altadena Library 600 E. Mariposa Ave or downloaded at www.altadenatowncouncil.org.  Deadline to turn in applications is 4:30 p.m. on May 15 at the Library.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Woodbury House, Storied Altadena Landmark, Reportedly Wins Reprieve from May 14 Foreclosure Auction

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,

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Edward William is New Literacy Coordinator at Altadena’s Bob Lucas Memorial Branch and Literacy Center

Edward William is New Literacy Coordinator at Altadena’s Bob Lucas Memorial Branch and Literacy Center

The Bob Lucas Memorial Branch and Literacy Center is happy to welcome Edward William as its new literacy coordinator.

William also works in the literacy program at the Monrovia Public Library. His background includes eight years in public libraries, five years in literacy programs and a Master of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University.

He will be responsible for bringing new learners and tutors into the program, providing the resources and materials for learners to reach their literacy goals, conducting tutor training, and helping the program grow with the support of volunteer tutors.

“I have met with many of our tutors and learners, and I look forward to working with anyone who would like to join our program,” said William. “We always need volunteer tutors for our team. Our next tutor training is Saturday, May 30 by reservation. If you are interested in becoming a tutor or if you would like to improve your reading and writing in English,

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

SCE Helicopter Work Set for May 5 Has Been Postponed, No New Date Set

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,

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Friday, May 1, 2015

2015 Courageous Citizens Awards Program Featuring Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey

2015 Courageous Citizens Awards Program Featuring Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey

The 2015 Courageous Citizens Awards Program featuring Los Angeles County District Attorney, Jackie Lacey will be presented at the Pasadena Rotary Club on Wednesday, May 6th Lunch, meeting and presentation begins at 12 p.m. at the University Club of Pasadena, 175 N. Oakland Ave., Pasadena. The public is welcome to attend no reservations necessary check in at registration. Luncheon tickets are $30.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office created the Courageous Citizens Award in 1985 to commend individuals who have acted with courage and at considerable personal risk to help a victim of a crime, to assist in the capture of a suspect or to testify in the face of extraordinary pressures. The award recipients exemplify the highest form of community service.

District Attorney Jackie Lacey was elected into office in 2012 in a historic election, becoming the first female DA and the first African American to serve in that position in Los Angeles County since 1850. DA Jackie Lacey will introduce the program and the Deputy DAs who handled the cases in court.

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Land Use Committee of the Altadena Town Council Cancels May 5 Meeting

Land Use Committee of the Altadena Town Council Cancels May 5 Meeting

In an email today, Altadena Town Council Chair Diane Marcussen reported that the Land Use Committee of the Altadena Town Council has no items to review this month so the May 5th meeting has been cancelled.

Marcussen may be contacted at dmarcussen@aol.com.

 

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

L.A. County Firefighters Arrive in Nepal to Rescue Earthquake Victims

L.A. County Firefighters Arrive in Nepal to Rescue Earthquake Victims

 

The Los Angeles County Fire Department’s California Task Force 2—known internationally as USA-2—Medium Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team arrived in Nepal on Tuesday to assist with rescue and recovery efforts following Saturday’s magnitude 7.8 earthquake.

The 57-member team departed March Air Reserve Base on Sunday night.

The USAR team is part of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) that was deployed upon the request of Nepal’s government. The DART comprises nearly 130 people, including 14 USAID disaster experts, the Department’s 57-person USAR team and a 57-person USAR team from Fairfax, Virginia. The team also includes 12 canines—six from L.A. County.

The team is made up of specialized personnel, and includes all necessary equipment to make live rescues from collapsed structures and confined spaces. The U.S. is currently prioritizing search and rescue activities to help locate survivors trapped in the rubble and the provision of emergency shelter materials to help displaced families.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Jamie Bissner Announces He Will Not Seek Re-election to Altadena Town Council, Tract 4612

Jamie Bissner Announces He Will Not Seek Re-election to Altadena Town Council, Tract 4612

Altadena Now received the following statement from Jamie Bissner early today:

“To the members of NBBA and all concerned for Altadena,

I commend you all in your involvement and concern in and for our magnificent town!

I will not be seeking re-election to the Altadena Town Council.

After 19 years of participation on, and with, the ATC and with the Bissner family having a presence in this community dating to 1922, I believe that another individual will step up to plate to capably, wisely, and knowledgeably represent Census Tract 4612 as well as representing all of Altadena and maintain the very unique environment here which I have always sought to protect.

My perspective of Altadena, having been born and raised here, along with my Dad, and with my Grandfather having found his way here in 1922, is one of a semi rural community devoid of onerous regulations, onerous enforcement mechanisms, rules designed to generate revenue for municipal coffers via fines,

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Updated: Tuesday Night’s Special Foothill Municipal Water District Board Meeting to Include Discussion of State’s Draft Emergency Regulations

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.”

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Registration is Now Open for CERT Program’s Annual All-Skills Exercise

Registration is Now Open for CERT Program’s Annual All-Skills Exercise

Courtesy Deb Halberstadt

Join fellow CERT graduates at Area E Regional CERT Program’s 2015 Annual All-Skills Exercise June 6, 2015.

The Annual All-Skills Exercise is a day of ‘hands-on’ activities including a simulated disaster for search and rescue, disaster medical operations, disaster medical treatment, cribbing, fire suppression, and more.

The Annual All-Skills Exercise includes the participation of CERT graduates from throughout Los Angeles County; Fire Agencies and Law Enforcement Agencies throughout Area E; and this year, our newest partner; California Metropolitan State Hospital Police and Fire.

This is a hands-on event and includes arduous activity. CERT participants must wear appropriate attire including closed-toe shoes, pants, and safety equipment. Attire may become soiled during exercise. The event will be conducted both inside and outside. The outside environment includes uneven ground.
This is a day of skill refreshing, networking, and an opportunity to interact with the finest of professional emergency responders.

AGENDA Overview
7:30a-8:00a Check-in and Continental Breakfast
8:00a –

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Los Angeles County Fire Department Urban  Search and Rescue Team Members Deploy to Nepal Earthquake Disaster

Los Angeles County Fire Department Urban Search and Rescue Team Members Deploy to Nepal Earthquake Disaster

The 57-member USA- 2 (California Task Force 2) Medium Urban Search and Rescue team is deploying today to assist the United States Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) with rescue and  recovery efforts in Nepal following its 7.9 magnitude Earthquake and Disaster.

The Team is departing Los Angeles this afternoon for Nepal. They are expected to arrive into Kathmandu on Monday, April 27th.

USA -2(California Task Force 2) has partnerships with Federal Emergency Management Agency for domestic response and the United States Agency for International Development/Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance during international missions. As a part of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, USA- 2 (CA-TF2) maintains constant operational readiness for international deployments and as a local resource for residents of Los Angeles County and the Southern California area.

Upon request of the Government of Nepal, the United States has deployed a USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), including the Los Angeles County Fire Department Urban Search and Rescue Team (USAR).

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Altadena Town Council Representative Applications Available, Deadline to File is May 15

Altadena Town Council Representative Applications Available, Deadline to File is May 15

The Altadena Town Council Election Committee has made available Candidate Applications for this years’ Census Tract Representative Election slated for Saturday, June 6th.

The unincorporated town of Altadena has eight census tracts, each with two Town Council representatives taking an alternating two-year term. The Council meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Altadena Community Center, and is the voice of the community to the county supervisor, law enforcement and various utilities

Applications can be downloaded from www.AltadenaElection.org. Hard copies are available at the Altadena Library, 600 East Mariposa Street, Altadena, CA 91001

The deadline for filing candidate applications is May 15th, 4:30 pm

Continuous candidate and election information throughout the election cycle can be found at AltadenaElection.org, which is an independent source for Altadena Town Council election information and is not affiliated with the Altadena Town Council.

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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

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.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Master Gardener Yvonne Savio Returns: “Recycling Household Throwaways Into New Garden Tools”

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,

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Busy Altadena Library Board Follows Up Weekend Retreat with Monday Board Meeting

Busy Altadena Library Board Follows Up Weekend Retreat with Monday Board Meeting

The Altadena Library District Board of Library Trustees will not only spend the weekend wrapped up in an all District Boards retreat, but come back for a regularly scheduled Monday Board meeting on April 27 at 5 p.m.

The agenda includes a preliminary budget discussion for next year, a proposal for an auditor to provide independent audit services, review and voting on a proposal to change the title of a principal library position to Public Services Director and a possible letter of support for Altadena Best Fest.

The full agenda is online here.

 

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Altadena Library District Announces It Is Looking for a Public Services Director

Altadena Library District Announces It Is Looking for a Public Services Director

The Altadena Library District is looking for a Public Services Director who is ready to “ignite staff ” and “take community library services to the next level,” a new job posting says. The salary range is $5,798.23 to $7,223.82 (presumably, per month).

The listing says in full:

“In your role of overseeing and evolving all aspects of our public service you see the big picture and you will guide the team of experienced and dedicated library staff through change and growth.

“You have an innate understanding of the changing role of the library in the community and are excited about the opportunities and challenges these changes will bring. You are a natural leader who is knowledgeable on all library operations and respected for your ability to help staff navigate the path of change. You are an active listener and you are intuitive to people’s needs. You are a team player who thinks quickly on your feet.

“As a public services director you understand the role of education and the library and are committed to providing our community with every opportunity to learn,

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

All Boards Retreat for the Altadena Library District, Foundation and Friends Called for Saturday and Sunday

All Boards Retreat for the Altadena Library District, Foundation and Friends Called for Saturday and Sunday

[Updated]  The Altadena Library District has announced an “all board retreat” this weekend for the combined board of trustees of the Altadena Library District, the Altadena Library Foundation and the Friends of the Altadena Library.

“The Board Retreat, while open to the public, is an opportunity for the three boards to come together to discuss the roles of each, the goals of each and how we can all work together to achieve the goals of the library for the best of the community,” Mindy Kittay, District Director / Altadena Library District told Altadena Now. “It is a work session but because more than three board members will be present it must be an open meeting.”

The boards will convene in the Reading Court and the BJP Community Room (both in Main Library).

Trustee meetings for the Library have to be open to the public, hence the announcement.

 

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Altadena Town Council Hears Election Committee Report

Altadena Town Council Hears Election Committee Report

 

Pat Sutherlin, vice chair of the Election Committee, gave the report for Okorie Ezieme, the chairperson, who is out of the country at Tuesday night’s Altadena Town Council meeting.

Sutherlin said that election packets may be picked up at the Altadena Library starting on April 24.  They will also be posted on the Town Council’s website on April 24.  www.altadenatowncouncil.org

The Altadena Library will also be used for early voting on June 2 and election day voting on June 6.

The voting hours for June 2 and June 6 have not yet been determined and will be announced at the May 19 meeting of the Town Council.

The deadline to file candidate papers is 4:30 p.m. on May 15.  Candidate applications must be turned in to the Library unless prior arrangements are made with the Okorie Ezieme, chair of the Election Committee.

All candidates are invited to attend the May 19 Town Council meeting to speak briefly about their candidacy.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Altadena Town Council Meets Tonight at 7 p.m.

Altadena Town Council Meets Tonight at 7 p.m.


The Altadena Town Council meets tonight at 7 p.m. at the Altadena Community Center, 730 East Altadena Drive as a regularly scheduled monthly meeting. The public is invited.

The agenda is re-published below.

The Council meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month. The Town Council’s Executive Committee is composed of Diane Marcussen (Chair), Okorie Ezieme (Vice Chair), Damon Hobdy (Recording Secretary), Amy Cienfuegos (Treasurer) and William Malone (Secretary). Additionally, the Land Use Committee of the Town Council meets the first Tuesday of each month. The Executive Committee of the Town Council meets the second Tuesday of each month.

Tonight’s agenda appears below and may be viewed as a pdf here.

1. CALL TO ORDER
1.1. Pledge of Allegiance _____________________ Councilmember
1.2. Roll Call _____________________________ Recording Secretary, Damon Hobdy
1.3. Approve April 21, 2015 meeting Agenda

2. OFFICERS’ REPORTS
2.1. Chairman ____________________________ Diane Marcussen
2.2. Vice Chairman ________________________ Okorie Ezieme
2.3.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Approve Proposed $27 Billion Budget

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Approve Proposed $27 Billion Budget

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a proposed 2015-16 budget totaling nearly $27 billion, down roughly $200 million from last year.

The spending plan is subject to a series of public hearings before final deliberations begin in June.

Los Angeles County Chief Executive Officer Sachi Hamai said the budget places emphasis on reforming the jails, working to protect children and improving patient access to quality healthcare.

“Today, because of the rebounding economy, we can add new funding to confront the complex issues facing many of our major public programs,” Hamai said. “This investment in resources represents a collaborative effort between the Board of Supervisors, the sheriff and county leaders to build on reforms already underway.”

About $100 million is designated for jails reform.

Sheriff Jim McDonnell said the funds will support the Sheriff’s Department efforts to “ensure the compassionate and constitutional treatment of those in our jails” and pointed to the burden the Department faces in dealing with a large County population of homeless people.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Phlunte’ Riddle Declares Candidacy for California State Senate District 25

Phlunte’ Riddle Declares Candidacy for California State Senate District 25

Phlunte’ Riddle, a well-known former local law enforcement figure who is active locally as a businesswoman and community leader, today announced her candidacy for the California State Senate to replace Senator Carol Liu after her term expires.

Riddle is a Democrat.

“I’m running for the State Senate because we need a leader who has experience bringing people together to keep our communities safe, make investments in our schools, and create for opportunity for middle-class families,” Riddle said.

“I have spent my life serving our community and actively listening to the resident’s concerns. I will draw from my work as a public safety officer, businesswoman, and an educator to find solutions to the challenges facing California.

Riddle’s campaign team will be lead by Doug Herman of The Strategy Group, David Pruitt of David Pruitt Consulting, and David Binder of David Binder Research.

Riddle spent nearly 29 years rising through the ranks of the Pasadena Police Department. She broke barriers as the first woman to be permanently assigned as a gang/street narcotics officer,

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Altadena Library Announces Board Vacancy

Altadena Library Announces Board Vacancy

With the resignation of Trustee Tom Hubbard, the Altadena Library Board of Trustees is accepting letters of interest from anyone who would like to serve on the board for his unexpired 2015 term.

Those applying must be at least 18, a resident of and registered to vote in Altadena. The board meets at 5 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month. The board will interview potential candidates at the next board meeting at 5 p.m. on April 27th.

The applicant selected must agree to be willing to run in the Nov. 3, 2015 election for the 4-year term for this seat which expires in 2019.

Interested parties should submit a letter of interest, resume, and completed supplemental questionnaire (on library’s website) to the Library Director by 12 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14, 2015.

The Altadena Library is located at 600 E. Mariposa St.

The link to the application and questionnaire are here: http://www.altadenalibrary.org/blog/salya/2015/02/26/ald-board-vacancy

For more information about the library,

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