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Thursday, May 9, 2024

New Public Health Report Shows LA County Homeless Mortality Rate Plateaued in 2022

New Public Health Report Shows LA County Homeless Mortality Rate Plateaued in 2022

STAFF REPORT

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has released its fifth annual report on mortality among people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County. From 2021 to 2022, the most recent years of data available for the report, the overall mortality rate increased by just 2% from 3,215 per 100,000 people to 3,282 per 100,000 people.

This is a welcomed plateauing of the mortality rate among people experiencing homelessness, which previously saw a devastating increase of 56% from 2019 to 2021, the County said in a statement.

The recent plateau in the overall mortality rate can be attributed largely to a leveling off of the rate of drug overdose deaths, the leading cause of death among PEH for the past six years, and a sharp decline in COVID-19 mortality. From 2021 to 2022, the distribution of doses of naloxone, an opioid overdose reversal medication, saw a two-and-a-half-fold increase in communities most affected by fentanyl overdoses, and the number of reported naloxone-induced overdose reversals nearly doubled.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2024

LA County Library Observes Mental Health Awareness Month with Programs Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing

LA County Library Observes Mental Health Awareness Month with Programs Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing

STAFF REPORT

LA County Library is deeply committed to all its neighbors’ mental health and well-being. The Library recognizes May as Mental Health Awareness Month and proudly highlights the Mental Health Promoters Program, which is a transformative initiative created by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health aimed at reducing mental health stigma in the underserved.

“LA County Library has 86 locations that serve as trusted safe spaces for families throughout the County. The Library is a valued partner with the Department of Mental Health in supporting the well-being of Los Angeles County residents,” said Dr. Lisa H. Wong, Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. “Throughout the year, and especially during May, which is Mental Health Awareness Month, we look forward to sharing resources and information through our Mental Health Promoters Program stationed in various libraries across the County.”

“No matter the challenge, LA County Library is here to support our customers,” said Skye Patrick,

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Monday, April 22, 2024

LA County Proposes $45.4 Billion Budget for Fiscal Year 2024-25

LA County Proposes $45.4 Billion Budget for Fiscal Year 2024-25

CITY NEWS SERVICE

Noting slower-than-average growth in revenues and the winding down of some federal and state funding, Los Angeles County’s CEO released a $45.4 billion budget proposal for 2024-25 Monday, a decrease of $1.4 million from the 2023-24 fiscal year, which ends June 30.

While the proposed budget is lower than the current fiscal year, Fesia Davenport, county CEO, assured that the spending plan will maintain the county’s priorities, such as efforts to address housing and homelessness, promote mental health services, bolsters public safety, and ensure other county services. The proposal would also add 835 new positions — more than half of them in the Department of Mental Health — for a total of 116,159 budgeted positions in the county workforce.

“This recommended budget represents a balanced plan for the county’s future in the face of multiple uncertainties,” Davenport said during an online briefing Monday morning. “It invests our limited discretionary resources in the board’s highest priority programs,

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Friday, April 12, 2024

Altadena Town Council to Discuss Bus Shelter Replacement at April Meeting

Altadena Town Council to Discuss Bus Shelter Replacement at April Meeting

The Altadena Town Council announced it will hold its monthly meeting on April 16, 2024, at 7:00 p.m. at the Altadena Community Center. The meeting will be open to the public and streamed live on the Pasadena Media YouTube channel.

According to the Council’s agenda posted, the meeting will begin with a flag salute led by Faye Haslett, a student from Muir High School. Recording Secretary Pat Sutherlen will then take a roll call, and Vice Chair Nic Arnzen will approve the meeting agenda.

Council Chair Victoria Knapp, Vice Chair Nic Arnzen, Recording Secretary Pat Sutherlen, Treasurer Chris O’Malley, and Corresponding Secretary Dorothy Wong will deliver officer reports. 

The Council will also vote on approving the minutes from the March 19, 2024 meeting.

Public safety reports will be provided by representatives from the Altadena Sheriff’s Station, California Highway Patrol, and L.A. County Fire Department. 

Community reports will follow, with updates from Parks and Recreation,

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Wednesday, March 27, 2024

$12 Million Settlement Reached Over LA County PACE Loan Program

$12 Million Settlement Reached Over LA County PACE Loan Program

CITY NEWS SERVICE

Los Angeles County and a private lender will pay a total of $12 million to resolve a pair of lawsuits alleging that a program designed to help homeowners install clean-energy products left many participants with payments they could not afford, making them vulnerable to foreclosure, attorneys announced Tuesday.

Public Counsel, which represented plaintiffs in the suits, a pair of private lending companies that worked with the county on the Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, loan program targeted homeowners the companies should have known would be unable to afford the payments, while the county allegedly failed to provide adequate safeguards to protect loan recipients.

“PACE should have been a good program that enabled homeowners to upgrade their homes with renewable energy,” Ghirlandi Guidetti, a lead attorney on the case from Public Counsel, said in a statement. “Instead it turned into a nightmare for too many families. This settlement should help make that right.”

Settlement funds will be made available to anyone who received a county-sponsored PACE loan between March 2015 and March 2018 and had a lien recorded against their property.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2024

LA County Board of Supervisors Expected to OK Rules for Short-Term Rentals

LA County Board of Supervisors Expected to OK Rules for Short-Term Rentals

CITY NEWS SERVICE

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is scheduled Tuesday to give final approval to regulations for operating on short- term rentals in unincorporated areas.

Under the new rules, hosts with Airbnb or Vacation Rentals By Owner, VRBO, would be required to register and pay a fee of $914 on an annual basis.

The county rules would also restrict short-term rentals to a host’s primary residence — prohibiting the use of accessory dwelling units, rent- restricted primary residences and vacation rentals for short-term rental use.

Additionally, the regulations place restrictions on the number of guests, length of stay and types of events for short-term rentals. Companies like Airbnb and VRBO would be required to comply with the new regulations, and establish an enforcement and appeals process for customers who fail to abide by the new rules.

The board tentatively approved the regulations in February.

The move came as a result of board action taken on March 19,

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Saturday, March 9, 2024

LA County Unemployment Rate Rises in January

LA County Unemployment Rate Rises in January

CITY NEWS SERVICE

Los Angeles County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 5.4% in January, up slightly from a revised 5.2% in December, according to figures released Friday by the state Employment Development Department.

The 5.4% rate was above the 5% rate from January 2023.

Statewide, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.2% in January, 5.1% in December and 4.5% in January 2023. The comparable figures for the nation were 3.7% in January, 3.7% in December and 3.4% a year ago.

Total nonfarm employment in Los Angeles County decreased by 70,200 positions between December and January to reach more than 4.5 million. The trade, transportation and utilities sector led the way by dropping 20,500 jobs, thanks mainly to the end of the holiday season and drops in retail employment, according to the EDD.

Specific statistics for Pasadena were not broken out in the March 8 report.

In December 2023, the unemployment rate in Pasadena was reported at 4.40%,

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Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Gascón Bound for Runoff in Re-Election Bid for LA County District Attorney

Gascón Bound for Runoff in Re-Election Bid for LA County District Attorney

CITY NEWS SERVICE

District Attorney George Gascón will be heading to a November runoff election in his bid to retain his position. He will likely face Nathan Hochman, a former U.S. assistant attorney general who was the Republican candidate for state attorney general in the 2022 general election.

With neither candidate earning more than 50% of the vote from Tuesday’s primary election, the top two vote-getters advance to the November general election.

Gascón topped the field of 11 challengers as votes were tabulated Tuesday night, with Hochman running a close second and Jonathan Hatami, a child abuse prosecutor in the District Attorney’s Office, in a fading third place.

Gascón was elected in 2020 over incumbent Jackie Lacey because he promised a wave of progressive changes. But he has been under fire since taking office for issuing a series of directives critics have blasted as soft on crime. The directives included a rule against seeking the death penalty,

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Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Barger Preparing for Third, Final Term on LA County Board of Supervisors

Barger Preparing for Third, Final Term on LA County Board of Supervisors

CITY NEWS SERVICE

Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who represents Pasadena, was preparing for a third and final term Wednesday after besting four challengers in Tuesday’s election.

Barger, who was first elected in 2016 to represent District 5, was challenged in Tuesday’s election by Pasadenan Chris Holden, who has served in the state Assembly since 2012; Perry Goldberg, an attorney and founder of ThriveLA, which promotes farming communities for unhoused veterans; Konstantine Anthony, a member of the Burbank City Council since 2020 and a former mayor; and Marlon Marroquin, a technologist with specialization in international crime analysis.

District 5 covers more than 90 communities, including the cities of Arcadia, Burbank, La Cañada, Palmdale, Santa Clarita, Temple City, along with the unincorporated areas of Agua Dulce, Claremont, Palmdale, and the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Lakeview Terrace, Sunland, Toluca Lake and Valley Village.

With returns still being tabulated early Wednesday, Barger had well over the 50% margin needed to avoid a November runoff election and reclaim her seat outright.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

LA County Board of Supervisors Tentatively OKs New Rules for Short-Term Rentals

LA County Board of Supervisors Tentatively OKs New Rules for Short-Term Rentals

CITY NEWS SERVICE

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday tentatively approved a suite of new regulations on short-term rentals located in unincorporated areas.

The board voted unanimously to amend the county code regarding businesses licenses, which regulates short-term rentals. Under the new rules, hosts with Airbnb or Vacation Rentals By Owner, VRBO, will be required to register and pay a fee of $914 on an annual basis.

The county rules also restrict short-term rentals to a host’s primary residence — prohibiting the use of accessory dwelling units, rent-restricted primary residences and vacation rentals for short-term rental use.

Additionally, the regulations place restrictions on the number of guests, length of stay and types of events for short-term rentals. Companies like Airbnb and VRBO would be required to comply with the new regulations, and establish an enforcement and appeals process for customers who fail to abide by the new rules.

The board asked for several minor amendments to the proposal,

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Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Divided LA County Board Votes to Support Appeal of Homeless Camping Ban Issue

Divided LA County Board Votes to Support Appeal of Homeless Camping Ban Issue

CITY NEWS SERVICE

A divided Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has voted to support an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court of a court case questioning if cities and counties can legally enforce outdoor camping restrictions in an effort to clear homeless encampments, and is joining an Oregon city’s call for action Wednesday.

Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Janice Hahn introduced the motion calling on the county to support the city of Grants Pass, Oregon, in its appeal to the Supreme Court of two 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rulings that struck down cities’ ability to enforce public camping restrictions against the homeless unless there is adequate alternative shelter space available.

“I want to be clear that this is not an advocacy push for the criminalization of homelessness, but rather a call for comprehensive, compassionate action,” Barger said in a statement after the board’s 3-2 vote in support of the appeal. “This motion encourages the Supreme Court to clarify our state and local governments’

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Thursday, February 1, 2024

LA County Health Officials Confirm Local Measles Case

LA County Health Officials Confirm Local Measles Case

CITY NEWS SERVICE

Los Angeles County health officials said Thursday they have confirmed a case of measles in a resident who recently traveled through Los Angeles International Airport while infectious, and they urged people who may have been exposed to check their vaccination status, monitor their health and contact a doctor if necessary.

The unidentified patient arrived on Turkish Airlines flight 009 at the Tom Bradley International Terminal, Gate 157, at 5 p.m. Jan. 25, according to the county Department of Public Health. People who were in the terminal between 5 and 9 p.m. could be at risk of measles due to exposure, health officials said.

Other passengers who were seated near the patient on the flight are being notified, officials said.

The patient also visited a Chick-Fil-A restaurant at 18521 Devonshire St. in Northridge at some point between 8 and 10:30 p.m. Jan. 25, possibly exposing people there.

“Public Health encourages residents to confirm their measles vaccination status,”

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Thursday, January 25, 2024

20-Day Streak of Dropping Average LA County Gas Prices Ends

20-Day Streak of Dropping Average LA County Gas Prices Ends

CITY NEWS SERVICE

A 20-day streak of decreases totaling 21.8 cents that dropped the average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County to its lowest amount since Jan. 24, 2023, ended Thursday when it was unchanged, remaining at $4.539.

The average price is 4.5 cents less than one week ago, 18.2 cents lower than one month ago and a half-cent below what it was one year ago, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. It has dropped $1.955 since rising to a record $6.494 on Oct. 5, 2022.

The national average price rose six-tenths of a cent to $3.102, the third consecutive increase after a four-day streak of decreases totaling 1.7 cents. It has risen 2.5 cents over the past three days, including 1.2 cents Wednesday.

The national average price is eight-tenths of a cent more than one week ago, but 2.5 cents less than one month ago and 37.9 cents lower than one year ago.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2024

L.A. County Board of Supervisors Call for Release of Armenian Hostages Held Captive by Azerbaijan

L.A. County Board of Supervisors Call for Release of Armenian Hostages Held Captive by Azerbaijan

STAFF REPORT

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today unanimously approved a motion introduced by Supervisor Kathryn Barger and co-authored by Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell that throws the weight of Los Angeles County behind calls for the release of Armenians being held hostage by Azerbaijan.

At least 36 Armenian prisoners are captive and remain in Azerbaijani custody. Additionally, Azerbaijan is holding eight former military and political leaders of Artsakh captive as political prisoners as of September 2023.

“This is about accountability,” said Supervisor Kathryn Barger. “We need to hold Azerbaijan accountable for violations of humanitarian law. As leaders of a County that is home to the greatest number of Armenians outside of Armenia itself, we must do what is within our power and use our voice to condemn Azerbaijan’s violations of human rights and urge the return of all Armenian hostages and prisoners of war. We have a moral obligation to do so. I am proud to stand in solidarity with the Armenian community.”

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has approved several motions authored by Supervisor Barger related to the ongoing humanitarian violations and acts of violence committed by the Azerbaijani government against the ethnic Armenian people of Artsakh.

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Friday, January 5, 2024

LA County Health Department Urges Post-Holiday COVID-19 Testing

LA County Health Department Urges Post-Holiday COVID-19 Testing

CITY NEWS SERVICE

With COVID-19 transmission levels and respiratory viruses increasing, the L.A. County Department of Public Health Thursday urged residents to test if they have COVID-19 symptoms to prevent the spread of the virus in the post-holiday period.

County health officials said free at-home COVID-19 tests remain readily available throughout the county at libraries, from many community-based organizations, food banks and senior centers, through the federal government by mail and at retail pharmacies with a California health insurance plan.

Most at-home tests can be safely used past the expiration date on the box, according to Public Health. For more information on how to check home test expiration dates and how to get free COVID-19 tests, visit ph.lacounty.gov/COVIDtests.

People who test positive for COVID-19, especially those with underlying risk factors, should talk to a health care provider right away about COVID-19 medications. Taking an oral antiviral, such as Paxlovid, can prevent people from becoming very sick,

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Wednesday, December 27, 2023

California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Unveils Upgrades to Online Services, Focusing on Commercial Drivers

California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Unveils Upgrades to Online Services, Focusing on Commercial Drivers

STAFF REPORT

The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has unveiled significant upgrades to its online services, focusing on streamlining processes for commercial drivers. The improvements aim to facilitate easier license applications, efficient driving tests, and quick renewals, contributing to the state’s economic vitality, a DMV statement said.

“By harnessing technology and implementing this streamlined process, the DMV aims to reduce wait times and eliminate unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles for California’s commercial drivers,” DMV Director Steve Gordon said.

Under the Newsom Administration and Gordon’s leadership, the DMV has doubled its online services from 20 in 2019 to 48 today. Transaction times have been reduced by two-thirds, and in-office wait times have significantly decreased.

One of the notable enhancements is the more efficient Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) skills testing experience. CDL applicants now benefit from a modernized skills test using tablets for exams, eliminating paper score sheets and data entry. This improvement has resulted in a 9% increase in the number of tests conducted statewide since implementation.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2023

L.A. County Supervisors Tackle Increasing Local Oversight of Battery Energy Storage Facilities

L.A. County Supervisors Tackle Increasing Local Oversight of Battery Energy Storage Facilities

STAFF REPORT

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a motion authored by Supervisor Kathryn Barger that directs Los Angeles County’s Department of Regional Planning to develop an ordinance that will regulate and prevent the overconcentration of battery energy storage sites (BESS) in North County.

The discussion among the Supervisors focused on finding a balance between supporting energy reliability and clean energy goals that will help reduce greenhouse gasses by developing new energy storage solutions like BESS facilities, while adequately mitigating fire risks posed by the storage of lithium ion batteries and safeguarding the equitable distribution of these storage facilities–which are prone to be developed in parts of the County where undeveloped land is available.

Supervisor Kathryn Barger’s motion adds more teeth to the County’s ability to have local oversight in approving BESS site locations.

“I believe in being proactive and realistic,” said Supervisor Kathryn Barger. “The push to create renewable energy storage sites will continue to grow.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2023

LA County Closes Loophole, Requires Paid Health Care for Hospital Contract Workers

LA County Closes Loophole, Requires Paid Health Care for Hospital Contract Workers

CITY NEWS SERVICE

Photo courtesy LA County Department of Health Services

Closing a loophole that threatened to leave some contract workers at Los Angeles County-run hospitals without fully paid health care premiums, the Board of Supervisors Tuesday adopted a motion requiring existing contractors to provide such coverage for most workers by March 31.

In April, the board approved a motion requiring contractors providing services such security, food service and janitorial work at hospitals run by the county to provide 100% employer-paid health care for employees who work 30 hours or more per week. The requirement was to be effective by Dec. 31.

According to a motion introduced by Supervisors Janice Hahn and Hilda Solis, DHS officials are in the process of revising is contract solicitations to include the requirement in new contracts, however, the original motion failed to include a provision for existing contracts to be amended with the health care provision.

“Until that happens,

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Monday, December 4, 2023

Opening the Door to Homeownership in Los Angeles County with the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs

Opening the Door to Homeownership in Los Angeles County with the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs

STAFF REPORT

Opening Doors resource fair offers current and future LA County homeowners valuable resources to guide them from buying their first home to preventing foreclosure

The Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA) hosted a resource fair and a series of workshops on Saturday, December 2, Opening Doors: Planning for the Stages of Homeownership, to support current and prospective homeowners living in LA County. The event brought together professionals and experts at Magic Johnson Park to provide direct guidance on the processes involved in each stage of owning a home.

Topics addressed during the event include:

• Homebuyer Education
• Navigating Down Payments
• The Document Recording Process
• Assessor Property Tax Savings Programs
• Assessment Appeals and Recordation of Deeds
• Secured Property Tax Collection
• Foreclosure Timeline and Foreclosure Scams
• Mortgage Delinquency and Default Counseling
• Homeowner Notification and Mortgage Relief Programs
• Estate Planning
• Innovations in Housing
• Accessory Dwelling Units
• Common Legal Pitfalls in Homeownership

Compared to the rest of the United States,

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Thursday, November 16, 2023

LA County Reports 1st Flu Death of the Season

LA County Reports 1st Flu Death of the Season

CITY NEWS SERVICE

Los Angeles County reported the county’s first flu-related death of the 2023-24 flu season Wednesday.

According to the county Department of Public Health, the patient was an “elderly” resident with multiple underlying health conditions, and was apparently unvaccinated against the flu.

“Although most people recover from influenza without complications, this death is a reminder that influenza can be a serious illness,” according to a statement from the health agency. “Pneumonia is the most common complication of the flu. Flu can also aggravate underlying health conditions like heart disease or asthma. Annually, thousands of people nationwide are hospitalized or die from influenza-associated illness.”

Health officials said they are anticipating a potentially busy fall and winter for the health-care system, given a trio of circulating viruses — flu, COVID-19 and respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV. All three have similar symptoms, and health officials urged anyone who develops symptoms to get tested for COVID-19.

“Although influenza seasons are difficult to predict,

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Monday, October 30, 2023

LA County Supervisors Demand Answers About Delay in Landlord-Relief Program

LA County Supervisors Demand Answers About Delay in Landlord-Relief Program

CITY NEWS SERVICE

Two Los Angeles County supervisors Monday called for an audit to determine why a rent-relief program for small property owners who are owed back rent accumulated during the COVID-19 pandemic has yet to be implemented, despite being approved nine months ago.

The Board of Supervisors approved the program on Jan. 24, directing the county Department of Business and Consumer Affairs to distribute $45 million to “mom-and-pop” landlords who are owned back rent. But according to Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Holly Mitchell, the program still has not begun, with neither applications nor program guidelines being made available.

“Delaying the disbursement of relief funds to mom-and-pop property owners is simply unacceptable,” Barger said in a statement. “The motion I introduced included an expectation that this landlord relief program would be launched expeditiously. We’ve missed the mark and small property owners are bearing the brunt of DCBA’s delays.”

Barger and Mitchell called on the county CEO to conduct an audit to identify reasons for the delay,

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Wednesday, October 4, 2023

L.A. County Board OKs Amended 2023-24 Budget, Boosting Spending by $3.4 Billion

L.A. County Board OKs Amended 2023-24 Budget, Boosting Spending by $3.4 Billion

Crediting an influx of state and federal dollars along with higher-than-expected revenue and departmental cost savings, the county Board of Supervisors approved an amended $46.7 billion budget for the 2023-34 fiscal year Tuesday, adding hundreds of new positions.

The board unanimously approved a $3.4 billion supplemental budget plan, augmenting the initial $43.3 billion budget it approved for 2023-24 back in June.

In a presentation to the board, county CEO Fesia Davenport said more than half of the new funding, or about $1.8 billion, represented new funding from the state and federal governments. She noted that the bulk of that money is specifically “attached to particular programs or services,” meaning it mostly cannot be reallocated to other county programs.

The rest of the additional funding is the result of “operational savings” in various departments, including staff vacancies, cost savings in areas such as ongoing capital improvement projects and revenue collections that “exceeded what was anticipated,” primarily property tax revenue.

The new funding will be used to add 666 staff positions,

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Wednesday, October 4, 2023

L.A. County Board of Supervisors Unanimously Approves Barger’s Arts Support Motion Amid $4.1 Billion Revenue Loss

L.A. County Board of Supervisors Unanimously Approves Barger’s Arts Support Motion Amid $4.1 Billion Revenue Loss

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a motion by Pasadena-area Supervisor Kathryn Barger to support the struggling arts sector, which is facing a potential $4.1 billion loss in revenues due to the pandemic and slow recovery.

Introduced by Barger, the motion aims to promote and support arts venues throughout the county.

Supervisor Barger emphasized the importance of these venues as shared communal spaces that reinforce mental and emotional well-being.

The motion directs the County’s Department of Arts and Culture to launch a social media promotional campaign and create a virtual map of arts programs for easy access by residents.

The motion also calls for several County departments that serve high numbers of the public – including Public Library, Parks and Recreation, and Beaches and Harbors – to take a more active role in promoting resources and events related to arts and culture.

The impact of the pandemic on the performing arts sector has not only affected the arts community but also public revenue.

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Thursday, September 28, 2023

Metro Board of Directors OKs Extension of Micro Transit Service for Altadena/Pasadena/Sierra Madre

Metro Board of Directors OKs Extension of Micro Transit Service for Altadena/Pasadena/Sierra Madre

CITY NEWS SERVICE

Metro’s Board of Directors Thursday extended its MicroTransit Pilot Program on-demand rideshare service through September 2024 for numerous zones in L.A. County including Altadena/Pasadena/Sierra Madre.

The Board also instructed that a study be done to determine whether the program should be continued for an additional six months, or if necessary, discontinue some of the eight zones the program serves.

The board voted 12-0 with director and Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger absent during the vote. Directors Ara Najarian, James Butts, Fernando Durta, Janice Hahn and Barger introduced the motion to possibly consider a new operational business model and improve the overall performance of its micro transit program, also known as Metro Micro.

Metro Micro is an on-demand rideshare service, offering trips within several zones in L.A. County, including Watts/Compton; LAX/Inglewood; El Monte; North Hollywood/Burbank; Highland Park/Eagle Rock/Glendale; Altadena/Pasadena/Sierra Madre; Northwest San Fernando Valley; and UCLA/Westwood/VA Medical Center.

The service can be used for short local trips and uses small vehicles seating up to 10 passengers.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2023

L.A. County Proposes New Bid to Settle Homelessness Lawsuit

L.A. County Proposes New Bid to Settle Homelessness Lawsuit

By FRED SHUSTER, City News Service

Los Angeles County and the L.A. Alliance for Human Rights have reached a new proposed settlement of a lawsuit over local governments’ response to the homelessness crisis, and it appears to meet recent demands of the judge overseeing the case, according to court documents filed Monday.

U.S. District Judge David Carter has rejected previous efforts to settle, denying the county and the homelessness coalition’s joint stipulation to dismiss the case, saying he wanted more “oversight and enforcement powers.”

According to Monday’s filing, Carter is getting what he asked for, including the county’s promise to fund 3,000 new mental health/substance use disorder beds, subsidies for 450 new clients of residential care facilities for indigent adults and the elderly, and, significantly, the appointment of a retired federal judge to monitor the county’s compliance with the settlement.

“The previous settlement the parties presented to the Court already provides a thousand new beds and enhanced services for people experiencing homelessness with substance use disorder or mental illness,”

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Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Cool Schools: LA County Looks to Help Districts Beat the Heat for Students

Cool Schools: LA County Looks to Help Districts Beat the Heat for Students

CITY NEWS SERVICE

The county Board of Supervisors Tuesday directed its staff to meet with local school districts and assist them with obtaining state and federal grant money available for cooling measures at campuses in an effort to protect students from extreme heat.

“Due to the nature of their design, many schools are some of the hottest locations in the county,” Supervisor Hilda Solis, who introduced the motion, said in a statement following the unanimous vote. “Play yards dominated by asphalt increase heat risk, and the lack of trees on many campuses results in fewer opportunities for cooling shade. It’s clear many schools need to reimagine their campuses to address extreme heat.”

According to Solis, there are various funding opportunities available for school districts, including a recent state allocation of $73 million for schools to replace asphalt surfaces with green spaces, trees and vegetation.

Her motion directs various county departments to meet with interested school districts to provide them with information about possible funding sources for cooling projects,

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Tuesday, August 8, 2023

L.A. County Board of Supervisors Form Two New Entities to Boost Regional Approach to Homelessness Planning, Service Coordination, and Innovation

L.A. County Board of Supervisors Form Two New Entities to Boost Regional Approach to Homelessness Planning, Service Coordination, and Innovation

Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a motion introduced by Supervisor Kathryn Barger and co-authored by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis that accelerates the County’s efforts to tackle homelessness by debuting a new regional approach to deliver solutions, cultivate collaboration, and stimulate innovation.

Two new entities – deemed in the motion as an Executive Committee and a Leadership Table – will be formed in the coming days to that end. The Executive Committee will consist of nine members, including two L.A. County Supervisors, two elected representatives from the City of Los Angeles including the Mayor, elected representatives from four municipalities representing regions specified in the motion, and a representative appointed by California’s Governor.

The complementary and more expansive Leadership Table will serve as an advisory body to the Executive Committee. Members will also harness private funding sources to support regional homelessness solutions. The Leadership Table will consist of representatives from various sectors, including but not limited to business, faith-based, advocacy, academia, people with lived experience,

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Thursday, August 3, 2023

Add a REAL ID to Your Back-to-School Checklist

Add a REAL ID to Your Back-to-School Checklist

STAFF REPORT

About 16.2 million Californians now have a REAL ID – an increase of 165,613 from the previous month – according to California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) data.

School bells will soon be ringing and there is much to do to get ready. Before all the shopping and lunch packing starts, head to your nearest DMV office to get a REAL ID driver’s license or identification card. There is no need to wait for the federal enforcement date of May 7, 2025, that requires a REAL ID or other federally approved document to board flights within the United States and access secure federal facilities. Doing it now means one less thing to worry about in 2025 if you want to use your driver’s license or ID card to fly around the country.

“Once the school supplies and new shoes are bought, take a minute for yourself and get your REAL ID. It’s never been easier,” said DMV Director Steve Gordon.

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Thursday, July 27, 2023

L.A.County Property Assessment Reaches Nearly $2 Trillion

L.A.County Property Assessment Reaches Nearly $2 Trillion

CITY NEWS SERVICE

Confirming an earlier forecast, this year’s assessment of property values in Los Angeles County rose by 6% over last year, reaching nearly $2 trillion, county Assessor Jeff Prang announced Thursday.

According to the Assessor’s Office, the total assessment came in at a record $1.997 trillion, translating to roughly $20 billion in property tax dollars that will fund “vital public services such as public education, first responders and health care workers, as well as other county services.”

The Assessor’s Office noted that the housing market overall has cooled since 2021, but median residential prices still reached a record high of more than $900,000 before falling to $865,000 in June.

“To say this has been a challenging couple of years is an understatement,” Prang said in a statement. “Our analysis does indicate property value growth at this time and that’s certainly good news for property owners and for local governments, which depend on property taxes to fund public services.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2023

L.A. County Board Backs Striking Hollywood Workers, Looks to Help Impacted Businesses

L.A. County Board Backs Striking Hollywood Workers, Looks to Help Impacted Businesses

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors formally threw its support behind striking Hollywood writers and actors Tuesday, voting to send a letter urging studios to return to the bargaining table while also agreeing to explore efforts to support small businesses being impacted by the work stoppages.

“The people who power Los Angeles are on strike and deserve a fair deal,” Supervisor Lindsey Horvath said in a statement after the vote. “Instead of returning to the negotiating table, the (Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers’) strategy is to inflict pain, causing people to lose their housing and livelihoods, with the futures of small businesses also on the line.

“While billionaires continue ruthless games, L.A. County will stand in solidarity with the actors, writers, and workers without whom this industry would not exist, and in support of the small businesses that fuel entertainment operations and productions. We can all reduce the impacts of the ongoing entertainment strike by supporting small, local businesses.”

Under a motion introduced by Horvath and Supervisor Hilda Solis,

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Wednesday, July 19, 2023

L.A. County Supervisors Approve New Design Standards for Residential and Mixed-Use Construction Projects in Unincorporated Communities

L.A. County Supervisors Approve New Design Standards for Residential and Mixed-Use Construction Projects in Unincorporated Communities

During Tuesday’s Public Hearing meeting, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to approve a new ordinance that will implement design standards for residential and mixed-use construction projects across all 42 of the County’s unincorporated communities.

The affected areas include Altadena and portions of East Pasadena that are unincorporated, such as Chapman Woods.

The design standards, presented by Los Angeles County’s Department of Regional Planning, provide an objective menu of options for developers’ use that support compatibility with the various architectural styles that are present throughout the County.

“I appreciate the work that has gone into crafting this ordinance,” said Supervisor Kathryn Barger.

“The state is continually eroding local government’s control and nowhere is that more evident than in the construction of ‘by-right’ housing projects. These projects will move forward whether or not they have local community support due to changes in state laws and cannot be opposed by the County. These new design standards will at least provide some guidance up front so that construction projects don’t completely go rogue.”

The standards are organized into seven categories,

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Thursday, July 13, 2023

LA County Adopts Countywide Racial Equity Strategic Plan

LA County Adopts Countywide Racial Equity Strategic Plan

Comprehensive plan addresses racism and creates a roadmap for a more equitable, inclusive, and just LA County

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (Board) has unanimously adopted a groundbreaking Countywide Racial Equity Strategic Plan with five strategic goals intended to measurably improve the lives of residents and communities throughout Los Angeles County (County).

The Board, acting on a motion by Supervisors Mitchell and Solis, declared its commitment to fostering meaningful and lasting change through the adoption of the Countywide Racial Equity Strategic Plan. Developed by the Chief Executive Office’s Anti-Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion (ARDI) Initiative, it outlines dozens of strategic goals and initiatives aimed to address structural racism. Co-created with residents, community-based organizations, civic leaders, philanthropic organizations, academic partners, and public/private agencies, the plan presents a 10-year roadmap to foster a more equitable and inclusive County where all residents are healthy, experience justice, and thrive.

The creation of the Countywide Racial Equity Strategic Plan was a directive of the Board when a motion was unanimously adopted on July 21,

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Tuesday, July 11, 2023

L.A. County Board Backs Barger’s Motion Supporting Congressional Bill To Expand and Preserve the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

L.A. County Board Backs Barger’s Motion Supporting Congressional Bill To Expand and Preserve the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

Tuesday, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors unanimously backed a Supervisor Kathryn Barger motion in support of a congressional bill by Congresswoman Judy Chu to expand and preserve the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.

The bill, called the San Gabriel Mountains Protection Act, aims to expand the borders of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument to include the western Angeles National Forest and designate over 30,000 acres of protected wilderness and 45.5 miles of protected rivers in Southern California.

Supervisor Kathryn Barger issued a statement saying, “The San Gabriel Mountains are an asset in the Fifth District that merit permanent protection so that the public can continue to connect with nature and access the respite it offers us all. In my district alone, the Public Lands Act would expand the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument by over 100,000 acres – a big feat.”

Senator Alex Padilla, Congresswoman Judy Chu, Congressman Tony Cardenas, Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo, and L.A. County Fifth District Supervisor Kathryn Barger joined Native American leaders at an event held at foot of the San Gabriel Mountains in Eaton Canyon on Monday June 26 to call on President Joe Biden to add 109,000 acres of public lands to the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Drum Corps Program OK’d for LA County Juvenile Halls

Drum Corps Program OK’d for LA County Juvenile Halls

CITY NEWS SERVICE

Weeks before a deadline to clear its juvenile halls over concerns about conditions and lack of programs for detainees, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to provide a musical rehabilitative program for juveniles in the halls.

According to the motion by Supervisors Holly Mitchell and Lindsey Horvath, “rehabilitation and development, in large part, are dependent on the ability of youth in locked facilities to receive timely consistent programming … transformative in nature that prepares them successfully to transition back into the community.”

The motion calls for the county to contract with the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, a 14-year-old nonprofit specializing in bringing music education and performances to underserved children throughout the county, to develop a Drum Corps Program for youth detainees at Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall and other facilities where youth are housed.

According to the motion, the program will give detainees a chance to learn to play instruments,

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Tuesday, June 6, 2023

LA County Board to Consider Creation of LGBTQ+ Commission

LA County Board to Consider Creation of LGBTQ+ Commission

CITY NEWS SERVICE

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will consider Tuesday the creation of a commission concerned with the rights and welfare of LGBTQ+ persons throughout the nation’s most populous county.

According to the board motion by Supervisors Hilda Solis and Janice Hahn, such a commission is needed due to the “ever increasing bias, prejudice and hate against those who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer.”

The proposed panel would also “ensure that county policies are inclusive of the specific needs of this community,” including safety from violence.

Research has found, according to the motion, that suicidal behavior across the nation was significantly higher among LGBTQ youth than other populations.

“It is incumbent on the board to ensure that positions and policies it takes are inclusive of all,” according to the motion. “One way of doing that is the creation of the county’s LGBTQ+ Commission, which would review recommendations to the board.”

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Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger to Deliver “State of the County” Address Today

Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger to Deliver “State of the County” Address Today

Los Angeles County District 5 Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who represents Pasadena on the County Board of Supervisors, is set to deliver her annual “State of the County” address at a luncheon Wednesday hosted by the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce. 

During her address, Supervisor Barger is expected to discuss a range of important local topics, focusing on her efforts to increase public safety, address homelessness, and improve the County’s mental health services infrastructure and jails. 

The speech will likely provide insights into her work and priorities as the supervisor of the Fifth District.

In addition to highlighting her views and initiatives, Supervisor Barger will also recognize the achievements of local Santa Clarita Valley students who won a fentanyl awareness video contest. These students will be honored for their contributions towards raising awareness about the dangers of fentanyl, a potent opioid. As part of this recognition, Supervisor Barger will present a $50,000 check to the William S. Hart Education Foundation in support of fentanyl education and outreach.

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Friday, May 26, 2023

Metro Green Lights $9 Billion Budget for 2024

Metro Green Lights $9 Billion Budget for 2024

CITY NEWS SERVICE

Metro’s Board of Directors approved the agency’s $9 billion budget for fiscal year 2024 Thursday, representing a $232.4 million, or 2.6%, increase over the current year.
The budget will make investments in service frequency and reliability, cleaning and public safety, Metro CEO Stephanie Wiggans said.

“All these investments focus on one thing: putting people first,” Wiggins wrote in her budget letter. “Metro’s budget must reflect that we are here to serve our customers.”

The budget includes $2.4 billion in the Metro Transit Operating and Maintenance program. The transit agency intends that allocation to provide about 8.9 million revenue hours of service, a 9.6% higher level of service than prior to the coronavirus pandemic.

Metro will allocate $201 million in cleaning efforts, an increase of $23.6 million, or 13.3%, compared to the current year. The money will fund 10 roving cleaning teams, hire 24 more full-time custodial staff and hire up to 50 temporary part-time custodial staff dedicated to the B (Red) and D (Purple) lines.

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Thursday, May 25, 2023

Metro Votes to Adopt $9 Billion Budget for 2024

Metro Votes to Adopt $9 Billion Budget for 2024

CITY NEWS SERVICE

Metro’s Board of Directors approved the agency’s $9 billion budget for fiscal year 2024 Thursday, representing a $232.4 million, or 2.6%, increase over the current year.

The budget will make investments in service frequency and reliability, cleaning and public safety, Metro CEO Stephanie Wiggans said.

“All these investments focus on one thing: putting people first,” Wiggins wrote in her budget letter. “Metro’s budget must reflect that we are here to serve our customers.”

The budget includes $2.4 billion in the Metro Transit Operating and Maintenance program. The transit agency intends that allocation to provide about 8.9 million revenue hours of service, a 9.6% higher level of service than prior to the coronavirus pandemic.

Metro will allocate $201 million in cleaning efforts, an increase of $23.6 million, or 13.3%, compared to the current year. The money will fund 10 roving cleaning teams, hire 24 more full-time custodial staff and hire up to 50 temporary part-time custodial staff dedicated to the B (Red) and D (Purple) lines.

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Monday, May 22, 2023

California State Parks Offers Free Admission to Veterans, Active and Reserve Military on Memorial Day

California State Parks Offers Free Admission to Veterans, Active and Reserve Military on Memorial Day

California State Parks is honoring the service of veterans, and active and reserve military members, by offering free admission to 130 participating state park units on Memorial Day – Monday, May 29, 2023. The list of participating park units can be found at parks.ca.gov/MemorialDay2023.

“State Parks invites these brave people and their families to enjoy the beauty, peace, and rich history of their public lands,” said California State Parks Director Armando Quintero. “Thank you for sacrificing so much for your nation, for your families, and for our freedom.”

Veterans, active duty, and reserve military personnel must show a valid military ID, or proof of discharge other than dishonorable or bad conduct, to receive free admission. AB 150 (Olsen), signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. in 2013, authorized California State Parks to offer veterans, active duty, and reserve military personnel from the United States Armed Forces and the National Guard of any state a reduced or free day use at participating state parks.

State Parks is reminding the public that there are other free passes available including the California State Park Adventure Pass for California fourth graders and their families.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Motion Co-Authored by Supervisor Barger Backs Extension of California Film Tax Credit

Motion Co-Authored by Supervisor Barger Backs Extension of California Film Tax Credit

In a move to keep TV and film jobs in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously today to back the extension of the current California Film Tax Credit for another five years.

This endorsement to Governor Newsom comes in the wake of an industry report showing a 24 percent decline in on-location filming over the last quarter.

The motion was co-authored by Supervisors Kathryn Barger, who represents Pasadena, and Lindsey P. Horvath.

The $1.55 billion tax relief program, which is managed by the California Film Commission, provides financial relief to film and television companies producing projects in California. Unless extended, the program is set to expire on June 30, 2025.

“Easing the tax liabilities of film and television companies both large and small is a significant carrot that keeps them from moving their production out of state where it may be cheaper to film,” said Supervisor Barger. “We have an amazing production infrastructure here and we must seize every opportunity to protect and support it.”

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Friday, May 12, 2023

LACo: COVID Vaccines, Medications Remain Available as Emergencies End

LACo: COVID Vaccines, Medications Remain Available as Emergencies End

With federal emergency declarations stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic ending, Los Angeles County health officials reminded residents Thursday that vaccinations remain readily available, along with approved therapeutics and testing kits.

In a statement, the county Department of Public Health noted that COVID-19 “continues to be one of the leading causes of death in Los Angeles County, requiring ongoing efforts to reduce severe illness through readily available vaccinations, testing and treatment.”

Health officials said the federal government will continue to make its supply of the therapeutic medications Paxlovid and Molnupiravir available at no cost regardless of insurance coverage, while state law requires insurance plans to cover the costs of vaccines, testing and Paxlovid through Nov. 11.

“We are grateful that Los Angeles County is in a better place and that emergency declarations are no longer needed,” county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said in a statement. “I am aware that each day thousands of people throughout Los Angeles County continue to be impacted by COVID-19,

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Wednesday, May 10, 2023

LA County Board of Supervisors Holds Public Hearing on Budget Proposal

LA County Board of Supervisors Holds Public Hearing on Budget Proposal

CITY NEWS SERVICE

The public got its first chance Wednesday to weigh in on the county’s $43 billion 2023-2024 budget proposal, with some speakers voicing frustration at funding amounts being allocated for incarceration and the probation and sheriff’s departments.

Those who spoke out against the agencies generally asked that the funding be diverted instead to education and recreation programs. Several speakers referenced this week’s overdose death of a detainee at the Barry Nidorf Juvenile Hall in Sylmar.

One speaker asked that Probation Department officials look at their detainees “as though they were their own children.”

Despite calls from multiple speakers for a reduction in the sheriff’s department budget, Sheriff Robert Luna appeared before the board and asked for additional funds. He asked for money to fund two more captain positions, citing a need for more senior officers to complete a management overhaul of the agency.

“I can’t believe that we have the biggest jail in the nation and it doesn’t even have a management system,”

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Tuesday, May 9, 2023

November Trial Date Set for Homelessness Lawsuit vs. LA County

November Trial Date Set for Homelessness Lawsuit vs. LA County

CITY NEWS SERVICE

A November trial date was set Tuesday for a lawsuit brought against Los Angeles County by a coalition of downtown business owners and housed and unhoused residents alleging local government has not done enough to help remedy the homelessness crisis.

In its March 2020 lawsuit, the L.A. Alliance for Human Rights alleged that inaction by the city and county of Los Angeles has created a dangerous environment in the Skid Row area and beyond.

The plaintiffs settled with the city last June in an agreement approved by U.S. District Judge David Carter, who is overseeing the case.

In April, Carter — for the second time in five months — rejected the county’s settlement offer, denying the county and the L.A. Alliance’s joint stipulation to dismiss the case, saying he needed more “oversight and enforcement powers.”

The county then attempted to stay proceedings and file an appeal to a higher court, but Carter denied that effort earlier this month.

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Thursday, May 4, 2023

Barger Brings Back Focus on Hiring, Retaining L.A. County Clinical Staff

Barger Brings Back Focus on Hiring, Retaining L.A. County Clinical Staff

STAFF REPORT

Approved motion gives 30 day deadline for completed impact report evaluating incentives, including benefits

This week, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion introduced by Supervisor Kathryn Barger that directs the County’s health, mental health, and public health departments to report on the impact the County’s current employee benefits and other incentives have on hiring and retaining clinical staff in 30 days.

“Providing the County’s most fundamental services rests on having quality medical, dental, psychiatric, and mental health professionals,” said Supervisor Barger. “I will continue shining a spotlight on the effectiveness of our employment perks. County benefits are touted as being amongst the best any employer offers, but is that message connecting with job applicants? We need to understand how well our current incentives are attracting job seekers and keeping these invaluable positions filled. Competing with the private sector’s hiring efforts is tough. Every day one of our clinical positions remains open is a lost opportunity to provide care.”

There are currently approximately 1,000 workers with specialty clinical roles across the County’s hospitals,

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Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Supervisor Barger Moves to Increase Reward in Unsolved Case of Murdered Altadena Preschooler to $75,000

Supervisor Barger Moves to Increase Reward in Unsolved Case of Murdered Altadena Preschooler to $75,000

STAFF REPORT

Pasadena Mayor Victor M. Gordo urge members of the community to step up, do their part

Supervisor Kathryn Barger successfully introduced a motion to increase and extend the reward offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the murder of four-year-old Salvador “Chavita” Esparza III.

The young boy was shot while standing on the porch of a home he was visiting in unincorporated Altadena on July 5, 2016.

The County of Los Angeles will now offer a $75,000 reward.

“Six years ago, little Salvador’s life was violently and tragically ended,” said Supervisor Kathryn Barger. “I am extending and increasing the reward amount because I have faith that there’s someone out there who can help bring justice for the Esparza family. Every bit of information helps, so don’t hesitate to reach out. Help us identify the perpetrator who robbed Salvador of his future and left an unfillable void in his family’s heart.”

Pasadena Mayor Victor M.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2023

LA County Begins CalFresh Outreach Effort to Combat Food Insecurity

LA County Begins CalFresh Outreach Effort to Combat Food Insecurity

CITY NEWS SERVICE

Faced with growing levels of food insecurity, Los Angeles County officials Monday began CalFresh Awareness Month in hopes of ensuring eligible residents are taking advantage of the state program that provides monthly food assistance.

“No one should be going hungry in L.A. County, but there are a lot of people who are struggling and don’t know they qualify for help,” Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Janice Hahn said in a statement Monday. “This month we are raising awareness of CalFresh and working with our partners to enroll as many families as possible so they can get this assistance.”

The campaign is countywide and involves several community-based organizations. CalFresh operates several offices in the Pasadena area.

According to the county, a recent USC Dornsife College study found that more than 800,000 Los Angeles County households experienced food insecurity between July 2021 and July 2022, and the numbers are exceeding pre- pandemic levels.

The county Department of Public Social Services and Department of Public Health will be working with community groups throughout the month to promote outreach and application-assistance efforts in communities that were disproportionately affected in terms of health and economic impacts during the pandemic.

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Thursday, April 27, 2023

New Pass Provides Free Public Transit for LA County Jurors

New Pass Provides Free Public Transit for LA County Jurors

CITY NEWS SERVICE

Jurors in Los Angeles will be offered a special pass providing free public transit to and from any of the 23 county courthouses where jury trials are held in lieu of the standard mileage reimbursement, officials announced Wednesday.

Jurors and potential jurors may use the EPass to travel free within the LA Metro system and other local transit agencies. The program aims to provide timely and equal access by reducing the stress of travel, gas and parking costs for round-trip transportation to courthouses using the county’s public transit systems, Presiding Judge Samantha Jessner said.

“This universal transit pass will make it easier for residents to use public transportation for free to travel to the courthouse for jury service,” Jessner said in a statement.

“On behalf of the court, I would like to thank LA Metro and our other transit partners for their support. As the largest trial court in the nation, we take pride in developing innovative solutions to ensure that we promote equitable access to justice and diversity in our jury pools.”

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Wednesday, April 19, 2023

LA County Announces Revamped Settlement Proposal in Homelessness Lawsuit

LA County Announces Revamped Settlement Proposal in Homelessness Lawsuit

CITY NEWS SERVICE

After an initial settlement proposal “fell short” in the eyes of a federal judge, Los Angeles County officials announced Wednesday they have reached a new proposed deal to resolve a longstanding lawsuit filed by a coalition of businesses and residents claiming government response to the area’s homelessness crisis has been historically lax.

According to the county, the new proposed settlement would commit an additional $850.5 million to fund beds, services, outreach efforts and interim housing. That money is on top of $293 million the county had previously committed in hopes of providing 6,700 new beds in response to the lawsuit by the L.A. Alliance for Human Rights.

The new settlement proposal would include 1,000 new mental health and substance-abuse beds for the homeless — up from 300 in the original proposed resolution — along with 450 housing subsidies for those at risk of falling into homelessness.

County officials also said the new proposal would increase the number of county outreach teams,

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Wednesday, April 19, 2023

County Supervisors Get First Look at Proposed $43 Billion County Budget

County Supervisors Get First Look at Proposed $43 Billion County Budget

CITY NEWS SERVICE

A proposed $43 billion Los Angeles County budget proposal for 2023-24 got early support Tuesday from the Board of Supervisors, although the initial review only begins a months-long public hearing process leading up to final adoption of a spending plan in October.

County CEO Fesia Davenport unveiled her budget proposal Monday, and presented it Tuesday to the Board of Supervisors, which took a procedural vote giving preliminary approval to the document. Public hearings on the budget will begin May 10.

Supervisor Kathryn Barger said the budget proposal “got several things right.”

“I am pleased it includes ongoing funding for sheriff’s academies to help keep our communities safe,” she said in a statement. “Our county must have a functioning pipeline that recruits and trains quality candidates for the sheriff’s department. This has a ripple effect, allowing us to maintain necessary staffing levels for our local sheriff’s stations and jails.

“I am also encouraged that the Department of Mental Health is allocated more than $60 million in Mental Health Services Act funding and more than 165 positions to expand services —

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Thursday, March 30, 2023

LA County, City Will Receive $157 Million HUD Grant to Address Homelessness

LA County, City Will Receive $157 Million HUD Grant to Address Homelessness

CITY NEWS SERVICE

The County and City of Los Angeles are set to receive $157 million from a $2.8 billion federal grant for helping homeless people move into permanent housing, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Wednesday.

The Continuum of Care Competition Awards provides funding for thousands of local homeless service and housing programs across the nation.

The awards were previewed by HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge at the National League of Cities Conference.

“Helping people move into stable housing from temporary shelters and encampments on the streets is essential to ending homelessness,” Fudge said in a statement. “Working with our local partners, these Continuum of Care program grants deliver communities the resources they need.”

The program is the largest source of federal grant funding for homeless services and housing programs, according to HUD.

Wednesday’s announcement builds on a $315 million “first-of-its- kind” package of resources that HUD awarded in January to help communities provide housing and supportive services in unsheltered settings and for homeless people in rural areas.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2023

LA County Board Orders Progress Pride Flag to Fly at County Buildings

LA County Board Orders Progress Pride Flag to Fly at County Buildings

CITY NEWS SERVICE

The Progress Pride Flag will fly over Los Angeles County offices during June’s Pride Month under a motion unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

The motion by Supervisors Janice Hahn and Lindsey Horvath directed the county’s Internal Services Department to raise “the Progress Pride Flag at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration and Los Angeles County facilities where the American and California flags are displayed during the month of June, while we celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month this year and every year moving forward.”

Such a move is in stark contrast to the action taken last month by the Huntington Beach City Council, which voted to no longer fly the Pride flag on city-owned property. The vote came just two years after the council voted unanimously to fly it.

“We are seeing anti-LGBTQ+ and anti-trans bills being passed at an alarming rate across the country,” Hahn said in a statement after the vote. “Here in Los Angeles County we’re making our position clear: in the largest county in the nation,

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Wednesday, March 8, 2023

LA County Supervisors Fire Embattled Probation Chief

LA County Supervisors Fire Embattled Probation Chief

After resisting calls for his resignation, Los Angeles County Probation Department chief Adolfo Gonzales was fired Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors.

“Our juvenile halls are in crisis. The state has found them unsuitable, and they are at risk of being shut down. Youth are being hurt and are not attending school. Staff are being attacked and many are not showing up to work,” Board of Supervisors Chair Janice Hahn said in a statement. “(The) void in leadership starting from the top has allowed this situation to fester. Our board’s decision to terminate Chief Gonzales is only the first step of a long road to fixing our juvenile halls and supporting the youth in our care and the staff who work with them.”

Gonzales could not be reached for comment.

Hahn and Supervisor Kathryn Barger last week called on Gonzales to resign his position, following a 5-2 vote Thursday by the county’s Probation Oversight Commission also calling for him to step down.

Gonzales,

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Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Thousands of Trade Jobs Expected in L.A. County With New Labor Agreement

Thousands of Trade Jobs Expected in L.A. County With New Labor Agreement

STAFF REPORT

Los Angeles County will execute a first-of-its-kind agreement with trade and union entities that is expected to bring thousands of trade and skilled labor jobs to the region.

The County Board of Supervisors approved a motion authored by Supervisor Kathryn Barger and co-authored by Supervisor Janice Hahn on Tuesday that will result in creating the Countywide Project Labor Agreement (PLA).

The PLA will ensure that county-funded construction projects worth more than $500,000 will hire workers from local and disadvantaged communities, provide apprenticeships and job training opportunities, and promote fair wages and benefits.

“This motion will build up the future of the County’s workforce so we can offer good paying and stable careers for the next generation of skilled labor and trade workers,” Supervisor Kathryn Barger said.

Supervisor Janice Hahn said the PLA is “the most important workforce development policy our county has done in decades.”

Chris Hannan, Executive Secretary of the Los Angeles and Orange Counties Building Trades Council,

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Monday, February 27, 2023

LA County Residents Can Help Shape How Millions Are Spent on Community Projects

LA County Residents Can Help Shape How Millions Are Spent on Community Projects

Los Angeles County residents have a chance to provide their input on how millions of dollars should be spent on community projects that aim to address racial and economic disparities.

The Los Angeles County Care First and Community Investment (CFCI) initiative is a voter-approved measure that allocates funds for alternatives to incarceration and programs that serve under-resourced communities across the county.

The CFCI Advisory Committee, which is composed of eight county department appointees and 17 community representatives, is seeking recommendations from the public on what priorities and projects they want to see funded by CFCI.

The committee held six listening sessions last week, where they heard from thousands of residents and stakeholders about their needs and ideas. They are also collecting feedback through an online survey, which is open until March 6.

The survey asks residents to rank their top preferences for CFCI funding in categories such as:
• Community health services
• Community counseling
• Youth development programs
• Affordable housing
• Supportive housing,

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Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Governor Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Potentially Damaging Storm

Governor Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Potentially Damaging Storm

CITY NEWS SERVICE

Gov. Gavin Newsom proclaimed a state of emergency throughout California Wednesday in advance of a major winter storm expected to dump potentially damaging amounts of rain.

According to the governor’s office, the declaration will bolster emergency response efforts while authorizing the mobilization of the California National Guard for disaster response. It also directed Caltrans to request immediate assistance from the Federal Highway Administration to expedite road repairs due to the storms.

“This state of emergency will allow the state to respond quickly as the storm develops and support local officials in their ongoing response,” Newsom said in a statement.

According to the governor’s office, state fire and rescue personnel have been pre-positioned across the state to quickly respond to emergencies such as mud and debris flows, flooding and landslides.

The state Health and Human Services Agency was also working with local agencies to assist with efforts to notify vulnerable populations — such as the homeless and the disabled —

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Wednesday, December 21, 2022

LA County Extends Eviction Moratorium Until End of January

LA County Extends Eviction Moratorium Until End of January

CITY NEWS SERVICE

Los Angeles County will extend its eviction moratorium and tenant protections until at least Jan. 31, with the possibility of stretching them through June and creating a financial relief program for small landlords, under a measure approved by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

“The purpose of my motion today is to align with the city of L.A.,” said Supervisor Holly Mitchell said, who authored the motion calling for the extension of county protections — which were set to expire at the end of the year — until Jan. 31.

The Los Angeles City Council has already voted to end the city’s eviction moratorium and tenant protections on Jan. 31.

Mitchell’s motion also cited the surge of the “respiratory illness trifecta” of COVID-19, the flu and respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, that could create further burdens for renters during the winter. Tenant protections were enacted by the county and many other jurisdictions at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and its public-health lockdowns that forced many people out of work.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Supervisor Barger Dedicates $1M to Deter Holiday Crime

Supervisor Barger Dedicates $1M to Deter Holiday Crime

Funds will increase law enforcement services in Fifth District communities

Today, Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger announced she will provide up to $1 million in discretionary funding to boost law enforcement services in unincorporated areas in her district.

Her announcement comes as the busy holiday shopping season approaches – and, along with it, an increased threat of crime.

“This month’s busiest holiday shopping days are quickly approaching and the threat of increased criminal activity is real,” said Supervisor Kathryn Barger. “Last year’s smash-and-grab crime wave taught us we need to be ready to prevent theft before it happens. The funds I’m allocating to Sheriff stations in the Fifth District will help provide more law enforcement patrols and increase their presence in the communities I represent. Everyone deserves to feel safe during the holidays, whether they work in retail, are out shopping for loved ones, or simply enjoying time off at home.”

Sheriff Robert Luna reacted to Supervisor Barger’s announcement,

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Monday, November 14, 2022

Altadena Town Council Votes Are In!

Altadena Town Council Votes Are In!

STAFF REPORT

The votes have been tallied and the results of the Altadena Town Council are in! There were 11 candidates running for six of the eight census tracts. With almost 300 votes cast for Census Tract representatives, the winners are as follows:

CT 4602
Nic Arnzen

CT 4603.02
Chris O’Malley

CT 4610
Roderick Anthony Bryce

CT 4611
Alan Peck

CT 4612
Doug Colliflower

CT 4613
Diane Marcussen

The Council would like to thank everybody who decided to run and all the Altadena residents who took the time to come out and vote. It is your participation and involvement that make Altadena the incredible town that it is!

There will be an upcoming special election for Census Tracts 4601 and 4603.01. Information about how to apply for one of the two open seats will be forthcoming.

Any questions or concerns can be addressed to Sylvia Vega,

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Friday, November 11, 2022

Luna Maintains Lead in Battle for LA County Sheriff

Luna Maintains Lead in Battle for LA County Sheriff

CITY NEWS SERVICE

 

Former Long Beach police Chief Robert Luna maintained and even slightly extended his lead Thursday over incumbent Alex Villanueva in the race for Los Angeles County sheriff.

Updated totals from the Tuesday election showed Luna with nearly 58% of the vote, and Villanueva with just over 42%. Semi-official results released early Wednesday morning had Luna with 57% and Villanueva with 43%.

The updated total released Thursday had Luna with a total of 770,084 votes and Villanueva with 563,482.

The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office on Wednesday estimated that roughly 1 million ballots still remained to be counted — 985,000 vote-by-mail ballots, 21,000 conditional voter-registration ballots and 300 provisional, or questioned, ballots.

The update released Thursday included a tally of 134,099 of those outstanding ballots, according to the county. Another update is expected to be released Friday, then every Tuesday and Friday until all ballots are counted — a process that could last until the end of the month.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2022

LA County to Explore Purchasing Student Debt of Some Employees

LA County to Explore Purchasing Student Debt of Some Employees

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Los Angeles County will look into ways the county can purchase student loan debt that is unpaid or defaulted on by county employees who earn less than the median income of the area they live in, after a Board of Supervisors vote Tuesday.

Introduced by Supervisors Hilda Solis and Holly Mitchell, the motion requires the county government to report back to the board in 120 days with suggestions of how to purchase county employee’s student debt, what the most appropriate debt to purchase is, criteria that county employees will have to meet, ways the county can recoup debt payments if an employee leaves the county within five years of the debt being purchased, and ways to fill job vacancies by implementing the initiative.

According to the county’s Department of Consumer and Business Affairs, 9.8% of Californians have some form of student debt. The motion from the Board of Supervisors states that “Black women in particular are most severely impacted”

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Tuesday, November 1, 2022

County Board of Supervisors Proclaims Nov. 13-19 “United Against Hate Week”

County Board of Supervisors Proclaims Nov. 13-19 “United Against Hate Week”

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The county Board of Supervisors Tuesday proclaimed Nov. 13-19 as “United Against Hate Week.”

Proposed by Supervisor Hilda Solis, the week is meant to increase awareness of the county’s “L.A. vs Hate” program, including its hotline for reporting hate crimes, discrimination and bullying and its work to connect people to counseling services.

The declaration is designed as a sign of “solidarity with targeted communities through a robust public campaign, utilizing traditional and ethnic media outlets, digital media, community-based organizations, and virtual and in-person community events,” according to the motion.

L.A. vs Hate will be sponsoring events throughout the county to celebrate United Against Hate Week.

According to the motion, the L.A. vs Hate reporting line logged 1,235 cases of hate, discrimination and bullying in its first two years of existence, from 2019 to 2021. The line received 491 reports from October 2019 to September 2020, and then 744 reports from October 2020 to September 2021,

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Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Assemblymember Chris Holden Presents Budget Check to the Altadena ($1.5 million)

Assemblymember Chris Holden Presents Budget Check to the Altadena ($1.5 million)

Assemblymember Chris Holden presented his legislative update to the Altadena Town Council which included local budget victory for the La Vina Trail Completion for 1.5 million.

The effort to reconnect the western side of the Altadena Crest Trail has gone on for nearly two decades. On June 30th, the Legislature and Governor Newsom approved $1.5 million for the La Vina Trail Completion in Altadena. The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) in their pursuit of creating two new trails that will provide public access for all to the Altadena Crest Trail, Chaney Trail, and the Angeles National Forest’s extensive network of trails.

The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, Los Angeles County, and Outward Bound Adventures are partners on this project. The trails are rooted in community, including community leaders from the Altadena Crest Trail Restoration Working Group, who advocated that the trails be built. Outward Bound Adventures will lead the effort to actualize the trails.

“This budget victory for Altadena helps create open spaces in Assembly District 41 for families,

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Friday, September 30, 2022

COVID is Dwindling, but Could LA County Have a Bad Flu Season?

COVID is Dwindling, but Could LA County Have a Bad Flu Season?

CITY NEWS SERVICE

With COVID-19’s impact generally easing, although still deadly, could Los Angeles County be on the verge of a nasty flu season?

That was the concern expressed Thursday by the county’s Public Health director, who said the intense infection-control measures put in place to combat the pandemic also led to a dramatic reduction in flu cases over the past two years.

As a result, however, residents could potentially be more susceptible to flu infections, particularly if the area is hit with an infectious influenza strain being tracked in countries like Australia.

Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said the county is “likely to see more influenza than we’ve seen in the past two years,” since most of the COVID-era restrictions — particularly mask-wearing requirements — have been lifted.

“The big worry is most of us haven’t seen any flu for a couple years now,” she said, noting that such a lack of exposure could also lead to more infections this winter —

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Monday, September 19, 2022

Supervisor Barger Allocates Discretionary Funds For Homeless Outreach

Supervisor Barger Allocates Discretionary Funds For Homeless Outreach

Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger announced today that she has allocated $2.3M from her discretionary funds to increase homeless outreach services across the Fifth District communities she represents.

The services will be provided by the Sheriff’s Department Homeless Outreach Services Team (HOST), and Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority (LAHSA) Homeless Engagement Team professionals who specialize in engaging people experiencing homelessness.

“Lifting people out of homelessness requires both expertise and perseverance,” stated Supervisor Kathryn Barger. “I’ve heard loud and clear from my constituents that more needs to be done to address homelessness in their communities. These funds will procure the services of additional deputies and outreach professionals who know how to compassionately engage people experiencing homelessness. Their model and approach works.”

With this funding, four new outreach teams will offer services exclusively in the Fifth Supervisorial District, with a special focus on the Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita Valley, portions of the San Fernando Valley, and the San Gabriel Valley. A fourth team will rove between these regions,

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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

LA County Puts Cannabis Business Tax Measure on November Ballot

LA County Puts Cannabis Business Tax Measure on November Ballot

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Los Angeles County voters will be asked in November to consider a ballot measure that would impose business taxes on cannabis operations in unincorporated areas, once such businesses are permitted.

The county is still developing regulations for cannabis operations in unincorporated areas, with an ordinance expected to come before the Board of Supervisors next year. In the meantime, the board on Tuesday voted unanimously – – with Supervisor Janice Hahn absent — to place a proposed tax measure on the Nov. 8 ballot.

The measure will require a simple majority of voters to be approved.

The proposal would enact a series of initial tax rates — 4% for gross receipts for retail operations, 3% for manufacturing and distribution, $4 per square foot for mixed light cultivation and $7 per square foot for indoor cultivation. According to county staff, the levies would initially generate an estimated $10.36 million a year. Those rates would be in effect until July 1,

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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

REAL ID Enforcement Date Now Nine Months Away

REAL ID Enforcement Date Now Nine Months Away

Californians whose licenses expire this month can upgrade to a REAL ID

Nearly a half million California drivers will need to renew their driver’s licenses this month, and the California Department of Motor Vehicles suggests this is the perfect time to upgrade to a REAL ID.

Driver’s licenses expire on a customer’s birthday every five years.

“While you don’t have to wait, if your driver’s license is expiring, you can give yourself a birthday present and get your REAL ID,” said DMV Director Steve Gordon. “The REAL ID is good for five years and, starting May 2023, if you want to use your license to board flights within the United States, you’ll need a REAL ID.”

Customers who want to upgrade to a REAL ID can fill out an application and upload their required documents online before visiting a DMV office to complete their application and take a new photo. Get started at REALID.dmv.ca.gov.

Customers renewing a REAL ID may qualify to do so online.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Board of Supervisors Ratifies Local Emergency Due to Monkeypox

Board of Supervisors Ratifies Local Emergency Due to Monkeypox

CITY NEWS SERVICE

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors ratified a local emergency declaration Tuesday in response to the monkeypox outbreak.

Board Chair Holly Mitchell issued a proclamation late Monday declaring the emergency in Los Angeles County, where 400 monkeypox cases have been identified so far — nearly the double the amount from a week ago.

“This proclamation is critical in helping us get ahead of this virus,” Mitchell said in a statement. “By declaring a local emergency, it allows us to cut through the red tape to better dedicate resources and educate residents on how to protect themselves and help stop the spread. It will also allow the county to quickly administer vaccines as more become available and to take the necessary efforts to obtain supplies and enhance outreach and awareness.”

The Board of Supervisors ratified the declaration Tuesday on a unanimous vote.

As part of the proclamation, the Board of Supervisors will request recovery assistance be made available under the California Disaster Assistance Act,

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Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Governor Newsom Proclaims State of Emergency to Support State’s Response to Monkeypox

Governor Newsom Proclaims State of Emergency to Support State’s Response to Monkeypox

As part of the state’s ongoing response to the monkeypox outbreak, Governor Gavin Newsom today declared a State of Emergency to bolster the state’s vaccination efforts. The proclamation supports the work underway by the California Department of Public Health and others in the administration to coordinate a whole-of-government response to monkeypox, seek additional vaccines and lead outreach and education efforts on accessing vaccines and treatment.

“California is working urgently across all levels of government to slow the spread of monkeypox, leveraging our robust testing, contact tracing and community partnerships strengthened during the pandemic to ensure that those most at risk are our focus for vaccines, treatment and outreach,” said Governor Newsom. “We’ll continue to work with the federal government to secure more vaccines, raise awareness about reducing risk, and stand with the LGBTQ community fighting stigmatization.”

To expand vaccination efforts, the proclamation enables Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel to administer monkeypox vaccines that are approved by the FDA, similar to the statutory authorization recently enacted for pharmacists to administer vaccines.

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Monday, August 1, 2022

Novavax Vaccine Against COVID-19 Available This Week in LA County

Novavax Vaccine Against COVID-19 Available This Week in LA County

CITY NEWS SERVICE

Long Beach health officials began offering doses of the newly approved Novavax vaccine against COVID-19 Monday, with Los Angeles County scheduled to start administering the medication on Wednesday.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for the vaccine July 13 after it was found to be 90% effective against mild, moderate and severe disease in the company’s Phase 3 clinical trial involving 30,000 participants ages 18 and older.

Unlike the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, the protein-based Novavax vaccine was developed without the use of mRNA technology.

“We are thrilled to begin offering the Novavax vaccine to our community,” Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia said in a statement. “With more options available, we are increasing access to these life-saving vaccines. We urge everyone to become vaccinated and protected if they haven’t already. Vaccines are safe and effective at preventing serious illness, hospitalization and death.”

Residents 18 years and older can get the Novavax vaccine,

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Thursday, July 28, 2022

COVID: LA County Opts Against Reinstating Universal Indoor Mask Mandate

COVID: LA County Opts Against Reinstating Universal Indoor Mask Mandate

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Citing continued downward trends in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, Los Angeles County scrubbed plans Thursday to re-impose a universal indoor mask-wearing mandate that would have taken effect Friday.

Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer told reporters in an online briefing that the county’s average daily number of new COVID cases over the past week was about 5,900 per day, down from 6,750 a week ago. There were 1,239 COVID-positive patients hospitalized in the county as of Thursday, down from 1,329 a week ago.

She also noted that the average daily rate of people testing positive for the virus has been holding mostly steady.

According to Ferrer, the decline in new infection numbers is “potentially signaling a downward trend in cases.” She said hospitalizations have also begun declining “for the first time since mid-April.”

Declines in new cases and hospitalizations will likely also lead to a reduction in virus-related deaths, she said.

Ferrer had previously said that a new indoor masking mandate would be imposed if the county remained in the “high”

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Wednesday, July 27, 2022

LA County Supervisors Push for Increased Monkeypox Vaccine Supplies, Funds

LA County Supervisors Push for Increased Monkeypox Vaccine Supplies, Funds

CITY NEWS SERVICE

In the face of limited supplies of vaccine and growing public concern, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to lobby federal health officials to bolster local supplies of monkeypox vaccines and boost funding for testing and administration of the shots.

Local health authorities have repeatedly insisted that the odds of contracting monkeypox in the general population are extremely low. But growing case numbers, particularly among gay men, have been heightening public concern about a disease usually restricted to the African continent but now being detected globally.

As of Tuesday, there were 218 known cases in Los Angeles County. That’s up from 120 last week. The county has also confirmed local transmission of the virus, noting that some patients had no known history of recent travel.

The county has been slowly expanding eligibility for the JYNNEOS monkeypox vaccine, but supplies remain extremely limited.

In a motion that went before the Board of Supervisors Tuesday,

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Tuesday, July 26, 2022

LA County Supervisors Advances Ballot Measure for Removing Sheriff

LA County Supervisors Advances Ballot Measure for Removing Sheriff

CITY NEWS SERVICE

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors gave preliminary approval Tuesday to an ordinance placing a measure on the November ballot that would give the panel authority to remove a publicly elected sheriff from office for cause.

The board approved the ordinance without discussion on a 4-1 vote, with Supervisor Kathryn Barger dissenting. The ordinance will return to the board for final approval Aug. 2, then placed on the Nov. 8 ballot.

The board considered electing a sheriff after Lee Baca refused to step down after deputies were convicted in an inmate abuse scandal several years ago.

The ballot measure would give the board the power to remove a sheriff “for cause” on a four-fifths vote of the five-member panel. “Cause” is defined as “a violation of any law related to the performance of their duties as sheriff; flagrant or repeated neglect of duties; a misappropriation of public funds or property; willful falsification of a relevant official statement or document;

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Friday, July 22, 2022

New LA County Department Launches for Economic, Workforce Development

New LA County Department Launches for Economic, Workforce Development

STAFF REPORT

Los Angeles County officials Thursday marked the creation of a department focused on economic and workforce development, as part of the dissolving of the former Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services.

The Department of Economic Opportunity aims to advance workforce equity and mobility by combining services that were previously performed by four different agencies in the county.

Kelly LoBianco, the former executive director for economic and workforce development at WDACS, was appointed the department’s new director.

“Thanks to the vision of our Board of Supervisors and the commitment of our county team and partners, we are proud to have created a new, centralized department that will empower all of our workers, small businesses and high-road employers, and communities,” LoBianco said in a statement. “As we continue to recover and look to the future, our charge is to advance workforce equity and mobility and drive inclusive and sustainable growth here in L.A. County.”

The department has 178 budgeted positions and is overseen by two county commissions: the Los Angeles County Workforce Development Board and the Small Business Commission.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Supervisor Barger Announces LA County Contract with Pasadena Humane for Animal Care and Control Services in Targeted Regions

Supervisor Barger Announces LA County Contract with Pasadena Humane for Animal Care and Control Services in Targeted Regions

STAFF REPORT

Supervisor Kathryn Barger announced the unanimous approval by the Board of Supervisors for the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control to enter into a contract with Pasadena Humane to provide regional animal care services to the residents of Altadena, and unincorporated La Crescenta, East Pasadena, and San Pasqual.

“I am delighted that the County will be working with Pasadena Humane to provide these critical animal care and control services for the communities of Altadena and unincorporated La Crescenta, East Pasadena, and San Pasqual,” said Supervisor Kathryn Barger. “The proximity of Pasadena Humane to these areas will help pet owners reclaim lost pets more quickly, and facilitate drop offs for residents who find lost pets. In addition, this partnership should help improve public safety responses as officers will be readily available to respond to calls regarding aggressive dogs, animal abuse or neglect, law enforcement assistance and other animal emergencies.”

Under the contract approved by the Board of Supervisors today,

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Saturday, June 25, 2022

In Wake of Roe Decision, County Health Dept. Stresses Its Options for Women

In Wake of Roe Decision, County Health Dept. Stresses Its Options for Women

CITY NEWS SERVICE

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Friday decried the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision striking down Roe v. Wade, calling it “shocking in its disregard for the health, rights, and dignity of half of the U.S. population.”

At the same time, the health department highlighted the county’s “Safe Haven Abortion Project,” which “seeks to improve access to abortion and to the full spectrum of reproductive health services for Los Angeles residents and for people who travel here from states where abortion is no longer an option.”

“Access to the full spectrum of sexual and reproductive health care, including abortion, is fundamental to the health of individuals, families and communities,” according to a health department statement.

Friday’s 5-4 Supreme Court decision striking down the 49-year-old Roe ruling sends abortion policy back to individual states, many of which have restricted or outlawed the procedure in recent months.

California officials, including Gov. Gavin Newsom and L.A.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2022

LA County to Explore Possible Local Rules to Control Gun Sales

LA County to Explore Possible Local Rules to Control Gun Sales

CITY NEWS SERVICE

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously directed its attorneys Tuesday to investigate potential gun-control measures that could be implemented locally.

“There’s no doubt that we’re facing a gun violence epidemic in our nation,” Supervisor Janice Hahn, who introduced the motion asking for the report, told her colleagues. “There’s simply too many guns out in our communities.”

The motion calls for county attorneys to explore an array of possible local regulations, such as increasing the required age to purchase a long gun from 18 to 21, enacting a safe-storage ordinance similar to one in place in the city of Los Angeles, creating buffer zones between schools and gun stores, and banning people who are on the federal no-fly list from purchasing guns.

Hahn referenced gun-control rallies that were held across the country over the weekend, including in downtown Los Angeles. She said students and parents are “begging those of us who can to take action against gun violence.”

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Monday, April 18, 2022

LA County CEO Unveils Recommended $38.5 Billion Budget

LA County CEO Unveils Recommended $38.5 Billion Budget

CITY NEWS SERVICE

Los Angeles County’s CEO Monday unveiled a $38.5 billion recommended budget for fiscal year 2022-23.

The recommendation is $807 million less than the current fiscal year’s adopted budget, but $2.3 billion more than last year’s recommended budget. Officials said the draft budget, which is scheduled to be presented to the Board of Supervisors for initial approval Tuesday, is expected to increase as the county receives additional federal and state funding.

“This budget brings to life the policy vision established by the Board of Supervisors and sets a course for the county to strengthen the programs and services we provide to millions of residents each and every day,” County CEO Fesia Davenport said in a statement. “That means continuing to respond vigilantly to an evolving pandemic, while also ramping up to launch new departments focused on key populations and driving major changes in how we deliver services. It’s a dynamic time for Los Angeles County, and this recommended spending plan is intended to reflect that.”

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Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Supervisor Barger Resolves Altadena Schools’ Traffic Safety Concerns

Supervisor Barger Resolves Altadena Schools’ Traffic Safety Concerns

In an effort to ensure the safety of students before and after school, Supervisor Kathryn Barger today championed a motion directing crossing guards to serve the busiest intersections outside Altadena Arts Magnet and Eliot Arts Magnet Academy. Her motion was unanimously approved during the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting.

“As students navigate busy streets when they arrive and leave from school, their protection and safety are the absolute top priority,” Supervisor Barger said. “I thank the leadership from both schools and the Altadena Town Council for speaking up about this urgent need. Advocacy and collaboration are key to resolving community safety concerns.”

Barger’s motion ensures there will be professional traffic supervision during arrival and dismissal times to prevent students from being struck by vehicles when children are being dropped off and picked up from school.

As a result, the crossing guard currently stationed at the intersection of Calaveras Street and Catherine Road will be reassigned to the intersection of Calaveras Street and El Molino Avenue adjacent to Altadena Arts Magnet.

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Friday, February 11, 2022

Supervisor Barger Champions Net-Zero Sustainable Housing Developments

Supervisor Barger Champions Net-Zero Sustainable Housing Developments

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed a motion on Tuesday by Supervisor Kathryn Barger that will help large-scale housing and other major development projects in unincorporated communities embrace and incorporate environmentally friendly net-zero energy solutions.

“Our board is serious about finding pathways to building new housing,” Barger said. “In unincorporated communities, more than 90,000 additional housing units must be accommodated in our land use plans to meet statewide housing demand. Large scale development and sustainability shouldn’t be mutually exclusive. My motion helps future housing development projects evolve by analyzing what it takes to achieve zero-net energy development standards in those communities.”

The heart of the motion is a call for county subject matter experts to develop a net-zero feasibility analysis, based on input and insights from both private industry and labor partners, that can help developers overcome challenges.

The county’s Fifth District is home to some of the largest new developments in the region, including the FivePoint Valencia and Tejon Ranch Centennial projects.

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Monday, January 31, 2022

Barger Releases Statement Seeking Re-Evaluation of COVID-19 Masking Policy in LA County

Barger Releases Statement Seeking Re-Evaluation of COVID-19 Masking Policy in LA County

Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger wants the county to re-evaluate its masking policy.

“Masking rules set by the state and county weren’t followed consistently by everyone at yesterday’s NFC Championship,” Barger said in a statement Monday.

“Instead, we saw individuals choosing to mask up based on calculated personal risk. Modern stadiums like SoFi Stadium have strong air circulation and all attendees of the game were required to show proof of vaccination or a negative test. Some fans evidently felt this was enough to protect them against COVID-19.”

Last week, Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said every fan attending next month’s Super Bowl at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood will be given a KN95 mask, and extensive outreach will be done to remind attendees to wear their masks at all times during the game, except when eating or drinking.

The County is currently battling the more contagious Omicron variant. County health officials reported high numbers over the past two months that led to the cancellation of some events.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2022

LA County’s COVID Hospitalizations Surpass 3,900

LA County’s COVID Hospitalizations Surpass 3,900

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Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Supervisor Barger Calls for Crackdown on COVID-19 Testing Fraud and Identity Theft

Supervisor Barger Calls for Crackdown on COVID-19 Testing Fraud and Identity Theft

Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger called for several County departments, including the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs, the Department of Public Health, the Department of Health Services, the Sheriff’s Department and several others, to work together to develop a robust plan to mitigate COVID-19 testing fraud in L.A. County.

“As the urgent need for testing reaches a crucial point, it is imperative that we ensure residents can be confident they are receiving an accurate and legitimate test without risking their private information,” Supervisor Barger said in a prepared statement. “We must do all we can to crack down on fraudulent COVID-19 tests and sites and prevent identity theft.”

As a result of Supervisor Barger’s read-in motion at today’s Board of Supervisors meeting, several County departments will perform an analysis of the risk of fraudulent COVID-19 test sites and home test kits and develop an enforcement plan to eradicate them. They will also identify additional resources to combat identity theft committed by illegitimate testing providers.

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Wednesday, January 5, 2022

COVID Spike Spurs LA’s Presiding Judge to Authorize Delay in Criminal Trials

COVID Spike Spurs LA’s Presiding Judge to Authorize Delay in Criminal Trials

CITY NEWS SERVICE

Citing a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases, Los Angeles County’s presiding judge issued an emergency order Tuesday that authorizes criminal jury trials to be temporarily delayed.

The emergency order — the first since last October that involves criminal cases — applies to criminal jury trials with statutory deadlines between Wednesday and Jan. 19, and extends the time period to hold criminal trials “by not more than 30 days.”

It was the second announcement of the day regarding court proceedings and COVID protocols. Earlier Tuesday, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California suspended jury trials within the region’s federal courthouses for at least three weeks. Central District courthouses are located in Los Angeles, Riverside, Pasadena and Santa Ana.

“Los Angeles County’s current COVID numbers warrant this relief, and I have elected to utilize this authority sparingly as we closely monitor the impact of the dual variants on our court users, judicial officers,

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Thursday, December 23, 2021

“Staggeringly Fast”: LA County COVID Numbers Rocket Upward Amid Omicron Surge

“Staggeringly Fast”: LA County COVID Numbers Rocket Upward Amid Omicron Surge

CITY NEWS SERVICE

Los Angeles County reported more than 6,500 new COVID-19 infections today, more than double the number from Tuesday and marking what the public health director called a “staggeringly fast” spike that could potentially lead to daily numbers topping 20,000 by year’s end — the highest yet of the pandemic.

Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said the eye-catching number of 6,509 new COVID infections on Wednesday marked “one of the steepest rises we’ve ever seen over the course of the pandemic.”

Ferrer also reported a sharp increase in the daily average rate of people testing positive for the virus, with the number reaching 4.5% as of Wednesday, more than double the 1.9% rate from a week ago.

She also announced another 162 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant identified through special sequencing needed to identify different strains of the virus, bringing the total to 264. Ferrer said that increase shows the highly transmissible variant is quickly becoming the dominant strain of the virus fueling the current surge in cases.

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Monday, December 13, 2021

With COVID Surging, State Mandates Indoor Mask-Wearing Through Holiday Season

With COVID Surging, State Mandates Indoor Mask-Wearing Through Holiday Season

CITY NEWS SERVICE

Citing a sharp increase in COVID-19 infection rates since Thanksgiving, the state announced Monday that beginning Wednesday, mask-wearing will become mandatory in all indoor public settings across California regardless of vaccination status.

The mask mandate, mirroring a requirement already in effect in Los Angeles County and select other counties across the state, will remain in place until Jan. 15.

The state will also toughen the restriction for unvaccinated people who attend indoor “mega-events” of 1,000 people or more, requiring them to receive a negative COVID test within one day of the event if it’s a rapid antigen test or within two days for a PCR test. The current rules require a test within 72 hours of the event.

State officials will also recommend, but not require, that people who travel to California or return to the state after traveling be tested for COVID within three to five days.

California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr.

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Saturday, December 4, 2021

1st LA County Patient With COVID-19 Omicron Variant in Isolation

1st LA County Patient With COVID-19 Omicron Variant in Isolation

CITY NEWS SERVICE

An unidentified Los Angeles County resident was in isolation, recovering from what was confirmed as the county’s first case of the COVID-19 Omicron variant originally detected in South Africa.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed the case late Thursday afternoon, saying the patient is a person who returned to Los Angeles after traveling to South Africa via London on Nov. 22. Health officials said the infection is “most likely travel-related.”

The unidentified person is a fully vaccinated adult who lives in Los Angeles County, health officials said. The person is in isolation, with symptoms that “are improving without medical care.” A “small number” of close contacts in the Los Angeles area have been identified, and so far all have tested negative for the virus and none are showing any symptoms, officials said.

The patient is the second known case of the variant in California. Authorities on Wednesday confirmed the first U.S.

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Thursday, December 2, 2021

LA County Confirms Case of COVID-19 Omicron Variant

LA County Confirms Case of COVID-19 Omicron Variant

CITY NEWS SERVICE

Los Angeles County health officials Thursday confirmed the county’s first case of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, which was first detected in South Africa and has now spread to about three dozen countries.

The patient is the second known case of the variant in California. Authorities on Wednesday confirmed the first U.S. case of the variant in a San Francisco resident. U.S. cases have also been confirmed in Minnesota and Colorado.

According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the local case is a person who returned to Los Angeles after traveling to South Africa via London on Nov. 22. Health officials said the infection is “most likely travel-related.”

The unidentified person is a fully vaccinated adult who lives in Los Angeles County, health officials said. The person is in isolation, with symptoms that “are improving without medical care.” A “small number” of close contacts in the Los Angeles area have been identified,

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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

LA County Seeks Landlords to Participate in Housing Voucher Program

LA County Seeks Landlords to Participate in Housing Voucher Program

CITY NEWS SERVICE

Property owners who partner with Los Angeles County to accept Emergency Housing Vouchers for their rental units are eligible for up to $5,000 for new contract inspection repairs and $2,500 as a signing bonus for each unit leased to a voucher participant, the L.A. County Development Authority announced Monday.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allocated nearly 2,000 vouchers to the LACDA to assist families and people who are either experiencing homelessness, at risk of homelessness or were recently homeless. The vouchers can also be used by people fleeing domestic violence or human trafficking.

“This unprecedented global pandemic requires unprecedented actions to protect people experiencing homeless and other vulnerable populations,” said Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis.

“The additional monetary incentives being offered to property owners throughout the county to house Emergency Housing Voucher holders is a promising tool. I thank the Los Angeles County Development Authority for helping to lead innovative win-win solutions.”

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Monday, November 15, 2021

Height of Controversial Altadena Affordable Housing Project Could Be Reduced

Height of Controversial Altadena Affordable Housing Project Could Be Reduced

By ANDRÉ COLEMAN, Managing Director

According to LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, the developers of a controversial project in nearby Altadena recently indicated they are willing to make changes to a by-right affordable housing project.

Residents in Altadena have expressed concerns about the five-story affordable housing project at 2439-2445 Lincoln Ave., just north of the Pasadena border.

Because the project is a by-right project, it can override the majority of protocols set in place by Altadena’s Community Standards District (CSD), raising concerns that there are no controls in place to maintain development standards for residential and commercial areas.

On Monday, Barger told Pasadena Now that Affirmed Housing Group indicated they were willing to reduce the height of the proposed apartment building, changing it from a five-story, 96 unit edifice to a four-story building with 74 units.

“I strongly share concerns that this development project violates local height standards developed by community members to protect the character and feel of their community,”

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Thursday, June 3, 2021

Newsom: To-Go Alcohol Sales Are Here To Stay, But Only With Food Purchases

Newsom: To-Go Alcohol Sales Are Here To Stay, But Only With Food Purchases

CITY NEWS SERVICE

Restaurants in the Southland and across the state will be able to continue offering a service that evolved during the COVID-19 pandemic — selling alcoholic beverages to-go, Gov. Gavin Newsom said today.

Newsom said the state will also continue permitting restaurants and bars to operate in outdoor areas such as sidewalks and parking lots, although such operations are still subject to local zoning regulations.

According to Newsom’s office, the governor is “urging local governments to facilitate outdoor dining through local zoning and programs that support and promote expanded, open-air, take-out and delivery options.”

Expanded outdoor dining options and the sale of to-go alcoholic beverages emerged during the pandemic in an effort to help restaurants struggling to survive under strict COVID-19 regulations, which forced indoor dining to close for months and restricted eateries to open-air or take-out service.

Newsom noted that while the sale of to-go alcohol will be able to continue, such sales will have to be coupled with food purchases.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Supervisors Renew $25,000 in Case of Altadena Boy Killed by Errant Bullet

Supervisors Renew $25,000 in Case of Altadena Boy Killed by Errant Bullet

CITY NEWS SERVICE

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors renewed a $25,000 reward in the case of a 4-year-old killed by an errant bullet in a 2016 gang shooting in Altadena.

Supervisor Kathryn Barger asked her colleagues to renew a $25,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the gunman who shot and killed 4-year-old Salvador Esparza on July 5, 2016.

The boy was found lying on his front porch on the 300 block of West Figueroa Drive about 10:40 that evening. He had been shot once in the head. A 27-year-old gunshot victim was also found on the porch and taken to Huntington Memorial Hospital. He survived.

Witnesses say the gunman was chasing and fired on the older man, striking both victims, before running away south on Olive Avenue. Sheriff’s investigators believe the suspect is a gang member and the shooting was gang related, and that the child was not an intended target.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Newsom: State Will Ease Mask Rule To Align With New Federal Guidance

Newsom: State Will Ease Mask Rule To Align With New Federal Guidance

CITY NEWS SERVICE

Gov. Gavin Newsom said today the state will loosen its COVID-19 mask mandate to align with new federal guidance, saying fully vaccinated people can gather outdoors and dine at outdoor restaurants without face coverings.

The new guidance was issued Tuesday morning by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said during a White House briefing that for people fully vaccinated against COVID, “things are much safer for you than those who are not fully vaccinated.”

Under the new CDC guidance, people can walk, run or bike outdoors with members of their own household without a mask, regardless of whether they are vaccinated. But people who are vaccinated can also shed their masks for small outdoor gatherings and for outdoor dining with people from other households.

Masks are still urged for anyone — vaccinated or not — attending an indoor activity or patronizing indoor businesses, and for anyone at a crowded outdoor event,

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

L.A. County Supervisors Votes in Support of $36.2 Billion Recommended Budget

L.A. County Supervisors Votes in Support of $36.2 Billion Recommended Budget

By ELIZABETH MARCELLINO, City News Service

Photo courtesy LACounty.gov

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday took the first of multiple votes to adopt a $36.2 billion recommended budget for fiscal year 2021-22, which highlights spending to expand safety-net services, support economic recovery and address racial and other inequities.

The budget process will continue with public hearings on May 19 and major adjustments will be made before the budget is ultimately finalized in October. For example, the budget does not yet include roughly $1.9 billion in federal funding expected to flow to the county from the most recent coronavirus relief package.

County CEO Fesia Davenport released the budget recommendations Monday, emphasizing spending to combat homelessness and fund new social justice initiatives during that presentation and again in her recap to the board on Tuesday.

“Clearly, this pandemic has exposed and increased huge inequities between the haves and the have-nots, and the county’s safety net was called upon as never before over the last 12 months,”

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Saturday, April 17, 2021

Unemployment Rate Dips In LA County In March

Unemployment Rate Dips In LA County In March

CITY NEWS SERVICE

Los Angeles County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dipped to 11.3% in March, down from a revised 11.5% in February, according to figures released Friday by the state Employment Development Department.

The 11.3% rate was still well above the pre-pandemic rate of 5.4% in March 2020.

Statewide, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.3% in March, down from 8.5% in February, but also well above the 4.5% rate from March 2020. The comparable estimates for the nation were 6% in March, 6.2% in February and 4.5% in March 2020.

According to the EDD, total nonfarm employment in Los Angeles County increased by 34,200 jobs between February and March to reach about 4.1 million. The leisure and hospitality sector led the way with 13,300 jobs.

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Thursday, April 8, 2021

COVID Vaccine Appointments Up For Grabs? Blame Scheduling, Not Lack Of Demand

COVID Vaccine Appointments Up For Grabs? Blame Scheduling, Not Lack Of Demand

CITY NEWS SERVICE

COVID-19 vaccination appointments — often a hot commodity in Los Angeles County — appeared widely available Wednesday, but the county’s public health director said it was likely the result of scheduling issues, not a sign of dwindling demand.

Barbara Ferrer also said that even if there is a sudden wide availability of appointments, it doesn’t mean the county should immediately expand eligibility to everyone aged 16 and over, which is scheduled to occur April 15.

“There’s 5.5 million people in (currently) eligible groups, and all of them have not received their first dose,” Ferrer said. “… We only opened for people 50 and older a few days ago, so we’re going to continue to make sure there’s good access.”

Officials at the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services announced Wednesday morning that there were immediate appointments available for vaccines at the federally operated site at Cal State Los Angeles. Appointments were also readily available at many Los Angeles city-operated sites,

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

L.A. County Hits 4 Million Mark In COVID Vaccine Doses As Eligibility Expands

L.A. County Hits 4 Million Mark In COVID Vaccine Doses As Eligibility Expands

CITY NEWS SERVICE

Los Angeles County has officially crossed the 4 million mark in total COVID-19 doses administered, but the public health director again warned today that getting an appointment for a shot will become more difficult starting tomorrow when everyone aged 50 and over becomes eligible.

According to the Department of Public Health, a total of 4,013,521 doses have been administered in the county as of last Saturday. That includes 1,323,686 second doses, equating to the number of people who are now fully vaccinated.

“This does translate to tens of thousands of people having an extra layer of protection from serious illness and death due to COVID-19,” county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said. “… While we still have a lot of work to do, I do hope we can all take a moment to be proud of what L.A. County has accomplished in really a little more than three months.”

The county this week received its highest vaccine allocation to date,

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Altadena Grocery Store Workers Will Soon Get $5 ‘Hero Pay’

Altadena Grocery Store Workers Will Soon Get $5 ‘Hero Pay’

Supervisors approve hourly increase for four months

By ELIZABETH MARCELLINO, City News Service

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 today to adopt an urgency ordinance requiring national grocery and drug retail employers in unincorporated areas of the county, which includes nearby Altadena, to pay frontline workers an additional $5 per hour hazard pay, or “hero pay,” for the next 120 days.

Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who represents Altadena, voted against the measure, which is to take effect immediately. Barger cited unintended consequences and a concern that the ordinance only covers a “small sliver” of the essential workforce.

Supervisors Hilda Solis and Holly Mitchell co-authored the motion calling for the temporary “urgency” ordinance that would apply to store chains that are publicly traded or have at least 300 employees nationwide and more than 10 employees per store.

Solis pointed to store profits as one justification, though she referenced a Brookings Institution analysis that includes retailers like Amazon and Home Depot,

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Friday, January 29, 2021

LA County Launches Small Business Loan Program

LA County Launches Small Business Loan Program

CITY NEWS SERVICE

The Los Angeles County Development Authority launched a small business loan program today to help prevent job losses and business closures amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pasadena businesses are eligible for the loans, according to
Elisa Vasquez, the development authority’s director of communications and public affairs.

The Small Business Stabilization Loan Program is funded with $10 million from the U.S. Economic Development Administration through a federal COVID-19 relief act.

Loans ranging from $50,000 to $3 million will be given to eligible businesses that have been in operation for at least two years, are seeking working capital, equipment purchases, real estate acquisition, or refinancing of existing loans at higher interest rates.

“The recent surge in COVID-19 cases is once again harming the vitality of small businesses in the county of Los Angeles,” Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis said in previewing the program last week.

“The launch of LACDA’s Small Business Stabilization Loan Program will help guide our local small businesses to recovery and set them on the path to long-term prosperity.

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Monday, January 25, 2021

Guest Opinion | Steven Gibson: The California Democratic Party is Electing a New Chair and it’s Important to all Californians

Guest Opinion | Steven Gibson: The California Democratic Party is Electing a New Chair and it’s Important to all Californians

The California Democratic Party will elect a new State Party Chair this coming April and the outcome of this previously obscure party election affects all Californians.  The CDP State Party Chair is both a powerful and influential position in a political party that holds veto-proof super-majorities in both houses of the State Legislature. To a large extent, the Chair determines what kind of candidates, policies, and initiatives the CDP supports.

The Democratic State Central Committee will cast the deciding vote in this important election and currently approximately 1/3 of that delegation is running in the so-called Assembly District Election Meetings.  The ADEMs were created to allow elected citizen activists the opportunity to shape party politics, endorse candidates, and elect State Party officers including the powerful Chair.  They have become increasingly popular with democratic voters over the past four years and there has been a surge of interest that has party officials scrambling to accommodate the thousands of new voters interested to participate in what was once seen as a quiet ceremony only attended by party loyalists.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Guest Opinion | Jennifer Hall Lee: The Four Walls of Learning

Guest Opinion | Jennifer Hall Lee: The Four Walls of Learning

COVID-19 has radically altered how we are living and it’s been ten months since PUSD schools were closed because of the pandemic. It’s certainly exasperating.

Recently, Pasadena Unified School District staff compared student data from the first semester of 2019 to the first semester of 2020. There has been an approximate 10% increase in D’s and F’s and the bulk of them are in grades 6-12. What lies in between those months? Remote learning.

Last week, the PUSD Governing Board held a special meeting to hear a presentation from Assistant Superintendent Dr. Julianne Reynoso entitled, “Opportunities for Improving Student Grades.” Principals from both middle and high schools were also in the meeting.

This proposal, if voted on by the Board on January 28, will do two things: incentivize students to make better grades and mitigate the low grades.

This is the plan: Students who made D’s or F’s in Fall of 2020 will have the opportunity to work with their teachers to raise those grades to a C if the student makes a high grade in this current semester (Spring 2021).

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Guest Opinion | Una Lee Jost: Should the California Democratic Party Be Governed by Politicians or the Grassroots?

Guest Opinion | Una Lee Jost: Should the California Democratic Party Be Governed by Politicians or the Grassroots?

In 2017, everyday people across the state helped California progressives make huge gains in our fight to transform the Democratic Party by winning the overwhelming majority of state delegate seats. This victory led the State Democratic Party to divest from oil, endorse important measures like Medicare for All and rent control, and they helped ensure corporate candidates like Dianne Feinstein who oppose Party values don’t receive party support during their re-election campaigns.

An important election for these state delegate seats is happening again now in our 41st Assembly District that will help determine whether the Party will be governed by politicians or the grassroots.

Every two years, the Party holds ADEM elections in January to elect 14 state party delegates from each of the 80 Assembly Districts in California to represent interests of voters in the district in voting on Party endorsements of candidates, ballot initiatives, platform, etc.

The ADEM election outcomes will help determine whether the Party is a party committed to action on issues such as Medicare For All,

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Saturday, January 16, 2021

Altadena Library Board Seeks Applicants for New Community Facilities District Committee

Altadena Library Board Seeks Applicants for New Community Facilities District Committee

STAFF REPORT

The Altadena Library District Board of Trustees said Friday it is now accepting applications for the newly created seat(s) on the Community Facilities District Committee, which was formed to oversee the assessment and funding of future capital improvement projects.

In August 2020, the Board of Trustees adopted resolutions establishing the Altadena Library District  Community Facilities District (CFD) and deeming it necessary for the CFD to incur a bonded indebtedness to finance capital improvements of certain public facilities if approved by the community in a special election. Measure Z was approved by the community in the November 2020  election by over a 2/3 majority vote, which authorizes the CFD “to levy $0.10/square foot for single-family residences annually, with different rates for other property types, raising approximately  $2,600,000 annually until ended by voters; bond issuance/appropriation limit of $24,000,000;  requiring oversight/audits, low-income exemptions, and all funds staying local,”  (www.altadenalibrary.org/MeasureZ).

This CFD Committee, formed by the Board of Trustees in December 2020,

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

L.A. County Supervisors Expand Rent Relief Program, Extend Eviction Moratorium

L.A. County Supervisors Expand Rent Relief Program, Extend Eviction Moratorium

CITY NEWS SERVICE

Anticipating Los Angeles County’s fair share of $25 billion in federal rent relief, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously today to extend and expand both a local rent relief program and eviction moratorium.

Supervisors Hilda Solis and Janice Hahn co-authored a motion calling for more flexibility in the rent relief program, which will now also be extended for another year — through Dec. 31.

“Hundreds of thousands are struggling to pay their rent on time or even to pay it at all,” Hahn said.

The relief program and moratorium will not impact Pasadena which has its own rent moratorium. However, it would place restrictions on landlords in Altadena and nearby unincorporated areas.

Solis said the changes would expand eligibility and align the county’s program with conditions that apply to new federal relief dollars.

“Since the program launched, many constituents have reached out to my office pleading for help as landlords refuse to receive direct payments from the Los Angeles County Development Authority,

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Los Angeles County Health Director: Good Chance New COVID Strain Is Already Here

Los Angeles County Health Director: Good Chance New COVID Strain Is Already Here

Despite Tuesday’s confirmation that a new and more contagious variant of COVID-19 has been detected in Colorado, the strain has not yet been found in the Southland, but Los Angeles County’s public health director said there’s a good chance it’s already here.

Colorado’s confirmation of the new strain, which was first discovered in the United Kingdom, is the first detection of the variant in the United States. Colorado officials said the patient was a man in his 20s who had no recent history of traveling.

The new strain, known as B.1.1.7, is not thought to cause more severe illness than the original virus, but it is believed to be dramatically more contagious — meaning it is far more easily transmitted from one person to the next.

Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said Monday local health officials have tested a limited number of samples from COVID- positive patients, and “we have not found any evidence of the variant in that first group of tests that we ran.”

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Monday, December 14, 2020

Vaccine Arrives in LA County

Vaccine Arrives in LA County

As Gov. Gavin Newsom watched a Los Angeles health care worker receive the first coronavirus vaccine injection today, Pasadena health officials were still waiting for word on when the vaccine would make it to the city.

The vaccine began reaching hospitals across the country this morning. Health care workers and other frontline workers will receive the first doses, along with patients in assisted living facilities.

Pasadena will initially receive 1,900 doses sometime this week, according to city officials.

Thousands of doses of the vaccine arrived at Los Angeles International Airport Sunday night, marking the first step in a massive undertaking that will see the county attempt to vaccinate six million people in six months.

LAX officials trumpeted the arrival of the vaccine on Twitter, posting photos of the FedEx jetliner carrying the vaccine, which received formal approval for immediate use from federal authorities over the weekend.

Meanwhile, officials at Huntington Hospital said they were awaiting information about the vaccine’s exact delivery date.

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Monday, December 7, 2020

New Official Photo Featuring All-Woman LA County Board of Supervisors Unveiled

New Official Photo Featuring All-Woman LA County Board of Supervisors Unveiled

The Executive Office of the Board of Supervisors unveiled the official photo featuring an all-women Board of Supervisors for the first time since the Board’s inception in 1852.

The official Board photo features newly elected Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell who will represent the Second District, a position previously held by Mark Ridley-Thomas for 12 years.

It also features Supervisor Hilda L. Solis front and center as she will lead the Board in the coming year as Chair.

“This is history – or, better yet, herstory,” said Chair of the Board Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor for the First District. “We’ve shattered a glass ceiling right here in Los Angeles County. For girls and women everywhere, this demonstrates that no dream is too big. At a time when we are facing so much uncertainty, I’m thankful for colleagues who are committed to investing in communities most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, fighting homelessness, creating affordable housing, assisting women-owned small businesses, and bolstering our safety net programs.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

County Supervisor Barger Remains Opposed to “Unnecessary” Restrictions on Restaurants, Asks Board to Bring in Outside Experts for Guidance

County Supervisor Barger Remains Opposed to “Unnecessary” Restrictions on Restaurants, Asks Board to Bring in Outside Experts for Guidance

Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to move forward with a ban on outdoor dining at restaurants, breweries and wineries, even after receiving more than 3,700 comments from members of the public concerned with these restrictions.

Supervisor Kathryn Barger introduced a motion, co-authored by Supervisor Janice Hahn that would have rescinded these closures and enabled outdoor dining to continue given the lack of any data to support dining as a means for significant community transmission.

The motion was denied on a 3-2 vote with Supervisors Solis, Ridley-Thomas and Kuehl opposing.

“The current Health Orders seem to take the approach that sectors should remain closed throughout the entire County, instead of focusing only on necessary closures in sectors that carry an inordinate and proven risk,” said Supervisor Kathryn Barger. “There is no data to support closing dining establishments which makes this an arbitrary and capricious restriction — especially the day before Thanksgiving. Furthermore, this action will only further encourage individuals to participate in private gatherings,

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Supervisor: New COVID Restrictions Take Effect on Friday

Supervisor: New COVID Restrictions Take Effect on Friday

Looking to combat a surge in coronavirus cases, Los Angeles County will tighten some restrictions this week, such as requiring restaurants, wineries, breweries and non-essential retail businesses to close at 10 p.m., while limiting gatherings to no more than 15 people from a maximum of three households.

The county previously issued guidance limiting gatherings to three households, but there was no numerical limit on attendees.

Although the changes had not been formally announced as of late afternoon, County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl told the Daily News the restrictions will take effect Friday.

Other measures will include a 50 percent capacity limit for restaurants with outdoor service and a 25 percent capacity limit for personal care businesses and offices, she said.

Customers of personal care businesses — such as nail salons — will have to make advance appointments, and no services can be performed that require the customer to remove a face mask.

It is not known if Pasadena will adopt the new guidelines.

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Thursday, November 12, 2020

State Passes 1 Million COVID-19 Cases

State Passes 1 Million COVID-19 Cases

By ANDRÉ COLEMAN, Managing Editor

As Los Angeles County was struggling to escape the state’s restrictive purple tier prohibiting school and business reopenings, the state was surpassing the 1 million case mark in the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Thursday, state officials announced that 1,000,535 million people have been infected with COVID-19, which the World Health Organization declared a pandemic on March 11.

“We’re forgetting,” said Daisy Dodd, infectious disease specialist with Kaiser Permanente in Pasadena, “we’re mingling together, people are sick of being locked up and not being able to interact, so they’re having larger gatherings and they might not necessarily be taking the proper precautions, the masking, the distancing, and, you know, the hand-washing.”

Lax attitudes about fighting the virus have sent efforts at prevention in the wrong direction.

For the first time since the tier system was implemented, no counties advanced last week to a less-restrictive level. Three counties, including San Diego County, regressed to the most-restrictive “purple” tier from the less-onerous “red” level.

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Thursday, November 12, 2020

Barger Opposes Constitutional Amendment That Would Lead to Appointed Sheriff

Barger Opposes Constitutional Amendment That Would Lead to Appointed Sheriff

By ANDRÉ COLEMAN, Managing Editor

Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who represents Pasadena and Altadena, said she does not support a state constitutional amendment that would allow the supervisors to appoint the sheriff.

On Tuesday, a split Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to explore ways to remove Sheriff Alex Villanueva from office.

According to the state constitution, the sheriff is an elected position, but since sheriffs are chosen by voters, they can ignore subpoenas and resist oversight with little penalty.

“Like every other municipality in the state of California, the sheriff of Los Angeles County is elected by the people,” Barger said in a prepared statement.

“While I have had disagreements with the current sheriff on multiple occasions, I do not support these efforts toward removal or impeachment, nor any actions intended to change the selection of the sheriff from an elected official to an appointee of the Board of Supervisors,” she said.

“Any action in this regard denies the will of the people to select the law enforcement representative of their choosing,” Barger said.

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Thursday, November 12, 2020

L.A. County Board of Supervisors Will Evaluate Options to Remove Sheriff

L.A. County Board of Supervisors Will Evaluate Options to Remove Sheriff

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 on Tuesday to look at options for removing elected Sheriff Alex Villanueva as the county’s top lawman, rather than waiting to see if voters will do so in 2022.

Supervisors Kathryn Barger, who represents Altadena and Pasadena, and Janice Hahn dissented, saying the matter should be left in the hands of Los Angeles County voters.

Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Sheila Kuehl co-authored the motion recommending that the county direct its lawyers, inspector general, civilian oversight commissioners and acting CEO to look at possible avenues for removing the sheriff or cutting back his responsibilities.

Those options could include changes to how the sheriff enters office, switching from voter approved to a county appointed position. That would require an amendment to the state constitution.

Since an elected sheriff is mandated in the state constitution, oversight by commissions and the supervisors is limited if the sheriff refuses to comply with recommendations. As a result,

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Monday, November 9, 2020

Altadena Library Seeking Applicants for Upcoming Vacancy on the Library Board of Trustees

Altadena Library Seeking Applicants for Upcoming Vacancy on the Library Board of Trustees

The Altadena Library Board of Trustees is seeking applications to fill a board vacancy created by the expiration of Trustee Betsy Kahn’s term.

The successful applicant would serve on the board for a two-year term starting in December. Applicants must be at least 18, a resident of and registered to vote in Altadena. The new trustee will be sworn in on Dec. 14.

“The Altadena Library District thanks Trustee Kahn for her years of dedicated service and extends its profound appreciation for all her work on behalf of the library and the community,” the board said in a statement.

Applicants must submit a letter of interest, a resume, and a completed supplemental questionnaire to the district director by 5 p.m. Nov. 13.

The board will interview potential candidates at a special board meeting at 5 p.m. on Nov. 19. Each candidate will be given three minutes to make a statement and then be asked to answer three questions,

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Friday, October 30, 2020

L.A. County Supervisor Barger Meets With National Security Advisor, Arizona Center to Discuss Efforts to End Violence in Nagorno-Karabakh

L.A. County Supervisor Barger Meets With National Security Advisor, Arizona Center to Discuss Efforts to End Violence in Nagorno-Karabakh

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Kathryn Barger took part in a roundtable discussion Friday with National Security Advisor and Pasadena resident Robert O’Brien, U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Arizona, and representatives of the Armenian community to outline the United States’ efforts to broker peace in Nagorno-Karabakh, where Azerbajani forces have been clashing with the Armenian population for weeks.

The discussion focused on “unprovoked military operations by Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh region against Armenians in the area,” according to a statement issued by Barger’s office. “This ongoing military offense has included attacks on civilian and residential structures, which killed approximately 40 innocent civilians including children and older adults and wounded more than 125 people, according to the Office of the Human Rights Ombudsman of Artsakh.”

Los Angeles County is home to more Armenians than anyplace else in the world outside of Armenia, Barger said.

“We are deeply troubled by Azerbaijan’s refusal to honor three separate ceasefire agreements in recent weeks and the continued campaign to spread misinformation to deflect their egregious actions,” she said.

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Monday, October 26, 2020

County Reports 830 New COVID-19 Cases on Friday; No New Local Infections Listed

County Reports 830 New COVID-19 Cases on Friday; No New Local Infections Listed

CITY NEWS SERVICE

County health officials on Sunday reported 830 new cases of the coronavirus and four additional deaths, bringing the county’s totals to 299,760 cases with 6,993 fatalities.

Locally, no new cases and no additional deaths were reported.

The number of new cases is usually lower on the weekend due to reporting delays.

The county reported 2,173 new cases on Saturday, 2,773 on Friday, and 3,600 on Thursday, with those numbers attributed to the resolution of a technical glitch that delayed the release of a large number of test results over the previous several days.

Hospitalizations, which have remained below the 800 mark for several weeks, ticked up slightly from 770 to 785, 29 percent of whom were in intensive care units, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

Locally, 19 people were being treated at Huntington Hospital.

Officials said more than 3,029,000 individuals in the county have been tested,

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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Los Angeles Metro Board Approves $6 Billion Budget with Reduced Service Plan

Los Angeles Metro Board Approves $6 Billion Budget with Reduced Service Plan

By ERIC HEINZ, City News Service

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors Thursday approved a “condensed” spending plan of $6 billion for this fiscal year — down from $7.2 billion last fiscal year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The board also approved continuation of a reduced service plan until ridership returns to pre-pandemic levels, though various organizations have opposed keeping the service levels that low.

“I know how difficult as members of the board it is to try to steer Metro through a very difficult moment,” Los Angeles Mayor and Metro Board Chair Eric Garcetti said.

“To look at this budget, we have to understand, obviously, where we’re at economically. We all know that this is the worst economic moment of our lives collectively … We’ve never experienced this.”

Transit services are expected to remain at 81% of pre-COVID levels through at least the rest of the year, with boardings averaging at 55% of capacity.

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

County Oversight Commission Members Call On Villanueva To Resign As Sheriff

County Oversight Commission Members Call On Villanueva To Resign As Sheriff

CITY NEWS SERVICE

 

Expressing doubt over the sheriff’s version of events leading to the arrest of a local reporter, a civilian commission that oversees the agency asked county attorneys Thursday to prepare a report on legal responsibilities involved in law enforcement activities at protests — and some members called on the sheriff to resign.

“It’s with great reluctance that I’m calling for Sheriff (Alex) Villanueva to resign,” said Civilian Oversight Commission member Robert Bonner, a former federal prosecutor and head of the Drug Enforcement Administration. “The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department itself deserves better. The men and women of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deserve better.”

Bonner criticized Villanueva for failing to build a working relationship with the county Board of Supervisors, saying he has “gone out of his way to alienate and insult supervisors.”

Patti Giggans, chair of the commission, echoed Bonner’s sentiment, saying, “The sheriff’s department does not have the leader it deserves.”

The commission could take an official “no-confidence”

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Board of Supervisors Approves Emergency Proclamation Declaring Local Emergency in Response to Bobcat Fire

Board of Supervisors Approves Emergency Proclamation Declaring Local Emergency in Response to Bobcat Fire

The Board of Supervisors approved a motion by Supervisor Kathryn Barger and co-authored by Supervisor Hilda Solis to ratify the emergency proclamation signed over the weekend declaring a local emergency as a result of the Bobcat Fire in the San Gabriel Valley.

The Bobcat Fire started on Sept. 6 and is now at 41,231 acres with three percent containment. The fire is located near the Cogswell Dam and West Fork Day Use area and is burning in heavy fuels and spreading rapidly. Firefighters continue to work diligently and are focused on protecting the foothill communities and Mt. Wilson. An increase in resources has allowed first responders to expand their efforts to reduce further growth of the fire.

“I am grateful for the collaboration of our cities and communities, including Sierra Madre, Arcadia, Monrovia, Bradbury, Duarte and Azusa, who have shown strong unity in support of our fire personnel to battle the ongoing fire,” Supervisor Barger said. “The Los Angeles County Fire Department is working in partnership with U.S.

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Saturday, September 5, 2020

L.A. County Receives Nearly 70,000 Requests for Non-English Language Ballots

L.A. County Receives Nearly 70,000 Requests for Non-English Language Ballots

Nearly 70,000 voters in Los Angeles County submitted requests to receive election materials, including Vote by Mail ballots for the Nov. 3 presidential election, in a language other than English, in response to a recent county mailer, according to Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan.

Registered voters can still request to receive their election materials in one of 18 different languages by calling 800-815-2666, option 3, he said.

“In a jurisdiction with an electorate as richly diverse as Los Angeles County, it is essential that voters are aware they have options to receive election materials and their Vote by Mail ballot in their preferred language,” Logan said. “It’s critical for civic participation, and the response to this mailer by close to 70,000 voters is a strong response to our voter outreach and education efforts.”

In late July, the RR/CC also issued a notice that all registered voters will be mailed a Vote by Mail ballot to ensure a safe and accessible voting option during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Thursday, September 3, 2020

Supervisor Barger Joins Fire Department to Welcome Arrival of Super Scoopers

Supervisor Barger Joins Fire Department to Welcome Arrival of Super Scoopers

Today, Supervisor Kathryn Barger joined Los Angeles County Fire Chief Darryl Osby, along with pilots, air crew members, and fire personnel to welcome two CL-415 Super Scooper fire-fighting aircraft that the County is leasing from the Government of Quebec.

“The Board of Supervisors is proud to support our Fire Department and help provide critical resources such as the Super Scoopers, to supplement our own aerial firefighting fleet during fire season,” said Supervisor Barger. “For years, LA County has partnered with Quebec to provide these Bombardiers which are instrumental in our battle against large-scale wildfires. This is a great collaboration of shared resources between our two regions. I am grateful for the leadership of the LA County Fire Department and to the brave men and women who work valiantly each day to save lives and property,” she continued.

With increasingly dangerous fires and record-breaking heat in Southern California, fire safety is at the forefront of everyone’s mind. The Los Angeles County Fire Department leads the nation in its ability to manage wildfires and it is necessary to support these efforts with top-of-the-line resources in firefighting aircraft.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Barger Seeks to Expand Telehealth Services

Barger Seeks to Expand Telehealth Services

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a motion by Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Sheila Kuehl to examine the county’s use of telehealth services during the pandemic and to evaluate opportunities to expand the programs into the future.

Since the Safer at Home public health orders were implemented in March, county departments, first responders, community-based organizations, and service providers have shifted to virtual consultations and evaluations.

Medical consultations, mental health services, alcohol and substance abuse treatment, preventative care, and other essential services have all adapted to serve those in need through video appointments.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth operations in the Los Angeles County health care system have served a critical role to ensure community members receive the care they need,” Barger said in a prepared statement. “While we have had to make adjustments during the Safer at Home directive, these advancements could allow us to better reach our communities in a way that is innovative, convenient, and — most importantly —

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

L.A. County Board May Reconsider Structure of Homeless Services Agency

L.A. County Board May Reconsider Structure of Homeless Services Agency

By ELIZABETH MARCELLINO, City News Services

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is scheduled Tuesday to consider a suggestion that changes are needed in tracking the results of more than $400 million in spending on dozens of initiatives aimed at curbing homelessness, including restructuring the agency that manages that spending.

In a motion pointing to the results of a recent audit of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Janice Hahn said a new governance model may be needed, though the motion does not specify just what solution might be proposed.

“LAHSA was created before homelessness reached crisis proportions, and while it has bulked up personnel and scaled up operations in recent years, its governance model has remained stagnant,” Ridley-Thomas said in a statement.

“Perhaps it is time to explore new governance models with the goal of ensuring that we are best serving the thousands of homeless individuals and families who need help.”

Hahn echoed that sentiment.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

L.A. County Board Priorities May Run Headlong Into Financial Constraints

L.A. County Board Priorities May Run Headlong Into Financial Constraints

By ELIZABETH MARCELLINO, City News Services

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors’ ability to fund or expand new programs designed to support an anti-racist, pro-social justice policy stance may be limited this year, as illustrated by a report available on the county’s website Tuesday.

Last month, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas proposed scaling up a three- person unit within the Public Defender’s Office to better track misconduct and the use-of-force by law enforcement officers countywide.

“The epidemic of police shootings of unarmed individuals is an unrelenting outrage that has rightfully provoked a much larger conversation around the twin objectives of promoting public safety and investing in community well-being,” Ridley-Thomas said at the time.

The board called for a report back in 30 days, a fairly tight timeline indicating an interest in moving quickly to implement change.

In response, the Public Defender’s Office produced an analysis — posted to the county website Monday — requesting 11 new positions and roughly $2.3 million annually to expand the unit.

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Monday, August 10, 2020

LA County COVID-19 Rent Relief to Launch Aug. 17

LA County COVID-19 Rent Relief to Launch Aug. 17

STAFF REPORT

In an effort to assist renters with limited means affected by the COVID-19 crisis – including Pasadena residents – the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has provided $100 million in CARES Act funds to create a COVID-19 Rent Relief program, operated by the Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA).

The program is set to launch on Monday, Aug. 17, and will remain open for a two-week period, closing on Aug. 31, according to an announcement Monday by the LACDA.

The program’s goal is to assist between 8,000 to more than 9,000 households.

The emergency rental assistance being provided is intended to meet the needs of low-income renters who have struggled to pay their rent and those behind on paying rent due to the economic impacts caused by the pandemic. Those who are most at need will be targeted with more assistance.

The program is available to all county residents who qualify, with the exception of residents living in the city of Los Angeles.

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Friday, July 31, 2020

County Confirms 2,628 New Cases of the Cornavirus on Thursday

County Confirms 2,628 New Cases of the Cornavirus on Thursday

CITY NEWS SERVICE

County health officials reported 41 deaths and 2,628 cases of the Coronavirus on Thursday bringing the fatalities to 4,559 and the cases to 186,036.

The new deaths lifted the county’s overall death toll to 4559.

Los Angeles County Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis again urged residents to sign up for an ongoing text-message-based survey designed to track residents’ health. The system sends participants occasional inquiries about how they are feeling and if they are displaying any symptoms of the virus, in an effort to track health trends. Davis said more than 8,300 people have already signed up for the program.

To register, text @protect to 35134.

Despite the large numbers of cases and deaths reported this week, health officials offered a generally positive portrayal of key statistics in recent days. Davis said the county’s seven-day average positivity rate had dropped to around 8.2%, which is down from double-digit levels earlier this month but still above the state standard of 8%.

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Thursday, July 23, 2020

County COVID-19 Numbers Still Concerning, But Improving

County COVID-19 Numbers Still Concerning, But Improving

CITY NEWS SERVICE

Rising coronavirus cases and fatalities remain concerning with four dozen more deaths confirmed on Thursday, but there are signs Los Angeles County is beginning to turn the corner in efforts to slow the spread of the Coronavirus according to the county’s top health officer.

On Thursday, the county confirmed another 2,014 cases, pushing the overall total to 166,848 since the start of the pandemic.

The county also announced another 49 deaths.

A total of 4,262 people have now died as a result of the virus, according to the county.

“At least this week, we’re still seeing concerning data,” county health officer Dr. Muntu Davis told reporters in an online briefing. “There are still high case counts, hospitalizations have exceeded 2,200 people for at least the last four days in a row and tragically people are still dying from COVID-19. But I hope this week marks a turning point, and that we’ll start to see the results of our collective actions to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

L.A. County Board Set to Vote on Antiracist Policy Platform

L.A. County Board Set to Vote on Antiracist Policy Platform

CITY NEWS SERVICE

 

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is set to vote Tuesday on a strategic plan to craft antiracist policies and practices aimed at helping Black people in Los Angeles County.

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas authored a motion requesting that the board declare racism a matter of public health and prioritize eliminating biases from county operations and programs.

“It is incumbent upon those of us who sit in positions of authority to begin dismantling systemic racial bias within the entities for which we are responsible,” Ridley-Thomas said last week when he previewed the proposal. “It’s no longer sufficient to support diversity and inclusion initiatives. The county has made great strides toward addressing and eliminating implicit bias. It is time to advance to the next level.

“The county must move to identify and confront explicit institutional racism to set the national standard and become a leader of antiracist policymaking and program implementation.”

If approved,

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Monday, July 20, 2020

L.A. County May Support Worker Councils to Monitor COVID-19 Compliance

L.A. County May Support Worker Councils to Monitor COVID-19 Compliance

CITY NEWS SERVICE

 

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is scheduled Tuesday to consider a proposal to facilitate worker-led “health councils” to monitor business compliance with public health orders.

Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Mark Ridley-Thomas co-authored a motion recommending that the county reach out to labor leaders and business representatives and quickly come up with effective ways to monitor compliance with mandates to wear facial coverings, install protective shields and disinfect workplaces.

“Workplace and community transmission have been significant factors contributing to the spread of COVID-19 in communities across the region,” the motion reads in part. “While many businesses have been diligent in their efforts to comply with public health requirements, many others have not. This creates a public health risk not only for the businesses’ employees and customers but for the communities in which the businesses are located and in which their customers and employees live.”

Kuehl and Ridley-Thomas suggested that workers could be certified to monitor violations and report them to public health investigators for follow- up.

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Saturday, July 11, 2020

County Courts Presiding Judge: Jury Trials in Criminal Cases Postponed Until August

County Courts Presiding Judge: Jury Trials in Criminal Cases Postponed Until August

CITY NEWS SERVICE

The presiding judge of Los Angeles County’s court system announced Friday that jury trials in criminal cases will not resume until August as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Jury trials — which have been on hold in Los Angeles County since March 17 — are now set to begin resuming Aug. 10, according to the court.

“Throughout this unprecedented public health crisis, the court has implemented measures designed to protect the public it serves while safeguarding the rights of all participants in court proceedings,” Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile said in a statement released late Friday afternoon. `The court continues to evaluate this balance as the novel coronavirus contagion rate in Los Angeles County increases and public health authorities provide more guidance about how to slow its spread.

In Pasadena, the courthouse is at 300 E Walnut Street, in the block directly north of Pasadena City Hall.

The Los Angeles court system got approval from California’s Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye to issue the latest emergency order,

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Coronavirus Infections Continue Upward Trend in L.A. County; Record Number of Deaths Reported by State

Coronavirus Infections Continue Upward Trend in L.A. County; Record Number of Deaths Reported by State

By BRIAN DAY

The COVID-19 pandemic showed no signs of slowing down in Los Angeles County on Thursday as the state reported a record number of deaths.

California Department of Public Health officials reported 149 new fatalities due to the novel coronavirus and 7,031 new infections. Over the past week, the state averaged 8,043 new infections per day.

The state has seen an average of 73 deaths per day over the past seven days, Gov. Gavin Newsom said. He urged the public not to focus too much on daily figures, which can fluctuate greatly day-by day, in favor of weekly and bi-weekly averages.

State officials reported 114 deaths on Wednesday and 111 on Tuesday.

Prior to Thursday, the deadliest day of the pandemic had been April 22, when 115 deaths were reported, according to state data.

The average positivity rates in the state over the past seven-day and 14-day periods were both 7.3% on Thursday,

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

L.A. County Cracks Down on Price Gouging, Fines Up To $10,000 Per Violation

L.A. County Cracks Down on Price Gouging, Fines Up To $10,000 Per Violation

CITY NEWS SERVICE

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an ordinance Tuesday to strengthen protections for consumers and small businesses and crack down on price gouging during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas recommended the ordinance, which authorizes civil actions against price gougers and penalties of up to $10,000 per violation.

The Department of Consumer and Business Affairs said it has received nearly 2,000 reports of price gouging and over 700 other complaints from a wide variety of consumers since a state of emergency was declared March 4th.

“It is unconscionable to exploit people’s fears during a pandemic and force them to pay exponentially more than is reasonable for goods and services, essential or otherwise,” Ridley-Thomas said.

“With this urgency ordinance, we now have more tools to protect consumers against price gouging, product hoarding and other predatory practices aimed at turning panic into profit,” he said. “Predators out there should hear us loud and clear today: we will not tolerate their abuse.”

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

LA County Sees Largest Number of New COVID-19 Cases Yet at 4,015

LA County Sees Largest Number of New COVID-19 Cases Yet at 4,015

By BRIAN DAY

Health officials in Los Angeles County announced the largest-ever single-day increase in new detected infections on Tuesday, blaming the spike, in part, on a backlog of test results.

The L.A. County Department of Public Health reported 4,015 newly-detected COVID-19 infections and 46 new deaths. That brings total infections reported in the county to 120,539 – or about 43 percent of the state’s 277,774 cases. In all, 3,579 people have succumbed to the novel coronavirus in the county, making up 59 percent of all COVID-19 deaths reported in California.

New infections reported in L.A. County accounted for 66 percent of the newly detected COVID-19 cases in the state and 41 percent of the new deaths reported throughout California on Tuesday. State officials reported 111 new fatalities, bringing the statewide death toll to 6,448.

“The high number of cases are, in part, due to a backlog of about 2,000 test results received from one lab who just submitted lab results from July 2 through July 5 today,” according to a statement from the L.A.

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

L.A. County Supervisors Look To Toughen Business Enforcement Of Health Orders

L.A. County Supervisors Look To Toughen Business Enforcement Of Health Orders

CITY NEWS SERVICE

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors next week will consider beginning the process of establishing fines and more quickly shutting down businesses that fail to adhere to public health orders designed to control spread of the coronavirus.

“We wanted to have a public trust relationship with our business community,” Supervisor Sheila Kuehl said in a statement announcing the motion she introduced with Supervisor Janice Hahn.

“We assumed businesses, who had indicated they would comply with directives in order to reopen, would follow the rules, but last weekend suggests that far too many people are shrugging off the danger,” Kuehl said. “The recent spike in cases and hospitalizations is very, very serious and jeopardizes our ability to care for people who get sick. This motion says, `Business owners, please take this seriously. We will fine you if you’re out of compliance, and if we find you’re out of compliance a second time, we will shut you down.”

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

L.A. County May Be Forced to Cut Child Support Enforcement

L.A. County May Be Forced to Cut Child Support Enforcement

CITY NEWS SERVICE

Los Angeles County’s $34.9 billion revised budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year approved Monday includes 655 potential layoffs, roughly 70% of which are slated to come at the expense of the sheriff’s jail operations and 20% from the department that helps parents enforce child support orders.

Chief Executive Officer Sachi Hamai insisted the reason the sheriff’s department is hardest hit is because public safety departments are funded primarily through local revenues, including property and sales taxes, rather than federal and state dollars.

Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who highlighted her support for the sheriff’s department and her hope that more funding could be found before layoffs are necessary, backed up Hamai in that assertion.

However, Sheriff Alex Villanueva called the argument about funding sources a “fig leaf” for the board to hide behind, saying Hamai could choose to allocate other dollars to his department.

More than 40% of the county-generated revenue base already goes to public safety.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

L.A. County COVID-19 Deaths Surpass 100,000 as Virus Resurges; Health Officials Call for Urgent Action

L.A. County COVID-19 Deaths Surpass 100,000 as Virus Resurges; Health Officials Call for Urgent Action

By BRIAN DAY

Detected cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County reached 100,772 Monday, and deaths topped 3,326, as officials warned that the novel coronavirus had resumed spreading at an alarming rate.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported 2,903 new infections, the largest single-day increase to date, and 22 new deaths on Monday.

“We’re quickly moving toward overwhelming our health care system and seeing even more devastating illness and death,” L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said. “We can’t sustain this level of increase. We just can’t.”

The seven-day average of new infections stood at nearly 2,000 on Monday, up from an average of 1,379 two weeks ago, according to county data.

In response, all L.A. County beaches were ordered closed from July 3 to July 6, L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn said in a written statement.

“We had almost 3,000 reported cases just today. We cannot risk having crowds at the beach this holiday weekend,” she said.

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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Health Officials: ‘Face Mask Exempt’ Cards Are Bogus

Health Officials: ‘Face Mask Exempt’ Cards Are Bogus

CITY NEWS SERVICE

Los Angeles County health officials warned Friday that people are circulating bogus “Face Mask Exempt” cards, claiming they will get people out of wearing a face-covering despite state and local orders.

“These flyers and cards are NOT from a government agency and are not endorsed by the Department of Justice or any Los Angeles County department,” according to the county Department of Public Health Twitter page.

“Cloth face coverings MUST be worn anytime residents are around others not from their household, except by children under 2 and individuals with medical conditions that prevent use of a face covering,” county officials said.

Health officials posted photos of the phony cards, one of which is laminated and states in bold print, “I AM EXEMPT FROM ANY ORDINANCE REQUIRING FACE MASK USAGE IN PUBLIC.” The cards warn that anyone harassing the cardholder could be subject to penalties of the Department of Justice and face fines of up to $150,000.

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Friday, June 26, 2020

Newsom Again Chides Residents Against Complacency In Virus Fight

Newsom Again Chides Residents Against Complacency In Virus Fight

CITY NEWS SERVICE

A week ahead of the Fourth of July holiday, Gov. Gavin Newsom Friday issued another stern warning to residents about the dangers of public or family gatherings while blasting “lazy punditry” suggesting that hot weather will kill the coronavirus.

The warning came as the governor announced a 3.3% increase since Thursday in the number of people hospitalized with the virus, and a 4.4% daily jump in the number of people in intensive care units.

State figures show that the number of people hospitalized in California has risen more than 30% over the last two weeks.

“Hospitalizations going up. The number of people in ICUs going up. The number of people on ventilators going up,” Newsom said. “… We are in the midst of the first wave of this pandemic. We are not out of the first wave. This disease does not take a summer vacation. And let us disabuse ourselves that somehow, the lazy punditry that was out there,

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Los Angeles County Adopts First of its Kind Cultural Policy

Los Angeles County Adopts First of its Kind Cultural Policy

A Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative Recommendation, the Policy is a Road Map to Provide Meaningful Access to Arts and Culture for Every Resident

Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture announced today the adoption of the Countywide Cultural Policy by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, a county cultural policy that is the first of its kind in the nation. Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis introduced a motion, co-authored by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, to adopt the policy at the June 23, 2020 Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting.

The Cultural Policy provides direction and guidelines for how Los Angeles County and its departments will ensure that every resident of LA County has meaningful access to arts and culture. The intent of the policy is to foster an organizational culture that values and celebrates arts, culture, and creativity; strengthens cultural equity and inclusion; and integrates arts and culture in LA County strategies to achieve the highest potential of communities and constituents across all aspects of civic life.

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Monday, June 22, 2020

L.A. County’s Top Public Health Official Reports Death Threats

L.A. County’s Top Public Health Official Reports Death Threats

CITY NEWS SERVICE

 

Los Angeles County’s top public health official, who has led the fight against the coronavirus, said Monday her life has been threatened repeatedly but promised to continue to “follow the science.”

Barbara Ferrer, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, issued a statement that began, as her daily briefings do, with a recounting of the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths in the county to date and a moment to honor those who have been lost.

“COVID-19 has upended thousands and thousands of lives all across the nation. The virus has changed our world as we know it, and people are angry. As of today, 83,397 cases have been reported in Los Angeles County and 3,120 people have died from this virus,” Ferrer said. “We mourn every single one of those deaths, and we are working tirelessly to slow the spread of COVID- 19 and find good solutions for the future of our communities.”

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Friday, June 19, 2020

Health Officials: County Making Progress in Virus Fight, Despite Deaths, Cases

Health Officials: County Making Progress in Virus Fight, Despite Deaths, Cases

CITY NEWS SERVICE

As more businesses reopen, Los Angeles County health officials Friday offered assurance that local indicators tracking the pace of coronavirus were continuing to decrease or hold steady, but they again stressed the importance of wearing face coverings to prevent COVID-19 from spiking.

“I get a lot of questions about why this is important, especially from individuals who are not worried about becoming infected themselves,” public health director Barbara Ferrer said. “The important issue here is that we’re not asking you to wear the face covering to protect yourself. We ask you to cover your mouth and nose to protect others, especially since you can be infected with COVID-19 and have no symptoms of illness.

“… Even if you tested negative, that negative test result only tells you your status the day you were tested,” she said. “You could easily become infected the very next day and unknowingly pass COVID-19 onto others.”

Ferrer’s comments came one day after Gov.

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Thursday, June 18, 2020

County Reports 36 New COVID-19 Deaths

County Reports 36 New COVID-19 Deaths

1,051 new cases confirmed on Thursday

CITY NEWS SERVICE

County health officials confirmed 36 new deaths along with 1,051 new cases of the Coronavirus on Thursday.

To date, 78,227 cases have been reported and 3,027 deaths.

“To the many families who are mourning loved ones lost to COVID-19, please accept our heartfelt sympathies,” said Barbara Ferrer, director of public health. “COVID-19 has impacted everyone across the county, and we are all feeling exhausted by the safety requirements, yet we still have to find it within ourselves to do our part to protect each other from the spread of the virus. As more sectors re-open, we risk losing all the progress we have made in slowing the spread, if we don’t take every precaution possible to prevent exposing others and ourselves to the virus.”

A modified health officer order and directives for the reopening of additional businesses is being issued today with an effective date of June 19.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Visitation Resumes at Pasadena Nursing Homes with Restrictions

Visitation Resumes at Pasadena Nursing Homes with Restrictions

Facilities cannot have new COVID-19 numbers for 28 days

CITY NEWS SERVICE

County officials announced on Monday that visitation can now resume at nursing facilities with some restrictions.

Family and friends can visit their loved ones at facilities that have not had any new COVID-19 infections for 28 days.

“It’s highly unlikely that you’ll see relaxing across the board at all of the (skilled nursing facilities) given the fact that they do need to be 28 days out with no new cases,” said County Health Director Barbara Ferrer. “But visitors with fever or COVID-19 symptoms will not be permitted to enter into a facility. Visitors are going to need to practice distancing of at least six feet. Everyone will need to wear their face mask at all times and signs will be posted with additional rules at each of the facilities and shared with visitors.”

The announcement came the same day that county health officials reported a record-high single-day number of coronavirus cases.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

County Reports Record-High COVID-19 Numbers

County Reports Record-High COVID-19 Numbers

2,129 new cases confirmed on Wednesday

CITY NEWS SERVICE

County health officials reported a record-high single-day number of coronavirus cases on Wednesday when 2,129 new cases and 34 deaths were reported.

County Health Director Barbara Ferrer said at least 600 of those cases were the result of a backlog of results from one testing facility.

“We’re getting dumps of lab reports that were not submitted to us in a timely way,” Ferrer said as she urged testing facilities to immediately turn in their data to the county.

The numbers pushed the overall total to 77,189 and 2,992 deaths.

The rate of people who are tested who wind up being positive for COVID-19 is also holding steady at 8%, officials said.

But they warned that people should not get complacent — stressing the virus is still spreading in the community and residents need to keep taking precautions, even as the economy reopens.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

County COVID-19 Case Count Passes 75,000 Mark

County COVID-19 Case Count Passes 75,000 Mark

Grim death toll nears 3,000

CITY NEWS SERVICE

County health officials reported 33 new Coronavirus deaths and 1,337 new cases on Tuesday.

To date the county has identified 75,084 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 2,959 deaths.

“Each day, we are thinking of the many families who are grieving for loved ones lost to COVID-19. Our hearts go out to you, and we wish you healing and peace,” said Barbara Ferrer, director of Public Health. “Thank you for continuing to look out for each other by following protocols for reopening, keeping physical distancing and always wearing cloth face coverings when around other people. These are significant actions – and with an increase in the number of people infected with COVID-19, these actions are absolutely necessary to make sure we continue to slow the spread.”

Health officials said everyone must continue to follow distancing and infection control directives and wear a clean cloth face covering that securely covers both your nose and mouth when in contact with other people not in your household.

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Monday, June 15, 2020

County Announces 19 New COVID-19 Deaths

County Announces 19 New COVID-19 Deaths

1,071 New Cases of Confirmed on Monday

CITY NEWS SERVICE

County health officials reported 19 new deaths and confirmed 1,071 new cases of the Coronavirus.

To date, health officials have identified 73,791 positive cases of the virus, and a total of 2,926 deaths.

“There are many families across our County who are experiencing the sorrow of losing a loved one to COVID-19. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you every day,” said Barbara Ferrer, director of Public Health. “Contact tracing is a confidential and simple process that has been used by public health departments for decades to slow the spread of infectious diseases and avoid outbreaks. When a person tests positive for COVID-19, it is important to find out where that person has been and who they were in close contact with while they could transmit the disease to others, so that anyone who may have been exposed knows that they may also be positive.

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

County Reports Highest Number of COVID-19 Cases in One Day

County Reports Highest Number of COVID-19 Cases in One Day

CITY NEWS SERVICE

County health officials reported 46 new deaths and 1,857 new cases of the Coronavirus on Thursday.

Although this is the highest number of new cases reported in a day, 600 cases are from a backlog of test results.

To date, Public Health has identified 68,875 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 2,813 deaths.

“Each day, we are thinking of the many people across LA County who have lost loved ones to COVID-19. You are in our prayers, and we hope you find healing during this difficult time,” said Barbara Ferrer, director of Public Health. “Reopening businesses and public spaces safely requires everyone to continue to make physical distancing, wearing cloth face coverings and other infection control practices a part of day-to-day life. We have shown that we can work together on slowing the spread of COVID-19, and we need to continue to do so through our recovery journey to prevent huge increases in cases,

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

County Health Officials Say Rate of Spread COVID-19 Increasing

County Health Officials Say Rate of Spread COVID-19 Increasing

CITY NEWS SERVICE

County health officials say data again shows that the rate of coronavirus spread has increased in recent weeks, and that increase could put pressure on the availability of intensive-care unit beds in the coming weeks.

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed 61 new deaths and 1,275 new cases of the Coronavirus.

To date, health officials have identified 67,064 cases of the virus across all areas of LA County, and a total of 2,768 deaths.

“There is, unequivocally, asymptomatic spread,” said Los Angeles County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer. “I don’t want anyone to get confused that people who are asymptomatic may not be capable of spreading. They are in fact capable of spreading and we all need to keep that in mind,”

The news of the possible crisis comes as Los Angeles County announced it will modify its health order tomorrow, allowing the reopening of more businesses beginning Friday,

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Monday, June 8, 2020

L.A. County Looks for Ways to Support Businesses in Reopening

L.A. County Looks for Ways to Support Businesses in Reopening

By ELIZABETH MARCELLINO, City News Service

As restaurants welcome diners back and other retail businesses open their doors to customers under Los Angeles County’s revised public health guidelines, the Board of Supervisors Tuesday will consider ways to support those businesses.

Supervisors Hilda Solis and Janice Hahn co-authored a motion calling for grants of up to $3,000 for businesses with less than 100 employees to help them pay for masks, hand sanitizer and other safety-related supplies.

Ensuring compliance with public health regulations is critical not just to limiting the possibility of a surge in coronavirus cases, but to consumer confidence, the supervisors said.

“The challenge will be bringing consumers back. Consumer spending is two-thirds of the United States (gross domestic product). Our confidence in our ability to interact with others while staying healthy has been diminished. Absent a vaccine, businesses will have to find a way to convince consumers to shop or eat out, to travel, or go to a concert or a game,”

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Monday, June 8, 2020

Coronavirus Cases Top 64,000 in L.A. County; More Business Openings Possible

Coronavirus Cases Top 64,000 in L.A. County; More Business Openings Possible

CITY NEWS SERVICE

The number of coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County topped 64,000 Monday and another 10 deaths were reported, while county officials said they are reviewing new state guidelines that could allow a wider array of businesses to reopen by week’s end.

The 10 new deaths, including one that was announced Sunday by Pasadena health officials, lifted the countywide death toll from COVID-19 to 2,655. The county Department of Public Health also announced another 823 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, lifting the county’s total to 64,644.

The numbers of deaths and newly confirmed cases released by the county tend to be lower on Mondays and Tuesdays due to a lag in reporting over the weekend. Cases and deaths have continued to steadily rise in the county, but health officials have said that key indicators, such as hospitalization rates, have remained steady or declined, providing the confidence behind recent restricted re-openings of businesses such as dine-in restaurants and hail salons.

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Friday, June 5, 2020

Los Angeles County Announces 36 New Deaths Related to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Los Angeles County Announces 36 New Deaths Related to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

1,445 New Cases of Confirmed COVID-19 in Los Angeles County

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 36 new deaths and 1,445 new cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Twenty-five people who died were over the age of 65 years old; nine people who died were between the ages of 41 and 65 years old, and one person who died was between the ages of 18 and 40 years old. Twenty-nine people had underlying health conditions including 22 people over the age of 65 years old, six people between the ages of 41 to 65 years old, and one person between the ages of 18 and 40 years old. One death was reported by the City of Long Beach.

To date, Public Health has identified 61,045 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 2,565 deaths. Ninety-four percent of people who died had underlying health conditions. Of those who died,

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

County Announces 44 New COVID-19 Deaths

County Announces 44 New COVID-19 Deaths

1,469 New Cases Confirmed on Thursday

CITY NEWS SERVICE

County health officials reported 44 additional deaths and 1,469 new cases of the Coronavirus on Thursday

The large increase in positive cases reflects a lag in reporting from one lab of over 500 positive cases.

To date, the department has identified 59,650 positive cases of the virus across all 88 cities in the LA County, and a total of 2,531 deaths.

“To everyone across our LA County community who is mourning a loved one who has passed away from COVID-19, we share in your sorrow. We are thinking of you and praying for you every day,” said Barbara Ferrer, director of Public Health.

Ninety-three percent of people who died had underlying health conditions. Of those who died, information about race and ethnicity is available for 2,341 people (99 percent of the cases reported by Public Health) 41 percent of deaths occurred among Latino/Latinx residents,

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

County Reports 46 New COVID-19 Deaths

County Reports 46 New COVID-19 Deaths

CITY NEWS SERVICE

Los Angeles County health officials reported 46 new deaths and 1,155 new Coronavirus cases on Wednesday.

To date, the county has identified 58,234 positive cases across all areas, leading to 2,489 deaths.

“L.A. County has suffered a great deal of loss from COVID-19. As a community, we are mourning with the families and friends who have passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with you every day,” said Barbara Ferrer, director of Public Health. “Because the incubation period for COVID-19 is 14 days, if you think you’ve had a possible exposure to the virus because you’ve been in close proximity for 15 minutes or more with others who are not wearing face-coverings, please consider remaining away from all others for 14 days. If you have been exposed and have people in your home who are at greater risk of having serious illness from the virus because they are older or have underlying health conditions, it is very important to take all precautions to not expose vulnerable people.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

L.A. County Reports 60 New COVID-19 Deaths on Tuesday

L.A. County Reports 60 New COVID-19 Deaths on Tuesday

CITY NEWS SERVICE

Health officials reported 60 new deaths and 1,202 new Coronavirus cases on Tuesday.

So far, L.A. County has seen 57,118 positive cases of the virus that have led to 2,443 deaths.

“Each day, we are thinking of the many people who have lost their loved ones to the Coronavirus. We are deeply sorry for your loss, and we wish you peace through this very difficult time,” said Barbara Ferrer, director of Public Health. “We urge everyone, including the people across our community who are engaging in protest, to please care for each other by practicing physical distancing as much as possible and wearing a cloth face covering when around other people. These actions are important in preventing many more cases and hospitalizations from COVID-19. These actions can save lives.”

L.A. County last week allowed in-person dining at restaurants to resume and hair salons to reopen once the establishments are able to implement the required distancing and infection control directives.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

LA Courts to Offer Remote Court Appearance Technology for Some Cases

LA Courts to Offer Remote Court Appearance Technology for Some Cases

By ELIZABETH MARCELLINO, City News Service

Los Angeles County’s court system is expanding its technology to allow attorneys and self-represented litigants to appear remotely through audio or video appearances in certain cases starting later this month, it was announced Tuesday.

The program, called LACourtConnect, will be available first for cases involving civil settlements and probate matters on calendar starting the week of June 22.

Throughout the rest of the summer, the program will launch in phases for all limited civil, unlimited civil and complex, family law and traffic courtrooms, according to court officials.

“LACourtConnect will provide a safe and convenient alternative to coming through the courthouse doors to appear for your hearing,” Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile said. “As we restore court operations on June 15 and gradually resume hearings beginning June 22, we want to assure litigants and attorneys the court will open its doors with infection control measures, social distancing and face covering requirements.”

Court fees for each remote appearance will be $15 for an audio appearance,

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Monday, June 1, 2020

Los Angeles County Announces 22 New COVID-19 Deaths

Los Angeles County Announces 22 New COVID-19 Deaths

978 new cases confirmed on Monday

CITY NEWS SERVICE

County health officials announced 22 new deaths and 978 new cases of the Coronavirus on Monday.

To date, 55,968 positive cases of the virus have been identified in LA County, leading to 2,384 deaths.

“This is a very difficult time in our communities, and there are many people who are experiencing the profound sorrow of loved ones who have passed away from COVID-19. We are deeply sorry for your loss. Please know we think of you every day,” said Barbara Ferrer, director of public health.

Ninety-three percent of people who died had underlying health conditions. Of those who died, information about race and ethnicity is available for 2,200 people (99 percent of the cases reported by Public Health) 41 percent of deaths occurred among Latino/Latinx residents, 28 percent among White residents, 17 percent among Asian residents, 12 percent among African American residents, 1 percent among Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander residents and 1 percent among residents identifying with other races.

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Friday, May 29, 2020

Friday, Los Angeles County Announces 50 New Deaths Related to Coronavirus

Friday, Los Angeles County Announces 50 New Deaths Related to Coronavirus

1,824 New Cases of Confirmed COVID-19 announced

STAFF REPORT

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on Friday confirmed 50 new deaths and 1,824 new cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the county.

Officials said some of the new cases reported are from a backlog of test results.

Thirty-three people who died were over the age of 65 years old; 13 people who died were between the ages of 41 and 65 years old, and four people who died were between the ages of 18 and 40 years old. Forty people had underlying health conditions including 30 people over the age of 65 years old, seven people between the ages of 41 to 65 years old, and three people between the ages of 18 and 40 years old.

To date, Public Health has identified 51,562 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 2,290 deaths. Ninety-three percent of people who died had underlying health conditions.

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

As Malls Reopen, County Reports 48 More COVID-19 Deaths

As Malls Reopen, County Reports 48 More COVID-19 Deaths

1,094 New Cases Confirmed

CITY NEWS SERVICE

Another 48 Coronavirus deaths were reported in LA County on Thursday, as local shopping malls began reopening their doors thanks to loosened health restrictions.

Meanwhile, county officials awaited word from the state on the possible return of dine-in restaurants and hair salons.

The new fatalities lifted the county’s death toll to 2,241.

County health officials also announced another 1,094 confirmed cases of the illness, bringing the total to 49,774.

The new cases were announced as more businesses took advantage of relaxed health restrictions and began welcoming customers inside. Thousands of residents weary of curbside-only shopping — or perhaps just looking for a chance to get out of the house — made their way to malls such as the Citadel Outlets in Commerce and the Glendale Galleria Thursday, taking advantage of the newly reopened retail centers.

`We feel very confident, and we feel very confident because all of the work everybody has already done to get us here,”

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

County Confirms 53 Additional COVID-19 Deaths

County Confirms 53 Additional COVID-19 Deaths

CITY NEWS SERVICE

933 new cases confirmed on Wednesday

County health officials confirmed 53 deaths from 933 cases of the Coronavirus on Wednesday.

“For all of you who have lost someone you love to COVID-19, we are so sorry. Through this sad and difficult time, we keep you in our thoughts and prayers every day,” said Barbara Ferrer, Director of Public Health.

To date, Public Health has identified 48,700 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 2,195 deaths. Ninety-three percent of people who died had underlying health conditions.

The increase in deaths comes on the heels of a new order issued on Tuesday.

The new Health Officer Order issued yesterday, called Safer at Work and in the Community, allows for the reopening of houses of worship, office worksites, in-store shopping at retail establishments, including indoor malls and shopping centers, flea markets, swap meets and drive-in movie theaters.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

County Allows In-Store Retail Sales, Churches, to Resume With Restrictions Wednesday

County Allows In-Store Retail Sales, Churches, to Resume With Restrictions Wednesday

By ELIZABETH MARCELLINO, City News Service

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to seek state approval to authorize the reopening of more businesses — such as dine-in restaurants and hair salons — though the county’s health officer may add additional restrictions on such operations.

Meanwhile, the county also announced a revised health order Tuesday that further loosens other coronavirus restrictions, including allowing the resumption of in-store retail shopping.

As of Tuesday, Los Angeles was one of just 11 of California’s 58 counties not to have received a “regional variance” from the state. The variances allow counties that meet certain coronavirus health criteria to move deeper into California’s four-stage “roadmap” that guides the reopening of different business sectors.

The county — and most of the state — is in Stage 2 of that roadmap, although the state is slowly moving into Stage 3, with Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday authorizing the reopening of barbershops and hair salons and earlier clearing the way for churches and other houses of worship to restart in-person services.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Supervisor Barger Announces County Will Apply for Variance to Move Forward in Phased Reopening and Will Align with State’s Public Health Order

Supervisor Barger Announces County Will Apply for Variance to Move Forward in Phased Reopening and Will Align with State’s Public Health Order

Supervisor Kathryn Barger announced that Los Angeles County has achieved necessary readiness criteria and will apply for a variance with the State of California tomorrow. If granted, the variance from the State public health order will allow Los Angeles County to advance further in Stage 2 and into Stage 3 of the State’s Roadmap to Recovery.

“Los Angeles County has dedicated critical resources to meet the benchmark criteria to support our efforts to reopen, including ensuring adequate hospital capacity, increasing access and availability of testing and contact tracing, and implementing protections for vulnerable populations,” said Supervisor Barger. “Regional data shows we have flattened the curve, indicating our readiness to move forward in phased recovery. This will put Los Angeles County on a level playing field with surrounding counties, which have already been granted variances.”

In addition, L.A. County will align with the Public Health Orders issued by the State to ensure consistency as the region progresses in reopening.

“Aligning Los Angeles County’s health orders with the State’s is going to provide immediate relief to our communities,” Supervisor Barger said.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

LA County Sees Highest Number of COVID-19 Cases in One Day

LA County Sees Highest Number of COVID-19 Cases in One Day

By ARON BENDER

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has confirmed 27 new deaths and 1,843 new cases of COVID-19.

Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Director of Public Health, cautioned that the numbers through Monday night include results from a backlog of tests.

One of the people who died was between the ages of 18 and 40 years old, the other 26 were 41 and older.

“As improved infection control practices and testing have increased over the last month, deaths among residents in nursing homes have dropped from 174 deaths for the week ending May 2, to 60 deaths for the week ending May 23,” Dr. Ferrer said.

LA County’s stay-at-home orders now allow for “the reopening of beach bike paths and parking lots, indoor mall curbside service, and select vehicle parades,” according to a statement. “Retailers remain closed to public entry along with beach piers, and public and private gatherings of any number of people outside of a single household unit are still not permitted.”

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Monday, May 25, 2020

County Reports 12 New COVID-19 Deaths on Monday

County Reports 12 New COVID-19 Deaths on Monday

CITY NEWS SERVICE

County health officials confirmed 12 new deaths and 1,047 new cases of the Coronavirus on Monday.

The numbers are among the lowest reported by the county since the pandemic began two months ago.

“On this Memorial Day, as we join with those mourning the loss of their loved ones to COVID -19, including the families of the 1100 veterans who recently passed away from COVID-19, we want to honor the memory of all the members of the armed forces who courageously gave of themselves to protect our country,” said Barbara Ferrer, director of public health. “We take to heart the lessons of courage and caring that mark this day of remembrance. As we prepare to re-open many places and spaces that are still closed, it will require an extraordinary effort by all of us to prevent outbreaks among workers and residents. Please take care of each other by wearing a face covering, keeping your distance when around others not in your household,

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Monday, May 25, 2020

State OKs In-Store Shopping At Retail Stores

State OKs In-Store Shopping At Retail Stores

Reopening picks up speed

CITY NEWS SERVICE

The California Department of Public Health Monday announced the statewide reopening of in-store retail shopping, a major step in California’s emergence from shutdown orders issued in March to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The retail guidance for in-person shopping that is already in place for certain counties now applies statewide, officials said.

Retail does not include personal services such as hair salons, nail salons and barbershops.

Monday’s announcement came as Gov. Gavin Newsom released guidelines for resuming in-person services at churches and other houses of worship.

“Together, our actions have helped bend the curve and reduce infections in our state. As sectors continue to open with changes that aim to lower risk, remember that COVID-19 is still present in our communities,” said Dr. Sonia Angell, the state’s public health officer and director of the health department. “As more of us may be leaving our homes,

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Monday, May 25, 2020

Newsom Issues Guidelines for Reopening Churches

Newsom Issues Guidelines for Reopening Churches

CITY NEWS SERVICE

Gov. Gavin Newsom issued guidance Monday to churches and other houses of worship in California on how they can safely reopen amid the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

Under the remaining guidelines, places of worship must limit attendance to 25 percent of building capacity or 100 attendees, whichever is lower. This limitation will be in effect for the first 21 days of a county public health department’s approval of religious services within their jurisdictions, after which the California Department of Public Health will review the limits.

They must also arrange for social distancing of at least 6 feet between people.

— Shorten services to limit the length of time congregants/visitors spend at facilities whenever possible. This could include limiting speeches, asking congregants/visitors to put on garments at home before arrival, etc.

— Close places of worship for visitation outside of scheduled services, meetings, etc., whenever possible.

— Discontinue large gatherings that encourage congregants/visitors to travel and break physical distances during activities,

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Saturday, May 23, 2020

Supervisor Barger Introduces Motion to Pursue Variance for Reopening of Los Angeles County

Supervisor Barger Introduces Motion to Pursue Variance for Reopening of Los Angeles County

Barger also sent letter to Governor Newsom to urge for progression in Stage 2 and into Stage 3

Supervisor Kathryn Barger introduced a motion, co-authored by Supervisor Janice Hahn, that will ask the Los Angeles County Chief Executive Office, County Counsel and Public Health Officer, to pursue a variance with the State of California once the County has achieved readiness under the State’s identified criteria. This motion, which will be heard before the Board of Supervisors at its next meeting on May 26, also supports efforts for interested cities or regions within the County to apply for their own partial variance based on the State’s readiness criteria. These are critical and necessary steps for the County to pursue toward full reopening.

In addition, Supervisor Kathryn Barger sent a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom today urging his support to enable Los Angeles County to advance in Stage 2 and transition to Stage 3 of California’s COVID-19 pandemic roadmap. This would allow Los Angeles County to reopen the majority of businesses including dine-in restaurants,

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Friday, May 22, 2020

L.A. County Jobless Rate Soars Thanks to Continuing Pandemic

L.A. County Jobless Rate Soars Thanks to Continuing Pandemic

CITY NEWS SERVICE

The dire economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic were laid bare Friday with the release of figures putting Los Angeles County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate at 19.6% in April, well above the 6.7% rate in March.

The 19.6% rate dwarfed the 4.5% unemployment level from April 2019, according to the state Employment Development Department.

In Orange County, where seasonally adjusted numbers were not available, the April jobless rate was 13.8%.

Statewide, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 15.5% in April, up from 5.5% in March and well above the 4.2% level in April 2019. The comparable estimates for the nation were 14.7% in April, 4.4% in March and 3.6% in April 2019.

According to the EDD, total nonfarm employment in Los Angeles County dropped by 685,000 jobs between March and April, a 15% decline, dropping the number of positions to just under 3.9 million jobs.

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

County COVID-19 Death Toll Reaches 2,000

County COVID-19 Death Toll Reaches 2,000

57 additional deaths reported on Wednesday

CITY NEWS SERVICE

The County health department confirmed 46 new Coronavirus deaths and 1,204 new cases, taking the death toll above 2,000 cases.

To date, the department has identified 42,037 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 2,016 deaths.

“To those of you who are suffering and grieving because of the loss of a loved one to COVID-19, we offer you our deepest condolences. We are thinking of you every day,” said Barbara Ferrer, Director of Public Health. “As more businesses and spaces are open, as individuals and institutions, we can take care of each other by continuing to practice physical distancing, wearing cloth face coverings, and following all of the directives for safer practices at businesses and in public spaces. We can do this, because we’ve done it. We have worked together doing our part to save lives.”

Staying home, physical distancing and wearing cloth face coverings has resulted in a decreased number of new infections.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

LA County Sheriff Refuses Subpoena to Appear at Civilian Oversight Meeting

LA County Sheriff Refuses Subpoena to Appear at Civilian Oversight Meeting

CITY NEWS SERVICE

Despite being subpoenaed to attend the Civilian Oversight Commission’s meeting Thursday, embattled Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Wednesday he will not be there.

“Regarding the commission’s subpoena, you have to understand … the subpoena, Measure R, the ordinance enacted by the Board of Supervisors, all these things were generated without any oversight, without any third-party independent legal analysis of its constitutionality,” Villanueva said.
“That still remains in doubt, and until that issue is resolved I will not be adhering to any subpoena issued by either entity — be it the inspector general or the Oversight Commission.”

Villanueva said his department will be represented at Thursday’s meeting by Assistant Sheriff Bruce Chase, who “volunteered his time to go and testify to the commission and give them an update on all the COVID-19 efforts we are engaged in.”

Villanueva said his department is committed to being as transparent as possible, with the commission and the public,

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

LA County COVID-19 Cases Top 40,000

LA County COVID-19 Cases Top 40,000

57 additional deaths reported on Wednesday

CITY NEWS SERVICE

County officials reported 57 new deaths and 1,324 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the death toll to 1,970 and the total number of cases to 40,857.

“It’s still relatively easy to become infected, particularly if you’re not taking precautions — and unfortunately, there have been recent parties and gatherings that did result in a number of newly infected people,” said County Health Director Barbara Ferrer. “So, please find ways to enjoy the holiday with people from your own household, or with friends and family from afar, using our technology tools. Being together from a distance is currently our new normal, and while this is temporary, for this Memorial Day we’ll still need to practice social distancing.”

The county has been slowly reopening recreational amenities and retail businesses for curbside pickup only. The county’s Economic Resiliency Task Force, which includes members of the Board of Supervisors and local business leaders,

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

L.A. County Expands Consumer Protections Against Fraud, Price Gouging

L.A. County Expands Consumer Protections Against Fraud, Price Gouging

CITY NEWS SERVICE

Citing more than 1,000 complaints about phony cures or inflated prices for essential goods during the coronavirus crisis, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday expanded consumer protections.

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas recommended giving the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs subpoena power to investigate cases.

“It is imperative that the county take all reasonable and necessary steps to protect consumers from price gouging during this emergency,” Ridley- Thomas said. “It is unconscionable for anyone to force people to pay more than they should for supplies that they need, particularly during a pandemic.”

The existing county ordinance makes it illegal to raise prices of consumer goods by more than 10 percent for 30 days following an emergency declaration — which the county made on March 4.

The board’s action provides for repeated extensions of the prohibitions on price gouging for as long as the emergency lasts.

The director of the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs said there are more than 200 cases under investigation,

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Friday, March 27, 2020

Los Angeles County Launches New Interactive Digital Dashboards, Connecting Residents to Latest Updates on COVID-19 Impacts

Los Angeles County Launches New Interactive Digital Dashboards, Connecting Residents to Latest Updates on COVID-19 Impacts

Los Angeles County launched several new digital tools today to help residents access up-to-date information about the COVID-19 pandemic. A suite of new interactive maps and dashboards are now live on the County website, providing—in one place—a digital hub for updates about virus case counts, emergency proclamations, and information regarding openings and closures for parks, recreation sites, and schools throughout Los Angeles County.

The new dashboards track, analyze, and display multiple data sources. They are the result of collaboration between the County’s Department of Public Health, Health Services, Parks and Recreation, the Los Angeles County Office of Education, and the Office of Emergency Management. Though the focus is local, the new interactive sites also incorporate global data from Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 tracking map.

“These maps and dashboards are the latest step we have taken to keep the people of Los Angeles County informed during the COVID-19 pandemic, and connected to County services,” stated Kevin McGowan, Director of the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management.

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

County Coronavirus Cases Surge Over 1,200; Nine More Deaths

County Coronavirus Cases Surge Over 1,200; Nine More Deaths

The coronavirus death toll in Los Angeles County nearly doubled Thursday, reaching a total of 21, while another 421 cases were confirmed, a sharp rise the county’s health director attributed to a significant increase in testing while warning the illness is spreading across the area.

Barbara Ferrer, head of the county Department of Public Health, reported nine new deaths over the past 24 hours. No details were immediately available on the ages or locations of those who died.

Ferrer said the 421 new cases bring the county’s overall total to 1,216. Early Thursday afternoon, however, Long Beach — which operates its own health department — reported an additional 13 cases, pushing the county total to 1,229.

Ferrer said the steep one-day spike was the result of additional testing and “catching up on backlogs” of delayed test results, but she said the virus is making an aggressive march across the county, highlighting the need to adhere to social distancing, isolation and quarantine requirements.

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Friday, March 20, 2020

County Schools Superintendent Calls for Campuses To Remain Closed Until May 5

County Schools Superintendent Calls for Campuses To Remain Closed Until May 5

CITY NEWS SERVICE

As expected, school closures in Los Angeles County will likely last much longer than originally anticipated, with County Superintendent of Schools Debra Duardo recommending Friday that campuses remain off limits until May 5.

“In the interest of public safety and the health of our children and most vulnerable community members, we are asking our 80 school districts to remain closed with students returning on May 5,” Duardo said in a statement. “School closures will help prevent transmission of their staff, students and families for all that they are doing to ensure that learning continues and that vital nutrition and meal services are provided.”

Duardo had originally called for schools to be closed until the end of March. But since that pronouncement, strict stay-at-home mandates have been issued by state and local officials, heightening the concern about community transmission of the illness.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has hinted that schools across the state may not reopen for the balance of this school year,

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Supervisor Barger Signs Eviction Moratorium and Other Support for Residents and Small Businesses

Supervisor Barger Signs Eviction Moratorium and Other Support for Residents and Small Businesses

Supervisor Kathryn Barger, in her role as Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, signed an Executive Order directing County Departments to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 emergency, including a moratorium on residential and commercial evictions. The order, signed March 19, outlines several actions the County of Los Angeles will take for the protection of life and property, and to preserve public order and safety.

The executive order places a moratorium on residential and commercial tenant evictions. This moratorium is retroactive to March 4, 2020, the date of the County’s declaration of an emergency, and will continue through May 31, 2020. The moratorium is in line with Governor Gavin Newsom’s proclamation regarding local authority to impose such restrictions. This moratorium ensures County residents are not unduly impacted in their adherence to Public Health orders issued by the Department of Public Health.

“The Board of Supervisors is committed to protecting our constituents as this emergency continues,” Supervisor Barger said. “I am committed to ensure residents do not fall into homelessness from an inability to work and pay rent as a result of public health guidelines that limit business and retail activity.”

The moratorium only applies to unincorporated L.A.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Disaster Assistance Loans Now Available to Los Angeles County Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Disaster Assistance Loans Now Available to Los Angeles County Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

“Offering support and disaster relief is a critical government function,” stated Kevin McGowan, Director of the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management. “The devastating economic impact of COVID-19 is palpable. There is a great need for economic support during the coronavirus disaster, and SBA federal disaster loans are an excellent resource for small business owners.”

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is December 16,

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Monday, March 16, 2020

Supervisor Barger Announces Further Closures, Updates, and Precautions

Supervisor Barger Announces Further Closures, Updates, and Precautions

To prevent further spread of COVID-19, Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, announced additional precautions on Monday.

All bars, clubs, theaters, entertainment centers, and fitness centers are ordered to be closed until further notice. Restaurants will be permitted to serve take out or delivery food only and grocery stores may remain open.

Gatherings of more than 50 people are strongly discouraged, in accordance with directions from the Centers for Disease Control.

“This is a constantly-evolving issue and we appreciate everyone doing their part to help stem the further spread of the virus,” Supervisor Kathryn Barger said. “We’re moving into the next phase of preventative measures and do not make these decisions lightly.”

Closures will have an impact on thousands of employees, employers, and businesses. Supervisor Barger plans to work on eviction relief for any individuals who may be impacted by closures and restrictions of public gatherings. This may include a moratorium on evictions for residential tenants and small businesses in unincorporated areas of the County until further direction from the state and federal governments on available funding.

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Supervisor Barger Asks Board of Supervisors to Request Federal Funding to Address Coronavirus

Supervisor Barger Asks Board of Supervisors to Request Federal Funding to Address Coronavirus

Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger authored a motion asking the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors at its March 4 meeting to request funding from the federal government to support the County in addressing the novel coronavirus (COVID-2019) threat.

“Los Angeles County has been diligently working to monitor any potential cases of coronavirus while providing rapid information to the public,” said Supervisor Barger. “This funding is necessary to support our efforts and ensure the ongoing protection of our residents. We will remain vigilant and leave no stone unturned to limit the potential spread of the virus.”

Since January, the Department of Public Health (DPH) has been coordinating response activities throughout Los Angeles County and planning for the additional cases and possible local transmission. This response requires enormous resources to support coordination with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), implementation of federal directives to quarantine and monitor high-risk and medium-risk travelers; training for health care providers and first responders;

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for February 18, 2020

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for February 18, 2020

Okorie Ezieme, Chair, Altadena Town Council has issued the agenda for the Council’s September 17, 2019 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 _______________________________________ Dr. Sandra Thomas, Alt. Town Council
Introduction Billy Malone
1.2 Roll Call _________________________________________________ Veronica Jones
1.3 Approve February 18, 2020 meeting Agenda _________________ Pat Sutherlen

2. OFFICERS’ REPORTS

2.1 Chairman _______________________________________________ Billy Malone
2.2 Vice Chairman _________ Pat Sutherlen ___________________________________
2.3 Recording Secretary _________ Veronica Jones ______________________________
2.3.1 Approve January 21, 2020 Meeting Minutes
2.4 Treasurer _________ Jennifer Lee _______________________________________
2.5 Corresponding Secretary _________ Dorothy Wong __________________________

3. PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS

3.1 California Highway Patrol ___________________________________ Officer Cooper
3.2 Altadena Sheriff’s Station ___________________________________ Captain Marjory Jacobs
3.3 Altadena Fire _____________________________________________ Maria Grycan
3.4 CERT ____________________________________________________ Deb Halberstadt

4.

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda for February 4, 2020

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda for February 4, 2020

Diane Marcussen, Chair, Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee, has issued the agenda for the Land Use Committee meeting for February 4, 2020 meeting to be conducted at the Altadena Community Center, 730 East Altadena Drive, starting at 7:00 p.m.

1. CALL TO ORDER: Diane Marcussen

2. Pledge of Allegiance: LUC Committee Member

3. Roll Call – Pat Sutherlen

4. Approve Meeting Agenda(s) – February 4, 2020

5. Approve Minutes – December 3, 2019

6. Chairman Report – Diane Marcussen

7. Action Items – The Committee is expected to take action on this item.

7.1 Rayuela School, 2121 N. Garfield Ave, Project #2018-003928(5), CUP #RPPL2018006181
To allow the operation of a child care center with up to 49 children on 2 lots – Applicant Maria Garcia
Pat Sutherlen, Nick Santangelo
7.1.1. Public Comment

8. Presentation Only

8.1. None

9. General Public Comment: During the Public Comment period,

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Barger Calls for Expanded Access to Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Services

Barger Calls for Expanded Access to Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Services

The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion by Supervisor Kathryn Barger to develop recommendations to enhance and expand access to substance use prevention and treatment services.

Barger represents Pasadena on the Board.

Substance use disorders are estimated to impact more than 250,000 individuals and cost nearly $13 billion annually in Los Angeles County alone.

Currently, the demand for substance abuse prevention and treatment programs heavily outweighs the existing capacity. The ability for individuals to access services is becoming critically important as the County continues to address the impact of substance abuse disorder on homelessness and incarceration.

“As we work to address the needs of homeless individuals or those who are involved in the criminal justice system, we must ensure we are providing comprehensive services to meet the full spectrum of their health needs including substance use disorder treatment services,” said Supervisor Barger. “Substance abuse, especially in light of the opioid epidemic, continues to cost lives and wreak irreparable social and emotional damage on children and families.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Barger Calls for Investigation Into Specialty Care Wait Times

Barger Calls for Investigation Into Specialty Care Wait Times

The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion by Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Chair, calling for an immediate and comprehensive investigation into wait times at specialty care centers at county health care facilities.

The Department of Health Services will report back to the Board of Supervisors on its efforts to provide efficient and timely care to the thousands of patients throughout our health care system. The report will detail any deficiencies, delays or complaints as well as suggested improvements or remedial actions needed.

“This report supports our mission to take proactive steps to ensure our Comprehensive Health Centers and Hospitals make quality patient care, protection and safety its highest priority,” said Supervisor Barger.

The motion includes a written report to the Board of Supervisors in 10 days on average wait times at all County facilities that provide specialty care; and establishes a multi-disciplinary approach with the Department of Health Services, Chief Executive Office and County Counsel to provide an analysis regarding staffing,

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Barger Comments on Supreme Court Decision

Barger Comments on Supreme Court Decision

“In September, the Board of Supervisors voted in support of my motion co-authored with Supervisor Janice Hahn to file an amicus brief for the United States Supreme Court to review the Boise v. Martin ruling and provide greater clarity on how local governments should interpret these laws.

Today’s decision by the Supreme Court to not review the Boise ruling by the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals is disappointing.

A review by the Supreme Court providing clarity to the Boise ruling could have added one more tool in our set of strategies to combat this humanitarian crisis. Nonetheless, we continue to move forward with a sense of urgency. This includes my recent housing initiative that calls for a private sector expert to help the county develop short and long-term supportive housing solutions in partnership with local cities.

The City of Bellflower is a good example of how a community can work to solve this issue at the local level. Bellflower has committed to building sufficient homeless housing and has entered into a settlement agreement with a nonprofit agency in Orange County that will allow them to serve their own residents first and foremost.

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Monday, December 16, 2019

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for December 17, 2019

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for December 17, 2019

Okorie Ezieme, Chair, Altadena Town Council has issued the agenda for the Council’s December 17, 2019 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 _______________________________________ The ACT Club (Action Changes Things)
Introduction, Victoria Knapp
1.2 Roll Call _________________________________________________ Veronica Jones
1.3 Approve December 17, 2019 meeting Agenda __________________ Pat Sutherlen

2. OFFICERS’ REPORTS

2.1 Chairman _______________________________________________ Billy Malone
2.2 Vice Chairman _________ Pat Sutherlen ___________________________________
2.3 Recording Secretary _________ Veronica Jones ______________________________
2.3.1 Approve November 19, 2019 Meeting Minutes
2.4 Treasurer _________ Jennifer Lee _______________________________________
2.5 Corresponding Secretary _________ Dorothy Wong __________________________

3. PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS

3.1 California Highway Patrol ___________________________________ Officer Cooper
3.2 Altadena Sheriff’s Station ___________________________________ Captain Marjory Jacobs
3.3 Altadena Fire _____________________________________________ Maria Grycan
3.4 CERT ____________________________________________________ Deb Halberstadt

4.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Mapping Tool Illustrates Homeless/Housing Needs

Mapping Tool Illustrates Homeless/Housing Needs

As Part of Supervisor Barger’s Vision to Fast-Track Homeless Housing, County CEO Presents Interactive Map Showing Existing/Future Housing Projects and Areas of Need

Today, the CEO’s office unveiled a mapping tool created to show the locations of the homeless population juxtaposed with the availability of existing and projected homeless housing resources. The presentation was a response to Supervisor Barger’s Oct. 29 request for a public discussion on the county’s efforts to secure housing.

“This mapping program is an effective tool that will allow our partners, including cities, community-based organizations, and residents, to visualize the concentration of homeless individuals compared to the availability of short and long-term housing resources,” Barger said. “We must know where the need is greatest and the data will enable us to make informed, transparent decisions about the allocation of resources.”

Subsequently, the Board unanimously approved Supervisor Barger’s motion, Urgent Housing Initiative for Those Experiencing Homelessness, on Nov. 26. That motion directed the CEO to develop a plan with concrete,

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

County to Identify More Beds for Mental Health Treatment

County to Identify More Beds for Mental Health Treatment

 

The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion by Supervisor Kathryn Barger to improve access to mental health treatment in Los Angeles County by adopting a two-year pilot program to procure up to 500 beds for those in need of care.

“Mental health hospital beds have dwindled, leaving a significant number of patients and their families without access to critically needed care,” Supervisor Barger said. “This is a significant step forward in my commitment to increase access to quality services for those suffering from mental illness, especially among the homeless population and those in our jails. We must explore all options to provide additional avenues to recovery.”

By adopting the recommendations from the October 29, 2019 report issued by the Department of Mental Health (DMH), the county is seeking to increase its treatment beds and deliver higher quality care for those with mental illness and substance abuse, many of whom cycle in and out of hospitals and on and off the streets with no sustainable path to recovery.

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Monday, December 2, 2019

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda for December 3, 2019

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda for December 3, 2019

Diane Marcussen, Chair, Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee, has issued the agenda for the Land Use Committee meeting for December 3, 2019 meeting to be conducted at the Altadena Community Center, 730 East Altadena Drive, starting at 7:00 p.m.

1. CALL TO ORDER: Diane Marcussen

2. Pledge of Allegiance: LUC Committee Member

3. Roll Call – Pat Sutherlen

4. Approve Meeting Agenda(s) – December 3, 2019

5. Approve Minutes – November 5, 2019

6. Chairman Report – Diane Marcussen

7. Action Items – The Committee is expected to take action on this item.

7.1. R2015-02353 / CUP 201500095 Verizon and Sprint Wireless Cell Facility, 2949 Lincoln Ave
Applicants Jerry Ambrose (Verizon), John Halminski (Sprint) O’Malley/Sanyika
7.1.1. Public Comment

8. Presentation Only

8.1.None

9. 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.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Supervisors Fast-Track Homeless Housing Plan

Supervisors Fast-Track Homeless Housing Plan

The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion by Supervisor Kathryn Barger with co-author Supervisor Janice Hahn to initiate a strike team of county agencies and private sector partners to develop a plan with concrete, measurable and attainable housing solutions to tackle the homelessness crisis.

“We’re at a critical junction in our efforts to combat the humanitarian crisis on our streets,” Barger said. “Our current approach to building housing is unsustainable, unaffordable and inefficient. My motion organizes and streamlines the County’s work to construct interim and permanent housing.”

“There are people dying on our streets and our current strategy is not good enough,” said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “We need to address homelessness with the same level of urgency as we would a natural disaster. That means changing our strategy, turning our attention to shelters and emergency housing as well as continuing to build new affordable and permanent supportive housing.”

The motion directs the CEO to develop an Urgent Housing Plan and identify all sources of capital funding to support it.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for November 19, 2019

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for November 19, 2019

Okorie Ezieme, Chair, Altadena Town Council has issued the agenda for the Council’s November 19, 2019 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 _______________________________________ Blair High School JROTC
Introduction, Jennifer Lee
1.2 Roll Call _________________________________________________ Veronica Jones
1.3 Approve November 19, 2019 meeting Agenda __________________ Pat Sutherlen

2. OFFICERS’ REPORTS

2.1 Chairman _______________________________________________ Billy Malone
2.2 Vice Chairman _________ ___________________________________ Pat Sutherlen
2.3 Recording Secretary _______________________________________ Veronica Jones
2.3.1 Approve October 15, 2019 Meeting Minutes
2.4 Treasurer ________________________________________________ Jennifer Lee
2.5 Corresponding Secretary ___________________________________ Dorothy Wong

3. PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS

3.1 California Highway Patrol ___________________________________ Officer Cooper
3.2 Altadena Sheriff’s Station ___________________________________ Captain Marjory Jacobs
3.3 Altadena Fire _____________________________________________ Maria Grycan
3.4 Map Your Neighborhood ____________________________________ Karen Gibson

4.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

County to Explore Increasing Availability of Domestic Violence Exams to Help Crime Victims

County to Explore Increasing Availability of Domestic Violence Exams to Help Crime Victims

The Board of Supervisors approved a motion by Supervisor Kathryn Barger directing county departments to make domestic violence exams more readily-available for victims of crime.

“In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, it’s critical that we provide improved services and justice for victims,” Supervisor Barger said. “By increasing the availability of forensic exams for those experiencing domestic violence, we can address this growing threat to public safety.”

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office sees an average of 11,000 domestic violence cases per year, which is roughly 200 cases each week. The County of Los Angeles serves these victims by offering shelter, counseling, legal and health services. However, there are significant barriers in the initial step of completing a hospital exam. Under current law, hospitals are only reimbursed for the forensic medical-legal examinations of sexual assault victims and not domestic violence victims.

New developments in technology, such as Touch DNA and advanced software imaging, now allow forensic nurses to collect the suspect’s skin cells in cases involved with strangulation by swabbing the victim’s neck and fingernail scrapings.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Barger Lauds Responsible County Budget Prioritizing Child Services, Public Safety and Mental Health Care

Barger Lauds Responsible County Budget Prioritizing Child Services, Public Safety and Mental Health Care

Supervisor Kathryn Barger announced that the Board of Supervisors approved a $36.1 billion final budget that places a strong emphasis on critical issues affecting county residents.

“In addition to a $600 million Rainy Day fund, which will be held in reserves for the next economic downturn, our County CEO has presented a balanced and fiscally-responsible budget that provides needed services to our residents and prioritizes child welfare, public safety and homeless services.

Public safety is a top priority and funding for Sheriff’s Department recruitment will enable more deputies to be on patrol in our communities. To improve protection of children in our care, particularly in the Antelope Valley, we are implementing Continuous Quality Improvement Teams and adding vital resources to improve services in the Palmdale and Lancaster offices of the Department of Children Services. This investment will improve child safety in the Antelope Valley and countywide.

Additionally, we allocated $7.6 million to provide transportation for foster youth who want to remain at their school.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Local Lawmakers Tout Rent Control, ADU Reforms, School Later Start, and Teacher Raises, in Town Hall Meeting

Local Lawmakers Tout Rent Control, ADU Reforms, School Later Start, and Teacher Raises, in Town Hall Meeting

State Senator Anthony Portantino (D-25) touted his bill to start the California school day a little later, and Fifth District County Supervisor Kathryn Barger pledged to look at more ways to minimize the impact of the Hahamongna “Big Dig” sediment removal project.

Both politicians appeared before a packed auditorium Saturday morning at a joint “Town Hall” meeting at Altadena Elementary Arts Magnet school to discuss a wide variety of subjects ranging from parking to the Dodgers.

Portantino, battling a cold, had just left a long “last day” session of the State Legislature at three a.m. hours before, and boarded a 6:15 am flight to Burbank. But he was also eager to discuss his bill to deal with the 710 Freeway “stub” in Pasadena.

His bill, SB 2, provides a specific provision to allow Pasadena to claim and develop the portion of the freeway near California Boulevard. The bill would also give the City the ability to negotiate with Caltrans the fate of a number of nearby houses and properties,

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for September 17, 2019

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for September 17, 2019

Okorie Ezieme, Chair, Altadena Town Council has issued the agenda for the Council’s September 17, 2019 meeting to be conducted at the Altadena Community Center, 730 East Altadena Drive, starting at 7:00 p.m.

A pdf version is available by clicking here.

1. CALL TO ORDER

1.1 Pledge of Allegiance _______________________________________ Altadena Foothills 4H Club
Introduction, Victoria Knapp
1.2 Roll Call _________________________________________________ Veronica Jones
1.3 Approve September 17, 2019 meeting Agenda __________________ Pat Sutherlen

2. OFFICERS’ REPORTS

2.1 Chairman _______________________________________________ Billy Malone
2.2 Vice Chairman _________ ___________________________________ Pat Sutherlen
2.3 Recording Secretary _______________________________________ Veronica Jones
2.3.1 Approve August 20, 2019 Meeting Minutes
2.4 Treasurer ________________________________________________ Jennifer Lee
2.5 Corresponding Secretary ___________________________________ Dorothy Wong

3. PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS

3.1 California Highway Patrol ___________________________________ Officer Cooper
3.2 Altadena Sheriff’s Station ___________________________________ Captain Marjory Jacobs
3.3 Map Your Neighborhood _____________________________________ Karen Gibson
3.4 CERT _____________________________________________________ Deb Halberstadt

4.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Improvements Slated for Farnsworth Park

Improvements Slated for Farnsworth Park

Supervisor Kathryn Barger announced approval for $2,729,000 to fund an improvement project for Farnsworth Park in Altadena.

“Farnsworth Park is an iconic recreational and cultural resource for our residents in Altadena,” Supervisor Barger said. “These improvements will enhance the facility and improve accessibility for community members.”

Pending improvements include the repair and restoration of the historic Davies Recreation Building, the south pergola and comfort station, walkways, ballfield, and fencing.

The nearly 15-acre Farnsworth Park facility is listed as a Historic District in the National Register of Historic Places for its original development and architectural significance of its work relief programs during the Great Depression.

“We strive to provide recreational access to all who visit L.A. County Parks,” said John Wicker, Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation. “Thanks to the commitment of Supervisor Kathryn Barger, the improvements on Farnsworth Park will bring residents of Altadena together for leisure and enjoyment while restoring the historical aspects.”

The project is currently in the design phase and the park will remain operational during construction.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Board Approves Barger’s Initiative to Examine Treatment Intervention for Homeless with Mental Illness

Board Approves Barger’s Initiative to Examine Treatment Intervention for Homeless with Mental Illness

The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion by Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Mark Ridley-Thomas directing the Department of Mental Health to work with County Counsel and other departments to explore the county’s ability to provide treatment to homeless individuals with a serious mental illness.

“Los Angeles County is facing a deepening and dynamic homelessness crisis that endangers the health and well-being of many of its residents,” Supervisor Kathryn Barger said. “One of the most difficult challenges we face in combatting homelessness is assisting those on our streets living with a serious mental illness. We must exhaust every option to provide life-saving treatment to this vulnerable population.”

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 30 percent of those experiencing chronic homelessness in the United States have a mental illness. Data compiled by the Stanford Justice Advocacy Project from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows that more than 30 percent of California’s prisoners currently receive treatment for a serious mental disorder,

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Saturday, August 31, 2019

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda for September 3, 2019

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda for September 3, 2019

Diane Marcussen, Chair, Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee, has issued the agenda for the Land Use Committee meeting for September 3, 2019 meeting to be conducted at the Altadena Community Center, 730 East Altadena Drive, starting at 7:00 p.m.

1. CALL TO ORDER: Diane Marcussen

2. Pledge of Allegiance: LUC Committee Member

3. Roll Call – Pat Sutherlen

4. Approve Meeting Agenda(s) – September 3, 2019

5. Approve Minutes – August 6, 2019

6. Chairman Report – Diane Marcussen

7. Action Items – The Committee is expected to take action on this item.

7.1. CUP 2019-004640 Project #2019-002582 Renewal of Sprint PCS CUP 2007-0012 for 15 years.
Sutherlen
7.1.1. Public Comment
7.2. Project Number 2019-00060 for Bulgarini to add wine and beer sales. Presented by Brett
Engstrom, Engstrom Planning and Licensing – Malone
7.2.1. Public Comment

8. Presentation Only

8.1.None

9.

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for August 20, 2019

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for August 20, 2019

Okorie Ezieme, Chair, Altadena Town Council has issued the agenda for the Council’s August 20, 2019 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 _____________________________ Cub Scout Troop 40, Jackson and Franklin Schools
Introduction, Veronica Jones
1.2 Roll Call _______________________________________ Veronica Jones
1.3 Approve August 20, 2019 meeting Agenda ____________ Pat Sutherlen

2. OFFICERS’ REPORTS

2.1 Chairman ______________________________________ Billy Malone
2.2 Vice Chairman ___________________________________ Pat Sutherlen
2.3 Recording Secretary ______________________________ Veronica Jones
2.3.1 Approve July 16, 2019 Meeting Minutes
2.4 Treasurer _______________________________________ Jennifer Lee
2.5 Corresponding Secretary __________________________ Dorothy Wong

3. SUPPLEMENTAL ELECTION CENSUS TRACT 4603.02

3.1 Candidate Statements ____________________________ Pat Sutherlen
3.2 Voting for Candidates _____________________________ Pat Sutherlen
3.3 Swearing In Council Member _______________________ Billy Malone

4.

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for July 16, 2019

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for July 16, 2019

Okorie Ezieme, Chair, Altadena Town Council has issued the agenda for the Council’s July 16, 2019 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 _____________________________ Fiona Small, Sheriff’s Explorer
Introduction, Victoria Knapp
1.2 Roll Call ________________________________________ Veronica Jones
1.3 Approve July 16, 2019 meeting Agenda _____________ Pat Sutherlen

2. OFFICERS’ REPORTS

2.1 Chairman _________________________________________ Okorie Ezieme
2.2 Vice Chairman ____________________________________ Pat Sutherlen
2.3 Recording Secretary ______________________________ Veronica Jones
2.3.1 Approve June 18, 2019 Meeting Minutes
2.4 Treasurer ________________________________________ Jennifer Lee
2.5 Corresponding Secretary __________________________ Dorothy Wong

3. SWEARING IN NEWLY ELECTED COUNCIL MEMBERS AND RECOGNITIONS

3.1 Swearing In of Council Members ___________________ Supervisor Kathryn Barger
3.2 Recognitions _____________________________________ Offices of Supervisor Barger, Congresswoman Chu, Senator Portantino,

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for June 18, 2019

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for June 18, 2019

Okorie Ezieme, Chair, Altadena Town Council has issued the agenda for the Council’s June 18, 2019 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 _____________________________ Justin Robertson
1.2 Roll Call _______________________________________ Veronica Jones
1.3 Approve June 18, 2019 meeting Agenda ____________ Pat Sutherlen

2. OFFICERS’ REPORTS

2.1 Chairman ______________________________________ Okorie Ezieme
2.2 Vice Chairman ___________________________________ Pat Sutherlen
2.3 Recording Secretary ______________________________ Veronica Jones
2.3.1 Approve May 21, 2019 Meeting Minutes
2.4 Treasurer _______________________________________ Jennifer Lee
2.5 Corresponding Secretary __________________________ Dorothy Wong

3. PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS

3.1 California Highway Patrol __________________________ Officer Stephanie Norton
3.2 Altadena Sheriff’s Station __________________________ Lt. Alex Canchola
3.3 County Fire _____________________________________ Chief Mackey
3.4 CERT ___________________________________________ Deb Halberstadt

4.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Los Angeles County to Launch Typhoid Prevention Plan

Los Angeles County to Launch Typhoid Prevention Plan

Supervisor Barger’s Motion Directs Public Health Department to Report Back on Efforts to Eliminate Risk for Law Enforcement and the General Public

In light of a recent case of typhoid fever contracted by an LAPD officer, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion by Supervisor Kathryn Barger to direct the Department of Public Health to investigate and report back with a countywide communicable disease prevention and intervention plan.

“Under this plan, the Department of Public Health will examine the root causes of the communicable diseases associated with trash and rodent infestations and develop a comprehensive plan to protect the health and safety of our residents and law enforcement personnel,” Supervisor Barger said.

While there is not presently an outbreak of Typhoid Fever in Los Angeles County, there are other cases that have been reported separately from the case reported by LAPD. In 2018, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported 14 cases of Typhoid Fever and in 2019,

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

State Treasurer Appoints Darrell Park to the California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39) Citizens Oversight Board

State Treasurer Appoints Darrell Park to the California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39) Citizens Oversight Board

California Treasurer Fiona Ma has appointed Darrell Park of Altadena to the California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Proposition 39) Citizens Oversight Board.

“I am thankful for Darrell’s commitment to serve on this important board,” said Treasurer Ma. “He is among the best in his field and the State will be much better for his contribution.”

The California Clean Energy Jobs Act provides up to $550 million per year for renewable energy and energy efficiency technology installations in K-12 public schools and community colleges. The institutions may then spend the savings realized through substantially reducing their electricity bills on investments in their students, teachers and staff.

The role of the California Clean Energy jobs Act (proposition 39) – Citizens Oversight Board is to ensure funds are spent with maximum effectiveness.

“This board is on the cutting edge of the conversion of the state’s conversion to renewable sources,” Mr. Park said. “I look forward to contributing my experience to the thoughtful stewardship of Prop 39 resources.”

Mr.

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for February 19, 2019

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for February 19, 2019

Okorie Ezieme, Chair, Altadena Town Council has issued the agenda for the Council’s February 19, 2019 meeting to be conducted at the Altadena Community Center, 730 East Altadena Drive, starting at 7:00 p.m.

A pdf version is available by clicking here.

1. CALL TO ORDER

1.1 Pledge of Allegiance _____________________________ Altadena Boy Scout Troop 40
Introduction Veronica Jones
1.2 Roll Call _______________________________________ Veronica Jones
1.3 Approve February 19, 2019 meeting Agenda ________ Pat Sutherlen

2. OFFICERS’ REPORTS

2.1 Chairman ______________________________________ Okorie Ezieme
2.2 Vice Chairman ___________________________________ Pat Sutherlen
2.3 Recording Secretary ______________________________ Veronica Jones
2.3.1 Approve January 15, 2019 Meeting Minutes
2.4 Treasurer _______________________________________ Jennifer Lee
2.5 Corresponding Secretary __________________________ Dorothy Wong

3. PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS

3.1 California Highway Patrol __________________________ Officer Stephanie Norton
3.2 Altadena Sheriff’s Station __________________________ Captain Vicki Stuckey
3.3 County Fire _____________________________________ Maria Grycan

4.

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Protesters Disrupt Altadena Church’s Black History Celebration as Los Angeles County District Attorney Attempts to Speak

Protesters Disrupt Altadena Church’s Black History Celebration as Los Angeles County District Attorney Attempts to Speak

Loud protesters reportedly including the mothers of several people killed during incidents involving law enforcement disrupted a Black History Celebration at Altadena Baptist Church on Sunday night.

The incident occurred about 6 p.m. as keynote guest Jackie Lacey, the first African-American to serve as Los Angeles County’s District Attorney, was about to speak.

About a half dozen protesters, some holding signs, began shouting and several walked down the sanctuary’s center aisle to face off with Lacey, who was surrounded by her security detail.

Pasadena Black Lives Matters organizer Jasmine Abdullah Richards is seen and heard inside the Church’s sanctuary in video of the incident.

The protesters are angry with the District Attorney’s handling of investigations into the deaths of nine young black men and two young black women during law enforcement confrontations.

As the disruption continued, one witness said he saw members of the congregation wrestle away signs and banners from the demonstrators.

“Tempers flared” and eight Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies physically removed protestors from the church,

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Library District Agrees Monday to Settle Legal Claims by Ex-Director for $550,000

Library District Agrees Monday to Settle Legal Claims by Ex-Director for $550,000

[Updated] The Altadena Library District agreed Monday to pay its former Director Mindy Kittay $550,000. That payment is on top of a $65,000 payment in 2018 from the Library to Director Kittay to settle her injuries covered by workers compensation.

The new settlement brings to an end a fractious public dispute between the innovative library leader and former Trustees which saw former Trustees purged from the Board of Trustees, Kittay paid $615,000 in damages, and $75,000 of Kittay’s attorneys’ fees funneled to fund grass-roots organizing.

Kittay was the Library’s Director from fall 2014 through mid-January, 2018. During that 3+ year period, Kittay’s supporters say she transformed a backward library into a 21st-century library that is outward-facing and responsive to the Altadena community.

But in January 2018, her doctor ordered her off work because of stress from what Kittay contended was harassment by former Trustees Ira Bershatsky, John McDonald, and Armando Zambrano.

Kittay hired Eagle Rock civil rights attorneys Dale Gronemeier and Skip Hickambottom,

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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Monday, September 3, 2018

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

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

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

1. CALL TO ORDER: Diane Marcussen

2. Pledge of Allegiance: LUC Committee Member

3. Roll Call – Pat Sutherlen

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

5. Approve Minutes – August 7, 2018

6. Chairman Report – Diane Marcussen

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

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

8. Presentation Only

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

9.

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for August 21, 2018

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for August 21, 2018

Okorie Ezieme, Chair, Altadena Town Council has issued the agenda for the Council’s August 21, 2018 meeting to be conducted at the Altadena Community Center, 730 East Altadena Drive, starting at 7:00 p.m.

A pdf version is available by clicking here.

1. CALL TO ORDER

1.1 Pledge of Allegiance _____________________________ Altadena Girl Scout Troop 4601
Introduction, Veronica Jones
1.2 Roll Call _______________________________________ Recording Secretary, Veronica Jones
1.3 Approve August 21, 2018 meeting Agenda ___________ Pat Sutherlen

2. OFFICERS’ REPORTS

2.1 Chairman ______________________________________ Okorie Ezieme
2.2 Vice Chairman ______ ______________________________ Pat Sutherlen
2.3 Recording Secretary _______________________________ Veronica Jones
2.3.1 Approve July 17, 2018 Meeting Minutes
2.4 Treasurer ________________________________________ Jennifer Lee
2.5 Corresponding Secretary ___________________________ Dorothy Wong

3. PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS

3.1 California Highway Patrol __________________________ Officer Mike Ulloa
3.2 Altadena Sheriff’s Station __________________________ Captain Vicki Stuckey
3.3 County Fire _____________________________________ Maria Grycan
3.4 Map Your Neighborhood ___________________________ Karen Gibson/Eric Van der Velde

4.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Barger: Stormwater Measure Exceeds Requirements, Overburdens Taxpayers, Adds to High Cost of Housing

Barger: Stormwater Measure Exceeds Requirements, Overburdens Taxpayers, Adds to High Cost of Housing

Supervisor Kathryn Barger cast the lone vote opposing a motion to place a measure on the November ballot which seeks to increase property taxes on residential and commercial properties to generate approximately $300 million a year to fund additional stormwater projects.

“The proposed initiative far exceeds the requirements of the MS4 permit which governs pollutant levels in local waterways,” said Supervisor Barger. “The permit is based on assumptions that are antiquated and require updating before we go to the taxpayers for more money.”

“A California State Auditor’s report cites that the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board has failed to account for the unrealistic cost of compliance with the permit faced by the county and its cities,” she said. “Additionally, the added tax liability would certainly be passed onto renters and would increase already-high housing costs.”

“The Flood Control District does a remarkable job with stormwater, capturing 90 percent of runoff from the waterways of the Upper San Gabriel Valley watershed,” Barger added.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for July 17, 2018

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for July 17, 2018

Okorie Ezieme, Chair, Altadena Town Council has issued the agenda for the Council’s July 17, 2018 meeting to be conducted at the Altadena Community Center, 730 East Altadena Drive, starting at 7:00 p.m.

A pdf version is available by clicking here.

1. CALL TO ORDER

1.1 Pledge of Allegiance _____________________________ Altadena Pathfinder Club
Introduction, Veronica Jones
1.2 Roll Call _______________________________________ Recording Secretary, Judy Matthews
1.3 Approve July 17, 2018 meeting Agenda ______________ Pat Sutherlen

2. OFFICERS’ REPORTS

2.1 Chairman _______________________________________ Okorie Ezieme
2.2 Vice Chairman ___________________________________ Pat Sutherlen
2.3 Recording Secretary ______________________________ Judy Matthews
2.3.1 Approve June 19, 2018 Meeting Minutes
2.4 Treasurer _______________________________________ John White
2.5 Corresponding Secretary __________________________ Nestor de la Torre

3. SWEARING IN NEWLY ELECTED COUNCIL MEMBERS AND RECOGNITIONS

3.1 Swearing In Ceremony ____________________________ Supervisor Kathryn Barger
3.2 Recognitions
3.2.1 Supervisor Kathryn Barger/Sussy Nemer
3.2.2 Congresswoman Judy Chu/Becky Cheng
3.2.3 Senator Anthony Portantino/Dominick Correy
3.2.4 Assemblymember Chris Holden/Hector Rodriguez
3.2.5 Captain Vicki Stuckey –

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda for July 3, 2018

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda for July 3, 2018

Diane Marcussen, Chair, Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee, has issued the agenda for the Land Use Committee meeting for July 3, 2018 meeting to be conducted at the Altadena Community Center, 730 East Altadena Drive, starting at 7:00 p.m.

1. CALL TO ORDER: Diane Marcussen

2. Pledge of Allegiance: LUC Committee Member

3. Roll Call – Pat Sutherlen

4. Approve Meeting Agenda(s) – July 3, 2018

5. Approve Minutes –June 5, 2018

6. Chairman Report – Diane Marcussen

6.1. Fences, Walls and Hedges Registration – Please register your non-conforming

7. Action Items – The Committee is expected to take action on the following item

7.1. 1901 Allen- Verizon CUP Renewal/Generator Add – Daniel Harlow
7.1.1. Public Comment

8. Presentation Only

8.1.1. Project No. PM064462– Subdivision of 3572 Canyon Ridge Dr. (aka 3511 Lincoln Ave.) Public Comment

9. General Public Comment: During the Public Comment period,

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Assemblymember Chris Holden Recognizes Webster’s Community Pharmacy as 41st Assembly District’s “Small Business of the Year”

Assemblymember Chris Holden Recognizes Webster’s Community Pharmacy as 41st Assembly District’s “Small Business of the Year”

In a ceremony in Sacramento, Assemblymember Chris Holden honored Webster’s Community Pharmacy as “Small Business of the Year” for the 41st Assembly District. Webster’s owners Meredith and Michael Miller received the recognition during the Annual Small Business of Year Luncheon organized by the California Small Business Association.

“When it comes to a small business making a positive impact in the community, you couldn’t find anyone better than Webster’s Community Pharmacy,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden.

Webster’s employs 25 people, many of whom live in Altadena, and strives to support other businesses in the community such as local printers, graphic designers and even produce vendors. The award also recognizes Webster’s Pharmacy’s involvement in civic affairs and local organizations such as Altadena Heritage, the Altadena Historical Society, and Young and Healthy, as well as numerous non-profits and schools.

Nineteen small businesses from throughout the 41st Assembly District were nominated this year by the community. Past recipients of the recognition reviewed the nominations, provided feedback,

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Altadena Library Director Kittay Given 90-day Contract Extension at Tense Hours-Long Meeting

Altadena Library Director Kittay Given 90-day Contract Extension at Tense Hours-Long Meeting

[Updated]  Concluding a dramatic, sometimes emotional, five-hour-plus Special Meeting of the Altadena Library District Board of Trustees Monday, Altadena Library Director Mindy Kittay was given a 90-day extension of her contract. The Board of Trustees voted for the extension 4-0, with one member, Ira Bershatsky, abstaining.

Kittay’s three-year contract could have been extended for another three years, canceled, or allowed to run out at the end of June, but her temporary victory last night was inconclusive.

“We’ll have to see how this plays out,” said Kittay’s attorney, Dale Gronemeier.

The Trustee Special Meeting was remarkable in several instances:

Attorney Gronemeier presented legal action against the Board in the form a petition filed in Los Angeles Superior Court alleging the Board had violated the Brown Act and injured Kittay.

Following Gronemeier’s presentation of the complaint during the first of numerous appearances before the Board Monday evening, the Board’s outside counsel Ruben Duran, in an unusual move, then instructed the Board to introduce and pass a resolution stating that the Board had “substantially complied” with the Brown Act.

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

County Will Retain Eaton Canyon Golf Course, Pasadena Handover Deal is Dead

County Will Retain Eaton Canyon Golf Course, Pasadena Handover Deal is Dead

Supervisor Kathryn Barger announced Sunday that after some discussion about a possible transfer to the City of Pasadena, the County of Los Angeles will retain ownership of the Eaton Canyon Golf Course and will work to ensure that the facility is maintained at the highest possible standard.

“Our new reputable operator at the course has enabled us to not only provide a valuable recreational resource for the community but also attract a new clientele for the future,” said Supervisor Barger.

Course management, maintenance and the overall quality of the facility has improved dramatically under CourseCo., who will continue as the operator through a contract with Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, Barger’s office said Sunday.

“I am very encouraged by the input I have received by all of the stakeholders and I support giving our golf course an opportunity to succeed and flourish,” Barger added. “I want to invite the community to utilize this course as much as possible.

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Guest Opinion | Is the Altadena Library Board of Trustees President Holding Office Illegally?

Guest Opinion | Is the Altadena Library Board of Trustees President Holding Office Illegally?

Through no fault of her own, the Altadena Library Board of Trustees President may be holding office illegally.

Betsy Kahn is the current President of the Altadena Library District Board of Trustees; the Board is the governing legislative body for the Altadena Library. She was chosen on March 7 as a Trustee to replace a former Trustee who resigned in January. While the voting to select a Trustee on March 7 occurred in an open public meeting, the voting was anonymous or secret voting – i.e., the Board members voted on ballots, turned them in, and the results were announced without announcing who voted for which candidates. After three rounds of deadlocked anonymous voting, Ms. Kahn was finally selected by a 3-1 vote. Then in April she was elected by the Board as its president to replace former Trustee John McDonald after he also resigned.

Two weeks after Ms. Kahn was selected as Trustee, she notified Mr. McDonald that she believed she had been selected in violation of the Brown Act.

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Saturday, June 2, 2018

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda for June 5, 2018

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda for June 5, 2018

Diane Marcussen, Chair, Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee, has issued the agenda for the Land Use Committee meeting for June 5, 2018 meeting to be conducted at the Altadena Community Center, 730 East Altadena Drive, starting at 7:00 p.m.

1. Call to Order: Justin Robertson

2. Pledge of Allegiance: LUC Committee Member

3. Roll Call: Pat Sutherlen

4. Approve Meeting Agenda(s): June 5, 2018

5. Approve Minutes: May 1, 2018

6. Chairman’s Report: Justin Robertson

6.1. Fences, Walls, and Hedges Registration

7. Action Items – The Committee is expected to take action on the following item(s):

7.1. Parking Permit No. 201300005 / Project No. R2013-01662 – 2230 Lincoln Avenue (Super
King shopping center) – Veronica Jones
7.1.1. Public Comment

8. Presentation Only

8.1. Conditional Use Permit No. 2018001418 / Project No. 2018-001303 – 1901 Allen Avenue (Verizon Wireless CUP) – Dan Harlow
8.1.1.

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda for May 1, 2018

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda for May 1, 2018

Diane Marcussen, Chair, Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee, has issued the agenda for the Land Use Committee meeting for May 1, 2018 meeting to be conducted at the Altadena Community Center, 730 East Altadena Drive, starting at 7:00 p.m.

1. CALL TO ORDER: Diane Marcussen

2. Pledge of Allegiance: LUC Committee Member

3. Roll Call – Pat Sutherlen

4. Approve Meeting Agenda(s) – May 1, 2018

5. Approve Minutes –April 3, 2018

6. Chairman Report – Diane Marcussen

6.1. Fences and Hedges Registration
6.2. New York Drive Project

7. Action Items – The Committee is expected to take action on the following item

7.1. Project 2018-0008052203 2432 EL Molino Avenue – create three new single family residential parcels on a 24,000 sq. ft. lot – Justin Robertson, Pat Sutherlen
7.1.1. Public comment

7.2. La Vina II Project – Amendment to CUP 2007-00114 – The La Vina Subcommittee will make a presentation of the proposed final condition for the project.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Interim Pasadena Police Chief John Perez Makes Debut Appearance in New Role Before Altadena Town Council

Interim Pasadena Police Chief John Perez Makes Debut Appearance in New Role Before Altadena Town Council

By EDDIE RIVERA | Photography by JAMES CARBONE

 

Interim Pasadena Police Chief John E. Perez, who fully assumes the office today, made his debut appearance in that capacity before a Council last night, but it wasn’t in Pasadena.

Perez appeared before the Altadena Town Council at the packed Altadena Community Center to read a brief statement.

He had been encouraged to appear by Altadenans concerned about the presence and actions of Pasadena police in their town, galvanized by a November, 2017 incident in which two Pasadena officers broke the leg of an Altadena man during a traffic stop inside Altadena town limits.

A cellphone video of that incident went viral and drew worldwide attention to the violent arrest.

Since then, many Altadenans have pressured their Councilmembers to set limits on Pasadena police involvement in their community.

Previous requests by Altadena Town Council Chair Okorie Ezieme on behalf of Altadenans were generally dismissed by Pasadena officials.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for April 17, 2018

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for April 17, 2018

Okorie Ezieme, Chair, Altadena Town Council has issued the agenda for the Council’s April 17, 2018 meeting to be conducted at the Altadena Community Center, 730 East Altadena Drive, starting at 7:00 p.m.

A pdf version is available by clicking here.

1. CALL TO ORDER

1.1 Pledge of Allegiance ________________________ Neighbors Building a Better Altadena
Introduction, Okorie Ezieme
1.2 Roll Call _________________________________ Recording Secretary, Judy Matthews
1.3 Approve April 17, 2018 meeting Agenda _______ Pat Sutherlen

2. OFFICERS’ REPORTS

2.1 Chairman __________________________________ Okorie Ezieme
2.2 Vice Chairman ______________________________ Pat Sutherlen
2.3 Recording Secretary _________________________ Judy Matthews
2.3.1 Approve March 20, 2018 Meeting Minutes
2.4 Treasurer __________________________________ John White
2.5 Corresponding Secretary _____________________ Nestor de la Torre

3. PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS

3.1. California Highway Patrol ____________________ Officer Mike Ulloa
3.2 Altadena Sheriff’s Station ____________________ Lt. Carmichael Octave/Lt. Yolanda Clay
3.3 Pasadena Police _________________________ Interim Chief John Perez
3.4 County Fire ______________________________ Maria Grycan
3.5 Map Your Neighborhood ______________________ Karen Gibson/Eric Vander Velde

4.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Attorney for Altadena Library District’s Executive Director Demands Independent Investigation Into Board Conduct

Attorney for Altadena Library District’s Executive Director Demands Independent Investigation Into Board Conduct

By BRIAN DAY

An attorney representing Altadena Library District’s executive director on Tuesday demanded an independent investigation into allegations of public meeting law violations and other issues, threatening a to release a series of “embarrassing” emails obtained through public records requests in coming months if action is not taken.

The demand came in the form of a seven-page letter sent to the ALD’s Board of Trustees by attorney Dale Gronemeier, who represents the library’s executive director Mindy Kittay, who is currently out on stress leave due to harassment by the board, according to the attorney.

Click to read the letter

He and his colleague, attorney Skip Hickambottom, appeared at last Thursday’s special meeting of the board of trustees, where they alleged repeated Brown Act violations, harassment against Kittay, and the attempted deletion of emails evidencing those allegations by then-board president John McDonald. The attorneys allege the board has harassed Kittay in retaliation for pointing out previous Brown Act violations.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Prescription Medication Narcotic Take Back Day

Prescription Medication Narcotic Take Back Day

At Altadena Community Center from 11am-3pm

On Wednesday, April 11th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Altadena Sheriff’s Station will give the community an opportunity to help prevent abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to Altadena Community Center at 730 E. Altadena Dr., Altadena. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Any unwanted or used needles can be dropped off in the outside bin at Altadena Sheriff Station 24 hours a day. The sharps container for needles will remain outside on the west side of the station for everyone to use.

Future prescription medication drop off dates will be announced as they become available.

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Celebration Launch of Transit-To-Trails Bus Service

Celebration Launch of Transit-To-Trails Bus Service

Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek and Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger will celebrate the launch of a new route, this Saturday, April 7 at 9:00 a.m. at Memorial Park in Pasadena.

The Board of Supervisors approved a motion by Supervisor Kathryn Barger to partner with the City of Pasadena, the Trust for Public Land, Edison International and the Wilderness Society to implement a six-month pilot bus service in the unincorporated Altadena area.

The pilot service will connect the Metro Gold Line at Memorial Park Station with the Sam Merrill Trailhead in Altadena. Service would extend from April 7 to Sept. 30 on Saturdays and Sundays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

“This exciting partnership expands access to open space recreation and provides another option to improve regional transit connectivity for our residents in the Altadena community,” Supervisor Barger said.

Mayor Terry Tornek stated, “This new service will provide a convenient transportation option to access this wonderful open space for the local and regional community.

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda for April 3, 2018

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda for April 3, 2018

Diane Marcussen, Chair, Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee, has issued the agenda for the Land Use Committee meeting for April 3, 2018 meeting to be conducted at the Altadena Community Center, 730 East Altadena Drive, starting at 7:00 p.m.

1. CALL TO ORDER: Diane Marcussen

2. Pledge of Allegiance: LUC Committee Member

3. Roll Call – Pat Sutherlen

4. Approve Meeting Agenda(s) – April 3, 2018

5. Approve Minutes –December 5, 2017, February 6, 2018

6. Chairman Report – Diane Marcussen

6.1. Fences and Hedges Registration
6.2. New York Drive Project

7. Action Items – The Committee is expected to take action on the following item.

7.1. 2203 Garfias Drive – Existing construction with setback exception of approximately 9 inches – Sylvia Vega and Diane Marcussen
7.1.1. Public Comment

The committee may take action on the following item.

7.2. La Vina II Project – Amendment to CUP 2007-00114 – The La Vina Subcommittee will make a presentation of the proposed final condition for the project.

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Friday, March 30, 2018

BREAKING: Altadena Library Board President John McDonald Resigns

BREAKING: Altadena Library Board President John McDonald Resigns

Altadena library board president John McDonald resigned Friday.

The library’s interim executive director Ryan Roy said McDonald’s resignation was effective immediately.

FULL BACKGROUND: Attorneys For Altadena Library District Executive Director Allege Harassment, Brown Act Violations

 

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Attorneys For Altadena Library District Executive Director Allege Harassment, Brown Act Violations

Attorneys For Altadena Library District Executive Director Allege Harassment, Brown Act Violations


By BRIAN DAY

Two attorneys representing the Altadena Library District’s Executive Director laid out allegations Thursday that the Board of Library Trustees president and two other members have engaged in a campaign to harass her, prompting her to take a medical leave due to stress, as well violating California’s open government statutes.

Lawyers Dale Gronemeier and Skip Hickambottom appeared on behalf of their client, Mindy Kittay, during a special board meeting on Thursday night. The attorneys distributed emails obtained via public information requests to back up their allegations of wrongdoing by the board’s three male members: President John McDonald, Trustee Armando Zambrano and Trustee Ira Bershatsky.

“I’m here to call out Board of Trustees President John McDonald and board members Ira Bershatsky and Armando Zambrano for their persistent violations of board by-laws and the Brown Act by their misconduct in preparing the board’s agendas and discussing in secret emails agenda items,” Gronemeier said.

McDonald was absent from Thursday’s meeting due to an “excused absence,” Zambrano said.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Transit-to-Trails Bus Service Pilot Program Approved

Transit-to-Trails Bus Service Pilot Program Approved

Metro Gold Line at Memorial Park Station (l) and Sam Merrill Trailhead in Altadena

The Board of Supervisors approved a motion by Supervisor Kathryn Barger to partner with the City of Pasadena, the Trust for Public Land, Edison International and the Wilderness Society to implement a six-month pilot bus service in the unincorporated Altadena area.

The pilot service will connect the Metro Gold Line at Memorial Park Station with the Sam Merrill Trailhead in Altadena. Service would extend from April 7 to Sept. 30 on Saturdays and Sundays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

“This exciting partnership expands access to open space recreation and provides another option to improve regional transit connectivity for our residents in the Altadena community,” Supervisor Barger said.

The popular Sam Merrill Trail provides access to exclusive areas in the San Gabriel Mountain Range. Funding for the county’s portion of the estimated costs would come from the supervisor’s Fifth District discretionary transit funds.

“This new service will provide a convenient transportation option to access this wonderful open space for the local and regional community.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

County to Expand Program to Prevent School Violence

County to Expand Program to Prevent School Violence

Supervisor Kathryn Barger announced that the Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved a motion she co-authored with Supervisor Janice Hahn to enhance the role of the county’s School Threat Assessment Response Team (START) program.

To prevent campus violence through early identification and intervention of at-risk youths and young adults, the Department of Mental Health created START in 2009 to partner with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to develop a regional approach to targeted school violence.

“Early identification and intervention are vital in our mutual effort to identify and prevent possible incidents of school violence,” said Supervisor Barger. “We cannot ignore the red flags and we must actively seek out troubled young people and get them the help they need before a tragedy occurs.”

START is currently staffed with 10 clinicians working with local law enforcement to respond to reports of potential school violence. In the past year, START conducted interventions with 127 students and in the past week START has received 63 referrals.

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Pasadena Mayor Tornek Responds to Altadena Town Council Request to Restrict Pasadena Police in Altadena; Altadena Town Council Chair Reacts

Pasadena Mayor Tornek Responds to Altadena Town Council Request to Restrict Pasadena Police in Altadena; Altadena Town Council Chair Reacts

Pasadena Mayor Terry Tomek has responded to a request by Altadena’s Town Council for restrictions on two Pasadena police officers involved in the violent arrest of Altadena resident Christopher Ballew during a November 2017 traffic stop in this unincorporated part of Los Angeles County.

The request came in the form of a February 10 letter sent by Town Council Chair Okorie Ezieme, in which he also asked Mayor Tornek and Police Chief Sanchez to review policies and procedures on use of force, racial profiling and investigatory stops.

“The Altadena Town Council, along with the residents we represent, will not tolerate brutality or racist practices, by anyone including law enforcement,” Ezieme wrote.

In his February 23 response addressed to Ezieme, Mayor Tomek said the Ballew incident is being “properly investigated to determine whether any policy violations were committed on the part of the Pasadena police officers involved. These policies represent best practices and are similar, if not identical, to those adopted by the Los Angeles County Sheriff.

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Altadena Town Council Sends Letter to Pasadena Officials Requesting Restrictions on Pasadena Police Within Their Town Limits

Altadena Town Council Sends Letter to Pasadena Officials Requesting Restrictions on Pasadena Police Within Their Town Limits

In a Feb. 10 letter to top Pasadena officials, Altadena Town Council Chair Okorie Ezieme requested that two Pasadena police officers involved in the violent arrest of an Altadena man during a traffic stop not be allowed to patrol that unincorporated part of Los Angeles County.

“In an effort to uphold the safety and quality of life of each and every one of our Altadena residents, [Altadena residents] have voiced the following requests of the Pasadena Police Department. That Officers Larry [sic] Esparza and Zachary Lujan be restricted from conducting any police business within Altadena [town] limits. Pasadena Police Officers continued presence in Altadena has resulted in at least one additional harassment incident since the incident on November 9, and poses a continued safety concern to all residents of Altadena,” the letter reads.

Read the entire letter here

21-year-old Christopher Ballew suffered a broken fibula and head wounds during an encounter with the two Pasadena officers last Nov.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for February 20, 2018

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for February 20, 2018

Okorie Ezieme, Chair, Altadena Town Council has issued the agenda for the Council’s February 20, 2018 meeting to be conducted at the Altadena Community Center, 730 East Altadena Drive, starting at 7:00 p.m.

A pdf version is available by clicking here.

1. CALL TO ORDER

1.1 Pledge of Allegiance ________________________ Altadena Community Schools
Introduction, Judy Matthews
1.2 Roll Call _________________________________ Recording Secretary, Judy Matthews
1.3 Approve February 20, 2018 meeting Agenda _____ Pat Sutherlen

2. OFFICERS’ REPORTS

2.1 Chairman __________________________________ Okorie Ezieme
2.2 Vice Chairman ______________________________ Pat Sutherlen
2.3 Recording Secretary _________________________ Judy Matthews
2.3.1 Approve January 16, 2018 Meeting Minutes
2.4 Treasurer __________________________________ John White
2.5 Corresponding Secretary _____________________ Nestor de la Torre

3. PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS

3.1. California Highway Patrol ____________________ Officer Mike Ulloa
3.2 Altadena Sheriff’s Station ____________________ Lt. Carmichael Octave/Lt. Yolanda Clay
3.3 County Fire ____________________________ Maria Grycan
3.4 CERT ______________________________________ Deputy Dan Paige
3.5 Map Your Neighborhood ______________________ Karen Gibson/Eric Vander Velde

4.

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Altadena Library District Board of Trustees Announce Trustee Vacancy

Altadena Library District Board of Trustees Announce Trustee Vacancy

At the recent Library Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, January 22, it was announced that Trustee Adalila Zelada-Garcia has resigned from her position. We are grateful for Trustee Zelada-Garcia’s years of service and wish her well in her future endeavors.

County Registrar rules require that candidates running for a seat on the Altadena Library District Board must be both a resident of Altadena and a registered voter in Altadena. The applicant accepted must agree to be willing to run in November 2018, if necessary.

The current seat for which you are applying is for the unexpired term ending December 2020.

If you are interested in filling the open seat on the Board, please fill out the questionnaire linked below and submit it towroy@altadenalibrary.org as soon as possible.

Click here for the questionnaire.

https://www.altadenalibrary.org/sites/altadenalibrary.org/files/Board%20Vacancy%20Supplemental%20Questionnaire%202018.pdf

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Barger Pushes for Legislation to Provide Lifesaving Medical Care for the Mentally Ill

Barger Pushes for Legislation to Provide Lifesaving Medical Care for the Mentally Ill

Department of Mental Health-sponsored Amendment to State Law Would Add Medical Treatment to Grave Disability Criteria

At their next regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 30, the Board of Supervisors will consider a motion by Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Mark Ridley-Thomas to sponsor state legislation enabling the county to provide critical medical care for the mentally ill.

“More than 830 homeless people died on the streets of L.A. County last year. Many of these deaths were preventable with proper medical attention,” Barger said. “It’s time for California to join 37 other states who consider medical treatment a basic human need for those suffering from a mental illness.”

The legislation would amend the state’s definition of gravely disabled pursuant to the recommendation by the Department of Mental Health (DMH), to read, “a condition in which a person, as a result of a mental health disorder, is unable to provide for his or her basic personal needs for food, clothing, shelter,

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Supervisor Barger Encourages Blood Donations in the Wake of Las Vegas Tragedy

Supervisor Barger Encourages Blood Donations in the Wake of Las Vegas Tragedy

In response to the tragedy in Las Vegas, Nevada that has so far led to the deaths of 59 people and left 500 injured (including many Los Angeles County residents, employees, and Fire and Sheriff personnel), the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion by Supervisor Kathryn Barger directing the Department of Health Services to engage with the American Red Cross to coordinate blood donations to Las Vegas area hospitals in the event of an immediate shortage.

“We have an opportunity to help our fellow Americans in their time of need, and we join them in mourning this tragic loss of life” said Barger. “Although United Blood Services has met the immediate need for blood, they are still asking people to return and donate later this week.”

Several Los Angeles County hospitals are equipped with blood donation centers and are able to assist Las Vegas hospitals in the event of a blood shortage.

The motion also directs the Department of Health Services to include upcoming Red Cross blood donation events on their website and encourage all County employees and department heads to voluntarily give blood at one of the participating Red Cross locations.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for August 15, 2017

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for August 15, 2017

Okorie Ezieme, Chair, Altadena Town Council has issued the agenda for the Council’s August 15, 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 Metropolitan Baptist ________________________ _ Church Youth Dept
1.2. Roll Call _Recording Secretary, Judy Matthews
1.3. Approve August 15, 2017 meeting Agenda

2. OFFICERS’ REPORTS

2.1. Chairman __________________________________ _Okorie Ezieme
2.2. Vice Chairman _____________________________ _Pat Sutherlen
2.3. Recording Secretary ________________________ _Judy Matthews
2.3.1.Approve July 18, 2017 Meeting Minutes
2.4. Treasurer __________________________________ _John White
2.5. Corresponding Secretary _____________________ _Nestor De La Torre

3. SUPPLEMENTAL ELECTION CENSUS TRACTS #4601 and #4612

3.1 Candidate Statements _Victoria Knapp, Doug Colliflower, Reginald
Wilkins
3.2 Voting for candidates _Council Members

4. SPECIAL PRESENTIATIONS

4.1.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Barger Announces Proposal to Establish Blue Ribbon Commission on Public Safety

Barger Announces Proposal to Establish Blue Ribbon Commission on Public Safety

Supervisor Kathryn Barger announced today that she will introduce a motion, co-authored by Supervisor Janice Hahn, at the August 15th board meeting which will establish a “Blue-Ribbon Commission on Public Safety” to explore innovative solutions to criminal justice challenges resulting from statewide reforms.

The motion builds on a previous motion unanimously approved by the Board on February 21, 2017 which was also by Supervisors Barger and Hahn. The February motion requested a report on the murder of Whittier Police Officer Keith Boyer by a “Post Released Supervised Person,” including an historical analysis of the gunman’s involvement with the state parole system, his probation supervision, as well as recommendations for policies and procedures to help identify risk factors and ensure the highest level of public safety.

“Moving forward, Supervisor Hahn and I will be calling on our colleagues to support us on our collective goals of delivering meaningful treatment programs as well as enhancing public safety, including for our brave men and women in law enforcement,” said Barger.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Supporting Higher Education for Foster Youth

Supporting Higher Education for Foster Youth

The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion by Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Hilda Solis to support Senate Bill 12 (Beall) which seeks to increase access to postsecondary education for foster youth.

“Access to financial aid and an awareness of how to navigate what is considered a complex and complicated financial aid system prevent many foster youth from even considering postsecondary education as an option after high school,” said Supervisor Barger. “SB 12 streamlines the process and addresses some of the challenges that prevent foster youth from achieving their academic goals by providing much-needed support and guidance.”

“Because of factors outside their control, youth in foster care often have lower levels of educational attainment compared to their classmates,” said Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. “Youth in foster care face tremendous challenges in their young lives, including suddenly changing schools and unexpected absences, and they need additional resources to meet their full potential. I am pleased to co-author this motion so that this vulnerable population can access college with greater financial and on-campus support.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda for August 1, 2017

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda for August 1, 2017

Diane Marcussen, Chair, Altadena Town Council, has issued the agenda for the Land Use Committee meeting for August 1, 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) – August 1, 2017

5. Approve Minutes – May 2017

6. Chairman Report – Diane Marcussen

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

7.1. None

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

9. 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.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Altadena Residents Hear Discussion on Two Water Projects

Altadena Residents Hear Discussion on Two Water Projects

Altadena residents gathered Thursday evening at the Altadena Community Center for a panel discussion on two Los Angeles County Public Works projects — the contested plan to remove sediment from behind the Devil’s Gate Dam, and a projected plan to move collected ground water from the Arroyo Seco to Eaton Canyon.

The event was staged by Altadena Heritage, the Altadena Library and Neighbors Building a Better Altadena. Among the speakers were Chris Stone, assistant deputy director for L.A. County Public Works, Brad Bowman from Pasadena Public Works and Tim Brick, president of the Arroyo Seco Foundation, as well as the Foundation’s lawyer, Mitchell Tsai, who led the foundation’s recent victory over the County, which was forced to halt the proposed sediment removal project in March.

The pipeline project, which is currently only in the conceptual phase, is designed to maximize water conservation by capturing and conveying stormwater from Devil’s Gate Dam to nearby water conservation from Devil’s Gate Dam to nearby water conservation facilities before the flows are lost to the ocean.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for July 18, 2017

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for July 18, 2017

Okorie Ezieme, Chair, Altadena Town Council has issued the agenda for the Council’s June 20, 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 ___________________________ Council Member
1.2. Roll Call _____________________________________ Recording Secretary, Judy Matthews
1.3. Approve July 18, 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 June 20, 2017 Meeting Minutes
2.4. Treasurer ____________________________________ Patricia Sutherlen
2.5. Corresponding Secretary _______________________ Billy Malone

3. SWEARING IN OF NEWLY ELECTED COUNCIL MEMBERS AND RECOGNITIONS

3.1. Swearing In Ceremony _________________________ Supervisor Kathryn Barger
3.2. Recognitions:
3.2.1. Supervisor Kathryn Barger / Sussy Nemer
3.2.2. Congresswoman Judy Chu / Becky Cheng
3.2.3.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Los Angeles County Raises Dog Limit from 3 to 4 Per Household

Los Angeles County Raises Dog Limit from 3 to 4 Per Household

On a motion by Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Hilda Solis, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an amendment to the existing municipal code to allow up to four dogs per household in unincorporated areas.

“By increasing the number of dogs allowed per household from 3 to 4, we are hoping to encourage responsible pet owners to consider adopting an additional dog from one of our county shelters,” said Supervisor Barger.

Other counties in the state also provide a similar four-dog ordinance including San Diego and San Bernardino. In order to have more than four dogs, one must be licensed as an animal facility, most commonly used for groomers, kennels or pet shops.

 

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for June 20, 2017

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for June 20, 2017

Okorie Ezieme, Chair, Altadena Town Council has issued the agenda for the Council’s June 20, 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 ___________________________ Council Member
1.2. Roll Call _____________________________________ Recording Secretary, Judy Matthews
1.3. Approve June 20, 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 May 16, 2017 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. Yolanda Clay
3.3. CERT ________________________________________ Deputy Dan Paige
3.4. Map Your Neighborhood _______________________ Karen Gibson / Eric Vander Velde
3.5.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Altadena Town Council Election Saturday

Altadena Town Council Election Saturday

The Altadena Town Council election kicks off Saturday at various polling locations throughout the community from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Representatives to the Altadena Town Council are elected by Census Tract (CT) to two-year terms, and each tract has two members who are elected in alternating years.

CT 4601
No candidate.

CT 4602
Census Tract 4602 incumbent candidate Billy Malone has been on the Altadena Town Council since 2013. Malone’s focus will be on keeping this community the upbeat, unique place that it has always been while working toward its financial stability through encouragement of economic and business growth, according to the ATC website.

Malone has sat on the Executive Committee for the past two years and has also sat on the Board and served as President for the Altadena Chamber of Commerce. Malone’s involvement as an Altadena Town Council member has also included assisting local Pasadena Unified School District schools and community organizations in obtaining grants.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Altadena Summer Beach Bus Service Begins June 13

Altadena Summer Beach Bus Service Begins June 13

Supervisor Kathryn Barger announced that the Altadena Summer Beach Bus service to Santa Monica Beach will start on Wednesday, June 13.

“The Beach Bus service runs through Labor Day, providing our residents an opportunity to travel to the beach without having to drive through traffic, find a parking space or feed a parking meter,” Supervisor Barger said.

Passengers can board the Summer Beach Bus every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from June 13 through Labor Day, Monday, September 4, 2015. The stop locations are at the Metro bus stop at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Ventura Street; Loma Alta Park; Mariposa Street in front of the Altadena Senior Center, and the Metro bus stop at the intersection of Allen Avenue and Oakwood Street.

Reservations are available and strongly recommended to ensure seating availability. To reserve a trip, please visit www.LAGoBus.com. The fare is $3 per round-trip for children and adults. For senior citizens (age 60 and older) and people with disabilities,

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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
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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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