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Friday, June 9, 2017
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.
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.Read More »
Friday, June 9, 2017
Sunday, May 28th
9:00 PM – A vehicle vandalism occurred in the 500 block of W. Harriet Street. Vehicle damage: slashed tire.
Monday, May 29th
12:49 PM – A battery occurred in the 1500 block of Oxford Avenue.
Tuesday, May 30th
12:57 PM – Sean Thomas, 29 years old of Pasadena was arrested in the 2100 block of Summit Avenue for domestic battery.
Wednesday, May 31st
2:45 PM – A vehicle vandalism occurred in the 1800 block of N. Lake Avenue. Vehicle damage: shattered window.
4:30 PM – A vehicle vandalism occurred in the 2100 block of Crawford Avenue. Vehicle damage: spray paint.
4:41 PM – A residential burglary occurred in the 1800 block of Midlothian Drive. Suspects entered the location by shattering the rear sliding window. Suspects described as (2) males between 18 and 25 years of age wearing dark clothing. Stolen: various watches and ring.
9:40 PM – Oscar Sanchez,
Thursday, June 8, 2017
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,Read More »
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Sunday, May 21st
1:00 AM – A petty theft from an unlocked vehicle occurred in the 2600 block of Glenrose Avenue. Stolen: turquoise sunglasses.
10:05 AM – A vehicle was reported stolen from the 2500 block of Glenrose Avenue. Vehicle described as a yellow 2005 Ford F150 pick-up. Vehicle was recovered by Pasadena Police Department.
10:20 AM – A residential burglary occurred in the 1400 block of Palm St. Suspect(s) entered the residence by prying the door frame. Stolen: brown jewelry box and jewelry.
5:10 PM – Juan Gutierrez, 48 years old of Altadena was arrested in the 900 block of Athens Street for domestic violence.
Monday, May 22nd
12:00 AM – A theft of vehicle parts occurred in the 400 block of Mountain View Street. Stolen: 1999 Honda Accord catalytic converter.
12:42 AM – A petty theft from an unlocked vehicle occurred in the area of Marengo Avenue and Sacramento Street. Stolen: vehicle keys and alarm.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
The Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) is pleased to announce the selection of Benita Scheckel as Principal of Altadena Elementary School. Ms. Scheckel was promoted after a competitive process that included input provided by Altadena Elementary stakeholders, students, employees, and parents that informed the development of the new principal profile.
“Ms. Scheckel’s accomplishments as an educator and her extensive arts background will be assets to the Altadena Elementary School community,” said Superintendent Brian McDonald. “I am pleased to promote Ms. Scheckel to Principal of Altadena Elementary.”
Ms. Scheckel was named the 2017 Most Promising New Administrator by the Association of California School Administrators Region VX. Since 2015, she has served as Assistant Principal of Marshall Fundamental Secondary School, where she led the Academy for Creative Industries, the college and career pathway program. She was previously the K-8 curriculum resource teacher at McKinley School. From 2011-2015, Ms. Scheckel was coordinator of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme at Blair School and served on the team that brought the dual language immersion program to Blair.Read More »
Friday, May 26, 2017
You want to make your car less appealing to the thief, even hiding valuable items under a towel or jacket does not prevent someone from wanting to go inside your vehicle. By far it is best to lock items in your trunk or remove them entirely.
Don’t have the time to wait for a deputy to show up to your house and take a report?
MAKE AN ONLINE POLICE REPORT
The following incidents can be reported online:
-Lost or stolen cell phone valued $950 or less
-Lost or stolen property valued $950 or less
-Theft from an unlocked vehicle valued $950 or less
-Theft from an open or unsecured area valued $950 or less
To make a report:
Friday, May 26, 2017
A spokeswoman for Albertsons, Inc. said Friday that the Vons Market at 1390 Allen Avenue just north of Washington Boulevard may close “in the near future.”
“While we are currently having discussions with the landlord to continue leasing our Vons store on N. Allen Avenue in Pasadena, there is a possibility we will be forced to leave the store,” Jenna Watkinson, Director, Public Affairs for Albertsons Southern California Division said.
The store has operated in that location for 41 years.
“We are disappointed by this situation and sincerely hope we can come to an amicable agreement so we may continue to proudly serve the Pasadena community in this location as we have since 1976,” Watkins said.
Should the Vons close, a vast swatch of Altadena and North Pasadena will have to travel a significantly increased distance to grocery shop.Read More »
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Sunday, May 14th
10:33 AM – Tywon Johnson, 28 years old of Altadena was arrested in the 2100 block of Raymond Avenue for criminal threats.
12:00 PM – A residential burglary occurred in the 3100 block of N. Olive Avenue. Suspect(s) entered the residence by removing the portable window air conditioner. Loss: unknown.
3:30 PM – A petty theft from an unlocked vehicle occurred in the 400 block of W. Marigold Street. Stolen: black wallet, credit cards and currency.
Monday, May 15th
8:10 AM – A residential burglary occurred in the 1100 block of Meadowbrook Road. Suspect(s) entered the residence by shattering the window. Loss: medication.
Tuesday, May 16th
11:20 AM – A grand theft occurred in the 2100 block of New York Drive. Stolen: red Honda lawnmower, blue weed whacker, red tree trimmer and red chainsaw.
3:00 PM – A residential fire occurred in the 20 block of La Venezia Court. No injuries reported.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Come to the Annual Eaton Canyon Spring Awakening Festival on May 20-21, 2017 at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center in Pasadena. The Eaton Canyon Spring Awakening Festival features: Native American Dancers, drummers, musicians, singers, story tellers, with artisans including basket weavers, pottery makers, wood carvers, wildlife exhibitors and nature groups. If you’re looking for Pow Wows in California or other Native American events in the Southern California area, the Eaton Canyon Spring Awakening Festival is the place to be in May.
Many native people celebrate the change of seasons with music and dance. In keeping with these traditions, the Eaton Canyon Spring Awakening Festival hosts tribal drummers, musicians, dancers, and storytellers. Native artists and crafters will also join in to offer their wares for purchase, and other items will be raffled.
The Eaton Canyon Spring Awakening Festival will also celebrate the beauty that is found in Eaton canyon. Presenters from local wildlife organizations will introduce attendees to some of the indigenous birds,Read More »
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
“We all know that the cause for our celebrations on a regular basis are not these walls, but it’s what happens inside of our buildings. Tonight we celebrate what happens inside of our school and our students who come to this building everyday full of feelings, full of dreams and full of hope,” said Altadena Elementary School Principal Ria Apodaca.
Altadena Elementary School currently serves 275 pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade students and will be home to the Pasadena Unified School District’s new French Dual Language Immersion program starting Fall 2017.
“Altadena is going up. We’re going up in enrollment, we’re going up in diversity through our French Dual Immersion Language Program, we’re going up in student engagement by building capacity and strengthening their artistic skillsets and, finally, through the hard work of our dedicated staff that’s committed to the success of these programs,Read More »