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Monday, June 18, 2018
A recent USC study found Altadenan’s enjoy the healthiest air quality in L.A. County.
The community was ranked number one for air quality, based on the amount of time residents and visitors spend breathing air that’s low in dangerous particle pollution, according to Gabriel Kahn, a professor of professional practice at USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism.
“So, yes, some bragging rights are in order,” he said.
Small particles in the air have been declining at the nationwide level for three decades, with pollution levels dropping by around half in many areas, the study found. But L.A. ranks among the worst.
The professor cautioned against over-simplifying the matter.
“Air quality and lung health are both complicated issues, and we don’t want to reduce it to just clean (versus) dirty. However, in looking over a lot of data, we can say that air quality levels are generally better in (Altadena).”
So just how tiny are these harmful particles?Read More »
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
No one should watch the World Cup alone, without friends and fans screaming their enthusiasm, or their frustration, at the giant big screen TV bring all the action right into your lap while you enjoy great drinks, bar food, and the laughter of people you’re proud to call neighbor.
Where is the one place you should go to view all the World Cup Events you ask?
Altadena Ale & Wine House is the answer, and the reason is simple. They will be open, and ready to bring you all the games of the World Cup no matter what time they are showing on the West Coast.
Of course you know that the games this year will be happening in Russia, and that will make for some pretty early games in Altadena, but for those of you who love the game it won’t make any difference. You can come and view these great games on Altadena Ale &Read More »
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
[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.Read More »
Sunday, June 10, 2018
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.Read More »
Sunday, June 10, 2018
Since opening in 1955, Fox’s Restaurant on Lake Avenue in Altadena has served as a neighborhood staple for good eats and no-frills breakfast and lunch.
After longtime family owners put it up for sale last fall, new owners and chefs Paul Rosenbluh and his wife Monique King intend to keep that tradition alive.
Fox’s reopened this week following seven months of revamping, including a new menu featuring signature dishes with familiar flavors and cosmetic upgrades needed after 62 years of operation.
While some change can be good, regulars need have no fear — Fox’s is still the same Fox’s Altadenans have come to know and love.
“Fox’s is like Cheers. Everyone wants to go where someone knows your name,” said Fox’s Restaurant co-owner Paul Rosenbluh.
“I was never going to come in and build a gleaming new sushi bar or anything like that because that’s not what this place is. What this area needs desperately is just a good neighborhood restaurant.Read More »
Friday, June 8, 2018
Attention all car lovers: There will plenty of hot rods and cool wheels to gawk at on Saturday.
The Altadena Station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is holding its annual Car Show on Saturday, June 9, at Farnsworth Park, at 568 Mount Curve Ave. in Altadena, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sponsored by Toyota Pasadena, the car show, now on its sixth year, welcomes all makes and models of cars, including antiques, street rods, and classics; trucks and motorcycles brought in by local area participants. The car show also features live music, vendor booths, food and a DJ.
“We wanted to do something where you get a wide variety of vehicles. You go to some shows, it will be just oldies or Ferraris or just hot rods, whatever it may be,” Sergeant Matthew Bossier told Altadena Now in 2015. “But we want to get the community together and all different people within the community. I think if you love for cars,Read More »
Friday, June 8, 2018
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.Read More »
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
From STAFF REPORTS
Once a struggling business, Webster’s Community Pharmacy has been named the 41st Assembly District’s Small Business of the Year in recognition of the store’s significance and contribution to the Altadena and Pasadena communities.
Assemblymember Chris Holden is scheduled to present the award to Webster’s owners Meredith and Michael Miller on June 19 at an annual Sacramento luncheon sponsored by the nonprofit California Small Business Association, which sponsors the awards and represents the legislative interests of millions of entrepreneurs around the state. Webster’s will be among dozens of businesses recognized – one for each state Assembly district.
The Millers said they will accept the award on behalf of the community and the loyal customers who helped them turn things around. The honor was announced today at the Altadena Chamber of Commerce meeting.
“With Webster’s, we felt from the beginning that the right combination of innovative merchandising and old-fashioned service could once again make it a jewel of Altadena,” said Michael Miller.Read More »
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
From STAFF REPORTS
The Rotary Club of Altadena in association with the Sheriff’s Support Group of Altadena is announcing the lineup for the 22nd Annual free Summer Concerts in the beautiful outdoor Amphitheater in Farnsworth Park, 568 E. Mt. Curve Ave., Altadena.
All Concerts are on Saturday evening and start at 7:00 p.m. This year’s season kicks off on July 7th featuring Kenny Sara and the Sounds of New Orleans who have been regulars at the Downtown Disney’s Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen for more than a decade. The July 14th concert will be The Susie Hansen Latin Band, featuring electric violinist and vocalist Susie Hansen playing fiery Latin Jazz and Salsa that will have the audience dancing in the aisles. On July 21st enjoy Lisa Haley and the Zydekats the most joyful Americana/Cajun/Zydeco act on tour today with their heart-moving Louisiana bayou sounds and rhythms. July 28th Mary Jane’s Last Dance will perform their tribute to American Rock & Roll original,Read More »
Saturday, June 2, 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