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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Celebrate National Library Week

Celebrate National Library Week

National Library Week, April 9 – 15, 2017, is a time to celebrate our nation’s libraries and library workers for transforming lives through free access to education, technology, information literacy, diverse collections and opportunities for community engagement.

In a world of rapid technological and cultural change, libraries and library workers are your trusted resources for both individuals and the community at large. Conducting an online search can be a daunting task, even for an experienced researcher, with millions of hits for any question or topic. Librarians are trained experts who can guide library users through this information jungle to find what they are seeking, whether they are verifying news sources, investigating healthcare options or exploring sources of student financial aid.

Libraries also provide a wide range of opportunities for people with diverse wants and interests, including cultural and arts programming, materials in alternate formats such as large print, multilingual internet trainings, bilingual story hours, English as a Second Language classes and many other programs.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, April 1st

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, April 1st

Sunday, March 26th

9:00 PM – A petty theft from an unlocked vehicle occurred in the 200 block of Laurel Drive. Stolen: black iHome speaker.
10:00 PM – A grand theft from an unlocked vehicle occurred in the 1700 block of N. Harding Avenue. Stolen: black Chanel sunglasses, brown fur coat, and black Chanel purse.
10:30 PM – A grand theft from an unlocked vehicle occurred in the 1700 block of Coolidge Avenue. Stolen: brown Gucci sunglasses, black Marc Jacobs sunglasses, and orange/red Chanel sunglasses.

Monday, March 27th

12:15 PM – A residential burglary occurred in the 1200 block of Morada Place. Suspect(s) entered the residence by shattering the glass door. Stolen: unknown.
6:30 PM – A vehicle burglary occurred in 1700 block of N. Altadena Drive. Suspect(s) entered the vehicle by shattering the window. Stolen: unknown.
8:30 PM – A vehicle vandalism occurred in the 100 block of E. Woodbury Road. Damage: shattered window and dents.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

County to Explore Opportunities to Treat Larger Population of Homeless Mentally Ill

County to Explore Opportunities to Treat Larger Population of Homeless Mentally Ill


A motion by Supervisor Kathryn Barger approved unanimously by the Board of Supervisors, directs county agencies to investigate and report back with recommendations on ways the County can expand treatment opportunities to a larger population of homeless mentally ill.

“Within the County’s chronically homeless population, there is a significant segment of individuals who refuse treatment – but are clearly in need of care,” said Barger. “Their condition prevents them from accepting treatment or providing for their own basic needs – yet they don’t meet the nebulous 5150 threshold of “being a danger to themselves and others.”

Section 5150 of the California Welfare and Institutions Code authorizes a qualified officer or clinician to involuntarily confine a person suspected to have a mental disorder that makes him or her a danger to themselves, a danger to others, and/or is gravely disabled.

“I strongly believe that if someone’s mental disorder prevents them from providing for their own basic needs then they are in fact,

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Altadena Library Districts Invites Residents to Community-wide Town Hall Meeting

Altadena Library Districts Invites Residents to Community-wide Town Hall Meeting


February and March have been busy months for the Altadena Library District. Inspired by the American Library Association’s nation-wide movement “Libraries Transforming Communities” and the Harwood Institute’s approach to community engagement, Altadena Library District sponsored the Community Conversations initiative across Altadena, engaging hundreds of residents in in-depth discussions in the living rooms of Altadena residents, in local organizations, and in small businesses. At each of these two-dozen Community Conversations, a facilitator led discussion, focusing on the community’s aspirations for Altadena, challenges the community faces, and concrete action steps residents can take both individually and as a community to improve Altadena.

Funded by Altadena Library District, the goal of the Community Conversations project was to examine Altadena as a whole through a positive, mediated evaluation of the community’s aspirations and goals. “In an unincorporated community like Altadena that has no inherent or governmental community center or hub, there is great potential for a longstanding institution such as Altadena Library District to fill that need in the community and become a central resource for local efforts toward community growth and advancement,” says Library Director Mindy Kittay,

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Altadena Library Second Saturday Concert Presents The Louis Van Taylor Quintet

Altadena Library Second Saturday Concert Presents The Louis Van Taylor Quintet

The Altadena Library’s Second Saturday concert season features The Louis Van Taylor Quintet on Saturday April 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Louis Van Taylor’s work with various types of instruments has been featured on numerous television and movie soundtracks. His credits include performances with big names such as Ray Charles, Poncho Sanchez, Gerald Wilson Orchestra to Presently Kool and the Gang. His musical style blends traditional jazz with a variety of genre including Brazilian, Afro-Caribbean, funk and blues.

During Second Saturday performances at the Altadena Library you can listen to great music as you sip beer and wine from The Ale House; savor grilled eats from El Patron and Guerrilla Chef Mateo; and sample delectable desserts from Sweeter Than Honey. Altadena Library also hosts a monthly art show which you can view while dancing the night away.

Altadena Library District, 600 E. Mariposa St., Altadena, (626) 798-0833 or visit www.AltadenaLibrary.org.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Altadena Children’s Center Announces Gala Date, Honorees

Altadena Children’s Center Announces Gala Date, Honorees

The annual fundraising gala, It Takes A Community, for Altadena Children’s Center, will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Lincoln Restaurant. The theme “Beautiful Altadena!” reflects the deeply cherished connection Altadena Children’s Center has to its community.

Honorees Monica Hubbard (founder of Altadena Women’s Network) and Michele Zack (author of Altadena: Between Wilderness and City), treasured members of our beautiful community, remind us of the commitment it takes to create a community worthy of its children.

Begun in 1982, ACC now has children attending whose parents attended! Serving families across generations during the most critical years of their children’s development is a privilege and an obligation. The research about early brain development tells us that by 3 years of age, the brain has grown to 80% of its full adult development. By providing early care and education at ACC for children from 2 months through prekindergarten ACC has the responsibility to maximize the potential of each child by employing best practices for learning for these very young children.

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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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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, March 18th

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, March 18th

Sunday, March 12th

3:00 AM – A vehicle burglary occurred in the 80 block of W. Manor Street. Suspect(s) entered the vehicle by shattering the window. Stolen: currency.
12:30 PM – A vehicle burglary occurred in the area of PinecrestDrive and Bowring Drive. Suspect(s) entered the vehicle by shattering the window. Stolen: turquoise wallet, credit cards, and brown glasses.
3:00 PM – A vehicle burglary occurred in the 2600 block of Bowring Drive. Suspect(s) entered the vehicle by shattering the window. Stolen: brown Dolce and Gabbana purse, credit cards, and currency.
9:00 PM – A theft from an unlocked vehicle occurred in the 2200 block of E. Washington Boulevard.

Monday, March 13th

3:40 PM – Jose Avila, 23 years old of Altadena was arrested in the 50 block of W. Mountain View Street for carrying a concealed dirk or dagger.
5:15 PM – A residential burglary occurred in the 900 block of E. Mount Curve Avenue.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, March 11th

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, March 11th

Sunday, March 5th

8:20 AM – Guy Merritt, 62 years old of Pasadena was arrested in the 1000 block of E. Mariposa Street for residential burglary.
6:00 PM – A grand theft from a vehicle occurred in the 800 block of New York Drive. Stolen: black golf club bag containing (4) golf clubs and orange Tom’s sunglasses.
9:00 PM – A vehicle burglary occurred in the 2100 block of Lincoln Avenue. Suspect(s) entered the vehicle by shattering the window. Stolen: white Coach purse, brown Coach backpack, blue leather coat, black jacket, silver MacBook, and Gucci sunglasses.

Monday, March 6th

8:30 PM – A residential burglary occurred in the 2000 block of Mendocino Lane. Suspect(s) entered the residence by shattering the window. Stolen: unknown.

Tuesday, March 7th

4:00 PM – A residential burglary occurred in the 2300 block of Mar Vista Avenue. Suspects attempted to enter the residence by cutting the window screen. Suspects described as three male Hispanic juveniles.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Altadena Sheriff’s Station, Altadena Mountain Rescue Team Investigate Possible Illegal Campfire in Forest

Altadena Sheriff’s Station, Altadena Mountain Rescue Team Investigate Possible Illegal Campfire in Forest

Today at 12:39, Altadena Sheriff’s Station received two calls about a possibly illegal campfire in the forest. The Altadena Mountain Rescue Team was called to help investigate the report, which described a person camping on a trail, with a cooking type fire burning.

The person was reported on the El Prieto Trail, El Prieto Canyon, in the Angeles National Forest. The person camping was located approximately 3/4 of a mile south of Rising Hill Road on the El Prieto trail. The Altadena Mountain Rescue Team loacted and warned the camper, a 52-year-old man, about open fires in the forest and the cutting of trees for firewood. The camper agreed to camp in a designated campsite from now on.

The details of this incident were handed over to the United States Forest Service for follow up. The rules regulating campfires state they are allowed outside of campsites, however a permit is needed as well as a fire extinguisher, shovel,

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