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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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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Altadena Man Missing, Sheriff’s Dept. Asks Public’s Help in Locating Him

Altadena Man Missing, Sheriff’s Dept. Asks Public’s Help in Locating Him

The Los Angeles County Sheriff Dept. said Wednesday Ricardo Flores, 40, of Altadena is missing and their Missing Persons Init is asking the public’s help to find him.

Flores last known contact was over the telephone on August 30, 2019, at 9:00 a.m.

He is described as 5’7”, 247 lbs., with a shaved head and brown eyes.

Detectives said Flores frequents San Manuel Casino in Highland and Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio and his family is concerned for his well-being.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Missing Persons Unit, Sergeant Mike Rodriguez, Detective Abraham or Detective Pereida at (323) 890-5500.

If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google Play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

 

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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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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, August 17th

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, August 17th

Sunday, August 11th

Between 11:00 PM and 4:53 AM (Mon) – A commercial burglary occurred in the 2200 block of Lincoln Avenue. Suspect(s) entered the business by shattering the front glass door. Stolen: unknown.
11:10 PM – A petty theft from an unlocked vehicle occurred in the 2700 block of Tola Avenue. Stolen: currency.

Monday, August 12th

12:38 AM – A vehicle was reported stolen from the 800 block of E. Sacramento Street. Vehicle described as a blue 1993 Honda Civic sedan. Vehicle was recovered by LASD Altadena.
1:39 AM – A vehicle burglary occurred in the 500 block of Ventura Street. Suspect(s) entered the vehicle via unknown means. Stolen: firearm and other work equipment.
10:27 AM – A theft of landscaping equipment occurred in the 1700 block of N. Holliston Avenue. Stolen: hedge trimmer and weed whacker.
9:00 PM – An assault with a deadly weapon occurred in the 2900 block of El Nido Drive.

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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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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Altadena Resident Jill Adler-Moore Receives LA BioStar Award

Altadena Resident Jill Adler-Moore Receives LA BioStar Award

Jill Adler-Moore, a renowned microbiologist and professor emerita at Cal Poly Pomona, was honored for her research, leadership and years of mentorship during a Cal State LA BioSpace event celebrating emerging entrepreneurs.

The LA BioStar Award was presented to Adler-Moore at the Aug. 13 graduation ceremony for participants of Cal State LA BioStart, an intensive training program for emerging bioscience entrepreneurs. The award recognizes leaders who have made significant contributions that advance the bioscience industry.

Adler-Moore developed AmBisome, a life-saving drug that treats human fungal infections. For more than four decades, she has mentored and trained students as a biological science faculty member at Cal Poly Pomona. She also serves as director for Cal Poly Pomona’s National Institutes of Health RISE program, which helps support students from underrepresented communities advance to successful Ph.D. careers in biomedical research.

At the ceremony, Adler-Moore shared lessons learned throughout her illustrious career in academia, research and industry. She was introduced by Craig LaMunyon, associate dean of academics and research in Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Science.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The Altadena Library Foundation Presents its 3rd Annual Taste of ‘Dena Event

The Altadena Library Foundation Presents its 3rd Annual Taste of ‘Dena Event

 

The Altadena Library Foundation hosts its third annual Taste of ‘Dena event in support of the Altadena Library District on Saturday, September 28, 2019, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. The theme for this year’s fundraiser is “The Magical World of Books”. This popular, lively evening event features wine and beer tastings, an assortment of small bites prepared by area restaurants, a silent auction with unique packages, wine pull and wine toss activities, live music and magic, and more. Funds raised go to support the Altadena Library District and its literacy and accessibility initiatives.

Tickets start at $50 per person and sponsorships at $500. To purchase, or for more information, visit www.altadenalibrary.org/foundation.

Altadena Main Library is located at 600 E. Mariposa Street, Altadena. Limited free parking is available onsite. Street parking, ride-sharing and walking are encouraged!

The Altadena Library Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and enriching the facilities, resources and services of the Altadena Library District through fundraising and advocacy.

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Jazz For You at 1881

Jazz For You at 1881

By LEO ALMONTE

Looking for a new watering hole that’s different?

The 1881 Bar and Lounge in North East Pasadena is a favorite watering hole for eclectics who loves music and cocktails.

A diverse crowd composed of intellectuals, artists, rocket scientists, academics, entertainers, and musicians spend their evenings in 1881 to while away their time enjoying live jazz performers.

“We don’t come here to get drunk or to hit on girls,” said one customer. “We come here to talk to each other, have a good time, and just embrace the community.”

The ambiance makes this jazz bar unique. Many regular patrons come from neighborhoods that are walking distance away from 1881. They prefer to engage in social dialogue and get into insightful conversations with other customers.

The owners of Altadena Ale & Wine House bought 1881 some years back and infused new life to the bar. They upgraded its beverage selection and included classic cocktails,

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Peace, Love and Woodstock

Peace, Love and Woodstock

August 15 will be the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Music & Art Fair in Bethel New York. It started as a music festival, but by the following Sunday, it made history. That’s why on Thursday, August 15, The Roadhouse Series will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock with a special concert at the Coffee Gallery Backstage.

It is now regarded as an important cultural event of the times. With 500,000 people in attendance during the three-day festival, Woodstock remains the most important gathering in music history. The iconic bands read today like a roster of the legendary innovators of their time. They included The Who, Santana, Ten Years After, Janis Joplin, Melanie, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Arlo Guthrie, Richie Havens, Joan Baez, Sly and the Family Stone, The Band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Crosby, Stills and Nash. The documentary film that came out the following year was a box office hit and an Oscar winner.

One overlooked contribution Woodstock brought to music history was the diversity and eclectic nature of the music played over the weekend.

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