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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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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Altadena Guild of Huntington Hospital Announces 67th Annual Home Tour: Put Pep in Your Step on Pepper

Altadena Guild of Huntington Hospital Announces 67th Annual Home Tour: Put Pep in Your Step on Pepper

The Altadena Guild of Huntington Hospital will hold it’s 67th annual Home Tour on Sunday May 6, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This year’s theme is “Put Pep in your step on Pepper”. A fiesta theme and vibe will be celebrated throughout the tour.

The tour includes five beautiful homes, complimentary drink and dessert in the “Hacienda Garden”. Enjoy sandwiches, small bites, festive snacks and a wide variety of beverages including beer, wine, and cocktails at “La Cantina”. You can sit and enjoy food, drinks and listen to live music while taking in the beautiful views of mountains. There will be homemade bakery treats sold at the “The Pan Dulce” booth and roaming carts.

Along the street will be local vendors selling fine art, jewelry, clothing, hats and purses. A vintage car club will have their cars on display as well as live music throughout the event. A special performance by a local LA Folklorico and Mariachi group begins at noon.

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Local Woman Wins “Crown for a Purpose” Award at Ms. America Pageant 2018

Local Woman Wins “Crown for a Purpose” Award at Ms. America Pageant 2018

Dr. Dawn Mooney Digrius of Altadena was awarded the “Crown for a Purpose” award at the MS. AMERICA® PAGEANT, held on March 10, 2018 at the Queen Mary, Long Beach, CA. She competed as Ms. Greater California America 2018.

Mooney Digrius, a resident of Altadena since 2016, works as Executive Director for STEM Advantage, a 501c3 based in Southern California.

The Special Award, “Crown for a Purpose” recognizes a contestant who uses her title for a purpose to “make a difference.” Dr. Mooney Digrius makes a difference by supporting educational equity through her platform, Educate to Elevate and made thirty (30) appearances as Ms. Greater California America 2018 in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

About Ms. America® Pageant Inc.

The Ms. America® Pageant is a California Limited Liability Corporation that currently owns and runs the Ms. International™, Ms. America®, Ms. America® International, and Miss Pacific U.S. beauty contests. CEO of the Ms. America® Pageant Inc. is Susan Jeske from Orange County,

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Monday, March 19, 2018

“Lost Trails of the Altadena Foothills” Unveiled by Historian Paul Ayers April 23 at Altadena Historical Society

“Lost Trails of the Altadena Foothills” Unveiled by Historian Paul Ayers April 23 at Altadena Historical Society

Once-popular trails in the front range of the San Gabriel Mountains that have fallen into disrepair or disappeared will be rediscovered by historian Paul Ayers in a 7:30 p.m. Monday April 23 program at the Altadena Historical Society.

The program, which is free and open to the public, will be in the Community Center, 730 E. Altadena Drive. The Community Center is immediately west of the Sheriff’s Station and south of Rite-Aid.

Ayers, an attorney and San Gabriels historian, will illustrate his talk with some of the scores of vintage photographs and postcards he has collected over 25 years of researching and restoring Altadena trails.

He will share his research methods, which include using historic aerial photographs, old maps, trail artifacts, and personal exploration.

Altadena Historical Society has endorsed Ayers’s ongoing project of locating once-popular campsites that flourished across the front range of the San Gabriels, but have mostly reverted to a natural state.

The society,

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Five Acres Installs New Board and Executive Committee, Celebrates “Five Acres Day”

Five Acres Installs New Board and Executive Committee, Celebrates “Five Acres Day”

Five Acres’ new board of directors, from left to right: Sue McGuirl, Don Boline, Scott Street, Kelley Bannon Lashley, Sam Greenberg, Christianne Kerns, Marie Claire Moulet, Nicole Rodger, Donald E. Bishop, Rustin Mork and Chanel Boutakidis.

Altadena-based nonprofit Five Acres inducted new board and executive committee members at its annual board celebration on March 14, 2018 at Altadena Town and Country Club. The nonprofit also recognized departing board members for their work and awarded major advocates of Five Acres’ mission of child and family welfare.

Departing board members included Ryan Dietz, former board chair, as well as Chantal Bennett, Keri Crowell, Peter Diedrich, Paul Maurin, John Reith, Carol Williams and Bill Wishner.

Joining the board were new members Marie Claire Moulet, Sam Greenberg and Nicole Rodger. Inducted executive committee members included Christianne Kerns as incoming board chair, Rustin Mork as board secretary, Donald E. Bishop as vice chair finance, Kelley Bannon Lashley as vice chair advancement, Sue McGuirl as vice chair nominating and John Reith as vice chair audit.

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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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Friday, March 9, 2018

Pussyhat Project Co-Founder Krista Suh Talks About Women’s Rights and Her New Book at Altadena Event Saturday

Pussyhat Project Co-Founder Krista Suh Talks About Women’s Rights and Her New Book at Altadena Event Saturday

Krista Suh, co-founder of the Pussyhat Project, a social movement focused on raising awareness about women’s issues and advancing human rights, will sign copies of and discuss her new book, “DIY Rules for a WTF World: How to Speak Up, Get Creative and Change the World,” this Saturday, March 10, from 2 to 5 p.m., at Webster’s Community Pharmacy, 2450 N. Lake Avenue in Altadena.

Millions of protesters took part in the Women’s March on January 21 last year. That event showed a “sea of pink” which came from knitted “pussyhats,” now a symbol of resistance and persistence especially among women.

Suh grew up locally and graduated from Polytechnic School.

As a matter of fact, the Pussyhat Project has now become a global women’s movement, where women young and old, rich and poor, wear the hand-made knitted caps and march arm-in-arm in solidarity for women’s rights and in protest against the rhetoric used toward women and minorities.

The idea of the pussyhat came in late 2016 when Suh touched base with her friend Jayna Zweiman,

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Hiker Injured in Fall Tells Searchers He Was in Mountains 5 Days Before Rescue

Hiker Injured in Fall Tells Searchers He Was in Mountains 5 Days Before Rescue

In mountains north of Altadena on Wednesday night, the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team located a stranded, injured hiker who told rescuers he had been waiting for help in the unusually cold weather for five days.

The unidentified man in his 30’s had injuries suffered during a fall, authorities said.

A video news crew reported the temperature near the rescue was 35 degrees at the time the hiker was found.

Rescuers found the man in an area totally void of any hiking trails at approximately 9:30 p.m. after people on horseback told the Sheriff’s Department they heard someone yelling for help off Chaney Trail above Altadena at 6:40 p.m.

The Altadena Mountain Rescue Team responded and scoured the hillside. Rescue team crews could hear the man, but his cries were so faint they could not easily determine his location.

Two helicopters, one from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the other from the Los Angeles County Fire Department,

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Reward Extended in Altadena Murder Case

Reward Extended in Altadena Murder Case

The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion by Supervisor Kathryn Barger reestablishing a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of a suspect or suspects responsible for the murder of Marcus Nieto.

Nieto’s body was discovered on the Altadena Crest horse trail by two riders on horseback on February 16, 2013. Investigators have confirmed that Marcus Nieto left his residence to visit an acquaintance in Pomona but may have returned to the Covina/Azusa area at some point before he went missing. The Medical Examiner-Coroner has determined the mode of death to be a homicide. The $20,000 reward offer approved by the Board in April, 2014 has since expired.

Supervisor Barger encourages anyone with information about this heinous crime to contact Sergeant Robert J. Gray at (323) 890-5500.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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