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Monday, April 4, 2016

Jane “Desdy” Kellogg Baggott, 90, Owner of Altadena Stables Has Passed Away

Jane “Desdy” Kellogg Baggott, 90, Owner of Altadena Stables Has Passed Away

[Editor’s note:  This story originally reported an incorrect birthdate for Desdy Kellogg. We offer our sincerest apologies to the family. That date has now been corrected.]

Jane “Desdy” Kellogg Baggott, owner of Altadena Stables, has passed away. She was 90.

On April 1, an entry on Altadena Stables’ Facebook page announced her passing on March 31, 2016.

“A sad day for Altadena Stables, Desdy Kellogg-Baggott, passed yesterday,” the post said. “Her compassion for others, incredible horsemanship, and artist skills, will be missed and never forgotten.”

Desdy Kellogg Baggott was born as Jane Catherine Jackson in La Jolla, California on November 6, 1926, to William and Helen Jackson. She once said of La Jolla, “I was born there so long ago that the most controversial issue in town was whether or not to remove the horse watering trough from the center of Girard Avenue.”

Janell Gruss, barn manager at Altadena Stables, said Desdy Baggott has been an accomplished horse woman most of her life.

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Friday, April 1, 2016

Rise of Hikers in Springtime Leads to Increase in Stranded Hikers

Rise of Hikers in Springtime Leads to Increase in Stranded Hikers

Springtime is here.

Just ask Sgt. Tom Crosswhite of the sheriff’s Altadena station.

According to Crosswhite, an indication of the seasonal change is an uptake in hikers stranded above the mountains in Altadena.

“We get about three a week,’’ he said. “They go hiking, get to a higher elevation, become disoriented and sometimes dehydrated. They underestimate the terrain and they us call for help. We get a lot of people this time of year, and into the summer.”

Such was the case of four hikers who became lost in the area of Tom Sloan Ridge above Altadena on Thursday.

One of the stranded hikers called into the sheriff’s Altadena station about 4:25 p.m. Thursday to report that they were stranded and dehydrated due to having little water, Crosswhite said.

“They were stranded at a higher elevation,” he said.

A sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team, about an hour later, was able to located the hikers and a helicopter took them to lower elevation at Farnsworth Park.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, March 26th

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, March 26th

Sunday, March 20th

12:25 PM – Rhonda Hopkins, 24 years old of Altadena was arrested in the 2100 block of El Sereno Avenue for residential burglary, receiving stolen property, and theft of utility services.
4:10 PM – A petty theft occurred in the 1300 block of N. Altadena Drive. Suspect(s) stole a cellphone that was left in the restroom. Stolen: black Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

Tuesday, March 22nd

1:00 AM – A burglary from a storage shed occurred in the 1900 block of E. Washington Boulevard. Suspect(s) entered the shed via unknown means. Stolen: gray suitcase, baby clothing, documents.
8:45 AM – A vehicle was reported stolen from the 100 block of E. Las Flores Drive. Vehicle stolen: gold 2004 Honda Accord 4 door.
11:25 PM – Kevin Berry, 37 years old of Altadena was arrested in the 1700 block of N. Holliston Avenue for domestic violence.

Wednesday, March 23rd

9:50 PM – Edwin Muniz,

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Collaborative Group Holds Parent, Teacher Forum to Discuss School District Issues

Collaborative Group Holds Parent, Teacher Forum to Discuss School District Issues

Collaborate PASadena — the “A” is for “Altadena” — continued its ongoing dialogue with local parents Tuesday evening at McKinley Elementary with its “Parent Voice Workshop.”

Collaborate PASadena is a school-city-community work plan aimed at streamlining and bettering services for children and families in Altadena, Sierra Madre and Pasadena.

The event was the first in a series of free parent engagement forums which are designed to deepen connections between parents and to provide them with ideas, relationships and avenues to help them to better navigate the challenges of parenting.

According to Mercy Santoro, Associate Superintendent of the Pasadena Unified School District, the evening was designed to “engage parents to help improve their own skills and abilities to lead parents’ organizations and groups.”

“Tonight,” she continued, “is centered around the district’s understanding of key issues from parents that will help the Pasadena School District better service its students.”

The plan was born as the School/City/Community Work Plan in 2013,

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Altadena Public Library Continues Its Latino American Grant Award Programming with a Grand Finale Celebration: Celebrating Roots, A Latino Cultural Arts Festival

Altadena Public Library Continues Its Latino American Grant Award Programming with a Grand Finale Celebration: Celebrating Roots, A Latino Cultural Arts Festival

On Saturday, May 14th from Noon to 8:00 p.m. the Altadena Library District will conclude its Latino American Grant award programming with a day-long festival. This Grand Finale Celebration is themed:  “Celebrating Roots”.

Altadena Library will host a Latino Cultural Arts Festival featuring:

Booths: 30+ Latino artists’ booths plus additional booths for non-profits that support the Latino Community.

MC for the day: Mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzman, Associate Artist of the Los Angeles Music Center Opera, she performs as a principal artist with many of the world’s finest companies including the Metropolitan Opera, Kennedy Center Opera, Washington Opera, Seattle Opera, the Grand Théâtre in Geneva, and at the Edinburgh Festival. 2012 Hispanic Scholarship Foundation’s “Mentor of the Year Award”, 2012 Spirit of California Award from the California State Latino Legislative Caucus, 2013 Mexican American Foundation’s Woman of the Year.

Music: José-Luis Orozco (Grammy Nominated) & musicians from the band Quetzal (Grammy Winning) will present a children/family music program. Two 45-minute sets.

Storyteller: Born and raised in East Los Angeles,

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

County Officials Will Act to Allay Residents Fears About 5-Mile Pipeline to be Dug Through Altadena

County Officials Will Act to Allay Residents Fears About 5-Mile Pipeline to be Dug Through Altadena

[Editor’s note: This article originally misstated the address for the Altadena Community Center. The correct address is 730 E. Altadena Drive, Altadena. ]

Los Angeles County officials are expected during a Tuesday evening public meeting at the Altadena Community Center to answer questions and address the concerns of Altadena residents about a planned 2018 construction of a five-mile long pipeline intended to bring much-needed water to local communities.

Officials will explain during today’s 7:30 p.m. meeting at the center, at 730 E. Altadena Drive, that the Stormwater Flood Management Project will divert excess flows from Devil’s Gate Dam and Reservoir to the Eaton Wash Spreading Grounds refilling an aquifer used by several local communities — including but not limited to Altadena — as a water supply source.

And, as of now, any environmental or aesthetic impact to the community is unclear, according to Keith Lilley of the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works’ Water Resources Division.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

New Parent Support Circle in Altadena

New Parent Support Circle in Altadena

The Village Family Support Services has launched a new Parent Support Circle in Altadena, now holding sessions every Wednesday at the Loma Alta Park at 3330 Lincoln Avenue.

The circle launched last March 23 and will go on until May 25, 2016. Sessions for the Altadena Parents Circle are from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Xochitl Palomera, Parent Support Circle Coordinator at The Village Family Services, says the project is an initiative to reduce isolation among parents and connect them to programs, free courses and events in Los Angeles county that will help support raising healthy children.

“Sometimes parents will encounter different challenges when raising their children,” Palomera says. “Sometimes it’s behavior challenges, or they have children with special needs, or they’re just financial struggles. Sometimes it’s hard to admit that you need help, that you need some type of support. So we at Parents Support Circle create a space where parents can come, feel safe to share their experiences and in that process of sharing,

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Friday, March 25, 2016

Altadena Public Library Presents Top Waterfall Hikes in the San Gabriel Valley with Laura Randall, Author of 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Los Angeles

Altadena Public Library Presents Top Waterfall Hikes in the San Gabriel Valley with Laura Randall, Author of 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Los Angeles

On Tuesday, May 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Barbara J. Pearson Community Room of the Main Library.

The San Gabriel Mountains offer dozens of waterfalls within easy reach: some are hidden and undiscovered, while others are busy all the time. Laura Randall, author of 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Los Angeles, has been exploring the trails that lead to them all year, many in the days following this winter’s El Nino storms. Join her as she talks about some of her favorite discoveries, which ones are best for beginner hikers and which ones will appeal to the more adventurous, and how she learned to stop worrying about crowds and embrace the camaraderie of a busy trail.

A native of suburban Philadelphia, Laura Randall lived in Washington, D.C., and San Juan, Puerto Rico, before moving to the Los Angeles area in 1999. Her byline can be found in a variety of newspapers and consumer magazines, including the Los Angeles Times,

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Friday, March 25, 2016

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, March 19th

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, March 19th

Sunday, March 13th

No significant incidents to report.

Monday, March 14th

8:00 AM – An attempt auto theft was reported from the 1000 block of Concha Street. No suspect description.
3:00 PM – A residential burglary occurred in the 2100 block of El Sereno Avenue. Suspects entered the location by prying the garage door. Suspects described as a female Black, 20 years old and a male Black, 40 years old. Stolen: green Diamond Back mountain bike,
11:51 PM – An armed robbery occurred in the 2100 block of Lincoln Avenue. Suspect described as a male Black wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, glasses, and a mask, armed with a black handgun. No injuries.

Tuesday, March 15th

4:42 PM – A commercial burglary occurred in the 400 block of E. Woodbury Road. Suspect described as a female Hispanic, 40 years old, heavy-set. Stolen: black purse containing currency and identification.
9:25 PM – A shoplifting incident occurred in the 700 block of E.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Altadena’s The Coffee Gallery Changes Owners, but the Gallery Backstage Stays On

Altadena’s The Coffee Gallery Changes Owners, but the Gallery Backstage Stays On

Altadena’s iconic Coffee Gallery on Lake Avenue has changed ownership after previous owner Julie Sandoval decided to move to another state and sell the building and the business. Bob Stane, who operates the entertainment venue at the back – The Coffee Gallery Backstage – is staying on.

The new owners of the Coffee Gallery are Jimmy and Irene Chen, who can often be seen on the premises.

Florante “Fly” Manglicmot, barista-turned-manager, said today the Chens are doing some renovation work which may take “a couple of months,” but after that, they’ll be relaunching with a new brand of coffee called Counter Culture, and lunch items will be expanded to feature made-to-order sandwiches, salads and daily soup specials.

Ice cream will be Fosselmans, Manglicmot said, and pastry offerings will be moved to an artisanal range.

Gallery Backstage proprietor Bob Stane said his venue will also benefit from some repainting and fixing up. Meantime, Stane expects to remain open to continue featuring his slate of eclectic music shows,

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