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Friday, September 27, 2019

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, September 21st

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, September 21st

Sunday, September 15th

1:00 AM – A spousal battery occurred in the 2100 block of N. Hill Avenue. Suspects were taken into custody.
Between 4:00 AM and 5:40 AM – A vehicle burglary occurred in the 2100 block of N. Lincoln Avenue. Suspect(s) entered the vehicle by shattering the window. Stolen: black Herschel backpack, green backpack, black cellphone charger and currency.
4:20 PM – A vehicle was reported stolen from the 500 block of W. Palm Street. Vehicle described as a black 2004 Toyota Tacoma. Vehicle was recovered the same day by LASD Altadena.

Monday, September 16th

6:02 PM – An assault with a deadly weapon occurred in the area of Allen Avenue and Oakwood Street. Suspect was taken into custody.

Tuesday, September 17th

Between 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM – A residential burglary occurred in the 400 block of Wapello Street. Suspect(s) entered the residence by cutting the window screen. Stolen: gold ring with ruby,

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Altadena Library District Announces New District Director

Altadena Library District Announces New District Director

The Altadena Library District today announced that its Board of Trustees has appointed Nikki Winslow to District Director, effective November 4, 2019. Winslow succeeds Interim District Director Cindy Cleary, who has led the Altadena Libraries since February 2019.

About the transition, Cleary said, “My work over the past several months has been focused on establishing a more stable foundation for our District, upon which my replacement can build. I am proud of what the Trustees and staff have accomplished during my tenure and feel confident that Ms. Winslow’s breadth of experience makes her the ideal candidate to keep the Altadena Libraries moving forward with positive momentum.”

Ms. Winslow has more than 14 years of experience innovating in library systems. She graduated from University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 2001 and from the University of North Texas with a Master’s of Library and Information Science in 2005. Her most recent post was Assistant Director for the Glendale Library,

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, September 14th

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, September 14th

Sunday, September 8th

Between 6:00 AM and 5:00 AM (Monday) – A vehicle burglary occurred in the 2000 block of Summit Avenue. Suspect(s) entered the vehicle by shattering the window. Stolen: handicap placard.
8:40 PM – Frances Banuelos, 21 years old of Pasadena was arrested in the area of Lake Avenue and Atchison Street for possession of a controlled substance.

Monday, September 9th

Between 12:00 AM and 10:00 AM – A vehicle vandalism occurred in the 700 block of E. Woodbury Road. Vehicle damage: shattered window.
2:50 PM – An assault with a deadly weapon occurred in the 2500 block of Fair Oaks Avenue. Suspect were taken into custody.
3:39 PM – A commercial vandalism occurred in the 2900 block of El NidoDrive. Suspect was taken into custody.
Between 7:00 PM and 6:00 AM (Tuesday) – A vehicle vandalism occurred in the 600 block of E. Woodbury Road. Vehicle damage: shattered window.

Tuesday, September 10th

Between 2:50 PM and 4:30 PM – A package theft occurred in the 300 block of Mariposa Street.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Local Lawmakers Tout Rent Control, ADU Reforms, School Later Start, and Teacher Raises, in Town Hall Meeting

Local Lawmakers Tout Rent Control, ADU Reforms, School Later Start, and Teacher Raises, in Town Hall Meeting

State Senator Anthony Portantino (D-25) touted his bill to start the California school day a little later, and Fifth District County Supervisor Kathryn Barger pledged to look at more ways to minimize the impact of the Hahamongna “Big Dig” sediment removal project.

Both politicians appeared before a packed auditorium Saturday morning at a joint “Town Hall” meeting at Altadena Elementary Arts Magnet school to discuss a wide variety of subjects ranging from parking to the Dodgers.

Portantino, battling a cold, had just left a long “last day” session of the State Legislature at three a.m. hours before, and boarded a 6:15 am flight to Burbank. But he was also eager to discuss his bill to deal with the 710 Freeway “stub” in Pasadena.

His bill, SB 2, provides a specific provision to allow Pasadena to claim and develop the portion of the freeway near California Boulevard. The bill would also give the City the ability to negotiate with Caltrans the fate of a number of nearby houses and properties,

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for September 17, 2019

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for September 17, 2019

Okorie Ezieme, Chair, Altadena Town Council has issued the agenda for the Council’s September 17, 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 _______________________________________ Altadena Foothills 4H Club
Introduction, Victoria Knapp
1.2 Roll Call _________________________________________________ Veronica Jones
1.3 Approve September 17, 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 August 20, 2019 Meeting Minutes
2.4 Treasurer ________________________________________________ Jennifer Lee
2.5 Corresponding Secretary ___________________________________ Dorothy Wong

3. PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS

3.1 California Highway Patrol ___________________________________ Officer Cooper
3.2 Altadena Sheriff’s Station ___________________________________ Captain Marjory Jacobs
3.3 Map Your Neighborhood _____________________________________ Karen Gibson
3.4 CERT _____________________________________________________ Deb Halberstadt

4.

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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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