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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Altadena Man With Schizophrenia Missing for More Than a Year

Altadena Man With Schizophrenia Missing for More Than a Year

By BRIAN DAY

Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials reached out to the public Tuesday for help in finding a 70-year-old Altadena man suffering from schizophrenia who vanished more than a year ago.

Kenneth “Kip” Christianson was last seen in Pasadena on the morning of Jan. 20, 2020, the Sheriff’s Department said in a written statement.

“Mr. Christianson suffers from schizophrenia. His family has not seen or heard from him in a year. They are very concerned and are asking for the public’s help,” the statement said.

He’s described as white, 5 feet 10 inches tall, about 165 pounds, with blue eyes. As of last year, he had short gray hair. He has a scar on his stomach and three moles on his neck.

Anyone with information was urged to contact the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau’s Missing Persons Unit at (323) 890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.

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Monday, February 1, 2021

Altadena-Based Prospect Park Books is Acquired By Turner Publishing

Altadena-Based Prospect Park Books is Acquired By Turner Publishing

STAFF REPORT

Altadena-based Prospect Park Books has been sold to Turner Publishing Co., according to an announcement released Sunday.

The acquisition, effective Sunday, January 31, comprises more than 100 existing titles and approximately 11 titles in the process of being published. Turner is purchasing the assets of the company, including the titles, inventory, name, and other intellectual property.

In 2006, Colleen Dunn Bates founded Prospect Park Books in Pasadena with the publication of the first edition of Hometown Pasadena. She gradually expanded the title roster to include fiction (including mysteries), cookbooks, humor, memoir, and regional nonfiction.

Although the authors and titles have roots in many states, as well as Canada and France, Prospect Park’s core strength has been in publishing California authors, including Naomi Hirahara, Lian Dolan, Chris Erskine, Christine Moore, Bill Esparza, Phoef Sutton, Gar Anthony Haywood, Charles Phoenix, Marla Jo Fisher, Andy Weinberger, George Geary, Mary Lea Carroll, Sean Carswell, Rachel Harper, Hans Röckenwagner, Gina Fattore, Karen Rizzo, and Lou Mathews.

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Friday, January 29, 2021

LA County Launches Small Business Loan Program

LA County Launches Small Business Loan Program

CITY NEWS SERVICE

The Los Angeles County Development Authority launched a small business loan program today to help prevent job losses and business closures amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pasadena businesses are eligible for the loans, according to
Elisa Vasquez, the development authority’s director of communications and public affairs.

The Small Business Stabilization Loan Program is funded with $10 million from the U.S. Economic Development Administration through a federal COVID-19 relief act.

Loans ranging from $50,000 to $3 million will be given to eligible businesses that have been in operation for at least two years, are seeking working capital, equipment purchases, real estate acquisition, or refinancing of existing loans at higher interest rates.

“The recent surge in COVID-19 cases is once again harming the vitality of small businesses in the county of Los Angeles,” Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis said in previewing the program last week.

“The launch of LACDA’s Small Business Stabilization Loan Program will help guide our local small businesses to recovery and set them on the path to long-term prosperity.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Parolee Arrested Following Brief Pursuit in Altadena

Parolee Arrested Following Brief Pursuit in Altadena

BY BRIAN DAY

Pasadena police arrested a parolee who fled from officers following a brief car chase in Altadena early Wednesday, officials said.

Tristan Jon Taylor, 31, of Glendora, was expected to face charges including violating parole and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.

He had prior convictions in 2008 for attempted murder and assault with a semiautomtic firearm, L.A. County Superior Court records show. He received a 13-year prison sentence in the case. It was not clear Wednesday when he was released.

He was one of five occupants inside a car that Pasadena police tried to pull over for a traffic violation about 12:30 a.m. in the area of Santa Anita Avenue and El Monte Street, just across the city border in Altadena, according to Pasadena police Lt. Sean Dawkins.

The driver fled, initiating a short pursuit that ended less than a minutes later when the fleeing car struck a curb at Santa Rosa Avenue and Colman Street,

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Monday, January 25, 2021

Guest Opinion | Steven Gibson: The California Democratic Party is Electing a New Chair and it’s Important to all Californians

Guest Opinion | Steven Gibson: The California Democratic Party is Electing a New Chair and it’s Important to all Californians

The California Democratic Party will elect a new State Party Chair this coming April and the outcome of this previously obscure party election affects all Californians.  The CDP State Party Chair is both a powerful and influential position in a political party that holds veto-proof super-majorities in both houses of the State Legislature. To a large extent, the Chair determines what kind of candidates, policies, and initiatives the CDP supports.

The Democratic State Central Committee will cast the deciding vote in this important election and currently approximately 1/3 of that delegation is running in the so-called Assembly District Election Meetings.  The ADEMs were created to allow elected citizen activists the opportunity to shape party politics, endorse candidates, and elect State Party officers including the powerful Chair.  They have become increasingly popular with democratic voters over the past four years and there has been a surge of interest that has party officials scrambling to accommodate the thousands of new voters interested to participate in what was once seen as a quiet ceremony only attended by party loyalists.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Guest Opinion | Jennifer Hall Lee: The Four Walls of Learning

Guest Opinion | Jennifer Hall Lee: The Four Walls of Learning

COVID-19 has radically altered how we are living and it’s been ten months since PUSD schools were closed because of the pandemic. It’s certainly exasperating.

Recently, Pasadena Unified School District staff compared student data from the first semester of 2019 to the first semester of 2020. There has been an approximate 10% increase in D’s and F’s and the bulk of them are in grades 6-12. What lies in between those months? Remote learning.

Last week, the PUSD Governing Board held a special meeting to hear a presentation from Assistant Superintendent Dr. Julianne Reynoso entitled, “Opportunities for Improving Student Grades.” Principals from both middle and high schools were also in the meeting.

This proposal, if voted on by the Board on January 28, will do two things: incentivize students to make better grades and mitigate the low grades.

This is the plan: Students who made D’s or F’s in Fall of 2020 will have the opportunity to work with their teachers to raise those grades to a C if the student makes a high grade in this current semester (Spring 2021).

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Guest Opinion | Una Lee Jost: Should the California Democratic Party Be Governed by Politicians or the Grassroots?

Guest Opinion | Una Lee Jost: Should the California Democratic Party Be Governed by Politicians or the Grassroots?

In 2017, everyday people across the state helped California progressives make huge gains in our fight to transform the Democratic Party by winning the overwhelming majority of state delegate seats. This victory led the State Democratic Party to divest from oil, endorse important measures like Medicare for All and rent control, and they helped ensure corporate candidates like Dianne Feinstein who oppose Party values don’t receive party support during their re-election campaigns.

An important election for these state delegate seats is happening again now in our 41st Assembly District that will help determine whether the Party will be governed by politicians or the grassroots.

Every two years, the Party holds ADEM elections in January to elect 14 state party delegates from each of the 80 Assembly Districts in California to represent interests of voters in the district in voting on Party endorsements of candidates, ballot initiatives, platform, etc.

The ADEM election outcomes will help determine whether the Party is a party committed to action on issues such as Medicare For All,

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Saturday, January 16, 2021

Altadena Library Board Seeks Applicants for New Community Facilities District Committee

Altadena Library Board Seeks Applicants for New Community Facilities District Committee

STAFF REPORT

The Altadena Library District Board of Trustees said Friday it is now accepting applications for the newly created seat(s) on the Community Facilities District Committee, which was formed to oversee the assessment and funding of future capital improvement projects.

In August 2020, the Board of Trustees adopted resolutions establishing the Altadena Library District  Community Facilities District (CFD) and deeming it necessary for the CFD to incur a bonded indebtedness to finance capital improvements of certain public facilities if approved by the community in a special election. Measure Z was approved by the community in the November 2020  election by over a 2/3 majority vote, which authorizes the CFD “to levy $0.10/square foot for single-family residences annually, with different rates for other property types, raising approximately  $2,600,000 annually until ended by voters; bond issuance/appropriation limit of $24,000,000;  requiring oversight/audits, low-income exemptions, and all funds staying local,”  (www.altadenalibrary.org/MeasureZ).

This CFD Committee, formed by the Board of Trustees in December 2020,

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Stabbing Suspect Fatally Shot by Deputies in Altadena Identified as Pasadena Man

Stabbing Suspect Fatally Shot by Deputies in Altadena Identified as Pasadena Man

BY BRIAN DAY

[Updated]  Authorities on Tuesday released the identity of a Pasadena man who was shot and killed by deputies after he stabbed an elderly woman, then charged at the deputies with a knife over the weekend in Altadena, authorities said.

Allen Mirzayan, 48, died following the deputy-involved shooting, which took place shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday along Figueroa Drive, at Lincoln Avenue, according to Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner Coroner spokeswoman Sara Ardalani.

Just before the shooting, he had stabbed a 78-year-old woman using a walker in the lower back, Lt. Barry Hall of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau said. A motive for the attack was unclear. Mirzayan and the woman were not believed to have known one another.

Witnesses flagged down a passing deputy and informed him what had just happened, pointing out the suspect and the victim, he said.

Mirzayan turned his aggression toward the deputy and began stabbing at the deputy’s patrol car while he sat inside,

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Monday, January 11, 2021

Man Fatally Shot After Stabbing Woman, Charging Deputies With Knife in Altadena: Officials

Man Fatally Shot After Stabbing Woman, Charging Deputies With Knife in Altadena: Officials

BY BRIAN DAY

Deputies shot and killed a man who investigators say stabbed and wounded a woman before charging the deputies with a knife in Altadena on Sunday afternoon.

The shooting took place just after 4 p.m. in the 2400 block of Figueroa Drive, near Lincoln Avenue, according to Deputy Tracy Koerner of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Information Bureau.

Witnesses flagged down a deputy and directed them to a woman who had just been stabbed by a man, Koerner said in a written statement. The woman was hospitalized with stab wounds to her upper back. An update on her condition was not available.

An additional unit responded and the deputies located the male suspect holding a knife nearby,” he said. “When the deputies attempted to detain the suspect at gunpoint, he raised the knife and charged at the deputies and a deputy-involved shooting occurred.”

Paramedics pronounced the suspect dead at the scene.

No further details were available.

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