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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Where to Watch the World Cup if You Live in Altadena

Where to Watch the World Cup if You Live in Altadena

No one should watch the World Cup alone, without friends and fans screaming their enthusiasm, or their frustration, at the giant big screen TV bring all the action right into your lap while you enjoy great drinks, bar food, and the laughter of people you’re proud to call neighbor.

Where is the one place you should go to view all the World Cup Events you ask?

Altadena Ale & Wine House is the answer, and the reason is simple. They will be open, and ready to bring you all the games of the World Cup no matter what time they are showing on the West Coast.

Of course you know that the games this year will be happening in Russia, and that will make for some pretty early games in Altadena, but for those of you who love the game it won’t make any difference. You can come and view these great games on Altadena Ale &

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Altadena Library Director Kittay Given 90-day Contract Extension at Tense Hours-Long Meeting

Altadena Library Director Kittay Given 90-day Contract Extension at Tense Hours-Long Meeting

[Updated]  Concluding a dramatic, sometimes emotional, five-hour-plus Special Meeting of the Altadena Library District Board of Trustees Monday, Altadena Library Director Mindy Kittay was given a 90-day extension of her contract. The Board of Trustees voted for the extension 4-0, with one member, Ira Bershatsky, abstaining.

Kittay’s three-year contract could have been extended for another three years, canceled, or allowed to run out at the end of June, but her temporary victory last night was inconclusive.

“We’ll have to see how this plays out,” said Kittay’s attorney, Dale Gronemeier.

The Trustee Special Meeting was remarkable in several instances:

Attorney Gronemeier presented legal action against the Board in the form a petition filed in Los Angeles Superior Court alleging the Board had violated the Brown Act and injured Kittay.

Following Gronemeier’s presentation of the complaint during the first of numerous appearances before the Board Monday evening, the Board’s outside counsel Ruben Duran, in an unusual move, then instructed the Board to introduce and pass a resolution stating that the Board had “substantially complied” with the Brown Act.

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

County Will Retain Eaton Canyon Golf Course, Pasadena Handover Deal is Dead

County Will Retain Eaton Canyon Golf Course, Pasadena Handover Deal is Dead

Supervisor Kathryn Barger announced Sunday that after some discussion about a possible transfer to the City of Pasadena, the County of Los Angeles will retain ownership of the Eaton Canyon Golf Course and will work to ensure that the facility is maintained at the highest possible standard.

“Our new reputable operator at the course has enabled us to not only provide a valuable recreational resource for the community but also attract a new clientele for the future,” said Supervisor Barger.

Course management, maintenance and the overall quality of the facility has improved dramatically under CourseCo., who will continue as the operator through a contract with Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, Barger’s office said Sunday.

“I am very encouraged by the input I have received by all of the stakeholders and I support giving our golf course an opportunity to succeed and flourish,” Barger added. “I want to invite the community to utilize this course as much as possible.

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Iconic Fox’s Restaurant in Altadena Reopens With New Owners, But Same Neighborhood Charm

Iconic Fox’s Restaurant in Altadena Reopens With New Owners, But Same Neighborhood Charm

Since opening in 1955, Fox’s Restaurant on Lake Avenue in Altadena has served as a neighborhood staple for good eats and no-frills breakfast and lunch.

After longtime family owners put it up for sale last fall, new owners and chefs Paul Rosenbluh and his wife Monique King intend to keep that tradition alive.

Fox’s reopened this week following seven months of revamping, including a new menu featuring signature dishes with familiar flavors and cosmetic upgrades needed after 62 years of operation.

While some change can be good, regulars need have no fear — Fox’s is still the same Fox’s Altadenans have come to know and love.

“Fox’s is like Cheers. Everyone wants to go where someone knows your name,” said Fox’s Restaurant co-owner Paul Rosenbluh.

“I was never going to come in and build a gleaming new sushi bar or anything like that because that’s not what this place is. What this area needs desperately is just a good neighborhood restaurant.

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Altadena Sheriff’s Station Revs Up Annual Car Show Saturday

Altadena Sheriff’s Station Revs Up Annual Car Show Saturday

Attention all car lovers: There will plenty of hot rods and cool wheels to gawk at on Saturday.

The Altadena Station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is holding its annual Car Show on Saturday, June 9, at Farnsworth Park, at 568 Mount Curve Ave. in Altadena, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sponsored by Toyota Pasadena, the car show, now on its sixth year, welcomes all makes and models of cars, including antiques, street rods, and classics; trucks and motorcycles brought in by local area participants. The car show also features live music, vendor booths, food and a DJ.

“We wanted to do something where you get a wide variety of vehicles. You go to some shows, it will be just oldies or Ferraris or just hot rods, whatever it may be,” Sergeant Matthew Bossier told Altadena Now in 2015. “But we want to get the community together and all different people within the community. I think if you love for cars,

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Guest Opinion | Is the Altadena Library Board of Trustees President Holding Office Illegally?

Guest Opinion | Is the Altadena Library Board of Trustees President Holding Office Illegally?

Through no fault of her own, the Altadena Library Board of Trustees President may be holding office illegally.

Betsy Kahn is the current President of the Altadena Library District Board of Trustees; the Board is the governing legislative body for the Altadena Library. She was chosen on March 7 as a Trustee to replace a former Trustee who resigned in January. While the voting to select a Trustee on March 7 occurred in an open public meeting, the voting was anonymous or secret voting – i.e., the Board members voted on ballots, turned them in, and the results were announced without announcing who voted for which candidates. After three rounds of deadlocked anonymous voting, Ms. Kahn was finally selected by a 3-1 vote. Then in April she was elected by the Board as its president to replace former Trustee John McDonald after he also resigned.

Two weeks after Ms. Kahn was selected as Trustee, she notified Mr. McDonald that she believed she had been selected in violation of the Brown Act.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Webster’s Community Pharmacy Named A California Small Business of the Year

Webster’s Community Pharmacy Named A California Small Business of the Year

From STAFF REPORTS

Once a struggling business, Webster’s Community Pharmacy has been named the 41st Assembly District’s Small Business of the Year in recognition of the store’s significance and contribution to the Altadena and Pasadena communities.

Assemblymember Chris Holden is scheduled to present the award to Webster’s owners Meredith and Michael Miller on June 19 at an annual Sacramento luncheon sponsored by the nonprofit California Small Business Association, which sponsors the awards and represents the legislative interests of millions of entrepreneurs around the state. Webster’s will be among dozens of businesses recognized – one for each state Assembly district.

The Millers said they will accept the award on behalf of the community and the loyal customers who helped them turn things around. The honor was announced today at the Altadena Chamber of Commerce meeting.

“With Webster’s, we felt from the beginning that the right combination of innovative merchandising and old-fashioned service could once again make it a jewel of Altadena,” said Michael Miller.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Farnsworth Park Summer Concert Series Announced

Farnsworth Park Summer Concert Series Announced

From STAFF REPORTS

The Rotary Club of Altadena in association with the Sheriff’s Support Group of Altadena is announcing the lineup for the 22nd Annual free Summer Concerts in the beautiful outdoor Amphitheater in Farnsworth Park, 568 E. Mt. Curve Ave., Altadena.

All Concerts are on Saturday evening and start at 7:00 p.m. This year’s season kicks off on July 7th featuring Kenny Sara and the Sounds of New Orleans who have been regulars at the Downtown Disney’s Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen for more than a decade. The July 14th concert will be The Susie Hansen Latin Band, featuring electric violinist and vocalist Susie Hansen playing fiery Latin Jazz and Salsa that will have the audience dancing in the aisles. On July 21st enjoy Lisa Haley and the Zydekats the most joyful Americana/Cajun/Zydeco act on tour today with their heart-moving Louisiana bayou sounds and rhythms. July 28th Mary Jane’s Last Dance will perform their tribute to American Rock & Roll original,

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Saturday, June 2, 2018

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda for June 5, 2018

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda for June 5, 2018

Diane Marcussen, Chair, Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee, has issued the agenda for the Land Use Committee meeting for June 5, 2018 meeting to be conducted at the Altadena Community Center, 730 East Altadena Drive, starting at 7:00 p.m.

1. Call to Order: Justin Robertson

2. Pledge of Allegiance: LUC Committee Member

3. Roll Call: Pat Sutherlen

4. Approve Meeting Agenda(s): June 5, 2018

5. Approve Minutes: May 1, 2018

6. Chairman’s Report: Justin Robertson

6.1. Fences, Walls, and Hedges Registration

7. Action Items – The Committee is expected to take action on the following item(s):

7.1. Parking Permit No. 201300005 / Project No. R2013-01662 – 2230 Lincoln Avenue (Super
King shopping center) – Veronica Jones
7.1.1. Public Comment

8. Presentation Only

8.1. Conditional Use Permit No. 2018001418 / Project No. 2018-001303 – 1901 Allen Avenue (Verizon Wireless CUP) – Dan Harlow
8.1.1.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

What Great Things Can You Buy at the Craft School in Altadena?

What Great Things Can You Buy at the Craft School in Altadena?

By LAUREN SHARKEY

The Craft School is a place where you can learn to discover your talent for making some great stuff, but it is also a place where you can purchase some great stuff as well.

A number of items have been made using vintage fabric. These include bags, coasters and hand towels. There’s also some great gifts for children such as embroidery kits and doll sewing kits,which will keep them busy for days making some great crafts they can pass on to their kids sometime in the future.

If you’re into the art of writing, why not snap up a handmade journal? Or peruse through the selection of vintage-style postcards and notepads, and pick some up lending your communication that air of nostalgia that those receiving will appreciate.

Artists (or those of you wishing you were artists) can also pick up a variety of supplies from watercolors to ink pens perfect for a spot of calligraphy,

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