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Thursday, February 27, 2020
By KEVIN KENNEY, Senior Reporter
The 45-year-old man shot and killed as he drove along an Altadena street on Feb. 16 has been identified, but his killer, as well as the motive behind the shooting, remain unknown, the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department told Pasadena Now on Wednesday.
The L.A. County Coroner identified the man as Tracy LeBlue of Altadena. The coroner’s report said he died of gunshot wounds to the chest and neck.
According to Pasadena Police Department Public Information Officer Lt. William Grisafe, LeBlue was arrested on felony drug charges in 2018 and 2019.
LeBlue also was arrested on a pair of misdemeanor driving matters in Pasadena in 2017, Grisafe said.
One other connection LeBlue had to Pasadena was of a more routine nature – he received a $1,325 payout from the city in 2019 to cover damage his vehicle suffered when it hit a pothole, the city’s public information officer, Lisa Derderian, said Wednesday.
As best as police can piece together for now,Read More »
Thursday, February 27, 2020
Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger authored a motion asking the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors at its March 4 meeting to request funding from the federal government to support the County in addressing the novel coronavirus (COVID-2019) threat.
“Los Angeles County has been diligently working to monitor any potential cases of coronavirus while providing rapid information to the public,” said Supervisor Barger. “This funding is necessary to support our efforts and ensure the ongoing protection of our residents. We will remain vigilant and leave no stone unturned to limit the potential spread of the virus.”
Since January, the Department of Public Health (DPH) has been coordinating response activities throughout Los Angeles County and planning for the additional cases and possible local transmission. This response requires enormous resources to support coordination with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), implementation of federal directives to quarantine and monitor high-risk and medium-risk travelers; training for health care providers and first responders;Read More »
Thursday, February 20, 2020
By KEVIN KENNEY, Senior Reporter
While the suspect in Sunday’s fatal shooting in Altadena remains unknown, authorities believe the dead man may have been targeted and not a random victim, a sheriff’s deputy said.
“At this point, there’s no clear motive, but what I can say is that … it doesn’t appear to be a random act, just an innocent percent walking down the street and someone starts shooting at him at 1 o’clock in the afternoon,’’ Lt. Alex Canchola of the Altadena sheriff’s station said Tuesday night during his public safety report to the Altadena Town Council.
“So we don’t believe it’s any type of a random act and there’s somebody out there indiscriminately shooting at cars that are going by. We’re not concerned about that.’’
The victim remains identified only as a 45-year-old black man, pending notification of next of kin.
According to Canchola, “On Sunday, at approximately 1 o’clock, our station received a call of shots fired and a person down in the 500 block of Figueroa.Read More »
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Altadena Library District Introduces Book Selection for Read-A-Dena, Upcoming One Community, One Book Initiative
The Altadena Library District is honored to announce its first annual Read-a-Dena book selection, Wild LA: Explore the Amazing Nature In and Around Los Angeles by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Lila Higgins and Gregory B. Pauly with Jason G. Goldman and Charles Hood. Read-a-Dena is the Altadena Library District’s new community-wide reading initiative launching in March 2020.
“While perhaps an untraditional pick for a ‘One Community, One Book’ reading initiative, Wild LA celebrates the unique spirit of Altadena, which has nature deeply engrained in its history and identity,” says District Director Nikki Winslow. “The Altadena we know and love is adventurous, curious, and connected to the splendor of our local landscape. Wild LA offers something for everyone, from passive nature observers to the more active explorers in our community.”
Throughout the months of March, April, and May 2020, 50 free copies of Wild LA will be available at both the Main Library and Bob Lucas Branch for the public to pick up,Read More »
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
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 _______________________________________ Dr. Sandra Thomas, Alt. Town Council
Introduction Billy Malone
1.2 Roll Call _________________________________________________ Veronica Jones
1.3 Approve February 18, 2020 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 January 21, 2020 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 Altadena Fire _____________________________________________ Maria Grycan
3.4 CERT ____________________________________________________ Deb Halberstadt
4.Read More »
Friday, February 7, 2020
Sunday, January 26th
10:34 AM – A battery occurred in the 2900 block of El Nido Avenue. Suspects have been identified.
2:15 PM – A domestic violence incident occurred in the 700 block of Coleman St. Suspect was taken into custody.
Monday, January 27th
12:00 PM – A residential burglary occurred in the 200 block of W. Mountain View Street. Suspect was taken into custody and the investigation is on-going.
11:42 PM – A commercial burglary occurred in the 2300 block of Lincoln Avenue. Suspect entered the location via unknown means. Stolen: hair clippers and attachments, scissors, hair pomades and currency.
Tuesday, January 28th
12:55 AM – A domestic violence incident occurred in the 1500 block of N. Allen Avenue. Suspect has been identified.
9:00 PM – A vehicle vandalism occurred in the 2900 block of El NidoDrive. Vehicle damage: scratched throughout body of vehicle.
Between 9:30 PM and 11:40 PM – A vehicle burglary occurred in the 2100 block of Lincoln Avenue.
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Brand Orbit, one of the longest and most successful boutique marketing agencies in Southern California, has been officially recognized for its more than 50 years of achievements by the County of Los Angeles with an official scroll presented by Supervisor Kathryn Barger.
In a colorful ceremony at the Altadena Community Center, the county cited the firm’s staying power in a typically volatile industry (52 years), its 42 years of job creation in the county and its award-winning campaigns for a wide variety of regional and national clients.
Present for the honors were Brand Orbit’s founder, Edward Beckett, and its president, Sharon Bailey Beckett, who said the “keys to our success are about developing trustworthy relationships with staff and clients and staying current with the digital age by leveraging new and emerging technologies and trends.”
For an ad agency to last 52 years is an anomaly, according to Beckett, a managing partner and member of the Pasadena Angels investment group. Citing statistics from the U.S.Read More »
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Authorities arrested 11 people and recovered three firearms while searching illegal marijuana dispensaries in Altadena, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced Monday.
The searches took place during the last two weeks of January at two dispensaries within the Altadena township area, according to the sheriff’s Altadena station.
A post by LASD Deputy Dan Paige said two different search warrant operations were conducted by the LASD’s Narcotics Bureau, assisted by Altadena Station Detective Bureau members. The searches were conducted at two locations along Fair Oaks Drive.
The 11 people, several of whom were believed to be employees of the illegal marijuana dispensaries, were arrested for a variety of crimes, deputies reported.
Authorities also recovered a “large sum of money,” “eatable” and “vapeable” marijuana products, and three firearms, one of which was confirmed stolen, deputies said.
The LASD said anyone who sees activity that appears to be suspicious or criminal in nature should contact the Altadena Sheriff’s Station at (626) 798-1131,Read More »
Saturday, February 1, 2020
Diane Marcussen, Chair, Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee, has issued the agenda for the Land Use Committee meeting for February 4, 2020 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) – February 4, 2020
5. Approve Minutes – December 3, 2019
6. Chairman Report – Diane Marcussen
7. Action Items – The Committee is expected to take action on this item.
7.1 Rayuela School, 2121 N. Garfield Ave, Project #2018-003928(5), CUP #RPPL2018006181
To allow the operation of a child care center with up to 49 children on 2 lots – Applicant Maria Garcia
Pat Sutherlen, Nick Santangelo
7.1.1. Public Comment
8. Presentation Only
9. General Public Comment: During the Public Comment period,Read More »
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Sunday, January 12th
11:24 PM – A grand theft from a vehicle occurred in the 300 block of W. Harriet Street. Stolen: 2002 Ford F350 catalytic converter.
Monday, January 13th
1:30 AM – A vehicle was reported stolen from the 90 block of E. Altadena Drive. Vehicle described as a red 2018 Dodge Charger 4 door.
8:05 AM – A vehicle was reported stolen from the 1700 block of La Paz Road. Vehicle described as a white 2005 Ford E450. Vehicle was recovered by LAPD Hollenbeck Division on 1/15/2020.
12:30 PM – A vehicle burglary occurred in the 800 block of Figueroa Drive. Suspect(s) entered the vehicle via unknown means. Stolen: silver iPod, red iPod, blue sunglasses, and silver necklaces.
Tuesday, January 14th
7:52 AM – A vehicle was reported stolen from the 700 block of Figueroa Drive. Vehicle described as a blue 2018 Honda Odyssey. Vehicle was recovered by LAPD Hollywood Division on 1/15/2020.Read More »