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Monday, April 3, 2017

Altadena Library Second Saturday Concert Presents The Louis Van Taylor Quintet

Altadena Library Second Saturday Concert Presents The Louis Van Taylor Quintet

The Altadena Library’s Second Saturday concert season features The Louis Van Taylor Quintet on Saturday April 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Louis Van Taylor’s work with various types of instruments has been featured on numerous television and movie soundtracks. His credits include performances with big names such as Ray Charles, Poncho Sanchez, Gerald Wilson Orchestra to Presently Kool and the Gang. His musical style blends traditional jazz with a variety of genre including Brazilian, Afro-Caribbean, funk and blues.

During Second Saturday performances at the Altadena Library you can listen to great music as you sip beer and wine from The Ale House; savor grilled eats from El Patron and Guerrilla Chef Mateo; and sample delectable desserts from Sweeter Than Honey. Altadena Library also hosts a monthly art show which you can view while dancing the night away.

Altadena Library District, 600 E. Mariposa St., Altadena, (626) 798-0833 or visit www.AltadenaLibrary.org.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Altadena Children’s Center Announces Gala Date, Honorees

Altadena Children’s Center Announces Gala Date, Honorees

The annual fundraising gala, It Takes A Community, for Altadena Children’s Center, will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Lincoln Restaurant. The theme “Beautiful Altadena!” reflects the deeply cherished connection Altadena Children’s Center has to its community.

Honorees Monica Hubbard (founder of Altadena Women’s Network) and Michele Zack (author of Altadena: Between Wilderness and City), treasured members of our beautiful community, remind us of the commitment it takes to create a community worthy of its children.

Begun in 1982, ACC now has children attending whose parents attended! Serving families across generations during the most critical years of their children’s development is a privilege and an obligation. The research about early brain development tells us that by 3 years of age, the brain has grown to 80% of its full adult development. By providing early care and education at ACC for children from 2 months through prekindergarten ACC has the responsibility to maximize the potential of each child by employing best practices for learning for these very young children.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda for April 4, 2017

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda for April 4, 2017

Diane Marcussen, Chair, Altadena Town Council, has issued the agenda for the Land Use Committee meeting for April 4, 2017 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: Diane Marcussen

2. Pledge of Allegiance: LUC Committee Member

3. Roll Call – Pat Sutherlen

4. Approve Meeting Agenda(s) – April 4, 2017

5. Approve Minutes – March 2017

6. Chairman Report – Diane Marcussen

7. Action Items – None

8. Special Presentation and Public Comment

8.1. CSD Fences and Hedges Revisited – As announced at the March Altadena Town Council meeting, Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning has offered Altadena one more review of the Fences and Hedges portion of the revised CSD before it goes the Board of Supervisors hearing. A representative from the Department of Regional Planning will be present to explain the subjects being revisited.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, March 18th

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, March 18th

Sunday, March 12th

3:00 AM – A vehicle burglary occurred in the 80 block of W. Manor Street. Suspect(s) entered the vehicle by shattering the window. Stolen: currency.
12:30 PM – A vehicle burglary occurred in the area of PinecrestDrive and Bowring Drive. Suspect(s) entered the vehicle by shattering the window. Stolen: turquoise wallet, credit cards, and brown glasses.
3:00 PM – A vehicle burglary occurred in the 2600 block of Bowring Drive. Suspect(s) entered the vehicle by shattering the window. Stolen: brown Dolce and Gabbana purse, credit cards, and currency.
9:00 PM – A theft from an unlocked vehicle occurred in the 2200 block of E. Washington Boulevard.

Monday, March 13th

3:40 PM – Jose Avila, 23 years old of Altadena was arrested in the 50 block of W. Mountain View Street for carrying a concealed dirk or dagger.
5:15 PM – A residential burglary occurred in the 900 block of E. Mount Curve Avenue.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, March 11th

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, March 11th

Sunday, March 5th

8:20 AM – Guy Merritt, 62 years old of Pasadena was arrested in the 1000 block of E. Mariposa Street for residential burglary.
6:00 PM – A grand theft from a vehicle occurred in the 800 block of New York Drive. Stolen: black golf club bag containing (4) golf clubs and orange Tom’s sunglasses.
9:00 PM – A vehicle burglary occurred in the 2100 block of Lincoln Avenue. Suspect(s) entered the vehicle by shattering the window. Stolen: white Coach purse, brown Coach backpack, blue leather coat, black jacket, silver MacBook, and Gucci sunglasses.

Monday, March 6th

8:30 PM – A residential burglary occurred in the 2000 block of Mendocino Lane. Suspect(s) entered the residence by shattering the window. Stolen: unknown.

Tuesday, March 7th

4:00 PM – A residential burglary occurred in the 2300 block of Mar Vista Avenue. Suspects attempted to enter the residence by cutting the window screen. Suspects described as three male Hispanic juveniles.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Altadena Sheriff’s Station, Altadena Mountain Rescue Team Investigate Possible Illegal Campfire in Forest

Altadena Sheriff’s Station, Altadena Mountain Rescue Team Investigate Possible Illegal Campfire in Forest

Today at 12:39, Altadena Sheriff’s Station received two calls about a possibly illegal campfire in the forest. The Altadena Mountain Rescue Team was called to help investigate the report, which described a person camping on a trail, with a cooking type fire burning.

The person was reported on the El Prieto Trail, El Prieto Canyon, in the Angeles National Forest. The person camping was located approximately 3/4 of a mile south of Rising Hill Road on the El Prieto trail. The Altadena Mountain Rescue Team loacted and warned the camper, a 52-year-old man, about open fires in the forest and the cutting of trees for firewood. The camper agreed to camp in a designated campsite from now on.

The details of this incident were handed over to the United States Forest Service for follow up. The rules regulating campfires state they are allowed outside of campsites, however a permit is needed as well as a fire extinguisher, shovel,

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries

Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries

As residents prepare to change their clocks on Sunday, March 12, for daylight saving time, the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) reminds everyone to change the batteries in every smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector in their homes.

When properly installed, working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors can mean the difference between life and death.

“A working smoke detector in your home greatly increases your chances of survival during a fire,” says LACoFD Fire Captain Keith Mora. “The device can alert sleeping family members and provide them with critical seconds to escape.”

Carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal; symptoms include severe headache, dizziness, mental confusion, nausea and fainting.

California law requires the installation of carbon monoxide detectors outside of each sleeping area in a home. For maximum protection against carbon monoxide gas, the LACoFD also recommends installing a carbon monoxide detector inside each bedroom.

For more information, visit fire.lacounty.gov, follow us on Twitter!

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, March 4th

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, March 4th

Sunday, February 26th

6:08 AM – A vehicle burglary occurred in the 2100 block of Lincoln Avenue. Suspect described as a male wearing a gray baseball cap, blue-gray sweater and light colored jeans. Suspect was seen leaving the area driving a steel blue Mazda 4-door. Suspect entered the vehicle by shattering the window. No items were stolen.
2:30 PM – Robert Amir, 40 years old of Glendale was arrested in the 2200 block of Lincoln Avenue for petty theft.

Tuesday, February 28th

6:30 AM – A residential burglary occurred in the 1700 block of Skyview Drive. Suspect(s) entered the residence by shattering a window. Stolen: unknown items.

Wednesday, March 1st

10:30 PM – A vehicle vandalism occurred in the 2300 block of Arroyo Boulevard. Damage: shattered window and scratched paint.

Thursday, March 2nd

12:23 PM – A strong armed robbery occurred in the 10 block of W. Woodbury Road. Suspect described as a female,

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Pet Adoption Faire at Altadena Library

Pet Adoption Faire at Altadena Library

The Altadena Library’s Teen Advisory Board hosts a pet adoption event in partnership with The Lifeline for Pets and the Pasadena Humane Society.

Find your new best friend at the Altadena Library Pet Faire. The Faire will be held on April 1st, 2017 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Altadena Library parking lot and community room at 600 E. Mariposa. The Lifeline for Pets and the Pasadena Humane Society will be bringing a variety of cats and dogs that are available for adoption. Even if you aren’t planning to adopt today, feel free to come meet the animals.

Pet adoption is a great way to give yourself an immeasurable gift while giving back to your community. Pets provide emotional support, incentive to exercise, a subject for your social media accounts, and bring joy to your life through their cute ways.

In addition to meeting pets to adopt, you can also purchase lunch from our food vendor Brianna. Spend the morning with your whole family,

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Mark Pestrella New Director of LA County Public Works

Mark Pestrella New Director of LA County Public Works

Mark Pestrella, P.E., was officially sworn in today by the LA County Board of Supervisors to lead the largest municipal public works agency in the United States.

In his capacity as Director of the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works, Pestrella will also serve as the County Engineer, Road Commissioner, and Chief Engineer of the Los Angeles County Flood Control District.

With an annual budget of more than $2.5 billion and a workforce of 4,000 employees, LA County Public Works provides vital public infrastructure and civic services to more than 10 million people across a 4,000-square-mile service area.

Pestrella’s appointment followed a nationwide search that attracted more than 20 highly-qualified applicants. He becomes the sixth director to lead the Department since it was formed in 1985.

Pestrella, a 29-year Department veteran who has held a variety of management positions, said he was humbled by the appointment.

“To be selected to lead this dedicated team of men and women is an incredible honor,” Pestrella said.

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