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Monday, July 2, 2018

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda for July 3, 2018

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda for July 3, 2018

Diane Marcussen, Chair, Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee, has issued the agenda for the Land Use Committee meeting for July 3, 2018 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) – July 3, 2018

5. Approve Minutes –June 5, 2018

6. Chairman Report – Diane Marcussen

6.1. Fences, Walls and Hedges Registration – Please register your non-conforming

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

7.1. 1901 Allen- Verizon CUP Renewal/Generator Add – Daniel Harlow
7.1.1. Public Comment

8. Presentation Only

8.1.1. Project No. PM064462– Subdivision of 3572 Canyon Ridge Dr. (aka 3511 Lincoln Ave.) Public Comment

9. General Public Comment: During the Public Comment period,

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Jan Sanders to Speak at Neighbors Building a Better Altadena (NBBA) Meeting on June 23

Jan Sanders to Speak at Neighbors Building a Better Altadena (NBBA) Meeting on June 23

From STAFF REPORTS

Jan Sanders, retired director of the Pasadena Public Libraries and former president of the American Library Association, will be the guest speaker at the June 23 Neighbors Building a Better Altadena (NBBA) meeting at the Altadena Community Center, 730 E Altadena Drive, just west of the Altadena Sheriff Station. Check-in and coffee at 9 a.m. The business meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Jan will be discussing the roles and responsibilities of library trustees in the rapidly changing library world. Other NBBA business will follow Jan’s presentation and Q&A.

NBBA meetings are open to the public and all are welcome.

For more information about Neighbors Building a Better Altadena (NBBA), email mail@BuildingABetterAltadena.org, (626) 344-7806 or visit www.buildingabetteraltadena.org.

For more information about the Altadena Library District Board of Trustees, visit https://www.altadenalibrary.org/about-board.

 

Timeline of Events

October 29, 2014 –

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Assemblymember Chris Holden Recognizes Webster’s Community Pharmacy as 41st Assembly District’s “Small Business of the Year”

Assemblymember Chris Holden Recognizes Webster’s Community Pharmacy as 41st Assembly District’s “Small Business of the Year”

In a ceremony in Sacramento, Assemblymember Chris Holden honored Webster’s Community Pharmacy as “Small Business of the Year” for the 41st Assembly District. Webster’s owners Meredith and Michael Miller received the recognition during the Annual Small Business of Year Luncheon organized by the California Small Business Association.

“When it comes to a small business making a positive impact in the community, you couldn’t find anyone better than Webster’s Community Pharmacy,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden.

Webster’s employs 25 people, many of whom live in Altadena, and strives to support other businesses in the community such as local printers, graphic designers and even produce vendors. The award also recognizes Webster’s Pharmacy’s involvement in civic affairs and local organizations such as Altadena Heritage, the Altadena Historical Society, and Young and Healthy, as well as numerous non-profits and schools.

Nineteen small businesses from throughout the 41st Assembly District were nominated this year by the community. Past recipients of the recognition reviewed the nominations, provided feedback,

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Altadena’s Air Quality Ranked Healthiest in L.A. County

Altadena’s Air Quality Ranked Healthiest in L.A. County

 

A recent USC study found Altadenan’s enjoy the healthiest air quality in L.A. County.

The community was ranked number one for air quality, based on the amount of time residents and visitors spend breathing air that’s low in dangerous particle pollution, according to Gabriel Kahn, a professor of professional practice at USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism.

“So, yes, some bragging rights are in order,” he said.

Small particles in the air have been declining at the nationwide level for three decades, with pollution levels dropping by around half in many areas, the study found. But L.A. ranks among the worst.

The professor cautioned against over-simplifying the matter.

“Air quality and lung health are both complicated issues, and we don’t want to reduce it to just clean (versus) dirty. However, in looking over a lot of data, we can say that air quality levels are generally better in (Altadena).”

So just how tiny are these harmful particles?

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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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