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Thursday, April 23, 2015

School Board Meets Tonight, Will Consider Laying Off 30 Staff

School Board Meets Tonight, Will Consider Laying Off 30 Staff

Declining student enrollment, departmental restructuring and the loss of categorical and other funding is prompting the Pasadena Unified School District to consider issuing lay off notices to a number of District employees at the School Board’s Thursday meeting this week, a District spokesperson said.

The item before the Board at the Thursday meeting would advise 30 employees that they could be laid off.

PasadenaLEARNS, which offers after school and summer school programs, would be hardest hit, with 20 positions slated for possible elimination.

Last year PasadenaLEARNs served students daily at Eliot, Altadena, Marshall Fundamental, Pasadena High School and 19 other district school sites, according to the district’s websites.

The layoff action comes as one of a number agenda items to be heard tonight. Also on the agenda for approval is a new evaluation system to analyze the competence of all district administrators.

Yolanda Mendoza, Pasadena Unified’s Chief Human Resources Officer, said on the agenda that this new Administrative Evaluation System ” required six months and “a great deal of time and effort” to create.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Public Meeting Tonight Focuses on What Power Should Be Granted to Sheriff’s Civilian Oversight Commission

Public Meeting Tonight Focuses on What Power Should Be Granted to Sheriff’s Civilian Oversight Commission

The working group tasked with giving the Board of Supervisors recommendations on the future Sheriff’s Department Civilian Oversight Commission’s size, scope, structure and responsibilities is hosting a Town Hall takes tonight at the Arboretum in Arcadia.

This meeting will be the nearest to Altadena to be held in a nine town hall meeting series planned for  Los Angeles County’s five districts to hear and collect community recommendations and comments.

In previous meetings, there have been public comments suggesting the Oversight Commission should be granted subpoena power and should not be governed by law enforcement or retired law enforcement.

Brent Braun will represent the office of District 5 Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich tonight.

The meeting will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, April 22, in the Arboretum, 301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia.

 

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Altadena in the 1940s: Richard Bale Remembers

Altadena in the 1940s: Richard Bale Remembers

Calling all local history buffs! Here’s a chance to take a sentimental stroll down memory lane this coming Monday night, April 27,  at 7:30 p.m. at the Altadena Community Center, 730 E. Altadena Drive. You’ll see rare images of Altadena in the 1940s and hear a personal memory of what it was like to grow up here.

The speaker will be Richard Bale, 83, moved to Altadena with his mother and sister in 1939. He attended Altadena Elementary, Eliot Junior High and John Muir High School before being drafted into the Korean War in 1951.

Bale remembers that it wasn’t uncommon to see horses and cows pastured on the west side of Altadena, and chickens and pigs in people’s yards. Some remaining orange groves stretched for blocks.

He also remembers a few small factories that helped supply America’s World War II effort, including a home that had been turned into a machine shop that spit out precision parts for Lockheed 24 hours a day.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

All Boards Retreat for the Altadena Library District, Foundation and Friends Called for Saturday and Sunday

All Boards Retreat for the Altadena Library District, Foundation and Friends Called for Saturday and Sunday

[Updated]  The Altadena Library District has announced an “all board retreat” this weekend for the combined board of trustees of the Altadena Library District, the Altadena Library Foundation and the Friends of the Altadena Library.

“The Board Retreat, while open to the public, is an opportunity for the three boards to come together to discuss the roles of each, the goals of each and how we can all work together to achieve the goals of the library for the best of the community,” Mindy Kittay, District Director / Altadena Library District told Altadena Now. “It is a work session but because more than three board members will be present it must be an open meeting.”

The boards will convene in the Reading Court and the BJP Community Room (both in Main Library).

Trustee meetings for the Library have to be open to the public, hence the announcement.

 

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Altadena Town Council Hears Election Committee Report

Altadena Town Council Hears Election Committee Report

 

Pat Sutherlin, vice chair of the Election Committee, gave the report for Okorie Ezieme, the chairperson, who is out of the country at Tuesday night’s Altadena Town Council meeting.

Sutherlin said that election packets may be picked up at the Altadena Library starting on April 24.  They will also be posted on the Town Council’s website on April 24.  www.altadenatowncouncil.org

The Altadena Library will also be used for early voting on June 2 and election day voting on June 6.

The voting hours for June 2 and June 6 have not yet been determined and will be announced at the May 19 meeting of the Town Council.

The deadline to file candidate papers is 4:30 p.m. on May 15.  Candidate applications must be turned in to the Library unless prior arrangements are made with the Okorie Ezieme, chair of the Election Committee.

All candidates are invited to attend the May 19 Town Council meeting to speak briefly about their candidacy.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Seven Green Tips for Celebrating Earth Day

Seven Green Tips for Celebrating Earth Day

Tips courtesy of Waste Management

Earth Day is just around the corner and people everywhere are becoming more and more conscious of how their actions are impacting the planet. So just in time for the 45th anniversary of the global observance of sustainability on April 22, Waste Management of Southern California is sharing seven easy-to-implement ideas to reduce your environmental footprint every day.

“As the largest recycler in North America, we are committed to the environment and we are asking community members to join in our efforts to conserve natural resources,” said Eloisa Orozco, spokesperson for Waste Management of Southern California. “This year, we’re inviting community members across Southern California to make this Earth Day the best ever by implementing some of our top tips to help reduce their carbon footprint and make a big impact.”

Residents can help make the Earth a cleaner, greener place by implementing these suggestions on a regular basis:

•Reduce your shower time: California is in the middle of one the worst droughts in recent history and residents of the state have been mandated by Governor Jerry Brown to reduce water consumption by 25 percent in addition to other measures.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Altadena Sheriff’s Station Crime Blotter for the Week of April 12, 2015

Altadena Sheriff’s Station Crime Blotter for the Week of April 12, 2015

Sunday, April 12th

2:30 AM – William Badboy was arrested for domestic violence in the 600 block of E. Palm St.

2:34 AM – Michelle Reynolds was arrested for domestic violence in the 1800 block of Oakwood St.

 

Monday, April 13th

7:30 PM – Erick Castillo was arrested for domestic violence in the 1500 block of Oxford Av.

 

Tuesday, April 14th

No significant incidents to report

 

Wednesday, April 15th

8:34 AM – A vehicle was reported stolen from the 1800 block of N. Hill Av.  Loss: silver 2003 Toyota Tacoma.  *Vehicle is still outstanding*

9:29 AM – Porfirio Guerrero was arrested in the 2700 block of Fair Oaks Av. for possession of ammunition by a felon, violation of probation, and drug paraphernalia.

 

Thursday, April 16th

5:58 PM – Natalie Gonzalez was arrested in the area of Figueroa Dr.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Deputy Recounts a Busy Weekend for Altadena Volunteers

Deputy Recounts a Busy Weekend for Altadena Volunteers

Deputy Dan Paige recaps a busy weekend as blue skies and warm weather increasingly lure hikers into the local foothills:

“A busy weekend for Altadena Search and Rescue Team.

“On Saturday 04/18/15 at 10:00 a.m., Altadena Mountain Rescue Team responded into Coyote Canyon, in the Angeles National Forest, for a report of a hiker stranded in a steep canyon. The stranded hiker was able to use their cell phone to call the Altadena Station and request help. The rescue team was able to reach the hiker after approximately 45 minutes, the hiker was not injured. Rescue crews used over 500 feet of rope to lower the hiker to safety.

“The hiker was following a trail up the canyon, when she lost sight of the trail. Hoping the trail would soon become visible again, she decided to continue, however, the ground below her became so loose and crumbly, and she could not go any further. The hiker, female 42 years old,

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Altadena Town Council Meets Tonight at 7 p.m.

Altadena Town Council Meets Tonight at 7 p.m.


The Altadena Town Council meets tonight at 7 p.m. at the Altadena Community Center, 730 East Altadena Drive as a regularly scheduled monthly meeting. The public is invited.

The agenda is re-published below.

The Council meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month. The Town Council’s Executive Committee is composed of Diane Marcussen (Chair), Okorie Ezieme (Vice Chair), Damon Hobdy (Recording Secretary), Amy Cienfuegos (Treasurer) and William Malone (Secretary). Additionally, the Land Use Committee of the Town Council meets the first Tuesday of each month. The Executive Committee of the Town Council meets the second Tuesday of each month.

Tonight’s agenda appears below and may be viewed as a pdf here.

1. CALL TO ORDER
1.1. Pledge of Allegiance _____________________ Councilmember
1.2. Roll Call _____________________________ Recording Secretary, Damon Hobdy
1.3. Approve April 21, 2015 meeting Agenda

2. OFFICERS’ REPORTS
2.1. Chairman ____________________________ Diane Marcussen
2.2. Vice Chairman ________________________ Okorie Ezieme
2.3.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Free May Events at the Pasadena Senior Center

Free May Events at the Pasadena Senior Center

There is something for everyone in May at the Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St. All events listed are free.

You do not have to be a member to attend. Some events require advance reservations as noted.

iPad Basics – Fridays, May 1 and 15 and June 5 and 19, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. If you’re new to an iPad and its functions, you’ll become well-versed in touchscreen capabilities, navigating the device and learning the basics of Internet browsing and searching. iPads will be provided for in-class use, or bring your own.

Friday Movie Matinees– Fridays, May 1, 8 and 15, at 1 p.m. Great films captivate us with imaginary worlds brought to life. May 1: Diana(2013, PG-13) starring Naomi Watts and Naveen Andrews. May 8: The Imitation Game (2014, PG-13) starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightly. May 15: Annie (2014, PG) starring Quvenzhané Wallis and Jamie Foxx.

Cardmaking Workshop – Monday,

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