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Monday, March 16, 2020
To prevent further spread of COVID-19, Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, announced additional precautions on Monday.
All bars, clubs, theaters, entertainment centers, and fitness centers are ordered to be closed until further notice. Restaurants will be permitted to serve take out or delivery food only and grocery stores may remain open.
Gatherings of more than 50 people are strongly discouraged, in accordance with directions from the Centers for Disease Control.
“This is a constantly-evolving issue and we appreciate everyone doing their part to help stem the further spread of the virus,” Supervisor Kathryn Barger said. “We’re moving into the next phase of preventative measures and do not make these decisions lightly.”
Closures will have an impact on thousands of employees, employers, and businesses. Supervisor Barger plans to work on eviction relief for any individuals who may be impacted by closures and restrictions of public gatherings. This may include a moratorium on evictions for residential tenants and small businesses in unincorporated areas of the County until further direction from the state and federal governments on available funding.Read More »
Saturday, March 14, 2020
Altadena Library District Announces Precautionary District Closure in Response to Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic
To combat the spread of novel coronavirus COVID-19 and protect library staff and the community, the Altadena Library District is closing both its Main Library and Bob Lucas Memorial Branch buildings to the public, effective Friday, March 13, 2020 at 6:00pm. As decided at an emergency Library Board of Trustees meeting this evening, the closure will remain in effect until at least Tuesday, March 31, 2020. All in-person library programs and outreach are also suspended through the end of April.
These precautionary measures go into effect following recent guidelines from public health officials to cancel non-essential gatherings of more than 250 people, limit gatherings of high risk populations to no more than 10 people, and practice social distancing, which is shown to be the most effective way to curb the exponential growth of a virus such as COVID-19.
“This decision was made after careful consideration with both our Board of Trustees and library staff, and we recognize the impact that could be felt in our community as a result of temporarily closing our doors,” said District Director Nikki Winslow.Read More »
Thursday, March 5, 2020
Sunday, February 23rd
Between 3:00 PM and 6:00 AM (Monday) – A grand theft occurred in the 1100 block of Menlo Drive. Stolen: brown leather satchel, gray Macbook Pro, and a white mini iPad.
10:00 PM – An assault with a deadly weapon occurred in the 2900 block of N. El Nido Drive. Suspects were identified as two juveniles.
Monday, February 24th
1:40 AM – A petty theft from an unlocked vehicle occurred in the 2000 block of Glenview Terrace. Stolen: unknown.
Between 8:00 PM and 7:00 AM (Tuesday) – A theft from a vehicle occurred in the 400 block of Devirian Place. Stolen: catalytic converter from a 2007 Toyota Prius.
10:10 PM – A theft from a vehicle occurred in the 200 block of E. Woodbury Road. Stolen: catalytic converter from a 1999 Ford F250.
Tuesday, February 25th
Between 1:19 PM and 3:00 PM – A package theft occurred in the 1900 block of Garfias Drive.Read More »
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Mt. Lowe Chamber Players presents Chamber Music Concert – To buzz or not to buzz, that is the question – Music for Brass Quintet on Sunday, March 29, 2020, 3:00 p.m. at Altadena Library Main Branch.
This is the second concert in a series presented by the newly formed Mt. Lowe Chamber Players. The first concert, a program for strings, was a huge success. Over a hundred and fifty people were in attendance. The brass players are hoping to expand those numbers by presenting a program that includes music by Bach, Sousa, and the most prolific composer of all time, Anonymous.
Featured performers include Malcolm McNab, Chris Price and Bill Bing (trumpets), Karen Klages (horn), Daniel Lawlor (trombone), P. Blake Cooper (tuba), and John Steinmetz (narrator). To begin the program, student musicians from Eliot Middle School will honor the event with a presentation from one of their many talented music ensembles.
Program: To buzz or not to buzz, that is the question: Music for Brass Quintet
Sponsored by: Friends of the Altadena Library and Fulcrum Arts.Read More »
Thursday, February 27, 2020
Sunday, February 9th
Between 6:00 PM and 8:30 AM (Monday) – A petty theft from an unlocked vehicle occurred in the 1600 block of Braeburn Road. Stolen: black Kendall case, silver briefcase, black leather messenger bag, and black Sony wireless headphones.
7:45 PM – Derrick Lewis, 59 years old of Duarte was arrested in the 70 block of Mountain View Street for public intoxication.
Tuesday, February 11th
7:30 AM – A petty theft occurred in the area of Lincoln Avenue and Woodbury Road. Stolen: black and purple backpack, black coin purse, red and black gloves, and a black knee wrap.
4:50 PM – Amanda Redman, 39 years of Pasadena was arrested in the 500 block of E. Washington Boulevard for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Thursday, February 13th
8:30 PM – Juan Cortez, 33 years of Altadena was arrested in the area of Altadena Drive and Fair Oaks Avenue for possession of a controlled substance.Read More »
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 »