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Friday, May 1, 2015

2015 Courageous Citizens Awards Program Featuring Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey

2015 Courageous Citizens Awards Program Featuring Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey

The 2015 Courageous Citizens Awards Program featuring Los Angeles County District Attorney, Jackie Lacey will be presented at the Pasadena Rotary Club on Wednesday, May 6th Lunch, meeting and presentation begins at 12 p.m. at the University Club of Pasadena, 175 N. Oakland Ave., Pasadena. The public is welcome to attend no reservations necessary check in at registration. Luncheon tickets are $30.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office created the Courageous Citizens Award in 1985 to commend individuals who have acted with courage and at considerable personal risk to help a victim of a crime, to assist in the capture of a suspect or to testify in the face of extraordinary pressures. The award recipients exemplify the highest form of community service.

District Attorney Jackie Lacey was elected into office in 2012 in a historic election, becoming the first female DA and the first African American to serve in that position in Los Angeles County since 1850. DA Jackie Lacey will introduce the program and the Deputy DAs who handled the cases in court.

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Plenty To Do This Weekend in Altadena

Plenty To Do This Weekend in Altadena

Here are our event listings for this weekend! It will be a sunny weekend with plenty to do, from the Altadena Guilds Home and Garden Tour and the Spring Awakening Festival in Eaton Canyon to the Saint Marks “Hike for Haiti” to Heniger Flats.

Check everything out – Altadena’s hopping this weekend!

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Land Use Committee of the Altadena Town Council Cancels May 5 Meeting

Land Use Committee of the Altadena Town Council Cancels May 5 Meeting

In an email today, Altadena Town Council Chair Diane Marcussen reported that the Land Use Committee of the Altadena Town Council has no items to review this month so the May 5th meeting has been cancelled.

Marcussen may be contacted at dmarcussen@aol.com.

 

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Family, Church, Anti-Gang Experts March on Anniversary of Altadena Man’s Murder

Family, Church, Anti-Gang Experts March on Anniversary of Altadena Man’s Murder

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The parents and sisters of a slain local young black man led about 100 marchers down Fairs Oaks Avenue Thursday evening to the spot where six months ago he was shot, and there speaker after speaker urged the Altadena/Pasadena community to stand up to gang violence.

Altadena-bred Christopher Walker, 26, was targeted as he sat on the patio at Fair Oaks Burgers on Fair Oaks Avenue about 4:30 in the afternoon of Oct. 30 , 2014. The shooter got out of a car, fired multiple times at him, then climbed back into the car and sped off.

Authorities almost immediately described the murder as gang-related.

A Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department spokesperson said Thursday no arrests have been made but the case remains an active investigation.

The memorial march Thursday was organized by Walker’s mother, Ursula, and Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church of Pasadena’s Reverend Hannah Petrie.

Marchers included a contingent of Sheriff’s Deputies led by Altadena Station’s Captain Christopher J.

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Art Filled the Gallery, Music Filled the Air at Eliot’s Grand Reopening Thursday

Art Filled the Gallery, Music Filled the Air at Eliot’s Grand Reopening Thursday

 

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Art filled the gallery and music filled the air at Eliot’s Grand Reopening Thursday as hundreds of children with their families, school officials and other dignitaries celebrated the school’s transformation into an arts magnet with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly refurbished, state-of-the-art auditorium.

Charles W. Eliot Middle School in the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) received a federal grant in October 2013 to transform into Eliot Arts Magnet, a middle school focused on visual and performing arts.

Over the past year, dedicated teachers and staff have repurposed facilities to host new art spaces, built partnerships with renowned arts organizations, and undergone intensive training in the arts.

Thanks to voter approved Measure TT, Eliot’s auditorium underwent a major modernization which was unveiled Thursday.

The auditorium is now named after Carl Roeder, an industrial arts teacher who taught at Eliot for most of his 41 years with PUSD and never missed a day of work.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Gallery: Altadena NAACP Awards Talented Students at ACT-SO Event

Gallery: Altadena NAACP Awards Talented Students at ACT-SO Event

The NAACP Altadena branch’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) competition took center stage last Sunday at the Altadena Community Center as talented local young people were rewarded for their skills in a variety of activities, all part of a national competition.

This “Olympics of the Mind” event featured extraordinary students who competed in 26 categories as varied as chemistry/biochemistry, entrepreneurship, mathematics, music composition, oratory, photography and playwriting.

Winners will participate in a national, judged event, this year to be held in Philadelphia. Since 1998, more than 20 Altadena NAACP students have been ACT-SO National Metal winners.

Shown above are winners collected their well-deserved certificates and medals.

The ACT-SO Committee is headed again by Wilberta Richardson and includes Ilene Clingmon; Andrea Mills; Phyllis Harris; Angelica Reid; Barbara Johnson; Nate Haynes; Virtrice Nolan; Barbara Bigby Pamela Burton; Brittany Johnson; and Daniel Richardson.

For information to find out how you may become involved with ACT-SO, please call Wilberta Richardson,

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Former PCC President Mark Rocha Loses $403,000 Severance Package as Judge Nullifies Deal

Former PCC President Mark Rocha Loses $403,000 Severance Package as Judge Nullifies Deal

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Joanne O’Donnell Wednesday nullified the $403,000 severance package paid out to former Pasadena City College President Mark Rocha after finding PCC trustees violated the state’s Brown Act opening meeting laws in their deliberations and negotiations with Rocha.

Rocha left PCC last August after tumultuous tenureship at the college.

The lawsuit to invalidate the payout was mounted by Californians Aware, a nonprofit.

Californians Aware, a non-profit organization, originally filed the suit against the board in September.

Kelly Aviles, Californians Aware’s legal representative in this case, told the PCC Courier that she was pleased by the outcome of the case.

“We can only make sure that PCC follows the right process,” Aviles said. “Far too often are these decisions made without properly disclosing what the closed session items are. That is usually because the organization wants to do this without anyone knowing.”

“The Board is aware of the Court’s ruling and is considering next steps,” board president Berlinda Brown said in an email to the Courier.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Southern California Edison Will Conduct Helicopter Operations in Altadena Neighborhood Next Tuesday

Southern California Edison Will Conduct Helicopter Operations in Altadena Neighborhood Next Tuesday

Southern California Edison (SCE) will use a helicopter to help in replacing 2 deteriorated wooden poles behind a residence in the 800 block of La Vina Lane on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

SCE said a low-flying helicopter is required to remove the current wood poles and install new poles due to the “restricted access” of the poles. Actual helicopter flight time is under 15 minutes per pole, the company said.

17 homes are inside the operational area which will be evacuated during external load operations. SCE says it submitted a Congested Air Space flight plan to the FAA.

The company said in a press release “at no time will our helicopter over fly any residence with a load attached.”

SCE said portions of La Vina Lane, Canyon Ridge Drive, and Canyon Crest Road will be closed to members of the non-participating public during external load lift operations.

Both the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department and the Los Angeles County Fire Department will be notified 2 days prior to the work,

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Altadena Library and the Altadena Senior Center Collaborate on Volunteer Secret Summer Santas

The Altadena Library and the Altadena Senior Center Collaborate on Volunteer Secret Summer Santas

The Altadena Library and the Altadena Senior Center are collaborating on a community service project and community-wide read during Older Americans Month in May. The purpose is celebrate, as well as raise awareness about, the needs of local senior citizens.

Our community service involves organizing volunteers to create customized care packages for local, homebound senior citizens. Community members may also volunteer to be a reading buddy to these older Americans.

Each volunteer will receive a wish list from a senior citizen that outlines his or her preferences. Volunteers may gather or buy items for a custom care package based on this list (kind of like a volunteer Secret Santa, but in the summer time!).

Volunteers drop off packages at the main Altadena Library. In turn, Meals on Wheels volunteers will deliver these packages to participating older Americans by the end of May.

Interested? Sign up at the main Altadena Library Reference Desk by May 8, 2015. Altadena Library Reference Desk, 600 E Mariposa St,

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Altadena Heritage asks:  Know of a big, beautiful tree that adds to Altadena’s character?

Altadena Heritage asks: Know of a big, beautiful tree that adds to Altadena’s character?

Do you know of a big, beautiful tree that adds to Altadena’s character? You have until May 16 to nominate it for our first ever Altadena Heritage Big Tree Contest! Tree owners (who must consent) will be fêted at the Golden Poppy Garden Awards and Celebration Sunday, May 31st. Get your nominations in! Self-nominations are fine.

Here is the form you can use:  Tree Nomination Form

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