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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

“Water, Water, Everywhere” On ACONA Agendas, Including Upcoming May 26 Meet

“Water, Water, Everywhere” On ACONA Agendas, Including Upcoming May 26 Meet

Elliot Gold urges Altadenans to mark their calendars in “water-resistant ink [since we’re in a drought]” that next Altadena Coalition of Neighborhood Associations (ACONA) meeting will be May 26  from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Altadena Library Conference Room, 600 E. Mariposa Street.

Gold is a co-founder of ACONA.

The agenda again is damp with water-related issues, starting with an update on the crippling drought.

Gold says the water companies which serve Altadena will address these drought-related topics:
• Specifics? Rules? Penalties?
•Landscaping on the cheap, rebates, other programs available to property owners
•Is there really a moratorium on building during the drought?

Additionally, and on a completely unrelated matter, Gold says the meeting will turn to discussing telephone “robo-calls.”

“We have a ‘commitment from an expert who will tell us how to FINALLY get those calls to stop!
I’ll have the speaker name and confirmation later this week… keep your fingers crossed,'”

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Altadena Library’s Editor/Poet Laureate Says New Poets Will Be Introduced at this Year’s “Poetry & Cookies” Reading

Altadena Library’s Editor/Poet Laureate Says New Poets Will Be Introduced at this Year’s “Poetry & Cookies” Reading

Altadena Library District’s Editor/Poet Laureate Dr. Thelma Reyna has written to remind Altadena Library supporters to attend the upcoming the big, community poetry reading event “Poetry & Cookies” to be held on April 25 from 2 to 4:00 p.m. at the Altadena Senior Center.

“The Altadena Library will provide refreshments for all attendees, and you’ll meet new poets. We’re very excited about this major event,” Dr. Reyna said in her email.

The annual event has been revamped with a new title, new format, and a broader base of published poets. Now called the “Altadena Poetry Review: Anthology 2015″ in this debut year, the anthology will be released to the public this month.

The readings, free to the public, are a community tradition that formally kicks off the release of the annual anthology. Although the anthology itself has been renamed, the community reading event, which annually brings together poetry lovers from across the region, maintains its name in recognition of its literary tradition.

The “Altadena Poetry Review: Anthology 2015″

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Approve Proposed $27 Billion Budget

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Approve Proposed $27 Billion Budget

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a proposed 2015-16 budget totaling nearly $27 billion, down roughly $200 million from last year.

The spending plan is subject to a series of public hearings before final deliberations begin in June.

Los Angeles County Chief Executive Officer Sachi Hamai said the budget places emphasis on reforming the jails, working to protect children and improving patient access to quality healthcare.

“Today, because of the rebounding economy, we can add new funding to confront the complex issues facing many of our major public programs,” Hamai said. “This investment in resources represents a collaborative effort between the Board of Supervisors, the sheriff and county leaders to build on reforms already underway.”

About $100 million is designated for jails reform.

Sheriff Jim McDonnell said the funds will support the Sheriff’s Department efforts to “ensure the compassionate and constitutional treatment of those in our jails” and pointed to the burden the Department faces in dealing with a large County population of homeless people.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

West Nile Virus and Mosquito Awareness Week is a Good Time to Check Your Property for Potential Breeding Sites

West Nile Virus and Mosquito Awareness Week is a Good Time to Check Your Property for Potential Breeding Sites

California’s State Assembly recently declared April 19-25, 2015 as “West Nile Virus and Mosquito & Vector Control Awareness Week” to help increase the fight against mosquitoes, which can transmit viruses to humans, including West Nile, Chikungunya and Dengue fever.

Altadenans are urged to do everything they can to help prevent those pesky mosquitoes from breeding by:

• eliminating all standing water sources left outside;

•keeping swimming pools clean,

•regularly checking for mosquito larvae in still water sources such as bird baths and ponds.

“Current drought and warm weather conditions may contribute to more stagnant water sources and higher numbers of mosquitoes, which increases the risk of West Nile Virus infection,” a local area health officer said. “Take precautions now to prevent mosquitoes from breeding and to avoid being bitten.”

In 2015, there have been no reported human cases of West Nile Virus in Altadena. However, drought conditions can increase virus activity because standing water stagnates easier and a reduced number of small pockets of water create an even more attractive environment for mosquitoes to lay eggs.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Altadena Calendar of Events is Now Live

Altadena Calendar of Events is Now Live

Altadena Now’s “Calendar of Events” section debuts today, and we want to request that anyone hosting a local event to please send us events information for inclusion!

This Calendar will only contain information about events in Altadena or which are immediately Altadena-adjacent (like the Eaton Canyon Nature Center, which technically has a Pasadena address).

Please email your event’s information to editor@altadena-now.com.

Be certain to include a full profile of your event, including start time, full address of the venue, pricing details, a reference telephone number as well as reference website or Facebook page.

The Calendar section not only provides a chronological list of upcoming events, but also features an actual calendar where you can click specific dates.

Each event on the day listings is clickable for full specific information, so if you are interested in an event, be sure to click the event’s title to see the event detail page.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Phlunte’ Riddle Declares Candidacy for California State Senate District 25

Phlunte’ Riddle Declares Candidacy for California State Senate District 25

Phlunte’ Riddle, a well-known former local law enforcement figure who is active locally as a businesswoman and community leader, today announced her candidacy for the California State Senate to replace Senator Carol Liu after her term expires.

Riddle is a Democrat.

“I’m running for the State Senate because we need a leader who has experience bringing people together to keep our communities safe, make investments in our schools, and create for opportunity for middle-class families,” Riddle said.

“I have spent my life serving our community and actively listening to the resident’s concerns. I will draw from my work as a public safety officer, businesswoman, and an educator to find solutions to the challenges facing California.

Riddle’s campaign team will be lead by Doug Herman of The Strategy Group, David Pruitt of David Pruitt Consulting, and David Binder of David Binder Research.

Riddle spent nearly 29 years rising through the ranks of the Pasadena Police Department. She broke barriers as the first woman to be permanently assigned as a gang/street narcotics officer,

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Eaton Canyon Nature Center to Stage Spring Awakening Festival

Eaton Canyon Nature Center to Stage Spring Awakening Festival

As the first people on our beautiful continent knew, spring is the time of rebirth, renewal, and rejoicing. On Saturday, May 2, 2015, we at Eaton Canyon Nature Center, with some of our Native American friends, will celebrate Spring Awakening.

The festival will be open to the public at no charge from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eaton Canyon Nature Center is located at 1750 N. Altadena Drive, Pasadena 91107. This will be a celebration for all the family to enjoy.

Many native people celebrate the change of seasons with music and dance. In keeping with these traditions, we will host tribal drummers, musicians, dancers, and storytellers. Native artists and crafters will also join us to offer their wares for purchase, and other items will be raffled.

As we are the guardians of the Eaton Canyon Natural Area, this event will also celebrate the beauty that is found in our canyon. Presenters from local wildlife organizations will introduce us to some of our indigenous birds,

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Father Reunited with Family, Who Were Trapped on Steep Hillside Above Las Flores Canyon

Father Reunited with Family, Who Were Trapped on Steep Hillside Above Las Flores Canyon

Sunday the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team , (AMRT) responded into Las Flores Canyon for the rescue of a mother and her two teenage children. At about 12:45 p.m. one of the stranded children was able to contact their father who called the Altadena Sheriff’s Station for help.

The Altadena Mountain Rescue Team hiked into the Las Flores Canyon and approximately 1/2 mile into the canyon, the rescue team could hear the family yelling.

AMRT continued searching and eventually saw the family was stranded on a very steep hillside, on loose crumbly rock. AMRT climbed up to the family and secured 100 feet of rope and lowered the family to safety.

All of the grateful hikers were uninjured, and happy to be on solid ground.

Los Angeles County Fire Department was standing-by at the base of the canyon, for any potential injuries.

 

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Altadena Events Calendar Will Debut Tomorrow (Tuesday)

Altadena Events Calendar Will Debut Tomorrow (Tuesday)

We are installing a dedicated Events Calendar for Altadena which will debut tomorrow (Tuesday, April 14).  The current calendar software should be debugged and operational by 4 a.m. tomorrow morning.  In the meantime, we apologize for this inconvenience but urge you to please submit events to: editor@altadena-now.com

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Woman Injured in Eaton Canyon Rescued by USAR Teams Last Evening

Woman Injured in Eaton Canyon Rescued by USAR Teams Last Evening

Pasadena Fire Department’s Urban Search and Rescue Teams rescued a woman who fell in Eaton Canyon and suffered lacerations to her knee and leg Saturday evening about 5:29 p.m.

Authorities said the injured woman was reported to be in the area south of the bridge at the canyon’s northern end.

Arriving units established an Incident Center at Pinecrest Drive.

A rescue team from USAR 32 entered the canyon at the trailhead at Pinecrest and hiked south as additional fire department personnel hiked north from the McCurdy Nature Center in the canyon’s southern end.

Thee rescue teams contact with the victim, provided care, and assisted the victim to the Pinecrest Drive trailhead. The victim was suffering a laceration which was treated by paramedics.

The victim transported herself to the hospital for further treatment.

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