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Friday, February 7, 2020

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, February 1st

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, February 1st

Sunday, January 26th

10:34 AM – A battery occurred in the 2900 block of El Nido Avenue. Suspects have been identified.
2:15 PM – A domestic violence incident occurred in the 700 block of Coleman St. Suspect was taken into custody.

Monday, January 27th

12:00 PM – A residential burglary occurred in the 200 block of W. Mountain View Street. Suspect was taken into custody and the investigation is on-going.
11:42 PM – A commercial burglary occurred in the 2300 block of Lincoln Avenue. Suspect entered the location via unknown means. Stolen: hair clippers and attachments, scissors, hair pomades and currency.

Tuesday, January 28th

12:55 AM – A domestic violence incident occurred in the 1500 block of N. Allen Avenue. Suspect has been identified.
9:00 PM – A vehicle vandalism occurred in the 2900 block of El NidoDrive. Vehicle damage: scratched throughout body of vehicle.
Between 9:30 PM and 11:40 PM – A vehicle burglary occurred in the 2100 block of Lincoln Avenue.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

L.A. County Honors Brand Orbit for 50-Plus Years of Community Service

L.A. County Honors Brand Orbit for 50-Plus Years of Community Service

 

Brand Orbit, one of the longest and most successful boutique marketing agencies in Southern California, has been officially recognized for its more than 50 years of achievements by the County of Los Angeles with an official scroll presented by Supervisor Kathryn Barger.

In a colorful ceremony at the Altadena Community Center, the county cited the firm’s staying power in a typically volatile industry (52 years), its 42 years of job creation in the county and its award-winning campaigns for a wide variety of regional and national clients.

Present for the honors were Brand Orbit’s founder, Edward Beckett, and its president, Sharon Bailey Beckett, who said the “keys to our success are about developing trustworthy relationships with staff and clients and staying current with the digital age by leveraging new and emerging technologies and trends.”

For an ad agency to last 52 years is an anomaly, according to Beckett, a managing partner and member of the Pasadena Angels investment group. Citing statistics from the U.S.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Sheriff’s Dept. Arrests 11 in Altadena Dispensary Raids

Sheriff’s Dept. Arrests 11 in Altadena Dispensary Raids

Authorities arrested 11 people and recovered three firearms while searching illegal marijuana dispensaries in Altadena, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced Monday.

The searches took place during the last two weeks of January at two dispensaries within the Altadena township area, according to the sheriff’s Altadena station.

A post by LASD Deputy Dan Paige said two different search warrant operations were conducted by the LASD’s Narcotics Bureau, assisted by Altadena Station Detective Bureau members. The searches were conducted at two locations along Fair Oaks Drive.

The 11 people, several of whom were believed to be employees of the illegal marijuana dispensaries, were arrested for a variety of crimes, deputies reported.

Authorities also recovered a “large sum of money,” “eatable” and “vapeable” marijuana products, and three firearms, one of which was confirmed stolen, deputies said.

The LASD said anyone who sees activity that appears to be suspicious or criminal in nature should contact the Altadena Sheriff’s Station at (626) 798-1131,

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda for February 4, 2020

Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee Meeting Agenda for February 4, 2020

Diane Marcussen, Chair, Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee, has issued the agenda for the Land Use Committee meeting for February 4, 2020 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) – February 4, 2020

5. Approve Minutes – December 3, 2019

6. Chairman Report – Diane Marcussen

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

7.1 Rayuela School, 2121 N. Garfield Ave, Project #2018-003928(5), CUP #RPPL2018006181
To allow the operation of a child care center with up to 49 children on 2 lots – Applicant Maria Garcia
Pat Sutherlen, Nick Santangelo
7.1.1. Public Comment

8. Presentation Only

8.1. None

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

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, January 18th and Week of Saturday, January 25th

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, January 18th and Week of Saturday, January 25th

Sunday, January 12th

11:24 PM – A grand theft from a vehicle occurred in the 300 block of W. Harriet Street. Stolen: 2002 Ford F350 catalytic converter.

Monday, January 13th

1:30 AM – A vehicle was reported stolen from the 90 block of E. Altadena Drive. Vehicle described as a red 2018 Dodge Charger 4 door.
8:05 AM – A vehicle was reported stolen from the 1700 block of La Paz Road. Vehicle described as a white 2005 Ford E450. Vehicle was recovered by LAPD Hollenbeck Division on 1/15/2020.
12:30 PM – A vehicle burglary occurred in the 800 block of Figueroa Drive. Suspect(s) entered the vehicle via unknown means. Stolen: silver iPod, red iPod, blue sunglasses, and silver necklaces.

Tuesday, January 14th

7:52 AM – A vehicle was reported stolen from the 700 block of Figueroa Drive. Vehicle described as a blue 2018 Honda Odyssey. Vehicle was recovered by LAPD Hollywood Division on 1/15/2020.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Barger Calls for Expanded Access to Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Services

Barger Calls for Expanded Access to Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Services

The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion by Supervisor Kathryn Barger to develop recommendations to enhance and expand access to substance use prevention and treatment services.

Barger represents Pasadena on the Board.

Substance use disorders are estimated to impact more than 250,000 individuals and cost nearly $13 billion annually in Los Angeles County alone.

Currently, the demand for substance abuse prevention and treatment programs heavily outweighs the existing capacity. The ability for individuals to access services is becoming critically important as the County continues to address the impact of substance abuse disorder on homelessness and incarceration.

“As we work to address the needs of homeless individuals or those who are involved in the criminal justice system, we must ensure we are providing comprehensive services to meet the full spectrum of their health needs including substance use disorder treatment services,” said Supervisor Barger. “Substance abuse, especially in light of the opioid epidemic, continues to cost lives and wreak irreparable social and emotional damage on children and families.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, January 4th

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, January 4th

Sunday, December 29th

4:54 AM – Jesus Carrillo, 22 years old of Altadena was arrested in the 300 block of E. Woodbury Road for drinking in public.
Between 9:00 PM and 9:15 PM – A grand theft occurred in the 1700 block of Oakwood Street. Stolen: silver Macbook Pro.
Between 9:20 PM and 9:40 PM – A vehicle burglary occurred in the 2100 block of Lincoln Avenue. Suspect(s) entered the vehicle by shattering the window. Stolen: brown leather purse containing personal documents.

Monday, December 30th

Between 6:00 PM and 7:45 AM (Tuesday) – A petty theft from an unlocked vehicle occurred in the 1900 block of Sinaloa Avenue. Stolen: green purse, blue Coach wallet, and credit cards.
Between 6:30 PM and 6:45 AM (Tuesday) – A burglary occurred in the 2600 block of Boulder Road. Suspect(s) entered the location via the unsecured garage. Stolen: light blue Ping golf club bag containing black golf clubs, black and white Scott ski pole,

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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Altadena Deputies Respond to False Report of a Woman With a Gun

Altadena Deputies Respond to False Report of a Woman With a Gun

In what a Sheriff’s spokesman said might have been a hoax call, deputies responded to the 300 block of Garfield Ave. to investigate a report of a woman with a gun in a house acting in a threatening manner.

The call came in at 10:24 from an unknown location, Lt. Mark Lopez of the Altadena Sheriff’s station said.

When deputies arrived on the scene, there was a family inside the house, but there was no crisis and no gun found.

The caller gave limited information, but Lopez said the deputies had to take the call at face value and respond as if it were a real threat.

Lopez said law enforcement has been unable to trace the call. There is no further information about the caller at this time.

Falsely reporting a crime to law enforcement is a crime in California.

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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Pasadena Firefighters Backup L.A. County Crews Battling Altadena House Fire

Pasadena Firefighters Backup L.A. County Crews Battling Altadena House Fire

A fire damaged an Altadena home today, but no injuries were reported.

The blaze was reported at 11:12 a.m. at 2100 Minoru Drive.

Los Angeles County Fire Department crews, with an assist from the Pasadena Fire Department, had the flames extinguished at 11:42 a.m.

There was no immediate word on what sparked the fire.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Barger Calls for Investigation Into Specialty Care Wait Times

Barger Calls for Investigation Into Specialty Care Wait Times

The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion by Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Chair, calling for an immediate and comprehensive investigation into wait times at specialty care centers at county health care facilities.

The Department of Health Services will report back to the Board of Supervisors on its efforts to provide efficient and timely care to the thousands of patients throughout our health care system. The report will detail any deficiencies, delays or complaints as well as suggested improvements or remedial actions needed.

“This report supports our mission to take proactive steps to ensure our Comprehensive Health Centers and Hospitals make quality patient care, protection and safety its highest priority,” said Supervisor Barger.

The motion includes a written report to the Board of Supervisors in 10 days on average wait times at all County facilities that provide specialty care; and establishes a multi-disciplinary approach with the Department of Health Services, Chief Executive Office and County Counsel to provide an analysis regarding staffing,

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