Got this note from MaryEllen Schoeman, who wants to get something going:
Got this note from MaryEllen Schoeman, who wants to get something going:
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We may be in the middle of a national park, surrounded by snow, with only two phones in the whole facility -- but you can't get low-wage teenagers to work for you these days unless you give 'em wifi. So we have satellite internet hookup along with sequoias.
As we get the chance, we'll be doing updates, but hey, we ARE on vacation, and innertubing and snowballing calls.
MonteCedro, the $200 million retirement community complex that was to occupy the site of the former Scripps Home, has been put on hold indefinitely, according to the owners, the Episcopal Home Communities.
Last week, this letter went out to potential residents of the complex:
Episcopal Homes' director of sales Peggy Buchanan told Altadenablog, "I’m very sad about it -- it was a fabulous project .. the folks who are interested in it are very disappointed." She said that the final entitlements from the county to complete the project would probably come through in March and that sprinklers had just been installed on the property. For now, she said, Episocpal Home Communities still owns the vacant property and will continue to maintain it.
(Warning: Altadenablog is indulging his geek side, in which he explains, kind of, why he has a picture of a rock in his office. Deal with it or skip it!)
In the past year, three men have died whose works I encountered in my youth and whose ideas and enthusiasms still occupy a large amount of my head-space: Forrest J Ackerman (so influential to me from age 7 on) died a few months ago, and Robert Anton Wilson (who so influenced me as a young adult) died last year. The one who occupies some of the most prime territory of my head died today.
I still remember vividly being at the public library in Ft. Collins, Colorado, flipping through the magazines, and coming across an Esquire (this is about c. 1970-72) with an article: “An Interview with Lord Greystoke.” Now, I was a big fan of boy’s adventure books, so I knew exactly who Lord Greystoke was: Tarzan of the Apes. The interviewer -- who swore up and down that it was a real meeting -- was one Philip Jose Farmer. I never knew what hit me.
Just noticed in the LAme Times Food section -- in an article about varieties of kumquats and their like -- the following paragraph about one variety that originated here:
Here's what it's going to look like:
Fri., Feb. 27: Another stargazing party at Farnsworth Park, hosted by JPL and starting at 6 PM near the Davies Building on Mt. Curve.
Sat., Feb. 28: The PUSD will have school board elections March 10 and the Altadena Town Council and NAACP are sponsoring a "Meet the Candidates" forum at the Altadena Community Center, 730 E. Altadena Drive on Sat., Feb. 28, from 10 AM to noon. Altadena town council chair Gino Sund says this "will be the only time all the candidates will appear in Altadena. It will be an opportunity for you to meet the candidates and ask questions that are of specific interest to our community. This will allow you to cast an informed vote in this election which is of vital interest and importance to Altadena."
Courtesy Jeremiah Small, looks like "Hoes" has been on the move. (Maybe it's an overenthusiastic gardener -- it's either the plural of "hoe" or he can't spell "hose"-- but probably not).
... in a sordid domestic situation. Leta Carruthers, 29, of Altadena, was arrested for confronting a female teacher at Muir High School during a class re: her husband, also a teacher at Muir. Caroline An of PSN has the story right here.
PSST! We're putting in a personal plug: if you're looking for a low-stress dinner option tonight -- St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 1014 E. Altadena Dr., is having its annual Shrove Tuesday pancake supper tonight -- 5-7 PM, $5 a head or $15 a family. It's the annual fundraiser for the Men's Fellowship -- of which we are the treasurer, so a good turnout would make Altadenablog very happy!
Central Altadena Little League (CALL) will be holding a Pancake Breakfast on Sat., March 7, 2009 from 9-11 AM. at the upper picnic area of Farnsworth Park in Altadena. This annual fundraiser will kick off the 2009 Baseball season and is open to the public. The CALL Opening Ceremonies will be held immediately following the Breakfast, which are also open to the public.
Breakfast plates are $4.00 each or $15.00 for four plates and can be purchased on the day of the event. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage and a beverage.
Farnsworth Park is located at the top of Lake Avenue in Altadena and the picnic area can be found at the southwest corner of Lake Avenue and Mount Curve in Altadena. For more information, or if you would like to register your child for Little League baseball, please visit:
Got this note from the City of Pasadena. This urgent care facility will serve us too, so listen up:
Altadenan Danyelle Snelgro, a guard for Utah State, was named the Western Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for Feb. 16-22. This is the second WAC Player of the Week honor of the season for Snelgro. The official WAC website has the details.
That Celtic comical broth of a boy. Family fun with an Irish flavor featuring outrageous juggling, silly magic, devilish tales, audience involvements and more. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll wonder if his hair is real, or at least why he goes out in public like that. All ages welcome.
To Ruth Nielan Edwards, who has donated an extra camera to us (a Fuji digital), so we don't have to rely solely on the Altadenablog CrappyCam anymore. We're still working our way through the manual.
Now, we're still open if someone would like to donate a higher-end Nikon or Canon with some great lenses and a flash kit. We're just sayin' ...
Neighbors on the east side of Altadena have notice an uptick in graffiti in the usually quiet area. The first was a 20 ft. monster on a wall on Porter at Gaywood, first noticed Saturday morning (picture: Gino Sund):
Come to the Altadena Main Library, 600 E. Mariposa, for Saturday Family Storytime. Join us for stories, songs, and fingerplays followed by a Scholastic film adaptation of an award-winning, classic children’s picture book. Film screen times range from 5-15 minutes. Appropriate for children ages 2-8 years and their families. This program will run the 4th Saturday of the month at 10:00 am.
Thanks to one of our readers, a resident of the area who alerted us to this, the Altadena sheriffs and county arson sqaud safely detonated a small homemade bomb sometime after midnight this morning near the sheriff's station. According to the sheriff's watch commander, a resident found the device in his grandparent's garage -- a bottle with gunpowder, fireworks, and ammunition stuffed inside or taped to it. The resident put the device in his car and drove it to the sheriff's station, where they evacuated the immediate area and called in the arson squad. The device was removed from the car and harmlessly detonated with a water cannon.
The sheriff's spokesman said no charges are being filed, and the best course of action in these cases is to leave the device where it is and call them (I think the sheriff makes house calls!)
Children ages 5-12 are invited to visit the Altadena Library at 11 AM next Saturday to read
to Pearl. Pearl is a sweet,
loveable standard poodle from the Pasadena Humane Society’s Home
Companion Program. This reading enrichment program makes reading fun, boosts
confidence and encourages respectful, humane treatment for all animals. The
Barks & Books program runs the 4th Saturday of each month at
11 AM at the library, 600 E. Mariposa, Altadena.
Okay, everything we said would happen this weekend? Circumstances have conspired against them:
First, In a story posted on their website this afternoon, PSN reports that the city of Pasadena has already chopped down the trees in front of Vroman's Bookstore, starting in the dead of night yesterday (yes, doing something in the dead of night is always a sign of openness and transparency).
A "Save the Trees" rally has been announced for the front of Vroman's, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena starting at 11 AM Saturday. If you want to make a speech, there are now stumps available.
Second: the Black History Parade will still start at Charles White Park at 10 AM Saturday, but the planned festival afterward has been canceled in light of the officer-involved shooting Thursday afternoon (Pasadena Now has the details). According to the Pasadena Public Information officer, those activities will be folded into a celebration of Jackie Robinson in May.
Third, We haven't received word of any changes to the Farnsworth Park "Festival of Unity" on Saturday afternoon, but will spread the word if we hear anything.
Jannette Williams at PSN has a story in tomorrow's paper (it's appearing in the Contra Costa Times branch of the chain first, per the usual pattern) about the ousting of BJR Postal/Copy Center, the last of the original tenants of Lincoln Crossing. The story says that BJR owner Bobby Thompson admits that his business income was never enough to pay full freight on the rent, and the county's subsidy payments came to an end. Thompson says he will sue for breach of contract -- and a spokesman for developer Dorn Platz says everything is great (they always do).
We just received this over Facebook from Lance Anderson and Marisol Martinez of Altadena Junction:
The ever-reliable Contra Costa Times tells us that firefighters rescued two in a truck that overturned on the Angeles Forest Highway above Altadena this morning. Injuries apparently are minor.
We've got whatever it is that's going around, so we have to lie low today in our sick bed. However, some of our correspondents have alerted us to an MTA bus crash into Altadena Hardware this morning before 6 AM. Fortunately, it doesn't appear that anyone was injured.
Here's KCBS's story (look for the picture of -- well, the bus running into the building)
UPDATE 11 AM: We dragged ourselves out of our sick bed and took some pictures (below). Also ran into Lance Anderson, whose Altadena Junction is in the same building and was planning its grand opening this weekend -- Lance says that there's some fear that a main building support was taken out, so the opening will have to be postponed.
Here's PSN's story filed at 8:22 this morning. They say the bus was towed away, but we just drove by at 2 PM, the bus is still there, and it ain't gonna move for awhile.
Our old compadre, the intrepid Altadenahiker, has been showing us off for all the photoblogs, it seems. Here's the latest in a series with Petrea Buchard of Pasadena Daily Photo, and a few shots from Vanda at Toadberry.
Saturday is too busy:
There are two components to the ordinance, according to Emma Howard of the county planning department: the addition of a hillside management plan to the Altadena community plan, laying out hillside-specific issues, goals, policies, and implementation measures; and new language for the Altadena Community Standards District, setting regulations for hillside ares.
The purpose of the ordinance is in large part to preserve the view of ridgelines in the foothills, so that an observer will still see the natural ridges, as opposed to the tops of buildings and housing breaking up the view of the hilltops. As well, the ordinance will address development on steep terrain in the hills.
The goal, Howard said, is to preserve the views of the San Gabriel Mountains, minimize challenges to public safety and services presented by development of hillside areas, and balance the rights of property owners with the larger interests of the community.
One of the major changes called for by the proposed ordinance is that a conditional use permit is required if adding or subtracting for than 2,500 cubiic yards of fill (the average dump truck holds 10 cubic yards). The present threshold is 100,000 cubic yards.
The ordinance also calls for a “significant ridgeline” provision, wherein a structure shall be located at least 50 vertical feet and 50 horizontal feet from a significant ridgeline, to avoid breaking the line of the hills with a structure.
It's still very early in the process; while the community members attending raised hands to approve going ahead with the draft, Howard said the county is still collecting public comments.
Pictured: LA County Planning's Emma Howard points out the "red zone" of properties that will be affected by the ordinance. Photo: Bill Westphal.
From last night's meeting:
Candidates for seats on the PUSD Board of Education will give presentations, answer questions, and inform the public on the issues facing the school district.
PSN's Larry Morgan notes at the end of today's column the passing of a local golf legend:
Altadena's Ed Casebier, who helped found the Pasadena YMCA's Future Stars Golf Program, died at the age of 84 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. Casebier, who grew up playing golf with the likes of Clark Gable, Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, started the program in 1998 as a way to keep troubled and disadvantaged youths off the streets.
"I get a lot of satisfaction out of it," he once said, "seeing these kids develop."
Nope, we're not going the Esquire route, putting an arty black and white picture of a starlet in a revealing outfit and calling it "Women We Love" (altho' it would certainly help our page numbers!) But the folks at Prospect Park Books, the ones behind the invaluable Hometown Pasadena book, have a blog now, and guess who's first on "Links We Love," their blogroll? (It's alphabetical, that helps!) But we'll take love where we can!
Pasadena Star News has been on top of the insane idea of the Pasadena City Council and the merchants to remove the ficus and carrotwood trees along Colorado Boulevard, and replace them with sparse ginko trees (like the ones that have been dying for about a decade in front of the Playhouse) and the ever-popular fan palm (which is not only an invasive species, but possesses all the character of a telephone pole). Larry Wilson's column in the Wednesday PSN (which is online now) looks at some of the objections, and quotes mega-tree-huggers Lori Paul and Susanna Dodd of Altadena. The mature trees are major reasons why we like to hang out at Vromans and not the heat sink that is Old Town during the summer.
Rumors and chatter of another business being evicted from Lincoln Crossing. We're trying to pin down facts, so any help is appreciated!
UPDATE 2/18 9:30 AM: Sierra Madre Tattler blog sends us an email that they're on it -- but "on it" means they just published one of the same emails we received, and their piece is closer to an opinion piece than a news piece (altho' we're not doubting any of the facts presented, we need a little more first-hand proof to go ahead). We CAN tell you that Bobby Thompson of BJR Printing has confirmed to us in an email that he's being evicted by LIncoln Crossing developer Dorn Platz, and isn't happy about his experience with them. We're trying to connect with Thompson for an interview and get a first hand report.
... we remember those days. Emory University's Emory Wheel blogsite (hey, better than the "emory board") has a feature on Altadena-raised jazz vocalist Carmen Bradford. We can tell this is student journalism because the writer uses far too many adjectives, even for a review, and has coined the word "jazzist." We used to do things like that.
SGV News reports that 80 people were evacuated and one injured in a fire at the Country Villa Park Marino Health Care Center on Washington Blvd. Details are sketchy right now (and we're locked in with sick kids today!) but we're monitoring.
It's all about the weather today -- rain, winds, possibility of hail, possibility of mudslides in the burn areas around Sierra Madre, and our scanner is working overtime on accident reports on the 210 and 134 The Twitter feed from CHP says there's an injury accident blocking lanes at Sierra Madre Blvd., and injury accidents on the 134 in Glendale at the 2, the 5, and Pacific. Sounds like a good day to stay home!
National Weather Service report after the jump
Two important local government meetings this week, both at the Community Center, both start at 7 PM:
Tues, Feb. 17: Altadena Town Council monthly meeting
Wed. Feb. 18: Community meeting on the proposed Altadena HIllside Ordinance. This is not a formal hearing, but an informal meeting hosted by LA Planning Dept. staff to present the draft ordinance and receive feedback. The hillside management area/ridgeline map will be available at the meeting. For more information, there's a website: http://www.altadenahills.org/
Our collaborator in potlucks, Debbi Swanson Patrick, has started a new endeavor: Altadena Daily Photo, a look at the sights of the High 'Dena. We look forward to seeing through her eyes!
On Friday, Feb. 20 @ 3:30 PM take a break from “All of it…school, work and family,” grab some free popcorn and a join us for a movie at the Altadena Library. This month we are showing Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist based on the book by Rachel Cohn. Let’s watch as Nick and Norah spend a sleepless night of adventure in the world of indie rock. Starring: Michael Cera and Kat Dennings; Rated: PG-13
Please join us in the Community Room of the Altadena Library District. 600 E Mariposa Street, Altadena, CA 91001. More information at www.altadenalibrary.org
Programs sponsored by the Friends of the Altadena Library District.
We're always interested in the artists who call this place home, and discovered a new one: Mike Stillkey, via his interview in the interestingly-named Fecal Face blog. Here's his website.
A couple of items that have entered our in-box:
Chantee Benefield’s art will be on display in the Altadena Main Library for the duration of Black History Month. The library’s hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m., Sundays. The library is at 600 E. Mariposa St., Altadena. Information: (626) 798-0833.
And on Sat., Feb. 21, the Black History Parade will begin at 10 AM at Charles White Park in Altadena and end at Robinson Park in Pasadena. It will be followed by a family festival from noon to 4 PM at Robinson Park. (626) 744-7300 for more information.
A report making the rounds from Claude Willey about Monday's meeting of the Metro in El Monte: