Saturday, December 23, 2006
Another break-in occurred at a home on El Prieto on Thursday, December 21 in the morning. Cash, jewelry and gift cards were stolen along with the house being “trashed”
Also, a car theft was reported today here in The Meadows, Saturday, December 23, 2006.
Time for all of us to be diligent in watching the neighborhood. Please call the sheriffs if you see anything suspicious.
Bridwell spoke with the property owner’s leasing representative who promised that NO check cashing store is on the slate or even being considered for the location. The owner has authorized him to meet with Bridwell to begin reviewing the project and open discussions of options for tenants for the new building. The owner stated that she has felt harassed by certain members of the community but wants to bring quality tenants to the area and its residents.
Bridwell is asking that the West Altadena community trust that he has our best interest at heart and will work diligently to acquire the best tenants for our neighborhood. He is open to suggestions any of us may have for tenants. Please understand that the owner of the property is under no obligation to the community or to the County to abide by our wishes. She has passed the County's required standards for her building. Now it is a matter of friendly and open negotiations as to what we can achieve on that corner. Feel free to contact Bridwell at email@example.com.
As of December 18, 65 postcards for indicating interest had been returned. In addition, some homes on El Prieto Road had been scheduled for assessment prior to the mailing to individual landowners.
An application for registration of the local FireSafe Council as a non-profit organization has been filed.
Quotes for insurance covering the grant and council members performing tasks relating to it have been obtained.
Progress on the Council’s Action Plan, as well as the mechanics of record-keeping, were discussed at the December meeting.
County Public Works, Lincoln Avenue Water Company and So Cal Edison are to be contacted regarding their areas of responsibility in the matter of brush clearance.
Mr. Lopez is scheduled to attend a meeting to discuss recent clearance requirements being implemented by the California Fair Plan that are not consistent with objectives of other statewide agencies.
FireSafe activities can enhance property values and hopefully decrease insurance premiums. Wendy VanDeWater stated that she has acquired home insurance from a firm other than the California Fair Plan. Anyone with similar experience is asked to call her at (626) 798-2149 to share their experience, so that others currently on the expensive Fair Plan can learn of alternate insurance providers that offer insurance at better rates..
Altadena - The public's right to access the Angeles National Forest and the Own Brown gravesite using El Prieto Road was affirmed Wednesday by the California State Court of Appeals.
The appeals court upheld the ruling of a 2002 lawsuit brought by Save the Altadena Trails that sought to remove a gate that homeowners had erected to block the long-used roadway, which is on private property.
In July 2004, the court concluded that the public had a historical right to access the grave sight and the national forest using the road. It granted an easement for publich right-of-way and recreational purposes.
The defendants appealed the decision in June 2005, but the appeals court ruled Wednesday that the evidence amply supported the judgement.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
I was searching for a Winter scene picture of The Meadows to post to this blog. Something snowy, festive, etc. Well, my search didn't uncover much since we've been having mild, but chilly mornings.
So here's a picture of El Prieto Trail that was on the web. It's where I walk my dog, Boo, almost every day. A great reminder that we live in a wonderful environment.
Happy Holidays to all,
The owner was asked to continue cleaning up his property as it violated county codes regarding abandoned vehicles.
An article titled "Residents up in arms over check-cashing business" talks about the proposed check-cashing business that will be one of the tenants at the now under-construction retail and office space at the corner of Lincoln Ave and Altadena Drive.
A flurry of emails described it as "the kiss of death to any quality we expect," a lure of crime and blight and a dangerous legacy to the area's children.
The issue is that it will be located across the street from George's Liquor and that the combination of a liquor store and check-cashing business has driven up crime for similar combinations in Altadena.
Our own Meadows resident and Altadena Towncouncilperson, Dennis Bridwell, is quoted in the article and stated that he is confident that the owners could be convinced that the check-cashing business would not be a good investment.
One owner, Elizabeth Szkiba, was quoted by Towncouncilperson Michele Zack, as saying, "I've invested a lot of money, and when you people are paying my bills, then maybe I'll listen to your advice."
I'll post more news as it becomes available.
Monday, December 18, 2006
So far, almost 60 homes have been assessed. We appreciate the response from the neighborhood and encourage all to return the postcards that were mailed at the beginning of the month.
An action plan for the preparatory phase of the Meadows’ fuel-reduction project was outlined by Greg Stanton and discussed at a meeting of the Fire Safe Council on December 21. The project’s purpose is to protect the Altadena Meadows as much as possible in the event of a brush fire, by reducing fuel in the vicinity of, and within, the Meadows Subdivision.
Each property owner in the Meadows will soon be receiving a letter inviting them to participate in an assessment program to determine which vegetation poses a danger in the event of a fire. Recommendations will be made to the property owners about which trees and/or other vegetation ought to be removed or trimmed. The final decision about action to be taken, however, rests with the property owner. Grant funds may be available to help them follow the recommendations.
The assessment will be conducted by J. Lopez of the L. A. County Fire Department, Forestry Division, accompanied by a member of the Fire Safe Council. It will take approximately 30 minutes for each parcel. It should not be confused with the inspection that is conducted annually by the Forest Service. Such inspections will continue, and property owners will be required, as usual, to mitigate fire danger according to their instructions.
The Meadows Fuel-Reduction Project is being funded by a grant received from the California State Fire Safe Council in the amount of $80,000. The first demand on these funds will be for goats and manual crews to clear brush on the hillsides in the immediate vicinity of the Meadows.
The Fire Safe Council meets on the third Tuesday every month.
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Our first check was awarded by Ms. Brooke. The importance of this event is huge and a result of the grant writing talents of Bridwell and Stanton. The funds from this award will be used to help in the area of fire prevention in The Meadows.
Also present was Ms. Janice Woody who is providing the use of her non-profit organization to park the funds while we create our own Meadows 5013C organization.
Watch for more FireSafe news as we begin to implement the project.
Hunters with bow and arrow were spotted heading into the canyon from Gravelia. The sheriffs were called and spoke to the hunters. The hunters claimed, according to maps, our surrounding area allowed hunting. The local sheriff pointed out that it was not allowed and enforceable under the law. Should you run into any hunters, first call the sheriff. If not available, call Linda at 626-794-3832. Please do not have any altercations with any of these hunters.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
ALTADENA — Homeowners trying to block public access to El Prieto Fire Road agreed late last week to stop harassing hikers.
The homeowners, John and Melody Mitchell, Jerome and Verna Cooper, and Wayne and Mary Traylor, were facing a contempt of court hearing for violating the conditions of a 2004 ruling that allowed access to the road. Part of the fire road crosses their property.
The ruling is under appeal.
El Prieto Road connects the Meadows area of Altadena to other trails in Angeles National Forest, including those leading to the grave site of abolitionist Owen Brown, who died in 1889.
“They were getting front of people, yelling at people, taking photographs of people, calling the sheriffs,” said Paul Ayers, prosecutor for the case.
The Mitchells, Coopers and Traylors could not be reached for this story. Their attorney, Michaeline Re, had no comment.
“Apparently they were misinformed as to the effects of that  judgment,” said resident Raymond Backes. “They felt that their appealing of the case staid the judgment of the court so that they wouldn’t have to honor the general public’s right to go through there.”
Backes said he was among those confronted by homeonwers when hiking the trail.
“We are legally entitled to go through there,” he said.
Under conditions of the settlement, the homeowners are prohibited from speaking to or interfering with any member of the public who is on the trail easement, photographing or videotaping them, or erecting any barriers on the trail (though “No Trespassing” signs will remain in place).
In exchange, they have asked that trail users do a better job of picking up after their dogs and carrying trash and cigarette butts out with them.
Ayers said he would encourage hikers to do so.
“People should recognize they have a responsibility to minimize their impact as trail users,” he said. “Trash generates trash just like graffiti generates graffiti.”
Monday, October 23, 2006
This story is a bit sad. Last night I found a small coyote laying near my pond. He was having a problem standing up and I thought his back legs might have been injured. After a couple of attempts, it was clear that his legs were okay, but he couldn't stay standing. I concluded that he may have fallen down the hill.
I had to call Animal Control to see if they could help. He curled up in a ball. I brought water to him, petted him and tried to create a safe environment. Animal Control came at 12:30 a.m. After checking him, the officer saw blood coming from his nose. By this time he was quite listless.
I've included this picture of him as he was a truly beautiful animal. And although tragic, the experience was peaceful and giving as only nature can demonstrate.
Last Tuesday, a bear was in my backyard! I got home at about 10:00 p.m. and let my dog, Boo, out for a run. He immediately started sniffing the front walkway and patio. I turned on the patio lights and saw HUGE bear paw prints coming from the pond to my front porch.
We've had a bear in the neighborhood for the past few years, but what worried me was that it must have been at my house prior to 10:00 p.m., not the usual middle-of-the-night sightings.
By the way, this is the second time the bear has been at my house. Last year, a neighbor spotted him on my front lawn at about 1:30 a.m.
I thought of nicknaming him Boo-Boo but thought my dog would get confused!
Saturday, October 21, 2006
- 4318 Canyon Crest Rd. An adorable 2 bedroom, 1 bath home at the corner of Canyon Crest and Risinghill. Hardwood floors, central air, copper plumbing, updated electrical, charming grounds and play yard. Offered for $605,000.
- 4216 Aralia Road. Post and beam modernist home with open floor plan, bamboo flooring and walls of glass. 1847 sq. ft. (per assessor) on a 7200 sq. ft. lot (per assessor). Offered for $849,000.
- 4543 El Prieto Road. At the end of El Prieto, a 4 bedroom, 4 bath home on the canyon, nearly every room opens onto a private courtyard or brick patio overlooking the Angeles Crest Mountains. 2768 sq. ft. (per assessor) on 15,410 sq. ft. lot (per assessor). Offered for $899,000.
- 4421 El Prieto Road. A 3 bedroom, 1.75 bath mid-century home on the canyon in need of TLC. Offered for $689,000.
- 4455 Risinghill Road. Custom remodeled interior updated for the modern lifestyle. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, integrated interior/exterior audio system. 1640 sq. ft. (per flyer), 6300 sq. ft. lot (per flyer). Offered at $789,000.
And a little further down the road:
- 3369 Canyon Crest Road. Major improvements underway for this 4 bedroom, 3 bath home. 2653 sq. ft. (per assessor) on a 22,220 sq. ft. lot (per assessor). Offered at $975,000.
- 3720 Canyon Crest Road. A gorgeous wood and rock home, 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 2710 sq. ft. home ( per assessor) on a 67,680 sq. ft. lot (per assessor). Custom cabinets, granite and tile from Mission West, and terraced lot. In my opinion, this is a beautiful, woodsy home. Be sure to stop and see it at one if the open houses. Offered for $1,650,000.
“Information provided by seller or third-party sources. Information is not verified or guaranteed.”
Greg Stanton, Realtor
Dilbeck Realtors, GMAC
- Even with the close of the scoping period, the community can provide further comments beyond October 30.
- 1,720 comments have been received.
- Numerous comments were received regarding the proposed parking on Canyon Crest Rd.
- The next public meeting regarding Millard Canyon will be in April 2007.
- Final Environmental Impact Report is scheduled for October 2007.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Grand Opening ceremony for the new gymnasium and community rooms, Monday, October 23rd at 5:00 p.m.
Community Celebration of Park Opening, Friday, October 27th from 5:00 - 9:00. Come for music, booths, kids activities and tours of the new buildings.
We'll discuss general information about the California FireSafe Council and more specific information about the plans the Meadows FireSafe Council has prepared for using our upcoming grant money.
It's all about brush clearance and protecting our neighborhood, so please come.
Tuesday, October 24th
Loma Alta Park Community Center
(entrance and parking on Lincoln Avenue)
Friday, September 22, 2006
It is illegal for people to take materials out of recycling bins.
Some residents expressed concern about brush clearing on a hillside section of Canyon Crest. The owners of the property are the ones who have cleared the brush. They have been contacted and said that they are aware of the possibilities that this could pose. They did however take care in picking the proper trimmers that would not violate any root structure and are keeping an eye on the hillside. They are watering so that the existing good plants will grow fast and retain the hillside wall preventing a collapse of the mountain and at the same time eliminating fuel for a fire.
Many from the Meadows turned up at the meeting on the 14th at Loma Alta Park as well as some from lower Canyon Crest Road. The purpose was to get any voices down on paper either for or against any or all of the proposed projects. We are not yet done with this situation by far. The consensus of the Meadows has only two people wanting the trailhead. It is extremely important that each and every one of us tells the proper department what we think. There is a deadline for getting these comments in (Sept. 20th) but they said they would extend the deadline if you send it in. To make your voice heard, you must write now.
Send comments to:
County of Los Angeles Chief
Attn: Mr. Adrian Garcia
500 West Temple St Room 754
Los Angeles CA 90012
Send a copy to:
Office of the Fifth District
215 N. Marengo Ave. Suite 120
Pasadena, CA 91101
Be at this months meeting to learn what to do next about the ongoing prevention of the trailhead on Canyon Crest.
Saturday, September 02, 2006
Four scoping meetings have been planned with the most convenient on September 14 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Loma Alta Park.
Residents have already voiced concerns including increased traffic and impact to our emergency evacuation plan. Other residents may well be in favor of the continuous trail.
The Meadows has had great success in collectively responding to other issues and proposals that would have impact to us. In the past, these have been the restriction of filming on Canyon Crest, the formation of the FireSafe Council, and the ban on hunting. It is suggested that we gather the opinion of Meadows residents to communicate a collective response to the County. Please come to this month's meeting, as we need to hear the opinion from all interested parties in the Meadows.
Attached to this month's newsletter is a form that we would like you to complete and sign. Drop it in Linda’s mailbox at 4199 Canyon Crest Road. Or better yet, come to the meeting for a great discussion on the proposal. Our collective opinions will then be delivered to the County. There truly is strength in numbers as we continue to establish The Meadows as an active voice in Altadena.
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Our Town Councilman, Dennis Bridwell, addressed these outages with the County Supervisor’s office while we were in the middle of the outage. He was told that Supervisor Antonovich contacted Southern California Edison which will be addressing the problem. The SCE believes we have an old grid that services our area. Other theories heard by residents include the possibility that an old transformer services our neighborhood. Dennis will be calling for an investigation into why The Meadows appears to have more power outages than many of the surrounding areas at the next Town Council meeting. Please support his efforts by attending the meeting on Tuesday, August 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Altadena Community Center. Thanks to Dennis for his proactive approach.
Also note that the Sunday’s Star News coverage of the outages in Southern California never mentioned Altadena. In an email response from the reporter, he acknowledged that he inadvertently left Altadena off the list. Please contact these reporters when oversights occur. (Emailing the reporter is fast and easy.) “Getting press” on the issue helps stir offices like the SCE and County Supervisor’s office into action.
I talked to the owners of George's Liquor today. They said that a group of guys around the houses west of Loncoln and George's appeared to be "playing around". They assume that it turned into a fight and guns started being fired. The youths ran to George's parking lot but never entered the store. The sheriffs were called.
That's all the information we have so far. If anyone has additional information or comments, please post to our blog.
Monday, July 24, 2006
After our power outage on Saturday from 2:30 p.m. to approximately 2:30 a.m. (or that's when I woke up and found that the power was restored), I thought this article from the Star News on Sunday had some good ideas to help reduce power consumption and in turn help the planet.
Under the Home Electronics section:
- Unplug DVD players and TVs, or plug them into a power strip that you can switch off. Sixty to 80 percent of the electricity they use is consumed while they're idle, powering light displays and "instant on" features.
- Unplug "wall warts," or plugs attached to a black transformer box (like a cell phone charger). If they are plugged into an outlet, they suck up electricity whether charging another device or not.
- Ideally, unplug or turn off your computer when it's not in use. If you can't do this, use it's power-saving sleep mode, which uses 60 to 80 percent less energy than full-power mode.
- Turn off printers, copiers and fax machines when they're not in use. Don't rely on sleep mode.
Potential savings: As much as $137 a year.
Using power management on your desktop computer could save 900 kilowatt-hours a year. That amounts to 1,500 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, the equivalent of driving from New York to Salt Lake City.
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Way to go Dave!
Monday, July 10, 2006
And remember, The Meadows does have an established Neighborhood Watch, although we probably need to update our information.
For the National Night Out, the Sheriffs will provide the burgers and hot dogs. They're requesting that other groups bring chips, sodas, salads and desserts.
Saturday, July 08, 2006
The Altadena Community Gardens Annual Garden Picnic is this Saturday, July 15 from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m.
This delightful annual event brings friends and neighbors together to enjoy the bounty of the gardeners. There's great food, fun, garden tours, raffle, and the Brown Mountain Jazz Band. Several of our Meadows neighbors will be participating.
The Garden will provide the meat and drinks. Each Garden Member brings a dish to serve 40.
Garden member and one guest attend free with the donation of a dish. Children under 5 are free. Children 6-12 are $4.00 each.
Other guests, including Garden Associates are $7 in advance and $8 at the door.
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Preparations are being made for National Night Out, August 1, 2006.
This year we'd like to honor all of our Neighborhood Watch groups by having a Barbecue at Farnsworth Park, potluck style from 6pm-9pm. A National Night Out presentation is to begin at 7pm in the Amphitheater. Altadena Sheriff's station would provide the burgers and hot dogs, and would like a commitment from each group to bring either chips, sodas, salads, and desserts to share with your fellow Neighborhood Watch groups.
Speaking of which, the check from Allstate Insurance will be presented on Friday, July 14th in Sierra Madre. Then, on Saturday, July 15th from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., we’ll participate in a community outreach event with Allstate, L.A. County Fire Department, the Forest Service and various other fire prevention organizations. The event will take place at Parking Lot I at the Rose Bowl, just outside KidSpace. Volunteers are needed to man the booth. Please call Margaret Bridwell at 626-798-0489 to help support the council.
Two suspects attempted to break into a home on El Prieto in mid-day while the owner was at home. The suspects rang the doorbell a few times and when it wasn’t answered, one began climbing through the kitchen window. Thankfully, the owner scared them off and they ran on foot up El Prieto Road. They were not apprehended as had been earlier thought.
There was possibly another similar incident on Canyon Crest, although it hasn’t been confirmed.
Another neighbor reported that food had been stolen out of a spare refrigerator in her garage.
And yet another neighbor reported that she had a couple of instances of young adults ringing her door as if to solicit something. It was found that a few churches (and they may be from out of state) have been dropping off young adults in the neighborhood to sell magazine subscriptions.
Please don’t wait to report unusual activities and crimes to the sheriff. They need to be fully informed of activities in our neighborhood. In addition, we want strangers to the area to know that we watch out for our neighbors and our welfare.
Monday, June 26, 2006
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