Thursday, August 30, 2007

Mountain Lion Attack

From neighbors on Canyon Crest:

"My husband and I live on Canyon Crest Road and our neighbor across the street lost his dog to a mountain lion attack last Sunday morning. Our next door neighbor noticed turkey buzzards circling something near the hairpin and after walking his dog down there, saw the deer carcass. He thought the deer looked like it had been attacked, not hit by a car. Anyway, watch for the lion up in your area, since it escaped from Fish and Game."

FireSafe Council Gets Another Grant

We are pleased to announce the The Meadows FireSafe Council will receive another grant for fire prevention from the Farmers Insurance Group.

In recognizing "Wildfire Awareness Week", September 10-16, Farmers Insurance Group will present a check to the Meadows FireSafe Council for brush clearance of homes of elderly and disabled persons in the neighborhood.

Joining Farmers Insurance as partners in announcing: The Los Angeles County Fire Department; the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal-Fire); the California State FireSafe Council, Inc; and the Meadows FireSafe Council of Altadena.

The $2,500 (maybe $5,000) check will be presented at 10:30 A.M., SEPTEMBER 5, 2007 at Loma Alta Park.

Invitees include Congressman Adam Schiff, State Senator Jack Scott, State Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, The Honorable Mike Antonovich, Los Angeles City Council.

Please join if you'd like.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

One More Pic of Fire

a pic from the top of Risinghill.

Pics from Brush Fire Today

Here's pics from the brush fire at the top of Lake Ave. today. Keep reading for more updates and info.

Reminders for Coping with a Brush Fire

1) Notify and stay in touch with your neighbors
2) Close all the windows in the house, garage doors, etc
3) Remove any furniture, tents, and umbrellas from patios and front yard. Flying embers may land on them
4) If possible, close your roof vents
5) Have the car ready to go facing the street and with car windows closed

So, How Did We Do Today?

Here's a recap of the actions taken today by the Meadows FireSafe Council regarding the brush fire and some observations.

At around 1:00 p.m., we contacted the L.A. County Fire Department for updates on the fire and agreed to one-hour updates. We were told that the fire was above Lake Avenue with winds coming from the south moving the fire up and to the east of us.

We began calling neighbors to make them aware of the brush fire. There was no action to take at the time, but wanted everyone to be aware of the status. My estimate is that approximately 30 neighbors were contacted at the most.

By 4:30, the fire was 50% contained, had scorched 10-12 acres and was not a threat to The Meadows.

Here's some observations:

1. We do not have a functioning calling tree in which to expedite calling neighbors. We only had those phone numbers that each of us had in our contact lists. Neighbors were asked to call whatever phone numbers they had for other neighbors.

2. Many phone numbers were home phones and not cell numbers. Messages were left, but immediate contact could not be made.

3. We no longer have an updated list of neighbors who may need assistance. Should an evacuation be needed, we need to be aware of who needs additional assistance.

In summary, this was a valuable exercise for us in The Meadows. But much more preparation needs to be organized should we ever be threatened by a fire.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

RJ's Liquor County Hearing

See the article below from today's Star-News on RJ's Liquor. If you have concerns about liquor store problems in Altadena, you can make a difference by attending the hearing on Wenesday, Aug. 22, to express your views or by contacting our county supervisor:
Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich
Fifth District, Los Angeles County
500 West Temple Street, Room 869
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 974-5555

Pasadena Star News
Store Owner Speaking Out
Namkung says business unfairly targeted for crimes
By Mary Frances Gurton Staff Writer
Article Launched: 08/15/2007 11:15:14 PM PDT

ALTADENA - An Altadena liquor store owner under fire from neighbors and sheriff's officials for allegedly allowing unsavory people to loiter around his business said Wednesday he is being unfairly targeted.

Benjamin Yoons Namkung, 50, who owns RJ's liquor store in the 100 block of East Woodbury Road, said he has met numerous times with city and sheriff's officials in an attempt to allay their concerns and comply with their requests for changes at his store.

"I feel that I have been unfairly treated," Namkung said. "Sometimes sheriff's deputies pull someone over for something down there," he said, pointing to a long fence east of the store. "There is no street number on the fence, so they put in my store's address."

About 113 residents living near the store have signed a petition citing various complaints and forwarded it to the Los Angeles County Business License Commission. In addition, Capt. Roosevelt Blow of the sheriff's Altadena Station wrote to the commission about alleged problems involving RJ's Liquor, including several arrests made in front of the store, Blow said Wednesday.
As a result, the commission has scheduled a public hearing on Namkung's business license. The hearing is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday in Room 374A of the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 500 W. Temple St., Los Angeles. Sheriff's officials from Altadena, residents and Namkung will have a chance to present their sides to the panel.

Namkung's business license is up for renewal at the end of this month. Blow said since he transferred to the Altadena Station in April he has received multiple complaints from residents regarding gang activity and loitering outside the store. From June of last year to June of this year, deputies have responded to 137 incidents at the store, Blow said. Deputies also have made several arrests in front of the store, he said. On June 22, deputies arrested a man sought on a felony warrant in front of RJ's, the captain said. In April, deputies dispersed a group of juveniles loitering outside the store, Blow said.

But Namkung said he has complied with officials' previous requests for changes, including removing shelves that had blocked deputies from having a clear view into his store. He also does not sell gang attire like colored bandannas. Namkung also installed a large "No Loitering" sign in his store's front window, which warns that loiterers will be prosecuted. The owner said he installed a new gate about a year ago to keep people from hanging out at the rear of the building, as well as a 10-camera security system that monitors the store 24 hours a day.

"Every time people try to hang around I call the police," said Namkung. "You got to understand this neighborhood. People know each other, and if they run into each other, they might stand around and chat. Then they leave." Nicole Comas, 38, who said she lives in the area, said residents should take into consideration Namkung's efforts to change the environment around his store. "He's being ridiculed for the entire neighborhood," said Comas. "I don't know why they think that closing the liquor store is going to rid the neighborhood of crime. The neighborhood was like this long before Mr. Namkung came here."

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

September Meadows Meeting

It's back! After a summer break, the monthly Meadows Neighborhood meeting will resume. The Newsletter should be out in the next two weeks.

Tuesday, September 4
7:00 p.m.
4416 El Prieto Road

Gas Station Update

I had a chance to talk to one of the owners of George's Liquors. She said they had contacted Arco but they were uninterested. She is looking to get a major brand at the corner and is not going to pursue an independent brand stating that she knows that it would not generate enough business.

She asked that if anyone has a contact with one of the gas companies, she'd appreciate the lead. You can either give it to her directly or pass it to me and I'll provide it to her.

Update #2 on Canyon Crest Car

The owner of the "abandoned" car on lower Canyon Crest has been working on the car. Not sure that much progress will be made considering its condition.

It doesn't appear that the County is moving very quickly on this code violation, so everyone is encouraged to report this issue.

Here's what to do:

  • Call "211" to report the County code violation

  • Provide them with the Assessor's Parcel Number (APN) of 5830-003-014

  • Provide the code number if needed: 22.20.025 (full verbiage is below)

  • Ask that they take some action to remove the car

Here’s the actual code:22.20.025 Keeping or parking of vehicles--Prohibited when

A) A person shall not keep, store, park, maintain or otherwise permit any vehicle or any component thereof in the front yard, corner side yard or any additional area of a lot or parcel of land situated between the road and any building or structure located thereon, except that the parking of passenger vehicles including pickup trucks, other than a motor home or travel trailer, is permitted on a driveway.

B) A person shall not keep, store, park, maintain or otherwise permit an inoperative vehicle as defined in Section 22.08.220 in any residential zone. Inoperative vehicles shall be removed within 30 days from the effective date of the ordinance codified in this section.

Join Me at New Open House

I have a home for sale here in The Meadows. It's at 4318 Canyon Crest, on the northeast corner of Canyon Crest and Risinghill.

Please join me either tomorrow, Thursday, August 16th from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. or on Sunday, August 19th from 2-5 p.m.

This is a wonderful two-bedroom home with hardwood floors, sunroom, fenced yard, central air, newer roof, newer copper plumbing and newer electrical.

It is being offered for $585,000.

Need Volunteer to Deliver Newsletter

One of our volunteers that has delivered The Meadows Newsletter for quite some time needs to take a break. I need someone to deliver to Aralia and Gravelia. Please consider helping out. The next newsletter will be ready before Sept. 1

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Plans for Gas Station

The son of the owners of George's Liquor said that they are in the planning stages of turning the northwest corner of Lincoln and Altadena back into a gas station. Haven't heard when or which brand but will ask the owners when I see them.

Biologist in Meadows Friday

Jason Berkley, a Wildlife Biologist, will be walking around The Meadows on Friday conducting a study of some of our trees. He's identifying any impacts our brush clearance will have on wildlife in the neighborhood. Just wanted everyone to know so that no one thought he was staking out The Meadows.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Artbender Weekend

Here's an art event this weekend in Altadena.

Artbender Weekend is from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 7:00 p.m. Sunday at the Gallery at the End of the World, 2475 N. Lake Ave, Altadena.

This Sunday at Loma Alta Park

On Sunday, Altadena hosts two fun ways to help raise funds for five great causes.
The Naked Crow Mountain Bike Challenge is an off-road challenge on a rigorous course in the San Gabriel Mountains that, despite its name and an expectation for fun, does not actually encourage participants to ride naked.

Register for the ride at 8 a.m. at Loma Alta Park, 3330 Lincoln Ave., which is also playing host to a kids safety course.

Also in the park, the Altadena Rotary Pancake Breakfast runs concurrent with the festivities from 7 to 11 a.m., offering a chance to carb-load to one's heart's content. At $5 per person or $10 for families for all you can scarf down, no one should go away hungry or broke.

If planning to fill your gullet, don't show up too late or there will hardly be any time to let your food settle before a raucous concert from legendary Pasadena rock ‘n' roll bad boys Snotty Scotty and the Hankies, who are expected to fire up their amps sometime shortly after 11 a.m.
All funds raised benefit the Altadena Rotary Charities, the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the Altadena Senior Center, Altadena Meals on Wheels and Pasadena's Ronald McDonald House.