Saturday, January 30, 2010

Great Pyrenees Rescue

From a Meadows Neighbor:


I haven't seen many of you lately, so you may not know that I now have two Great Pyrenees dogs that I adopted from Great Pyrenees Rescue in Devore, CA . They are Luna, a two year old female and Willie, a one year old male. They are delightful and I am thankful every day that I am able to give them a home.

The Great Pyrenees of Southern California Rescue is a non-profit organization supported completely by donations. With the current condition of our economy, many Pyrs have lost their homes and have ended up at the Rescue. There they receive the care they need while they await their new, hopefully "forever" homes. Their increasing numbers are straining the resources of this Rescue.

I am coming to you to ask you to help me to raise money for the Rescue. We are conducting a raffle on Superbowl Sunday. Although we have sold many tickets we have not quite reached our goal and I am hoping you will help. The raffle prize is a gift certificate for two nights in a deluxe room at the Hotel Mar Monte in Santa Barbara. If you are not familiar with the hotel go to and take a look. It is fabulous. Tickets are $5 for one or $20 for five.

If you would like to purchase tickets to help the Rescue please send me a check made out to:

GPASC Rescue Inc.

Send the check to:
Barbara Jacoby
4020 Canyon Dell Drive
Altadena, CA 91001

Since Superbowl Sunday is right around the corner, I won't have time to mail you your tickets. But if you reply to this email and tell me how many tickets you would like to purchase, I will enter you in the drawing and email your ticket numbers to you.

I hope you don't mind my asking for your help. Please let me know if you would like to buy tickets.


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Risinghill Land For Sale

I don't usually post real estate items, but thought this was important for residents on Risinghill and The Meadows in general.

Mr. Smiley placed his vacant land behind the homes on the western side of Risinghill on the market yesterday.  From the MLS:

"Lot to be sold as a package with adjoining parcel. Combining lots size is approx. 3.5 acres. City light views. Excellent opportunity for development."

Offer price of $2,500,000

If Title records are accurate, the smaller portion of the parcel was purchased in 1981 for $22,000 and the larger portion in 2005 for $250,000.

Pasadena Unified Passes Parcel Tax

Thought this was important information for all in Altadena.  Pasadena Unified School District unanimously approved a measure to put a parcel tax on the ballot in May.  Each homeowner would be assessed $120 to close a PUSD budget gap.  Here's a link to the Pasadena Star News article.
Star News Article

Saturday, January 23, 2010

This Morning in The Meadows

A beautiful, brisk morning here in The Meadows.  Some pics from my walk this morning.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Reminder - Linda Quay Memorial Service

For those interested, a reminder of Linda Quay's memorial service this Sunday.

Sunday, January 24, 2010 at 3:00 p.m.
Church of Scientology, American Saint Hill Organization (ASHO)
Chapel at ASHO (Lebanon Hall)

1413 L. Ron Hubbard Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone is 323-953-3250

Parking: The parking lot on Sunset Blvd. is under construction so you can park on Catalina or other streets.

The Meadows Ski Season

The Meadows Ski Season is officialy open!  A couple of pics from El Prieto and Cloverhill.

Another Loose Dog

A neighbor reported:

A Golden Lab wearing a collar was spotted at approximately 10:30 AM, Friday, January 22nd, going up the end of Risinghill Road. When approached, s/he darted into the canyon on the left. From all appearances, the dog was not accompanied by a human. We at the top of Risinghill will do our best to keep an eye out for this dog and attempt to catch him/her. Would appreciate her/his owners joining the search. Thank you!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Thanks to County Public Works

Public Works has been doing a great job in keeping Canyon Crest open.  One could argue that the work should have been done prior to the storm.  But, if you'd like to send a note of thanks, here's the contact:

Ms. Gail Farber, Director

Los Angeles County Department of Public Works

900 South Fremont Avenue

Alhambra, CA 91803

Pics of our "River" This Morning

From a neighbor this morning:

"I just thought I'd pass this morning's pics to you. Those guys down there are doing a good job. Good enough to elecit cookies from one our residents as she drove down the road to work. They've been doing an all night shift for us."

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Loose Dog Missing

An update to the last post: 

"Our dog Luna is missing. He is a medium size white lab mix. Please call 626-798-0702 if you see him." Thanks, Don and Natalie 1020 Sunmore Ln.

Loose Dog on Risinghill

The thunder scared a whitish gold smallish retriever-looking dog that ran wild on Risinghill. (Kara, it's not Loki.) He/she ran up Risinghill Rd at about 11:35 and has not returned.

Charter Services

I've heard from several neighbors that Charter Services has been down since 2:00 p.m. on Monday.  If anyone hears an update, please let me know.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Canyon Crest Open

Just heard from a neighbor on Risinghill.  They've been watching crews clear Canyon Crest and are seeing cars heading in and out of The Meadows on Canyon Crest.

Canyon Crest Access Update

I spoke with the Sherriff this evening and received this update:

Car traffic will not be allowed in or out until an engineer inspects the bridge for stability. That will happen first thing in the morning (Tuesday).

Foot traffic is being allowed on Canyon Crest.

A link to more pics from a neighbor:

Canyon Crest Hairpin Pics

More pics from Meadows side on Canyon Crest.  Quite the gathering of neighbors checking it out. What I heard is that a large truck carrying several cars out of The Meadows attempted to get past the debris and got stuck.  I haven't heard how soon they may be able to clear the debris.

Canyon Crest Flooded

Thanks to a neighbor on lower Canyon Crest before the hairpin turn. This is looking north on Canyon Crest.  The truck apparently is stuck wih a log underneath it.

Lower Canyon Crest Impassible

These pics just in from a neighbor.  I confirmed with the Sherriff that lower Canyon Crest is impassible.  Emergency crews appear to be on site.

If anyone has updates, please let me know.

Greg or comment here.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Proposed Altadena Farmer's Market Needs Response

From L.A. County Parks and Rec:

The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation (Altadena District) will be proposing to start a farmer's market at our Charles White Park. Charles White was chosen because it is the most vendor friendly area out of the three Altadena Parks. We initially intended to start the market in February, however due to time and weather . . . we may push it back to March or April. This would actually give our staff time to address any issues, ideas, and concerns from the community

We would like to invite the community of Altadena to express any issues, ideas, and concerns that they may have. Among issues that have been brought up are:

1) The best time/day of the week to have the market. It was deemed that for both Saturday and Sunday, we would be hard pressed to get vendors. Those days are the busiest for them. There are no vendors that work Mondays. The normal farmer's market is four (4)hours and are usually run from either 10am to 2pm or 4pm to 7pm. But the hours can change.

2) Traffic and parking issues along Ventura and Mountain View. This is an issue that would should be of interest to residents that live along these streets (between N.Lincoln and Fair Oaks).

3) Security issues. During the time that the market is run, we are proposing to have a park police/Altadena sheriff's prescence.
4) Keeping it local. We intend to have vendors that sell mostly fresh and/or organic produce. The second group would be prepared foods (somewhat like S.Pasadenas) and then the vendors that may sell non-edibles (jewelry, oils/soaps, clothing, etc.). We will look at local vendors first and give them priority consideration.

These are just a few of the items that the county would like to address with the community. However, we would like to hear from the community any additonal opinions, issues, ideas, and concerns by e-mailing us at

We thank you for your time, consideration, assistance, input and continued community support.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Altadena Meadows Sunset

Just wanted to share - A Meadows, Altadena pleasure - watching the sunset from my front porch.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Danny's Farm Open HOuse

This should be a fun event:

Danny's Farm Open House for the Altadena Community


Saturday, March 13th • 10:00 – Noon

Located at the Altadena Stables • 3064 Ridgeview Drive• Altadena

  • Building Friendships  
  • Learning about Animals 
  • Accessibility & Empowerment

 Danny’s Farm employs adults with disabilities, and provides a safe, nurturing environment to work and learn.

Our highly skilled, compassionate staff serves our most vulnerable populations while pairing loving farm animals with special needs children.



KINDLY RSVP: (626) 797-FARM (3276)




Friday, January 08, 2010

Linda Quay

Sad news in The Meadows today as we learned that Linda Quay died last night. 

Linda was a true leader here in The Meadows.  She hosted monthly neighborhood meetings, an annual potluck and used to publish a monthly Meadows Newsletter.  She also championed filming restrictions on lower Canyon Crest, enforcement of no hunting laws in the canyons or hills, the addition of reflective markers identifying fire hydrants among other initiatives.  She also started meetings with a few neighbors that eventually became the Meadows FireSafe Council.

Linda was known for her ever-positive, enthusiastic attitude and her giving nature.  She bravely fought cancer in these past two years.

Linda is survived by her husband Harold, two daughters Meagan and Jenny and her mother, Lee.

Any news on services or assistance to her family will be shared on this blog.

House Rental Available

There is a home for rent on Aralia if you know of anyone who is interested:
From the owner:


-3 bedrooms, 2 baths. One full, one with a shower
-Loads of windows, hardwood floors and a brick fireplace
-Has a dining room, breakfast nook, and a small office or TV room -Fenced in backyard, pet friendly
-Detached garage
-Central air and heat
-Washer, Dryer, dishwasher, stove, oven and fridge included
-Property is surrounded by nature, hiking and bike trails. Front yard has large redwood tree
-Water, garbage, weekly lawn service and alarm is INCLUDED in the rent.

I am looking for someone who will treat this home as their own...

Please email Karen at kkiefaber[at] if you have any questions!

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Motion-capture Game Cameras

From Mary Ellen:

"Hi neighbors! Just wanted to give you all a heads-up that you may see some motion-capture game cameras in and around the (unburned) areas behind Risinghill. They are small boxes, about six inches square and maybe two inches deep with a camoflauge patterned front. These are not poacher cameras!

I got them for Christmas and have put them up near game trails in the hopes of getting photos of our local wildlife. (If I get anything good, I'll send it in to the blog.)

I'd appreciate it if you did not disturb them, and if you see one, please do not publicize where you saw it - I want to keep the exact locations secret, to prevent theft.

Thanks and happy 2010!"


MaryEllen Schoeman