Thursday, February 25, 2010

Filming on Lower Canyon Crest

A Subaru commercial was filmed today on lower Canyon Crest.

fyi- filming is actually restricted on Canyon Crest from Lincoln to Aralia. About ten years ago, a movie was being filmed at the hairpin turn and everyone in The Meadows was stopped from going in and out while the filming took place.

A group of us met with the L.A. Film Board and L.A. County.  The restrictions are as follows:

1. Affected residents must be notified two days in advance.  This includes ALL Meadows residents.
2. Personal vehicles of cast and crew are not permitted to park on area streets.
3. Filming is prohibited on Canyon Crest from Lincoln to Aralia.
4. Production companies must remove all trash, food, etc.
5. Smoking is prohibited.
6. An EIDC monitor (not sure what EIDC stands for) must be present at all times to ensure compliance.

Luckily, the filming didn't seem to impact us.

I talked to County and the Film Board.  The Film Board apologized for its oversight.  The production manager also called and apologized.

So, info for the future should we ever need to pursue it again.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Cat in Distress on El Prieto

From an El Prieto neighbor:

"Does anyone know the owner of a beautiful young silver/grey tabby cat that lives near the middle of El Prieto Road?

 It's managed to put it's left front leg through the flea collar it's wearing, so that the collar is now around the cat's neck and shoulder. It looks very tight and the animal has to walk without using the front leg.

It's obviously in extreme discomfort and probably peril. It's been that way for at least 2 weeks. I've seen it twice, again yesterday, and haven't been able to lure it close enough to capture

It's obviously an outdoor cat, and I've got a feeling somebody around here owns it, but doesn't realize the shape it's in. This poor thing may be permanently crippled already, and may die without help. Please keep an eye out for it, and help it if you can. "

Friday, February 19, 2010

Update to Storm Debris Flow

From Carolyn Seitz:

As of 11 am today, the following information is being provided by Incident Command for the coming storm:

Rainfall is still being anticipated at 1 to 2 inches in the foothill areas with rain expected to begin between late this afternoon and early this evening.

Thunderstorms are also possible, between the late evening hours and early Saturday morning. Thunderstorms have the potential to produce greater rainfall amounts in shot periods of time.

There are no evacuation orders in place for Altadena, except that Millard Campground continues to be closed.

There are no road closures in effect for Altadena except from the Chaney Trail gate into the National Forest area.

The debris basins and inlets continue to be monitored. In some areas, the County crews continue to remove debris or loose materials where they can do it safely, but the heavy equipment will be removed from the streambeds and drainages before the rain begins.

For those of us who have friends and family in La Canada/Flintridge and La Crescenta, there are evacuation orders in place for portions of La Canada/Flintridge and La Crescenta.

The Sheriff's Department has a command post set up at Descanso and has extra resources available to patrol the evacuated areas and will continue to do risk assessment to make sure they keep these areas secure.

The Department of Public Works is also working diligently to put additional K-rail in place to direct mud and debris flows from areas with the greatest risk for impact.

More information will be provided when it is available.

The County agencies - Fire Department, Department of Public Works and the Sheriff's Department - are set up for management of this event and have additional personnel already on hand.

Stay safe and be prepared.


Thursday, February 18, 2010

Update on Incoming Rain

From Carolyn Seitz, our wonderful liaison to the Sheriff's Department:

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works has released information on the storm expected to arrive in our area around 6 pm Friday, February 19.

The National Weather Service is predicting rainfall of 1 to 2 inches in the foothill areas between Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, with a slight chance of thunderstorms Friday night and early Saturday morning that may produce higher rainfall amounts.

The mud and debris flow alert reminds us all that we should anticipate that mud and debris may flow down the canyons below the burn areas, in the watercourses and streams. In Altadena, it means that there is still a potential for impact on Canyon Crest.

The County continues to prepare, and will be monitoring the debris basins during the storm, and as many of you are aware, will continue to clean the basins and inlets, before, during and after the storm.

There is no evacuation anticipated for Altadena, except that the Millard Campground area remains closed.

There are no road closures in Altadena except the existing closure at the Chaney Trail Gate.

If you're interested in seeing the mud and debris flow predictions - the "mudcast" as it's being called, you can find the information at this location:

As always, stay safe and stay prepared.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Power Out Again

From the Edison Outage Center:

City : ALTADENA Zip Code : 91001

Start Date & Time : Monday, February 15, 2010 1:03 PM

Issue : There is currently a wide spread power outage in this area.

This outage is due to an equipment problem.

Status : Repair crews are in route.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Danny's Farm Open House

 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)

   Danny's Farm

   3064 1/2 Ridgeview Drive

   Altadena, CA 91001

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Power Out in The Meadows

To quote Gilda Radner, "If it's not one thing, it's another..."

UPDATED at 4:10 p.m. :  All power is out.

Before :
We were experiencing a power "brown out" of sorts.  I'm showing only 90 amps coming into my house.  The usual is 120.  Lights come on but are dimmed and appliances don't seem to be working.

The Edison Outage Center had the gollowing:

ALTADENA Zip Code : 91001

Start Date & Time : Wednesday, February 10, 2010 10:32 AM
Issue : There is currently a power outage in this area.
This outage is due to an equipment problem.
Status : Repair crews are gathering equipment and materials.

Estimated Power Restoration:
At this time we expect service to be fully restored Wednesday, February 10, 2010 6:00 PM

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

A Well Deserved Break!

Thanks to Amish for this great pic.

Doctors and Nurses in The Meadows

I've had a few inquiries as to whether there are Doctors and Nurses in The Meadows should someone need assistance and we're unable to leave.

If you are a Doctor or Nurse and wish to let me know, I'll keep the information confidential and will connect you with the neighbor if needed.


Public Works eNotify

From our Sherriff Liaison:

You may find additional information on road closures, bebris flow, etc. at the website managed by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works. Here's the link:

There's an eNotify button on the home page, right side.
On that site, you can sign up for mud flow, debris flow, flood and road closure emergency notifications. These notifications can be received through email or as a text message on your cell phone.

You'll note on their website that there is a list from which you may choose other notifications as well, including hazardous waste and e-waste roundups.

L. A. County Plan for Next Storm

From L. A. County Supervisor's Office:

"The incident command team is concerned about Canyon Crest. They have deployed a County Fire engine to be stationed in the Meadows and Sheriffs are on alert to assist. They are not planning to evacuate the Meadows at this time. "

Monday, February 08, 2010

Next Storm Coming

Please see Tim Rutt's  for a post from the National Weather Service.

There's a chance that Canyon Crest could be impacted yet again starting on Tuesday.

I did receive an email from our Sherriff's Liaison stating that an evacuation of Altadena was not expected, but that debris flow could again be a factor.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Pics of El Prieto Canyon

Thanks to Amish and Jeff for these pics of El Prieto Canyon.

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Canyon Crest Open

Canyon Crest is open.  Watch for the new stop signs right before the bridge both coming in and going out.  Thanks for the pic, Amish.

New Estimated Time

7:15 p.m. is the new estimated time for Canyon Crest to be open to traffic both ways.  I have heard that portions may be down to one lane, but haven't confirmed that.

Plan to Open Canyon Crest

I just got this word from the Sherriff Rescue person down at the hairpin.

They briefly were letting people in and out about 10 minutes ago.

Trucks with k-rails have arrived.  They're going to close Canyon Crest for about 90 minutes while they install the k-rails and will then open the road.


Residents Being Allowed Access?

Just had an anonymous comment on the blog that stated the Sherriffs are letting residents only, in and out of The Meadows.  Can others confirm?

Update from Neighbor

This is a report from a neighbor on Canyon Crest before the hairpin.

"Sherriff reports road will be closed for at least a day if not more, need further inspection of roadbed. This was a very large debris flow. It sounded like thunder and shook the house here on lower Canyon Crest. Rock slide on inner lane around first curve, drive carefully (may be closed at Lincoln)."

More Pics of Debris Flow

Thanks to Jane and Todd for these pics.

More Pics of Canyon Crest Flood and Debris

Canyon Crest Road Split at Bridge

More debris flow and water have caused a break in the pavement of Canyon Crest at the hairpin turn. It appears to be about a 12” drop.

Also, wood, rock and debris flow have bent the guard rail across the road. It also appears that a pick-up truck was caught in the debris flow on the south side of the hairpin.

Crews, including the large digger are on site, but not working yet as major amounts of water continue to flow out of Millard Canyon.

It’s my opinion that the road will not be open anytime today and that repairs will need to be made to the break in pavement before cars can cross. Larger trucks may be able to pass once the debris is cleared.

Canyon Crest Out Again

Just heard from neighbors that Canyon Crest is washed out again.  Heading down to take pics.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Neighborhood Watch Conference

New C.E.R.T. Opportunity

Another opportunity to be trained for C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team)

Great classes, offered for free. Best to be prepared for disasters to take care of our families and neighbors. There are only 2 fire departments for all of Altadena and no hospitals.

In Rosemead, 3 Saturdays, February 6, 13 and 20 from 8am to 4:30 (one hour for lunch)

For more information, go to:


Thursday, February 04, 2010

Meadows Senior Needs Paid Assistance

One of our Meadows seniors is looking for someone to assist her. This is a paid position.

She needs assistance with:
• showers and shampoo
• applying cream to her dry skin
• light housekeeping (laundry, dusting, change linens)
• occasional errands

She is approved for 19 hours per week, 79 per month. The position pays $9 per hour.

She would really like to have someone local in The Meadows. But if you know of anyone in or outside the Meadows, please email me or respond to this post with your email.

Thanks, Greg

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Southern CA Edison Letter in Mail

Watch for a letter from SCE today in your mail announcing that they'll be in The Meadows next week to install new meters.

SCE may knock on your door prior to starting work.  You don't have to be home during the installation.  And they may briefly turn off your power.

Anyone operating life support medical equipment can call 1-800-973-2356