Monday, July 26, 2010

Altadena Graffiti Removal

From Carolyn Seitz:

Last week, Lieutenant Joe Dempsey distributed information about graffiti removal and about a new page on the Los Angeles County Sheriff's website ( with information on a "most wanted taggers" list.

The Altadena Sheriff's Station's Detectives are still requesting that you email photos of graffiti you see in Altadena to them.

To email photos and location information for the graffiti you're reporting, the email address is:

To call to report graffiti, you can call the Station number at 626 798 1131. Please understand that our station is undergoing renovation and for that reason, our calls are being routed to the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's station.

Calls may be answered by someone unfamiliar with Altadena or the want of our Gang Detectives to get the information timely, so if you can do it, photos and location info by email may work better.

Friday, July 16, 2010

National Night Out August 3


August 3, 2010

What is National Night Out? It is America’s night out against crime!

National Night Out, a unique crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, is scheduled for Tuesday, August 3, 2010. We cordially invite the Altadena Community to be a part of Altadena Sheriff Station’s 2010 National Night Out.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT is designed to:
• Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness
• Generate support for, and participation in, Altadena anti-crime programs
• Strengthen neighborhood and law enforcement-community partnerships in Altadena
• Send a strong message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized

Join Altadena Station, California Highway Patrol and Fire Department for BBQ - hot dogs

Sheriff’s Department Displays:
Altadena Station Search and Rescue
Altadena Station Posse
Altadena Station Youth Activities League
Altadena Station Volunteer Groups

HOURS: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
For Further Contact Deputy Mike Prince (626) 798-1131 X-2105

Bear Sighting

A Meadows neighbor reported a mid-sized bear galloping across lower Canyon Crest, just south of the hairpin turn on Monday morning.  Seems the bear was enjoying the trash can buffet! It then took off into the brush below Canyon Ridge.

She tried to get a picture, but her camera had been stolen from her unlocked car which was on Canyon Ridge.

So watch out for the bear and lock your car doors!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Reminder: Annual Picnic at Community Garden

The Annual Altadena Community Garden and Resource Fair is this Saturday.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

1:00PM until 6:00 PM

Altadena Community Garden at Loma Alta Park

3330 N. Lincoln Avenue (corner of Palm & Lincoln)

Visit their website at
A rare thing for The Meadows

From a neighbor:: Last night, Tuesday, sometime between 10pm and 7am, someone stole two tires (rims and all) off a car parked on the street on the 4100/4200 block of Canyon Crest Rd.

Time to be watchful.

Another Lost Dog

From a neighbor on Rising Hill:

"There is a lost dog on the trail at and around Little Round Top. The dog appears to be a rottweiler or similar breed, colors are tan and dark brown or black. I tried to get him to come to me but he's very skittish; was barking up a storm this morning. He looks very familiar, I think he may belong to one of my neighbors on Risinghill Road, but I can't be certain. Any assistance is finding this dog's home and getting him there would be most appreciated."

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Trail Work Has Begun Around La Vina

Work has started on the trails around La Vina.  Here's the County's plan:

The County of Los Angeles is planning to conduct the necessary fieldwork to refine the layouts of the trails and to create the legal descriptions necessary to have the easements transferred from the La Viña Homeowners’ Association (HOA) to the County of Los Angeles and recorded as required in the Court’s final judgment. Sapphos Environmental, Inc. and Bellfree Contractors, Inc., a trail design and construction company, will conduct field visits to refine the trails layouts from July 7 through July 16, between 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM. Representatives from the trail advocates and HOA may also participate in these field visits. Brush clearing may also need to be conducted on the proposed trail during these times. Any use of noise-generating motorized equipment for brush clearing will be conducted between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM.

Once the proposed trail routes are marked, on one day between July 18 and July 24, Sapphos Environmental, Inc. and the County of Los Angeles will walk the proposed trail layout with representatives from the HOA and trail advocates’ plaintiffs to give all parties an opportunity to observe the trails’ layout and identify any concerns. After the walk is completed, the County of Los Angeles will finalize the trail layout. Any unresolved issues between the parties will be brought to the judge for resolution.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works will then survey the trails from July 19, 2010 through August 13, 2010, from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Once the fieldwork is completed, the County of Los Angeles will prepare a legal description of the trail easements. The Office of County Counsel will then submit to the judge a statement for the status conference scheduled for September 22, 2010.

Rainfall Statistics

Thanks to our own Meadows meteorologist, Ray, for this helpful information:

Rainfall Summary for July 2009 - June 2010

(Measurements taken at elevation 1650 feet)

Total rainfall 29.35”
Wettest month 9.40” in January
Wettest week 8.85” in week of Jan. 17-23
Wettest days:
  • 2.95” on Jan. 18, 2010
  • 3.30" on Feb. 6, 2010
  • Millard Creek flooded both days
Comparison to prior years (ending in June ...)
  • 2009 17.25”
  • 2008 25.20”
  • 2007 7.40”
  • 2006 25.45”
  • 2005 61.60”

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Florecita Farms Break-in

At approximately 1:30 PM Thursday, a home at the top end of Florecita Drive was burglarized. (Florecita Farms is the neighborhood just to the south of The Meadows.)

An XBox and computer were taken. The suspects are two tall, thin, young (age 17 to 20), African American males, dressed in white t-shirts and khaki shorts. A police report was filed.

Please exercise caution and report any suspicious activity. It is thought that that suspects entered the neighborhood from Canyon Crest.

Community Meeting Regarding Burglaries





This year, we have seen an increase in the number of burglaries and thefts

occurring in your neighborhood. We would like the opportunity to talk with

you about this criminal activity and what can be done to abate it.

Specifically, we plan to discuss:

- How, where and when these crimes are occurring.

- What you can do to protect yourself and your neighbors.

- How you can help us prevent these crimes from occurring.

We sincerely hope that you will be able to attend. Because of the subject matter, we ask that you please do not bring children to the meeting. We realize that your time is valuable, but we believe the issues to be discussed at this meeting are important to the community and we thank you in advance for any effort you can make to attend.

If you have questions, contact the Altadena Sheriff’s Station
Detective Bureau Commander, Lieutenant Joseph Dempsey (626)
798-1131 ext. 2131.

Anyone Missing Glasses?

A pair of eyeglasses were found on Risinghill. Are they yours? If so, comment or email me and I'll connect you with the person who found the eyeglasses.