Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Sue Redman Passing

Sad news in The Meadows.  Sue Redman passed away last week.  There is a service for her:

Saturday at All Saints at 4:00.
132 Euclid Ave., Pasadena
Saturday, December 21
4:00 pm

I had the pleasure of getting to know her.  She and her husband Rich live at the end of Gravelia.
Many neighbors may have seen her on many walks that she and Diana Robinson would make around the neighborhood.

She also had written a book in the last year that was announced here.

There is a contact for if there are any questions - Ana Comacho 626-583-2737.
Our thoughts are with Rich.

Friday, December 06, 2013

Tele[hone lines down on Risinghill

From a neighbor just NE of Canyon Crest:

The thing that looks like a power line down across the road on Risinghill is actually our phone lines. AT&T won't be here until tomorrow.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

CERT Shake Out Oct 19

Altadena CERT is going to have a Shake Out exercise of our own, all across Altadena and unincorporated Pasadena on Saturday Oct 19 starting at about 10am.

We encourage neighborhoods to hold their own mini-shake out drills first and then participate with all of us after that.


We need members of the public who want to offer to help, act as victims, or act as "concerned public".

We also need sites in Altadena where some CERT members can go on Saturday for 15-20 minutes or so, walk around in the yard and communicate back to the Operations Center via radio.

(They will be reading from a scripted card describing what they are seeing, no one needs to do any staging or let anyone into their home unless they want to.)


Any CERTs are welcome to participate.

Employees of First Responder and Pubic Agencies are very welcome also.


Please respond to with any positive RSVPs as soon as possible.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Aveson School Community Meeting Oct. 12

Residents of Altadena Census Tract  4603.01

"Aveson Charter School Needs to Hear From You"

Saturday, Oct 12, 2013, 10 am -11 am

Loma Alta Park

3330 N. Lincoln Ave.

Altadena, CA 91001

(Meeting room in gymnasium building. Enter off Loma Alta Dr. and Sunset Ridge Rd.)


Kate Bean, executive director of Aveson Charter School, is seeking your input for fencing at the school, as the current chain link will come down when construction is completed. The new school site is on the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Altadena Drive.


This is a special meeting for residents to give their input in the type of fencing that will provide great curve appeal and privacy for the school.


We look forward to your participation on Saturday to share your suggestions. Ms. Bean will be present. All comments will be taken into consideration.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

ATC Meet and Greet September 7

Residents of Northwest Altadena Census Tract (CT) 4603.01 are invited to  participate in a "Meet and Greet" hosted by Donald Matthews, Altadena councilwoman Judy Matthews and Altadena councilman Damon Lamont Hobdy.  In order to better serve the residents of Altadena, we will discuss the community concerns about Northwest Altadena. Representatives from the Altadena Sheriff Station and Loma Alta Park and Recreation will be in attendance to answer questions.

Following the discussion, residents may tour the "Community Gardens." The residents of CT 4603.01 are encouraged to attend:
Saturday, September 7, 2013
10 am - 12 noon
Loma Alta park
3330 Lincoln Avenue

(Lite refreshments will be served.)



Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Leona Kassabian Passing

Leona "Lee" Kassabian, who lived on Canyon Crest, passed away peacefully on July 6. Many Meadows residents knew who as she was often sitting outside her door and chatting with everyone.

Lee was Linda Quay's Mother. (Linda passed away several years ago.) She is survived by her John, son-in-law Harold Quay, and granddaughters Meghan and Jennie.

I think she was even named Altadena Senior of the Year once.

She was a wonderful person and very friendly. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Newighborhood Yard Sale August 17

Just wanted to let you know that we will be having a neighborhood yard sale on Risinghill Road on August 17 from 7:30 to 1 p.m.  The more families participate the more customers we will have. I can be contacted at (626) 398-1828 or   Please get the word out.  Thanks, take care.


Craig Taylor

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Bear on El Prieto Driveway

A neighbor in the 4500 block of El Prieto reported a medium sized bear on her driveway this morning at 9:15.  They know the bear lives down in the canyon.  But isn't that unusual for a bear to come out so early in the morning?

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Another Attempted Break-in Thursday, 6/10, morning

Neighbors on Risinghill reported another attempted break-in Thursday morning.

One man and two women, African-American, were seen in the backyard of a home on Risinghill.  A second man was sitting in a white late-model car, possibly a Toyota.

They left the property. When the owner returned, they found that a brick had been thrown at a back window.  It broker the outer pane, but not the inner pane.  No entry was made into the house.

We have had two other break-ins in the past few weeks.  One on Risinghill and one on Canyon Crest.

The Sheriff station was called and reports made for all incidents.

As always, if you see unusual behavior in The Meadows, call the Sheriff right away.

We need to continue to be diligent.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Update: Child Care Center Hearing

Dear Altadena Resident,


Since you’ve expressed interest in the proposed child care center located at 3311 Canyon Crest Drive, this is a courtesy notification to inform you that tomorrow’s hearing (May 21) for the case will been continued to July 16, 2013 or a later date. While the case is on the agenda for tomorrow’s hearing, there will be no discussion of the case and no decision made tomorrow.


Please check this page for the latest news regarding the case.


Saturday Land Brush Clearance

Start off your Memorial Day Weekend off by helping save the planet!! Then you can bask in your  good karma all the rest of the weekend...

Yes, The Arroyos & Foothills need your help once again. We will be removing invasive and flammable plants on the upper part of Millard Canyon (in the Meadows) Sat 5/25 from 9-12. It will be on our land next to 4554 Rising Hill Rd, Altadena.
As usual, long pants and sturdy shoes as must. Water and gloves recommended. (we have some of both) Not really young child friendly (under 12).

 Email Bill for further info, directions and to sign up.

> Bill

Monday, May 13, 2013

Saturday Break-in on Risinghill

A neighbor just called to tell me that her house was broken into on Saturday evening on Risinghill.

Entry was through an unlocked side door.

Nothing was waken.  Sherriff believes they were looking for cash and jewelry of which none was at the house.

Please be sure to lock you house and cars.  We don't have that may instances of burglary up here, but always better to be safe than sorry.

Also, report any suspicious activity to the Sherriff.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Parking Notice for May 19

Dear Neighbors,

On Sunday, May 19, we are hosting a fundraiser for our daughter’s school.  It is expected to last from 5:00-8:00pm. 

We are letting you know because there will be a lot of cars parked around the neighborhood, especially along Canyon Crest Rd.  We hope you understand, because this is an important event for our daughter’s school and will only last a few hours.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Address: 4209 Canyon Crest Rd.

Phone: 626-696-3140


Maya and Noah

Friday, April 26, 2013

Altadena Community Garden Revitalization and Fund Raising

The Altadena Community Garden (ACG) Corner Revitalization Projectis in full
swing with plans being finalized and plant lists being put in order. The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation has already cleared, mulched and installed a new state of the art solar timer irrigation system. They will also provide long term maintenance of the area once the project is completed. The only parts missing now are the plants and planting supplies to cover the 3,800 square feet, estimated to cost $14,000.

For this reason, ACG has officially begun a capital campaign. Garden Members are making project presentations throughout the community and are developing a direct-mail request.

 Any other potential donors should contact: (626) 470-7482.

More information at

Altadena Community Arts Center Applications

The Altadena Community Arts Center is now accepting applications for our Spring 2013 classes.  Please join us.  We make ARTwork! 
Class Schedules, Registration Forms and payment information are available online
at www.altadenacommunityartscenter.organd by calling or visiting the Altadena
Community Arts Center at 626-797-5798/2460 North Lake Avenue. The
Community Arts Center is an agency of The Altadena Arts Council (TAAC).

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Encampment in the Canyon

From a neighbor:

"We havve discovered a homeless encampment, in the canyon below Canyon Crest Rd. When I investigated it, there were 2 collapsed tents, a lot of trash, books, clothes hanging over trees and such.

While I did not see evidence of a camp fire, this likens to the Eaton canyon fire, started by a homeless person's campfire, years ago that burned over to Cheney trail and burned down several homes in the ridge areas.

I called the Sheriff, they said I would get faster response if I called the forrest service, with no avail by either agency. The forrest personelle who answered took my phone number and said an investigator will call me back. I have called again and told to do the same thing.

Any one else want to try?"

Friday, April 19, 2013

Bear Visiting Top of El Prieto

The title basically says it all.  A neighbor at the very top of El Prieto has been visiting the homes up there regularly.  Guess any hibernation period is over.

Community Yard Sale?

A couple of neighbors are interested in a community yard sale. Any other neighbors interested? Its more fun when there's a group.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

False Report of Fire

There were at least five fire trucks up here at around 6:30 p.m. A neighbor on Canyon Crest said that someone reported a fire, which appears not to have happened. So, hopefully no one is trying to pull a prank. It was nice to know that they responded with lots of back-up

Alert System has Expired

The alert system that the Meadows FireSafe Council funded for three years has expired. I've asked the new MFSC if 2013 funds could be allocated to renew for another three years. I think it will be funded, just waiting for the money to be distributed. I did confirm that all our information will remain in the database so that we can just reactivate it. In the interim, we don't have the alert system.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Updated: Proposed Child Care Hearing

The upcoming hearing for a proposed child care center located at 3311 Canyon Crest Drive has been continued to May 21, 2013.

Hearing documents (staff analysis, draft findings and conditions) will be posted two weeks prior to the May 21st hearing, so please check back to review the latest materials.

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Hazardous Waste and eWaste Cleanup March 16

Great way to clean out the garage!  Hazardous waste and eWaste clean-up coming on March 16 from 9-3:

L.A. County Department of Public Works, Fleet Maintenance Yard,
252 West Mountain View Avenue,
Altadena, 91001

Bobcat on El Prieto

A neighbor reported a bobcat on El Prieto the past two days.  It had a squirrel in its mouth.  She wanted to give neighbors a heads-up to be careful with your smaller pets, like cats, since it seems to be in hunting mode.

Monday, February 04, 2013

Meadows Resident Publishes Book

Sue Redman, a Meadows resident, just published a book.

As she explains, "
We moved here in the 70s. Pollyanna (then Christy) grew up here and now lives in Sacramento.  Peter, the book cover artist, also grew up here and is still here.  Once you've found the perfect place to live, it's hard to figure out why you'd leave . . .
Here's the flyer:


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

More Info on Child Care Hearing

Dear Altadena Resident,


You recently responded to a notice regarding the upcoming hearing for a proposed child care center located at 3311 Canyon Crest Drive. This is a courtesy notification to inform you that while the case is on the agenda for tomorrow’s hearing (January 15, 2013), there will be no discussion of the case and no decision made tomorrow. The case will been continued to March 5, 2013 to allow the applicant enough time to present their project to the Altadena Town Council in February.


There is currently a site plan of the proposed project and a memo discussing the reason for the second continuance. All other hearing documents (staff analysis, draft findings and conditions, environmental document) will be posted in the coming weeks leading up to the March 5th hearing, so please check back often to review the latest materials.


Please contact me if you have any questions.


Maral Tashjian

Zoning Permits East Section

Department of Regional Planning

320 W. Temple Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012


Friday, January 11, 2013

Land Use Hearing of Child Care Home

Neighbors on lower Canyon Crest wanted to share information about the upcoming Land Use Committee hearing regarding the proposed child care home at Canyon Crest and Lincoln:

Residents can email their comments/concerns to the planner, Maral Tashjian (, the Altadena LUC Chair Ken Roberts ( and the LUC Secretary John Klose ( 
Altadena Town Council Land Use Committee
Will hear the following case:
Project R2006-00792
CUP: 20060049
The project consists of converting the existing 1951 square foot, one story, single-family residence into a child care center for 28 children, construction of a 180 square foot one-story addition to the rear of residence, demolish and replacement of existing two car garage and the addition of four surface parking spaces at 3311 Canyon Crest Dr. Altadena

Any resident of Altadena who wishes to provide input or comment on this project may do so at the Land Use Committee meeting listed below.
TIME:  7:00 p.m.
DATE:  Tuesday February 5, 2013    
LOCATION:  Altadena Community Center
                        730 E. Altadena Drive, Altadena CA 91001