Archive for ‘August, 2009’


Yet Another Fire Adds Smoke to the Valley – Evacuations ordered in Some Areas of East Fork

Yet Another Fire Adds Smoke to the Valley – Evacuations ordered in Some Areas of East Fork

A second blaze has been reportedin the mountains and is fueled by high temperatures and low humidity. Mandatory evacuations for dozens of residents along the East Fork of the San Gabriel River are now in effect. As of 3:30 p.m. the fire was 10 percent contained but a second blaze … FULL STORY: http://pasadenaindependent.com/latest_news/yet-another-fire-adds-smoke-to-the-valley-evacuations-ordered-in-some-areas-of-east-fork/

A landscape architect, late of Pasadena

A landscape architect, late of Pasadena

Ken Wormhoudt was a Pasadena landscape architect for many years — the family lived in the Duncan-Irwin House near the Arroyo, back before anyone much cared about Greene & Greene — and the house is one of the brothers’ greatest. Ken did the pine trees that surround the Neighborhood Church just down the block from […]

No Connectivity: What I did when I didn't have Internet!

No Connectivity: What I did when I didn't have Internet!

Hi, Lian here. Remember me? My DSL went out Sunday at 9:00pm and I’ve been disconnected ever since. Disconnected and forced to wait in my home for the illusive AT&T tech to come "check my line." Without getting into a long, ugly customer service rant ( Hello, AT&T– 2.5 days of waiting for a tech […]

Recommendations on burglaries

Recommendations on burglaries

Carolyn Seitz of the Sheriff's Community Advisory Committee sent out this email to all newsgroups on the rash of burglaries: Greetings to you all, Many of you are aware, some more painfully than others, that we are experiencing a big spike in burglaries in Altadena – both residential and auto. These burglaries are not isolated […]

Morris Dam Fire in Azusa – Red Flag Alert Due to High Temps

Morris Dam Fire in Azusa – Red Flag Alert Due to High Temps

At least 600 firefighters are battling a brush fire in the foothills above the San Gabriel Valley. The Forest Service says the fire started at about 4:27 p.m. Tuesday, quickly consumed at least 250 acres and put up a huge plume of smoke visible for miles. Highway 39 in Azusa is … FULL STORY: http://pasadenaindependent.com/featured/morris-dam-fire-in-azusa-red-flag-alert-due-to-high-temps/

Living Space

Living Space

Sometimes I stumble across something that is quintessentially California. Sure, people abandon furniture on streets all over the world. But here — artfully placed right next to a palm under a blast of almost supernaturally bright sunlight, — the sofa looks whimsical and cool. Hopeful, even. In fact, with the mild summer weather of late, […]

Heritage Square: Idyll Worship

Heritage Square: Idyll Worship

This building may seem familiar to Pasadena residents as the Lincoln Avenue Methodist Church. Of course if you know Lincoln Avenue you know it’s no longer there. The church is now a denizen of Heritage Square Museum in Montecito Heights. And it’s okay that the stained glass window is covered in this photo because–well, keep […]

All-American Wranglers at Farnsworth Park Sat.

All-American Wranglers at Farnsworth Park Sat.

The All American Wranglers will perform Sat., Aug. 29, as part of the Sheriff's Support Group of Altadena Summer Concert Series at Farnsworth Park, 7-9 PM.  Admission is free. The All American Wranglers have performed for many special events, corporate functions, concerts, as well as five shows nightly at the Los Angeles County Fair. Some […]

A Pair of Dan Chaon Links

A Pair of Dan Chaon Links

What better way to celebrate Tuesday, that most underrated of days (It’s not Monday, after all!), than with a pair of Dan Chaon related stories.   As regular readers of this blog know, I’m a big fan of Chaon’s work.  His new novel, Await Your Reply, hits shelves today.  You can read my review of it […]

WAPAC to send revised motion to county (let's see if they do!)

WAPAC to send revised motion to county (let's see if they do!)

Michele Zack, who contributed the notes about last month's meeting of the West Altadena Project Area Committee which is supervising the development of Lincoln Crossing, shares with us her public comments at last night's meeting.  The WAPAC board told the staff to send a letter to the county containing their actual motion this time, rather […]

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