Archive for ‘October, 2009’


Die Hard

Die Hard

At 3pm, wisps were blowing up from the mountaintops. By 4pm, if you were in the car you were driving with your headlights on. If you were walking you might have had a mouth full of grit. Ash. It’s what’s left on the ground in the mountains from the Station Fire, now known to be […]

Dust Storm in La Cañada

Dust Storm in La Cañada

Driving north on the 210 from central Pasadena this afternoon, I saw what looked like another fire — thick brown smoke on top of the clouds. Circumstances wouldn’t allow me to check it out, but before long I heard from my friend Bruce Moision, who works at JPL. He said they were in the middle […]

Dust in the wind

Dust in the wind

Well, if you haven't guessed yet, we're looking at high winds tonight, and they seem to be kicking up lots of dust and ash from the burned areas.  We've gotten some forecasts from Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita, and the San Fernando Valley, but nothing yet about what we can expect here in the San Gabriel […]

Pasadena Cops Will Not Face Criminal Charges in Barnes Killing

Pasadena Cops Will Not Face Criminal Charges in Barnes Killing

The two police officers who shot and killed 38-year-old Pasadena resident Leroy Barnes in February will not face any county criminal charges it was disclosed last week. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office concluded its investigation Wednesday and stated that the shooting was “lawful self-defense.” Leroy Barnes was shot 11 times, including seven times […]

Looking for a middle school? Take the Eliot tour Nov. 3

Looking for a middle school?  Take the Eliot tour Nov. 3

Want to see what goes on inside the historic facade of Eliot Middle School (2184 N. Lake Ave., Altadena)? Principal Peter Pannell — himself an Eliot alum — will give a tour of Eliot on Tues., Nov. 3 at 9 AM. The tour is geared to parents of 4th-6th grade elementary school parents who may […]

Welcome new sponsor: Curves

Welcome new sponsor: Curves

Altadenablog welcomes our new sponsor, Curves Altadena. Rose West circled around the idea of owning a Curves franchise for several years. “Seven years ago, I met  a woman who opened one in Duarte, and was fascinated.  I joined immediately,” she said. “I was fascinated that I could work out in 30 minutes, which suited my […]

New at the Norton Simon

New at the Norton Simon

Portraiture enthusiasts be advised: starting October 30th, the Norton Simon will be running an exhibition entitled Gaze: Portraiture After Ingres. Bringing together nearly 150 works from the permanent collection, the exhibition traces portraiture from its classical orthodoxy in the Paris Salon to its place in the radical oeuvres of Picasso, Duchamp and Warhol. A minor […]

LAPD flagged by Altadenan

LAPD flagged by Altadenan

The LA Times runs an article today that the large flag used in the opening of the LAPD's new headquarters was actually hung the wrong way (the field of stars should be on the viewer's left when hung correctly).  Quick on the draw about the faux pas was Pasadena PD Commander (ret.) Bruce Linsenmeyer of […]

South Pas Up Close #7

South Pas Up Close #7

South Pasadena’s fertile thicket of trees and Arroyo-adjacent proximity to the San Gabriel Mountain wilderness make it a haven for critters. I’ve mentioned the wild parrots. And the wild peacocks. And the hawks and squirrels and skunks and chipmunks. But in our menagerie of furry and feathered friends we mustn’t forget to include all the […]

Arc-en-ciel

Arc-en-ciel

Today might be a good day to head over to One Colorado and see what we have in common with Paris. It’s A Rainbow in the Sky, an installation by the legendary artist Daniel Buren. When I say legendary, I’m talking about the Colonnes de Buren, those black and white columns you may know about […]

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