Archive for ‘September, 2010’


Yellow Dirt

Yellow Dirt

Whether it’s gold or coal, mining minerals strains the environment and can pose health risks to workers. What about mining uranium? A thick vein runs under Navajo lands near the four corners in the American southwest—where Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona meet. From the 1930s to the present day, uranium extraction there has fueled […]

Take your best shot: what would you ask Barbara Boxer & Carly Fiorina?

Take your best shot: what would you ask Barbara Boxer & Carly Fiorina?

On September 29th KPCC will host the second and, ostensibly, final debate between Senate candidates Barbara Boxer and Carly Fiorina, hosted by Patt and La Opinion’s Gabriel Lerner. Since we can’t have a live audience in front of the candidates we want to hear from you now about what questions you would put to the […]

Three Drunken Goats

Three Drunken Goats

WHY You’ll be tempted to continue ordering tapas until you’re full, but save room for the churros with chocolate dipping sauce, one of the best desserts ever invented.; WHAT This Montrose hot spot (no, that’s not an oxymoron) has a huge menu of delicious, light small bites (bacon-wrapped dates, croquettes, mushrooms of many kinds, grilled […]

Approximately 1000 girls Vie for Coveted Rose Court

Approximately 1000 girls Vie  for Coveted Rose Court

Tryouts for the 2011 Rose Queen and Royal Court were held last weekend at Tournament House, on Orange Grove where hundreds of area women hope for the chance at becoming the next Rose Queen, or at least be part of the Rose Court. The day we visited, Saturday, young women dressed in casual but elegant […]

Training Day

Training Day

All day yesterday and today, and then next Wednesday and Thursday, I’m in federally mandated National Incident Management System (NIMS) training. I’m not alone: Lisa Derderian (below), our emergency management coordinator, and Fire Chief Dennis Downs, have been leading the training. Several times we’ve done small-group exercises to make disaster planning and response decisions based […]

Mountain lion sighting, Rubio St. at Holliston Ave.

Mountain lion sighting, Rubio St. at Holliston Ave.

… traveling westbound at 6:30 this morning, says reader Tim Cutress. ——- View Critter Map 2010 in a larger map Read the Full Story at Altadena Blog

Clifton’s Lives!

Clifton’s Lives!

Thanks to our pal and colleague John Rabe of KPCC for this update on what’s happening with the venerable Clifton’s Cafeteria in Downtown L.A.: I guess the first thing to say is that Clifton’s Brookside Cafeteria, the historic downtown woodland-themed restaurant, has not technically been “sold.” Instead, Andrew Meieran (below, with tray), who owns the downtown bar The […]

Pit Stop

Pit Stop

I know it doesn’t have the coolness factor of Kaldi or Busters. I know the boho-chic interior is cookiecutter and chosen by a bunch of guys in suits. I know some coffee snob bloggers have said the arabica beans are not as well roasted as Peets. But still … the Starbucks on Fair Oaks across […]

Superfluous Details: Home

Superfluous Details: Home

I suppose I should define what I mean by a “superfluous detail.” I think of it as a detail on a building’s exterior for which there is no structural necessity; it exists simply for the sake of beauty. Generally it’s an architectural detail, but in today’s example the homeowner added it–just because it’s pretty. It’s […]

Altadena Weekend

Altadena Weekend

Fri., Sept. 24 Teens and tweens fun and games night: come out to the Altadena Library community room for traditional and video games. Come and hang out, have fun, snack and socialize. 3:30-5:00 PM, 600 E. Mariposa. Sat., Sept. 25 The Altadena Senior Center fourth annual Health & Information Fair from 9 AM-noon offers free […]

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