Advisory Message has been issued by the Pasadena Police Department – CA.

Tuesday December 14, 2010 10:48 AM PST

Pasadena Overnight Parking Ordinance Exempted December 23rd to January 3rd

The holiday overnight parking citation moratorium is from 2 am to 6 am, December 23rd  through January 3rd.   Vehicles legally parked on the street during these dates and times will not be ticketed.  All other parking restrictions apply, however, and any illegally parked vehicles, RV’s or trailers will be cited and possibly towed.
Issuance of overnight parking citations will resume the morning of January 4, at 2 am.  For more information of the City’s Overnight Parking Ordinance and Restrictions, please visit the City of Pasadena Department of Transportation’s website at the following link:

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These shots were taken in the middle of the first World Series game tonight as this helicopter flew in and landed behind the house across the street from me, between Glenrose and Fair Oaks, above Palm. Anyone have the details on what was going on? Was it the sexual preditor they’re looking for? A medical situation? I shot some video, too. I’ll check that and post if it’s good enough.

Sorry for delay is posting this good news from the Altadena SheriffStation.

Detectives announce the arrest of Ralph Wyatt MB/49, an Altadena resident for burglary, stalking and sexual battery of two women, ages 89 and 49.


Between January 23, 2010 through January 31, 2010, multiple residential burglaries of two separate locations were reported in the Altadena community. The suspect left unique apology notes at each scene, which included sexual explicit references and indicated on at least one note, that he would return. A partial print was collected by the Los Angeles County Crime Lab, which returned to a registered sex offender, residing in Altadena.


A search warrant was obtained and executed, on February 3, 2010, at Suspect Ralph Wyatt’s home in the 1000 block of East Woodbury Road. Suspect Wyatt was taken into custody and conclusive evidence of his involvement in the crimes was recovered. Suspect Wyatt was booked at Crescenta Valley Station.


The facts of the case were presented, by Detective Richard Pippin, to the District Attorney’s Office of Pasadena Court, and four count of residential burglary, two counts of stalking and one count of sexual battery were filed against Suspect Wyatt.


Based on the circumstances of the crimes, it is believed that there maybe additional victims. Anyone with additional information or questions should contact Sergeant Danny Robinson, Altadena Station Detective Bureau (626) 798-1131.


Got the announcement this afternoon that Altadena’s head sheriff is blowin’ town.  Here’s his official email, complete with his signature statement:

The purpose of this email is to advise you that I will be retiring from
the Sheriff’s Department effective March 31, 2010.
You are a great group of folks and it has been an honor and privilege to
have served with you as part of the LASD family.
Thank you for allowing me to share this part of my life with you.


In order to be a Great LEADER, one must first learn how to FOLLOW.

Adopt the VISION, press toward the MARK, and  your path of LEADERSHIP
shall be clear.

More details and I’m sure a helluva party to come.

Here is some useful info from our supervisor’s office.

DATE: December 10, 2009


ARCADIA, CA – County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich and County pest
management experts remind residents in the foothills and near the recent
wildfire burn areas to be cautious about wild animals that may have been
displaced by the Station Fire and subsequent debris flows.  Coyotes,
mountain lions, bobcats, bears, and other animals may find their way
into residential areas looking for food, water and shelter.

The best way residents can prevent wild animals from frequenting
residential property is not to leave any food outside. This includes pet
food, and pets themselves, which wild animals may consider food. Pick up
fallen fruit on your property and harvest your gardens regularly. It is
important to keep garbage containers tightly covered. Residents should
never intentionally feed wild animals, as doing so creates a danger for
residents and teaches the wild animal to depend on humans.

Additional Safety Tips:

● Do not approach wild animals, even small young ones, no matter how
“cute” the animal appears.
● Consider hiking, biking or jogging with a partner.
● Try to avoid jogging or hiking near wildlife areas when wildlife is
most active: dusk, nighttime, and
● Keep a close watch on small children.
● Clear brush and dense weeds on your property.
● If your property is infested with rodents, consider control
measures as rodents can attract hungry

For immediate threats or serious injury, call 9-1-1. For concerns over
sightings or evidence of wild animals, contact one of the authorities
listed below.

County of Los Angeles Pest Management
Coyote Information:
Or, for more information on coyotes, rodents, or similar pests, call
(626) 575-5462 (Monday through Thursday, business hours)

California Department of Fish and Game (Mountain Lions, Bears,
Keep Me Wild:
(916) 322-8911

County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care & Control
Wild Animal Information:
Shelter Information:
Pasadena Humane Society
(626) 792-7151

Glendale Humane Society
(818) 242-1128

San Gabriel Valley Humane Society
(626) 286-1159

Established in 1881, ACWM protects consumers and the environment
through early detection and exclusion of dangerous, invasive insect and
plant pests; enforcement of laws and regulations regarding safe
pesticide use; operation of an environmental toxicology laboratory;
clearance of weeds, brush, and debris from vacant land to reduce fire
hazards; inspection and verification of accuracy of scales, meters,
price scanners, and quantity labeling on packaged goods.
# # # #

From Carolyn and the Sheriff station:

A variation on the behavior of some burglars has been reported.  I don’t know at this point in which part of Altadena the incident occurred, but at approximately 2:30 am on Wednesday morning, a resident was awakened by the sounds of a woman in distress at the front door.

The woman at the door said she and her baby needed help.

As the resident was talking to the woman through the door, a man was attempting entry at the rear of her home.

If you have a similar experience, call the sheriff’s station first and then holler through the door – “don’t worry, I’ve called the sheriff for you.”

That has been a deterrent in some areas.

Altadena Sheriff’s Station – 626 798 1131.  You can stop in at the Sheriff’s Station and ask for stickers with the Sheriff’s Station’s phone number that you can put on your phone, so when something happens, you don’t have to try to remember the number.  It’ll be on your phone.

Stay safe!

Sorry for late notice, but I’ve been out of town.

As if we haven’t had enough fires and other emergencies to wake us up, right? But I bet most of you don’t have your emergency plans in place still. Tonight at the Altadena Community Center, 7-9 p.m., learn how you can remedy that and prepare for the next emergency or disaster.

The Community Center is at 730 E. Altadena Dr., next door to the Sheriff station.

From Carolyn,

There is some good news to report about the Station Fire – good for Altadena, not so good for some of our neighboring communities.

For Altadena, there are no more Mandatory Evacuation orders in place, and no Altadena areas are on the list of locations open to residents only. The entire Eastern Boundary of the Angeles National Forest will be closed effective 12:00 pm on September 3, 2009 until full containment of the Station Fire.

The only road closure left for Altadena is Chaney Trail, at the Angeles National Forest gate.

So, I hope we can all recoup and rest today and prepare to have some fun this weekend with the all the arts events going on.


Altadena Junction has artist Alex Schaefer painting 20 minute portraits Friday night. Here are details:

Event:  Alex Schaefer will be painting 20 minute oil portraits from life!
      “Sit and get painted.”
Where: Altadena Junction
Start Time: Friday, September 4 at 7:00pm
End Time: Friday, September 4 at 11:00pm
To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:

Project Altadena will be up for viewing! Sponsored by the Altadena Arts Coalition, the prints from Altadenans who scoured the town with disposable cameras to capture their personal views (one of whom would be me), will be available for viewing beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday in the alley behind Altadena Hardware.

The Gallery at the End of the World has a show opening tonight! And nobody does an art opening better than Ben!

And Sunday, the fabulous Carol Channing plays at the Altadena Community Church to help them raise funds for a new roof. I was going to go, but another commitment will prevent that. But I’ll be out Friday and Saturday enjoying the fun!

And stop by the great businesses on Lake near the Gallery, like Websters Fine Stationers. Lori has brought it beautiful, locally made cards, custom decorative signage companies, and more. Won’t find what she has anywhere else nearby.

See you in Altadena!

KPCC is staying on top of things. Fire Dept. briefing at 10am and Gov. Schwarzenegger is being briefed by CalFire at the same time. Effort underway to protect the transmitters at Mt. Wilson and the Acton area.

No point in calling this the La Canada fire when it’s over Altadena. Here are some more pix from today. I’ve got still more to post, but tomorrow. I’m beat. Fun, crazy, scary day.

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