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From: Arroyo Seco News <news@arroyoseco.org>
Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2011, 4:27 PM

WE WON!!!
The Los Angeles County Supervisors today approved a motion instructing the County Department of Public Works to conduct a full environmental impact report on the sediment management program at Devil’s Gate Dam and Hahamongna in the Arroyo Seco. The motion, introduced by Supervisor Mike Antonovich,  included a provision that Public Works staff report back to the Supervisors within 90 days on short-term measures that might be needed to ensure the functioning and safety of the dam. Supervisors Antonovich, Zaroslavsky and Ridley-Thomas supported the motion. Supervisors Molina and Knabe abstained.
Just a month ago, it seemed a foregone conclusion that the DPW would proceed without an environmental review on the basis of an Emergency Declaration. But then a storm of public concern about the 170,000 trucks and pollution and habitat destruction as well as the fallout from the destruction of the Arcadia Woodlands changed the whole picture.  The Save Hahamongna petition, which collected over 540 signatures in just a few weeks, focused the opposition tactically, and the Pasadena City Council waded in on Monday night with a resolution supporting Supervisor Antonovich’s motion.  At the Supervisors’ Meeting this morning, the County Counsel indicated that it was now the intent of DPW to pursue the project based on a maintenance exemption rather than an emergency declaration, but all the wiggling and persuasion of the Public Works managers was not convincing to the majority of the Supervisors.
Today’s victory is the first step in ensuring that Hahamongna and its nature as well as the local neighborhoods are protected. A very important step in the right direction!  We are sure that everyone, including the County, will come out winners from a better program that includes the evaluation of impacts and alternatives and fully involves the cities and stakeholders.
Congratulations to everyone involved.   Let’s party!
ASN

Now here’s the info on TEDx and TEDxCaltech

About TEDx (x = independently organized event)

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxCaltech, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxCaltech event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

About TEDxCaltech

TEDxCaltech will be held at the California Institute of Technology on Friday, 14 January 2011, from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. TEDxCaltech will take ideas worth sharing from Caltech out into the world by celebrating Nobel laureate, visionary, and all-around “curious character” Richard Feynman, with the theme “Feynman’s Vision: The Next 50 Years. TEDxCaltech will introduce attendees to two of his core philosophies: making science accessible and the resultant pleasure of finding things out. Our audience will consist of innovators, entrepreneurs, civic leaders, venture capitalists and Caltech students, faculty and staff brought together for an exhilarating day of conversation and celebration.

Our speakers are pushing themselves way outside their comfort zones to share their newest, unique, and most visionary ideas.  The day will be punctuated by many shorter pieces, including music, performance and comedy.  There are no breakout groups; all participants will share in the same experience.  Because of this, there won’t be “in-and-out” seating.  Once the doors close for each session, they’ll remained closed until the next break.  This well proven TED paradigm results in a confluence of amazing and thought-provoking talks, collectively aimed at creating a better future — for those involved, and for the community beyond.

Using the fast-paced and intensive format of TED talks, distinguished scientists, business leaders, bold entrepreneurs and a few extraordinary student speakers will explore broad themes in three thought-provoking sessions punctuated with generous food and conversation breaks for an all-inclusive day. It promises to be an exciting and entertaining intellectual adventure!

Since not everyone is familiar with TED or TEDx, here’s a two-part  411.

TEDxCaltech takes place Friday.

First, all about TED.

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to each speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende, and UK prime minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with a simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world; and the TEDFellows program, which helps world-changing innovators from around the globe become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at facebook.com/TED.

TED2011, “The Rediscovery of Wonder,” will be held from February 28 to March 4, 2011, in Long Beach, California, with the TEDActive simulcast in Palm Springs, California.

TEDxCaltech stage is being set

I’ll be blogging live from TEDxCaltech this Friday, Janury 14. Posts will appear here, on kpcc’s The Freeway on Facebook, and Twitter (@writerdeb, #Tedxcaltech).

As you can see, the stage is being set and the excitement is building for this sold-out phenomenal selection of speakers appearing in one place on one day with “ideas worth spreading.” For speaker details, visit tedxcaltech.com.

Thanks to “AV goddess” Leslie Maxfield for this photo. That fitting quote from one of the many production staff working yesterday to set up.

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: http://ww2.cityofpasadena.net/trans/parking/topeo_instructions.asp

For full details, go to https://local.nixle.com/alert/4328892/?sub_id=332392.

The crowd turned out at Kidspace by the Rose Bowl, in the beautiful Arroyo Thursday night for the Arroyo Verde Awards given by the Arroyo Seco Foundation.

Tim Brick led the festivities which included awards to:

  • The Hahamongna Bloggers for Best Advocacy (about 25 of us blogged on the same day to protest development plans in the Hahamongna Watershed Park) below JPL
  • Foothill Municipal Water District for Greening the Arroyo–Agency
  • Urban Semillas and Miguel Luna for Greening the Arroyo–Organization
  • Arroyo Green Team, Audobon Center for Volunteers
  • Nolan Pack and PCC Student Government for Citizen Activist
  • Michael Cacciotti, mayor Pro-Tempore, City of South Pasadena (great remarks!)
  • Highland Park resident Virginia Neely for a Special Award for her historical record-keeping and assistance to many
  • Nicole Possert for Lifetime Achievement

 See my earlier post for the list of Hahamongna bloggers, and add to that Steve Scauzillo
http://templecitydailyphoto.blogspot.com/

Thanks for the great party! So nice to be recognized! And hats off to Petrea Burchard, Karin Bugge, and Barbara Ellis who hatched the united blogging idea.

While we all got certificates, Petrea’s in possession of the festive froggy award that glows in the dark! That should keep her hoppin. And thanks to new friend Robert for taking a slug of these photos.

Here are some pix. They’re also on flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/ohdebutaunt/

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