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Another great annual post about the preparations for the Rose Parade! Thanks!
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Nice post! I haven't seen the inside of Roma Market since we moved up the hill to Altadena 25 years ago. I'll have to drop by. Special thanks for the photos of the Phoenix floats. I post the renderings of the float on my Facebook Page, "All Things Rose Parade", as soon as I see them. Float builders don't release them until they get permission from the sponsors. https://www.facebook.com/AllThingsRoseParade
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That's our Captain!
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I knew there was a reason I loved it! 1960s hippie sensibilities! And the knight in shining armor, of course.
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Don't think the link to WSJ story is good, Tim.
Toggle Commented Oct 21, 2013 on Afternoon delight at altadenablog
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Agreed, Susan. Personally, I only go into a Starbucks when I'm meeting friends; otherwise, it's Zona Rosa or Coffee Gallery. But given that most Starbucks seem to either have a tie-in with another business, such as a bank or bookstore, or to be located in large retail areas such as Plaza Pasadena, they might not be interested, anyway.
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Interesting story, Tim! Yet another creative Altadenan.
Toggle Commented Oct 14, 2013 on Steven T. Seagle's animated life at altadenablog
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If it was from the Cobb Estate, then it wasn't the same guy I saw. Lonnie, what would make them come down so far? I've lived near Loma Alta Park for 23 years and never before saw a deer in that area.
Toggle Commented Oct 2, 2013 on Hello, deer near Eliot [UPDATED] at altadenablog
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I want whoever made those hamburgers to cook at my next barbecue.
Toggle Commented Aug 7, 2013 on Who doesn't enjoy a Night Out? at altadenablog
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Perhaps you did not notice the smiley face after my comment, Lisa. And last year's turnout was less than 100, I believe.
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Actually, Lisa, we have 8 census tracts and 16 TC members, so given the voting turnout for some elections, a good percentage of the voters are part of the club. ;}
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Nicely said, Michele. Unfortunately, the TC sounds much like the PUSD. Parents give up working with the PUSD for the very same reasons. But here's a thought: People go to the PUSD board meetings, not for information or to see the workings of the board, but when they must to address a specific issue. It's more like the dentist than, say, a play in Farnsworth Park. I think if the TC would do more visible and positive things in the community, residents would be more aware that we have a TC; and if the TC were more willing to use the influence it has, people would be more willing to spend an evening at a meeting to express their needs. But otherwise, why go? Why care? BTW, I do want to say that a few years ago, my census tract had a wonderful rep who posted on her blog and responded to residents. The last reps have not made an effort to communicate at all. It's easier now than ever to communicate. It would be nice if each TC member--or at least each census tract--had a Facebook fan page so we could get periodic updates.
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I have to say that this year was almost completely quiet in my neighborhood except for the Fourth, and I have to give credit to our captain and deputies for that. When I moved to West Altadena 22 years ago, the fireworks and firecrackers (NOT Safe & Sane, BTW) started between June 1 & 15 and continued until July 15-August 1. We could hardly leave the house for a week because the dogs would be frantic. This year, I only heard a few bombs in the days before and after the Fourth. I wasn't home until 9 p.m. on Thursday and the fireworks continued until midnight or so, but not as bad as last year, more sporadic. Capt. Benedict got a lot of flack after last year, which was the worst I remember, so his decision to beef up patrols and get the word out early and often really made a difference in my neighborhood.
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It's not just big dogs. Many little dogs are more snappish and aggressive than big dogs. It's dogs in general who are not controlled. Some stupid tiny little dog tried several times to attack my two medium-sized dogs when we were walking. My dogs are not vicious, but they are aggressive when attacked and one of them certainly is powerful enough to do some damage. I had all I could do to hold them on their leashes. If they had hurt the other dog, then they would have had to be put down--for defending themselves. My point is, with the rare exceptions Lori cites, dogs belong on leashes when they are not in their yards. As for a change in culture--that only happens with education. The anti-smoking campaign is a good example of a successful campaign to change the perception of a certain behavior. Post photos like Lori's picture of the doe at every trailhead, pass out fliers, put pamphlets with the sign-in logs--whatever calls attention to the problem. Get it on KTLA news! No one is safe from uncontrolled dogs--wildlife, pets, kids, adults.
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Unfortunately, Chip, you are right. I have seen so many comments by dog owners who let their dogs run free and think the problem is those of us who want the dog leashed. I've even heard the excuse that their dog is more aggressive on the leash. Well, mine are, too, because they get scared when an unleashed dog comes running at them or nipping at their heels and they can't run away--but at least I can control them.
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Congrats, Captain! The first (and probably last) cop I ever hugged.
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Ben-Yay. It's a staple in Nawlins. You can get very similar pastries at Lamill (LA Mill) in Silver Lake, with whipped cream to dip them in. And coffee with no chickory. Which may be why the beignet became so popular in New Orleans--to cut that bitter chickory taste that they say they love. Are you sure those aren't Tardises in the last photo, Tim?
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Thank you, thank you, thank you Capt. Benedict! The past few years have been horrible--and frightening, with tinder-dry brush. My family has noticed that the firecrackers have been minimal this year and only started a few days ago. They used to start around June 1 and go until about August 1, in a sort of bell curve. Word must be getting around. The fire department used to make the rounds, too, or at least respond to calls. Many a time the truck visited our street more than once on the Fourth. I really think that having patrols cuts down on the fireworks. The deputies may not catch a lot of people, but seeing the black-and-white puts them on notice.
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Here's my comment posted on Pasadena Sun: Did the Times ever think that if it had actually distributed this to Altadena, there might have been more readers? We looked forward to Tim Rutt's weekly column and other news about Pasadena that the Star-News does not cover. But, as my friend said, we are the red-headed stepchild. Tim, you have made Altadena more of a community. I moved here in 1990 and could never find out what was going on until Altadenablog came along. Star-News ignores us (maybe that's a good thing?) and no newspaper or weekly or even community bulletin board exists. Altadenablog IS the newspaper and bulletin board we so needed.
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How well I remember Mrs. Walker's eloquent speech at the library meeting! Her courage impressed everyone. I am sad to hear about Shadow. Thank God it was quick. Hopefully, beefing up patrols and equipment will help cut down on these incidents, but the fundamental problem is irresponsible dog owners. Had a nice talk with Marlin Miller from the Pasadena Humane Society at Happy Birthday Pasadena. He says the mandatory spay/neuter law being considered is partly to address violent dogs (as well as over-population in general) and avoid banning certain breeds. It would be difficult to ban pit bulls, anyway, as they are not a true breed. Maybe we should just ban stupid pet owners.
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Ouch! Dirk Gently would be proud of your headline, Tim. I think.
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Eric, we were just reporting totals. In order to add up to 543, the votes for Parks and the invalid ballots had to be reported.
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Thanks for posting this, Tim, because Athens sure didn't let us know. I just called today to order a dumpster for some trash. Wish they had told me then. I'll have to come up with something to put out just to get even! ~~
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Nice!
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It's also a great site for Wicked Lit, which isn't so historic but is quite memorable.
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