Discussion of schools to be closed in PUSD
PUSD faced with $20 million loss of revenue from the State of California. A Budget Advisory Committee, representing a cross-section of PUSD employees, parents and community members, developed a preliminary list of options for budget reductions in future years. Areas for discussion included school consolidation, renegotiating union agreements, managing assets to produce revenue, imposing new fees, and of course the failed parcel tax proposition. The school board on July 20th directed Mr. Diaz to form a school consolidation committee to look at schools most appropriate to be closed with enough time for parents to review.
Board voted Ken Roberts as the ATC rep to join this task force.
Peafowls and Peacocks. (Chair report)
of peacocks running wild in Altadena. There are no enforcement codes to handle
them. Peacocks are not a protected species.
Hillside Ordinance: LA County Supervisors have added the Hillside ordinance as an addition to our Community Standards District. The Town Council presented a plaque to members of the committee for their diligent work to preserve the beauty and charm of Altadena.
Highway Patrol------Officer Hsu
· Local Office (626) 296-8100
· Concern for the use of mini scooters up and down street. They are
not street legal and may not be used on street. ·
In July there were significant increase in citations being issued
for speeding and seatbelts. ·
Next Wed Aug 25th, the CHP is doing a “Zero Tolerance”
campaign for illegal cell phone use while driving.
A "Road Diet” presentation about restriping of upper Lake, bringing
the road from 4 lanes to one in each direction, including a buffer area that
would be a shared bike/walking/parking lane allowing residents to back up into
the buffer area rather than into traffic.
- According to Oganesyan, while the posted
speed in that stretch is 35 mph, the “average prevailing speed” is 41 mph, with
vehicle traffic averaging 4,004 cars a day.
- Most collisions (64%) were the result of improper turning or
unsafe rates of speed. Lake Ave has an 8% downhill grade which increases speed of
vehicles especially going southbound.
The county’s proposal was to restripe
that stretch of road to one lane in each direction, with a center turn median. Drivers
wanting to make a left hand turn would enter the middle lane to wait for a safe
space to make a left turn.
- Previous “road diet” campaigns brought significant decreases in
accidents due to speeding, well over 50%.
- Posted Speed Limit will be 40MPH from
35MPH but it will become radar enforceable and the County will work with CHP
for harder enforcement. All data so far shows a decrease in accidents when this
kind of striping occurs.
Council voted to support restriping of
2008/2009 housing market plummeted and the capital markets were
frozen. Hence the organization put
the project on hold because their resources were at risk including their other
retirement communities. The MonteCedro project is now moving forward, with a
re-shapment of the original project.
- The project will be smaller and phased in
keeping with the current economic environment.
- Construction is planned for the summer
of 2015 construction.
- If sales go
faster the project will move ahead faster.
- All residents who wish to move back
may and units have been set aside for them. Funds have been set aside ($15-18M)
to take care of subsidizing 150 residents at Scripps-Kensington.
- Monte Cedro will have leased office space and will
launch their marketing efforts in September.
- They have hired a new landscaping company who will be
there on Fridays to weed, trim trees. They will bring a security service to
patrol the site. The netting is coming down.
- By mid October they will have
hydro seeded the property with wildflowers and native plants.
Town Council approved sending a letter to County Regional Planning recommending
APPROVAL of R2008-00738 (CUP R200800079) for T-Mobile to install an unmanned
telecommunications facility disguised as a 35 foot monopine located in the
R1-7500 zone at 347 W. Altadena Dr., and the associated equipment cabinet.
proposed monopine is 35’ with 12 antennae plus a separate equipment cabinet. It
be located to the rear of the parking lot of the Altadena Church parking lot.
The proposed tower will replace the wood tower already on this site. This
proposal is merely improving on it and making it a more permanent structure.
Other sites have been explored but all feasible sites have already been taken.
Announcement: Report made on campaign by Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy
to purchase 21
acres in Rubio Canyon to preserve it as open space. More info here: http://www.arroyosfoothills.org/index-home.html