Friday, December 9, 2011

Entropy, 2

Here's the flip side of yesterday's photo. Those small black spots are bees, swarming around their hive.

Feel free to name this place in the comments if you know it. If it doesn't come up today I'll do the big reveal tomorrow.

Oh! I also want to mention that the Fork in the Road guys are doing a holiday toy drive this weekend, all weekend. Info is here.

A couple of storm updates from Ann Erdman, Pasadena PIO:


With a chance of rain in the weather forecast beginning Sunday and city crews busy collecting green windstorm debris placed at curbside by residents, city officials are concerned that blocked storm drains could lead to standing water or flooding in some areas.

To avoid this additional complication, residents are asked to check whether water in their street could reach storm drains and, if not, to clear a path for it by moving storm debris as needed. Also, as previously requested, green debris should be unbagged.

The city has also established green-debris drop-off locations at Eaton Blanche Park, 3100 E. Del Mar Blvd., and Robinson Park, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave., which are reserved for Pasadena residents only. The sites, originally intended to be open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Dec. 16, will also be open Sunday, Dec. 11, as well. Green debris cannot be dumped on the ground and must be placed inside the large bins on site.

Proof of residency, such as a utility bill or identification card, is required to drop off material. No private contractors are allowed to dispose of green materials at the park locations.

Private contractors removing windstorm-generated green debris for Pasadena residents may dispose of it at the Eaton Wash spreading disposal site at the northeast corner of Washington and Sierra Madre Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Only green material originating from Pasadena will be accepted at this site. To dispose at the Eaton Wash spreading site, contractors will be required to provide company name, address and client information. Contractors may also take green waste to the Scholl Canyon landfill at 7721 N. Figueroa St. in Los Angeles, where it will be used as alternative daily cover.

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Ann Erdman
Public Information Officer
City of Pasadena
Public Affairs Office
100 N. Garfield Ave., Room S228
Pasadena CA  91109
(626) 744-4755
Cell: (626) 375-2742
Facebook:  Pasadena PIO
Twitter:  pasadenapio


After working a week of emergency 32-hour shifts to restore electricity to its customers, Pasadena Water and Power crews have now repaired overhead power lines and placed them back into service. Crews are still focused on a few customers who have private-property damage.

Homeowners with electrical damage on private property should contact electrical contractors for repair and make sure the electricians are properly licensed and bonded. More information is available on the Contractors State License Board website at

PWP urges any homeowner still without power to report the outage at (626) 564-0199 or (626) 564-0299 so the situation can be properly and safely assessed and repaired.

City Manager Michael Beck praised PWP crews for their expertise and tireless efforts on behalf of customers.

“The men and women of our publicly owned PWP deserve the many thanks they’ve received from customers in the field,” said Beck. “Our power is so rarely disrupted that we too often take for granted that our lights and heat come on at the flip of a switch. Our power stays on for years at a time because these same crews are out there every day keeping electricity flowing to our homes and businesses. They do outstanding work.”

Beck also thanked the many other city employees, including police and fire personnel and public works crews, who put in exceptionally long hours to protect residents and property from dangerous situations caused by tree- and debris-related damage. In addition, he thanked the county of Los Angeles and the cities of Burbank, Glendale, Anaheim and Los Angeles for sending power teams and public works crews to supplement Pasadena’s response.

“Mutual aid works,” he added.

Beck reiterated that the city’s coordinated emergency response to the windstorm worked exceptionally well, with city departments working seamlessly with each other.

To further secure the reliability of the community’s electric grid, PWP crews will be working in coming months to make permanent the quick and temporary repairs they made to restore power.

In the meantime, everyone involved with directing and implementing the disaster response will debrief, revisit events, highlight successes and look for areas for improvement.

Three public meetings will be scheduled in January when residents will be invited to share their experiences. Beginning Monday, Dec. 12, a page on the city website at will also be available to take public input.


Dina said...

Those bees found a classic(al) place for their hive.

Kalei's Best Friend said...

I have not a clue... I do know I love architecture... Is the owner of the building turning a blind eye to the situation?

alex said...

still clueless.

Petrea Burchard said...

Ha! Classical, Dina. I think the hive must be completely infested. We found a honeycomb on the north side.

Kalei, the property's in transition (clue!). But although the rest of it has been relatively well cared for, it seems this building is being allowed to die a slow death.

Thanks for hanging in there, Alex. I don't intend to draw this out past the point of fun.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

oh dear, look at all that wood rot. Now I'm just concerned

Petrea Burchard said...

I am too, PA.

dive said...

I have no idea where this might be, Petrea, but it's a pretty upmarket beehive. The honey must be scrummy.

Kalei's Best Friend said...

As far as your comment to me, isn't that always true? ignoring something is easier than trying to find a solution... typical blankety blank... so and so's

Petrea Burchard said...

I wouldn't dare reach in to taste that honey, Dive.

Kalei, I don't know but it looks like it. There are several buildings on the property, many currently in use. For some reason (which could be a good one, for all I know) this one has been left to rot, whether by the previous owners or the current ones I don't know.

Steven said...

As an old house painter during my college days this was my worst nightmare. Imagine being on a 40 foot ladder and you encounter a hive of bees or wasps. I think I was making a whopping $3/hour.

Petrea Burchard said...

These bees didn't have any interest in us, Steven, but I imagine if you slapped paint on them it would be a different story. Plus we weren't on ladders.

Ms M said...

Looks like it was once a proud building. And now it's a home for bees and other creatures. Too bad it's been left to rot. I'm sure there's a story that you'll soon tell us about this....

Susan Campisi said...

Bellis, Cafe or Hiker would probably know. I should but I don't, even with your big clue. Looking forward to the big reveal...

Petrea Burchard said...

Ms. M, I don't know the story, I only just found the place myself. It was a surprise to me.

Susan, my money's on Bellis. Not only has she walked just about every inch of Pasadena, she's learned the history as well.

sonia a. mascaro said...

I haven't any clue because I don't know the city... I would love to visit Pasadena some day... Btw, I don't know USA either...

I fear so much bees, wasp, etc...