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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Chainsaw Gang

They came

They sawed

They conquered.

We were released from captivity on the block yesterday when a team of CDCR Prisoners came with chainsaws. CDCR, for those who don't click the link, stands for California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. You've gotta know these guys are the ones for which Correction and Rehabilitation are working, because I don't think you give chainsaws to the hard cases.

It took the better part of the afternoon (they had three giants to slay) but they did it. Bravo. Thanks for releasing us, gentlemen. Don't think I don't see the irony.


Storm Updates from Pasadena PIO:

Today, 4:30 pm
 
The winds have died down, and the city of Pasadena continues its round-the-clock efforts as we transition from emergency response to disaster recovery.

Here is an update on services and infrastructure.
Shelter

The shelter at Robinson Park Center, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave., closed this morning and has returned to recreation programming.  Robinson Park Center will also be open Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for residents without Power. Residents can play basketball, table games, watch TV and stay warm.

All other City of Pasadena community centers are scheduled to be closed Sunday, Dec. 4.  However, staff will continue to assess power outages and community need to determine if a center should remain open. In the event overnight care is needed, the shelter at Robinson Park will be reactivated and announced.

Trees and Streets

All primary and secondary arterial roadways are passable today, with cut-up trees and other debris moved to the side of the roads for pickup.  Assessment of residential streets is continuing today to determine how many need tree and debris removal to become passable.

Removal of the debris still along the side of the roads will be trucked to two county facilities near Eaton Canyon – the L.A. County Public Works Eaton Yard and the Hastings Spreading Basin.  There it will be chipped and used for mulch citywide.  The removal is expected to take two to four weeks and the chipping could take four to six months depending on the volume of material. 

All city parks are undergoing damage assessments today.

The overall urban forest is being assessed to identify trees that are leaning and in danger of falling.

The removal and clearing of trees that are not in the public right of way is the responsibility of private property owners.  Those who suffered damage to vehicles, homes or other property caused by fallen city trees or tree limbs should contact their private insurers for proper handling of claims.

Trash Service

Residents who normally would have had trash, yard waste and recycling pickup on Thursday are receiving this service today. Routes are being cleared today for Monday trash pickup areas.

Electricity

Power has been restored to 95 percent of affected customers. The remaining 313 electric customers should be restored to service within 72 hours. Priority is given to customers with life-safety concerns and where further structural or electric-system damage is a risk.

Anaheim Water and Power as well as Burbank Water and Power have provided mutual aid assistance to Pasadena Water and Power as the unique challenges of isolated outages are being handled on a customer-by-customer basis.  Collectively more than 80 power personnel are working in the field to restore power as quickly as possible.

Although the bulk of the electric grid has been restored and is stable, there are individual properties throughout Pasadena. Each of these isolated outages has its unique challenges and safety considerations.

Some properties in a small section of Northwest Pasadena are served by Southern California Edison and should call (800) 661-1191 to report outages.

Water

Water outages throughout Pasadena were largely due to uprooted trees that have ruptured service lines under sidewalks and streets. Water field crews are handling these isolated cases on a customer-by-customer basis, around the clock, and estimate that water service will be restored to all remaining 10 customers with 24 to 36 hours.

Temporary solutions for service restoration are being used in certain situations; permanent repairs will be made over the next few weeks.

Damages to portions of the roof at Sunset Reservoir have been repaired. One of the basins, which holds five million gallons, will be out of service until it can be cleaned and recertified by public health officials. Customers can rest assured that no contaminated water was pumped in Pasadena’s water distribution system and water is safe to drink throughout the community.

Pasadena has a total water storage capacity of 110 million gallons – an adequate supply for all customers while Sunset Reservoir is partially out of service. Pasadena Water and Power is providing assistance to South Pasadena while a portion of that city’s water distribution system is offline due to wind-related damage.

Neither the newly renovated Windsor Reservoir, with its 2,772 rooftop solar panels, nor the new Monk Hill Water Treatment Plant sustained any damages.

Approximately 25 customers in Northwest Pasadena are experiencing low water pressure due to pumps that are offline in in Edison’s territory where power outages remain. Edison officials have been asked to prioritize restoration of power in this area so normal water pressure can resume as soon as possible.

Safety

Everyone should stay clear of compromised, overhead electric, cable and telephone lines. Do not attempt to remove trees that are touching any utility line. A list of tree-care professionals with expertise in electrical safety and tree health is available under the FYI section at www.cityofpasadena.net.

Athletic Fields

All athletic fields in city parks are closed until Monday, Dec. 5, due to debris and unsafe playing conditions.

Parking Restrictions

Enforcement of all normal parking restrictions will go back into effect at 2 a.m. Sunday.  Red Flag parking restrictions in hillside areas have been canceled.

Scams

Verify all credentials of anyone offering to perform inspection or repair work. Call the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4241 if you suspect a scam.

More Information

To report fallen public trees and hazardous tree conditions, call (626) 744-4321.

To report downed power lines, call (626) 564-0199 or (626) 564-0299.

Customer service representatives are on duty around the clock, documenting all call details and forwarding to appropriate staff for resolution. Reports can also be made at the online Citizens Service Center at www.cityofpasadena.net/csc.

Pasadena residents and others who want to sign up for local alerts can go to www.cityofpasadena.net/fire/PLEAS or www.nixle.com.


PASADENA WINDSTORM UPDATE – BY THE NUMBERS
Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011

• 1,372 incidents have been logged in by the Public Works Department since Wednesday.

• 3 of 5 public art pieces at Walnut Street and Foothill Boulevard were damaged. 2 have been stabilized and 1 remains down.

• 3 areas of the San Pasqual pedestrian bridge in the Arroyo Seco were damaged by a fallen tree. The damage will be assessed fully after the tree has been removed.

• A 12-inch diameter concrete drainage pipe that outlets to the street through 4 curb drains was exposed due to a fallen tree at 1824-1826 El Sereno Ave. Public Works engineers will conduct an evaluation next week.

• 325 miles of streets were impacted by storm debris – falling trees, tree limbs, utility poles and/or wires. The primary goal has been to move debris to the side of the road so at least one lane in each direction is open. Debris will be removed over the coming weeks.
     * 100 percent of arterial streets are accessible
     * 100 percent of secondary streets are accessible
     * The percentage of accessible residential streets is unknown at this time

• 34 traffic signals reported for repair
     * 8 were not Pasadena and were referred to Caltrans and the county of Los Angeles
     * Of the remaining 26, immediate/temporary repairs were completed on 18 with remaining eight pending

• 23 street lights reported for repair
     * Immediate/temporary repairs were completed on 18, with the remaining 5 pending

• 99 percent of Pasadena Water and Power customers are operational. Crews still working on restoring service to 400 electric and 150 water customers

• 37 people were transported by Pasadena ARTs buses to a temporary shelter at Robinson Park Center. Twenty-five remained until late Friday afternoon when they were relocated. One senior citizen walk-in was later reported and remains at the shelter.

• Only 4 known injuries

• Trees
     * More than 600 street trees fell and an unknown number of street trees were severely damaged
     * 67 trees fell at Brookside Golf Course and 120 more were severely damaged
     * The number of trees that fell or were severely damaged in city parks is unknown at this time

• 5 building inspectors have inspected approximately 200 homes with varying levels of damage
     * 46 housing units have been red-tagged, 40 in the same apartment building
     * 13 structures have been yellow-tagged.

• Street clearing
     * 160 Public Works Department field employees were on duty Thursday and 160 on Friday
     * 29 workers from Los Angeles County Department of Public Works were on duty Thursday and 32 on Friday
     * 122 field employees from contractors were on duty Thursday and Friday

• Fire Calls
     * From 8 p.m. on Nov. 20 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 2, the Fire Department was dispatched to the following:
          - 57 fire calls
          -  42 medical calls
          -  109 service calls
          -  163 wires or other electrical system-related calls
          -  15 natural gas-related calls
          -  Total = 386 (roughly 8 times the normal call volume)
     * 11 other agencies assisted us on 94 calls. At our peak, we had 27 units from other agencies handling calls in our city
     * Pasadena Fire Department regularly has 7 engines, 2 trucks and 5 ambulances available in the city and added 4 engines and 1 patrol to supplement capacity on Thursday

• Police Calls
     * From 10 p.m. on Nov. 30 to 1 p.m. on Dec. 2, the Pasadena Police Department Communication Center processed 4,650 calls for service including 9-1-1 and non-emergency requests.
     * During the same operational period the Police Department called back or extended the shift of on-duty personnel, including:
          -  13 police officers
          -  11 Police Volunteers
     * 248 pending incidents to be investigated were reported on Dec. 1

Last night, 9:14 pm


PASADENA WIND STORMS – BY THE NUMBERS

The following information is based on assessments through late afternoon Friday, Dec. 2, and should be considered preliminary and subject to change.  Information will be updated as it becomes available.

325 miles of streets were impacted by storm debris – falling trees, tree limbs, utility poles and/or wires.  The primary goal has been to move debris to the side of the road so at least one lane in each direction is open.  Debris will be removed over the coming weeks.
100 percent of arterial streets are accessible
90 percent of secondary streets are accessible
The percentage of residential streets is unknown at this time

34 traffic signals reported for repair
8 were not Pasadena and were referred to Caltrans and the county of Los Angeles
Of the remaining 26, immediate/temporary repairs were completed on 18 with remaining eight pending

23 street lights reported for repair
Immediate/temporary repairs were completed on 18, with the remaining five pending

99 percent of Pasadena Water and Power customers are operational.  Crews still working on restoring service to 400 electric and 150 water customers

37 people were transported by Pasadena ARTs buses to a temporary shelter at Robinson Park Center. Twenty-five remained until late Friday afternoon when they were relocated. One senior citizen walk-in was later reported and remains at the shelter.

Only 4 known injuries

The Sunset Reservoir roof was damaged, requiring the reservoir to be drained and disinfected and the roof repaired.

Trees
More than 600 street trees fell and an unknown number of street trees were severely damaged
67 trees fell at Brookside Golf Course and 120 more were severely damaged
The number of trees that fell or were severely damaged in city parks is unknown at this time

5 building inspectors have inspected approximately 200 homes with varying levels of damage
46 housing units have been red-tagged, 40 in the same apartment building
13 structures have been yellow-tagged.

Street clearing
160 Public Works Department field employees were on duty Thursday and 160 on Friday
29 workers from Los Angeles County Department of Public Works were on duty Thursday and 32 on Friday
122 field employees from contractors were on duty Thursday and Friday

Fire Calls
From 8 p.m. on Nov. 20 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 2, the Fire Department was dispatched to the following:
57 fire calls
42 medical calls
109 service calls
163 wires or other electrical system-related calls
15 natural gas-related calls
Total = 386 (roughly 8 times the normal call volume)
11 other agencies assisted us on 94 calls.  At our peak, we had 27 units from other agencies handling calls in our city
Pasadena Fire Department regularly has 7 engines, 2 trucks and 5 ambulances available in the city and added 4 engines and 1 patrol to supplement capacity on Thursday

Police Calls
From 10 p.m. on Nov. 30 to 1 p.m. on Dec. 2, the Pasadena Police Department Communication Center processed 4,650 calls for service including 9-1-1 and non-emergency requests.
During the same operational period the Police Department called back or extended the shift of on-duty personnel, including:
13 police officers
11 Police Volunteers
o   248 pending incidents to be investigated were reported on Dec. 1

Friday, December 2, 2011

Winter Wonderland, Pasadena Style

"You're not going to work today," I heard my neighbor say when Boz and I stepped out of the house early yesterday morning.

Usually Boz and I are alone for the a.m. perimeter check, not because we're the earliest risers but because our neighbors are up and and gone by the time we get out there. But yesterday we found them in the middle of the street in their jammies with dogs, kids and coffee cups.

In case you haven't heard, we had a wind storm Wednesday night. Sirens wailed. Power lines went down. City workers haven't stopped clearing debris, restoring power and evacuating people from nonfunctioning facilities to functioning ones since nature's tantrum began.

Many streets in Pasadena lost trees. I don't know how other trees landed, but as it happens our street was conveniently blocked at each end and unless you lived beyond the carnage you were not driving out.

Here's a panorama John took of one of our roadblock trees. This giant cedar was planted, I believe, in 1924. You can click on the photo to get the full effect. We're still in a bit of shock; I know our shady little street will be very different now.

Yesterday was a remarkable day. Like a snow day in the Midwest it felt different, wild, celebratory. People were out in the streets all day, people I haven't talked to in ages, people saying hello. We picked clementines--how did they hang onto the tree when a giant cedar could not stand?

John, Boz and I walked in the evening. On the smell of all those wounded trees was a trace of the Wendigo's perfume.


WINDSTORM UPDATE 12/2, 6 p.m.
From Ann Erdman, Pasadena's Public Information Officer

The city of Pasadena has made tremendous progress toward restoring the infrastructure in the wake of the severe windstorms that occurred Wednesday through Thursday.

Since the winds began, an unprecedented number of city staff and contractors have been working around the clock on 12-hour shifts to ensure the safety of the community, clearance of streets and restoration of utilities.

City crews have been working diligently to clear fallen trees and debris out of travel lanes on major thoroughfares along Pasadena’s 325 miles of streets. It could take weeks to remove all the debris from the public right of way.

The removal and clearing of trees that are not in the public right of way is the responsibility of private property owners.  Those who suffered damage to vehicles, homes or other property caused by fallen city trees or tree limbs should contact their private insurers for proper handling of claims.

City refuse service resumed today. Residents who would have had Thursday service will have their trash, yard waste and recycling picked up on Saturday.

Power has been restored to 95 percent of affected customers – all but 400 electric customers and 150 water customers who will be restored to service within 24 to 36 hours. The unique challenges of isolated outages are being handled on a customer-by-customer basis.

Everyone should stay clear of compromised, overhead electric, cable and telephone lines. Do not attempt to remove trees that are touching any utility line. A list of tree-care professionals with expertise in electrical safety and tree health is available under the FYI section at www.cityofpasadena.net.

To report fallen public trees, hazardous tree conditions and downed power lines, call (626) 564-0199 or (626) 564-0299.

Pasadena residents and others who want to sign up for local alerts can go to www.cityofpasadena.net/fire/PLEAS or www.nixle.com.

More comprehensive information on status and progress will be available at www.cityofpasadena.net.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Theme Day: Action Shot

(see below for wind advisory press releases from the Pasadena Public Information Officer, including phone numbers and emergency instructions, as they come in)

Today's City Daily Photo theme is "action shot. This picture of a white crane coming in for a landing at Hahamongna Watershed Park was a lucky shot for me. I have countless action shots of my dog, Boz, running at Hahamongna. They're fun, but it's not the same.

City Daily Photo is now 1429 blogs strong. Sure, some people post more "daily" than others. But pick a city, almost any city, and there's bound to be a CDP blog in it or near it. Our newest addition is Sohar, Oman. Stop by and give a welcome.

Not all CDP bloggers take part in theme day. It's not a requirement. It's just fun. Click here to view thumbnails for today's participants.


WIND ADVISORY UPDATES

Outage Map

1:30 pm

The Pasadena Police Department has surveyed major streets for fallen trees, downed power lines and damaged facilities.

Of 200 buildings in Pasadena damaged by the wind storm, 42 units have been red-tagged – 40 units in one building alone – and six have been yellow-tagged. Residents of red-tagged units have been evacuated.  Thirty-six residents are at a temporary shelter at Robinson Park Center, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave. California Assemblyman Anthony Portantino graciously provided lunch to the families today. The local Red Cross is assisting at the shelter.

Lamanda Park Branch Library and Hill Avenue Branch Library have sustained downed trees and minor damage.  All Pasadena public libraries are closed today; it will be determined later today if libraries will open tomorrow.

Public schools, Maranatha High School, Pasadena City College, Fuller Theological Seminary and Northwest College are closed today; closures tomorrow will be announced.

The Pasadena Fire Department responded to wind-related fire incidents in the 100 block of Penn Street where a house fire resulted in four injuries; the 1200 block of Hudson Avenue where 40 residents were evacuated due a large tree falling into the structure; and the 900 block of Del Mar Boulevard where seven residents were evacuated due to a structure fire. The injured residents were transported to a local hospital.

Four hundred fifty public street trees are down or damaged. This figure does not include trees in parks and Brookside Golf Course, where assessments are not complete.  The Pasadena Public Works Department is being assisted by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works to clear downed trees in the public right of way.

By 11 a.m. today 30 percent of major streets had been cleared of fallen trees and other debris.  Crews expect to complete the work on major streets by the end of the day today.  All but eight of 106 impact traffic signals have been restored to normal operations.

Power is being restored to customers throughout Pasadena. Currently about 3,791 customers – about six percent – are without power; at 9 a.m. more than 5,000 were without power.

Pasadena ARTS buses are not running today.  Dial-A-Ride is available only for non-emergency medical appointments.

Animal control through the Pasadena Humane Society is taking care of animals that are loose as a result of downed fences.

On-street parking regulations are not being enforced today except in Red Flag restricted areas, red curbs, loading zones and disabled parking spaces.  Enforcement of overnight parking restrictions will be suspended tonight except in Red Flag areas.

The Pasadena Public Health Department encourages anyone who has been clearing debris to make sure they have up-to-date Tetanus shots from the department at 1845 N. Fair Oaks Ave. or a private physician.

The Pasadena Fire Department encourages everyone to make sure their disaster preparedness kits are updated and to have fresh batteries in flashlights.

If power goes out, keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed to preserve perishables.

A local state of emergency was declared early this morning and the Emergency Operations Center was activated overnight.

Pasadenans are advised to stay home if possible until the wind situation improves because some roads are impassable and many trees remain fragile throughout the community.  Many streets are barricaded due to fallen trees and/or downed power lines.

The Zero Waste Strategic Plan workshops, the World AIDS Day event and the General Plan workshop in Spanish scheduled for today have been canceled.

City officials urge people not to call 9-1-1 or other emergency numbers unless you have a life-threatening emergency. Do not approach or attempt to move downed power lines. Pasadena Water and Power crews are responding as quickly as possible; they are not responding to downed cable TV lines.

Two information phone lines have been established for the public to report fallen trees and downed power lines – (626) 564-0199 and (626) 564-0299 – and the city website at www.cityofpasadena.net is being updated as necessary.

Additional updates will be provided throughout the day.

Pasadena residents and others who want to sign up for local alerts can go to www.cityofpasadena.net/fire/PLEAS or www.nixle.com.
 
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Our dear PIO was up very early this morning, and possibly all night:

9:00 am
Now that daylight is upon us, city of Pasadena crews are thoroughly assessing damage throughout the community so responses can be more targeted with respect to fallen trees, downed power lines, damaged facilities, etc.

A local state of emergency was declared early this morning and the Emergency Operations Center was activated overnight.

Pasadenans are advised to stay home if possible until the wind situation improves because some roads are impassable and many trees remain fragile throughout the community.  Many streets are barricaded due to fallen trees and/or downed power lines. We are in the process of clearing trees off major arterial streets and restoring power as quickly as possible.

Pasadena public libraries, public schools, Maranatha High School and Pasadena City College will be closed today.

Dial-A-Ride service will be operational for non-emergency medical appointments only. Pasadena ARTS buses are not in service and be restored to service by this afternoon.

A shelter for displaced families has been established at Robinson Park Center, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave., where Red Cross workers are assisting as well.

The Zero Waste Strategic Plan workshops and the World AIDS Day event scheduled for today have been canceled.

Overnight there were several structure fires, with patients transported by paramedics to local hospitals.

City officials urge people not to call 9-1-1 or other emergency numbers unless you have a life-threatening emergency. Do not approach or attempt to move downed power lines. Pasadena Water and Power crews are responding as quickly as possible; they are not responding to downed cable TV lines.

Two information phone lines have been established for the public – (626) 564-0199 and (626) 564-0299 – and the city website at www.cityofpasadena.net is being updated as necessary.

Pasadena residents and others who want to sign up for local alerts can go to www.cityofpasadena.net/fire/PLEAS or www.nixle.com.

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5:45 am
Pasadena was hard-hit by winds overnight and the situation continues with power outages, fallen trees, downed power lines and structure fires.

Pasadenans are advised to stay home if possible until the wind situation improves because some roads are impassable.  Pasadena ARTS buses are not running until further notice.

The top priorities for the city of Pasadena are life safety and clearing streets. City crews from the Pasadena Fire Department, Police Department, Public Works Department and Pasadena Water and Power have been responding all night throughout Pasadena and continue to do so.

Do not call 9-1-1 or other emergency numbers unless you have a life-threatening emergency. Do not approach or attempt to move downed power lines. Pasadena and Water crews are responding as quickly as possible; they are not responding to downed cable TV lines.

Two information phone lines have been established for the public: (626) 564-0199 and (626) 564-0299 and the city website at www.cityofpasadena.net is being updated as necessary.

Pasadena residents and others who want to sign up for local alerts can go to www.cityofpasadena.net/fire/PLEAS or www.nixle.com."

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Guest Author: Vince Waldron and The Official Dick Van Dyke Show Book

Vince Waldron and I go way back to our Chicago days, when we traveled the United States (well, some of them) as members of The Second City National Touring Company. 
Vince's The Official Dick Van Dyke Show Book is so official its introduction is by Dick Van Dyke himself. The book even has a foreword by Dan Castellaneta. You know who Dan is, don't you? That's right. He was a member of The Second City Touring Company with me and Vince.
(and despite what Vince says, I say Eagle Rock counts!)

It was exactly four years ago this week that I chanced upon the most incongruous Christmas encounter I’ve ever experienced. Since it happened right here in Pasadena, I wanted to share the story with you, in the hope you might forgive me for guest blogging on San Gabriel Valley author Wednesday, even though I actually live across the Colorado Street Bridge in Eagle Rock.

I do live close enough to Pasadena to know my way around the hills that overlook the Rose Bowl from the west, where I often ride my bike on leafy wooded lanes with names like Patrician Way and Glen Oaks Boulevard, which at that altitude is so sparsely populated that you can sometimes spy entire families of deer walking across the untrafficked roads. In fact, this is the perfect time of year for spotting deer, as I discovered one fateful night not so long ago.  

It was already dark on that early winter evening, and I relied on the beam of my bike light to guide me up that hilly stretch of Glen Oaks near the old Annandale power station, if you know where that is. There are no street lights up there, so the road was pitch black. Which is why I was surprised to come upon a man -- he must have been in his mid-60s -- standing in the middle of a large, wooded yard, presumably his own, where he was busy putting finishing touches on an elaborate collection of brightly lit Christmas yard decorations, the centerpiece of which was a life-size reindeer statue.

A string of white Christmas lights ran up the fake deer’s front leg and continued on up over its head, which rocked eerily back and forth in a smooth, mechanical motion that was a mockery of any real deer in nature, who are, if anything, known for their ability to hold their heads, and the rest of them, quite still for long periods of time.

As it happens, I nearly had the opportunity to make a head-to-head comparison when an actual live deer suddenly leapt out of a thicket across the road and started walking directly to the glowing effigy that vaguely resembled him.

Although I was looking forward to gawking at what promised to be a once-in-a-lifetime clash of man and nature, the owner of the artificial ruminant was having none of it. As soon as he saw the live deer, the man raised his arms and, in what looked to be a well-practiced gesture, shooed the buck right back into the bushes from which he emerged. I never did find out what Bambi made of his brightly-lit doppelganger that night, and it wasn’t until I’d ridden halfway back down the hill to Eagle Rock that the absurdity of what I’d just witnessed finally struck me.

I’ve seen three Christmases since then, and more mechanical reindeer statues than I’d care to count. But I don’t think I’ll ever forget that chilly night in Pasadena when I watched a man chase a real deer from his yard so a reindeer of plastic and wire could nod its head untroubled through the long holiday season.

Thanks for inviting me into your laptop, iPad or other device to share my holiday epiphany. Merry Christmas and the happiest holiday season to one and all!


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Recession Fence

Grants are hard to come by these days.

Just kidding. I like the works of Christo and Jeanne-Claude. I drove up to see their Umbrellas when they were in the Grapevine. It's hard to describe the impact of a work that's made not for language but for the senses. People stopped alongside the freeway to look, no one was talking and we were all smiling.

So as you can see, this photo does not depict a Christo/Jeanne-Claude work.

The Hahamongna Watershed Park Advisory Committee meets tonight at 6PM in the second floor training room of the public works building at the City Yards, 233 W. Mountain St. There's plenty of parking and the signs directing you to the room are easy to follow. Come listen, learn and help me decipher the politicspeak.


(Inspiration for the Christo/Jeanne-Claude idea: John Sandel)

Monday, November 28, 2011

Zen Monday: #172


Zen Monday's the day you experience the photo and give us your thoughts rather than me telling you what I think the picture's about. There's no competition, no right or wrong. We're here to have fun.

I look for something worth contemplating or, failing that, something odd or silly. Or all of the above, if I'm lucky.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Lincoln Heights: Views

I took this photo near a playground. I can just hear this kid at the end of the day: "I don't remember where I left them, Mom! I took them off to play in the sand, and..."

Today's our last day in Lincoln Heights. Tomorrow we'll return with Zen Monday and our regular PDP programming (and one blessed photo a day!). I've enjoyed this adventure. It's heated my wanderlust to a boil. 

Lincoln Heights is my kind of place. It's got fun, food, art and architecture. Clearly, too, it's a neighborhood poised for change.


And that's exciting. (click this one to enlarge it)


Yet like anywhere people have lived for a long while, the past clings in traces like vines to a fence and not all of it is pretty. To me, though, the history and underbelly are part of the fascination of any urban place.

Many thanks to Karin Bugge, the Altadena Hiker, for getting me in on this tour. And especially to Manny Rodriguez, our host with the most, who shared his stories, his opinions and his lifelong home with three local tourists who couldn't get enough.