Micro-news for CT 4601, Altadena, CA

Santa Anita Fire

posted by Jeremiah 4/28/2008 09:12:00 AM

After not having a record of the Santa Anita fire during the first day or so of the burn, InciWeb finally got it in their system. http://inciweb.org/incident/1233/

Here is their Fire Progression map

Here is a Google Map on which I marked the fire origin [Updated 4/28 8PM]:

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From the InciWeb about page:
InciWeb is an interagency wildland fire incident information management system. The system was developed with two primary missions: The first was to provide a standardized reporting tool for the Public Affairs community during the course of wildland fire incidents. The second was to provide the public a single source of information related to active wildland fire information.

A number of supporting systems automate the delivery of incident information to remote sources. This ensures that the information on active wildland fire is consistent, and the delivery is timely.

Also, take a look at the nice Flickr photo set from KiethJ

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At 5/19/2008 4:30 PM, Anonymous AP said...



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Neighborhood Watch: Update (sort of)

posted by Jeremiah 3/06/2006 09:10:00 AM

Well a busier than usual week got by me, and I didn't get a summary posted of what happened at last Wednesday's Neighborhood Watch meeting until now.

Very briefly, it seems there has been a "rash" of minor burglaries in the last six to eight weeks. There are at least two other incidents in addition to the ones previously reported here, bringing the total to at least four burglaries, one stolen car (and of course the break-in at Everest).

One of the people who was burglarized has developed his own pattern MO. He says that based on the facts he has unofficially compiled, they are all in the day-time, involve a minor break-in (screen latch, etc.) and result in, at most, losses of about what one person could carry in one trip (example, a flat screen TV and some jewelry). He also added that some unwanted items are often (or always?) discarded in the front lawn.

I was hoping that one of the people who had more facts at the meeting would compile a better summary which I could post, but my third hand report is all we have so far.

Deputy Estrada indicated that not every incident gets an official report, so the official crime stats available at the Altadena station (I'll go get them when I have a chance) do not include the whole picture.

He gave some pointers on how to organize and be more effective when communicating with the sheriff dispatcher.

He handed out a couple dozen thick Neighborhood Watch "manuals" (maybe 50 pages drilled for a 3-ring binder). As far as I know, there is no PDF available for posting. If anyone finds out otherwise, please let me know.

Finally, he said the best thing we can do is stay in touch with each other. The traditional method is to create a phone tree, but that is a bit analog for me, so I created a self-serve Email Loop at neighbors@stonehillnews.com. One of the organizers last week compiled a list of names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses. As soon as that is updated and made available to me, I'll manually add all those email addresses to the loop. Anyone else who wants to get in the loop may use the new subscription link in the "Quick Links" section available in the upper right corner of the website.

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At 3/06/2006 5:13 PM, Anonymous Isaac Garcia said...

I think we should all assume that the crime wave is slightly related to the rampant amount of construction going on in the neighborhoods.

Our daytime-neighborhood population probably swells by 10% with all of the different workers, vendors and suppliers in the area.

I think crime is inevitable. We all just need to keep aware and watch out for each other.

At 3/10/2006 10:04 AM, Anonymous doris finch said...

You are probably on a productive track, Issac. One other thing to look at while "patterning": Do the times correspond with out-of-school times? That might suggest a juvenile. Also, I believe there is a small group home for girls on Via Maderas, off Rubio Canyon Rd. Since I don't think these girls have cars and they are not so close, this would be a pretty unlikely focus. And yes, Isaac, we have to take care of eachother. In our neighborhood, just west of the upper entrance to Eaton Canyon, we have not succeeded in organizing a formal Neighborhood Watch so my suggestion has been that each one have close contacts with about four adjacent neighbors. It makes for a network. Helps if you run out of milk or sugar, too. One evening I put out an APB for two potatoes and three neighbors met me in the street each with a sack of potatoes!


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Neighborhood Watch Meeting

posted by Jeremiah 2/27/2006 06:47:00 PM

We just got a flyer delivered to our front door by one of the neighbors:
"Deputy Estrada with the Altadena Sheriff's will be at the home of Rick and Theo Engen's house on 1602 Woodglen Lane from 7 - 7:30 pm this Wednesday, March 1st for a Neighborhood Watch Meeting. I'm sure there will be discussion afterward, but this is when the deputy is available."
See you there :)

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At 3/01/2006 7:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

since we all can't make it to the meeting, hopefully someone can provide a digest for us who couldn't attend?

thanks, Isaac


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Crime Wave?

posted by Jeremiah 1/30/2006 05:49:00 PM

Hey, I thought this was a crime free area! What's up with this? First the reports from last month and now this. According to Nick, the owner of our local lunch stop, Everest Burger got broken into and robbed the night before last. They were installing the new glass today at lunch time. I snapped some pics of the smashed door with my phone.

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At 2/01/2006 5:13 PM, Anonymous doris finch said...

Hi, Doris Finch checking in again, with the long view. In my 33 years here, I've seen patches of crime come and go, mostly petty, some horrific, such as the body dumped on Pinecrest in the late 70's or the mother of four shot to death early in the morning on her way to the car [10 years ago at most], just west of Altadena Dr. near Eaton Canyon. We've had prowlers and juvenile break-ins on Crescent, Bowring, Pinecrest etc. The sherriff will tell you that we are about as safe as it gets though. It is just that our world has an irreducible portion of nastiness. Bottom line: Use reasonable precaution, lock doors, keep in touch with your close neighbors and watch out for each other. Altadena is still a very special place.
PS. Your [potential] new neighbor sounds pretty cool, just what we need here. Hope her hay bale project will work and the hill won't slide.


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Stolen car and burgled house?

posted by Jeremiah 1/05/2006 08:16:00 PM

A couple worrisome things our neighbor Isaac heard recently:
1. Right before Christmas a house was broken into on Windfall. It happened during the day. Not sure of what was taken or what happened.

2. Another neighbor on Loma Alta (between Noyes and the Rubio Basin) had their Cadillac Escalade stolen right out of their drive way. The thief must have had a key since the alarm didn't go off and there was no sign of entry (no glass etc). My wife's parents live down on La Paz Road (a mile south of here) and their neighbor also had their Escalade stolen out of their drive way the same way. The cops say that 4 were stolen in the area within a few days. They were found stripped out in San Bernadino somewhere. Cops think it might be an inside job with a dealership or a body shop.
Thanks for the heads up, Isaac. If anyone knows more details (without posting private details please) about these stories, we'd love to know. Stay vigilant, everyone. Sometimes it's hard to remember to treat security like we live in a major metro area, even up here in our little town.

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