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Altadena Cash Mobs: Have a Bite at Hen’s Teeth Square

This Saturday, the newly established Altadena Cash Mobs team -- a grassroots effort to promote and support local businesses -- targets Hen’s Teeth Square.

This Saturday, Altadena Cash Mobs encourages locals to check out shops on the corner of Woodbury and Los Robles, including the Sidewalk Café and Puebla Tacos.

If you’ve never visited Hen’s Teeth Square before, then let’s sweeten the pot. The corner is an area of historical significance and art. Pasadena Daily Photo’s blog post from a few years ago will walk you through it, with a little help from her friends.

And speaking of walking, while you’re in the neighborhood, stroll one block west to . See what neighborhood volunteers and the Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy were able to do with a vacant dirt lot.

Sequoya August 12, 2012 at 07:30 AM
Well now you know how it feels. Be careful tossing those stones around. ;)
Sequoya August 12, 2012 at 07:42 AM
I think Cash Mobs is doing a great job and I appreciate the hard work that has gone into making the movement happen! I volunteer my time with Save Altadena and I am just seriously tired of all of the attacks on Cash Mobs on here just because the movement's seed was planted out of a mutual dislike for Walmart's business practices. Who cares? You guys are taking a negative situation and turning into something positive for the community - regardless of boundaries and those businesses absolutely are part of our community. Who cares what Mob is called? Surely there are more important things to do than nay-say someone's hard work! I'm so over it! So I gave a little crap back, that's on ME, not anyone else.
Lisa Maiorana August 12, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Yikes Seq, time for you to grow up too. I never ripped someone apart personally and threw stones below the belt which is what you did. Keep your personal attacks to yourself and move on my friend. You waste a lot of energy.
Ivan G August 12, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Exactly.
SteveB August 12, 2012 at 04:25 PM
No good deed goes unpunished ....
Michael Brand August 12, 2012 at 06:27 PM
> I think that is an invasion of someone's privacy and >completely uncalled for. Citing Yelp.com is an invasion of someone's privacy? Seriously?
Lisa Hastings August 12, 2012 at 07:15 PM
If the Altadena Chamber of Commerce had taken a bigger role in promoting Altadena businesses a cash mob wouldn't be necessary. Also, it would solve the problem of featuring businesses outside of Altadena, since the chamber promotes only Altadena businesses, and it would solve the bigger problem of all the ridiculous whining and drama associated with the cash mob. I say cut the drama and let the professionals take over and get the Altadena Chamber of Commerce to take over this project.
Lisa Maiorana August 12, 2012 at 07:20 PM
@ Michael, let her dig up anything she wants to. As I said before and I'll say it again, I hope everyone else on here who feels the need to judge other people is open to background checks and the like. Let's see how much volunteer work she does in her life. Probably not much. But that's ok, let her degrade and belittle other people because it pumps her up and makes her feel better. The mark of a truly sad individual (not 2 likes on yelp) that's really sad! ;)
Revvell August 12, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Whining. Hmmm.... only two people I've seen here whining yet, I guess they don't see themselves.
terry Morris August 12, 2012 at 07:32 PM
I am not sure the cash mobs are stopping or hindering the actions of the Altadena Chamber of Commerce in any way. There is no reason why there cannot be grassroots community based support as well. Community involvement is. Positive thing. some people have a big problem with the locations chosen by a volunteer effort done by a couple of citizens. Even more people do Not have a problem with two out of four of the locations. As to your last point- I commit to not having any kind of negative reaction to anything anyone says about the Cash Mob effort. Lisa H. Will you make a similar commitment?
Lisa Hastings August 12, 2012 at 08:03 PM
If someone is going to make comments, they should at least use their real name.
Karin Bugge August 12, 2012 at 08:36 PM
My two cents -- anything that improves the western stretch of Woodbury, including parks, businesses, and services, whether it's on the north side of the street or the south, can only benefit us all. In fact, the only reason I use the laundromat on the Altadena side is because I can hop across the street and spend an hour at a charming coffee house with WiFi.
Leslie Aitken August 13, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Terry --Hang in there. You and Maryam are doing GOOD WORK. And keep it up.....you are doing as much or more than any of the other local groups have done in all the years that I have lived here. Focus....move forward and do good works. The nice thing about being a small volunteer group, you can name yourself -- do good works. Let the pontificating be done by those who have nothing else to do. So hang in there!
Dan Abendschein (Editor) August 13, 2012 at 06:27 PM
For confusion on properties like this that hug the Pasadena/Altadena border, you can always use the county's gis tool to ID where they belong: http://planning.lacounty.gov/gisnet. The problem with yelp and other online listings is that some stores in Altadena do list themselves as Pasadena, just as some residents in the 91104 "Bajadena" Altadena zip code believe they are in Pasadena. Hen's Tooth is in Pasdaena, though the other side of the road is Altadena as well as the two lots that sit next to it on the south side of the street - yes in some places, just to confuse you, there are Altadena lots south of Woodbury on the West side of town.
SteveB August 13, 2012 at 09:09 PM
So Ace Hardware - south side of Woodbury, right next to Hen's Teeth Square, has an Altadena address. Very inconsistent boundaries indeed - tends to lend a bit of weight towards the argument that Altadena Cash Mobs should focus on small businesses that serve the Altadena community, as opposed to a strict address based interpretation. That is, if one wishes to debate the name/purpose of a spontaneous, volunteer effort to promote/support local businesses.
Daniel E. Harlow August 13, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Putting my Chamber hat on - Any business in the Pasadena/Altadena area can join the Chamber of Commerce and we will work on prompting their business via the existing channels we have (email, web etc). However the policy work that the Chamber does is only focused on Altadena, so things like working with the County on the parking issues, etc. Daniel
Daniel E. Harlow August 13, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Putting my Chamber hat on again - Unfortunately it is one of those vicious cycles, we are asked to do more, but then ask for volunteers and then no one volunteers. Remember unlike other Chambers in the area, the Altadena Chamber is a volunteer organization we have no county or state funding, our budget comes from our fundraisers and membership dues and thus we can't spend money like the Pasadena Chamber does and means we have to focus what we work on. This last year we have mainly worked on parking and other policy issues with the County. As an example we are the ones who got the bus stop moved by El Patron. We also put out coupons several times last year and are getting that back up and running for the fall/winter season, again all volunteer. We would love to have more participation from the community and membership is open to anyone who lives in the area, not just businesses, remember the full name is Altadena Chamber of Commerce and Civic Association. So if you want to come help us promote business in the area join up and volunteer. Daniel
terry Morris August 14, 2012 at 05:12 PM
When I lived on the north side of Woodbury in Altadena, my neighbors across the street lived in Pasadena, but if you asked them they would say they lived in Altadena. They shopped in Altadena, they used Altadena services like the library and parks. They didn't drive all the way down to Pasadena businesses. They were part of the Altadena community. If a Cash Mob is held for Ace Hardware next to Hen's Teeth, it will be okay, but the businesses next door will not? I understand the technicality, but but that technicality is not in keeping with the COMMUNITY SPIRIT that I was hoping to tap into with Cash Mobs. This is not an endeavor that is about technicalities and data. This is about something bigger than numbers on a page. It is about bolstering and supporting local businesses who serve ALL of this community, it is about bringing people TOGETHER, not focusing on ways to divide us. Good will, generosity, magnanimous spirit, you know, that kind of Pollyannaish stuff.
Steve Lamb September 08, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Yes and you would be amazed how many people have lived decades in Altadena and have never been as far north or east or west from their homes as Websters. How many people have never before been to the Dutch Oven of Fox's. How many people drive by Puebla tacos and have never stopped. The whole idea here is to get Altadenans in the door to shop local. Those of you who have complaints, and they are the same old sour do nothing but complain on the patch folks, should come out and join us, or do your own. Or do something positive for a change.
Steve Lamb September 08, 2012 at 01:33 PM
The Southern boundary of Altadena is a crazy quilt like you can not believe. many properties have the boundary running through the middle of them (such as the 4 square church) and have an impossible time getting police services to them as both PPD and LACSD will refuse the call as each of their computer systems say its the other guys problem. I think its funny that everyone complains about local business and when these ladies attempt to do something about it the same complainers, well they have nothing but complaints.
Steve Lamb September 08, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Terry- thats all nice, but we really do need to focus on Altadena business. Thats why Save Altadena has called the next cash mob for the Poncitlan Meat Market SAturday Sept. 15 11am to 2pm. The Meat market lost 50% of its business due to Lincoln Crossing and reformatted as a take out burrito, taco and torta place. They need more business and are hoping to evolve to a sit down diner before Walmart destroys what business they have left. about half the business is local walk in from the neighborhood and we hope that more Altadenans and Pasadenans will come and dine here.
Ivan G September 08, 2012 at 06:19 PM
I don't think that Walmart would compete with a carniceria. But Super King definitely does.
terry Morris September 08, 2012 at 06:33 PM
OH. There's a cash mob scheduled ????? I know nothing about it!
Steve Lamb September 08, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Ivan- Well everyone thought Superking would not be competition, since her market had a strong ethnic following and identity, but we were all wrong. Her present business relies in part on convience shopping and a 24 hr. a day Walmart will do a great deal of damage to that business as will the food deli they will have. I love all these people who have opinions that markets are infinite. I just wish it were true.
Steve Lamb September 08, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Terry- Yes. Savealtadena is again organizing cash mobs. See the facebook page.
terry Morris September 08, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Again? I can't seem to access the FB page, says it is closed. I've been doing all the Cash Mobs, haven't heard anything about anyone else doing them instead...
Lisa Hastings September 08, 2012 at 11:48 PM
I am glad that Save Altadena has taken this over since it appears that the previous cash mobs weren't happening and got too bogged down in controversy. Poncitlan Meat Market is a great place to start. Great Mexican food!
Steve Lamb September 09, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Lisa- The members of Save Altadena have been cash mobbing since before we started Save Altadena. We believe in suppoorting our local businesses. A couple of our members started a specific group to do cash mobbing, had difficulty with the border and flammed out it seems for working so hard at it. We are just getting back to one of our core objectives, WalMart or not, to support local Altadena Businesses. It has nothing to do with that other group, we will attend their events when they plan another. We support Altadena business and have, like I said, since before we were fighting Wal Mart.
Steve Lamb September 09, 2012 at 02:04 AM
The first cash mob organized by the group that became Save Altadena was organized by Stephanie Clements in June 2011. Sorry our web page is being renovated and will be back up about Wed,
Ivan G September 09, 2012 at 03:32 AM
If she has switched to being a convenience store from being a carniceria, then her store would be affected by Walmart -- provided that Walmart has quick service. Walmart may or may not have a deli, the deli may not carry ethnic foods, and Walmart will not necessarily be open 24 hours.

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