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What Would You Improve in Altadena in 2013?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for Altadena, what would it be?

More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.

As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in Altadena to make it an even better place to live?

What is on your wish list? What is one thing you would improve in 2013?

Tell us in the comments section or blog about it.

ROBERT E. FISHBACK January 01, 2013 at 08:59 PM
You need another Rocky Cola....carbon copy...great food..
M.G. Rich January 01, 2013 at 09:02 PM
Altadena needs development in 2013!!! We are in desperate need of bringing this jewel into the 21st century. Grocery stores, make use of all the vacant lots (eye sores to the community) on Lake Ave and Altadena Dr. Provide services that the community actually needs....enough thrift stores! Develop an "Old Town" that allows people to gather (eg., South Pasadena/Sierra Madre) Open up a BBQ restaruant....please no more fast food!! There are so many things we lack and have so for many years....it's time we polish this "jewel" so it shines brightly!
Revvell January 01, 2013 at 09:12 PM
Have more CHP officers up here to slow the traffic. I see so many folk early in the a.m. just ignoring speed limits and stop signs. There are buses/trucks ignoring weight limit signs.... Pedestrians and bicyclists have to be VERY wary when out in the street at any time of day.
Marge Nichols January 01, 2013 at 09:15 PM
We need business development to attract small and larger businesses to the area. Jobs at all skill levels will attract the customer base to support other businesses. Need to fill up those empty storefronts on North Fair Oaks that the county upgraded, north of the technology center.
Marge Nichols January 01, 2013 at 09:20 PM
And - bring back the Old Fashioned Days parade! It used to draw people from all over the community with parade units like school bands, old cars, scouts, kids on bikes. And craft and food booths, no matter now small, all along the street - a real community spirit builder!
Janet Castro January 01, 2013 at 09:35 PM
I'd like to see a proper dog park. I would even favor one with some kind of membership feature and/or application process that would ensure shots, etc. that protect dogs from rabies, heart worm and such.
Janet Castro January 01, 2013 at 09:38 PM
And, as long as I'm up, I would like to see a campaign to increase our tree canopy across town emphasizing native trees: Sycamore, oak, alder, California Maple. We could gain much by focusing on heat producing parking lots and other broad paved areas. Or - why not a campaign to get the power lines underground before the next horrendous storm? OK, I'll crawl back up on my stump now.
Ninja Girl January 01, 2013 at 09:45 PM
I agree w/ Janet, would like to see a true dog Park at Farnsworth. Also, piggybacking on Revvell, I'd also like increased CHP patrol to enforce speed limits in the surrounding neighborhoods. It would be nice for the school buses to be rerouted from the neighborhoods, and to pickups in vacant parking lots on main streets. In addition, I'd like to see an increase in law enforcement to control and decrease thefts, residential burglaries, gang activity, and also stop the holiday gunfire and explosives to make Altadena a safer place to reside. Last, it would be great for the liquor stores to be removed from the community to help discourage corner hangout drinking and drug dealing. that's my two cents :)
Marge Nichols January 01, 2013 at 10:46 PM
I think the dog park idea is great - something to bring people together from all over town. I'm going to follow up with this as part of the town council Visioning implementation process. What would it take to get an area designated by the county?
Janet Castro January 01, 2013 at 10:55 PM
Marge - that would be great. I understand there is a woman in town that started an online petition - presumably to present to M. Antonovich. Is that helpful at all? Lots of people have talked about the undeveloped portion of Farnsworth that is west of the upper baseball diamond and bordered by Marengo. Also, it is pretty much in the center of town. I know of several people that would be happy to throw some time and energy at this.
Robby January 01, 2013 at 11:22 PM
Take back out the idiotic concrete islands and thicket of poles at Altadena and Lincoln.
Altamom January 01, 2013 at 11:49 PM
I second the motion for more restaurants; more native trees. A Starbucks or Peets; an ice cream parlor; a garden center; and clean up Lake Avenue are my suggestions.
Nico January 01, 2013 at 11:58 PM
Speaking of restaurants, anyone know what restaurant will be going into the recently vacated Bill's Chicken spot in the Superking lot?
Bruce Baldwin January 02, 2013 at 12:05 AM
Institute street parking permits. The residential streets of Altadena are littered with hulks. My neighbors leave their second, third and fourth cars parked in the same streetside spot for three days, then move them 20 feet. Only the street sweepers can make these wrecks relocate, and that only lasts a few hours.
elvia January 02, 2013 at 12:18 AM
Less churches, more restaurants, no big businesses, a dog park. I love the sound of Old Fashioned Days Parade!!! Mandatory trees on every block! Horse carriage rides thru Christmas Tree Lane. A trolly on Lincoln, Altadena Drive, Lake Ave to Old town. A little upscale cozy bar/restaurant ala Cafe Verde in Pasadena, a good Mexican restaurant that serves margaritas! I really do love the small town aspect to Altadena and wouldn't want to much new developement.
Ivan G January 02, 2013 at 12:25 AM
Bring back the Mt. Lowe Railway. Redevelop Fair Oaks, reduce the number of liquor stores, redevelop the shopping center across from the Sheriff's station.
Marge Nichols January 02, 2013 at 12:29 AM
Love the idea of carriage rides through Christmas Tree Lane! I'll be sure to pass that along to the CTL Association folks in case they didn't see it here.
Marge Nichols January 02, 2013 at 12:50 AM
Janet, Ninja and Elvia: Please get in touch with me via email to go farther with the dog park idea. I didn't even know about that area at the west end of Farnsworth, and it would be a great spot. marge@margenichols.com
Lisa Maiorana January 02, 2013 at 02:01 AM
100 % agree
Pat January 02, 2013 at 02:43 AM
You are so right, Revvell - speeding is out of control, especially on Lake Avenue and the small neighborhoods north of Altadena Drive and Lake Avenue. You take your life in your hands crossing Lake Avenue anywhere, and I almost lost my life putting my trash bins by the curb when someone took the turn onto Palm like they were at Daytona speedway. I called the Sheriff's Department and they said "call CHP", it's their job. CHP says they have too much to do on the Freeway to deal with speeding in Altadena.
Lovely Altadena January 02, 2013 at 02:59 AM
Wow! There are a lot of great ideas!! 1. I know it's expensive but getting power lines underground would be fantastic, not only for high winds but to enhance our incredible mountain views!! 2. Swanky eats/wine bar 3. Caribou Coffee-something that isn't too generic-we are Altadena, need to stay unique!! 3. Gun buyback with actual neighborhood watch MEETINGS..get to know eachother face to face! 4. Close the liquor stores like Liquor Mart on Fair Oaks that was successfully closed! 5. Old Fashioned Days Parade is a great idea with chili cookoff & pie contest!! Let's make it safe & cozy!!
Hugo January 02, 2013 at 03:03 AM
Bring back the parade
Revvell January 02, 2013 at 03:27 AM
It is CHP's job. They're contracted to take care of Alt. streets far as I know. Then again, have an incident and they take quite some time to show because they're too busy on the freeways. *shrugs* Guess we need to take care of ourselves up here, eh? Kind of wondering why the freeway would be so much more important than our little neck of the woods though.
Ivan G January 02, 2013 at 04:45 AM
CHP does not have a contract to enforce traffic laws in Altadena. Altadena is unincorporated, so state law requires CHP to handle traffic collisions and enforce traffic laws in Altadena, but the CHP has plenty of other responsibilities. LASD only handles traffic in contract cities.
Ivan G January 02, 2013 at 04:47 AM
Isn't the technology center on Lincoln, near the coming Walmart market?
Revvell January 02, 2013 at 05:42 AM
O.k. yet the point is ~ "....state law requires CHP to handle traffic collisions and enforce traffic laws in Altadena."
Peter Schaim January 02, 2013 at 11:04 PM
I hope that Altadena one day has bike lanes, and where possible, painted/raised curbs for pedestrians.
Mike Williams January 03, 2013 at 01:26 AM
Street lights all the way up Lake Avenue. They stop around Farnsworth Park.
Laura Monteros January 03, 2013 at 04:45 AM
No kidding. They've been up for weeks and the lights are still not functioning, which confuses some people anyway. If there's a traffic problem due to Odyssey Charter School (and that's the only real traffic in that area), then the county should require them to pay for traffic officers at peak times and do away with the signal lights.
Laura Monteros January 03, 2013 at 04:46 AM
Enforce traffic laws for bicyclists. Period.

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