Poll: Altadena's Treasures, Challenges, and Future

A major part of the Altadena Community Visioning Workshop is for people to identify what they love about Altadena, what challenges it faces, and a vision for its future. Tell us about your ideas below.

This week at the , participants were asked to identify what they treasure about Altadena, what challenges it faces, and what vision they have for its future.

The purpose of the ' is to gather public input on what potential changes should be made to update Altadena codes, as well as take a broader look at what priorities county planners should have for Altadena's future.  That will include "future land use, economic developments, streetscape improvements, open space, safety, and preservation of local character."

At the meeting, about 125 to 150 participants each offered ideas about those questions by writing them down on post-it notes and sticking them to the walls of the meeting space.  Those ideas were then sorted into broad categories.

Below, are some of the categories that were identified that were the most popular with participants.  So we ask you, readers, to weigh in and tell us which of the categories you identify with most.  

And if you don't view any of the below answers as what you like most about Altadena, or what its biggest challenge is, or your ultimate vision for the town, please tell us what you think about those ideas down in the comments section.

Monica Hubbard April 06, 2012 at 08:21 PM
One of the things that surprised me was that I didn't hear health care come up; specifically, emergency care and/or urgent care. With no hospital or emergency room in Altadena, and no way for first responders to reach us in the event of a major disaster knocking out freeways and main roadways, we really need an emergency or urgent care facility up here.
Dan Abendschein (Editor) April 06, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Perhaps because urgent care does not sound as fun as bikeability and walkability or new restaurants. However, it is a very good point Monica. Good thing there are two more meetings left.
Chris April 06, 2012 at 10:27 PM
I am actually surprised there aren't more comments on either this blog or the other one. Typical for the internet is the 80-20 rule and it would appear that it's also true more commenters didn't show up to the meeting to write a few post-it's, get to know some likeminded people and voice concerns.
Dan Abendschein (Editor) April 06, 2012 at 10:54 PM
C, that is a good point. We got a decent number of comments on Karin Bugge's column about the process the week before last, but considering everyone got mailed a flier, I can see the argument that the turnout should have been higher. At the same time, I went to a similar workshop for the Pasadena General Plan in 2009 when working at the Star-News and the turnout was not significantly higher. Maybe even lower. And Pasadena is bigger, there is not confusion among some in town on where they live, and they have a local elected government. It might just be that people just don't want to show up to meetings.
Dan Abendschein (Editor) April 06, 2012 at 10:55 PM
And if you are not at the meeting it makes it all the more confusing on understanding the process and leaving a comment on a news article. I'm still trying to think of more ways to make the process accesible to readers if anybody has ideas.
Chris April 07, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Don't get me wrong, Dan, I was shocked to see how many people turned up. I would have thought more people would have shown up, though. In fact, I thought given the fact people comment so much on the local blogs that there would be more commenting on the related posts. I think it's funny that some think simply commenting on blog posts, though, is some sort of community action. In a way it is but actually showing up to a meeting that barely lasted two hours is a much better way to shape one's community for the future. One way to make it accessible would be to implore those with strong feelings about their community to take a couple hours and attend the meeting.
Linda R April 07, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Did Gino Sund make it to the meeting after complaining about the location? And exactly how many people did attend?
Dan Abendschein (Editor) April 07, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Probably about 125 to 150 Linda. That is my rough estimate. I counted 19 or 20 tables and probably about 6-7 per, plus some people drifting around or sitting in the back.
Lisa Hastings April 08, 2012 at 01:54 AM
I want to see more non-corporate upscale businesses, similar to Sierra Madre's. This will keep Altadena from being invaded by too much traffic and people. Also, county regulations are needed which drastically limit the number of nail and hair salons, liquor stores, payday loan stores, and storefront churches. We also need more Sheriff deputies assigned to Altadena to deal with the gangs, shootings, door to door scammers, and the ongoing burglaries. Also, we need proactive (vs. reactive) code enforcement which targets ugly storefront banners (tasteful murals and cute sandwich signs are okay), inoperable vehicles dumped on the street and in front yards, home auto repair businesses, and other health and safety and quality of life concerns. And, we need an above-ground (vs underground) farmers market that can pass a health department inspection and has a proactive manager who hosts special events and finds the best certified organic farmers. (South Pasadena's market is a good example.) Finally, if it is indeed true that if the county fees to do anything involving a business in Altadena are unreasonably high, then those fees need to be reduced. I think I'm dreaming.


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