Highlights from the August 2023 Altadena Town Council meeting.
By Nic Arnzen
– Street Safety
After two pedestrian deaths in Altadena at the end of last year, Supervisor Kathryn Barger’s Office ordered a focused review of the problem areas where the deaths occurred. The Town Council requested a more comprehensive review beyond those areas, and in response there are a number of immediate measures being taken as well as deeper studies being performed and considered. Residents will notice new all way stops at Palm and Fair Oaks, Sunset Ridge and Loma Alta, and at Holliston and Altadena Drive. Additionally, there will be clearer markings for crosswalks around town.
– Illegal Street Vendors
Altadena Sheriff Station Captain Jabari Williams met with Town Council representatives to discuss ways to limit and disrupt illegal street vendors in Altadena. A plan is in place to crack down on these unpermitted vendors. They do not meet the codes for health standards, they unfairly compete with local tax paying businesses, and they have made themselves a nuisance to many residents with issues like smoke, noise, garbage, and dumped food waste. There is a simplified and well supported County system in place to apply for health permits and street vendor licenses.
– Illegal Street Parking
Captain Williams also noted that the station is putting together an operation to crack down on illegal parking. They will focus on the area around Mountainview Cemetery in particular, but with their eyes on the whole town, they will be more aggressively issuing citations and ordering towing if necessary. To report a hot spot you can reach the station at 626-798-1131 and ask for Captain Williams or Lieutenant Batee.
Altadena Town Council meets the third Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm at 730 E. Altadena Dr., Meetings can also be viewed virtually on YouTube. On the website, you can find information about our upcoming election, don’t forget to vote or better yet, consider being a candidate.
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