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September 25, 2009 | JAMES RAINEY
It would be easy to miss this newsroom of the future. It's disguised inside a graceful wood shingle home, just beyond the living room crammed with children's toys, tucked on one side of a modest kitchen. From this modest perch in a woodsy section of Altadena, beneath the towering San Gabriel Mountains, Tim Rutt has created a blog that has made him the talk of his community and the latest star of the kind of hyper-local journalism that is sprouting around America. Rutt's banner moment came a few weeks back, when the Station fire roared across the mountains above Altadena and his altadenablog.
July 12, 2009 | Catherine Ho
This classic midcentury modern home in quiet northeast Altadena has the indoor-outdoor feel, simple lines and open living space that typify the style. Built in 1950 by architect Caspar Ehmcke -- whose Southland houses include Beverly Hills mansions -- the home was remodeled in 2004 by Los Angeles architect Barbara Bestor. She added 879 square feet for a garage, a bathroom, a utility room and an extra upstairs bedroom.
April 25, 2009 | Debra Prinzing
Convinced that they could save an aging 1925 Spanish Colonial Revival and tame its landscape, Robin Colman and Cheryl Bode bought an Altadena house and spent the next decade returning it to its historical roots. "It feels like you're taking a step out of the hustle and bustle of city life," Colman says of the community, set in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. For help with their 3/4 -acre grounds, Bode and Colman turned to Altadena landscape designer Thomas Batcheller Cox.
March 14, 2009 | Ann M. Simmons
Detectives are looking for two thieves who posed as police officers and robbed a man in his Altadena home of about $2,000, said officials with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The robbers, who were wearing dark uniforms similar to those worn by law enforcement officers, forced their way into a house about 9 p.m. Thursday in the 3400 block of Fair Oaks Avenue, officials at the Altadena sheriff's station said. "They were wearing gun belts and were each armed with a handgun," authorities said.
January 21, 2009 | Scott Glover
Citing her "devastating impact on a community that can least afford it," a judge Tuesday sentenced an Altadena woman to more than 12 years in federal prison for orchestrating a $17.8-million Ponzi scheme that preyed largely on middle-class African American investors. Jeanetta M. Standefor, 40, pleaded guilty in September to operating a company that purportedly would earn investors money by salvaging properties that were on the brink of foreclosure.
November 30, 2008 | Jordan Rane, Rane is a freelance writer.
No one seems to know exactly when Millard Campground was converted from a day-use-only picnic spot near a nice waterfall into L.A.'s most convenient place to snore in the woods. Or, for that matter, if and when it might be converted back.
September 13, 2008 | Susan Carrier, Special to The Times
WHEN WE moved into our home with a third of an acre in Altadena, we inherited an orchard. Oranges, grapefruits, Meyer lemons and pomelos hung like tropical ornaments. Late summer and fall brought a bounty of avocados, figs and persimmons. And when the apricots and plums ripened in spring, we couldn't pick them fast enough. Hundreds of the stone fruit hit the ground and rotted. Every year I vowed to work harder, pick faster and share smarter, but every year I ended up hauling bushels of spoiled fruit to the curb for trash pickup.
July 6, 2008 | Diane Wedner, Times Staff Writer
Talk ABOUT an architectural marriage that works. In 1974, Mary Jane Elgin, then a 23-year-old artist and Arts and Crafts-movement enthusiast, joined forces with Boyd Georgi, a modernist architect, to design a contemporary Craftsman home for Elgin's parents in Altadena. Elgin had just returned from a two-year stint in Japan studying drawing and painting. Georgi was known for his design of the main library in Altadena, among other prominent works there and in Pasadena.
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