Disabled homeless couple find life’s tough on Pasadena’s streets

Pasadena officials often tout the city’s compassion for the homeless. Certainly the homeless have available to them an impressive array of services. But there are people like Francis Freeman and Aniya Jones, who have clearly fallen through the cracks. I met the couple Wednesday, Here’s a link to their story
I also shot a video which you can watch on YouTube. This is it:

Dueling press releases detail two stories of Altadena rescue

Pasadena Fire Department officials are steamed over a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department press release taking credit for a mountain rescue Monday night. They say the press release is riddled with falsehoods — and that the Sheriff’s Department was barely involved in the rescue of two injured women.

Leave it to sheriff’s Spokesman Steve Whitmore to put it all in perspective.

“Here is what’s important: The people got saved.”

Pasadena rescue squad at Eaton Canyon

Perhaps the most telling detail about the whole operation is on Tim Rutt’s altadenablog, which has a picture of the patients being loaded into a paramedic van — not a helicopter.

Source: Allan Munnecke, Pasadena man suspected in cold case homicide, dies on operating table

Alan Munnecke

Longtime Tournament of Roses Association member Richard Allan Munnecke, arrested in February in connection with the 2004 slaying of Rose Parade volunteer Donna Lee Kelly, has died, according to an email sent to friends of his family.

…Gail Munnecke called this morning to share the sad news that her husband Allan died during heart surgery yesterday. A memorial service will be held November 30 at San Marino Community Church.
Our most heart-felt condolences to Gail and her loved ones.

Munnecke was connected to the slaying via DNA, officials said.

In February deputies served a search warrant at Munnecke’s home in the 800 block of North Almansor Street in Alhambra. Subsequently, they arrested the 71-year-old on suspicion of murder in Kelly’s slaying.

Pasadena busts suspected cat lady/hoarder with 150 cats 2 dogs

This from reporter Beige Luciano-Adams:

In what they described as the second-largest seizure in the organization’s 108-year history, Pasadena Humane Society officials rescued nearly 150 cats and two dogs Wednesday night.

Most of animals lived on top of each other in a Pasadena residence in the 000 block of North Altadena Drive in a squalid metropolis of carrying crates.

“This is the most cats we’ve ever impounded – I’ve been here 13 years and never seen anything like this” said Steve McNall, Pasadena Humane Society president and CEO.

McNall said there were also several dead cats stored in a freezer. Another nine cats and two dogs were taken from a home in the 9800 block of Olive Street in Temple City, officials said.

Officials cited Tanya Regan, 62, of Temple City. She was released on her own recognizance, McNall said.

Beige tells me she could smell the Altadena Drive house from several hundred feet away…

Say goodbye to red light cameras California

This from Calwatch:

While the state collects millions of dollars from red-light cameras at intersections, a few California cities are starting to question whether the safety benefits are worth the high cost to their own coffers.

Other cities have rejected automatic ticketing programs as well, including Union City near San Jose, Yucaipa and Costa Mesa, Cupertino, Compton, El Monte, Fairfield, Fresno, Fullerton, Indian Wells, Irvine, Maywood, Montclair, Moreno Valley, Paramount, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, Roseville, San Carlos, Santa Fe Springs, Santa Maria, Santa Rosa and Upland.

Sadly neither Pasadena nor Baldwin Park make the list of California cities reconsidering the cost effectiveness of red light cameras.

“Zombies” plan to disrupt Pasadena shoppers

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PASADENA — A group of activists dressed as zombies plan to invade One Colorado this morning as part of an international protest against consumerism.

The group, organized by a woman identified as Autumn Rooney, has plans to chant, dance and play drums along Colorado Boulevard, according to several websites and Twitter accounts.

“We are a network of activists organizing a Carnivalesque Rebellion that will shut down consumer capitalism for a week.
The climax of our efforts is Buy Nothing Day, a 24-hour moratorium on consumer spending, celebrated November 26th in North America and 27th Internationally. 

Here’s a copy of an action plan posted on the Internet.