Posts Tagged ‘Pasadena’

Help Keep a Family Housed this Holiday Season

5 December, 2014

Easter update: Many, many thanks to all who donated to this effort. We raised $1,955.00 – a mere $45 from the goal of $2,000. The family still has their rental house and they are doing well. Thank you!

Happy Holidays and Welcome to those who have arrived here from Indiegogo. For those who’ve landed here from elsewhere, I’ve launched an Indiegogo campaign to help a family keep a roof over their heads this holiday season.

You can read about the campaign here: Help Keep a Family Housed this Holiday Season. The short version is: Family breadwinner with health problems without paid sick leave equals financial disaster and threat of homelessness for said breadwinner and her children.

Donors to the campaign have the option to claim a Perk. This campaign is offering photographs by Timothy Down, photographer and motion picture location specialist. All photographs are printed on quality photo paper and are suitable for framing.

Below are images of the Perks available to donors of “Help Keep a Family Housed this Holiday Season.”

1. Planet of the Apes Location – (Trona Pinnacles) – For a $50 donation to the Indiegogo campaign, you have the option to receive one of the following six images. If you have a strong preference for a particular image, leave a comment below and we’ll get in touch with you via e-mail.

Trona Pinnacles 1

Trona Pinnacles 2

Trona Pinnacles 3

For a donation of $75 or above, choose one of the following images:

Santa Monica Beach

Santa Monica Beach, California

Mojave Desert Railroad Crossing

Mojave Desert Railroad Crossing, California

Butterfly In The Sky

Butterfly in the Sky, Los Angeles, California

Mars Attacks 1

Mars Attacks, Owens Dry Lake, California

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All photos by Timothy Down.

Thanks for looking!

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Lincoln Avenue Nursery

17 May, 2012

I have known for a long time that the previous owner of my house was also the owner of  Lincoln Avenue Nursery.  I stopped at the nursery once years ago on a rainy day, but I didn’t stay to look around.  Since then, I have driven up Lincoln Avenue about a zillion times thinking to myself, “I want to stop in there one of these days.”

Last Sunday was One of These Days.  Last Sunday, I stopped. I walked through the whole (huge!) property. As Ferris Bueller says, “Life moves pretty fast. You don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

From the nursery’s web site:  “In 1923, a Japanese family bought the nursery. Ms. Mary Takemura’s mother ran the business.”

I live in the house that was owned by Mary Takemura’s mother.  Her surname was Matsuzawa (I wish I knew her first name).  When Mary and her sister sold the house after their mother died, they sold it with everything left in it except for their mother’s clothes—-the furniture (I’m still using the dining room table and the sideboard), the dishes (I regret getting rid of them), and the stuff in the drawers.

Yes, I still have some of the stuff that was in the drawers.  I use the tacks once in a while.  The Antiobiotic Candettes container holds 3 razors and 2 3-inch sewing needles.  In case I ever need them.  I didn’t know/remember that the bathtub caulk was still in the drawer.  That’ll get tossed today.

I couldn’t get over the size of the nursery’s property.  There are tens of thousands of plants, trees, shrubs, and succulents there.

I felt like I was at a micro version of the Huntington.

Mary Takemura died in January 2011.  From her obituary:

…She was a lifetime resident of Pasadena and is survived by husband Henry (married 62 years), with whom she ran Lincoln Avenue Nursery for more than 50 years; daughter Joan Takemura (David) Johnsen; and sister Ruth Sumiko Matsuzawa Ikeda.

Mary graduated from high school at Gila River Relocation Center, studied 2 years at Wooster College, Ohio, and graduated in 1948 from UCLA with a degree in Psychology. She was also an artist and worked at drawing, painting, making pottery and calligraphy.

I never learned about the Japanese Internment in school.  I learned about it when I moved to this house, built just after the war.  Built just after internment.

I wish I had contacted Mary before she died.  I would love to hear about her life, about her mother’s life, and about her father.  I feel connected to this family–when I go out to the lemon tree in the backyard and pick a lemon; every year when the cherry blossom tree in the front yard blooms.  And every time I need a 1/2 inch tack.

Doo Dah 2012

2 May, 2012

Congratulations to Ann Erdman, Grand Marshal of Doo Dah 2012

Tra la, tra la.  That’s the sound of Ms. Ann, Lady of Leisure.

All Hail the Queen (the once and future Princess HaHa).  I prefer Intergarlictica, but these days Her Majesty is known as Patrizzi Intergalactica.  When you hear those frogs croaking in Hahamongna, you can be sure they are breathing her name to Mother Earth, rousing the energies to preserve the wildness as it is.

Mr. Developer, step away from the watershed.

More photos of Doo Dah 2012 by the talented Brian Biery are over here.

Hahamongna: You Cannot Be Serious

7 July, 2010

The majority of recent housing development in Pasadena has been about getting people into high-density structures near public transportation. Take the Del Mar Gold Line station, for example. If you draw a half-mile circle around the Del Mar station, you’ll see how much new (and pricey) housing has sprouted up within walking distance.

I suggest that Pasadena uses the same logic when it comes to building soccer fields. Let’s put them in neighborhoods where people can walk or bike to them. Let’s make soccer fields accessible to families who may not have a car for every driving-aged person in the house.

The field at the north side of John Muir High School has been used for soccer for a long time. Why not develop that into something permanent? What about other schools? Other sites nearer to where people live?

Taking a relatively pristine natural area, an area contiguous with the Angeles National Forest, and paving it over with a parking lot to serve a soccer field makes no sense. The area is a natural watershed—let’s keep it that way.

Did you know that JPL is a Superfund site? Here’s the web site. They are working with the City of Pasadena to build a treatment plant “to help restore lost water resources to that community and to help remove groundwater chemicals originating at the site of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.” This is yet another reason to keep the Hahamongna watershed free of any further development.

Read more from my compatriots. I’ve tried to include links to the relevant posts:

Altadena Above It All – Cha cha cha!

Altadena Hiker – Let It Be

A Thinking Stomach – Something Precious

East of Allen – Keep It Natural

Finnegan Begin Again – Hahamongna Watershed Park

LA Creek Freak

Mendolonium – Hahamongna

Mr. Earl’s Musings – Words will not be minced!

My Life with Tommy – Hahamongna: Wisdom & Gift

Pasadena Adjacent – Hahamongna

Pasadena Daily Photo – Hahamongna Blog Day

Pasadena Latina

SaveHahamongna.org

Selvege – Hahamongna Blog Day

The Sky Is Big In Pasadena – Hahamongna Blog Day

Musical Theater Prevents Life of Crime for Pasadena’s Youth

13 March, 2010

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Wanted: Court Jester

4 August, 2009

City of Pasadena position available: The Court Jester is a journey-level professional position designed to highlight absurdity and make frank yet witty observations about civic life in the City of Pasadena. (more…)

The Free Speech Continuum

1 August, 2009

Alert: Pasadena-specific content. Contains references to the deep recesses (dirty cracks?) of the Pasadena, California blogosphere.

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Is Ann Erdman the owner/author of Pasadena Newer Progressive? If you think so, you’re wrong. Ann Erdman has nothing to do with the Pasadena Newer Progressive. (more…)

The Cover Up: A Mountain of Evidence

25 July, 2009

My name is Neob and I am from the planet JohBirSo. I have tied Kelly up (for her own good!) and taken over her blog. She will be released depending on how she treats my dog, Precious. (more…)

The Disrepute of Blogging

16 July, 2009

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Pasadena Chalk Festival 2009

28 June, 2009

I generally dread summer heat. This year I didn’t bother. Why dread it when it is inevitable? Why waste a good, cool spring dreading the white sky and hot temps of Southern California?

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2009 Best in Festival, 1st Place – Mucha by Arlou Somo

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