Closed for all but minimal services for more than a year, the 1949 Altadena Sheriff’s Station officially reopened on Sept. 24, 2011. Station commander Capt. Steven McLean welcomed the community and dignitaries to the renovated building and grounds.
“This is the oldest newest Sheriff’s Station in the County,” he beamed. He also noted that over the past 15 months, Altadena has experienced a 33 percent reduction in serious felonies. “Thanks to you,” he addressed the crowd.
After the presentation of the colors, Lt. Angela Shepherd sang the National Anthem and Rev. Barry Faison, president of the Clergy Council of the Altadena Sheriff’s Station gave the invocation.
Baca spoke about his time at the station as a lieutenant. He talked about surrounding mountains and the “cradling effect of this area.” One night, he stepped out to look at those peaceful mountains. “I saw red coming over the hills,” he said. “I thought it was a fire and called the fire department.
“It was the moon,” he laughed.
“The people who work here are special and nice,” he said, “and they need a place to work that tells them they are special and nice.”
Dr. Sandra Thomas recalled that Jack Scott, Chancellor of California Community Colleges who previously served as both an assembly member and state senator, was responsible for obtaining seed money to begin the renovation project. She also thanked the Sheriff’s Support Group of Altadena, sometimes known as “shugah,” who support the station.
“Citizens and community leaders have gotten us to this moment, and this is historic for this township of Altadena,” she said.
The ceremony was attended by Los Angeles County Mayor and District 5 Supervisor Michael Antonovich, Asm. Anthony Portantino, L.A. County Sheriff Leroy Baca, Joe and Yvonne Brown of the Pasadena NAACP, Philip Soto, presiding judge in the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Pasadena, Pasadena Unified School District Supt. Jon Gundry, and representatives of Rep. Adam Schiff, State Sen. Carol Liu, and California Attorney General Kamala Harris.
Men and women from L.A. County Fire Station 11, just behind the sheriff’s station, Altadena Mountain Rescue Team, California Highway Patrol Altadena office, and Pasadena Police Department were in the audience. Retired commander of the Station, Capt. Roosevelt Blow, also came.
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