This advisory announcement was sent out today regarding the follow-up meeting about the Congressional investigation into events surrounding the Station Fire. The full text is below for your convenience. If you want to download a copy of the original PDF, click here.
Special thanks to Duncan Baird for forwarding this info.
Pasadena, CA -Since the Station Fire hit Southern California in August 2009, devastating 250 square miles, killing two firefighters and leaving many people homeless, Rep. Adam Schiff (DCA) has worked with local fire agencies, the US Forest Service and many others to learn from what went wrong in the effort to extinguish the fire and implement changes to make sure those mistakes are not repeated. There has been some progress, although much more needs to be done, and Rep. Schiff is hosting a meeting with representatives of the Forest Service and the Government Accountability Office at the Altadena Library to inform residents about these efforts.
Moderator: Congressman Schiff
Speakers: Tom Harbour, Director of Fire and Aviation, U.S. Forest Service
Stephen Gaty, Assistant Director, Government Accountability Office, Natural Resources and Environment Team
When: Thursday, April 28
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: Altadena Library
600 East Mariposa St.
Altadena, CA 91001
I got a couple of weeks ago from another Station Fire survivor who had some concerns about the upcoming hearing on October 12. Specifically, she was worried that folks might not know how to find the courthouse, parking, etc. The Richard H. Chambers Courthouse is located at 125 South Grand Avenue in Pasadena. For some people the problem may be that the courthouse is in that part of Pasadena between the 134 and 110 freeways. It’s a wonderful area for architecture and history, but the neighborhood can pose problems for the directionally challenged courtesy of streets that dead-end, change their names or don’t line up in a clean grid pattern.
The neighborhood surrounding the courthouse is mostly residential, and the courthouse itself was originally constructed as a Spanish Colonial Revival style resort known as the Vista del Arroyo Hotel and Bungalows. As another resident commented, the courthouse is the only 8-story building in the area. In spite of the fact that it’s not clearly marked, there is nothing else that big on the street. It’s pretty hard to miss.
There is a parking lot across the street, but it is for courthouse employees only. For courthouse visitors, parking is available on the street, but much of it is for two hours only.
Recommendation: Arrive early and read all signage when you park!
More specifics are below. See you there!
The Richard H. Chambers Courthouse
125 South Grand Avenue,
Pasadena, Ca 91105
The hearing is scheduled to start at 9AM. ARRIVE EARLY!!!
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With the Congressional hearing about the Station Fire coming up next week, we’re seeing additional news in the local press. Thanks to Duncan for these links!
KTTV 11 – FOX 11
Feds to Examine Station Fire Response Next Week
Pasadena – A congressional panel investigating the early response to the Station Fire that scorched thousands of acres in and around the Angeles National Forest and killed two firefighters will convene in Pasadena next week.
Congressional Station Fire panel set to reconvene in Pasadena
A congressional panel investigating the Station Fire will reconvene on Tuesday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Richard H. Chambers U.S. Court of Appeals Building in Pasadena, officials said Monday. The panel, which includes several local members of Congress, plans to examine the first day of the Station Fire, which killed two firefighters, destroyed dozens of structures and blackened large swaths of the Angeles National Forest. The panel will be headed by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena.
Thanks, Duncan, for forwarding this info along. As soon as we hear about a new date we will let everyone know.
From: Duncan Baird
Sent: Wednesday, August 04, 2010 4:05 PM
Subject: Fwd: Station Fire event — POSTPONED
Begin forwarded message:
From: “Saltman, Alex”
Date: August 4, 2010 15:44:51 PDT
Subject: Station Fire event — POSTPONED
I apologize for the impersonal email, but the Speaker has called the House back in session for next Tuesday morning. This is highly unusual, and certainly something we didn’t expect at all. But it means that the Members of Congress will all be in Washington that morning, and that we have to postpone the Station Fire event. We are now working with the other Members to reschedule the event, and I will let you know as soon as we have news on that front.
I sincerely apologize for the trouble this may cause you. Please email me or call if you have any questions or concerns.
Senior Legislative Assistant
Office of Congressman Adam Schiff
2447 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
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Thanks to Millie Jones at the Office of Supervisor Mike Antonovich for forwarding this info!
Subject: Station Fire Hearing
Date: Friday, July 16, 2010, 1:12 PM
I can now confirm the venue for the Station Fire Panel Discussion:
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Volosh Forum at Pasadena City College (PCC)
1570 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena , CA 91106
The room holds approx. 300 people, so there should be plenty of room for all who wish to attend. Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the building, at the corner of Colorado Blvd. , and Bonnie St .