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January 29, 2023

Switzer Falls

Filed under: Hikes — Tags: , — Michael @ 20:55

We intended to do Hike 29 (“Bear Canyon Traverse”) from Trails of the Angeles, but weather and icy pavement closed Mt Wilson Road today. Rather than adding 2.4 miles of road walking to get to the trailhead, we improvised by going west from Red Box on the Gabrielino Trail to Switzer’s Picnic Area and then down to the falls. The trip from the picnic area to the falls is actually Hike 13 of the book. We took two cars, leaving Beth’s at Switzer’s and riding together in mine to Red Box to start the hike.

At the end of the outing, we drove through lots of fog to retrieve my car from Red Box, finding a little bit of snow settled on the windshield wipers.

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January 22, 2023

Lower Arroyo Seco

Filed under: Hikes — Tags: , — Michael @ 19:23

Hike 11 from Trails of the Angeles. At least eight stream crossings took us to Paul Ramos Little Picnic Area.

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January 8, 2023

Liebre Mountain

Filed under: Hikes — Tags: , — Michael @ 20:09

Hike 1 from Trails of the Angeles. Beth and I hiked on a chilly and windy January day up to Liebre Mountain and back. The drive to the trailhead took over an hour.

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January 1, 2023

Strawberry Meadow

Filed under: Hikes — Tags: , — Michael @ 22:12

Hike 33 from Trails of the Angeles. Beth and I took an out-and-back New Year’s Day trip to Strawberry Meadow. Chilly rain made us happy to have rain jackets on a predicted-sunny day.

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December 25, 2022

Dawn Mine

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Hike 14 from Trails of the Angeles. Beth, Spy, Coco, and I made a teardrop clockwise loop to Dawn Mine on this warm Christmas day.

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December 10, 2022

Henninger Flats

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Hike 22 from Trails of the Angeles. A cool cloudy day, good for an out-and-back climb-and-descend.

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December 4, 2022

Mount Hillyer

Filed under: Hikes — Tags: , — Michael @ 18:39

Hike 49 from Trails of the Angeles. Beth and I made a clockwise loop in light rain to Mount Hillyer, stopping for lunch near the peak.

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May 4, 2020

May 4, 1970 – Kent State

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , , , — Michael @ 00:01
Collage of Jeffrey Glenn Miller, Allison B. Krause, William Knox Schroeder, and Sandra Lee Scheuer.
Jeffrey Glenn Miller, Allison B. Krause
William Knox Schroeder, Sandra Lee Scheuer

Jeffrey Glenn Miller; age 20; 265 ft (81 m) shot through the mouth; killed instantly

Allison B. Krause; age 19; 343 ft (105 m) fatal left chest wound; died later that day

William Knox Schroeder; age 19; 382 ft (116 m) fatal chest wound; died almost an hour later in a local hospital while undergoing surgery

Sandra Lee Scheuer; age 20; 390 ft (120 m) fatal neck wound; died a few minutes later from loss of blood

Wikipedia contributors, “Kent State shootings,” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Kent_State_shootings&oldid=954716286 (accessed May 4, 2020).

November 5, 2018

California, Los Angeles, and Pasadena Propositions — November 2018 — FAQ

Filed under: General — Michael @ 17:55
For my thoughts on the California statewide propositions and Los Angeles County and Pasadena City measures we vote on this week, click any proposition below:

Statewide propositions

Prop 1 — $4 Billion General Obligation Bonds for affordable housing ($3 billion) and loans to veterans ($1 billion)

Yes. This will effectively assign money from the existing state budget to pay for projects organized by local governments, nonprofit organizations, and private developers. Veterans using this program for loans will repay their portion. It is the equivalent of about $6 per year for each Californian.

Prop 2 — Directs funds for general mental health services specifically to housing for individuals with mental illness.

Yes. This makes sure that what is already being done in California will pass muster with courts, and it does not actually change the amount we pay for these services.

Prop 3 — General revenue bonds for water projects.

Leaning Yes. This proposal has the effect of requiring the state to spend a portion of general funds on water projects. I am not sure of the proper proportion that the state should spend. But one effect of this proposal is that local governments and water managers would be able to improve infrastructure using this state money. This could mean that water consumers would benefit from the proposal. I am leaning towards yes.

Prop 4 — Construction bonds for children’s health care.

Yes. Bond would fund grants based on, among other things, contribution to the improvement of child or pediatric health care.

Prop 5 — Reduces property tax impact of selling a house in California and buying a new one.

Leaning Yes. This is not a “strong yes.” The proposition will make it easier for homeowners to relocate within California, but it will also keep the most wealthy from paying as much in property tax when they buy and sell houses.

Prop 6 — Eliminate some state fuel taxes.

No. We use roads in California. We should pay to keep maintain them. This proposal would also eliminate funding for mass transit projects that alleviate congestion on highways.

Prop 7 — Allow legislature to forego Daylight Saving Time in California.

No. I do not want the legislature to be able to pass a law that would make the sun come up at either 4:30am (in the summer) or 8:30am (in the winter).

Prop 8 — Regulate charges for kidney dialysis.

No. This might do nothing to costs of dialysis, but it will definitely add red tape to billing processes.

Prop 10 — Allow cities to enact rent control on residential property.

Yes. This does not impose rent control on any properties in California. It merely allows individual cities and counties to implement rent control if their communities’ representatives choose to enact such ordinances.

Prop 11 — Let ambulance crews stay available for responses during their lunch breaks.

Yes. Fills a hole in labor law.

Prop 12 — Standards for animal confinement.

No. This actually appears to do more harm than good to chickens.

Los Angeles County Measure

Measure W — Increase property tax by 2.5¢ per square foot of building or driveway (for safety of water supply and discharge)

Yes. Sure. I will pay an extra $35 per year to help keep water supplies clean.

Pasadena City Measures

Measure I — Increase local sales tax by ¾¢.

Yes. This ensures that local sales taxes will remain in Pasadena and not be usurped by LA County if/when they increase sales taxes.

Measure J — Advise Pasadena to allot to city services ⅔ of any revenue from Measure I and use the remaining ⅓ to support Pasadena public schools.

Yes. Good schools cost money.

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September 18, 2018

Weight Classes — 2018

Filed under: General — Michael @ 15:28

Weight classes approved in 2018 by the International Weightlifting Federation and younger youth classes approved by USA Weightlifting:

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