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image-13More than 100 residents from every Alhambra neighborhood attended the 2016 Meet the Candidates Forum hosted by the Alhambra Preservation Group and moderated by the League of Women Voters-Pasadena Area on October 5 at Almansor Court. All four of the Alhambra City Council candidates were in attendance and answered questions from the audience. Audience questions asked for the candidate’s positions on issues ranging from the adoption of a preservation ordinance to the creation of a more environmentally sustainable city, from the completion of the 710 Freeway to concerns regarding future development in Alhambra.

“The Meet the Candidates Forum provided the perfect venue for Alhambrans to meet and get to know the candidates who are running for Alhambra City Council,” stated Joyce Amaro, President of the Alhambra Preservation Group. “APG was proud to partner with the League of Women Voters – Pasadena Area in providing this opportunity for the voters of Alhambra,” continued Amaro.

Here’s what forum attendees had to say about the evening’s event:

“This provided the community the one opportunity to see the candidates face to face.”

“The forum provided direct access to candidates’ positions and quality of responses.”

“I liked hearing the concerns of the audience brought up many issues I had not considered.”

“It was good to hear all of the candidates respond to the same questions – and struggle to answer some of them. This was a rare opportunity to compare their viewpoints and perspectives, side-by-side.”

The candidates attending included Jeff Maloney and Mark Nisall, who are running for Alhambra Council District 3 and David Mejia and Ken Toh, who are running for Alhambra Council District 4.

Please remember to vote on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8.

Photo courtesy of Sherrie Watson, Alhambra Preservation Group.

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Vote.Button.FINALAlhambra Preservation Group, with the League of Women Voters – Pasadena Area, will sponsor a Meet the Candidates Forum on Wednesday, October 5, 2016.  The Meet the Candidates Forum will take place from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Almansor Court’s Lakeview Room, 700 South Almansor Street, Alhambra, CA  91801. The event is free to the general public and light refreshments will be served. Alhambra residents are encouraged to attend.

All Alhambra City Council candidates have been invited to participate in the pre-election event. A moderator from the League of Women Voters – Pasadena Area will ask each candidate the same opening question, followed by a series of written questions from the audience. “The purpose of the Meet the Candidates Forum is to give city council candidates the opportunity to address policy issues vital to Alhambra’s future and give residents the chance to ask questions of candidates,” stated Joyce Amaro, President of the Alhambra Preservation Group. “Given the many issues facing our city, we invite all Alhambrans to attend this event and receive the information they need to cast an informed vote on election day.”

Community planning, environmental sustainability, public health and safety, historic preservation, transportation and infrastructure are just a few of the topics that may be addressed at the forum. The November 8, 2016 election will decide two of five Alhambra City Council seats.

Photo courtesy of start2finish.org.

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IMG_1677Summer has been a sizzling hot season for Alhambra Preservation Group!

APG kicked off the summer with its event entitled Alhambra’s Amazing Architecture at the Civic Center Library on June 29. More than 100 residents attended the lecture that showcased the diversity of Alhambra’s architecture. “Many residents didn’t realize that Alhambra is one of the most architecturally diverse cities in Southern California,” stated Joyce Amaro, APG President. “From Victorian to Mid-Century Modern and everything in between, Alhambra boasts a rich architectural heritage – one that needs to be celebrated, preserved and protected,” Amaro continued. The event concluded with the introduction of an online Alhambra map created by APG documenting Alhambra’s historic homes. Take a look at the Google map and see if there are any historic homes in your neighborhood that should be added. Send us the address at info@alhambrapreservation.org, and we’ll see that the home is placed on the map.

In July, APG held a summer fundraiser dinner raising $262.50. This first-time event was held at Alhambra’s very own Diner on Main, a restaurant designed in the Googie-architectural style, which was popular in the mid-20th century. At one point, the restaurant was filled to capacity with APG members, enjoying good food and company for a great cause. We hope to do more of these at local Alhambra restaurants such as Twoheys, Blaze Pizza, Yogurtland, Souplantation and Shakey’s Pizza. It’s a great opportunity for some family fun and it benefits us all!

In August Alhambra Preservation Group began moving into its new office at The Alhambra thanks to a generous donation by The Ratkovich Company. APG has always been, and will continue to be, a grassroots organization, but the addition of a physical office enhances the work APG can do in Alhambra. August was also the month that APG kicked off its newly formed Advocacy and Action Committee. Their role will be to monitor and attend City meetings such as the Design Review Board, Planning Commission and City Council for issues needing APG’s attention.

Fall promises to be a busy season for APG as well. Alhambra Preservation Group is partnering with the League of Women Voters – Pasadena Area to host a Meet the Candidates Forum at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5 at Almansor Court’s Lakeview Room, 700 South Almansor Street. This free event is open to the public and all Alhambrans are encouraged to attend. It’s an opportunity for residents to learn more about the candidates running for two open Alhambra City Council seats in November.

We are following up the candidates’ forum with a lecture in November by APG’s very own member, Denise Lawrence, who is a professor at the School of Environmental Design, Cal Poly Pomona. Denise will present a talk on her recently published book Protecting Suburban America: Gentrification, Advocacy and the Historic Imaginary. We’ll close out the year with our annual membership campaign and an open house at our new offices at The Alhambra. Stay tuned for more details on all of these upcoming events!


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Diner.On.MainCome join Alhambra Preservation Group for a fundraiser at Alhambra’s Diner on Main (201 West Main Street) Tuesday, July 26 from 4 – 9 p.m.

“During that time, Diner on Main will donate 25% of your total meal receipt to APG,” said Joyce Amaro, APG President. “It’s a fun opportunity to enjoy a good meal, great company and unique architecture.”

Diner on Main is Alhambra’s very own example of Googie architecture, a modern style popular in the late 40s through the early 60s, particularly for gas stations, diners and bowling alleys. The style was marked by upswept  roofs, neon, geometric shapes and curved lines that included boomerangs, flying saucers, atoms and parabolas. It represented America’s fascination with Space Age themes.

Googie originated right here in SoCal. Iconic architect John Lautner coined the term when he designed a coffee shop in West Hollywood named after one of the owners, Lillian “Googie” Burton.

Be sure to make your calendar for this new APG event, where all you have to do to raise money is eat (and pay your tab)!

Questions? Send us an e-mail at info@alhambrapreservation.org.


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DSC_0031Is Alhambra one of the most architecturally diverse cities in Southern California? The answer may surprise you!

From a humble log cabin to an elegant castle on a hill, Alhambra is home to more than 25 styles and sub-styles of architecture.  “Alhambra is one of the oldest cities in Southern California, and it is home to architectural styles ranging from Victorian to Mid-Century Modern and everything in between,” stated Joyce Amaro, President, Alhambra Preservation Group. “It is my belief that Alhambra is one of the most architecturally diverse cities in Southern California.”

Join Alhambra Preservation Group at their June 29, 2016 event entitled Alhambra’s Amazing Architecture for a virtual architectural tour of Alhambra’s homes, businesses, schools and places of worship spanning almost 150 years. Here are the specifics on the event:

Date:   Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Time:   7:00 p.m.

Location:   Alhambra Civic Center Library, 101 S. 1st Street, Alhambra, CA / Reese Hall

All are welcome to attend this free educational event. Ample parking is located beneath the library. There will also be a delicious selection of cookies, representing Alhambra’s diverse cultures, for everyone to enjoy.

Come discover hidden gems and be inspired to preserve and protect Alhambra’s amazing architecture!

RSVP at (626) 755-3467 or at info@AlhambraPreservation.org.



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Emery Park SchoolAt a well-attended November 4 presentation and ceremony in the Alhambra Civic Center Library’s Reese Hall, Alhambra Preservation Group honored Emery Park Elementary School with a 2015 Heritage Award. This marked the first time that one of Alhambra’s public buildings has been a recipient of APG’s prestigious award, which celebrates the preservation of historic architecture.

Built in 1931 in the Georgian Revival Style, the school was designed by Alhambra-based architect, Richard Farrell, and built by a local construction firm, Steed Brothers Construction. “Emery Park Elementary School is an important local landmark, designed and built by members of our community during the Great Depression,” stated Christine Olson, President of the Alhambra Preservation Group, in making the presentation.  “APG is proud to recognize the Alhambra Unified School District for its careful stewardship of this impressive historic building.”

Built in the center of a 400-acre tract of land owned by a New York tobacco tycoon, Charles Goodwin Emery, Emery Park Elementary School was constructed to accommodate the school-aged children of families who had purchased homes in Emery Park during the 1920s, a boom time for real estate in Alhambra. “At the completion of construction, the community was justifiably proud of the two-story brick school building and its modern features,” continued Ms. Olson.  Opening day was September 14, 1931 with the Alhambra Post-Advocate boasting that the school was “the finest in the Southland, providing the most complete facilities and conveniences for an elementary education to be found anywhere.”

Emery.Park.Elementary“Emery Park Elementary School has changed a great deal in the 84 years since it was built, but its core educational mission has not changed and neither has its architectural character,” stated Adele Andrade-Stadler, President of the Alhambra Unified School District. “We thank Alhambra Preservation Group for recognizing Emery Park Elementary and for shining a spotlight upon its unique and remarkable history.”

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Replacement.WindowsIs your house too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer? Do you often feel air leaking in around your windows or under your doors? Are you interested in planting drought-tolerant blossoms this spring like California Poppies to conserve water? Are you curious about the steps you can take to simultaneously create a more energy efficient home, save planet Earth and save money?

If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, then Alhambra Preservation Group’s upcoming evening seminar entitled Energy Efficiency and Historic Homes is for you!

Join us at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 in Reese Hall at the Alhambra Civic Center Library, located at 101 South First Street, Alhambra, for presentations by a panel of energy experts including Lisa Novick of the Theodore Payne Foundation, Scott Campbell of Window Restoration and Repair and Dan Thomsen of Building Doctors. Issues such as financial incentives, preservation challenges facing historic homes, and real-world examples will be addressed, followed by a question and answer session for each speaker. Light refreshments will also be served at this event.

“From Arts and Crafts to Spanish Colonial Revival, Alhambra’s historic architectural styles and their characteristics embodied energy efficiency when they were designed a century ago,” states Christine Olson, President of Alhambra Preservation Group. “This seminar will help residents unlock the energy efficient design-elements built into their historic homes and discover new tips for making their home energy-ready for the next 100 years.”

To RSVP for this event, please e-mail info@alhambrapreservation.org or call (626) 755-3467.

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Heritage.Home.AwardAlhambra Preservation Group will present its 2014 Heritage Home Awards to the owners of three exceptional Alhambra homes on the evening of Wednesday, November 19. This year’s event will take place at 7pm in the Alhambra Civic Center Library’s Reese Hall, 101 South First Street, and is free to the public. Please join us for a fun and informative evening! Light refreshments will be served and ample free parking is available in the library’s underground parking structure.

The presentation will mark the seventh year of APG’s Heritage Home Awards program, which recognizes homeowners who have restored or maintained their older, historic homes in a manner that is sensitive to their architectural period and style and that recognizes the value of these properties to the community at large.

The evening’s program will showcase each of the homes through an educational and inspiring audio-visual presentation, offering both exterior and interior views of three of Alhambra’s extraordinary historic residences, along with insights into the history and context of each. APG President, Chris Olson, describes the event as, “a virtual home tour, without the walking — or the price of a ticket!” We have a few surprises in store for you this year, including the former home of a storybook princess, a property that was actually declared a public nuisance before it was thoroughly rehabilitated, and the location of Alhambra’s first Little Free Library. Adding to the fun, attendees will have the opportunity to win a special prize, dinner (and drinks) for two at The Barkley restaurant in South Pasadena.

Alhambra Preservation Group was founded in 2003 by residents eager to promote and protect Alhambra’s rich and historic architectural heritage. As a nonprofit organization, APG is supported by the generous contributions of its members and friends. We thank you for your support.

You can learn more about APG by visiting our website or following us on Facebook!

Photo courtesy of Alhambra Preservation Group.

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