Honored by Supervisor Antonovich
Robbyn ended her term as CV Town Council President in December 2015. In January 2016 she was invited to the County Board of Supervisors to be recognized for her dedication and service to the community, especially for starting a new tradition in her community, the La Crescenta Christmas Tree Lighting” ceremony.
First Annual La Crescenta Christmas Tree:
Tis the season for tree lighting ceremonies. The Americana had its ceremony, the Montrose Shopping Park will have its’ on White Friday, Nov. 27 and although there are many trees in La Crescenta there has never been an official tree to light – that is, until now. On Dec. 4, the sycamore tree in front of the La Crescenta Library will become the official La Crescenta Christmas Tree. Crescenta Valley Town Council President Robbyn Battles had the idea for the decorated tree and reached out to the office of Supervisor Michael Antonovich of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. “I was talking to Sussy Nemer from the supervisor’s office] and told her I was surprised La Crescenta didn’t have its own tradition,” Battles said. “And she asked what we wanted to do.”
Keeping kids safer walking to Monte Vista Elementary:
This upcoming school year at Monte Vista Elementary School, it won’t be where the sidewalk ends, but rather where it finally begins.
Construction on a new sidewalk started this week just northwest of the school located at 2620 Orange Ave., at El Adobe. Previously, children walking eastbound on the north side of the street approaching the crosswalk at El Adobe and Orange had to walk in the street to reach the crosswalk. They often had to maneuver around cars parked in the red zone. “There was no place for the kids to go. They would walk in the gutter,” said Crescenta Valley Town councilwoman Robbyn Battles, whose daughter attends Monte Vista. Now, with the new sidewalk expected to be completed this week, there is one problem solved in an area where there could be more.
“We’re excited,” Battles said. “It’s going to keep our kids much safer.”
A Flashing crosswalk at Glenwood and Foothill:
Los Angeles County Public Works employees are beginning to work on the crosswalk on Foothill Boulevard at Glenwood Avenue.
Crescenta Valley Town Council member Robbyn Battles has worked with the California Highway Patrol and public works in an attempt to make local streets safe for pedestrians. One of the busiest, and most dangerous, crosswalks is at Foothill and Glenoaks. Public works will be installing new signs and a lighted crosswalk, like that a few blocks away in the 3100 block of Foothill Boulevard.
A non-profit created to help Senior Citizens:
The non-profit organization ASTER – Assisting Seniors through Enhanced Resources – is making plans that will benefit older adults and their families in the foothill communities this upcoming year. “The purpose [of ASTER] is to find as many resources that are available to seniors and their caregivers,” said Robbyn Battles, president and one of the original founders of ASTER. “We really seek out all of the different events, classes, and information that are available for our seniors and we post them on our ASTER calendar.
Crossing Guard for Rosemont Middle School:
The Los Angeles County board of supervisors approved the adoption of a revised warrant for assigning an adult crossing guard to include school crossings servicing middle schools in the unincorporated county jurisdiction. The decision paves the way for unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County to hire a crossing guard for middle school children upon the request of residents.
Testifying at this morning’s board of supervisors meeting was Cynthia Livingston, principal of Rosemont Middle School, Robbyn Battles, president of the Crescenta Valley Town Council, and parents Michele Doud and Kelly Ralston. Following the decision, all thanked Supervisor Antonovich and his staff for listening to their concerns and taking them seriously.
A crossing guard was temporarily placed at Rosemont Middle School and has been working there for about a year. His pilot program was nearing its end when parents, school staff and the CVTC began requesting letters from the community is support of their efforts and sharing their opinion on traffic safety.
“I received over 1,000 letters from Crescenta Valley residents [in favor of this revised warrant],” said Antonovich.
Also in attendance at the meeting was Scott Anderle, assistant director of Student Support Services for the school district. He joined the parents, Livingston and Battles in saying they were “ecstatic” over the decision.
The decision is the end of an almost five-year battle to have the right to petition for a crossing guard at the middle school level.
“This goes beyond Crescenta Valley because this ruling effects all unincorporated county residents,” said Battles.
Crescenta Commons is Built:
Residents of La Crescenta often refer to their community as “Rock Crescenta” and no one knows that better than those who have been working on the Crescenta Commons. On Saturday, all of the time and labor will be recognized at the Crescenta Commons dedication.
The ceremony will include a brief history of how the Crescenta Commons came to be and how the community rallied around the project. There will also be a time capsule buried on the site for a future generation to discover. The capsule will be filled with items brought by those in attendance on Saturday.
The Crescenta Commons is located at the corner of Rosemont and Orange avenues. For years it was a vacant lot with not much more than dried vegetation. The area, just east of Monte Vista Elementary School, needed a lot of work.
“In July, (the Crescenta Valley Town Council) voted to form a committee to complete the project,” said President Robbyn Battles. By August the first workdays began.
The community stepped up to help and now the lot has gone from barren land to something that reflects the neighborhood and the community itself.
From the beginning, there seemed to be someone working on something at the Crescenta Commons.
“We literally had hundreds of volunteers who donated their time, their energy and their money to this project,” Battles said. “And the Supervisor [Los Angeles Supervisor Michael Antonovich] – if it wasn’t for the Supervisor’s office this could not have been done.”
Creative Concepts was also an integral part of the project. Representatives worked with the CVTC committee including council member Frank Beyts, local architect Ines Chessum and Battles to come up with a design and then to set a completion date.
From concept to completion took about three-and-a-half years; however, the wait was well worth it. Crescenta Commons features a walkway lined with stones, California native plants, a bench and a tower sundial. As a way to raise funds for the completion of the project, residents and organizations bought tiles that will be forever part of the Commons.
“We have sold all the tiles,” Battles said.
There will also be a glass-enclosed case that will contain a community bulletin board.
“We will put notices of fire danger or community calendar events,” Battles said.