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Engineer Hired to Preserve Rialto Sign

Landmark Theatres has contracted a structural engineer to create a plan for the Rialto Theatre's blade sign.

Structural engineer Michael Krakower, who has previously worked on the historic Raymond Theatre in Pasadena, was hired last week to perform work on the Rialto's blade sign.

, Chamber President Scott Feldmann told Patch Tuesday that there is still no final determination. 

"Landmark and the City are working diligently to handle the issue in the most sensitive and ... safe manner, and with urgency," said Feldmann.

"As of now, there is a stay of execution. It's still slated to come down unless Landmark and the structural engineer can establish that public safety will be attained by securing the sign in place, and the building officials approve the plans."

Check back with Patch as this story develops. 

Kristen Lepore (Editor) March 13, 2012 at 11:18 PM
I just added a photo to this post. A rep from the chamber is working with the structural engineer today at the Rialto examining the sign.
Ron Rosen March 14, 2012 at 12:34 AM
If public safety is such a concern, why do they allow the Trader Joe's parking lot?
Kristen Lepore (Editor) March 14, 2012 at 01:55 AM
@Ron: What do you feel is unsafe about the Trader Joe's parking lot?
Elliot Kwock March 14, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Obviously you have not been in the TJ's parking lot in the evening.
Kristen Lepore (Editor) March 14, 2012 at 04:11 AM
@Elliot: I have only been during the day. I'm assuming the safety hazard has to do with the narrowness of the lot?
Ron Rosen March 14, 2012 at 05:38 AM
TJ's parking lot requires 100% alertness. It's just too small and not configured well for the volume of cars. I never park in the lot. But just walking across the lot as a pedestrian is dangerous. People are pulling in and pulling out from all directions, not paying attention to everything that's going on. One day I was about to walk in front of a car that was pulling out of a parking space. The door was open and his kid was getting into his car so I figured I had a second to cross. Wrong. The guy pulls out before his kid even closes the door.
Ron Rosen March 14, 2012 at 05:41 AM
@Kristen I love how you let me hijack your own thread with just a little joke! ;-)
Kristen Lepore (Editor) March 14, 2012 at 05:46 PM
@Ron: Hey, I might get a story out of it!
Janet Cartwright March 14, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Hear hear! You take your life in your hands parking in that lot. I prefer to park on the street. Back when it was Pronto Market, it had lots on either side. The one on the west side was a little tricky, but not like now!
Sean March 15, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Oh, come on, folks. So, TJ's parking lot is small for the volume of business it attracts, and hence becomes a little more challenging to maneuver at times. So long as people exercise due care when trying to park/leave the lot, all should be just fine. Would more/brighter lights help this situation at all? Sean, SP resident of 44 years.
Janet Cartwright March 15, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Trouble is, people do not exercise "due care." SP resident of 48 years.
Janet Cartwright March 15, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Brighter lights? It's bad during daylight hours. It's the size and configuration. Go there at lunchtime, try to park. See?
Jim Henk July 01, 2012 at 11:59 PM
What is the latest news? I used to be a projectionist there at the Rialto in the late 70s and early 80s, and make the occasional pilgrimage just to say 'hi' to the old place.

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