Christmas Tree Lane is a 0.7-mile (1.1 km) stretch of Santa Rosa Avenue from Woodbury Road to Mariposa Street. It has been a holiday attraction since 1920, and it is the oldest large-scale outdoor Christmas lighting venue in the world. Each December, members of the Christmas Tree Lane Association festoon the 110 still standing giant deodars that line the street with thousands of Christmas lights. Christmas Tree Lane was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990, and is a California Historical Landmark.
The Cobb Estate at the top of Lake Avenue is now a free botanical garden, operated by the United States Forest Service. It is guarded by its historic gates, which are easily bypassed to allow visitors and hikers to ascend its long and winding paved driveway to the site of what was once one of Altadena's premier mansions. This site is also found alongside the Sam Merrill Trail, which accesses Las Flores Canyon on the way to Echo Mountain.
Farnsworth Park located on Lake Avenue is a large county park that offers picnic grounds, play areas, and a club house and amphitheater. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.
Captain Tai Vong is a 19 year veteran of the California Highway Patrol (CHP). He was born the ninth of ten children in Vietnam and his family immigrated to the United States at the end of the Vietnam War. His family initially relocated to Tampa, Florida and then moved to California in the early 1980s. He grew up in Anaheim, Paramount and Moreno Valley, where he graduated from Rancho Verde High School. He is the first and only member of his family to choose a career in law enforcement.
He currently serves as the Captain of the Altadena Area which geographically encompasses the Foothill communities of the greater San Gabriel Valley and Crescenta Valley. Captain Vong entered the CHP Academy in 2001 and began his career patrolling at the East Los Angeles Area. He then promoted to sergeant at the Mojave CHP Area. Afterwards, he joined the Office of Inspector General (OIG) as a means to help the CHP improve upon its internal controls and accountability. He promoted in place to lieutenant at OIG, before leaving to serve as a lieutenant at the South Los Angeles Area. In 2018, he promoted to the rank of Captain and assumed command of the Altadena Area.
In 2008, Captain Vong completed his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from California State University Long Beach. Afterwards, we went on and earned a Master of Public Administration degree from California State University Northridge in 2015.
Captain Vong strives to enhance public trust by ensuring fair, honest, and transparent policing. He is also committed to partnering with community leaders and traffic safety stakeholders to ensure a better quality of life for the citizens of the communities we serve.