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West Pasadena Residents' Association
Neighborhood Update
Saturday, February 10 , 2018
Published weekly since 2000

Founded in 1962, the West Pasadena Residents' Association is dedicated to maintaining the character of our neighborhoods and enhancing the quality of life in southwest Pasadena. 

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Justin Chapman


Neighborhood Update
This weekly WPRA eNewsletter is emailed each Saturday morning to more than 1,600 residents of Pasadena and beyond.

NOTE: The following meeting dates, times and agenda items are accurate as of Saturday morning.  Click on the appropriate blue headline to ensure the meeting hasn't been cancelled or rescheduled.


Finance Committee  - Canceled

6 p.m.
Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
On the agenda: Informational items on old business.

City Council - Canceled


Senior Commission
2 p.m.
Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
On the agenda: Age dementia and accessibility friendly discussion.

Municipal Services Committee
4 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Customer information system replacement update; Recommended use of light and power surtax funds ; Authorization to amend FY18 operating budgets for Water and Power Department and Information Technology Department.

Design Commission
6 p.m.
Basement Training Room S018, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda:  Preliminary consultation on 810 N. Marengo Ave.; Concept design review of 33-45 E. Walnut St.; Final design review of 1200 E. California Blvd./320 S. Wilson Ave.

Environmental Advisory Commission
6 p.m.
Permit Center Hearing Room, 175 N. Garfield Ave. 
On the agenda: Power integrated resource plan; Consideration of draft letter about commission purpose and function to city council; Reports from committees.

Northwest Commission
6:30 p.m.
Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
On the agenda: Police Chief Philip Sanchez response to questions from Northwest Commission; Review and approval of six month strategic plan.

PUSD Student Safety and School Climate Committee
4 p.m.
351 S. Hudson Ave., Room 236
On the agenda: Health update; Foster youth committee report; Emergency preparedness committee report.

Arts and Culture Commission
5:30 p.m.
Hale Building, 175 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Presentation by artist grant recipient Susan Tanner; Review and approval of funds for Cultural Trust Fund; Review and approval of Hollywood Burbank Airport art banner contest winner.

Human Services Commission
6 p.m.
Grand Conference Room S038, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Not available by press time.

Urban Forestry Advisory Committee
6 p.m.
233 W. Mountain St.
On the agenda: Request for public tree removal at 2180 E. Foothill Blvd. and 380 E. Union St.; Tree removals based on condition at 360 N. Arroyo Blvd. and 215 and 231 Wigmore Dr.

Planning Commission  - Canceled


PUSD Facilities and Capital Project Committee
3:30 p.m.
351 S. Hudson Ave., Room 221
On the agenda: Greg Payne from Facilitron will demo software for managing facilities schedules and permits; Nelson Cayabyab will discuss options and results of the Superintendent's School Consolidation and Boundary Committee's recommendations. Comments will forward to the consultant and committee for discussion prior to the February 22, 2018, board meeting; Review the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between PUSD John Muir High School Ranch and Pasadena Educational Foundation; Review the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between PUSD Blair High School and Pasadena Tennis Association; Review the Washington MS Chiller proposal for sound blankets; The Measure TT priority list; WLC Architects scope of work summary recap of the Jackson Elementary portable project.

Joint Meeting of the City Council and PUSD Board of Education
6:30 p.m.
City Hall, Council Chambers, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda:
  • Adoption of resolutions related to the calling of a special election of the city of Pasadena consolidated with the statewide primary election held on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, to submit a charter amendment measure to change the timing of future city elections, and amend the fiscal year 2018 adopted operating budget to cover election related expenses (Staff report)
  • Adoption of resolutions calling a special municipal election of the Pasadena unified school district consolidated with the statewide primary election to be held on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, for the purpose of submitting a charter amendment measure to change the timing and format of future school district elections (Staff report)
  • Collaborate Pasadena
  • Office of the Young Child
  • Report on PUSD financial stabilization plan
  • Report on city's General Fund fiscal outlook 

Click for the latest  Pasadena City Commission  |Facts| and |Vacancies|
"Our district is facing a tough fiscal reality: flat or decreasing revenue in the midst of rising costs, long-term unsustainable structures that increase spending automatically, and a higher bar for student learning and serving the greater needs of our students. The work is not over, but this plan sends the right message to the County that we are doing the right thing."

-PUSD Superintendent Brian MacDonald, on the district passing a financial stabilization plan (see Editor's Top News Picks below)
The public is invited to attend the regular WPRA board meetings, held at 6:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month (except August and December) in the Westridge School Community Room (unless otherwise noted), 324 Madeline Dr. Park in the State St. lot and walk north across campus to the Community Room. 

WPRA seeks email newsletter editors
Do you have writing and editing skills? If so, you can help the WPRA achieve its mission of informing the community. Send an email to update@wpra.net to volunteer to serve as one of several co-editors of WPRA's weekly Neighborhood Update email newsletter. It will only take a few hours a week (on your own schedule) in the month or two a year in which you'd serve. We'll train you.

Pasadena Museum of History, 470 W. Walnut St., is presenting an exhibition to celebrate the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Royal Court. The exhibition will explore the traditions and history of the Royal Court. Exquisite gowns of past Rose Queens and Princesses will be on display. Special highlights include Queen's crowns from the past century, on loan from the Tournament of Roses, and the gown of 1940 Rose Queen Margaret Huntley Main, the oldest living Rose Queen. Royals of Pasadena is on view through  February 11. The exhibition's galleries are open from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. The exhibit is free for Museum members and Children under 12. General admission is $7; students and seniors are $6.

The public is invited to participate in the meetings of the new Civic Center Task Force, which was established by the City Council on July 17, 2017 to provide recommendations to the City Council regarding new construction/development and land-use standards of the YWCA and YMCA blocks consistent with the Central District Specific Plan; possible programming of public rights-of-way within Centennial Plaza, Holly Street and Garfield Avenue; and potential landscape/hardscape improvements. For more information, contact Kevin Johnson at kevinjohnson@cityofpasadena.net or (626) 744-7806, or Julia Garzon at jgarzon@cityofpasadena.net or (626) 744-7310. The remaining meetings will be held:
  • Thursday, February 15, at 6 p.m.: Council Chambers, City Hall
  • Thursday, March 1, at 6 p.m.: Council Chambers, City Hall
  • Thursday, March 15, at 6 p.m.: Council Chambers, City Hall
  • Thursday, April 5, at 6 p.m.: Council Chambers, City Hall 

Join Dr. Bonnie Buratti, Director of Comets, Asteroids, and Satellites Group, from the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) , as she discusses the search for life in our universe. All ages welcome. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, February 17, at the Linda Vista Branch Library, 1281 Bryant St.

"Despite an attempt to have the funds kept in the Public Works budget, the Pasadena City Council ultimately approved a request by the Arroyo Advisory Group for $100,000 to launch fundraising efforts for $5 million to support one of two proposed demonstration projects in the Arroyo Seco, as part of creating a long-term, end-to-end trail system throughout the Arroyo." Pasadena Now
"Under the time gun," Pasadena Unified passes financial stabilization plan
"Facing what the Los Angeles County Office of Education described as the risk of insolvency, the Pasadena Unified School District Board of Education approved a Financial Stabilization Plan on Thursday evening, two weeks ahead of the County's deadline." Pasadena Now

County education officials concerned about PUSD budgetary crisis
"In a sternly worded letter expressing 'concern' and 'alarm' about the way the Pasadena Unified School District has been managing its dwindling budget, county officials warn the PUSD to get its financial house in order - or else." Pasadena Weekly

Pasadena Tenants Union takes up the fight for affordable housing
"Pasadena has a new grassroots group, the Pasadena Tenants Union (PTU), which is working to qualify a charter amendment for the voters to judge on the November ballot. This charter amendment would authorize a form of limited rent control that is pegged to the rate of inflation and includes "just cause" language that would stipulate landlords must have legitimate reasons to evict tenants." Pasadena Weekly

As competition heats up, city committee explores the future of Pasadena's tourism industry
"A city committee is huddling with invited leaders of the Pasadena's business and tourism community to explore Pasadena's economic and financial future with regard to attracting travelers and visitors." Pasadena Now

City task force to release evaluations of public's ideas for deterring Colorado Street Bridge suicides
"A Pasadena Task Force grappling with ways to enhance the Colorado Street Bridge to help deter suicide jumpers will meet a second time on February 20, city officials announced Wednesday." Pasadena Now

Huntington Hospital community outreach nurses perform and inform: Free health screenings and lectures
"Huntington Hospital Community Outreach nurses want to empower all members of the community to enjoy the healthiest lifestyle possible. At Crowell Public Library, they continue to visit once a month, offering free blood pressure and glucose screenings." Pasadena Now


Looking for other ways to entertain or educate yourself and your family? 

For current events around the area, we encourage you to visit our local news outlets. Click on the publication title to visit that publication's events section (alphabetical order).

Attend WPRA board meetings each month 

Monthly WPRA board meeting dates and locations are on the WPRA website. Click on the headline above or visit our website and look under "Meetings and Events."

The WPRA needs you ... 

... to serve your community and do it with a group of your neighbors who are equally dedicated. If you live within our service area, we'd welcome your help.

  • Got the local news bug? Just curious about your city (and would like to share news with 1,600 or so of your closest friends), consider serving as a co-editor of Neighborhood Update. It will only take a few hours a week (on your own schedule) in the month or two a year in which you'd serve. We'll train you.  
  • We have lots of opportunities to serve on one of our many committees:
    • Land use and planning
      If you care about how we use our land  
    • Education
      If you want to help save public education for West Pasadena  
    • Open space & conservation
      If you care about preserving open space and conservation of land and resources 
    • Membership
      If you'd like to help us continue to build our membership so we can do more  
If you'd like to chat about ways we could help you become more involved or, more likely, more effective (by helping us), send an email to WPRA President. Tell him about your interests.     
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Joseph Stoddard's watercolors: The WPRA is grateful to local artist Joseph Stoddard, who has generously allowed us to display his watercolors in our quarterly newsletter, The (WPRA) News; on the WPRA website; and in this publication. To explore Mr. Stoddard's work, visit josephstoddard.com.