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West Pasadena Residents' Association
Neighborhood Update
Saturday, November 6 , 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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Avram Gold


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.


6:30 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave. 
On the agenda:
  • Amendment to proximity requirement of inclusionary housing regulations; finding of nuisance for 745-759 N. Orange Grove Boulevard
  • Determination on the future format of city elections to be held on statewide election dates in even years consistent with the California Voter Participation Rights Act (CVPRA) and direction to staff to prepare appropriate charter amendment ballot measure language to be submitted for voter approval at the June 5, 2018 statewide primary election 
  • License agreement with soccer united marketing for an international soccer match to be held Monday, May 28, 2018
  • Adopt "an ordinance of the city of Pasadena amending Pasadena Municipal Code Title 2, Chapter 2.355, section 2.355.050(b) relating to administrative fines"
  • Adopt "an ordinance of the city of Pasadena amending the zoning code (title 17) to add section 17.50.296 to chapter 17.50 of the Pasadena municipal code pertaining to short-term rentals" Staff ReportOrdinance
4:15 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall,
100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Not available


6 p.m.
Hearing Room, Hale Building, 175 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Not available

6 p.m.
Second Floor, City Public Works Yards, 233 W. Mountain St.
On the agenda:  Not available
Environmental Advisory Commission - cancelled
6:30 p.m.
Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
On the agenda: Not available 
7 p.m.
Suite 101, 150 S. Los Robles Ave.
On the agenda: Not available

6:30 P.M.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield St.
On the agenda: Zone change to designate a Landmark District Overlay for the Magnolia Landmark District.
5:30 p.m.
Hale Building, 175 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Staff recommendations - Review and approve of fall 2017 ArtNight Final Report, Review and approve of FY 2018-2019 Annual grant program guidelines, Review and recommend to City Council approval of the artist Alice Aycock and Concept Art Plan for the Glenarm Power Plant Public Art Project Finalist Award. Reports & Comments from commissioners and committees
6 p.m.
Grand Conference Room, S038, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Not available
4 p.m.
Hale Building, 175 N. Garfield Ave. Permit Center hearing room
On the agenda: Not available  
6:30 p.m.
Brookside Clubhouse, 1133 Rosemont Ave.
On the agenda: Not available

Click for the latest  Pasadena City Commission  |Facts| and |Vacancies|
"We need to remain vigilant; there's people that want to victimize us, there's people that want what we have, but we as a community especially here in Pasadena, we want people to take care of each other, we want people to be safe, but also to feel safe, but we also want us to look out for one another."

Lt. Jason Clawson, Public Information Officer for the Pasadena Police Department discusses overall crime rate decreases - see story below, Pasadena crime numbers down as county rates climb, in Editor's Top News Picks
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.


Starting the night of Jan. 2, 2018, the on-ramps to eastbound I-210 from Angeles Crest Highway will be closed for 45 days. Drivers wanting to get on eastbound I-210 can use the Foothill Boulevard on-ramp just past Georgian Road at the Foothill undercrossing.
Make Christmas tree recycling a post-holiday tradition
From Jan. 2-12, 2018, residents can place trees at curbside for recycling. Christmas trees will be collected on your normal service day. Remember that stands must be removed or trees won't be picked up. For more information, call the Citizen Service Center at (626) 744-7311 or online at www.cityofpasadena.net/publicworks.

The program will include our 2017 40th Anniversary Year in review and the election of new members to the Board of Directors. Free for all Pasadena Heritage members. Others are welcome with a $10 donation at the door. Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 300 East Green Street . RSVP by Friday, Jan. 19th.

Special feature: The Arroyo Seco as a wildlife corridor by Tim Martinez. Wednesday, Jan. 10th, 7 p.m. at Donald Wright Auditorium, Pasadena Central Library - 285 East Walnut Street. Please park on the street rather than in the library parking lot. For more information, call 323-405-7326.

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. T he exhibit is free for Museum members and Children under 12. General admission is $7; students and seniors are $6.

"Under brilliant blue and sunny skies that saw Georgia and Oklahoma fans boarding the Gold Line and lining the Colorado Boulevard parade route in t-shirts, the 129th Tournament of Roses Parade went off without a hitch Monday morning before tens of thousands of viewers in person, and millions watching around the world, before a heart-pounding Rose Bowl game with a first-ever overtime finish. Grand Marshall actor Gary Sinise led the parade which began just after 8 a.m. Pacific time with the now-traditional B-2 flyover, accompanied by two F-35A Lightning fighter jets, which swooped across the skies from the west and zoomed east down the 5.5 mile parade route." Pasadena Now
"Following 2017 which saw local controversies involving the police, homelessness and housing along with illegal marijuana dispensaries, Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek seems upbeat about the city's future and potential. 'I feel a lot of optimism on the part of the people in the city, but we have these recurring problems that are going to be with us, current problems like homelessness and rising housing prices, and affordable housing, and these are issues that most are grappling with," Tornek said." We'll just try to deal with them in our own in our particularly Pasadena way.'" 
Pasadena Now
How LA-area apartments compare with the rest of the nation
"If you're looking to rent an apartment in the Los Angeles area, get ready to dig deep in your pockets because the region now ranks as the fifth-most expensive market in the U.S. For example, real-time listings on ApartmentList.com show a one-bedroom unit in the Hudson Apartments in Pasadena is going for $3,890 a month, while a one-bedroom apartment in 425 Broadway Apartments in Santa Monica is priced at $3,009." Pasadena Star-News
Suspect arrested for illegal fire in Arroyo Seco area
"As firestorms raged across portions of California last week, Pasadena Fire and Police investigators arrested Steven Lee Conant, 27, of Los Angeles on December 13 for allegedly setting an illegal fire in Pasadena's Arroyo Seco area, City officials announced Sunday night. Officials said the City plans to proactively implement additional measures to keep Pasadena fire safe, Chief Washington said, including plans to clear hazards that pose a threat to the community, especially in light of the destructive fires, Red Flag alerts and severe fire weather conditions experienced throughout California this year." Pasadena Now
Opinion | A New Pasadena Unified School District Reality
"The Pasadena Unified School District's budget is not doing well. For the first time in memory, we have negatively certified our budget. To immediately address the current year and future years' shortfall, the board has recently acted to reduce its small budget by over 15%, staff is bringing forward staffing reductions to the board-the board approved a reduction of 53 aides on December 14, the staff is decreasing contracted services/vendor costs where possible and repurposing staff, and the board is trying to get furloughs from staff-the Teamsters, our maintenance and operations staff, have agreed. Executive leadership will also take furloughs." Pasadena Now
"Pasadena continues to outpace the state's decreasing crime numbers and has seen an overall 18.2% decrease in crimes in 2016 compared to 2010, according to a just-released Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice study. Surrounding Los Angeles County crimes increased, according to the study, while crime numbers show a decrease statewide." 
Pasadena Now


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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.