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Neighborhood Update
Saturday, May 13 , 2017
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Justin Chapman 
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COMMUNITY MEETINGS
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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.

MONDAY, MAY 15  

3 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda:  Continued public hearing for FY2018 operating budget, covering City Council, city manager, Successor Agency to the Pasadena Community Development Corporation, city attorney, Human Resources, Finance, and Information Technology departments.

6:30 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: (click links for staff reports)
  • Contract award to PK Construction for Arroyo Terrace trail and wall restoration at Central Arroyo for $105,000
  • Public hearing on the renewal of the S. Lake Ave. Association Property and Business Improvement District
  • Continued public hearings on FY2018 recommended operating budget, schedule of taxes, fees, and charges, and general fee schedule
  • Approval of the annual action plan and related funding applications for the Community Development Block Grant, Home Investment Partnership Act, and Emergency Solutions Grant programs
  • Suspension of city utility services for violation of specific sections of the Pasadena Municipal Code (targeting illegal marijuana dispensaries)
  • First reading of ordinance on unmanned aircraft systems
 
TUESDAY, MAY 16


PUSD LEA-LCAP Parent Advisory Committee
6 p.m.
351 S. Hudson Ave., Room 229
On the agenda: Response to superintendent's letter; New member application deadline.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17

10:15 a.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Approve monthly retirement allowance; Approve removals of members from monthly allowance roll; Receive and file 1st quarter 2017 Asset Manager Performance reports; CalPERS hearing on service pending industrial disability retirement application; Review and take action on the engagement letter for preparation of the June 30, 2017 financial audit with system auditor; Review and take action on FY2018 recommended budget.

Library Commission
6 p.m.
Villae Parke Branch Library, 363 E. Villa St.
On the agenda:  Reports from director, committees, branches.

 City Council Public Safety Committee
6 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Presentation by Professor Lisa Graziano on "Community perceptions of policing in Pasadena"; Addressing traffic safety in Pasadena.

THURSDAY, MAY 18

Old Pasadena Parking Meter Zone Advisory Commission
11 a.m.
Suite 210, Parking Division, Department of Transportation, 221 E. Walnut St.
On the agenda: Not available at press time.

Sister Cities Committee
6 p.m.
984 E. Locust Street
On the agenda: Not available at press time.

Verbatim

"After comparing and weighing the benefits and impacts of a range of multi-modal alternatives, reviewing approximately 8,000 comments received during public circulation of the State Route 710 North Draft EIR, and completing the performance evaluation for each of the five alternatives studied over the past few years, the alternative that best addresses the mobility benefits is the Single Bore Freeway Tunnel, with tolls and truck restrictions. However, the alternative is not fundable in the foreseeable future. Upon completion of the environmental document, Caltrans District 7 will select the Preferred Alternative."

- Update on SR-710 North Study from Metro (see Announcements below for more)
WPRA'S POINT OF VIEW
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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 and want to help the WPRA achieve its mission of informing the community? Contact Chuck Hudson at hudson@wpra.net to learn how to become a co-editor 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'll serve. We'll train you.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
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"Metro staff will provide a status update on the State Route 710 North Project environmental process to the Metro Board of Directors Ad-Hoc Congestion, Highway and Roads Committee on Wednesday, May 17, and the full Metro Board of Directors on Thursday, May 25. The current State Route 710 (SR 710) North environmental study process started in 2011 to address the significant traffic congestion and resulting community impacts along the missing segment of the 710 freeway between Interstates 10 and 210. After comparing and weighing the benefits and impacts of a range of multi-modal alternatives, reviewing approximately 8,000 comments received during public circulation of the State Route 710 North Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement, and completing the performance evaluation for each of the five alternatives studied over the past few years, the alternative that best addresses the mobility benefits is the Single Bore Freeway Tunnel (SBFT), with tolls and truck restrictions. The alternative reduces regional and local congestion associated with north-south travel demand within the study area and delivers the best transportation performance and benefits with the least environmental impacts. However, the alternative is not fundable in the foreseeable future. Upon completion of the environmental document, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 7 will select the Preferred Alternative. With the environmental process nearing completion, emphasis will be placed on addressing all comments received during the public review and circulation of the draft environmental document and completing the final environmental document in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). It is anticipated the final environmental document for the SR 710 North Project will be completed by the first quarter of 2018."

Board Meeting Details:

Wednesday, May 17
11 a.m.
Ad-Hoc Congestion, Highway, and Roads Committee
One Gateway Plaza
Metro Board Room, 3rd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Thursday, May 25, 2017
9 a.m.
Metro Board of Directors Meeting
One Gateway Plaza
Metro Board Room, 3rd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90012

 
CITY SETS BUDGET HEARINGS FOR FY2018
The public is encouraged to learn more about the city's budget for Fiscal Year 2018 and provide input during special joint meetings in May and June by the City Council and its Finance Committee at City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave., Council Chambers.
  • Monday, May 15, 3p.m. and continue at 7 p.m.: Review of FY18 Operating Budget with presentations by the city's operating companies and the City Council, city attorney, city manager, and IT departments.
  • Monday, May 22, 3 p.m. and continue at 7 p.m.: Budget presentations by Planning, Housing, Police, Fire, Public Health, Human Services & Recreation, and Library departments.
  • Monday, June 5, 3 p.m. and continue at 7 p.m.: Budget presentations by Human Resources, Finance, Transportation, Public Works, and City Clerk departments.
  • Monday, June 12, 3 p.m. and continue at 7 p.m.: Budget presentations by Water & Power Department; City Council review and questions; adoption of general fees, taxes, fees, and other charges.
  • Monday, June 19, 3 p.m. and continue at 7 p.m.: Final review and questions; adoption of FY18 Operating Budget.
 
Traffic alert: Pasadena will be very busy May 20 and 21
The weekend of May 20 and 21 will be one of the busiest on record in Pasadena. U2 will be performing at the Rose Bowl both nights, JPL will host its two-day Open House, the Amgen Tour will cycle through the middle of town on Saturday, LitFest will be held both days in the Playhouse District, Museums of the Arroyo (the Gamble House and the Pasadena Museum of History) will open their doors for free admission on Sunday, and the city's Spring 2017 Boxing Exhibition will take place at the Villa-Parke Community Center on Saturday.

Dedication of Enduring Heroes Memorial monument May 29
The dedication ceremony of the Enduring Heroes monument will take place at  3 p.m. on Monday, May 29, at Defenders Parkway West, located at the corner of Colorado Blvd. and Orange Grove Blvd. The monument, created by noted artist Christopher Slatoff, is in memory of Pasadena's 11 fallen soldiers from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, as well as honors service members and veterans. The afternoon will include patriotic music, keynote speakers, and a condor flyover. For additional information contact Rhonda Kozacik at kozacik@earthlink.net.
THE EDITOR'S TOP NEWS PICKS
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"The Pasadena City Council could soon discuss Caltrans' efforts to evict families from local homes, just months' after the state transit agency announced tenants would finally get a chance to buy those homes." Pasadena Weekly

"Faced with a potential budget deficit next year, Pasadena City Manager Steve Mermell has proposed to eliminate a total of 53 currently vacant City job positions from various departments as a means to cut expenditures for fiscal year 2018." Pasadena Now

"If you are traveling through Los Angeles International Airport from May 12 to 17, brace yourself. Officials are planning to relocate 15 airlines over those days in what's being billed as one of the largest-ever moves at an operating U.S. airport." Pasadena Star-News

"The Zumper Los Angeles Metro Report analyzed over 29,000 active listings in April across 18 metro cities to show the most and least expensive cities and cities with the fastest growing rents. Pasadena came in second most expensive after Santa Monica." Pasadena Now

"A group of local community leaders who provide direction for managing the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument want to meet with a representative from the White House after President Donald Trump ordered a review of recently designated monuments." Pasadena Star-News

" AEG welcomed more than 30 students from Pasadena's John Muir High School to its global headquarters in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, April 26, for the first Arroyo Seco Weekend Job Shadow Day . As part of AEG's community outreach initiative with Pasadena Unified School District in conjunction with Arroyo Seco Weekend in Pasadena in June, students were exposed to the company's many facets of the sports and entertainment industry and received advice on future career paths." JustMeans.com

"The Pasadena City Council Monday evening unanimously approved the recommendation of several Fiscal Year 2018-2022 Capital Improvement Projects reviewed by the joint Finance Committee of the City Council. Notable among the recommended projects is the fencing off of the YWCA building at 78 N. Marengo Ave. The property was, until last month, being considered for a new Kimpton Hotel project." Pasadena Now
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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.