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West Pasadena Residents' Association
Neighborhood Update
Saturday, November 18 , 2017
Published weekly since 2000

H A P P Y   H O L I D A Y S ... FOR US, TOO!
  Your hard-working WPRA Neighborhood Update co-editors are taking a break during the holiday season. 
We'll resume publication on Saturday, January 6, 2017.
We wish you and your family a happy holiday season and a peaceful, rewarding new year.


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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Chuck Hudson


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.


City Council - CANCELED

Note: The regular meeting scheduled for Nov. 27 has also been canceled.




Historic Preservation Commission

6 p.m.

Hearing Room, Hale Building, 175 N. Garfield Ave.


300 E. Green St.


6:30 p.m.

Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield St.


Click for the latest  Pasadena City Commission  |Facts| and |Vacancies|
The public is invited to attend the regular WPRA board meetings, held at 6:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month (except in 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.


The Arroyo Advisory Group and the City are co-hosting One Arroyo Day on  Saturday, November 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Brookside Park, 360 N. Arroyo Blvd. Many of the organizations involved in the Arroyo will have exhibitor booths where residents can learn more about them. The day also includes a trail clean-up, a nature scavenger hunt for kids, a native wildlife reptile station, lawn games and crafts, raffles and a hot dog cookout by the Pasadena Firefighters Association Local 809.

The Pasadena Water and Power Department has begun installing an underground electric conduit and vault system on San Rafael Avenue between Lagunita and Nithsdale roads beginning. Work will continue through December 15. Expect additional noise and dust in the area. Construction hours are from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, and 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday-Friday. For more information or to express concerns, contact John Orolfo, principal engineer at (626) 744-4175 or jorolfo@cityofpasadena .net, or contact Steve Lewis, project manager, at (626) 945-0174 or steve@perrycthomas .com.

City Hall and most City services will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 23, and Friday, Nov. 24, in observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday.
City wants to hear your ideas about how to deter suicide attempts on Colorado Street Bridge
City Council and its Colorado Bridge Task Force will convene a community meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. elicit ideas about possible enhancements to the Colorado Street Bridge to help deter its use for suicide attempts.

The Arroyo Advisory Group (AAG) is petitioning an online survey for public input on Pasadena's great city park at onearroyo.org/survey until midnight on November 30. In addition, in-person surveys will be conducted throughout the fall at a dozen or so community events and public spaces, as well as the Mayor's Arroyo walks. Various incentives will be offered to survey participants, while supplies last.

The Mayor's Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration will be held this year from 5 to 7 p.m., on Friday, Dec. 1 on the front steps of our historic City Hall. The event begins with music and entertainment, followed by the Tree Lighting at 6 p.m.  Jolly Ol' Santa promises to make a special appearance following the tree lighting and will be here for a photo op (one per family) until 7 p.m. Be sure to bring your cameras and your best holiday sweater.

The Department of Public Works' Parks and Natural Resources Division has opened the fall 2018 project-request-submission period for the Landscape Beautification Program. This program formalizes the process by which requests for landscape improvements in city parks and other city maintained landscapes are received and processed by the City. You can submit project suggestions by completing and submitting the application form on the Parks and Natural Resources Division webpage. Project requests submitted during this time will be considered for fiscal year 2019 (July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019). The deadline to submit a project request is Dec. 6. For more information call Jason Vega at (626) 744-7358.

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.

Open letter to Pasadena residents from State Assemblymember (D-41) Chris R. Holden:
"I know that many of you living in the areas surrounding Caltrans' plant are dealing with noise and dust caused by Caltrans' concrete crushing. My office is working diligently with the City of Pasadena to address the noise and dust pollution issues." Pasadena Now
"Two significant vacant landmark properties in Pasadena are about to house well-regarded new tenants and are expected to re-emerge as vibrant hubs of activity." Pasadena Now

"ArtCenter College of Design officials showed off an impressive 15-year master plan for the future of the school's two cam puses to the City Planning Commission Wednesday, highlighting a South Campus design which incorporates the Metro Gold Line rail route, as well as new, expanded student housing and a 'cycleway.'" Pasadena Now

" Supporters of an initiative which would establish rent control in Pasadena as well as limitations on the termination of rental tenancies officially notified City officials Wednesday afternoon of their intention to publicly circulate a petition supporting a new City Charter Amendment to those ends." 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.