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West Pasadena Residents' Association
Neighborhood Update
Saturday, October 7 , 2017
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

City Council  - Canceled

6:30 p.m.
Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
On the agenda: Work Plan FY 17/18; YWCA Racial Justice breakfast; Update on Survival Guide distribution; Human Services and Recreation Department presentation; Title IX; Survival Guide planning; Social media; Development of Commission talking points; Southern California Women's Health Conference; Letter campaign; Better Health Better Life Women's Conference; Association of California Commissions on Women update.


2 p.m.
Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
On the agenda: Presentation by Fred Dock, director of the city's Transportation Department; Reports from subcommittees.

6 p.m.
Basement Training Room S018, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Information item on 1200 E. California Blvd.; Concept design review of 75 N. Fair Oaks Ave.; Final design review of 245 S. Los Robles Ave.

6:30 p.m.
Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
On the agenda: Review and update of the Northwest Commission Strategic Plan; PY 16-17 CAPER Review for CDBG; Update on the city's Economic Development Strategic Plan; Presentation on amendment to the Lincoln Ave. Specific Plan to allow breweries and distilleries to conduct ancillary retail sales of alcohol and on-site service.


4 p.m.
351 S. Hudson Ave., Room 229
On the agenda: Health update; CWAS-related services and supports; Maintenance and operations update.

5:30 p.m.
Hale Building, 175 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Review and approve the Commission's 2016-17 annual report and 2017-18 work plan.

6 p.m.
Grand Conference Room S038, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Human Services and Recreation Department Organizational Chart; Randy Mabson's overview of the process of the Community Development Block Grant Program, Pasadena Assistance Fund Projects, Emergency Solutions Grant, and an update on Measure H; Laura James and Patricia Herrera's presentation on 211 LA County, a central source for providing information and referrals for all health and human services in LA County.

6 p.m.
City Yards, 233 W. Mountain St.
On the agenda: Amendment to the Master Street Tree Plan for District 6 to replace the Purple Leaf Plum tree (which is a poor performing tree) on S. St. John Ave. between Colorado Blvd. to W. Del Mar Blvd. and between W. California Blvd. to Bellefontaine St., and W. State St. between Hillside Rd. to S. Orange Grove Blvd. and between S. Pasadena Ave. to S. Fair Oaks Ave. The committee will consider three different replacement tree species to replace the Purple Leaf Plum.

6:30 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Public hearing on a modification of Planned Development 15 (formerly the Huntington Hotel).

5 p.m.
351 S. Hudson Ave., Room 236
On the agenda: Acceptance of 2017 Instructional Innovation Grant from Riordan Foundation; Approval of Dell Lease Agreement for 18,000 Chromebooks for 1:1 Program; Approval of Revisions to Board Policy 5116.1 - Intradistrict Open Enrollment; Acceptance of Receipt of Odyssey Charter Petition; Approval of Contract with Pasadena Educational Foundation; Approval of Consultant Contracts Under $88,300.

Click for the latest  Pasadena City Commission  |Facts| and |Vacancies|
"We have an opportunity to help our fellow Americans in their time of need, and we join them in mourning this tragic loss of life ."
- LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, calling for blood donations to help victims of the Las Vegas shooting. More information here.
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 Chuck Hudson at hudson@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.

Arlington Garden is celebrating the beauty of autumn and you're invited to participate in that experience from 4 to 6 p.m. tomorrow, Sunday, October 8. The public garden, at 275 Arlington Dr., will feature an exhibit of art inspired by the garden and a silent auction of works painted by local artists including Susie Bishop, Kay Henry, Diana Hecht, Kathy Dooling, Pete Morris, Jean Osher, S usan Wier and Steve Winterbottom. Live music will also be performed by celebrated musicians such as Goh Kurosawah on guitar and harpist Carolyn Sykes, and you'll have the opportunity to sample elegant small bites and organic wine by Solminer Vineyard. Proceeds from the tickets, which are $100, go toward the stewardship of this cherished Pasadena gem. To attend "Autumn in the garden: an evening of art and music," click on the headline above.

Spend a remarkable evening in beautiful Pasadena exploring 18 prestigious arts and cultural institutions showcasing famous works of art, music and dance by the best that the city's creative community has to offer from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, October 13. This fantastic, free "open house" experience is available to all ages and walks of life to experience memorable visual and performing arts and participate in hands-on, interactive activities with free admission to all participating venues and free transportation.

The Pasadena Education Network (PEN), a network of more than 1,200 parents who send their children to and support the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD), announced their series of free programs to help parents understand their public school options in Pasadena, Altadena, and Sierra Madre. The fall parent programs continue with "High School Options 101" on October 12 at McKinley School Library, "Middle School Parent Panel" on October 18 at Norma Coombs School, "College Financial Planning Workshop" on November 13 at McKinley School Library, and "Navigating Open Enrollment" on November 27 at Pasadena Central Library Auditorium.

Pasadena celebrates National Coming Out Day Wednesday, October 11

The public is invited to participate in Pasadena's second annual Coming Out Day celebration from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 11, at City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave. The event is sponsored by Pasadena's Public Health and Library Departments. This free event celebrates a safe coming-out environment as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ), or as an ally.  For more information, contact Te Jay McGrath at (626) 744-6325.

Mayor Terry Tornek has set aside two more mornings to walk the Arroyo Seco in support of the AAG's 'One Arroyo' effort. The Mayor would like to hear the public's thoughts on how to preserve its character and beauty, maintain it, and appropriately enhance it for the enjoyment of future generations. The dates and locations are:
  • Saturday, October 14, 9 a.m. - Lower Arroyo (Meet at the Casting Pond Entrance) Parking: Available adjacent to the Casting Pond area.
  • Thursday, October 26, 8 a.m. - Central Arroyo (Meet at Rose Bowl Gate A under the marquee) Parking: Available in Lot F of the Rose Bowl.
Don Hall, a researcher from Rochester, New York, will show how the art pottery movement began in the late 1870s as a result of the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia, the writings of English design theorists, and the fashionable women's hobby of china painting. The lecture is free at the historic 1929 Maxwell House, 55 S. Grand Ave. on October 20, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Advance reservations are required and may be made online. Make reservations for the October 20 program here.

Arroyo Advisory Group launches OneArroyo survey for public input
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.

In honor of the 100th Rose Queen, Pasadena Museum of History will present an exhibition celebrating the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Royal Court. This 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 exhibitions galleries are open from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Admission is $7 general; $6 students and seniors; Free for Museum Members and Children under 12. The museum is located at 470 W. Walnut St.

"Pasadena Weekly readers voted on the best Pasadena has to offer, including services, shopping, nightlife, dining, the Pasadena Way, and more." Pasadena Weekly

"The Pasadena City Council, by a 5-1 vote, directed the city attorney's office to draft an ordinance regulating the city's Airbnb-type short-term rentals." Pasadena Now

"[WPRA board member] Avram Gold's critique 'Come Find Us. It's All Here: A Reporter's Discovery of Pasadena's Public Schools' presents an interesting, if oddball, analysis of what's good and bad about the biggest public school system in the San Gabriel Valley. He's smart, and curious, and amazingly dedicated to ferreting out the truth about the PUSD, as opposed to the knee-jerk dismissals of private-school parents who have never even visited a local public campus, or the defensive edu-speak of public-school insiders reluctant to hear home truths." Pasadena Star-News

"Herbert Warren Kalmbach, a personal attorney to President Richard M. Nixon who was drawn into the Watergate scandal as an alleged bagman and later went to prison for illegal political fundraising that included the peddling of an ambassadorship, died September 15 in Newport Beach, California. He was 95." Washington Post

"One of the seven Rose Princesses will make history when they are crowned the 100th Rose Queen on October 18 during a special presentation at the Pasadena Playhouse." San Gabriel Valley Tribune

"The Fall Food + Wine Festival will take place on October 29 from 6 to 10 p.m. and feature offerings from local restaurants, regional wine producers, and live music. Reservations are limited and must be received by October 23. No tickets are sold at the door." Pasadena Now

"Individuals of all genders, shapes, ages, and persuasion - including a dog - will be testing their fate on Saturday, October 21, during tryouts for the rare privilege to become Queen of the 40th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade in November. The wacky tryouts will be held at the American Legion Bar at 179 N. Vinedo St." Pasadena Now

"In response to the tragedy in Las Vegas, Nevada that has so far led to the deaths of 59 people and left 500 injured (including many Los Angeles County residents, employees, and Fire and Sheriff personnel), the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion by Supervisor Kathryn Barger directing the Department of Health Services to engage with the American Red Cross to coordinate blood donations to Las Vegas area hospitals in the event of an immediate shortage." Pasadena Now

"Senator Anthony J. Portantino was recognized as the 2017 Policymaker of the Year by the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) on Thursday evening." 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.