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West Pasadena Residents' Association
Neighborhood Update
Saturday, February 16 , 2019
Published weekly since 2000

City Hall, most services closed on Presidents' Day
Pasadena City Hall and most city services will be closed on Monday, February 18 in observance of Presidents' Day.  The Pasadena Fire and Police departments will continue to be staffed for all patrol, jail, fire, paramedic and other emergency services. Always call 9-1-1 for life-threatening emergencies.  For non-emergencies, call (626) 744-4241.  Remember, "If You See Something, Say Something" and call police to help keep us all safe.  Pasadena residents and businesses with power emergencies should call Pasadena's Water and Power (PWP) Department at (626) 744-4673 and for water-related emergencies call (626) 744-4138.


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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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 - CANCELLED 
6 p.m.
Hearing Room, Hale Building, 175 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: agenda not available at press time


6 p.m.
Permit Center Hearing Room, Hale Building, 175 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda:  
  • Item B: 165 S. DeLacey Ave. (Council District 6) - Conditional Use Permit for on-site sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages (Duff's Cakemix)
  • Item C: 1539 E. Howard St. (Council District 2) Conditional Use Permit to allow establishment of a Private School (International Boarding School) for up to 975 students grade K-12.
10:15 a.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda:  
  • Item 6: receive and file 4th quarter 2018 asset manager performance feports
  • Item 9: Set cost-of-living adjustment at an increase of 4% for all eligible retires and beneficiaries
6 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda:  
  • Item 3: Information item - Independent review of the Pasadena Police Department's administrative review of the death of Reginald Thomas Jr.
6 p.m.
Villa Parke Branch Library, 363 E. Villa St
On the agenda:  
  • Item II - Director's report (a) library update (b) Villa Parke branch update (c) 2019 One City, One Story & Art Night update
  • Item V: (a) Library Commission bylaws; (b) Library branch associates reports


6 p.m.
984 E. Locust Street
On the agenda:  agenda not available at press time
4 p.m.
Board Room, 351 S. Hudson Avenue
On the agenda:
  • Item L: staff presentations on small group instruction in mathematics; facilities moves; potential 2020 general bligation bond measure
  • Item M: action items: approval of Common Course Sequence for secondary science; approval of submission of application for Low Performing Students block grant.
  • Item Q: Facilities Committee update

  • Item S: Safety Committee update
  • Item U: Policy Committee update
  • Item V: Master Planning/Boundaries subcommittee update
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The public is invited to attend the regular WPRA board meetings. The next meeting will be convened at 6:30 p.m. on March 6. Generally all meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month (except MayAugust, and December) in the Westridge School Community Room (unless otherwise noted), 324 Madeline Dr. Park in the State Street lot and walk north across campus to the Community Room. 

WPRA seeks email newsletter editors
Do you have organizing 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 each year in which you'd serve. We'll train you.

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The city's Planning & Community Development department will conduct on February 28 the second round of community workshops to share preliminary concept ideas for each of the Specific Plan areas - Central District, East Colorado, East Pasadena, Fair Oaks/Orange Grove, Lamanda Park, Lincoln Avenue, North Lake and South Fair Oaks. While none of the Specific Plan areas are within WPRA's service territory, the process is extremely important for the entire city. The WPRA encourages you to participate. 6-8 p.m., The Hen House Literary Center, 1540 Lincoln Ave.

Guided tours inside Tournament House, the iconic Southern California landmark will be offered, open to the public at no cost, every Thursday at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. beginning February 7. Tournament of Roses® volunteers from the Heritage Committee, knowledgeable of the organization's history and details of the house, conduct the tours. Tournament House serves as the official headquarters of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, its staff and the 935 volunteer members who work year-round to organize the annual Rose Parade® presented by Honda and Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual.

Legislators representing communities at risk of wildfires along the San Gabriel Foothills from La Cañada to Upland will host a wildfire town hall in Pasadena on Thursday February 21, 5-7:30 p.m. in the Pasadena High School Gymnasium. The town hall will bring expert panelists to discuss how residents can protect their homes from wildfires, what wildfire prevention measures the utilities are implementing, and how the State of California is preparing for and responding to catastrophic wildfires.

Friendship Church honors Black History Month with an evening choir event, "And the Church Sang Spirituals and Hymns - We Remember the Stones Laid." The event will feature a 100+ person choir, as well as Guest Clinician Pastor Calvin Bernard Rhone and many more. Sunday, February 24, 5-8 p.m. Friendship Pasadena Church, 80 W. Dayton Avenue. Admission is free.  


" Pasadena's City Manager reported Feb. 7, that 128 applications had been submitted to Pasadena's commercial cannabis program. Applications were priced at $13,654 each by the City. The total collected, less refunds to applicants whose documentation was incomplete and could not be accepted, was expected to reach about $1.7 million. Of the 128 hopefuls, only six retail dispensaries, four growing facilities, and four testing labs will ultimately be approved by Pasadena." - Pasadena Now
Local domestic violence assistance and permanent and emergency shelter operations programs for the homeless will get a big boost from three separate awards granted to the City of Pasadena. More than $5 million in grants with $3 million coming from federal agencies was awarded to the city, which mainly will be put to use for additional staff and resources to help get people off the streets. - Pasadena Now

"The new minimum wage ordinance puts city on a fast track to higher wages, beginning this summer. The vote, essentially one of 'timing,' amends Chapter 5.02 of the Pasadena Municipal Code, beginning July 1, 2019, to mandate raising the hourly wage to $14.25 for employers with more than 25 employees and $13.25 for those with fewer. On July 1, 2020, the hourly wage will rise to $15 and $14.25 for small employers. Beginning July 1, 2021, the hourly wage will be $15 for small employers. On July 1, 2022, and continuing each July 1 thereafter, the hourly wage will be adjusted by an amount equal to any changes in the consumer price index. The raises put the City's path to $15 on a schedule eighteen months ahead of the State's planned implementation of the same rate." - Pasadena Now
"In the long and proud history of the Tournament of Roses, political activism was not generally something expected of the queen. But Queen Louise Deser Siskel, the 101st young woman to wear the crown, has begun the royal court's second century on a different path. She is Jewish, she wears glasses, she is bisexual, and she wants to speak up for diversity, inclusion and scientific literacy. 'While Pasadena is an extraordinarily prosperous city,' Siskel told the City Council, 'it also has the highest income inequality ratio of any major city.' She added: 'Ensuring that anyone in our city can earn a living wage is truly an issue of equity.'" - Los Angeles Times

"Black bears, who repeatedly skinny-dipped in Pasadena pools and put foothill neighborhoods on alert for the past three years, have mysteriously all but stopped their forays recently, said Pasadena Humane Society Communications Director Jack Hagerman Wednesday. But coyotes appear to be losing their fear of humans. The City's Draft Urban Wildlife Management Plan, currently being prepared for City Council approval, outlines the City's plan for managing wildlife in an urban environment. City's Draft Urban Wildlife Management Plan at Blair High School to residents. The 35-page draft document, currently being prepared for City Council approval, outlines the City's plan for managing wildlife in an urban environment. The City's proposed strategy is based on 'balancing respect and protection for wildlife and their habitats without compromising public safety.'" - Pasadena Now

Sunny skies, large crowds predicted for Saturday's Black History parade and festival  
" Kaj Goldberg of the KTLA Weather Team will be the Celebrity Grand Marshal backed by hundreds of local students, athletes, civic leaders, educators and other high achievers for Saturday's 37th annual Black History Parade and Festival in Altadena and Pasadena, the largest such celebration in Southern California. The parade is set to kick off at 10 a.m. It will start in Altadena at Metropolitan Baptist Church at Figueroa Street in Altadena then head south on Fair Oaks Avenue before ending at Robinson Park Recreation Center." - 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).

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."

... 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 natural resources 
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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.