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West Pasadena Residents' Association
Neighborhood Update
Saturday, February 9 , 2019
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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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.


4:30 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda:  Amendments to FY 2019 adopted operating budget and  FY June 30, 2018 annual financial reports
6:30 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda:  
  • Item 2: Amend the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 adopted operating budget as detailed in the "Proposed Budget Amendments" section of the agenda report by a net amount of $4,938,982; and amend Contract No. 22,671 with Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority for removal of bike-share equipment by increasing the total amount by $85,048.61 for a revised total contract amount not-to-exceed $2,195,976.61. | STAFF REPORT
  • Item 3: Finance committee:  annual financial reports for the year ending June 30, 2018 be reviewed, discussed, and filed by the City Council and/or the Successor Agency to Pasadena Community Development Commission. | STAFF REPORT 
  • Item 8: Possible amendments to citywide minimum wage ordinance. It is recommended that the City Council: 1) receive two independent reports which analyze the impact of the City-wide minimum wage; and, 2) provide direction to staff regarding a possible amendment to Chapter 5.02 of the Pasadena Municipal Code, to establish future increases to the City-wide minimum wage. | STAFF REPORT
  • Item 9: First reading of an ordinance amending chapter 5.72 of the Pasadena Municipal Code to amend the City's taxicab regulations to bring them into compliance with bills passed by the Legislature in 2017, (AB 1 069) and 2018 (AB 939), limiting local taxicab permit requirements to only those taxicab owners and drivers who are "substantially located" within the local jurisdiction. | STAFF REPORT
6:30 p.m.
Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
On the agenda:
  • Item 4: old business information items - Herstory event update; Friends of the Commission as potential funding source; Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women; 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Old business action items: survival guide update; nomination of commissioners to serve on Pasadena 2020 Committee regarding 100th anniversary of 19th Amendment
  • Item 5: new business information item - review of minimum wage increase impact reports.
Design CommissionCANCELLED  
2 p.m.
Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
On the agenda:  Agenda not available at press time
6:30 p.m.
Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
On the agenda:  
  • Item 4: Old business - review and approval of six month work plan (January to June)
  • Item 5: New business - housing workshops sponsored by Heritage Housing Partners; proposed event in the Northwest sponsored by Council District #1


6:30 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield St.
On the agenda:  
  • Item 4: Information items (A) General Plan implementation zoning code update; (B) update on the status of the ongoing Inclusionary Housing Market and Feasibility Study.
  • Item 5: comments and reports from staff
  • Item 6: comments and reports from committees
5:30 p.m.
Hale Building, 175 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda:  
  • Item 6: 2019 Hollywood Burbank Airport Art Banner student contest winner; appointment of Subcommittee members.
  • Item 7: Reports and comments from Commissioners and Committees.
6 p.m.
Grand Conference Room, S038, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: 
  • Liaison update: Homeless, Council for the Young Child, and unidentified homeless youth
  • Request to modify work plan and updates
  • Introduction of new commissioner


4:30 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: A genda not available at press time

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Residents can safely dispose of electronic waste and have personal and business documents shredded at the City's popular free e-waste event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday, February 9. The event will be held in Parking Lot I outside the Rose Bowl Stadium near Brookside Park, 360 North Arroyo Blvd.   E-waste items include computers, keyboards, printers, monitors, laptops, docking stations, scanners, shredders, fax machines, computer mice, telephones, televisions, flat screens, VCRs, DVD players, PDAs, cassette players, tape drives, stereos and household batteries. Public Works is also helping residents prevent identity theft by providing free paper shredding during the event. The public can bring a maximum of three legal-size boxes for shredding. Event participants will be required to show proof of Pasadena residency and the duration of the event is subject to truck capacity.

The Public Health Department's Urban Wildlife Management Plan provides general guidance to members of the public to prevent or minimize human/wildlife interactions, and provides guidance for the city on responding to human/wildlife interaction. The second of two community meetings will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, February 13, 2019, at Blair Middle School, Room 135 (1 135 S. Euclid Ave.) 

37th Annual Black History Parade and Festival, Saturday, February 16
Celebrate black history, culture and achievements at Pasadena's 37th annual Black History Parade and Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 16. Join Celebrity Grand Marshal Kaj Goldberg, KTLA weatherman and Pasadena resident, at this festive celebration, which includes one of the biggest and longest-running black history parades in California. The parade begins at 10 a.m. at Metropolitan Baptist Church on Fair Oaks Avenue and Figueroa Street in Altadena; then heads south on Fair Oaks Avenue before ending at Pasadena's Robinson Park, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave., where the festival takes place from noon to 4 p.m. on the north side of the park. The newly renovated, state-of-the-art Robinson Park Recreation Center will be open during the festival as well.

The Gas Company is installing approximately 600 feet of gas main and 19 service laterals on Linda Vista Avenue. The limits are from Wabash to 1100 Linda Vista, and from 1140 Linda Vista to Afton Street. The project is to upgrade the natural gas distribution, as part of the DIMP/DREAMS Main Replacement Program that will enhance the safety and reliability of the energy system that delivers natural gas. This permit is the second of a total of four phases along the east side of Linda Vista Avenue.  The last phase is scheduled for completion by November 2019. The affected roadway will be partially restored at the end of each phase, with an overall slurry treatment for all reaches at the end of the last phase. Details of each phase are as follows:

Phase and Limits
Phase status
Length (ft)
Mt Vernon - Yocum
Construction 95% complete
Afton - Wabash
Part 1 complete; Part 2 current permit 59385
Yocum - Bryant
Next phase
Bryant - Afton
Last phase 


" An ongoing $2 billion, 300- to 400-year project and the surtax to pay for it, designed in the 60s to relocate city overhead power lines to underground ones, remains on course unchanged after City Council debate Monday did not result in any action being taken. Mayor Terry Tornek and various City Councilmembers fretted over the Underground Utility program's massive costs, extraordinary time frame, and the troubling notion that future technology could render the project 'obsolete' long before its completion. A motion to amend the program's ordinance to not collect the surtax and discontinue the existing underground districts eventually stalled without passage following more than an hour of Council discussion." - Pasadena Now

" The Pasadena Unified School Board Thursday looked at a proposal to alter the Board's committee structure, perhaps even to eliminate its committees entirely. This would mean all discussions on all governance issues would take place only at full Board meetings. Based on bylaws introduced in 1996 and updated in 2014, the Board currently has six active committees-Board Policy, Facilities and Capital Projects, Finance Committee, Master Plan/Boundary Subcommittee, Measure J Ad Hoc Committee, Student Safety and Conduct Committee, 7-1 Surplus Property Committee-and one inactive committee, the Drop Out Task Force Committee. According to Pasadena Unified Board Member Patrick Cahalan, 'no' local school districts have the same committee structure that the Pasadena School District does." - Pasadena Now

" Pasadena Unified officials Wednesday unveiled a $28.4 million renovated building at Blair High School. The refurbished Building A includes 23 classrooms, science labs, a music technology lab, band room, choir room and counseling center, plus an expanded library, renovated administrative offices, a family resource center, student store and JROTC facility. The classrooms are equipped with new furniture and projectors, according to a PUSD news release." - Pasadena Star-News (may require subscription)


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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.