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West Pasadena Residents' Association
Neighborhood Update
Saturday, January 5 , 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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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.


6:30 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave
On the agenda: 245 So. Los Robles Ave. (District 6) Conversion of a nine-story office building to mixed residential-commercial use. The project is under construction and the applicant is proposing changes.
Environmental Advisory Commission
6 p.m.
Permit Center Hearing Room, 175 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Research related to leaf blowers and related landscaping equipment. Reports from: Hahamongna Watershed Park Advisory committee and Open Space & Conservation Element Evaluation Ad Hoc Committee
2 p.m.
Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
On the agenda: Not available at press time
6:30 p.m.
Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
On the agenda: Presentation on affordable housing by Bill Huang, update of the Northwest Strategic Plan     


5:30 p.m.
Hale Building, 175 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Review and approve concept art plan for replacement of Dream Stream at Paseo Colorado Terraces and for concept at 3452 East Foothill; review and approve grant and funding programs.
6 p.m.
Grand Conference Room, S038, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Updates on: the homeless adults, Council for the Young Child. unidentified homeless youth, and the Youth Council - various presentations and discussions
6 p.m.
City Public Works Yards, 233 W. Mountain St.
On the agenda: Request for tree removals at 94 So. Los Robles Ave, 360 No. Arroyo Blvd, 86, 129 and 165 So Fair Oaks Avenue.


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

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The public is invited to attend the regular WPRA board meetings, the next one to be held at 6:30 p.m. on January 9th. Generally all other meetings are held 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 St. lot and walk north across campus to the Community Room. 

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Join us as we investigate the world around us using state of the art technology to gather data to track features such as precipitation, cloud formations, and migration patterns of hummingbirds. For teens and adults ages 12+. Saturday, Jan. 5, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Linda Vista Branch on 1281 Bryant Street.

Hahamongna - What's Next?

Come to the Arroyo Seco Quarterly Meeting at Donald Wright Auditorium, Pasadena Central Library, 285 E. Walnut St., Wednesday, January 9, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and hear the latest updates about the Hahamongna Watershed Park sediment management program.

Misinformation on climate change is everywhere. How can you learn what's right and what's not? Join Professor Austin Minnich from Caltech as he shows us processes at work on our planet with live experiments. If you have questions about climate change, join us to understand for yourself what is happening and what to do about it. For adults ages 50+. Saturday, Jan. 12, 11 a.m. at the Linda Vista Branch library. For more information on this and other upcoming science programming events planned, contact Robin Reidy at (626) 744-7278 or rreidy@cityofpasadena.net or Deborah Niblick at (626) 744-7278 or dniblick@cityofpasadena.net .
On Tuesday, January 8, drop by at your convenience anytime between 6:00pm and 8:00pm, First Methodist Church, 500 E Colorado Blvd., to hear representatives from the City and the project consultant team to discuss the enhancements coming to Cordova Street. The project hopes to accommodate all users such as pedestrians, bicyclists, public transit, skateboarders and scooters.
Join the 2019 Rose Parade Royal Court for a delightful afternoon tea, question and answer session and photo opportunities! It's Wednesday, January 9 at 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Allendale Branch Library, 1130 S. Marengo Ave.

An hour of a free "Afternoon Salon" at the Norton Simon Museum

Take a closer look at Russian artist Liubov Popova's 1915 painting The Traveler. Learn how she was influenced by her travels to France and Italy, and trace these influences by looking at cubist and proto-Renaissance works in the collection. Sunday, January 6th from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., Norton Simon Museum, 411 W. Colorado Blvd. For more information, call 626-449-6840
Come to a grassroots community meeting for the Vote Center Placement Project (VCPP)
The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (RR/CC) has partnered with California Common Cause and the City of Pasadena to host and facilitate an upcoming Vote Center Placement Project (VCPP) Grassroots Community Meeting, to be held on Thursday, January 10 at the Jackie Robinson Community Center. Contact the Pasadena City Clerk's Office at (626) 744-4124 with questions regarding the meeting to be held in Pasadena or visit   vsap.lavote.net/vote-center-placement-project.


"Ask Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek what were some of the events that shaped 2018 and further might shape 2019 and he can give you nearly a dozen right away. Ahead of his ride down Colorado Boulevard on New Year's Day, Tornek reflected on the issues that defined (and divided) the city this past year. Tornek will talk about how the city is doing what remains to be done in his 2019 State of the City address scheduled for January 17 at Pasadena High School gymnasium at 2925 East Sierra Madre Boulevard, 6:30 p.m." Pasadena Now
"The power and energy landscape in Pasadena, in California, and indeed in the country, is changing at a very rapid rate. Among the new realities: The paradoxical likelihood that sometime within the next decade, Pasadena may very well be purchasing power from residential customers who've stored surplus energy through their own rooftop solar units." Pasadena Now

Pasadena looks for high renewable energy goals and exits IPP gas project

"With only 12 years left to limit the accelerating effects of climate change, Pasadena's latest energy plan continues to procure 31 percent of its power from the Intermountain coal-fired plant through 2025, despite being the Pasadena Water and Power's (PWP) largest climate change driver. PWP's Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) outlined several procurement scenarios - including some that would divest the city of Intermountain Power Plant (IPP) energy, increase biomass production and diversify the renewable energy portfolio - before ultimately recommending an option that goes beyond state regulations but falls short of comparable emission-curtailing scenarios." Pasadena Independent ­­

Mermell names new director of human services and recreation

"Brenda Harvey-Williams has been appointed by Pasadena City Manager Steve Mermell to serve as director of the city's Department of Human Services and Recreation (DHSR). Harvey-Williams will oversee the department's 100 employees and administer an $11 million annual budget. DHSR also develops and manages programs in the city's 24 parks." Pasadena Weekly

New police chief announced for City of Pasadena

"John Eduardo Perez, a thirty-three year veteran of the City of Pasadena Police Department, has been appointed the City's new Chief of Police by City Manager Steve Mermell. Perez had been serving as the Interim Chief of Police since April 2018, after former Chief Phil Sanchez announced his retirement. Perez will oversee a Department with 325 employees and an annual budget of $82 million." City of Pasadena News Release

California's new laws and changes for 2019 (may need a subscription)
"Here are some of the notables: stricter guns laws, minimum wage, fewer plastic straws, no more cash bail, legal street food, expunged pot charges, preventing #MeToo incidents, Happy Meal with no soda, DUI penalties, women on boards, HOV lanes, juvenile justice, non-binary driver's licenses, police transparency, bike helmet fix-it tickets, pot parties" Pasadena Star-News


Looking for other ways to entertain or educate yourself and your family? 
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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.