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West Pasadena Residents' Association
Neighborhood Update
Saturday, July 28 , 2018
Published weekly since 2000
We're outta here!
Neighborhood Update is dark during the month of August. We'll see you again in September.

-NU Editors

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.


City Council - Canceled


Hearing Officer
6 p.m.
Hale Building, 175 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Public hearings: 1435 Linda Ridge Rd. and 527 La Loma Rd.

6:30 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Not available at press time.


4 p.m.
Hale Building, 175 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Presentation and review of the commission's Work Plan Performance 7/1/17-6/30/18 and proposed Work Plan 7/1/18-6/30/19.

6:30 p.m.
Brookside Clubhouse, 1133 Rosemont Ave.
On the agenda: Not available at press time.

Click for the latest  Pasadena City Commission  |Facts| and |Vacancies|
"The addition of a bathroom [in Desiderio Park] that's completely unnecessary for an extra $1 million makes absolutely no sense and I think enrages a lot of people in the community."
-Stacey Fortner, Pasadena resident [see the Editor's Top News Picks section below for more information on this story]
The public is invited to attend the regular WPRA board meetings, held at 6:30 p.m. 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. 

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 a year in which you'd serve. We'll train you.



Est. attendance:

Event Hours:
4 p.m.: Parking lots open
4-7:30 p.m.: Futbol Fiesta open in Area H
5 p.m.: Shuttle operation begins
6:30 p.m.: Stadium gates open
8 p.m.: Match begins

The Recreational Loop will be closed from 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 28, until 12 a.m. on Sunday, July 29. The Equestrian Loop will remain open at all times.

Lighting hours: Due to the event, including preparation and load-out, stadium lights will remain on for most of the evening into the early morning hours beginning Friday, July 27, through Sunday, July 29, for safety and security purposes. They will be turned off at the earliest possible time.

Noise levels and sound: These events will bring the usual impacts on the nearby neighborhoods such as traffic and noise. The noise level for these events will be primarily due to fan noise and residents can anticipate hearing noise associated with this event.

Traffic: Residents can anticipate heaviest traffic on Saturday, July 28, from 4-7 p.m. and again from 9:30-11:30 p.m.
To receive assistance on game day, please contact the Rose Bowl Event Day Hotline at (626) 397-4141.

Wildlife sightings and nuisances reporting tool
The city has introduced a Wildlife Sightings/Nuisances Reporting tool as a convenient way to report sightings of wildlife such as coyotes or mountain lions. To report a sighting, use the Submit a Request on the Citizen Service Center page (click the headline for more) and fill in the necessary fields with all pertinent information.  Please note, this is not for responsive purposes. If this is an emergency, please call 911 and the Pasadena Humane Society at (626) 792-7151.  Sighting reports can be submitted through the website cityofpasadena.net/csc, mobile app, live chat, or by calling (626) 744-7311. When reporting an issue, you will be asked for the location of the animal, type of animal, and type of animal activity. The city of Pasadena will use this information to to evaluate the presence of wildlife, particularly associated with potential animal over-concentration. I f you would like more information on how to implement measures to prevent wildlife problems on your property, please call the Pasadena Humane Society at (626) 792-7151. You can find additional information here.

The City of Pasadena recently developed the Pasadena Zero Waste Partner Program, a free program that assists businesses with incorporating waste reduction practices into their daily operations. Businesses involved in the Program receive technical assistance, guidance on achieving waste reduction goals, and city-wide recognition. The Program is part of the City's larger commitment to achieving zero waste by 2040 and increasing environmental sustainability within the community. Businesses in Pasadena are encouraged to join the program by completing an online application here  or by contacting the Citizen Service Center at (626) 744-7311 for more information.


City Council decides to relocate controversial Desiderio Park bathroom
"The Pasadena City Council approved a motion to relocate a controversial 'million dollar' public bathroom facility for Desiderio Park beneath the Colorado Street Bridge during a call for review hearing at Monday night's Council meeting." Pasadena Now

It may cost $700,000, it may be a cute Craftsman, but Pasadena residents don't want this park bathroom
"Would a planned $700,000 Craftsman-style park restroom attract throngs of Rose Bowl attendees, drug users, or predators? Those concerns were among many that fueled nearly two hours of brouhaha at the Pasadena City Council meeting Monday over the bathrooms planned at the under-construction Desiderio Neighborhood Park beneath the iconic Colorado Street Bridge in Arroyo Seco." Pasadena Star-News

Pasadena announces launch date for its commercial cannabis program
"Planning and Community Director David Reyes said New Year's Day will be the opening day for the initial 30-day application window for commercial marijuana operations under new regulations approved by voters in ballot measures CC and DD on June 5, 2018." Pasadena Now

City reconfigures how it completes street plans and design
"Hoping to avoid any repeat of community meetings like the boisterous and contentious one earlier this year to discuss a proposed road diet for Orange Grove Boulevard, this week the City Council approved purchasing a software package that can develop comprehensive and coordinated street plans while keeping the community very involved in the process." Pasadena Now

Voters asked to approve a sales tax hike to improve public safety, fight homelessness and fund schools
"To help tackle homelessness, school district funding, and public safety, the city is asking local voters to approve a three-quarter percent increase to the city's sales tax, which is already among the highest of cities around the country. If approved, the city's sales tax rate will jump from 9.5 to 10.25 percent." Pasadena Weekly

Could Pasadena's concrete 'Battleship' become iconic? City mulls two paths to curb mansionization
"Planners are developing rules that could affect the majority of single-family construction in Pasadena - up to 40 projects annually, depending on the stringency of the rules. They would be reviewed for neighborhood compatibility based on mass, size and architectural style and also take into account privacy of surrounding homes, a strategy created based on resident input offered during 20 public sessions." Pasadena Star-News

Pasadena explores idea of converting hotel and motel properties into affordable housing sites
"Pasadena is checking out the idea of converting hotels and motels into affordable housing for low-income residents." Pasadena Now

Michael Maltzan's masterplan for Pasadena's ArtCenter approved
"A new 15-year master plan designed by Michael Maltzan Architecture (MMA) for Pasadena ArtCenter College of Design was unanimously approved by the Pasadena City Council on July 16." The Architects Newspaper

"The city confirmed it formally informed LA Metro that it plans to end the program, which has seen lackluster ridership and revenue, within two months." Pasadena Now

Statewide flex alert calls for precautionary electric conservation due to high heat
"With daily high temperatures expected to top out over 100 degrees throughout much of the southwestern United States, the California Independent System Operator Corporation issued a statewide Flex Alert calling for voluntary electricity conservation." Pasadena Now

Art Center's new provost Karen Hofmann talks about the Pasadena school's 'creative activism'
"Karen Hofmann has a long history with Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, as a student, teacher and administrator. So it seems apt that now she's making history there as the first woman provost - the highest academic position at the school - in the Art Center's 88-year history." Los Angeles Times

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."

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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.