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West Pasadena Residents' Association
Neighborhood Update
Saturday, July 7 , 2018
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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Avram Gold


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.

MONDAY, July 9

4:30 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: 
Amendments to the fiscal year 2019 general fees schedule to add electric vehicle charging fees.
6:30 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: 
  • Appointment of Ken Chawkins to the Pasadena Community Access Corporation Board (District 6 nomination)
  • Adoption of a resolution accepting the certificate of canvass of election returns as prepared and certified by the Los Angeles County registrar-recorder/county clerk for the Pasadena special municipal election consolidated with the June 5, 2018 statewide gubernatorial primary election.
5:30 p.m.
Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
On the agenda: 
Not available at press time

TUESDAY, July 10
6:30 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave
On the agenda:  
Mansionization Phase 2 workshop, plus...
  • 550 East Colorado Blvd. (District 7) New construction of an 112,205 sq/ft, five-story medical office and retail building with subterranean parking.
  • 747 East Green St. (District 7) New construction of a six-story plus penthouse, mixed use project with 5345 sq/ft of ground floor commercial space and 72 residential units. To protected trees are proposed to be removed.
  • 3448-3452 E. Foothill Blvd. (District 3) New construction of a six-story, 232-unit residential project and the first two floors of the existing Gateway Metro Tower building. One protected tree is proposed to be removed.
6 p.m.
Permit Center Hearing Room, 175 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Not available at press time
2 p.m.
Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
On the agenda: Not available at press time    
4 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: 
2018 Power Integrated Resource Plan progress update, Bike share utilization quarterly update

6:30 p.m.
Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
On the agenda: A presentation from Tournament of Roses regarding programs and events, Robinson Park services survey, review and update of the six-month Strategic Plan.
Recreation & Parks Commission
6:00 P.M.
City Yards, second floor 233 West Mountain St.
On the agenda: Introduction of new commissioner, recommendations from the nominating committee for the election of new officers and the election of officers, FY 2017-2018 annual workplan accomplishments, FY 2018-2019 annual workplan modifications, Human Services and Recreation report, committee assignments.

7 p.m.
Suite 101, 150 S. Los Robles Ave.
On the agenda: Not available at press time


6:30 P.M.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield St.
On the agenda: Not available at press time
5:30 p.m.
Hale Building, 175 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: review and approval of FY 2018-2019 Annual Grants Program Awards, review and approval all of Concept Art Plan Presentation for 711 East Walnut why Beatrix Barker, presentation of slate for FY 2018-2019 election of officers, election of FY 2018-2019 officers.
6 p.m.
Grand Conference Room, S038, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Not available at press time 


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

Click for the latest  Pasadena City Commission  |Facts| and |Vacancies|
"The board - and I wrote, 'must, must, must' in my notes here - endeavor to stop allowing and approving deficit budgets. We must insist on a process that starts early enough and is thoughtful enough to give the board the opportunity to make quality decisions that are in the best interest of the students, while ensuring fiscal stability for the district moving forward. "
Pasadena Unified School Board member Kimberly Kenne, responding to last week's Board approval of a tentative 2018-19 school district budget - (See related Editor's Pick news story: Pasadena Unified eyes school closures)
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.

The City wishes to remind everyone to take precautions against the heat and stay connected to the City for any alerts and updates. Pasadena residents and businesses with any power emergencies should call Pasadena Water and Power Department at (626) 744-4673. For water-related emergencies, call (626) 744-4138. Sign up for PWP's Outage Management System to get up-to-date alerts on your phone and by email regarding any power outages by visiting www.cityofpasadena.net/waterandpower/OMS. For all city contact information and cooling centers, click here.

Don't miss the Arroyo Seco Quarterly meeting

Join us for important updates about Arroyo Seco events and issues:  Reopening the Gabrielino Trail, Hahamongna BioBlitz, Save the Lower Arroyo Oaks, NoBigDig Update, Trout Scouting in the Arroyo. Wednesday, July 11, 7 p.m. at the Donald Write Auditorium, Pasadena Central Library - 285 E. Walnut St. Dorothy Wong will also talk about the  Hahamongna BioBlitz, a science project about biodiversity.

The Pasadena Symphony will play at our City Hall with a free "Music Under the Stars" concert, featuring songs from Broadway and Hollywood. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early for gourmet food trucks and a musical instrument "petting zoo," where guests can make their own symphony sounds.  The concert will last from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Pasadena City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave .

Enjoy free dancing and music under the stars at The Paseo! The evening starts with a dance lesson by Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association at 7 p.m., followed by a concert at 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. July 6 - Swing Night - Phat Cat Swinger, July 13- Swing Night - Aileen Quinn and her Leapin' Lizards, July 20- Swing Night - The Kid and Nic Show from Las Vegas, July 27- Swing Night - Crown City Bombers
This City Planning Department has prepared an informative brochure containing a summary of the development standards, operating standards and applicable fees related to that construction of an accessory dwelling unit. The brochure includes changes as well as estimated City related fees. Click here to download the brochure.
Pasadena Heritage cordially invites you to Pasadena's biggest and best block party on the world-famous historic Colorado Street Bridge - a night of music, dancing, vintage cars, children's activities, beverages and food, and more from  6 to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 14. Click the headline for ticket information.

Old Pasadena Summer Cinema returns for another year as a month-long, FREE movie series featuring 17 screenings running from July 5 - July 28 in diverse locales throughout the historic district of Old Pasadena. Bring your own low chairs and blankets for seating. Films begin at 8:30pm with pre-activities starting at 6:30pm. Click here for locations. (Same as above)

Movement, Music, & Musings

Lineage Performing Arts hosts Movement, Music, & Musings. Led by Hilary Tomas, this five-week creative workshop will have you dancing, writing, and finding your creative voice. Admission is free; donations are always accepted. All ability levels welcome; no experience necessary, and no reservations are required. Just dress comfortably, bring paper or a journal, and be prepared to let loose and have fun! Workshops take place each Tuesday evening, July 3 through July 24, 5:00-7:00pm.

USC Pacific Asia Museum is free for all visitors Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m. and the second Sunday of the month, July 8, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, click here

Pasadena Water and Power seeks input on its Power Integrated Resource Plan
Over the next four months, Pasadena Water and Power (PWP) will be updating its Power Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) which is a long-range blueprint for supplying reliable and environmentally responsible electricity at competitive rates. PWP's IRP webpage included details about the IRP, a feedback form and upcoming meeting information. To take the survey, click here.

TEDxPasadena has unveiled the theme for its September 22 event, "Transform," at the Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. Individual tickets sales are limited and will be available through TEDxPasadena.org starting July 15. TEDxPasadena organizers are seeking scholarship patrons, corporate partners and event sponsors who are interested in benefits that include customized day-of branding opportunities. For more information, contact Rebecca Love Haussling at rebecca@tedxpasadena.org .

"The National Weather Service has declared an Excessive Heat Warning for Pasadena through Saturday night at 9 p.m. Forecasters say temperatures in Pasadena are actually expected to fall from yesterday's high of 113 degrees to 103 degrees on Saturday, and to 100 degrees on Sunday. Friday was the hottest July day in recorded Pasadena history, edging out 1934's 110 degree scorcher. The heatwave will continue next week with temperatures expected to hover between the upper to lower nineties all week through Friday." Pasadena Now

"This morning will mark the first weekday of a higher minimum wage for people who work in Pasadena. Workers at businesses with more than 25 employees who made $12 an hour on Saturday will now make $13.25, on their way, if the City's legislation continues in place unchanged after a scheduled Council review, to an eventual $15 an hour. At smaller Pasadena companies with 25 or fewer employees, workers will see pay jump from $10.50 per hour to $12.00 per hour. The State's minimum wage is $11 an hour for businesses with 26 employees or more, and $10.50 for smaller ones." Pasadena Now

"Under the city's new ordinance, fireworks violations can now be dealt with by administrative citations, rather than only criminally. The city can now hold, 'property owners and tenants responsible for permitting the possession, sale, usage or discharge of fireworks on their property,' according to a city statement. 'The ordinance change allows for the prosecution of fireworks-related offenses and for the demand of payment for all costs associated with the safe disposal of confiscated fireworks.' Maximum penalties include a year in jail and fines of up to $50,000." Pasadena Now
"The threat of school closures continues to loom in the Pasadena Unified School District as the school board looks ahead to the coming years. Last week, the board voted to approve a tentative 2018-19 budget in which the district would close the 2018-19 year with a healthy amount of money in the bank. But the outlook for the following two years was not so favorable, with the potential of falling $3.2 million below the required reserve level in 2019-20 and $12 million below the required level in 2020-21." Pasadena Star-News

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 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.