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West Pasadena Residents' Association
Neighborhood Update
Saturday, June 9 , 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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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.


12 p.m.
Heritage Square Community Room, 762 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
On the agenda: Retreat goals; Review of accomplishments; Review of carryover items; Approval of minor amendments to the Commission; Election of officers; preparation of strategic plan and Commission assignments.


Special Joint City Council/Finance Committee Meeting
3 p.m.
City Hall, Council Chambers, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Authorization to enter into a contract for banking services; Joint action on 2018-19 investment policy and strategy; Authorize city manager to execute all agreements with Metro associated with receipt of grant funding for implementation of Pasadena Transit Sunday service and replacement of aging vehicles to relieve significant overcrowding; Public hearing on approval of the terms of agreements to transfer housing successor funds in a total sum not to exceed $472,399 to the housing authority of LA County to assist permanent supportive housing; Continue public hearing on FY2019 recommended operating budget for Water and Power, Housing, and Planning.

6 p.m.
City Hall, Council Chambers, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda:
  • Continued public hearing on 2019 recommended operating budget (staff report)
  • Public hearing on approval of the terms of agreements to transfer housing successor funds in a total sum not to exceed $472,399 to the housing authority of LA County to assist permanent supportive housing ( staff report)
  • Consideration of an interim ordinance to reduce allowable building capacity ( staff report)


2 p.m.
Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Room 200
On the agenda: 
Not available by press time.

PUSD Student Safety and School Climate Committee
4 p.m.
351 S. Hudson Ave., Room 236
On the agenda: Health update; Expulsion packet presentation; Foster Youth Committee report; Emergency Preparedness Subcommittee report.

6:30 p.m.
City Hall, Council Chambers, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: 
Establish nominating committee for FY2018-19 officers; Individual tenant storefront review process at 290 E. Colorado Blvd. (Paseo commercial development); Preliminary consultation on 1005 Armada Dr. and 141 S. Lake Ave.; Concept design review of 2180 E. Foothill Blvd.


2:30 p.m.
351 S. Hudson Ave., Room
On the agenda: Bylaw and administrative regulations discussion.

6 p.m.
City Hall, Grand Conference Room S038, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: 
Not available by press time.

6 p.m.
233 W. Mountain St.
On the agenda: 
Request for public tree removal at 1764 Rose Villa St.; City tree planting program; Condition-based tree removals at 1100, 1103, 1125, and 1135 Armada Dr. and 1133 Rosemont Ave./Brookside Golf Course.

6:30 p.m.
City Hall, Council Chambers, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Study session workshop on hotel conversions into affordable housing and potential supportive housing; 
Establish nominating committee for FY2018-19 officers.

Click for the latest  Pasadena City Commission  |Facts| and |Vacancies|
"I have heard from activists like my friend Tim Brick on the need to include the Arroyo Seco Tributary in to the greater watershed study. This measure is not only important to our district but to the environmental well-being of the region. Through this legislation I want to make sure the tributary is included and all of communities are well-represented in the process as we move forward."
- State Senator Anthony Portantino (read more about the watershed study in the Editor's Top News Picks section below)
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.


Arroyo Seco Weekend

Arroyo Seco Weekend is a world class culture event featuring three stages of live music along with curated menus from Los Angeles' celebrated restaurants and chefs, plus craft beer and wine. 

Event hours
12 p.m. to 11 p.m. 


The USC Pacific Asia Museum is free for all visitors Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on the second Sunday of the month, and is one of few U.S. institutions dedicated to the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands. Its programs provide quality arts programming and education to children and families, located at 46 North Los Robles Avenue.


Hike and learn about One Arroyo's Visio

On Wednesday, June 13, at 6:45 p.m., go for an easy 3-mile hike on level trails along Pasadena's Arroyo Seco. Learn natural and human history of the Arroyo and programs to restore streamside habitats. We'll start at the trailhead next to San Pasqual Stables on South Pasadena border, 221 San Pasqual Ave, South Pasadena (exit 110 Fwy at Orange Grove Blvd, South to Mission Blvd, West on Mission to end, descend Stoney Dr. into Arroyo and follow it under freeway past playing fields to end at San Pasqual Ave, Right to the stables parking lot).
We invite participants between the ages of 12 to 17 to spend a week with us training in studio and field production. This program will focus on youth-driven productions and will result in at least one studio and one field production which will air on television. Participants will be required to bring their lunch. Camp week: June 18 to June 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Need based scholarships are available. To register click here. For more information, call 626-794-8585 or email info@pasadenamedia.org

Mount Wilson Observatory Sunday concerts in the dome

Mount Wilson Observatory presents the opening of the second season of concerts in the 100-inch telescope dome on Mount Wilson above Pasadena. These concerts are scheduled for the first Sunday of each month, May through October, with performances at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. at Mount Wilson Circle Rd. and Mount Wilson Rd. Artistic Director Cécilia Tsan returns with musicians who are all luminaries on the local and international music scene.
Last year the California legislature passed a bill, the River Ranger Program (AB 1558), to develop a network of River Rangers who will assist the public at sites along the Los Angeles River and its tributaries including the Arroyo Seco. The River Ranger program is being put together by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and the Rivers & Mountains Conservancy, and they have asked for your input about how to style the most effective program. Please give your input by completing the outreach survey (click the headline above) For comments and questions, contact sarah.rascon@mrca.ca.gov .

Pasadena Water and Power seeks input on its Power Integrated Resource Plan
Over the next six 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 .

"In Pasadena, each of the four municipal ballot measures cruised to victory. The city and Pasadena Unified School District board of education will also move their elections to coincide with state and national elections."
Pasadena Now

"Continuing the ongoing discussion over the inclusion of a public restroom in Desiderio Park on Arroyo Blvd. near the Colorado Street Bridge, the City Council Monday unanimously approved a Consolidated Design Review for construction of the restroom and storage building for the park at 10 N. Arroyo Blvd."
Pasadena Now

"The passage of a California Senate bill advances the cause of including the Arroyo Seco Tributary into a larger watershed study in light of ongoing drought conditions." Pasadena Now

"Hoping to alleviate at least some of its revenue challenges, the City Council Monday unanimously approved a motion for the Rose Bowl Operating Company to enter into a ten-year exclusive partnership with Anschutz Entertainment Group for upcoming soccer matches held at the Rose Bowl." Pasadena Now

"Late in April, incumbent Pasadena City College Board Trustee Ross Selvidge all but dropped out of the District 1 race against his challenger, newcomer Sandra Chen Lau. Suddenly last week, Selvidge jumped back in the race with only days to go. Selvidge's last-minute jumping back into the race didn't win him his seat back. The Area 1 seat represents the City of La Cañada Flintridge, West Pasadena and the western portion of Altadena." Pasadena Now

"By substantial margins, Pasadena voters approved two measures on Tuesday's ballot which will authorize a limited number of commercial cannabis businesses to operate in the city and the levying of a special municipal tax upon those businesses." Pasadena Now

Official urges residents to prepare for major natural disaster now because when it strikes, city will be overwhelmed
"Pasadena's Emergency Management Coordinator told local service club members Wednesday afternoon to make preparations for themselves and their families for a major natural disaster now because when the disaster strikes the City may be overwhelmed for days, and even some first responders may be sidelined." Pasadena Now

Council fills some city commission seats but many vacancies remain
"Twelve people were approved to sit on city commissions at Monday's City Council meeting, but despite the appointments - and reappointments - more than 60 vacancies remain." Pasadena Weekly

"Pasadena's Men Educating Men About Health (MEMAH) is offering the chance to win two tickets to Beyoncé's and Jay Z's concert at the Rose Bowl. For your chance to win, all you have to do is attend the 'Get Healthy Pasadena' event at Pasadena City College today, Saturday, June 9. There will be free health screenings including ultrasounds for the heart, liver, general screenings for diabetes, cholesterol and blood pressure, vision, hearing and dental check-ups, and more." Pasadena Now

Brookside Golf Course looks to more events, new management strategy to combat sport's dip in popularity
"The Rose Bowl Operating Company's proposed budget for 2019 is $3.9 million less than its 2018 budget. Rose Bowl Stadium's general manager Darryl Dunn said the lower budget reflects a few different factors, but the golf course's slump is one of the most significant. He said the company is looking at ways to reverse that decline, and it's hoping a new management agreement with New York-based IMG will help address it." Pasadena Star-News

"With recent bear sightings in Sierra Madre, Monrovia and La Cañada Flintridge, authorities in Pasadena are warning that it's only a matter of time before residents encounter a bear here, too." 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."

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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.