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West Pasadena Residents' Association
Neighborhood Update
Saturday, March 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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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 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: New Business - City of Pasadena debt profile, Information - capital improvement program 2019 2nd quarter report
6:30 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda:  
Reports and Comments from Council Committees
  • ITEM 9 - Set a date of May 13, 2019 for a public hearing for recommended adjustments to the water rates STAFF REPORT 
Recommendations From Officers And Departments
  • ITEM 10 - Update on efforts to establish new park space in underserved areas within Central District; appropriate funds to acquire a portion of an existing parking lot for conversion to park space STAFF REPORT
  • ITEM 12 - Memorandum of understanding between the city of Pasadena and the Pasadena Unified School District implementing Measure J STAFF REPORT
  • ITEM 12 - Amend Pasadena Municipal Code Title 2, chapter 2.155 to clarify Citizens Advisory Committee terms of service STAFF REPORT
  • ITEM 13 - Commemorative statue in Area H at the Rose Bowl for the 1999 team USA women's world cup champions STAFF REPORT 
Ordinances, first readings
  • ITEM 14 - Conduct first reading of "An ordinance of the City of Pasadena amending Pasadena Municipal Code Title 10, chapters 10.40, 10.42, 10.44, and 10.45 regarding parking meter operations" STAFF REPORT
  • ITEM 15 - Conduct first reading of "An ordinance of the City of Pasadena, California amending chapter 5.02 of the Pasadena Municipal Code to provide for increases in the city-wide minimum wage" STAFF REPORT 
6:30 p.m.
Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
On the agenda: 
  • Discuss convention on the elimination of discrimination against women
  • Discuss celebratory event ideas to recommend to the city of Pasadena celebrating 100 Committee and Pasadena 2020 committee
  • Discuss edits and additions to the 2016-2018 version of the survival guide
  • Commission work plan updates and discussion
  • Coordinate recognition of denim day on Wednesday, April 24, 2019

6:30 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave
On the agenda: Concept design review 

690-700 N. Orange Grove Blvd. (District 3) New construction of a one to three story mixed-use project with 7389 sq/ft of commercial space and 48 residential units on a currently vacant site.
1539 East Howard St . (District 2) New construction of a 112,000 sq/ft dormitory containing 230 dormitory units, offices and student health services, in addition to storage, housekeeping and, building support space for a new boarding school. The project includes the demolition of an existing 69,000 sq/ft dormitory and administration building.

6 p.m.
Permit Center Hearing Room, 175 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Request the City Council to direct the Environmental Advisory Commission to conduct research related to LEAF BLOWERS and landscaping equipment. Reports from committees.

4 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: 
Informational item

  • Water Supply Conditions and Water Supply and Resources Plan Update
  • Electric Utility Update - Wildfire Related Developments
  • Update from Metro Regarding the Metro North Hollywood to Pasadena Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project
  • Metro's Mobility on Demand Pilot Program
6:30 p.m.
Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
On the agenda:  
Old Business
  • Presentation from public works on 2020-2024 capital improvement program (CIP)
  • Presentation from housing department on Heritage Square South Advisory Working Group
  • update of six-month work plan
  • Action regarding proposed event in the Northwest sponsored by Council District #1, Northwest programs office and the Northwest Commission
  • Approval of partnership with Heritage Housing Partners regarding community outreach workshop
New Business information items
  • Presentation from LA County Public Works on targeted worker job fair for the Devils Gate project
  • Presentation from YWCA on programs offered
Action Items
  • Northwest Historical and public art tours
  • Outreach discussion and next steps

6:30 P.M.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield St.
On the agenda: 
  • Twenty-eight new projects for inclusion in the recommended Capital Improvement Projects for 2020-2024 must be consistent with the General Plan.
  • Zone change to designate a Landmark District Overlay for the Arden Road Landmark District.
  • Zoning code amendment for single-family residential development standards - MANIONIZATION PHASE II 
5:30 p.m.
Hale Building, 175 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda:  
  • Review and approval of concept art plan for East Foothill
  • Review of city required reporting formats for commission attendants and work plans
  • Bridging Boundaries art exhibition
  • Appointment of subcommittee members  
6 p.m.
Grand Conference Room, S038, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: FY 2018-2019 work plan updates
  • Liaison update: homeless, council for the young child, unidentified homeless youth, youth council and vision 2020 (TBD)
  • Liaison recommendations for committees and how to communicate the accomplishments of the commission
6 p.m.
City Public Works Yards, 233 W. Mountain St.
On the agenda:  
  • City determination on public tree removal request at 380 East Union Street
  • City determination on recent public tree removal requests
  • Condition-based tree removals at 75 North Pasadena Avenue and Prospect Boulevard Bridge

4:30 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: No posting at press time

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Pasadena Triathlon
Event Date: Saturday, March 9 at 8:00 a.m. TODAY
Event Location: Brookside Park and Rose Bowl Loop
Est. Attendance: 2,500
Event Hours:
7:00 AM Parking Lots I, J west & J east Open; No Charge
(Parking is Open to both Event Attendees and Recreational Users)
6:00 AM - 8:00 AM Registration Open
6:00 AM - 11:00 AM East Extension Closures in Effect
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM Street Closures in Effect
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Amplified Sound
8:00 AM - Race begins
12:00 PM Event Ends

This event will involve street closures in the recreational loop including Arroyo Boulevard-East & West Extension north of Seco Street; On West Drive between Seco Street and Washington Boulevard; On Salvia Canyon at West Drive. Seco Street will remain open at all times. Street closures will start at 8:00 AM and end by 11:00 AM to all vehicles and bikes. However, the recreational loop will remain open at all times to patrons for recreational activity. The Equestrian Loop will remain open at all times.

For any resident questions or concerns, please contact the Human Services and Recreation Department Day Resident Hotline (626) 344-0530

On Wednesday, March 13, Pasadena Heritage is offering an information seminar covering two topics: how to designate a Landmark District and how to apply for the Mills Act property tax incentive. Is your property or neighborhood eligible? What is the application process? Speakers and local citizens will address these questions and more. The workshop will start at 6:00 p.m. with a discussion on Landmark Districts and will be followed by a discussion on the Mills Act at 7:00 p.m. The information seminar will be held at the Pasadena Central Library in the Donald Wright Auditorium (at the west end of the main floor) 285 East Walnut Street. Admission is free, but registration is advised as seating in limited.

Ara Maloyan, Director of Public Works is pleased to announce the City of Pasadena was named a 2018 Tree City USA designee by the Arbor Day Foundation. Additionally, the City received a Tree City USA Growth Award for its continued improvements to the City' s Urban Forestry program. This marks the 291h year the City was named a Tree City USA, and the l91h year the City was awarded the Tree City USA Growth Award.

The Caltech Orchestra, directed by Allen Robert Gross, will feature Caltech graduate students and flute soloists Madison Douglas and Leah Sabbeth. Saturday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 10 at 3:30 p.m.  Both concerts will have the same program in Ramo Auditorium, on the Caltech campus. Music will include Doppler: Concerto for Two Flutes and Orchestra, Bartók: Dance Suite, and Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 2 ("Little Russian"). No tickets are required. For further information, call (626) 395-3295. Enter parking lot C from So Hill Ave and San Pasqual St. Source: Pasadena Independent

"Pasadena will combine world-class events, science and technology, arts and culture, history and architecture with great neighborhoods and opportunities for all. The City of Pasadena is dedicated to delivering exemplary municipal services responsive to our entire community and consistent with our history, culture and unique character. The City of Pasadena values: Fiscal Responsibility; Responsiveness; Honesty and Integrity; Accountability; Excellence; Open, Clear and Frequent Communication; Innovation; Diversity and Inclusiveness."

On March 21 , at the Pasadena senior Center - 85 East Holly Street preliminary land use and urban form concepts will be presented and participants will have an opportunity to discuss and comment on these ideas. Due to high turnout from the previous workshoptwo sessions will be offered throughout the day for this round, both featuring the same information and format. Session One 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. or Session Two 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

The Pasadena Police Department will be offering the Community Police Academy (CPA). The informative eight-week classroom series provides participants an inside look at Pasadena police operations and promotes greater awareness and better understanding of local law enforcement's continuously changing role in our community. To enroll, contact Sarah Presley at 626-744-7650 or email SPresley@CityofPasadena.net. Next class: March 21 to May 9th. Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Germany's renowned Hamburg Girls' Choir makes its Southern California debut in a free concert presented by the Los Angeles Children's Chorus (LACC) on Sunday, March 10 at 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, 585 E. Colorado Blvd . Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For information, visit www.lachildrenschorus.org or call (626) 793-4231.

This film series introduced by Carl Kozlowski, Arts Editor and Film Critic, Pasadena Weekly will be followed by Q&A. Event at the Central Library at 285 east Walnut Street, 6 to 8 p.m. For adults, 18+.
THURSDAYS * Central Library/Donald Wright Auditorium
March 14 * 6:00 p.m. * Stagecoach (1939) PG
March 21 * 6:00 p.m. * High Noon (1952) PG
March 28 * 6:00 p.m. * Shane (1953) PG
SATURDAY * Central Library/Donald Wright Auditorium

March 30 * 2:00 p.m. * How the West Was Won (1962) PG


"A week after the attorney for a petition drive to recall District 5 Councilmember Victor Gordo said the effort was still underway despite missing a filing deadline, two major supporters of the recall have called it quits and the effort seems to be dead." Pasadena Now

Will your home need mandated retrofitting? Find out with this interactive retrofit map

"Last week the Pasadena City Council approved a plan to limit potential damage from earthquake-vulnerable buildings by requiring some soft-story homes to retrofit and upgrade their structural integrity. The ordinance will group these buildings into three categories based on the number of units. Each category will have five years to complete the upgrades but Priority 1 buildings will have to begin first. You can find out if your building will need upgrades and what priority it falls under using this interactive retrofit map."  Pasadena Independent
Last Friday morning's manhunt for a killer who fled into neighborhoods near the Pasadena Convention Center kept hundreds of Pasadenans trapped inside their residence or workplace for over five hours while police sought a man described as 'extremely dangerous.' Pasadena Now asked authorities what the right moves are for residents during shelter in place operations. Pasadena Now
"Local Assemblyman Chris Holden's (D) bill to extend a program allowing high school students enroll in college for course for credit has advanced in the lower house. Measure AB cleared the assembly's committee on higher education by unanimous vote March 5, according to a statement issued by Holden's office. The proposal extends the state's College and Career Access Pathways (CCAP) partnership, which was originally established by a Holden bill as well when then-Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed his AB 288 in 2015." Pasadena Now
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"Two trailblazing Tournament of Roses leaders were honored by the state Legislature on Monday as women of the year. Sen. Anthony J. Portantino named last year's Rose Queen Louise Deser Siskel of San Marino as his district's honoree. The La Cañada Flintridge Democrat said Siskel's promotion of scientific research, education and inclusion make her a powerful example in the LGBTQ and Jewish communities to which she belongs. Sen. Chris Holden named Laura Farber, the incoming president of the Tournament of Roses, as his honoree. 'As the first Latina and third woman to serve as president of the Tournament of Roses, Ms. Farber will offer an important perspective and approach to the historic organization,' the Pasadena Democrat said in a statement." Pasadena Star-News

"Pasadena's City Council will vote Monday whether to approve a Memorandum of Understanding on sharing sales tax revenue with Pasadena's public schools which guarantees Pasadena Unified will get at least $5 million the first year. The proposed Memorandum has a three-year term. After that, it would renew automatically but could be canceled. Monday's vote could finalize the mechanics of the revenue sharing which 72.05 percent of voters approved with last November's passage of Measure J. Pasadena Unified would receive a one-third share of the anticipated $21 million the City expects from the new ¾ cent municipal sales tax also approved by voters last year." Pasadena Now

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.