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West Pasadena Residents' Association
Neighborhood Update
Saturday, May 12 , 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.

3 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Review and approve the Single Audit Report on Federal Awards for the year ending June 30, 2017

6:30 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda:  
  • Recommendation:The Single Audit Report on Federal Awards for the year ending June 30, 2017 be received by the City Council. Staff Report
  • Recommendation: The City Council will close the public hearing and adopt the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Recommended Schedule of Taxes, Fees, and Charges. Staff Report
  • Recommendation:Direct the City Attorney to draft an ordinance within 60 days consistent with the provisions set forth in the agenda report regarding property owners and tenants who allow fireworks to be used, possessed, sold or discharged on their property. Staff Report
  • Recommendation:The City Council continues their discussion on the City Manager's Fiscal Year 2019 Recommended Operating Budget. Staff Report
6:30 p.m.
Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
On the agenda: Not Available


6 p.m.
Hearing Room #120, Hale Building, 175 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: No items scheduled
6:30 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: No items scheduled
10:15 a.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Consent calendar items, action items, information items
4:15 p.m./ 6 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Contract Award to public Works Group for evaluations, review seismic retrofitting of soft buildings, local hazard mitigation plan, Urban search and rescue task force, Police Chief's monthly report

6 p.m.
Central Library - 285 E. Walnut St.
On the agenda: Annual report and work plan discussion, library branch reports, publicity and circulation information, 2018 Library Commission dates and locations


6 p.m.
984 E. Locust Street
On the agenda: Not available

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"God gave me another chance to live. Ever since then, I've wanted to do suicide prevention. I want to talk to people who are suicidal. I just want to tell them that things are going to get better."
Joseph's Ma's message to those suffering from depression, having survived his own suicide jump off the Green Street bridge. Ma spent six months at the hospital where he underwent 12 surgeries.   Source:  Pasadena Star-News
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.



Event Hours, Friday & Saturday:
3:00 p.m.:  Stadium parking opens, Area H opens - music, food and beverages    
4:00 p.m.:  Shuttle bus service begins
7:00 p.m.:  Concert begins
11:00 p.m.:Concert finishes 

The concerts will have the typical impacts on the nearby neighborhoods  including traffic and noise. The noise level will be high, as expected, for the  concerts, and enhanced amplified music will take place from 7:00 PM -  11:00 PM on both Friday, May 18th and Saturday, May 19th. Sound checks  are also expected to occur sporadically on Thursday, May 17th between  1:00 PM - 9:00 PM as well as on show days.

In preparation for the concerts and on concert nights, please note that  stadium lights will be on throughout much of the night from May 14-22,  and will be turned off at the earliest possible time each night.

Residents should plan for extra time when driving on both Friday, as arrivals  will take place during peak weekday evening traffic, and Saturday evening.  Explorers and Pasadena Police Officers will be positioned in the neighbor hoods to ensure no concert parking takes place on your streets.

For any resident questions or concerns please contact the Rose Bowl Event Day Resident hotline at  (626) 397-4141.

2nd Annual Police Department Open House TODAY

Join the Pasadena Police Department at their 2nd Annual Open House! This free event includes a BBQ and light refreshments, activities, demonstrations, tours of the Police Department and more! May 12, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., at 207 No. Garfield Ave.

The Friends of the Pasadena Public Library invite you to a book sale!  TODAY

Rain or shine! Everyone welcomed! 285 East Walnut St., 9 a.m. to noon. We sell donated books. Some are brand new, others are gently used or old or rare. The monthly sales are held on the east patio, near our bookstore. Please mark your calendars and come down to the Central Library on the 2nd Saturday of every month


Household hazardous waste collection...again!

On May 12th, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the LA County DWP Maintenance Yard (252 W. Mountain View St., Altadena), Pasadena residents can safely dispose of household hazardous waste and unused electronics at the annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection event. No explosives, radioactive materials, trash and tires, controlled substances and household appliances allowed. Document shredding will not be provided at this event. The public can bring a maximum of 15 gallons or 125 pounds of household hazardous waste. There is no limit for the amount of e-waste the public can recycle.

Dr. Steve Levin, Project Scientist for the Juno spacecraft, will present some of Juno's current science results on the planet's origins, interior structure, deep atmosphere, and magnetosphere, and discuss the science expected from Juno in the coming years. The lecture will be presented twice: Thursday, May 17, 7 p.m. at the von Kármán Auditorium at JPL, 4800 Oak Grove Drive - and on Friday, May 18, 7 p.m. at the Vosloh Forum at Pasadena City College, 1570 East Colorado Blvd.
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.
Join us on Saturday, May 19th, 9 a.m., as we celebrate Water Awareness Month with a debut of the Fire Station 37 Community Demonstration Garden, 3430 East Foothill Blvd. PWP is partnering with facilities throughout Pasadena to develop drought-tolerant demonstration gardens. For more event information, call 626-744-3942 or click here.

Bike Week Pasadena: A Taste of Pasadena

Live well by bike and see the city in a whole new way! The 10th Annual Bike Week Pasadena rolls through May 14th-19th, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., providing even more opportunities for community members to zip along on two wheels in fun, supported, and engaging ways! C.I.C.L.E., an L.A. based bike advocacy non-profit, and the City of Pasadena present a week-long showcase for most skill levels and age groups to promote bicycling as a safe and sustainable way to access your daily errands and favorite activities! Meet at Memorial Park, 30 N Raymond Avenue (on the corner of Holly and Raymond). You must RSVP for this event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-taste-of-pasadena-tickets-45534557086

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.

South Fair Oaks Specific Plan - Community Workshop

We've launched Our Pasadena - Putting the Plan in Motion, now it's time to focus on each Specific Plan Area. We'll be hosting a workshop for the South Fair Oaks Specific Plan where community members can share their ideas and shape the future for this area. We hope you can join us! May 24, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Los Angeles College of Music, 370 South Fair Oaks Avenue.

As a part of the Preservation Month celebration in May, the City's Historic Preservation Commission will honor preserved and restored properties on Thursday, May 24. The celebration, under the auspices of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, began as a national event in 1971. This year's Pasadena awards will be presented on Thursday, May 24 at the Fowler Garden on the former Ambassador West Campus, So. Orange Grove Blvd. Admission is free of charge and includes self-guided tours of Ambassador Gardens. A reception, including light refreshments, begins at 6 p.m., and awards will be presented at 7 p.m. For more information, call the city's Historic Preservation Commission office at (626) 744-7135. Five of the total nine winning properties in Pasadena are located in west Pasadena:
  • Restoration of homes at 414 Mooresque Dr. and 294 S. Grand Ave.
  • Relocation of the Tempietto Folly/EDAW garden from the grounds of the former Ambassador College to southwest of the Merritt Mansion on the same campus
  • Renovation of the Rose Bowl Stadium
  • Seismic retrofitting and reconstruction of the John Van de Kamp (formerly La Loma) Bridge
Saturday, May 19th , from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Linda Vista branch library, 1281 Bryant St. - Come join us and listen to Dr. Robyn Sanderson explains starry astrophysics! This talk is highly recommended for ages 8 to 108. For more information, call 744-7278.
PASADENA MENTAL HEALTH DAY - "Roads to Empowerment"
The public is invited to learn about the challenges, societal stigmas, treatment options and other issues related to mental health and mental wellness at Pasadena's Mental Health Day. The free event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. , Saturday, May 19 , at the Pasadena Public Library, 285 E. Walnut St .

"Before dozens of local realtors and agents gathered in Council chambers, the Pasadena City Council, deftly sidestepping a staff recommendation, instead agreed upon a completely new different approach for the City's long-standing and controversial Residential Occupancy Inspection Program. The new recommendation, which is still to be formalized, would require private inspectors to submit a form to the City stating any major problems with properties. The compromise would eliminate City inspectors visiting homes, and perhaps delaying the sale, in the process. The new proposal is set to return to the Council in 30 days for further consideration." Pasadena Now
Pasadena Chamber of Commerce takes positions on June ballot measures
"The Board of Directors of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce considered the array of initiatives on the ballot on June 5th. In deciding whether or not to take a position, the Board analyzed whether a particular measure would impact the local economy, local businesses as a whole, or individual Chamber members. The Board took these positions on the statewide and county initiatives:" Pasadena Now
Protected bike lane workshop draws packed house to meeting
"At a public workshop Wednesday night, City officials presented the initial design concept for a reconfiguration of much of Union Street which would reduce the number of automobile traffic lanes and some parking in order to add a protected, two-lane bike lane. Participants attached various stickers to areas on the approximately ten-foot-long maps, denoting areas in which they felt safe to ride, or felt danger. Participants could also mark out other areas of safety consideration, such as parking entrances and intersections." Pasadena Now

Oak trees spared in the Lower Arroyo
"A nearly 25-year-old grove of eight Coast Live Oak, Quercus agrifolia, trees in the Lower Arroyo was spared the axe Wednesday in a vote by the City Urban Forestry Advisory Committee. Speakers representing both the Arroyo Advisory Group ("One Arroyo"), and the Arroyo Seco Foundation argued before the Committee against the trees' removal. According to the Public Works Staff Report, the Department received a public tree removal request for the eight trees from the Pasadena Casting Club (PCC) on March 20. The trees are approximately 30 to 100 feet south of the casting pond." Pasadena Now

The bell rings for the 710 freeway extension fight

"After an original vote of confidence in the single bore freeway tunnel (SBFT) by the Metro board in May of last year, the Metro board then reversed its decision a week later, announcing its endorsement of local transportation alternatives studied in the environmental impact report (EIR) over the proposed 4.5-mile, $3.2 billion freeway tunnel. Packaged under a transportation method known as transportation system management/traffic demand management (TSM/TDM), Metro's preferred local transportation alternative will include small-scale improvements to high-traffic areas. Still a part of the California Highway Plan, the future of I-710 now rests in the hands of Caltrans, which has the authority to potentially reverse the decision made by Metro and approve the tunnel project as the preferred alternative." The Hub

"At its annual organizational meeting on May 7, 2018, the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Board of Education elected Larry Torres as its president. Patrick Cahalan was elected vice president and Scott Phelps was elected clerk. Mr. Torres has a Bachelor's degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, a Master's degree from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education, and a Master's degree from the UCLA Graduate School of Education. Prior to his election to the Board of Education, Mr. Torres served on school site councils at Sierra Madre Elementary School, Sierra Madre Middle School, and Pasadena High School." Pasadena Now
"While not proposing specific design or construction ideas, the Pasadena Civic Center Task Force has submitted some basic recommendations for any new plans involving the City's Civic Center, following five general topics related to the Civic Center area. The Task Force created its recommendations around five general topics - setbacks and open space, building height, land use, and public improvements. The Task Force did not make any recommendations regarding parking or loading since no specific land use has been defined." 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.