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West Pasadena Residents' Association
Neighborhood Update
Saturday, November 17 , 2018
Published weekly since 2000

H A P P Y  H O L I D A Y S ... FOR US, TOO!

Your hard-working WPRA Neighborhood Update co-editors are taking a break during the holiday season.  We'll resume publication on Saturday, January 5, 2019. We wish you and your family a happy holiday season and a peaceful, rewarding new year.


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.


6:30 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda:  
  • Amend Pasadena municipal code to authorize the general manager of the water & power department to revise service regulations STAFF REPORT
  • Designation of the house at 817 Rio Grande Street as a landmark STAFF REPORT
  • Designation of the house at 200 Fern Drive as a historic monument STAFF REPORT
  • Discussion regarding implementation of Measure J - no action required STAFF REPORT
  • Equal Opportunity in Employment Annual Report January 1 - December 31, 2017 STAFF REPORT

10:15 a.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda:  Not available at press time

Library Commission - cancelled


4:00 p.m.
Room 236, 351 So. Hudson Street
On the agenda: postponed to Dec 27

Click for the latest  Pasadena City Commission  |Facts| and |Vacancies|
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. 

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USC vs UCLA Football Game
Saturday, November 17
Event Hours:            
6:30 a.m.         Parking Lots Open 
8:15 a.m.         Fan Zone Opens in Area H
9:30 a.m.         Parsons Shuttle Begins
11:00 a.m.       Stadium Gates Open
12:35 a.m.       Flyover and Kickoff

Est. Attendance: 55,000

The Recreational Loop will be closed Saturday, November 17 from 3:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. The Equestrian Trail will remain open at all times.
Similar to last year's season, there will be a brief use of pyrotechnics 30 minutes prior to Kickoff as well as when the team runs onto the field and during the National Anthem. (Total pyrotechnics display may be heard for under 20 seconds). In addition, there will be a 15 second air horn blown simultaneously to the pyrotechnics, 30 minutes prior to the start of the game. 

To receive assistance on Saturday, November 17 please contact the Rose Bowl Event Day Hotline between the hours of 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. at (626) 397-4141

On Thursday, November 22, join the Rose Bowl in a timed race around the stadium grounds and Brookside Golf Course in the scenic Arroyo Seco on Thanksgiving morning. Registration/check-in: 8 a.m., race: 9 a.m. Start-Line & Registration Table will be located at North Lot K (Corner of West Dr. and Seco St.) Parking will be located in Lot K. This is a ticketed event.

The Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade began as a grassroots event in 1978 to gain national attention for its eccentric and, often, irreverent satire. This year it's Sunday,  November 18   Step off starts at 11:00 a.m

Winter watering schedule reminder: From November 1 through March 31, the winter watering schedule resumes and outdoor watering is only permitted on Saturdays before 9 a.m. and after 6 p.m.


November 26, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., neighbors and friends are invited to join Caltech and The Planetary Society to watch and celebrate as InSight - the first robotic explorer built to study the interior of Mars! Seating will be on a first come, first serve basis. Seating will be on a first come, first serve basis. Must RSVP. At Beckman Auditorium, 332 S. Michigan Ave.

Pasadena residents can now utilize Pasadena's PassportParking mobile app to purchase a temporary overnight exemption. The PassportParking app is free to download through the App Store and Google Play. You can also manage your parking via the web at www.ppprk.com. Questions? Contact the Parking Office 626-744-7665 or parking@cityofpasadena.net.
Starting November 23, there will be a one-day delay in pick up for those with regularly scheduled Thursday and Friday pickups.

"Superintendent Brian McDonald has named Leslie Barnes, Ed.D., as the District's new Chief Business Officer. Dr. Barnes has a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Finance from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She also has a Certificate in School Business Management from California State University, Fullerton. Dr. Barnes completed the CBO Mentoring Project of the state's Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team." Pasadena Now
"The Pasadena Unified School District Board Thursday concluded it has achieved its $10.1 million, two-year budget-shrinking goal without needing to close any more school campuses - and has seemingly sidestepped the possibility of a fiscal take over by the Los Angeles County Office of Education. Pasadena Unified will continue to adjust final cuts and projections prior to submitting its final fiscal stabilization plan to the County next month." Pasadena Now

"PCC's Board of Trustees has named three California community college leaders as final candidates in the search for the college's next superintendent/president. The candidates are: ErikaA. Endrijonas, Ph.D., Kimberlee S. Messina, Ed.D. and J. Arturo Reyes, Ed.D. Each candidate will host open forums in Creveling Lounge, Nov. 27-29 at noon and 5:30 each day. The board expects to publicly announce a final candidate at its Dec. 12 business meeting. " Pasadena Now

"A plan by ArtCenter College of Design to mount an 8000-square-foot "digital gallery" on the southeastern-facing front of its newest South campus building at Arroyo Parkway and Glenarm Street met with stiff resistance from community groups Thursday evening. Following an information-only Planning and Community Development Department presentation about a proposed Zoning Code Text Amendment which could allow outdoor electronic signs, representatives of three resident associations - Madison Heights, West Pasadena Residents Association and the Linda Vista/Annandale Neighborhood Association - spoke out against the proposed new gallery." Pasadena Now

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"The Metro Ad Hoc Congestion, Highway and Roads Committee unanimously approved the first set of projects worth a total of $514.4 million. The list must be approved by the LA Metro Board of Directors at their meeting in December. In west Pasadena, where the street-level Gold Line train blocks traffic along east-west California Boulevard just east of Raymond Avenue, a grade separation is recommended to remove the backup of cars waiting for the trains to travel in and out of the Del Mar Station." Pasadena Star-News

" Huntington Hospital was awarded an 'A' from The Leapfrog Group's Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes Huntington Hospital's efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States." Pasadena Independent


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.