Saturday, November 2, 2019
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Community meetings
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.


4:15 p.m. 
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Purchase-order contract with Apex Security for supplemental traffic control devices at New Years activities, state wildfire update and preparedness, follow-up to inquiry on tree losses during 2011 windstorm

6 p.m.
PUSD Education Center, Room 229, 351 S. Hudson Ave.
On the agenda: Open enrollment, staffing following school consolidations,
and plans for relocating adult education and alternative education programs

6:30 p.m. 
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda:   
  • Item 7: Responses to request for proposals for YWCA building rehabilitation, adaptive reuse and new building opportunities in the Civic Center; direct staff to further analyze five responses | STAFF REPORT
  • Item 8: First reading of ordinance adopting the Tenant Protection Act of 2019 | STAFF REPORT
  • Item 9: First reading of ordinance adopting the Tenant Protection Act of 2019 relating to prohibition of no-fault terminations and evictions and limiting rent increases for residential property through December 31 | STAFF REPORT | ORDINANCE [see also special meeting below]
  • Item 10: Second reading of ordinance to increase the minimum inclusionary housing unit requirement, to eliminate inclusionary trade-down credits, and to establish an affordable housing concession menu | STAFF REPORT | ORDINANCE
  • Item 11: Informational report on affordable housing; no action required. | STAFF REPORT


12:01 a.m. (one minute after midnight) 
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Conduct second reading and adopt an ordinance adopting the tenant protection act of 2019 by prohibiting no-fault terminations of tenancy and evictions and limiting rent increases for residential real property through December 31, 2019, when the related state tenant protection act becomes effective [See also Item 9 above.]

6-8 p.m.
Robinson Center, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
On the agenda: “Thankful" Potluck

6:30 p.m. 
Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
On the agenda: Rekindling the Light of Peace updates, essay contest updates, rules of conduct for all public meetings, and commission work-plan updates


6 p.m. 
Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave. 
On the agenda: planning for Herstory 2020; hot topics affecting women and children in Pasadena for commission research; recommend that Council adopt resolution in support of the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women; survival guide updates; commission work-plan updates.


6 p.m.
Robinson Park Recreation Center, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
On the agenda: PWP seeks public input for the strategic delivery master plan it is creating to address critical power delivery challenges, long-term strategies and future guidance.

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Est. attendance: 30,000+
Event hours: 
  • Noon: Parking lots open
  • 1:45 p.m.:  Fan zone opens in Area H
  • 3:00 p.m.:  Parsons shuttle begins
  • 4:20 p.m.:  Stadium gates open
  • 6:10 p.m.:  Kickoff

The recreational loop will be closed from 11 a.m.-11:59 p.m. The equestrian trail will remain open at all times. To receive assistance on Saturday, between 10 a.m. and 10:30 p.m., contact the Rose Bowl Event Day Hotline: (626) 397-4141

On Sunday, November 3, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. , the La Casita Foundation will host a showcase of paintings, many of which feature the Arroyo and surrounding areas, by approximately 20 local artists. Proceeds from the sale of paintings will benefit La Casita del Arroyo, 177 S. Arroyo Blvd. In addition the building and surrounding gardens will be open for review.

The first Tuesday of the month ( November 5; December 3) from 4-8 p.m. is Kidspace's free family night. Admission to the museum, at 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., is free for everyone during these hours only. On these special nights, Kidspace will promote family learning about the arts, while emphasizing the diverse cultures and communities present in Greater Los Angeles.

On Tuesday, November 5 you are invited to engage in two important workshops to provide input on streetscape improvements in the Playhouse District. These workshops are part of an intensive three-day session, 6-7:30 p.m., to develop visions, refine concepts, and set priorities for future improvements to Colorado Boulevard, Lake Avenue and Mentor Avenue within the Playhouse District. The workshops will be held in the Sunset Room at the Hotel Constance Pasadena, 928 E. Colorado Blvd.

On  Wednesday, November 6, Metro will host Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) workshops in Pasadena. These workshops will allow community members to share how they envision what a BRT could look like in their community and what other features, including urban design elements, they would like to see incorporated into the project design. Two sessions will be held, from 3-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Pasadena City College, Creveling Lounge – CC Building, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd. Hearings will also be held in four other locations through November 16. Reservations are requested.

Only plastic containers labeled with recycling symbols 1 or 2 will be accepted.
Editor's news picks

“The Pasadena Tenants Union and allied organizations said in a statement they have seen a jump in 60-day eviction notices since California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the bill. It goes into effect January 1, 2020. ‘This surge in mass evictions, if unchecked, could amount to the potential displacement of thousands of working-class Californians,’ said the statement.” – Pasadena Now

“One year after voters approved the sale of recreational cannabis in Pasadena, there is no legally sold, over-the-counter product to be had in the city as applicants wrangle with a contrary process the City Manager is working to streamline. Harvest of Pasadena, which was leading the pack in cleared the application process and successfully obtained on Oct. 15, the Holy Grail of Planning Commission approval for a conditional use permit, has hit a bump in the road, too.” – Pasadena Now

“New suicide deterrent fencing on the Colorado Street Bridge may likely feature steel mesh as opposed to glass and would open back up seating alcoves to pedestrians." - Pasadena Now

“17 months after it said it would leave Pasadena, Fuller Theological Seminary announced Monday that it has now determined that it is in the best interest of Fuller to remain in Pasadena. Presidential Chair Mark Labberton’s letter states Fuller’s commitment to Pasadena." – Pasadena Now

“To better understand how our education system is changing right before our eyes, it might be helpful to look at what has been happening in the Pasadena Unified School District. The district population has decreased by nearly 2,100 students since the 2012-2013 academic year, forcing the closure of schools across the community. What has happened there is in many ways a snapshot of the rest of the state. So what are some of the more significant causes of a shrinking public education system?” – Pasadena Independent
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