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West Pasadena Residents' Association
Neighborhood Update
Saturday, November 3 , 2018
Published weekly since 2000

Pasadena polling places are open from 7 a.m to 8 p.m.


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.


6:30 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Designation of a landmark for:
4:15 p.m./ 6 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda - not available at press time


6 p.m.
Hearing Room, Hale Building, 175 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Not available at press time     
6:30 p.m.
Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
On the agenda: Not available at press time
7 p.m.
Suite 101, 150 S. Los Robles Ave.
On the agenda: not available


6 p.m.
Hearing Room #120, Hale Building, 175 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Nothing scheduled at press time

4:30 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: not available

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. 

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 each year in which you'd serve. We'll train you.

Recent WPRA positions and correspondence:


Sunday, November 4
Event Parking: Lots F, K and B

Est. Attendance: 8,000

Event Hours:            
9:00 a.m.           Road Closures in Effect 
8:00 a.m.           Registration Opens and Amplified Sound Begins
10:00 a.m.         Walk Begins
11:30 a.m.         Road Closures Conclude
1:00 p.m.           Event and Amplified Sound Concludes

The Recreational Loop will remain open at all times for recreational activity, with the exclusion of bicycles and all vehicle traffic. The Equestrian Trail will remain open at all times.

Road Closures:
  • West Drive between Seco and Washington Closed; Until 11:30 AM
  • Washington between West Dr. and Rosemont Closed; Until 11:30 AM
  • Rosemont between Seco and Washington Closed; Until 11:30 AM

To receive assistance on Sunday, November 4th please contact the Rose Bowl Event Day Hotline between the hours of 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM at: (626) 397-4141

Upcoming Rose Bowl /area events:
Saturday, Nov. 17: UCLA vs. USC football game
Saturday, Nov. 24: UCLA vs. Stanford football game


On SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4 change all clocks back one hour . And check your smoke alarm batteries!

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Pasadena Public Health Department is offering free flu shots November 7 at Pasadena Senior Center, 85 East Holly Street. Pre-registration is required. Call 626-795-4331 to register.

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 .

Frederick Dock, Director of Transportation is pleased to announce that both Pasadena Transit and Dial-A-Ride are offering free rides on election day! The majority of polling places in Pasadena fall within ΒΌ mile of a Pasadena transit stop. The public will be notified about this free service via interior posters and audio announcements on buses as well as information posted online and through social media.
From November 9th to the 11th, come to the bus and walking tours of historic neighborhoods, join us in receptions in beautiful historic locations and take the Craftsman House Tour featuring Pasadena's best bungalows. Tickets may be purchased on line or by calling Pasadena Heritage at 626-441-6333 or visiting our office at 651 South St. John Ave.

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) event: On November 10, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the American Institute of Architects Pasadena & Foothill Chapter presents an ADU panel and design consultation at Parsons Corporation, Volpe Conference Room, 100 West Walnut St.


"Cleveland Elementary was one of three schools slated for consolidation. The Board voted not to close Franklin Elementary or Wilson Middle School, but their fates have not yet been finalized. The consolidation of Franklin and Wilson may return to the board again in the next two weeks, should the Board not be able to make enough budget reductions." Pasadena Now
Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center interfaith service mourns Pittsburgh Synagogue shooting victims, share solidarity in face of tragedy
"The Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center was the host of a powerful interfaith gathering Sunday afternoon to honor the victims of the mass shooting on Saturday at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania which killed 11 and injured six. Speakers included spiritual leaders from the Christian, Muslim, and Jewish faiths as well as political and community leaders from across the San Gabriel Valley." Pasadena Now
Hundreds gather in Old Pasadena for interfaith remembrance of Pittsburgh synagogue victims
"Eleven congregants were shot to death on October 27 when an anti-Semitic gunman burst into the Tree of Life Synagogue in a Pittsburgh suburb, opening fire with automatic weapons during a baby-naming ceremony. Six others were wounded, including four police officers. Pasadena area religious leaders, from Jewish to Catholic, Sikh, Baptist, and Muslim, honored the victims and condemned the violence. 'This is an arrow through my heart," said Congresswoman Chu. "This is an attack on our humanity, and there is no place for it in this world.'" Pasadena Now
Pasadena Council establishes commercial cannabis fees
"At their latest regular meeting, the Pasadena City Council approved two very different types of green-related items. First, council approved a set of commercial fees in preparation for the recently-adopted cannabis ballot measures CC and DD, which will go into full effect on Jan. 1, 2019. In a very different form of green-related news, council voted to terminate a 40-year contract with the coal-fired Intermountain Power Project (IPP) plant in Delta, Utah." 
Pasadena Independent
County 'Big Dig' project at Devil's Gate Dam draws the ire of residents and activists alike
"The first phase of a controversial four-year sediment removal project in Devil's Gate Dam is scheduled to begin at the end of the month - a project which will result in hundreds of truck trips a day in and out of Hahamongna Watershed Park. The park is managed by the city under guidelines laid out in the Hahamongna Watershed Park Master Plan, which calls for the city to restore, enhance and reestablish the historic native plants of the Arroyo Seco.." Pasadena Weekly

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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  • Got the local news bug? Just curious about your city (and would like to share news with 1,600 or so of your closest friends), consider serving as a co-editor of Neighborhood Update. 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.  
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      If you care about how we use our land  
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      If you want to help save public education for west Pasadena  
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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.