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West Pasadena Residents' Association
Neighborhood Update
Saturday, October 6 , 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.


City Council - cancelled

6:30 p.m.
Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
On the agenda:
Not available at press time


6:30 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave
On the agenda: 170-180 South Euclid Ave. (District 6) Construction of the new 5 to 6 story mixed use building with 940 sq/ft of ground floor of commercial space, 42 residential units and subterranean parking on two lots currently developed with a one-story Office building to be demolished and 1 ½ story house to be relocated (Penny House).
Permit Center Hearing Room, 175 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Action Item:Migratory Bird Treaty - Reports: Hahamongna Watershed, Power Integrated Resource Plan, Open Space & Conservation evaluations
2 p.m.
Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
On the agenda: Not available at press time
City Council Municipal Services Committee
4 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Information Items: Metropolitan Water District, Pasadena Water and Power performance assessment, Pasadena Water and Power water assessments and operations, City wide pavement inventory.        
6:30 p.m.
Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
On the agenda:  Pasadena Water and Power presentation on income qualified, Conservation and Education programs, Introductions of new commissioner, capital improvement program discussion, review the six month Strategic Plan.


6:30 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield St.
On the agenda:
Not available at press time

5:30 p.m.
Hale Building, 175 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Recommendations and reports
6 p.m.
Grand Conference Room, S038, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Vision 20/20 Re-Intergration Services  

4:00 p.m.
Room 236, 351 So. Hudson Street
On the agenda: Marijuana policy, emergency preparedness, foster youth 


4:30 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda:
Not available at press time

Pasadena Unified School District Board Meeting
4:00 p.m.
Room 236, 351 So. Hudson Street
On the agenda: Not available at press time

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

Fall reception
Stay tuned for information on the WPRA's semiannual Fall reception for WPRA members! This will be a great opportunity to meet your neighbors and local officials.

Recent WPRA positions (click links to read the full letters)


Event hours:            
10:30 AM   Parking Lots Open 
12:15 PM   Fan Zone Opens in Area H
1:30 PM     Parsons Shuttle Begins
2:50 PM     Stadium Gates Open
4:45 PM     Flyover and Kickoff

Est. Attendance: 45,000

The Recreational Loop will be closed Saturday, October 6 from 7:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. The Equestrian Trail will remain open at all times.
Similar to last year's season, there will be a flyover before kickoff. There will also 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, October 6th please contact the Rose Bowl Event Day Hotline between the hours of 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. at: (626) 397-4141.
More upcoming Rose Bowl /area events:
Saturday, Oct. 20:   UCLA vs. Arizona football game
Friday, Oct. 26:       UCLA vs. Utah football game
Saturday, Nov. 17:  UCLA vs. USC football game
Saturday, Nov. 24:  UCLA vs. Stanford football game

Residents can safely dispose of electronic waste and have personal and business documents shredded at the City's popular free e-waste event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct 13 in Parking Lot I outside the Rose Bowl Stadium near Brookside Park, 360 North Arroyo Boulevard.
There is something for everyone in October at the Pasadena Senior Center, located at 85 E. Holly St. You do not have to be a member to attend but some events require advance reservations. For more information, pasadenaseniorcenter.org
or call  (626) 795-4331 .

USC PAM presents Ceremonies and Celebrations: Textile Treasures from the USC Pacific Asia Museum Collection, drawn from the museum's extraordinary collection of over 2,700 costumes and textiles from China, Korea, Japan, India, the Himalayas and Southeast Asia. 46 N. Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101 For more information, visit info@pam.usc.edu or call 626-449-2742

"The history of Hahamongna Watershed Park" at Pasadena Central Library

Tim Brick, Managing Director of the Arroyo Seco Foundation, will present "The History of Hahamongna Watershed Park" at the Arroyo Seco Quarterly Meeting at the Donald Wright Auditorium of the Pasadena Central Library, 285 E. Walnut St. on Wednesday, October 10.

The public is invited to celebrate autumn at Arlington Garden food, music, and a silent auction.

"The United Teachers of Pasadena announced late Thursday night its membership had voted it has "no confidence" in the leadership of Pasadena Unified School District Superintendent Brian McDonald. In response to a request for comment on that vote made to the Pasadena Unified School District, School Board President Lawrence Torres issued the following statement" [in this Op/Ed]. Pasadena Now
Pasadena Unified workers ax merit system, the 'gatekeeper to prevent unfairness'
"Pasadena Unified has dismantled its four-decade-old, so-called merit-based personnel system - a playbook meant to keep nepotism from hiring and promotion decisions. Pasadena Unified adopted the merit system in 1979 for its classified employees. In doing so, it set up an independent personnel commission to oversee decisions about hiring and firing and to address grievances for some 900 nonteacher employees." Pasadena Star-News

"Pasadena police, political, and community leaders praised the signing Sunday by Governor Jerry Brown of two State bills which will dramatically open up police misconduct records and mandate the release of video footage in controversial police cases to the public. Pasadena Interim Police Chief John Perez spoke highly of both bills Sunday evening, telling Pasadena Now, 'These bills are increasing trust in the police, and are a positive approach to the situation. I think this will help demonstrate how difficult police work is, and how well police do their jobs.'" Pasadena Now
"With one Councilmember calling the plan 'an answer we can give to people' to fight the City's homeless problem, the Pasadena City Council Monday amended two local zoning ordinances to make substantially easier the conversion of local hotels and motels into permanent housing. City-wide, the new ordinance could potentially affect 17 local hotels or motels, which contain a total of 782 rooms. The current homeless count lists 677 persons as homeless in Pasadena." Pasadena Now
"City officials and activist organizations have begun a series of informational discussions to heighten the public's awareness of two measures relating to a proposed three-quarter-cent city sales tax increase which appear near the bottom of the November 6 ballot. While City Attorney Michele Bagneris reminded the Council last month they are prohibited from using City resources to campaign for or against any ballot measure, Councilmembers are allowed to use City resources to host informational forums to help educate the electorate. The two measures have also drawn grudging support as well as outright opposition." 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."

... to serve your community and do it with a group of your neighbors who are equally dedicated. If you live within our service area, we'd welcome your help.
  • 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.  
  • We have lots of opportunities to serve on one of our many committees:
    • Land use and planning
      If you care about how we use our land  
    • Education
      If you want to help save public education for West Pasadena  
    • Open space & conservation
      If you care about preserving open space and conservation of land and resources 
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If you'd like to chat about ways we could help you become more involved or, more likely, more effective (by helping us), send an email to WPRA President. Tell him about your interests.     
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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.