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West Pasadena Residents' Association
Neighborhood Update
Saturday, September 8 , 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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Justin Chapman


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.


2 p.m.
Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Room 200
On the agenda: 
Introduction of new Human Services and Recreation supervisor.

4 p.m.
City Hall, Council Chambers, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Update on Free Water and Energy Efficiency Services ("Direct Install") programs offered by
Pasadena Water and Power; Upcoming major utility initiatives for FY2019; Projects in the Arroyo; Water Smart Program.

6 p.m.
175 N. Garfield Ave., Permit Center, Hearing Room
On the agenda: 2017-18 annual report and 2018-19 work plan.

6:30 p.m.
City Hall, Council Chambers, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: 
Call for review of 272 Bellevue Dr. consolidated design review; Concept design review of 233 N. Hudson Ave./737 E. Walnut St.; Annual report to city council from July 2017 to June 2018 and work plan for 2018-2019.


5:30 p.m.
Hale Building, 175 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Review and approve funds from Cultural Trust Fund.

6 p.m.
City Hall, Grand Conference Room S038, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: 
Formation of Early Childhood Development Ad Hoc Committee to provide recommendation regarding the configuration of the Council of the Young Child.

6 p.m.
233 W. Mountain St.
On the agenda: 
Request for public tree removal at 296 N. Oakland Ave. and Norma Coombs Elementary School; 2018 State of the Urban Forest report; condition-based tree removals.

6:30 p.m.
City Hall, Council Chambers, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Public hearing on conversion of hotels and motels to affordable housing.

Click for the latest  Pasadena City Commission  |Facts| and |Vacancies|
"We can't wait for another year while we grind our way through the approval process and funding process. We need to do something [about the suicides on Colorado Street Bridge]. It's an emergency and we need to intervene right now. It's going to be very unattractive. People are going to be unhappy about the appearance. The aesthetic issue is trumped by the public safety issue, and the humanitarian issue. And so I think [City Manager Steve Mermell] is right. We need to take action."
-Mayor Terry Tornek, on the city's decision to install temporary fencing along the Colorado Street Bridge (see the Editor's Top News Picks section below for more information on this story)
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.


Saturday, Sept. 15:  UCLA vs. Fresno State football game
Saturday, Sept. 22, and Sunday, Sept. 23:  Jay Z and BeyoncĂ© OTR II Tour
Saturday, Oct. 6:  UCLA vs. Washington football game
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

Pasadena Police Lt. Sean Dawkins recently met with the WPRA board to discuss the traffic issues related to Rose Bowl events. He said, "We are concerned with the traffic affecting the neighborhoods surrounding the Rose Bowl [particularly at the recent Ed Sheeran concert] and we are working very hard so they do not have a similar experience for the back to back Beyoncé concerts in a couple of weeks." He recommended that residents use the following communication channels during events if they encounter issues: Lt. Mark Goodman, the Traffic Section supervisor, will be providing updates regarding traffic operations during major events. You can follow him on Twitter @LtMarkGoodman. Also follow @PasadenaPD and @RoseBowlStadium. All three Twitter contacts will be updating their accounts with valuable information for residents and attendees alike. Local Pasadena residents will also find Nixle beneficial because the police department does use the tool often to get information to the residents. You can register for a Nixle account at www.nixle.com.


The public is encouraged to attend meetings to provide input about the most important qualities that potential candidates should have. The executive search firm of Teri Black & Company, LLC. will facilitate the executive search and public meetings. Community forums will take place on the following dates:

Today, Saturday, September 8 - 9:30 a.m.
Villa-Parke Community Center Auditorium
363 E. Villa St.
Today, Saturday, September 8 - 11:30 a.m.
Jackie Robinson Community Center Auditorium
1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.

Anyone who would like to offer input but cannot attend the meetings can do so online by clicking the headline above. Applications for the position will be accepted in September with an anticipated timeframe for screenings and interviews taking place in October and November. The rigorous interview process will include a community panel in addition to law enforcement professionals and municipal agency administrators.


Pasadena to install emergency fencing along entire length of Colorado Street Bridge to prevent suicides
"n response to a wave of jumps and suicide attempts, Pasadena's city manager Steve Mermell has ordered the immediate installation of temporary fencing along the entire length of the Colorado Street Bridge in an effort to curb suicides at the historic structure." Pasadena Now

"Pasadena Roving Archers can continue to use the archery range in the Lower Arroyo, after the California Second District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles ruled the group's agreement with the City of Pasadena on use of the range is valid." Pasadena Now

City launches search for permanent new police chief
"Pasadena's search for a new police chief to replace former Chief Phillip Sanchez, who left the position in April, has begun in earnest. Former Deputy Chief John Perez has been serving as Interim Chief since Sanchez's departure and is an active candidate for the position." Pasadena Now

"When the Tournament of Roses announced in May that a former Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade executive was joining its ranks as part of a new focus on entertainment, alarm bells went off in the heads of many tournament traditionalists. Change is indeed coming to the 130-year-old Rose Parade as part of a push to earn the loyalty of younger viewers and float sponsors alike, tell stories, build revenue, and increase the cohesiveness of the tournament's sometimes discrete parts." Pasadena Star-News

"Pasadena officials hoped bike-sharing would help commuters make connections between work, home and the Metro Gold Line without getting behind the wheel. Instead, the bicycles saw an average of less than one ride a day, according to city data." Los Angeles Times

"Cottonwood, which starts on the Arroyo Seco floor next to the northernmost holes on Brookside Golf Course, heading due east across Linda Vista Ave. and up to the Glendale border in the Linda Vista hills, had been on the market. Steep as the Alps, there nonetheless were theoretically four buildable lots for 'luxury view homes.' Nothing that would make a dent in the housing crisis. But if built, the spring would have been in the way, and the wildlife corridor would have been blocked." Pasadena Star-News

Funds needed for signs designating 134 as President Barack H. Obama Highway
"State lawmakers last year approved a plan to name a stretch of the 134 Freeway after former President Barack Obama with one stipulation - that the highway signs must be purchased with private funds. Now, the Pasadena Community Foundation is raising the $6,000 to $7,000 needed to create and install the markers on the stretch of freeway through Eagle Rock, Glendale and Pasadena." Pasadena Star-News

Old Pasadena Management district hires homeless outreach specialist
"Old Pasadena has hired an outreach specialist to help fill the needs of the city's homeless population." 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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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.