Saturday, May 11, 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.


2:30 p.m. 
Council chamber, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: City Manager’s proposed fiscal year (FY) 2019-2020 operating budget and FY 2020-2024 capital improvement budget for the Fire, Human Services and Recreation, Planning and Community Development, Finance and Human Resources departments

6:30 p.m. 
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda:  
  • Item 14: Adopt the FY 2020 schedule of taxes, fees and charges. STAFF REPORT
  • Item 15: Various actions relative to adjustments in the water rates (see also Item 18, first reading ordinance) STAFF REPORT
  • Item 16: Public hearing on recommended FY 2020 operating budget and FY 2020–2024 capital improvement program budget. Council will continue the public hearing to each subsequent regular meeting until June 17. STAFF REPORT
  • Item 19: Conduct first reading of an ordinance regarding construction tax and adding a code section entitled “mandatory seismic strengthening provisions for existing wood-frame buildings with soft, weak or open-front walls” STAFF REPORT
6:30 p.m. 
Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
On the agenda: Recommendation for commission officers; information about the Pasadena Police Department Domestic Violence Reduction Project


2 p.m. 
Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave. 
On the agenda: Pasadena access and functional needs work group; review and update of FY 18-19 work plan

4 p.m. 
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda:
  • Item 4: Updates on MWD, electric service requirements short-range transit plan
  • Item 5: Contract for electric vehicle charging stations and related services

6:30 p.m. 
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave 
On the agenda: 650 S. Raymond Ave (Council District 6) – new construction of a four-story 38,957 square foot building with ground floor commercial space and medical office space; currently occupied by a non-historic one story light industrial building to be demolished. Also various committee reports.  

6:30 p.m. 
Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
On the agenda: 
  • Item 4: Presentation from Pasadena Police Department on roles in working with neighborhoods
  • Item 6: Presentation on planning project updates in the Northwest; presentation regarding Robinson Park Recreation Center renovation; discussion regarding community outreach


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

6 p.m. 
Hearing Room #120, Hale Building, 175 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Agenda not available at press time  

6 p.m. 
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda:   
  • Item 3A: Pasadena Fire Department report regarding annual inspections pursuant to California Health and Safety Code
  • Item 3B: Authorization to contract with Donald MacDonald Architects for environmental and design services for Colorado Street Bridge suicide mitigation enhancements not to exceed $500,000.

6 p.m. 
Allendale Branch Library 1130 S. Marengo Ave
On the agenda: Quarterly work plan update; library branch associates reports; information items

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


6 p.m. 
Trinity Lutheran Fellowship Hall, 984 E. Locust Street
On the agenda: Committee reports; old and new business  

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On Saturday, May 18, for the first time ever, fitness lovers and families can participate in the Amgen Tour of California in a whole new way. After the men's and women's races finish, the 5K loop around the Rose Bowl Stadium will remain open for guests to run, walk and bike freely without vehicle traffic from 2 - 8 p.m. Registration. Free.


Free legal clinicTODAY
Need free legal help? Visit All Saints Church's legal clinic today at the Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave., for help with housing, public benefits, family law, expungements, bankruptcy/consumer debt and other Issues. Open to all individuals and community members who need legal assistance, but lack the resources to hire an attorney.

Through the Our Pasadena program, the city is updating the South Fair Oaks Specific Plan and inviting community members to get to know the area on foot. The updated Specific Plan will guide building types, intensity, form land use and design. Meet on May 18 at the southwest corner of Del Mar and Fair Oaks at 8 a.m. RSVP by email 

On Saturday, May 18, Pasadena will host Mental Health Day by featuring a keynote speaker, panel discussions, and workshops for youth, adults and seniors. The free event will be held at Pasadena Public Library, 285 E. Walnut St. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Register

Six museums in Los Angeles and Pasadena open their doors (no entrance fee) on Sunday, May 19 from noon to 4 p.m. Museums include the Gamble House, Heritage Square, L.A. Police Museum, Lummis Home, Pasadena Museum of History and the Autry’s Historic Southwest Museum.

On Sunday, May 19, walk, bike, run, skate, scoot, dance, explore, and play between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on five miles of car-free streets linking the historic San Gabriel and South Pasadena Mission Districts via downtown Alhambra.

The Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Board of Education seeks applicants to fill five vacant seats on its Measure TT Citizens Oversight Committee. The volunteer committee is responsible for monitoring project management and expenditures for the $350 million local school facilities bond passed by voters in November 2008. State law requires that the members of the committee include parents, representatives from the business community, senior citizen groups, taxpayer organizations, and individuals experienced in finance and construction.

Pasadena has appointed Laura Cornejo as the new Transportation director. Cornejo follows Fred Dock, who recently retired after 12 years as Transportation director. Cornejo will begin her role on June 3. Cornejo has over 17 years of experience in municipal, regional and state government. She recently served as the Deputy Executive Officer of Countywide Planning with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro). 
Editor's news picks

“Next week’s celebration of Bike Week Pasadena will feature a wide range of cycle-related activities in a week of festivities and rides to celebrate and encourage bicycling as a healthy alternative to the automobile, say organizers.” Pasadena Now

“The Measure I sales-tax hike changed things for Pasadena, but pension costs will continue to be a problem down the road.” Pasadena Star-News (may require subscription)

“Pasadena’s new vice mayor is Councilmember Tyron Hampton, who assumed the position Monday evening.” Pasadena Star-News (may require subscription)

“Pasadena’s Design Commission has asked the architects of a proposed mixed-use building on South Lake Avenue to return to the drawing board after seeing preliminary plans.” Pasadena Now

“The proposed 2020 budget emphasizes being ‘more responsive to the community” Pasadena Now

“Dozens of worried Pasadena residents demanded more thorough soil and chemical testing and cleanup for the site of a proposed 550-unit housing development on East Foothill Boulevard in east Pasadena.” Pasadena Now

“Those who work boots-on-the-ground alongside those living on Pasadena’s streets say they’ve noticed more senior citizens becoming homeless than any other population segment.” Pasadena Now 

“Traffic signal improvements at four Pasadena intersections near Metro Gold line crossings will result in stop-sign-only passage for motorists. The shutdown schedules and locations are:
  • May 12 Sunday night – Arroyo Parkway at Del Mar Boulevard
  • May 19 Sunday night – Arroyo Parkway at California Boulevard
  • May 20 Monday night – Raymond Avenue at California Boulevard
  • May 21 Tuesday night – Raymond Avenue at Del Mar Boulevard” 
Pasadena Now
WPRA's point of view

The West Pasadena Residents’ Association requested additional time for public review and response to the proposed inclusionary housing requirements and affordable housing concession menu. The Planning Commission on May 8 held a hearing and discussed the issues, and continued the matter to its June 29 meeting.

The public is invited to attend the regular WPRA board meetings held at 6:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month (except in August and December) in the Westridge School Community Room (unless otherwise noted), 324 Madeline Dr. Park in the State Street lot and walk north across campus to the Community Room.

Do you have organizing and editing skills? If so, you can help the WPRA with its mission of informing the community. Send an email to 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, and we will provide all training.
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