Saturday, July 6, 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.


6:30 p.m.
Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
On the agenda:  Report from convention on the elimination of discrimination against women (CEDAW) ad-hoc committee; and discuss renewing membership to the Association of California Commissions for Women and joining the National Association of Commissions for Women.


6:30 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave
On the agenda : Concept design review of 745-765 North Orange Grove (District 3) – new construction of a 4-story mixed use development.

6 p.m.
Permit Center Hearing Room, 175 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Approval of EAC’s response to climate action plan; consideration of formation of climate action plan ad hoc committee and blower committee.
Committee Reports about Hahamongna Watershed Park, the Water system and resources plan, open space & conservation and waste management.

2 p.m.
Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
On the agenda: “Map your Neighborhood” presentation

4 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Accept and approve the Water and Power Department’s 2019 public health goals report on water quality.
6:30 p.m.
Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
On the agenda:  Update on economic discussion with LA county development authority, presentation on the 2020 census, staff recommendation on 136-138 West Howard Street and vote to support Heritage Housing Partners next event.

6:30 p.m.
Pasadena Central Library, 285 East Walnut St.
On the agenda: Arroyo Seco Foundation and Pasadena Audubon Society in their lawsuit against County Flood Control's Big Dig sediment program in Hahamongna Watershed Park, impacts and Berkshire Creek news


5:30 p.m.
Hale Building, 175 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Review and approve Spring 2019 ArtNight Final Report and the final art plan for replacement artwork at Paseo Colorado Terraces.

6 p.m.
Grand Conference Room, S038, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda:  Update on community development block grant (CDBG).

6 p.m.
City Public Works Yards, 233 W. Mountain St.
On the agenda:  Request for public tree removal at Hahamongna Watershed Park and other condition based tree removals. 


4 p.m.
Hale Building, 175 N. Garfield Ave. Permit Center hearing room
On the agenda:  Not available at press time

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

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The North Hollywood to Pasadena BRT Project extends approximately 18 miles and will provide a connection between the Metro Red, Orange and Gold Lines, as well as Metrolink and other municipal bus lines. The communities that will be served by the proposed project include North Hollywood, Burbank, Glendale, Eagle Rock and Pasadena. Learn more and comment on environmental issues that should be considered in the Project’s Draft Environmental Impact Report. Wednesday, July 10, 6-8 p.m. at Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E Holly St. Validated parking available at the location

July 11 and 12, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The July 11 lecture is located at The von Karman Auditorium at JPL, 4800 Oak Grove Dr. The July 12 event is at Caltech's Ramo Auditorium, 1200 E. California Blvd . The Apollo program's "giant leap" took a decade of intense preparation to accomplish, and required a huge support system back on Earth throughout. This event will focus on understanding JPL's supporting role in one of humanity's greatest achievements. This is a free event; no tickets or reservations are required. For more information, call 818-354-4321 or 626-395-4652

Watch the free movie of the Apollo 11 mission to land on the moon led by commander Neil Armstrong and pilots Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. Friday, July 12, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St . For more information, call 626-795-4331

Pasadena will host a great sale of gently used books at Central Library on Saturday, July 13, from 9 a.m. to noon . You’ll find great titles on the East Patio of the library at 385 W. Walnut St . For more information email ; or telephone 626-744-4680.

Representatives from the PW and Pasadena Fire departments (PFD) conduct site visits to evaluate field conditions, review planned work, and evaluate whether resources need to be reallocated.

Make a tile for the Desiderio Park sign
It has been a tradition for Pasadena park signs to be constructed with tiles made by community children and families. Councilmember Steve Madison invites you to come to La Casita del Arroyo at 177. So. Arroyo Blvd, Saturday, July 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and make a tile. For questions, call 626-744-4739 or email
Editor's news picks

“The sound of children playing under brilliant blue, sunny skies marked the first day of Pasadena’s first new park in a decade Thursday as City officials, neighborhood parents and kids, and passing walkers and bikers marked the opening of Desiderio Neighborhood Park.” Pasadena Now

“The Pasadena City Council’s march to a $15 per hour minimum wage in the Crown City steps onward Monday with an extra dollar per hour mandated for lowest wage earners’ paychecks. Even after three years, local officials and the business community disagree on the impacts of the rising minimum wage.” Pasadena Now

“The City of Pasadena will start making Measure J payments destined for the Pasadena Unified School District this month, according to City Manager Steve Mermell. The money will be wire transferred first to the Los Angeles County Office of Education, and then distributed to the school district. PUSD still faces shrinking enrollments and increasing State Calpers costs.” Pasadena Now

“PUSD’s Superintendent, Dr. Brian McDonald, will be spending the beginning of the school year recovering from a planned medical procedure. Therefore, the District has hired an Interim Superintendent to fill in, Dr. David Verdugo." Pasadena Independent

“SB 7, authored by Pasadena-area Senator Anthony J. Portantino, passed the Assembly Transportation Committee on Monday. If approved by the full legislature, the bill would allow the purchase of surplus properties occupied by nonprofits along the former 710 freeway extension route at their current use value, and would prohibit Caltrans from implementing the tunnel or surface freeway options for the 710 gap closure.” Pasadena Now
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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.

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