Saturday, July 27, 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.


No other meetings on the 5th week of the month


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THURSDAY, August 1

6:30 p.m.
Brookside Clubhouse, 1133 Rosemont Ave.
On the agenda:  not available

4:00 p.m.
Room 236, 351 So. Hudson Street
On the agenda: Approvals and ratifications of academic programs, business issues, human resources, facilities and policies. Updates from the Safety Committee and the Master Planning/Boundaries Subcommittee.

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On Sunday, July 28 at 5:00 p.m. the Playhouse District features the free Jazz Summer Concert Series with the Iban Lee Trio. Performers are subject to change without notice. Concerts are held weather-permitting at Vroman's Courtyard 709 E. Colorado Blvd., Ste 160.

At the Pasadena Senior Center, Attorney Geoffrey Chin will highlight the differences between Wills and Trusts on Thursday, August 1 at 10:00 a.m. - Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St. For more information, call 626-795-4331. This is a free lecture.

Take a journey through the World of Music with steel drum player, Joseph Peck. It’s free. Thursday, Aug. 1 at 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the San Rafael Library Branch, 1240 Nithsdale Road. For more information, call 626-744-7270.

Shows are free and for all ages. Seating is open but limited; standing is acceptable and dancing is highly encouraged! Come early and grab a drink at the pop-up bar, or settle in for dinner at one of One Colorado courtyard restaurant patios with great views of the stage. Thursday, August 1, at 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. - One Colorado Courtyard, 41 Hugus Alley. For more information, call 626-564-1066.

On Saturday, August 3 at 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m . join Assemblymember Chris Holden's 20th annual block party. Free school backpacks, health screenings, hot dogs & lemonade with live music and dance groups! A Classic Car Show too! Go to 500 Block of E. Jackson St. For more information, call 626-351-1917.

Within Pasadena’s Central Park, connect with over 200 local artisans, food trucks and a beer garden. Plus, live music all weekend! Saturday, August 3 at 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in Pasadena’s Central Park, 275 S. Raymond Ave. For more information, call 323-989-2278.

For city planning staff, public works directors, traffic engineers, public outreach officers and public health officials. The program will feature expert panels and highlight successful strategies for improving traffic safety, centering on the essential elements of building safer streets: Education, Enforcement, Engineering, Evaluation, Equity, and Encouragement. August 14, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. - 900 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 1700, Los Angeles, 90017 RSVP: HERE
Editor's news picks

“Many of the vacant residential properties that Caltrans owns along the route of the recently abandoned 710 freeway extension project in Pasadena and South Pasadena are in a state of disrepair, with abundant evidence of trespassing and illegal occupancy in some of them, a new City report said.” Pasadena Now

“The City has been accused of fraud in managing the commercial cannabis permitting process, Pasadena Planning Director David Reyes said in a memo last week. In June, the City announced that Integral Associates Dena, LLC, Tony Fong, The Atrium Group, LLC, Harvest of Pasadena, LLC, SweetFlower Pasadena, LLC and MME Pasadena Retail, LLC scored the highest in the City’s process, which required a $14,000 application fee.” Pasadena Now

“With a tie vote just after 1 a.m., the Pasadena City Council Monday denied a City staff recommendation to uphold a Zoning Appeals decision on a project at 253 South Los Robles Avenue, effectively canceling the project’s approvals for now. Vote is seen as a temporary victory for opponents of large developments which have earned State concessions that may conflict with cities’ General Plans, but could lead to a court battle.” Pasadena Now

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“A contentious housing development that included an affordable housing component is dead in the water after the Pasadena City Council failed to agree Tuesday morning during a marathon meeting; now some are anticipating a lawsuit.” Pasadena Star-News

“Several local residents, city staff, developers, Pasadena police officers, and council members John J. Kennedy and Victor Gordo recently gathered to participate in the Fair Oaks and Orange Grove specific plan area community walking tour. This community exercise was primarily based on a concept envisioning Fair Oaks and Orange Grove as a mixed-use neighborhood and obtaining feedback from local residents as to what type of mixed uses they would like to see in their neighborhood.”  Pasadena Independent

“Sometimes perceptions begin with a basis in reality, but those perceptions often do not change when reality changes. Perceptions of the quality of PUSD schools are beginning to change based on a new reality.” Colorado Boulevard

"Pasadena, California's per capita generation of landfill waste increased by 50% last year over 2012 (from 5.6 to 8.4 lbs. per capita), according to a Public Works Department update on the city's "zero waste" progress." WasteDIVE
WPRA's point of view

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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We also have opportunities to serve on one of our many committees:
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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 WPRA News, on the WPRA website, and in this publication.
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