Saturday, June 8, 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.


Human Relations CommissionSpecial annual meeting
8 a.m.
Casita del Arroyo, 177 S. Arroyo Blvd
On the agenda: Review of Commission attendance; approve year end report of accomplishments; election of officers; commission work plan for FY 2019-2020.


City Council Finance Committee Special joint meeting with City Council
2:30 p.m. 
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: City Manager’s recommended FY 2020 Operating Budget and/or FY 2020-2024 Capital Improvement Program budgets for Water and Power, Housing, Pasadena Community Access Corporation, Human Resources and Finance departments.  

6:30 p.m. 
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda:   
  • Item 11 – Resolution applying for grant funds and memorandum of understanding with One Arroyo Foundation in support of demonstration projects | STAFF REPORT
  • Item 17 – Resolution suspending collection of the utility underground surtax through June 30, 2022 | STAFF REPORT
  • Item 21 – Second reading: broadening of tenant protection ordinance to apply to eligible tenants who are displaced following a change and ownership, and enhancing relocation assistance for long-term tenancies | STAFF REPORT
  • Item 22 – Second reading: revisions to regulation of sidewalk vendors | STAFF REPORT


4 p.m
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Information items: Water supply conditions and water supply and resources update; electric utility update wildfire related developments

6 p.m. 
Permit Center Hearing Room, 175 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Pasadena Climate Action Plan annual report; reports and comments from committees

6:30 p.m. 
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave 
On the agenda: 
  • Preliminary consultation, 256 N. Michigan Ave. (Council District 5) – 31-unit condominium
  • Final design review, 1539 N. Howard St (Council District 2) – 112,000 square foot, 230 unit dormitory facility for E.F. Academy

6:30 p.m.
Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
On the agenda: Review of draft retreat agenda; updates of six-month work plan, the Neighborhoods USA conference and economics from LA County Development Authority

Senior Commission - CANCELLED 


6 p.m. 
City Public Works Yards, 233 W. Mountain St.
On the agenda: Request for public tree removal at 88 N. Oakland Ave; condition-based tree removals

Planning Commission - CANCELLED


4 p.m.
Room 236, 351 So. Hudson St.
On the agenda: Bond survey/parcel tax | PRESENTATION; Graduation requirements PRESENTATION

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

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An all-day, free celebration of arts and culture featuring more than 20 performances on two different stages – a Main Stage and a Family Stage – family-friendly interactive activities, food, libations and guided tours is on tap today from Noon to 10 p.m. at El Molino Avenue and Colorado Boulevard.

BoldPas: A Day of Art & Play in Old Pasadena returns on Saturday, June 8,. The free event, staged in Old Pasadena’s historic 19th-century alleys from Noon to 8 p.m. offers an opportunity to encounter artistic, ephemeral interventions in unique urban spaces.  MAP

This event shows how baseball for the blind all works. Enjoy a night of food, baseball and fellowship while mixing it up with some of SoCal’s talented blind athletes today from 4 - 9 p.m. at Brookside Park Diamond #3 (by the tennis courts), 360 N Arroyo Blvd. A dmission is free (payment for optional activities).

The LA County Public Works and Sanitation departments are holding a free household hazardous and electronic waste recycling roundup at Brookside Park, 360 N. Arroyo Blvd. – Parking Lot 1 (south of Rose Bowl) in Pasadena today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

On Friday, May 31, officers assigned to Pasadena Police Department's Traffic Section conducted a bicycle and pedestrian safety traffic enforcement program throughout the city. Officers were on the lookout for dangerous driving behavior that could be hazardous to bicyclists, including auto speeding, red-light and right-of-way violations, and other actions that could lead to traffic collisions.

Pasadena has completed its review and scoring of applications for those seeking to become a retail cannabis permit.

Editor's news picks

“The Pasadena City Council unanimously approved a one-year extension of zoning entitlements for the former YWCA building in the Civic Center.” – Pasadena Now

“Pasadenans Empowering Parent Participation in Education Governance will present to the PUSD Board a proposal to amend the Pasadena City Charter to expand voting rights in PUSD elections to all parents of PUSD children, including noncitizen parents. The proposal also includes local control of PUSD elections and an all vote-by-mail system.” – Colorado Boulevard

“New property owners will be required to provide relocation allowance and moving expenses to income-qualified tenants in good standing, if their tenancies are terminated within 18 months of the date the property is transferred.” – Pasadena Now

“The annual point-in-time count just delivered to the Board of Supervisors put the number of homeless people just shy of 59,000 countywide. Pasadena bucked the trend, reporting a 20 percent drop in the number of people without a roof over their head as compared to 2018.” – Pasadena Now

“Pasadena and Los Angeles County voters will vote in the 2020 election in an entirely new way, thanks to a new voting system developed by the LA County.” – Pasadena Now

“The only free, dedicated public garden in Pasadena has been chosen by State Sen. Anthony Portantino as the 2019 California Nonprofit of the Year from the 25th Senate District.” - Pasadena Now

"Home Depot has applied for a permit to build at the former Avon Distribution site on East Foothill Boulevard and Councilmember Gene Masuda has summoned a June 18 community meeting to discuss details about the development." – Pasadena Now

WPRA's point of view

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