Saturday, October 5, 2019
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Stoddard: City Hall Summer

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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.


4:15 p.m./6 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda:  Not available at press time

6:30 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda:   

  • Item #13: Appeal of Board Of Zoning Appeal’s decision on director decision that the “conditional use permit: cannabis retail” application for 827 East Colorado Boulevard submitted by Sweetflower Pasadena, LLC is incomplete (pln2019-00386) STAFF REPORT
  • Item #14: Report on impacts of initiative petition to allow operation of cannabis businesses that previously operated illegally, in violation of the Pasadena Municipal Code. STAFF REPORT


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

6 p.m.
Permit Center Hearing Room, 175 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Not available at press time

2 p.m.
Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
On the agenda: Presentation on revised public meeting policy: amending and restating rules for the conduct of all council, committee, board, and commission meetings, proceedings, and business; review the membership application to join the AARP network and the World Health Organization global network.

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

6:30 p.m.
Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
On the agenda: Request for commission recommendation to City Council on key terms for la Villa Lake Senior Apartments rehab loan agreement and to increase loan to Heritage Housing Partners by $50,000 for rehabilitation of the Decker House at the Decker Court Affordable Home Ownership Project; Presentations on community peace ride and rally and FY18-19 Caper Report for CDBG and update on 1015 Lake Avenue building renovation, plus an update of the six-month Strategic Plan.


6:30 P.M.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield St.
On the agenda: Not available at press time

5:30 p.m.
Hale Building, 175 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Not available at press time

6 p.m.
Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
On the agenda: Presentation of Consolidated Annual Performance & Evaluation Report and transitional age youth; discussions about holding a special meeting at Pasadena City College, inviting Diane Trejoto to present information about the homeless plan, plus Commission work plan updates.

6 p.m.
City Public Works Yards, 233 W. Mountain St.
On the agenda:  Request for public tree removal at: 765 North Orange Grove Blvd, 1940 East Corson Street and 275 Cordova Street.

4:00 p.m.
Room 236, 351 So. Hudson Street
On the agenda: Advocacy Parent Group – Field Elementary, Foster Youth Council, CWAS – related services & supports update, health update.


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

5:30 p.m.
Room 236, 351 So. Hudson Street
On the agenda: school consolidation findings – secondary schools and school consolidation next steps – open enrollment

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UCLA vs Oregon State - TODAY
Saturday, October 5th
Event Hours:        
12:00 p.m. Parking Lots Open 
1:45 p.m.   Fan Zone Opens in Area H
3:00 p.m.   Parsons Shuttle Begins
4:20 p.m.   Stadium Gates Open
6:10 p.m.   Kickoff
Est. Attendance: 40,000
The Recreational Loop will be closed Saturday, October 5th from 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM. The Equestrian Trail will remain open at all times.
There will be a brief use of pyrotechnics 30 minutes prior to Kickoff as well as when the team runs onto the field and during the National Anthem. (Total pyrotechnics display may be heard for under 20 seconds). There will also be a 15 second air horn blown simultaneously to the pyrotechnics. 

To receive assistance on Saturday, October 5th please call (626) 397-414 between 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.


Spend the afternoon touring the newsroom, recording a testimonial in its studios, and enjoying a live program of events. You'll have the chance to meet fellow public radio supporters, talk with your favorite journalists, and much more. It’s free too! RSVP now for a tote bag. Sunday, October 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. KPCC's Mohn Broadcast Center/Crawford Family Forum, 474 S. Raymond Ave. For more information, call 626-583-5100.

Join Rose Bowl Aquatics Center (RBAC) for Sunday Funday and get ready for a petting zoo, pony rides, paddle boats, a dunk tank, a pie eating contest, Reptacular Show with the hairy tarantula, The Game Truck, carnival games and loads of kid-friendly attractions. RBAC will welcome the Wiggle Waggle Wagon with adoptable animals and be wowed by great demonstrations: swim, dive, water polo, shallow water and deep water aerobics. Sunday, October 6 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - Rose Bowl Aquatics Center, 360 N. Arroyo Blvd. For more information, call 626-564-0330.

Coming to One Colorado all the way from across the pond, One Colorado's soon to be newest performer pal Billy Bonkers will amaze all ages with a magic show that's chock full of slapstick, comedy jokes and loads of audience participation! Tuesday, October 8 at 4:30 p.m. - One Colorado Courtyard, 41 Hugus Alley. For more information, call 626-564-1066.

Researcher T.J. Stiles describes the last year of Custer's life through the eyes of teenager Bertie Swett. Swett came to know Custer and his wife Libbie at Fort Abraham Lincoln and in Manhattan while America approached a historic turning point. Swett bared witness to the notorious soldier's life as he pushed his career and fortune to the brink of disaster. This program is a free Billington Lecture. No reservations required. Wednesday, October 9 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. - The Huntington Library Art Museum, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. For more information, call 626-405-2100.

Enjoy ArtNight , a free evening of art, music and entertainment as Pasadena’s most prominent arts and cultural institutions swing open their doors. Last spring, more than 25,000 people experienced the excitement of ArtNight, an ongoing partnership among many cultural institutions and the Cultural Affairs Division of the City of Pasadena. Free shuttles, running 6–10 p.m., will loop throughout the evening with stops at each venue.  This event is sponsored by the  Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission .  Click HERE for a full description of activities. Friday, October 11 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, call 626-744-7887.

Take some time in the middle of the week to get active with GirlTrek... In the footsteps of a civil rights legacy, GirlTrek is a national health movement that activates thousands of Black women to be change makers in their lives and communities - through walking. This will be an easy 2 mile walk around the park and surrounding areas. Join GirlTrek Trailblazers on this weekend's walk near Victory Park. Meet in the main parking lot. Please arrive on time. Thursday, October 10 from 7:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. - Victory Park, 2575 Paloma St.

Please come and enjoy the paintings for sale, many showcasing the Arroyo and surrounding areas by approximately 20 local artists who have enjoyed painting in and around La Casita in preparation for this sale to benefit La Casita Foundation. In addition to the featured paintings, the building and surrounding gardens will be open for your enjoyment as well. Sunday, November 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 177 South Arroyo Boulevard.
Editor's news picks

“Long-time District 5 Pasadena Councilmember Victor Gordo on Thursday announced his candidacy for the Mayor of Pasadena, setting up a showdown with incumbent Mayor Terry Tornek. e cites his focus as quality of life issues, including opposing overdevelopment, fighting crime, protecting fire and police services, ensuring safe neighborhoods, upgrading Pasadena’s parks, and replacing problem liquor stores with affordable housing.” Pasadena Now

“The Tournament of Roses announced the seven members of the 2020 Royal Court in a ceremony at the Tournament House early Monday morning before a crowd of Parade officials, media and very supportive parents, relatives and schoolmates of the young women who were finalists. The seven members of the 2020 Royal Court are…”

“The City Councilmember who is the outgoing President of the Rose Bowl Operating Company says ‘stability for the Bowl is needed’ in today’s rapidly changing marketplace for stadiums and it may be time for the City to provide financial support. In 2007, the gross revenue for Pasadena’s Rose Bowl Stadium was $11.6 million. Following millions of dollars in renovations in one of the most competitive markets in the nation, the stadium’s revenue will have climbed to $50.8 million in 2019. But the stadium’s steady success, ironically, means that it needs to continue to invest and attract more events, said Gordo.” Pasadena Now

“Supervisor Kathryn Barger announced Tuesday that the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a $36.1 billion final budget that she said places a strong emphasis on critical issues affecting county residents.” Pasadena Now

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“The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt an ordinance banning flavored tobacco products, including menthol, and to call on Gov. Gavin Newsom to pass a statewide ban on vaping. The ordinance will take effect in 30 days. Tobacco retailers then have 180 days to obtain new licenses required under the ordinance and to clear their shelves of flavored tobacco products.” Pasadena Star-News

“Caltrans has begun studying several ways to improve safety along a nearly 5-mile stretch of the narrow and winding Arroyo Seco Parkway (110 Freeway), including lowering the speed limit to 45 miles per hour and reducing the parkway to two lanes in each direction. The five alternatives -- which also includes keeping things as they are -- are focused on making it safer to get off and on the nearly 80-year-old freeway, which is notorious for its extremely short onramps and off-ramps.” The Eastsider

“The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro) board approved Sept. 26, funding for $136,850,000-worth of traffic improvements in Pasadena. The funds were tied up in the 710 freeway extension project. Its demise resulted in their reallocation to mobility improvement projects aimed at resolving the same traffic problems the original project was proposed to fix.” Pasadena Now
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