Saturday, September 7, 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.


4 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Purchase order agreements, fraud risk assessment Phase 3, and internal audit quarterly status update

6:30 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda:   
  • Item #7: Appeal of Board of Zoning Appeal’s decision on affordable housing concession permit no. 11879, located at 127 and 141 North Madison Avenue STAFF REPORT
  • Item #8: Adoption of management policies for city-owned rental housing STAFF REPORT

6:30 p.m.
Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
On the agenda:  Not available at press time


6:30 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 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: FY 2019-2020 commission work plan updates and discussion and presentation on elder abuse

4 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Pasadena Climate Action Plan (CAP), 2018 annual report and informational items about Metropolitan Water District Board, water system and resources plan, and the 626 Golden Streets/Arroyofest
6:30 p.m.
Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
On the agenda: Update of six-month strategic plan, staff recommendation for 136-138 West Howard Street for a two-unit affordable home ownership project, discussion about a presentation from Compassionate Care

6:00 p.m.
City Yards - 2nd floor, 233 West Mountain Street
On the agenda: Special Meeting - 2019 Urban Streams Restoration Grant Program, Director's Report Human Services And Recreation, quarterly report


6 p.m.
Grand Conference Room, S038, City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
On the agenda: Presentation of undocumented and LGBTQ community members, work plan updates for: outreach, Office of the Young Child, homelessness, intellectual disabilities

6 p.m.
City Public Works Yards, 233 W. Mountain St.
On the agenda: Not available at press time

4:00 p.m.
LEA-LCAP Parent Advisory Committee
Education Center (District), Room 229
On the agenda: Purpose/Outcome: New PAC Norms for 2019-20 ~ Understanding of the LCAP ~ LCAP planning process ~ Plan the upcoming school year.


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

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Saturday, September 7, 2019

Event Hours:        
7:15 AM Parking Lots Open 
9:00 AM Fan Zone Opens in Area H
10:15 AM Parsons Shuttle Begins
11:35 AM Stadium Gates Open
1:15 PM Tiger Squadron Flyover and Kickoff

Est. Attendance: 35,000

The Recreational Loop will be closed Saturday, September 7th from 4:30 AM - 6:30 PM. The Equestrian Trail will remain open at all times. There will be a brief use of pyrotechnics 30 minutes prior to Kickoff and a 15 second air horn blown simultaneously to the pyrotechnics.
To receive assistance on Saturday, contact (626) 397-4141 between the hours of 8:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.

UCLA vs OKLAHOMA - Sept 14


Arlington Garden is Pasadena’s only dedicated regenerative Mediterranean Chaparral climate garden that is free and open to the public 365 days a year. Autumn in the Garden will be an immersive experience with music curated by dublab , a listener supported, nonprofit radio station dedicated to the growth of music, arts and culture. Live musical performances will also be provided along with cocktails and small bites offered by several local restaurants. Sunday, September 29, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. – 275 Arlington Drive. Click HERE for advanced tickets, starting at $50. For more information, email

Join USC Pacific Asia Museum in celebrating the cultures of the Philippines! Sunday, September 8 at 11:00 a.m. This event will present a collaboration of performing artists from Malaya Filipino American Dance Arts, Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble, and Rocksteady Rondalla. Free admission all day. For more information, call 626-449-2742 - USC Pacific Asia Museum, 46 N. Los Robles Ave.

"Divorce Options" is presented as a public service by therapists, attorneys and/or financial specialists of Pasadena Collaborative Divorce. These professionals answer questions as time permits, and help participants know how to get started. For more information, email Ria Severance at or call 626-354-4334. Tuesday, September 10 at 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Donald Wright Auditorium, 285 E. Walnut Ave.

Join One Colorado for serious free giggles and delight with your favorite friends both on and off strings - Bob Baker Marionette Theater! The puppets will hang out after the show for photo ops and hugs. Since 1963, Bob Baker Marionette Theater has been part of the Los Angeles and continues to bestow joy to the City of Angels with over 200 performances and 2,000 handcrafted puppets annually. Tuesday, September 10 at 4:30 p.m. - One Colorado Courtyard, 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena. For more information, call 626-564-1066.

Why do kids, and people in general, do the things that they do? This five-part series will focus on the mysteries of the brain and behavior. In each session, speakers will offer strategies for navigating behaviors, building attachments and strengthening relationships with your child. Please contact Lisa Barrios at 626-795-5166 or email her at to RSVP or to ask any questions. Tuesday, September 10 at 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - 136 W. Peoria St., Pasadena .

Each Saturday, Side Street Projects (SSP) offer free art workshops on-site and often feature guest artists from the community. Saturday, September 14 at 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m Located at Side Street Projects (Intersection of Canada and Casitas behind John Muir High School in Pasadena) . Sign up here to reserve a spot or contact to ask any questions! For more information, call 626-798-7774.
Editor's news picks

“For Mayor Terry Tornek, the coming of fall means City Council will confront a host of developing issues, many centering around housing and development. And much of the impetus is emanating from Sacramento, not Garfield Avenue. ‘A lot of this will depend on what happens in the next week or two in the legislature,’ Tornek began. ‘There are a number of really potentially historic actions that the legislature could take, and that the governor could sign…a whole series of housing and planning, environmental, and governance proposals in front of them.’” Pasadena Now

“In an Aug. 21 letter, Pasadena Unified School District Superintendent Brian McDonald announced the school district will once again be forced to discuss closing schools. McDonald is currently on paid leave dealing with an undisclosed ailment. He blamed rising housing costs and lower birth rates on the district’s plunging enrollment, which shrank by 374 students this year, and by 1,259 students over the past five years.” Pasadena Weekly

“The potential passage of a state bill capping annual rental increases and requiring landlords to show cause for eviction has not dampened the enthusiasm of backers supporting an initiative for rent control in Pasadena. That’s because the local group readying a rent control initiative to amend the city charter says the one in Sacramento doesn’t have much to do with the other in Pasadena. Allison Henry, spokeswoman for the Pasadena Tenants Justice Coalition, said that if the bill passed her group would still forge ahead with its rent control voter’s initiative for Pasadena.” Pasadena Now

“The Pasadena Education Network (PEN), a network of more than 1,500 parents who send their children to and support the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD), announced their series of free programs to help parents understand their public school options in Pasadena, Altadena, and Sierra Madre. All programs are free. Spanish translation is available upon request. Please contact .” Pasadena Now

“The Committee will focus on setting goals and objectives as we move forward into our 2020 Census planning phase. Specifically, committee members will be assigned to specialized sub-committees, prepare and adopt work plans, and among other things, coordinate messaging, promotional materials, and talking points to be used to inform and educate community members and residents ahead of the 2020 Census. This group serves as ‘Census Ambassadors.’ By starting early, we hope to ensure a complete and accurate count.” Pasadena Independent

“It was shocking and confusing when a noisy, apparently disoriented man burst into a Thursday meeting of about two dozen community members and police conducting a forum in an office building conference room on Colorado Boulevard Thursday. The man stumbled as he moved this way, then that. He insulted the speakers who had been addressing the group. Then suddenly he grabbed an unattended laptop and darted out a door into the hallway.” Pasadena Now
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