What is the WPRA?
The West Pasadena Residents' Association is an all-volunteer organization of the residents of southwest Pasadena dedicated to maintaining and enhancing the character of southwest Pasadena and the quality of life in Pasadena.
Your membership, contributions and volunteer support are key to the WPRA's success. All activities of the WPRA are funded through membership dues and contributions. The WPRA receives no public funding or other monies and has no paid employees. The WPRA does not endorse or otherwise support or oppose candidates for public office, and no WPRA funds are spent in support of or in opposition to candidates.
Become involved! See the links on the left for information on joining, donating, or volunteering with the WPRA.
We are pleased to display some of the work of local artist Joseph Stoddard on our web site. To learn more about the artist click HERE.
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WPRA asks PUSD Board to join neighboring school boards in opposing SR-710 tunnel (May 2016)
WPRA President Kenyon Harbison send a detailed letter asking the Pasadena Unified School District board to join neighboring school boards in a unanimous resolution to oppose the SR-710 tunnel.
The Five Star Education Coalition, a coalition of school leaders from Glendale, Burbank, La Cañada Flintridge, Pasadena and South Pasadena, drafted resolution expressing regional concerns about the pollution effects of the 4.5-mile highway tunnels proposed by Metro. However, PUSD decided not to support the resolution, blocking the unanimity required for adoption by the coalition. Larry Torres, the PUSD representative on the coalition, said he was not certain the 710 issue was relevant to educating children, according to a March 24 article in Los Angeles Times.
The WPRA letter shows direct and significant impacts the SR-710 tunnel would have on children’s health and academic performance. The letter says, in part,
The WPRA asks that the PUSD reconsider its position to abstain from voting on the Five Star Coalition’s resolution to oppose the SR-710 Tunnel Alternative. We firmly believe that there is a direct correlation between the SR-710 tunnels and children’s health and academic performance... we do not believe that the PUSD board was adequately briefed on these impacts before being asked to vote on the resolution. Therefore, we request that the PUSD board consider adding an agenda item to a future meeting...where the public can respond to questions from board members raised at the March meeting, such as whether the SR-710 project “is a child-related issue” or tied to “public education.”
The WPRA letter is HERE, and its attachments are HERE.
WPRA sends comments on Arroyo Seco Music and Arts Festival DEIR (Feb 2016)
WPRA sent the City of Pasadena a letter detailing 14 areas of concern with the Arroyo Seco Music and Arts Festival Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR), which was issued by the City last December. In our cover letter, President Geoff Baum said,
The West Pasadena Residents’ Association supports the City’s interest in seeing the Arroyo Seco Music & Arts Festival develop into an event which showcases Pasadena as a cultural nexus for art, music and dining, and features the natural beauty of the Arroyo Seco. We understand this major event will also provide a sound revenue stream for the Rose Bowl.
However, the severe impacts of such a large event on the surrounding neighborhoods-- as well as neighborhoods along the traffic corridors serving the Rose Bowl--must be fully considered and offset with vigorous and effective measures to avert and minimize the impacts.
WPRA’s main concerns are lack of detail about how proposed mitigation actions will be monitored and enforced, and impacts on air quality, noise, public services, and traffic. Click here to see the full document.
WPRA fully supports the Connected Cities and Communities (C3) purpose and goal to bring together cities, organizations and residents that are significantly impacted by the proposed SR-710 Project, so that they can work together to develop a meaningful alternative to the proposed SR-710 tunnel. We provided the suggestions regarding the proposals presented by the Beyond the 710 (BT710) Project in a letter on January 9, 2016. The full letter is here.
WPRA urged the Pasadena City Council to accept the Planning Commission recommendations for reasonable density expansions, rather than the outsized density recommendations in the Final EIR of the City of Pasadena’s General Plan Land Use Element. The letter we sent to the City Council is here.
Specifically, the letter says, “The development caps recommended by the Planning Commission are 6,365 residential units (du) and 5,825,000 nonresidential square feet of development allocated across the seven Specific Plan areas. This is far superior to the outsized and concentrated recommendations in the Final EIR, which are 7,905 residential units and 7,675,000 square feet of development with 62% of the residential units and 44% of the development concentrated in the Central District. While Pasadena’s growth may be inevitable; it needs to be managed so it is beneficial for all residents to live and work” in the area.
On August 5, WPRA formally submitted its official "Response to SR-710 North Study Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement” to Caltrans.
The response is a 430+ page document with input from more than two dozen expert scientists, environmentalists, attorneys, university professors, engineers, planners, policy experts, legal experts, transportation experts, CEQA/NEPA experts, historic preservation activists and more. As the letter states, its purpose “to formally submit our Findings of Inadequacy for this report by means of the attached document ‘WPRA Response to the SR-710 North Study Draft EIR/EIS.’"
The WPRA response is here.
The Rose Bowl Operating Committee unanimously voted to decline NFL's invitation to bid on temporarily hosting an NFL team, saying they will focus on the potential music and arts festival. WPRA is pleased with this decision. WPRA President Geoff Baum, commenting on the decision, said "The NFL is not welcome in the neighborhood."
Sign Up for Pasadena Fire Alerts through Pasadena Local Emergency Alert System (Mar 26)
The City of Pasadena Fire Department has implemented a system for sending emergency and other urgent messages to community members through text and voice messages. The Fire Department urges community members to sign up for the system, called PLEAS (Pasadena Local Emergency Alert System). Click HERE for details and sign-up.
This is in addition to the Pasadena Police community information service, Nixle, which provides routine (rather than emergency) information releases. Click HERE for Nixle information and sign-up.
For more information, visit http://cityofpasadena.net/Fire/PLEAS. Please direct all inquiries to PasadenaLocalAlert@cityofpasadena.net.
Check Out Updated Crime Statistics (thru January 2015) and Recently Reported Incidents
Neighborhood safety was a key concern expressed in our recent resident survey. The WPRA Neighborhood Safety Committee is continuing to work with Pasadena Police Department and other agencies on these issues.
The WPRA is a 501c3 non-profit public benefit corporation. Membership contributions and donations are fully deductible to the extent permitted by law.