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 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."
WPRA President Geoffrey Baum presented a letter outlining 19 items that WPRA says must be “fully considered and taken into account” in preparing the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for an annual 3-day music and arts festival proposed for the Rose Bowl. The letter focuses on having enforceable limits on the festival’s affects on neighboring communities, including minimizing noise, traffic congestion, and safety issues; and requests an “unconditional guarantee” that there will be no NFL games at the Rose Bowl if there is a festival.
Geoffrey presented our letter at the first of three “scoping meetings” the City is hosting as part of the formal EIR process. The other two meetings are Saturday, May 23, 10:00 am at Rose Bowl Stadium, Home Locker Room and May 27, 6:30 pm at City Planning Commission meeting (City Hall).
Click HERE to see the WPRA letter. Click HERE for more information abut the proposed music & arts festival.
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.