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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The public is invited to attend a live, televised debate between Pasadena’s mayoral runoff candidates Jacque Robinson and Terry Tornek. The debate will be moderated by Larry Mantle, the host of 89.3 FM KPCC’s AirTalk radio show.
The event will be held at the Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green Street, beginning at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Full details are HERE.
The event will be televised by Pasadena Media, which oversees the Public, Education and Government (PEG) cable television stations serving Pasadena. The debate will be simulcast on the Arroyo Channel, the community access station and KPAS, the government access station. KPAS is available on Channel 3 and the Arroyo Channel is seen on Channel 32 for Charter subscribers. KPAS and the Arroyo Channel are both available on the AT&T U-Verse platform on Channel 99/Pasadena.
The event will be streamed live on the websites for Pasadena Media, www.pasadenamedia.tv and the City’s website at www.cityofpasadena.net/Media. The debate will be re-broadcast prior to the election.
The long-awaited Draft EIR/EIS analyzing State Route 710 (SR 710) North Study alternatives was released March 6. The documents analyze the five alternatives being considered by Caltrans and Metro for “transportation improvements to improve mobility and relieve congestion” in SR 710 North Study area. You can see the study HERE on Metro's website. The first document is a summary of the study.
A quick reading of the summary document shows clear preference for the freeway tunnel alternative. This alternative, which should be called “tollway tunnels” not “freeway tunnels” because that is how Metro has said they will pay for it, will be disastrous for us in many ways, some of which the study ignores.
The WPRA team has begun its exhaustive analysis of the Draft EIR/EIS documents and will respond on behalf of area residents. To raise necessary funding, the Neighborhood Protection Fund has been activated. Please consider donating by clicking HERE.
The "Ventilation Structures" are just one example of impact on Pasadena. More information on the study is HERE.
Ventilation structures which the study says would be a “memorable visual element and improve the look for this entrance into Old Pasadena.”
The structures are actually smokestacks providing one of only two outlets for all the exhaust from the entire 4.9 miles of multi-lane tunnels. The other outlet would be at the south end of the tunnels.
The illustrations to the right, from the study, show one of two options for an “air ventilation facility” at the north end of the tunnels. This option consists of six 50-foot-high smoke stacks.
The second option (not illustration in the study) is for one 50-foot-high ventilation structure located at the southeast corner of SR 710 and SR 134 interchange.
The City of Pasadena, the University of California at Riverside, the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens and many others are studying a fungus-spewing pest that has already infected and could possibly kill nearly 30 species of trees in Southern California. Unfortunately, a solution has yet to materialize to help combat the potentially devastating strain of the ambrosia beetle, which is smaller than a sesame seed.
It’s called the polyphagous shot hole borer. And while its origins and method of arrival in California are unknown, what is known is that the tiny grain-sized beetle drills a hole into a host tree and plants a fungus called Fusarium, which can spread and kill the tree within two to four years.
Still, the full extent of the impact in Pasadena is not yet known. Charles Peretz, Pasadena’s Parks and Natural Resources administrator, admits it certainly has officials very concerned. “Unfortunately, at this time no biological or chemical solution has been found to either eradicate the pest or even mitigate its impact,” said Peretz.
For more information about the beetle and how to respond if you should find traces of it in trees on your property:
- Click HERE to view the story on the front page of the Fall 2014 issue of the WPRA quarterly magazine
- For information from from the University of California at Riverside, click HERE.
- Call Pasadena’s Urban Forestry Customer Service Center at (626) 744-4321
WPRA commits funds to the SR-710 DEIR study (Jul 2014)
Reinforcing its firm commitment to oppose Metro and Caltrans plans for an SR-710 Freeway tunnel, the WPRA Board of Directors on Wednesday, July 2, approved a motion to commit a significant amount of funding to analysis of the SR-710 Freeway Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR). Although the release has been delayed twice already, Metro and Caltrans have recently stated the DEIR would be released early next year. The WPRA initiative is under the direction of Sarah Gavit, WPRA vice president and SR-710 Committee chair.
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.