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 cover letter is here; the full WPRA response is here; the appendices are 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.
PUSD authorizes additional tests of San Rafael School earthquake faults (May 2015)
The Pasadena Unified School District Board of Education authorized limited trenching on the San Rafael Elementary School property, as requested in the first recommendation of the 7-11 committee report. This trenching will determine with 99 percent certainty whether or not the earthquake faults underneath the school are active. Approximately 40 neighbors and school parents were in attendance at the board meeting, the vast majority of whom supported the effort. The WPRA will work with PUSD to make sure that any trenching that does occur on the school property has minimal impacts on the properties and lives of neighbors, and to make sure that the trenching is done in a sensitive and respectful manner that has as little impact as possible. Any trenching would be limited to the San Rafael campus and take place during the school's summer recess. If determined to be inactive, the district would be able to proceed with the modernization of the school and potentially remove the "surplus" status. The WPRA has been a strong supporter of San Rafael Elementary School, and of keeping it open, if that is possible and safe. The WPRA also works actively with the school to minimize traffic impacts.
(Photos by James Macpherson and Chuck Hudson. Montage by Pasadena Now)
WPRA held its annual meeting May 6 at Sequoyah School, where the proposed SR-710 freeway would erupt into Pasadena.
The meeting featured
- A rousing summary of WPRA’s accomplishments in partnership with other community organizations and government agencies by WPRA President Geoff Baum,
- An overview of local developments by councilmember Steve Madison
- A fascinating retrospective of Pasadena by John Van de Kamp,
- A graphic look at the future of Pasadena by Mic Hansen, and
- Mayor Terry Tornek’s vision of issues facing Pasadena and Pasadena City government, just 48 hours after being sworn in as Mayor. Pasadena Now summarized Mayor Tornek’s remarks in an article which is HERE.
WPRA presented Dorothy Lindsey Memorial Award to Vince Farhat “whose enduring insight and dedication make Pasadena a better place for all,” and Community Service Awards to The Pasadena Garden Club for over 80 years of preserving La Casita del Arroyo and to Chuck Hudson for the outstanding WPRA News publication.
We also elected board members and officers, listed HERE, for the 2015-2016 term.
Update May 14 2015 -- Editorials from 1964!
Sam Burgess of No 710 Action Committee found and circulated a few editorials from the El Sereno Star dating from 1964. Amazing to look at. The editorials and some background are here.
Update May 7 2015 -- A flurry of official letters against the SR-710 tunnel option:
Congressman Adam Schiff sent a letter on May 6 to Metro board members strongly opposing SR 710 tunnel alternatives. The press release describing Congressman Schiff's letter is HERE.
Mayor Bogaard sent a letter on April 23 to Los Angeles Mayor (& Metro Board President) Garcetti informing him that Pasadena City Council formally voted to oppose the highway tunnel options and to adopt the Locally Preferred Alternative proposed by the alternatives working group (see Update of April 2 below). The Mayor's letter is HERE.
The City Manager of South Pasadena sent a letter on April 7 to Southern California Association of Governments citing several major, faulty assumptions about SR 710 North that SCAG makes in an environmental impact report SCAG is preparing on regional transportation and sustainable communities strategy. The City Manager's letter is HERE.
Update April 7, 2015
WPRA Urges City Council to continue fighting SR-710 tunnel. See details HERE
Update April 2, 2015
Pasadena's SR-710 Alternatives Working Group released its recommendations to the City. The working group concluded that multiple transportation options focused on moving people, not vehicles, is the best approach to help complete the State Route 710 project. More information about the report is HERE.
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 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.