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Save the Date!

WPRA Annual Meeting

Wednesday, May 6
5:30 to 8:30 pm
Sequoyah School
535 S. Pasadena Ave
Cost: Free!


WPRA Publications

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View The News, WPRA's quarterly magazine


Popular Topics

Crime Statistics






SR-710 North Study (The freeway tunnels)


Rose Bowl News March 2015


Connecting Pasadena Plan (CPP)




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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SR-710 Tollway Tunnels -- A clear danger to West Pasadena (Mar 2015)


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.




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/PLEASPlease 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.