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.
WPRA to host Pasadena mayoral candidate forum Jan 27 (Jan 2015)
While the WPRA neither endorses nor supports candidates, it encourages all Pasadena residents to become informed voters. As a public service for the community, WPRA will host a mayoral candidate forum. The forum will begin promptly at 6:30 pm so you may wish to arrive several minutes early to allow for courthouse security.
Tuesday, January 27, 6:30-9 p.m.,
At Richard H. Chambers Courthouse (U.S. Courts for the 9th Circuit) large courtroom
125 South Grand Ave. Pasadena
The following people are running for Pasadena Mayor (livelihood as reported by City Clerk) and have accepted the WPRA's invitation to participate:
Jason Hardin, magazine publisher
Don Morgan, business owner/educator
Jacque Robinson, Vice Mayor/Councilmember
Allen Shay, business owner
Bill Thomson, College trustee, attorney
Terry Tornek, City Councilmember, businessperson
Steve Madison is unopposed in his bid for re-election to the 6th council district, which includes WPRA’s area. Steve can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The municipal election will be held Tuesday March 10. There will be a runoff election April 11 with the top two candidates for any offices in which no candidate receives a majority (50% plus one) of the votes on March 10.
If you have ideas for the forum or would like to help, please send an email to Vince Farhat (email@example.com) or WPRA board member Blaine Cavena (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For more information about the City elections, visit cityofpasadena.net/cityclerk/election2015/
WPRA participates in Connecting Pasadena Plan (CPP) (Nov 2014)
Visioning workshops were held October 28 and November 8 at Maranatha High School. The workshops were to re-design the 710 stub, the area from Union Ave to California Blvd, or what we like to call "the ditch." That's right! We'd like to ditch the ditch. WPRA and other Pasadena organizations are in agreement. For details, click here or on the CPP icon in the left column.
For more information, see CPP website, http://connectingpasadena.squarespace.com/
Pasadena’s urban forest threatened by tiny beetle (Oct 2014)
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
Unprecedented Rose Bowl Events this summer (Jul 2014)
There will be an unprecedented number of major events at the Rose Bowl this August and September. Both Rose Bowl management and WPRA need to know about event-related problems within our neighborhoods. In addition to helping resolve event-related problems, your experience with these concerts will be used in evaluating the Rose Bowl's plans to host a recurring 3-day music festival (see the item "WPRA Provides Scoping Comments..." below).
Please call Rose Bowl Resident Event Hotline or write to WPRA, or both, if you see something going wrong with any event, such as safety issues, excess noise, or unusual traffic conditions.
Call: Rose Bowl’s Resident Event Hotline 626 397-4141
Write: WPRA at Update@WPRA.net
The Rose Bowl’s Resident Event Hotline was established specifically for our use. It is answered by a person in the event command center, which also includes police, fire, and event management coordinators.
After you call, someone from the staff should get back to you and let you know how your issue was addressed. If that does not happen, WPRA wants to know.
For more information, visit the Rose Bowl website at www.rosebowlstadium.com, and particularly their Community page at www.rosebowlstadium.com/about/community
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.
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 July 2012) 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.