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.
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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 Annual Meeting May 2 (Mar 2018)
WPRA will hold its 56th annual meeting at Westridge School on Wednesday, May 2.
Theme: Housing and the Character of Our Community
A distinguished panel will explore the local impact of the literal tsunami of bills passed recently by the State legislature to “solve” the state’s general housing and affordable housing shortage. These new laws, many of which became effective on January 1, supersede many local residential zoning and housing regulations.
Our exploration of the housing topic will include forced regulation changes, accessory dwelling units (ADUs), mansionization, short-term rental ordinances and affordable housing.
Helping us decipher the housing tea leaves, will be panel moderator and WPRA Director Mic Hansen. A seasoned community planning and development specialist, Mic will lead a panel of experts that include:
• David Reyes, Director, City Planning & Community Development
• William Huang, Director, City Housing and Career Services
• Sue Mossman, Executive Director, Pasadena Heritage
Free Parking in the south parking lot at the corner of South Orange Grove and State Street; enter from State Street.
WPRA wrote to Pasadena City Council members expressing our concern about the Pasadena properties owned by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) in the 710 Corridor. Many of the homes have been vacant for years and have fallen into a dangerous state of disrepair. In addition, there appears to be a clear pattern of Caltrans attempting to depopulate the corridor of its low to moderate income tenants by systematically raising rents and pursuing eviction of tenants for what our information indicates are unfair, trivial, or resolvable reasons.
WPRA urged the City Council to (1) cite Caltrans for egregious code violations on its properties and (2) hold a public hearing to investigate code violations, unfair evictions, arbitrary rent increases, lack of repairs and other local public nuisances on the Caltrans properties.
The full letter is here. We also provided photos of some of the properties; the photos are here.
WPRA sent a letter to the LA County Board of Supervisors urging them to "vote against the LA County Flood Control District’s proposed Devil’s Gate Sediment Removal Project and to instruct the Flood Control District to adequately analyze and report to the Board on the superior alternatives proposed by the City of Pasadena." The letter goes on to say that "While we support the removal of sediment, we strongly oppose the project as now configured. Rather, we support the slower, less aggressive alternative proposed by the City of Pasadena that would both reduce flood risk and avoid harm to our communities and the Arroyo Seco." The full letter is here.
The topic of short-term rentals has become increasingly important in Pasadena as well as many other cities. As part of its consideration of regulation of short-term rentals, the WPRA conducted a survey in April and May of 2017. On May 29, the WPRA sent this letter to Pasadena City officials reporting the survey results and explaining the WPRA’s recommendations for regulating short-term rentals.
Survey results and our recommendations are different for each of the three general types of short-term rentals:
- Survey respondents strongly support allowing hosted short-term rentals (where the owner is in the home while a portion of their primary residence is rented) – but they were also evenly divided on whether hosted STR’s should have to follow the same rules as other types of STR’s. WPRA believes the City should allow hosted STR’s subject to a variety of regulatory measures, as discussed in the following.
- By a small margin, survey respondents oppose unhosted short-term rentals (where the owner is not in the home while all or a portion of their primary residence is rented). The WPRA believes that unhosted short-term rentals could be allowed, if subject to the same regulatory measures as hosted STR’s and also limits on the total number of rental days per year (we suggest 90 days rather than the 60 days that the City staff proposed); and requiring 24/7 contact capability.
- Both survey respondents and the WPRA believe that vacation rentals (where the home being rented is not the owner’s primary residence) should NOT be allowed.
Click here to see the letter.
Los Angeles Metropolitan Transporation Authority (METRO) voted unanimously to kill the SR 710 tunnel option (May 2017)
On May 26 the Metro Board voted 12-0 to select the TSM/TDM (street and mobility improvements) as the locally preferred alternative for the SR-710 North Study and to redirect current funds for the tunnel(s) to other projects. The language of the motion was not ideal and "defers a decision on any other alternative for future consideration by the Board until the community collectively agrees on the value of that investment and funds are identified to implement the project.’" While this language leaves the door open for bringing back the non-TSM/TDM alternatives at a later date, most agree that in redirecting the tunnel funds, the tunnel alternative is effectively dead.
Because Caltrans is the decision authority for the EIR, only they can officially select the preferred alternative and this is planned to occur at the time of the Final EIR release, Spring 2018. However, there is little doubt that Caltrans will select the TSM/TDM alternative.
So while there is cleanup work for some of us to ensure that the tunnel absolutely can’t come back in the future, we do have great cause to celebrate at this time. The tunnel(s) are dead for now.
Our respected colleague and dear friend, John Van de Kamp, passed away March 14 at the age of 81. John has been described variously as "a pillar of his community and state" and one of "our most revered public servants." And in spite of his many professional and personal commitments, John served the West Pasadena Residents' Association for more than 26 years, attending nearly all monthly board meetings. He will be greatly missed. A more complete biography with details about services is here.
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.
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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, tax id 95-4493840. Membership contributions and donations are fully deductible to the extent permitted by law.