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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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.
WPRA wrote to responsible state and county officials supporting a bill sponsored Assemblymember Chris Holden to remove the tunnel option from SR-710 study option. The letter says, in part, "Due to the enormous cost of the SR-710 tunnel alternative, the inadequacy of both the tunnel proposal and the environmental impact assessment, and the large environmental impact to residents that have suffered from the threat of a freeway destroying their communities for more than a half century, we recommend that you support AB 287, so that the SR-710 North Study Tunnel Alternative can be permanently removed from consideration. Instead of a tunnel, we urge support for a multi-modal solution that will serve all communities, promote economic vitality, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions as required by SB743 and the Governor’s April 2015 Executive Order."
The complete letter is here.
At its January board meeting WPRA board unanimously voted to support a court challenge to the City of Pasadena’s approval to build a six-story, 185-room hotel on city-owned land.
WPRA opposes the City's plan to sacrifice the civic center's character and limited parkland in order to allow an outsize 185 room hotel to be built across from City Hall. The hotel proposal, which will incorporate the historic YWCA building at 78 N. Marengo Ave. and encroach on the Robinson Memorial, was recently approved by the City without required transparency. The WPRA is joining others in supporting the Civic Center Coalition's lawsuit opposing the project, so that the parkland and the character of the Pasadena Civic Center National Register Historic District may be retained. WPRA cannot just stand by and ignore the threat of irreversible damage to Pasadena’s Civic Center.
For more information on the Pasadena Civic Center Coalition Legal Defense Fund and to donate to the lawsuit, click here.
The West Pasadena Residents' Association, the East Arroyo Residents' Association, and the Linda Vista-Annandale Association wrote a letter to Mayor Terry Tornek and City Manager Steve Mermell describing serious concerns about naming public facilities after corporate sponsors and the process being used to approve signage in the Arroyo Seco.
These concerns were sparked by proposals brought to our attention by Rose Bowl management for signage for Rose Bowl Drive and for improving and renaming Area H in the Central Arroyo. We appreciate philanthropic offers to support Central Arroyo facilities, but are concerned that
- The Central Arroyo must not be dominated by corporate branding; public parks and facilities should not be named after sponsors.
- Modifications and improvements to the Central Arroyo must go through the normal review processes.
Update: The Rose Bowl Operating Company Board, at it's October 6 meeting, heard our concerns and voted to work with the City to establish appropriate guidelines which they will follow for all their donor recognition and signs in the Arroyo.
The complete letter is here.
WPRA sent the City of Pasadena a letter detailing 14 areas of concern with the Arroyo Seco Music and Arts Festival Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR), which was issued by the City last December. In our cover letter, President Geoff Baum said,
The West Pasadena Residents’ Association supports the City’s interest in seeing the Arroyo Seco Music & Arts Festival develop into an event which showcases Pasadena as a cultural nexus for art, music and dining, and features the natural beauty of the Arroyo Seco. We understand this major event will also provide a sound revenue stream for the Rose Bowl.
However, the severe impacts of such a large event on the surrounding neighborhoods-- as well as neighborhoods along the traffic corridors serving the Rose Bowl--must be fully considered and offset with vigorous and effective measures to avert and minimize the impacts.
WPRA’s main concerns are lack of detail about how proposed mitigation actions will be monitored and enforced, and impacts on air quality, noise, public services, and traffic. Click here to see the full document.
WPRA fully supports the Connected Cities and Communities (C3) purpose and goal to bring together cities, organizations and residents that are significantly impacted by the proposed SR-710 Project, so that they can work together to develop a meaningful alternative to the proposed SR-710 tunnel. We provided the suggestions regarding the proposals presented by the Beyond the 710 (BT710) Project in a letter on January 9, 2016. The full letter is here.
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 response is here.
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.
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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.