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Origins of WPRA 1958 to 1962

When Marge Weller picked up the Star News on a fall afternoon in 1958, one article jumped out at her. It was an announcement that the Vista Del Arroyo Hotel, a property that had been turned into a hospital during World War II, was to be converted into an Army induction center serving the region from San Luis Obispo south to the Mexican border and east to Arizona.  This heavy-handed intrusion by the Army would certainly doom the beautiful old neighborhood where she and dozens of others had chosen to start and raise their families.

Here is the story of Marge and her friends, who banded together to defend their homes, forming what eventually became the West Pasadena Residents' Association.  This account was written by Marge's daughter Sarah for WPRA's 50th anniversary celebrations in 2012.