Message from Dan Beal, WPRA President, Spring 2020
We’re making some changes to improve communications and engagement
One of WPRA’s most important functions is to keep you better informed on issues that we believe are important to west Pasadena and to the rest of the city as well.
To better serve in this role, we’ve recently made two important changes to our communications vehicles: our weekly (Saturday morning) eNewsletter and our website. We believe these enhancements will provide you with more timely information, expand your knowledge base and, ultimately, persuade you to engage with us in the greater community discussion about key issues
Birth of a new publication
As many of you know, Neighborhood Update, which has been published for the past 20 years by email on most Saturday mornings, provides information on upcoming city meetings and announcements, a partial listing of key community events, and links to important media articles.
The WPRA board recently agreed to retire Neighborhood Update and replace it with Neighborhood Alert which will not be published on any fixed schedule. Rather, it will be published whenever current events dictate – for example, a few days ahead of an important public hearing or City Council vote on an important issue.
And don’t worry, if you already receive Neighborhood Update, you’ll receive Neighborhood Alert automatically.
Launch of our revised website
As any casual visitor to our website will immediately see, we’ve redesigned and improved it. Now it’s a treasure trove of WPRA and Pasadena information, including access to issues of our quarterly newsletter going back to Fall 1978, and details of WPRA’s civic engagement over the years — all searchable by keywords. [A shout-out to WPRA Vice President Avram Gold, for whom the new website was a labor of love consuming endless hours.]
Our website will also provide certain information previously offered only in Neighborhood Update. This includes links to city and school district meeting agendas, staff reports, announcements and media sources. One click will take you to the meeting you’re interested in, with agendas as they are available. There are also links to sources of information on community event and to media covering Pasadena issues.
Give Neighborhood Alerts and our new website a try. Let us know what you think. Send an email to me at email@example.com.