West Pasadena Residents’ Association, in cooperation with the Linda Vista-Annandale Association and the Madison Heights Neighborhood Association, hosted a nonpartisan candidates’ forum January 23, 2020 at the Maranatha High School Student Center. All candidates for mayor and District 6 City Council attended, including Mayor Terry Tornek and his three challengers: District 5 Councilmember Victor Gordo, former City Commissioner Jason Hardin, and businessman Major Williams. In west Pasadena, District 6 Councilmember Steve Madison presented his views along with attorney, Tamerlin Godley and nonprofit executive Ryan Bell.
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The West Pasadena Residents’ Association on May 8 convened its 57th annual membership meeting, held this year at Mayfield Senior School. Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek opened with comments about the citizen-led Arroyo Seco planning effort, citing its evolution into a new non-profit organization, the One Arroyo Foundation.
The West Pasadena Residents’ Association Board of Directors welcomed more than 200 of its members, supporters and relatives to a fall party and neighborhood social. The event was convened on October 28 at Susan and George Kinney’s home on Bellefontaine Street.
The West Pasadena Residents’ Association held its 56th annual membership meeting on May 2 at Westridge School. About 200 people attended the event, entitled “Housing the Character of Our Neighborhoods.”
The meeting was called to order by outgoing WPRA President Kenyon Harbison, who introduced special guests in attendance, including Teresa Lamb-Simpson, field representative for U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff; Terry Tornek, mayor of Pasadena; Steve Mermell, city manager of Pasadena; Catherine Del Rosario, district director for State Assemblymember Chris Holden; and Dominick Correy, district representative for State Sen. Anthony Portantino.
The West Pasadena Residents’ Association convened its 55th annual meeting on Wednesday, May 3, at Mayfield Senior School. About 200 members and others attended the event, which focused on “The Future of Our Arroyo Seco.” WPRA Treasurer Blaine Cavena called the formal portion of the meeting to order and, after singling out dignitaries and guests, invited Mayor Terry Tornek to the dais.
The West Pasadena Residents’ Association held its 54th annual meeting on Wednesday, May 18, at the Maranatha High School Student Center. About 200 people attended event, with the theme “Imagining the Future of West Pasadena.”
Mayor Terry Tornek covered a number of important topics during his remarks, including: His continuing interest in repealing Measure A; the City’s efforts to ensure that next year’s Arroyo Seco Music & Arts Festival does not become another Coachella; how the City will benefit from Kaiser Permanente’s planned medical school at Los Robles Avenue and Green Street; Striking the right balance between growth and development and maintaining the city’s unique character; the ongoing search for a new City manager, which he hopes will be completed by early summer; PUSD’s flourishing public schools; the restructuring and other internal changes that the City made in response to the embezzlement scandal; and the City’s current budget process.
Nearly 200 friends and neighbors gathered at Sequoyah School in May for the WPRA’s 2015 annual meeting. We were pleased to welcome Terry Tornek who joined the gathering in his first public event since taking office as our new mayor and we engaged in many issues, including:
1. Plans to demolish historic apartment homes on S. Orange Grove Circle, which would have displaced dozens of long-time residents
2. Development of Desiderio Park and the negative impact of a possible public restroom
3. The General Plan draft as it evolves and moves toward final adoption
4. Traffic metrics when the City chose to eliminate a traditional traffic measure, the results of which could result in even more auto gridlock
5. The Rose Bowl Stadium’s proposed and scheduled list of major events, including the proposed music and arts festival
During the WPRA’s May 6 annual meeting, WPRA Director Joan Hearst (right) presented Vince Farhat with the organization’s highest possible honor — the Dorothy Lindsey Community Service Award. Vince was cited for his selfless generosity and tireless volunteer efforts in the service of Pasadena’s citizens. Although Vince was out of town, his wife Betsy, left, and son William accepted the award on his behalf. Vince joins past recipients Mic Hansen (2011) and Claire Bogaard (2012). The award was created in 2011 to honor the late Dorothy Lindsey.
About 200 local dignitaries and residents gathered on April 30 for the 52nd annual West Pasadena Residents’ Association meeting. It was held this year, appropriately enough, in the San Rafael Elementary School auditorium. Two pressing issues discussed − the future of San Rafael Elementary and the SR-710 freeway extension − weighed heavy on the minds of WPRA members as they enjoyed refreshments and visited exhibiting community organizations before the meeting.
Members gather for the WPRA’s 52nd annual meeting