Message from Evan Davis, WPRA President, Summer 2022
Introducing your new WPRA president
This is my first column as the West Pasadena Residents’ Association’s new president. I’ll introduce myself by repurposing the speech I was to have made during the annual WPRA meeting on June 2, had I not been double-booked. My daughter’s graduation trumped the meeting.
My wife, two daughters, and I moved to the WPRA service area five years ago. A friend recruited me to serve on the Board of Directors soon after we arrived, knowing I’d served on another city’s Planning Commission and that my training as a trial lawyer could come in handy.
The first impression I had of the board hasn’t changed: Any organization – charitable or otherwise – would be lucky to have such a bright, dedicated, and talented group of leaders. Our board members are either still working in or retired from top positions in their respective field.
Collectively, they spend well over 1,000 hours a year to fight for west Pasadena’s interests. To accomplish this mission, they have forged sound relationships with local, regional and even federal government leaders, as well as leaders of other Pasadena neighborhood organizations.
As you might imagine, credibility is the coin of the realm in dealing with these leaders. To that end, your board members zealously guard the WPRA’s stellar reputation by researching and deliberating before speaking. While those with whom we share our point of view may not always agree with us, they are respectful of us and our well-reasoned positions.
Our outgoing president, Dan Beal, is just one of many reasons why the WPRA has maintained its position as a leading Pasadena neighborhood organization. Dan made sure that everyone had a chance to speak. And he always had the organization’s best interests in mind. If you run into him, please thank him for his four years of service at the top and for agreeing to serve this year as vice president.
While you’re at it, thank yourself. You and your neighbors have over the past 60 years encouraged, challenged and educated the providing the critical funding necessary for us to meet our objectives. The bottom line is that the reason the WPRA has thrived for 60 years, is due to the dedication of both the board and you, our members.
Over the next year as president, I look forward to continuing what the WPRA has done well for six decades: maintaining the character of our community and enhancing the quality of life in west Pasadena … and not just fighting against all change. Rather, we strive to consider what that change means to west Pasadena before landing on a position to agree, oppose or seek to modify the proposed change.
We want to hear what you care about and have to say. And don’t be surprised if, from time to time, I ask you to help.