To consolidate, disseminate, and gather information concerning the 710 expansion into our San Rafael neighborhood and into our surrounding neighborhoods. If you have an item that you would like posted on this blog, please e-mail the item to Peggy Drouet at pdrouet@earthlink.net

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Red Light Program Planned “Run a Red Light and you will be cited”

Posted by Pasadena City Councilperson Steve Madison on Facebook, September 19, 2013

PASADENA - The Pasadena Police Department will be conducting a Red Light Enforcement Program on Friday, September 20, 2013. This enforcement detail will be deployed throughout the City of Pasadena. The hours of operation will be from 06:00 A.M to 1:00 P.M.

The Pasadena Police Department is committed to reducing the number of traffic collisions resulting from drivers running red lights or driving aggressively. The ultimate goal is to enforce and educate the driving public at the same time reducing serious injuries and fatal collisions.

A RED LIGHT means stop at the stop line, crosswalk or before the intersection. Unless you are making a right turn, you must wait for the green light before you proceed. After making a complete stop, you may turn right on a red light if the intersection/crosswalk is clear of pedestrians and traffic. However, if the intersection is posted with a “No Right Turn on Red” sign, you must wait for a green light before any turning movement.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

How the Hollywood Fault Made Millennium's Future Uncertain, and L.A. a Laughingstock


By Gracie Zheng, September 19, 2013

Note: An unedited version of this story was inadvertently published online on Sept. 18. This is the edited version. See factual correction at end.


How the Hollywood Fault Made Millennium's Future Uncertain, and L.A. a Laughingstock

The Los Angeles City Council rushed through its approval of the Millennium skyscrapers in Hollywood amidst fiery opposition, ignoring an unusual warning from California’s top geologist that a major earthquake fault study had to be undertaken before permits could legally be issued.

Now, other killer fault–riddled California cities are marveling at the blunder that has prompted Hollywood residents to sue the city of L.A. and Millennium Hollywood LLC for knowingly planning 35- and 39-story towers atop a suspected “rupture fault” capable of opening the Earth, splitting buildings in half — and causing massive death.

The Hayward Fault runs 50 miles through the East Bay, near the Oakland Hills and through the Oakland Zoo and Mills College. Like the Hollywood Fault, it’s a rupture fault that can rip open the Earth — not just violently shake it like typical dangerous faults in L.A. It’s a “known killer” that produced a 7-magnitude quake in 1868.

“If a project like [Millennium] were proposed in Oakland, before a decision could be made on the project, we would require geological study to pinpoint exactly where the active fault is within this larger fault zone,” says Ed Manasse, Oakland’s strategic planning manager.

In fact, under the state’s Alquist-Priolo Act, to avoid catastrophic deaths from rupture quakes, no new buildings intended for human use can be built atop, or within 50 feet of, a rupture fault.

In the city of Hayward, Gary Lepori of the Development Services Department draws a parallel between the behavior by L.A. leaders in not abiding by the Alquist-Priolo Act and the bizarre hubbub in Benidorm, Spain, when news broke in August about a 47-story skyscraper built without elevators. Reports of that civic screwup later turned out to be untrue.

Still, Lepori ventured, “Do those kinds of mistakes happen to a degree in Hollywood? They let things get too far before they looked at stuff. Make sure it’s safe.”

It’s not yet clear who let the Millennium get too far, or why.

In July, Gov. Jerry Brown’s appointee, powerful State Geologist John Parrish, alerted L.A. City Council president Herb Wesson that the Millennium Towers might fall directly within Hollywood’s “rupture fault” zone — a geologically treacherous area known to geologists but not the public. It is bounded, roughly, by Las Palmas Avenue, Gower Street, Franklin Avenue and Carlos Street just north of Hollywood Boulevard.

Like the Hayward Fault, it is capable of a killer, 7-magnitude quake. Yet its existence has remained a virtual secret among civic boosters and city leaders bent on remaking the aging area — and luring thousands of new residents and office workers.

One $200 million residential-retail complex, Blvd 6200, is half-finished. It may well rest — illegally and precariously — within 50 feet of the fault along Carlos Street.

Experts don’t know what to make of the antics at City Hall. “If a building sits on top of a fault that breaks the surface,” Parrish says, “it’s very dangerous … because the ground is splitting in two.”
For years, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, then–Hollywood City Councilman Eric Garcetti and city planning director Michael LoGrande — cheered on by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce — have pressed for high-rise density in Hollywood.

Then, this year, lawyers hired by residents fighting the Millennium skyscrapers obtained stunning emails showing that L.A. City Geologist Dana Prevost met with a Millennium project team in 2012 and discussed the fact that a quake fault might run right through the controversial twin skyscraper site at Vine and Yucca streets.

Prevost never went public about this knowledge. In fact, the emails showed, Prevost privately admitted to the Millennium people that he’d already “granted one modification in the past on another project that allowed them to build right adjacent to the fault line,” probably referring to Blvd 6200.

In Hayward, Oakland and 103 other California cities containing more than 5,000 miles of active fault traces, the state is responsible for mapping and zoning their suspected faults.

“All of those [cities] are very good about honoring those zones and enforcing special studies for faults within the zones,” State Geologist Parrish says.

In Oakland, officials begin by definitively determining if a project for human occupancy is within a fault zone, then making sure it’s at least 50 feet from any rupture fault.

“If we don’t know if it’s [on top of an actual] fault, then the city of Oakland wouldn’t be able to approve the project,” Manasse stresses. “Individual cities can make certain parts of the regulations more strict, but they can’t make them less strict.”

It is the state’s responsibility to map such earthquake faults and zones, as it has done meticulously statewide. Confusion reigns over why a definitive fault zone was not drawn for Hollywood — a dense, old community perched atop a potential time bomb — while rural areas facing far lesser threats were fully studied and zoned.

Years passed, and Villaraigosa, LoGrande and Councilman Garcetti arrived on the scene, pushing their density dreams for Hollywood with far taller, bigger buildings containing far more people.

Using incomplete boundaries and fault lines mapped years ago in Hollywood by state geologists, city officials started guessing where the fault did and did not go, approving  projects — and failing to conduct strictly required, geological site investigations to make certain no new buildings were erected atop or within 50 feet of the fault.

Then, in July, having no idea of the precise location of the fault, the L.A. City Council blindly voted, 13-0, to approve the twin skyscrapers on a block that’s suspected to fall within or next to the earthquake zone.

The existing state geological maps show dotted instead of solid lines where the quake zone is believed to run below Franklin, Las Palmas, Carlos, Gower and other streets.
Now, Parrish and a state team have stepped in to investigate and map the Hollywood Earthquake Zone and its faults.

As the Weekly reported in July, three other big projects next to or atop the suspected rupture fault have already been granted various approvals by city officials:

—The elegant, massive Blvd 6200 complex with more than 500 luxury residential units and extensive retail between Carlos and Hollywood Boulevard near Argyle Avenue is partly built and may not be fit for habitation if the state discovers that it’s within 50 feet of the rupture fault. If that’s the case, the cost for lawsuits — which might be borne by city taxpayers — could rise into the stratosphere. Of course, the developers could be liable, too. In their environmental impact report, the Blvd 6200 developers insisted that the nearest fault zone to their project by the Pantages Theater was the Newport-Inglewood Fault -- five miles away in Culver City

—6230 Yucca St., a 16-story mixed-use tower of apartments and retail, appears to sit illegally inside the fault zone. It has not been built but was approved by the apparently clueless, avidly pro-density, L.A. City Planning Commission.

Argyle Hotel at 1800 N. Argyle, a 16-story hotel with 225 hotel rooms, 6,000 square feet of meeting space and 3,000 square feet of residential space, appears to sit next to the fault zone. It has not been built but was approved by the apparently equally clueless City Planning Department.

Aaron Epstein, 83, has lived in Hollywood since 1934; he owns the charming old Artisan’s Patio on Hollywood Boulevard (City Historic Landmark No. 453) and pitched in $5,000 to sue the city and developer to stop Millennium from being built. His father, Louis Epstein, owned famed Pickwick Bookshop on the boulevard, now gone.

“What upsets me is our … elected officials at City Hall,” Epstein says. “We have six neighborhood council organizations surrounding the project. Five of them have voted against the project.” He notes that just one neighborhood council wanted the skyscrapers — the Central Hollywood Neighborhood Council, dominated by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, whose vice president, Laurie Goldman, is a consultant to the Millennium developers.

Epstein is fed up with City Hall, and says Hollywood’s District 13 City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell is “representing an out-of-state developer,” and if so should “resign from office. He has no business saying he is a representative when he is just voting for whoever makes the biggest contribution to his political campaign.”

Correction: An earlier online version of this story misreported that the Millennium developers produced an EIR claiming that the nearest fault zone to their project was five miles away in Culver City. In fact, that claim was made by the developers of Blvd 6200, which was misidentified as 6200 Blvd.

New Girl Paints Its Own Fake, Forbidden Crosswalk in Hollywood


By Adrian Glick Kudler, September 19, 2013





Los Angeles recently installed 50 safer-style crosswalks and is rolling out 19,770 more. Plus now there's one totally unusable one in Hollywood, courtesy of unexpectedly enjoyable sitcom New Girl (which films frequently in the Arts District). Brad Fidler (the man who brought you the internet history museum at UCLA) spotted this weirdness, apparently near Ivar and Hollywood--the sign reads in part "This crosswalk is for set dressing purposes only for the television show "New Girl". This is not a real crosswalk and is not for use of general public." It then instructs aspiring crossers to head over to a "real" crosswalk down the street. This crosswalk is an illusion! Don't step on it or you'll pass right through and fall into a vast, terrifying negative space ruled by pure mathematics. Like in Tron. But not exactly, because Tron is not real.

California's New Car-Sharing Regulations Create A New Category For Businesses Like Lyft, Uber


By Sudhin Thanawala, September 19, 2013

california car sharing regulations

SAN FRANCISCO — Web-based ride-hailing companies will have to make sure drivers undergo training and criminal background checks and have commercial liability insurance under rules approved Thursday by California regulators.

The state Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously in favor of those rules and others for such companies as Lyft and Sidecar. Both companies rely on smartphone applications to connect riders and drivers who use their own vehicles.

Commissioners said the rules were needed to ensure public safety.

"Today, we have an opportunity to introduce groundbreaking regulation in the transportation industry," commission President Michael Peevey said before the vote.

The regulations put ride-hailing firms in a new category of business called transportation network companies, or TNCs, that are separate from taxi cabs and limousines.

In addition to training, criminal background and insurance requirements, the companies will have to implement a zero-tolerance policy on drugs and alcohol and ensure vehicles undergo a thorough inspection.

The founders of Sidecar and Lyft applauded the commission's decision.

Sidecar founder Sunil Paul said it helps make his company and others like it "mainstream" by giving them a legal permit to operate.

Lyft co-founder John Zimmer echoed those sentiments, saying the new category helps legitimize car-sharing companies.

"It provides clarity in the marketplace and in the community and authorizes the operations we've been doing for the last 14 months," Zimmer said.

The companies, additionally, said they already meet some of the new rules, including the background checks and commercial insurance requirements.

The California utilities commission's vote came amid debate over how government should regulate the rapidly growing "sharing economy."

New businesses using the Internet are trying to make it easy for people to share their property, be it cars or houses, and earn some money. But they face opposition from traditional service providers that complain about being undercut.

The San Francisco Cab Drivers Association maintained that even after the vote, TNCs are not subject to the same level of scrutiny or oversight as taxi services, which are locally regulated. The group claimed the PUC has far fewer safety investigators to enforce the new rules than local regulators who oversee taxi companies.

The group had also argued that the ability of TNC drivers to choose who can ride in their car could lead to discrimination against customers based on the drivers' profiling of the rider's background. It is illegal for cab drivers to refuse service to riders based on their ethnicity, disability or income level.

"Without proper local regulatory oversight this can only lead to abuse by TNC drivers, companies and the opportunistic element leading to the decreased quality of passenger service for the disabled, elderly and disenfranchised who rely on taxis for transportation," the group said in a statement.
Commissioners heard from numerous taxi cab drivers and owners before the vote.

"This is not real ride-sharing," said Hansu Kim, president of San Francisco-based DeSoto Cab Co. "This is a commercial business that venture capital is backing, and the rules for commercial vehicles need to apply. That is the bottom line."

Supporters of ride-sharing companies said they fill the gap left by a dearth of taxis, which are often hard to find on the streets of San Francisco.

Commissioner Michel Florio said he has found some people rely solely on taxis, while others only use companies such as Sidecar and Lyft.

"People have different preferences and different needs. This decision allows both to take place on what I think is a fair basis," he said.

Two Pasadena parking spaces to become 'parklets' for a day


By Hailey Branson-Potts, September 19, 2013

Pasadena pocket parks
 Sunset Triangle Plaza, a pocket park in Silver Lake in 2012. The Pasadena Playhouse District Assn. will turn two parking spaces on Colorado Boulevard into "parklets" Friday during PARK(ing) Day.

In an attempt to cultivate a more pedestrian-friendly city, one Pasadena organization will turn two parking spaces into tiny, temporary parks Friday.

The Pasadena Playhouse District Assn., a nonprofit organization that promotes the 32-block district, will transform two 7-by-20-feet parking spaces into pocket parks from noon to 4 p.m.

The parklets will be on the north and south sides of Colorado Boulevard between El Molino and Oak Knoll, according to the organization.

The pocket parks will be installed on PARK(ing) Day, an international event in which communities turn metered parking spaces into temporary public places.

The event was started in 2005 in San Francisco, when an art and design studio laid sod and placed a bench and potted tree on a parking spot for two hours and rolled it up when the meter expired, according to the PARK(ing) Day website.

The Pasadena parklets will feature greenery, story tellings, displays by a local artist and a pop-up shop restaurant with hay bales and fall decorations, said Erlinda Romo, executive director for the Pasadena Playhouse District Assn.

The Pasadena Playhouse District Assn. will work with Pasadena’s La Loma Landscaping and Cal Poly Pomona landscape architecture students to create the parklets. Romo said the parks will take about two hours to set up.

The parklets are being seen by the association as a “trial run” to setting up permanent parklets on Colorado Boulevard, Romo said.

The association has been talking with city officials about establishing about six pocket parks on the boulevard between Los Robles and Hudson avenues, she said.

The association plans to present ideas to the City Council, which would later vote on the parklets. They would be the first permanent parklets in Pasadena, though they would be removed each year for the Rose Parade, she said.

“Building a park is a way to enhance the pedestrian environment,” Romo said. “It’s getting a little bit of rest aspace. It’s an all-around improvement for the person who comes to shop and dine in the district.”

In March 2012, Los Angeles introduced its first pocket park, Sunset Triangle Plaza, on a swath of pavement on Griffith Park Boulevard in Silver Lake.

The pocket park, funded by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, features concrete painted lime green with yellow-green polka dots, and a stretch of grass.

September-October 2013 SRNA Newsletter

September-October 2013  
SRNA Newsletter  
Vol 2, Issue 1
The mission of the San Rafael Neighborhoods Association (SRNA) is to enhance and maintain the character and quality of all San Rafael neighborhoods through advocacy and an activated community.

On the web at www.srnapasadena.org
In This Issue
Ave 64 Traffic
Complete Streets Program
Crime Watch
School Update
San Rafael 7-11 School Committee
Wayfinding Signage
La Loma Bridge Closure
NFL-EIR Lawsuit
SRNA 2013 Board of Directors

Ron Paler-President
Robin Salzer-Vice President
Mary Beth Bridges-Vice President (Interim)
Mary Dee Romney-Secretary
Stan Clark-Treasurer
Michael Loya-Board Member
Kathy Goodwin-Board Member
Freddie Hannan-Board Member
Alix Nassiri-Board Member
Adele Levitt-Board Member
Ann Kelley-Board Member
Marie Cleaves-Board Member
Elaine Hawkes-Board Member
OPEN-Board Member

SRNA Artist-Wendi Moffly

SRNA General Membership Meeting 

1100 AVENUE 64 
7 PM

Next General Meeting: 
Wednesday, October 2


The beautiful artwork that adorns the SRNA newsletter is the result of SRNA Member Wendi Moffly.  SRNA is greatful for the warmth that Wendi's artwork brings to the bimonthly newsletter.  In this edition of the newsletter, we are happy to display new paintings by Wendi.


**It's coming **
SRNA 2014 Membership notices. 
SRNA needs your help enhancing and maintaining the character and quality of all San Rafael neighborhoods through advocacy and an activated community. 
Come join SRNA for another successful year of community organizing, fun and friendship. 
Watch for it in your mailbox soon.

Fire Station #39 Update
by Stan Clark

Station #39 remodeling work continues to progress. Interior walls are almost finished and work on the rear portion of the building is ready for the raised deck to be built.   

Fire Department officials along with City Staff have indicated the remodel is on schedule and the station is slated to reopen, returning Engine 39 and crew including paramedics in December of 2013 after closing on April 27, 2011.

Featured Article: 


By Pilar Reynaldo
Guest Contributor
Ave 64 Coalition-Pasadena/Los Angeles

Editor's Note: The Avenue 64 Coalition made a presentation to the San Rafael Neighborhoods Association at the meeting held Sept 11. 

The Ave 64 coalition was formed shortly after an accident which lead to the death of a cyclist in June 2013 which raised question about safety issues along the avenue.   
A group of some 40 concerned neighbors met for the first time on July 7th to share their stories and on the stretch of Ave 64 which is governed by Los Angeles and Pasadena from La Loma Road in Pasadena to Meridian Street in Los Angeles. By the end of the meeting, 7 people volunteered to start working on interim and long term solutions for the various issues raised.

Since then the 7 volunteers have come up with a power point presentation and a preliminary plan which was put together by Sam Morrissey (a traffic engineer with the city of Santa Monica) and Jeff Leon.  We have made presentations at Councilman Steve Madison's Pasadena Town Hall meeting as well as the Historic Highland Park land use committee.

The Avenue 64 Coalition's proposals for traffic calming measures consist of the following:

-Periodic raised and planted medians as well as curb extensions to narrow the traffic lanes 
- Designation of Hillsides as a school
-Possible roundabout at Burleigh & Ave 64 including clearly marked crosswalks

The Avenue 64 Coalition learned at Councilman Steve Madison's Town Hall that Mr. Madison's office along with Pasadena DOT have applied for a $750,000 grant to do an arterial speed management project.

The Avenue 64 coalition is seeking support in securing consensus and funding from both the cities of Los Angeles and Pasadena in order to implement the recommended solutions to address the safety concerns along Ave 64 from La Loma Rd in Pasadena to Meridian Rd in Los Angeles.


"Support the Avenue 64 coalition in securing consensus and funding from both the Cities of Los Angeles and Pasadena in order to implement the recommended solutions to address thte safety concerns along Avenue 64 from La Loma Rd in Pasadena to Meridian Avenue in Los Angeles"

PLEASE WRITE TO SRNA with your comments and suggestions on this topic at info@srnapasadena.org

Complete Streets Program Coming to San Rafael!
By Sylvia Plummer-Guest Contributor
The City of Pasadena is kicking off a Complete Streets Program in our neighborhood. 
Complete Streets is a national movement to ensure that transportation planners and engineers consistently design and operate the entire roadway with all users in mind-including bicyclists, public transportation vehicles and riders, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities.
What are "complete" streets? 

Complete streets are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users. Pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities must be able to safely move along and across a complete street. 

Creating complete streets means transportation agencies must change their orientation toward building primarily for cars. Instituting a complete streets policy ensures that transportation agencies routinely design and operate the entire right of way to enable safe access for all users. Places with complete streets policies are making sure that their streets and roads work for drivers, transit users, pedestrians, and bicyclists, as well as for older people, children, and people with disabilities. 

What it takes to make a street "complete" varies depending on many factors, so there's no single definition. However, ingredients may include sidewalks, bike lanes (or wide paved shoulders), special bus lanes, comfortable and accessible transit stops, frequent crossing opportunities, median islands, accessible pedestrian signals, curb extensions, and more. A complete street in a rural area will look quite different from a complete street in a highly urban area. But both are designed to balance safety and convenience for everyone using the road. 

Benefits of Complete Streets 

Increased Transportation Choices: Streets that provide travel choices can give people the option to avoid traffic congestion, and increase the overall capacity of the transportation network. 

Economic Revitalization: Complete streets can reduce transportation costs and travel time while increasing property values and job growth in communities. Improved Return on Infrastructure Investments: Integrating sidewalks, bike lanes, transit amenities, and safe crossings into the initial design of a project spares the expense of retrofits later. 

Quality of Place: Increased bicycling and walking are indicative of vibrant and livable communities. 

Improved Safety: Design and accommodation for bicyclists and pedestrians reduces the incidence of crashes. 

More Walking and Bicycling: Public health experts are encouraging walking and bicycling as a response to the obesity epidemic. Streets that provide room for bicycling and walking help children get physical activity and gain independence.  

How Can You Participate?
A neighborhood traffic survey will be mailed to each resident in the San Rafael Area by September 27, 2013.  You can participate by filling out the survey.  The deadline to fill out the survey is October 31, 2013. 
What ideas do you have for the San Rafael Area?  How about a DASH bus that circles our area via La Loma, Avenue 64 and Colorado and leaves you off at Old Town and the Gold Line?   What are your ideas?
For your convenience, the survey is also available online:
More Information?
For more information about Complete Streets Program use the link below:
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Crime Watch Update-Neighborhood Watch
By Alix Reeves 

Lowering neighborhood crime is an objective most of us can agree on. Keeping ourselves informed of recent crimes and knowing which types of crimes are most likely to occur where we live is vital information. 

Calling to report suspicious individuals or unusual activity is critical in preventing and dissuading crime in our neighborhoods. The Non-Emergency Number (626) 744-4241 is a valuable tool for us, a way to inform the PPD about activity in our midst. You may not always know if an activity is suspiciousif so, call and ask.  The dispatchers are our liaison to the police.

Below is a list of residential crimes in the area from June 25, 2013 through August 31, 2013 with a description of the crime type.
Grand Theft :    Value of theft is over $950. NOTE: Property taken from an unlocked vehicle may be included in this category.

Petty Theft:    Value of theft is under $950.

VEH BURG:   (Vehicle burglary) Forced entry into a vehicle.  NOTE:  Property taken from an unlocked vehicle is not considered a vehicle burglary because there was no forced entry (it is considered a petty or grand theft).

G THEFT AUTO:  (Grand theft auto) Taking or attempting to take a vehicle that does not belong to you.

RES BURG:  (Residential burglary) Forced entry into a home, garage, locker, business, etc. 

Crime Stats
Source: Crimemapping.com unless otherwise noted.

SRNA supports the concept of transparency with crime statistics.

GRAND THEFT 3PA0056101 1200 BLOCK LA LOMA RD 6/26/2013


PETTY THEFT    3PA0057073 1100 BLOCK WELLINGTON AV 6/29/2013



MAL MIS MISD (Vandalism) 3PA0058079 1300 BLOCK LA LOMA RD 7/2/2013

PETTY THEFT  3PA0059365 300 BLOCK S GRAND AV  7/5/2013


VANDALISM 3PA0060198 400 BLOCK SEQUOIA DR 7/7/2013



GRAND THEFT  3PA0060779 100 BLOCK SAN MIGUEL RD 7/9/2013




MAL MIS FELONY (Vandalism) 3PA0063318 900 BLOCK LA LOMA RD  7/17/2013


VEHICLE BURG 3PA0071482  300 BLOCK ELMWOOD DR 8/10/2013


VANDALISM  3PA0072372 200 BLOCK N GRAND AV 8/13/2013


VEHICLE BURG 3PA0077948 800 BLOCK BURLEIGH DR     8/28/2013

BURGLARY 3PA0077774  1100 BLOCK CHARLES ST 8/28/2013


VEHICLE BURG 3PA0078426 GRAND / GREEN ST 8/30/2013 
PUBLIC INTOX 3PA0058868 1000 BLOCK ROSE BOWL DR 7/4/2013

VEHICLE BURG 3PA0059796 SECO / WEST DR 7/6/2013

(2) BATTERY (1) ASSAULT 3PA0060208 1000 BLOCK ROSE BOWL DR 7/7/2013


PUBLIC INTOX 3PA0060222 1000 BLOCK ROSE BOWL DR 7/7/2013


VEHICLE BURG 3PA0060912 1000 BLOCK ROSE BOWL DR 7/9/2013

GRAND THEFT 3PA0061087 1100 BLOCK ROSEMONT AV 7/10/2013

PETTY THEFT 3PA0063754 300 BLOCK N ARROYO BL 7/18/2013

VEHICLE BURG 3PA0065683 1000 BLOCK ROSE BOWL DR 7/24/2013

VEHICLE BURG 3PA0065681 1000 BLOCK ROSE BOWL DR 7/24/2013

BATTERY 3PA0067331 1000 BLOCK ROSE BOWL DR 7/28/2013

BATTERY 3PA0067385 1000 BLOCK ROSE BOWL DR 7/28/2013

VEHICLE BURG 3PA0067395 1000 BLOCK ROSE BOWL DR 7/28/2013

PUBLIC INTOX 3PA0067349 1000 BLOCK ROSE BOWL DR 7/28/2013

PUBLIC INTOX 3PA0067350 1000 BLOCK ROSE BOWL DR 7/28/2013

PUBLIC INTOX  3PA0067343 100 BLOCK ROSE BOWL DR 7/28/2013


VEHICLE BURG 3PA0068281 1000 BLOCK ROSE BOWL DR 7/31/2013

G THEFT AUTO 3PA0068958  1000 BLOCK ROSE BOWL DR 8/2/2013

VANDALISM 3PA0068822 1000 BLOCK ROSE BOWL DR 8/2/2013

GRAND THEFT 3PA0070208 1000 BLOCK ROSE BOWL DR 8/6/2013

GRAND THEFT 3PA0070206 1000 BLOCK ROSE BOWL DR 8/6/2013


VEHICLE BURG 3PA0070564 300 BLOCK N ARROYO BL 8/7/2013

VEHICLE BURG 3PA0071523 400 BLOCK N ARROYO B 8/10/2013

GRAND THEFT 3PA0072583 1000 BLOCK ROSE BOWL DR  8/13/2013
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San Rafael Elementary School

SRNA hosted Principal Rudy Ramirez and SRES parent Alison Pultz at the last SRNA meeting.  Principal Ramirez presented an update on improving test scores at the school and information on the dual immersion Spanish language program which has become extremely popular.   In addition, residents learned about the new Room 13 Artist in Residence on campus.  

Principal Ramirez also spoke about improved traffic and parking restrictions surrounding the school.  Just hours prior to the last SRNA meeting, Councilman Steve Madison issued an email describing the new parking changes.  SRNA had received numerous concerns from surrounding neighbors concerned about parking issues and SRNA is happy to report that a new plan has been implemented that SHOULD lead to improved issues with traffic.

Stay tuned for more San Rafael Elementary School updates in future newsletters.

If you haven't visited San Rafael Elementary School in a while, be sure and stop by to see the latest developments at the school.

Information Item:


The following information is from the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD).  Please click on the link below.  SRNA will be monitoring the 7-11 process closely.

Signage for the Wayfarer:
Wayfinding Signs 
                            Signage-Orange Grove Blvd
Letters to the Editor

Local residents continue to comment on signage found on Pasadena city streets. 
Here are 2 Letters received by SRNA on this continuing topic reprinted here with permission of both authors.

I just read your article about the signs to direct us to places in Pasadena.  I wondered what they were about and am astounded that the city would spend so much on signage and the number of new signs is ridiculous when the new trend is on being green and reducing our footprint on the environment.   Most people have GPS these days in their car and their phone, so getting lost is not so common anymore.  Glad that you are keeping an eye out on things like this! 

Thank you,
Ann-Marie Villicana
Pasadena CA
          Note: The author is previous Councilmember from District 6 Pasadena 

You requested comments on the new signage going up in Pasadena.  Personally, I like the signs.  They are quite distinctive, artfully done, and provide a service to the public.  But also, they tend to subtly point out that Pasadena is a city with many top attractions and cultural destinations, making it unique and distinctive from most other American cities.  And the notion that they are analogous to Lady Bird Johnson's campaign to remove billboards from highways does not meet the test of logic.  The signs that Ms. Johnson fought against were garish advertisements and indeed were, and are, visual pollution.  The new signs in Pasadena are nothing like that, and serve a valuable purpose, and do so in a gracious manner. 

Quincy Hocutt

Continue to send us your opinions on the 
Wayfinding Signs 
La Loma Bridge Closing for 18 months starting in 2014
by Michael Loya 

The La Loma bridge built in 1914 (Corner of South Arroyo Blvd. and La Loma Rd.) will be updated for earthquake safety standards starting sometime in early 2014. It is estimated this project will cost 17 million dollars and that the bridge will be closed to traffic for a period of 18 months. Many residents that use the La Loma bridge will be detoured through other routes during the construction period. The City of Pasadena is planning to host community meetings in the upcoming months to help provide information about the La Loma bridge rehabilitation project including the possible construction of a pedestrian foot bridge (temporary versus permanent).  
Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.
Information Update

Legal proceedings continue in the challenge to the NFL-EIR lawsuit.  
The Coalition for Preservation of the Arroyo is composed of the East Arroyo Neighborhood Preservation Committee (EANPC), the Linda Vista~Annandale Association, (LVAA) and the San Rafael Neighborhoods Association (SRNA), and is supported by the West Pasadena Residents' Association (WPRA)
We encourage you to support the NFL EIR litigation. Help us protect our neighborhoods and the Central Arroyo. To read more and contribute, go to lvaa.net, or srnapasadena.org.
Contribute here to the cause:

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www.srnapasadena.org and click the tab "Join Us"

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SRNA is looking for people to volunteer and be a part of our organization.  Write to us if you would like to help make a difference and what your area of interest is.

SRNA is registered  with the city of Pasadena/Neighborhood Connections office.