An e-mail was sent to each member who has provided a contact e-mail address.
Susan Chu and Laura Ellersieck phoned most other members who have provided a contact phone number.
Susan Chu brought delicious cookies and juice.
5 residents attended the meeting.
The meeting formally began about 11:25 am in Hastings Branch Library's meeting room.
At Monday night's City Council meeting, the Council voted unanimously to change the name of Eaton Wash Park to Viña Vieja Park.
Todd Holmes, the city's Landscape Architect presented the city staff's recommendation. Our area's councilman Steve Haderlein presented strong support and arguments for changing the name.
Special thanks to Kathy Vacio and Manuel Vargas for speaking with coherent and heartfelt messages to the council. Thanks also to Victor Gonzalez, Susan Chu, and Ruth Ellersieck for coming to show and lend support. And thanks to all who wrote letters.
Two opponents spoke to the council. One said she'd lived in a house backing up on Eaton Wash for 50 years and had never seen a vineyard, wanted a more euphonious name, and suggested Monte Vista because of the mountain view. Of course, it is now about 60 years since the vineyard was removed. And Monte Vista doesn't conform to the city naming policy. Another speaker, Tim Brick, urged not changing the name because it would dishoner Benjamin Eaton who's ranch was in the area and first provided water and irrigation.
After the meeting we heard that there will be an upcoming opportunity for neighborhood children to design bricks related to the park. We should receive more information about this sometime soon.
|3178 Alameda||Portion of Alameda between the N and S Santa Paula segments is particularly dark and gets a lot of traffic.|
|494 Avocado Ave||No lights between NE corner w/Del Vina to 482 Avocado. Very dark area unless lights on side of house on SE corner of Del Vina are on.|
|469 Vineyard Pl|
|3217 Del Vina St||To light intersection with Santa Paula, particularly northernmost part of Santa Paula where cars are almost frequently parked and there are no sidewalks so pedestrians are mid-street. Tree trimming has helped.|
|3124 Alameda Ave||This area is dark w/o porch lights. Trimming trees to east may not be enough.|
|3171 La Tierra Street||Fairly dark area between Santa Paula and the first light to the east. This might fill the gap.|
Through December, put all three trash containers (mixed, yard, and recycling) out and leave out until 6 pm even when empty. City has a contractor named GBB doing an audit.
The Pasadena Department of Transportation announced five locations have been selected for in-roadway light installations to improve pedestrian safety. In-roadway warning lights are special flashing lights installed across the roadway surface to signal that pedestrians are entering the crosswalk. The installations are intended to warn motorists of marked crosswalks at locations not controlled by signs or signals. Locations were selected based on traffic volumes, pedestrian activity, geometric conditions and collision history. The five intersections are:
- Orange Grove Blvd. at Sunnyslope Ave.
- Paloma Street, between Altadena Drive and Sierra Madre Bl.
- Raymond Ave., at Grandview Street
- Lake Ave., at Elizabeth Street
- Los Robles Ave., at Buckeye Street
Noted when traffic east east on Foothill was backed up during afternoon rush that numerous cars were turning north on Santa Paula, sped to Estado, went east on Estado, then turned north on Sierra Madre Villa.
Another neighborhood association has been campaigning for support of changing the current "city of gardens" ordinance which allows buildings on multi-family properties to be 3 stories high right up to the rear property line, even when that property line borders on single family residential areas. The intent is to change the ordinance to require setbacks from such property lines, with an increasing setback for each story of the building. We don't have any multi-family lots backing up on residential lots in our neighborhood - we only have single family residential (though there are a few grandfathered two house on a lot properties).
In the late 40s and early 50s, before Orange Grove was cut through and Eaton Wash was made into a cement channel, there was a dairy where Eaton-Sunnyslope (the hilly) park is now. The dairy cows grazed in the area of the wash, including under the Edison lines. Paloma went through the wash, but it did not have a bridge yet - it flooded when it rained. Foothill did have a bridge.
Next meeting is December 10, same time, same place.
Adjourned about 12:45