September 21, 2019 Neighborhood Meeting Summary

September 22, 2019

Preparation

E-mail reminders

Attendees

4 members

Acknowledgments

JoAnn brought chocolate and peanut butter cupcakes. Laura brought fresh home grown figs.

Meeting

Agenda Items:

The meeting began about ??

  • Space Bank update
    • On August 5, the California State Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) announced approval of the Removal Action Workplan (RAW) and responses to comments of the proposed RAW for the Space Bank property.
    • For a history of the process and plans up to now, visit our previous meeting summaries through a search of “Space Bank”:
      eewna.org/?s=Space+Bank+Summary
    • There is a report on Nextdoor that the organization "Stop Toxic Housing in Pasadena" sued the City to stop the cleanup and subsequent building from proceeding.
      • The report is posted second hand.
      • Online searches do not come up with any references to the lawsuit in public media.
      • Do not know why they would sue the City when the cleanup plan and deadline to challenge it are the DTSC's. Perhaps the City is only one of the defendants.
      • The organization's website has not been updated since March.
      • The organization continues to solicit funds via a gofundme campaign. It currently shows $7,342 raised of a $20,000 goal it says is needed for court costs. It says the attorney is working on contingency after the campaign exceeded the initial goal of $5,000 in June. It does not appear that the text has been updated since June. There is no mention of a lawsuit having been filed.
  • Avon Office Building designation as City Landmark
    • Pasadena Heritage nominated the original 1947 Avon office building to be designated as a Pasadena City Landmark.
    • This is the "Corporate Modern" office building located on the south side of Foothill Blvd immediately west of the freeway overpass. It does not include the rest of buildings on the site, formerly Avon, now owned by Home Depot.
    • Home Depot plans to lease this building out for office space, with the remainder of the site converted to a Home Depot store. (The permit process for the store has been proceeding and it appears to be close to getting the necessary approvals to start "remodeling").
    • Pasadena's Historic Preservation Commission approved the landmark nomination, so it next goes to the City Council for a final decision.
    • According to Pasadena Heritage: "The original building was designed by noted LA architect Stiles O. Clements, who designed some of Southern California's most iconic buildings, including the Mayan Theater and the Pellissier Building and Wiltern Theatre".
    • According to newspaper clippings in the staff report, it was in the 1970s that the City closed off Sunnyslope and let Avon get that acreage, plus Avon bought out the Supreme Dairy. That's when the portion to the west of the remaining original building was drastically redone, bringing it much closer to the street.
    • The staff report for the Historic Preservation Commission hearing, including lots of history for the site, will be available for about a week at
      cityofpasadena.net/commissions/wp-content/uploads/sites/31/Foothill_E2940_091719_landmark_sr.pdf
      (When the City Council considers approval, that staff report will be permanently available online with that Council agenda).
  • Upcoming Community Events
    • Lamanda Park Specific Plan walking tour - Sat Sept 28
      • Saturday September 28
        8 am to 10 am
        Starts and ends at Learning Works, 90 N. Daisy Ave (southeast corner of Daisy and Walnut).
      • Tour starts with an overview talk. Then participants will walk west toward Sierra Madre Blvd, but turn south to Colorado before getting there. Then west on Colorado to the corner of Sierra Madre Blvd, then east on the south side of Colorado, then north on Daisy.
      • Access details and a link to register/RSVP here: ourpasadena.org/events/view/615
    • Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) - Sat Oct 5
      • Free workshop by the Pasadena Fire Department, facilitated by Councilmember Masuda.
      • Training is to include: disaster medical, disaster preparedness, fire suppression, light search and recovery.
      • Not recommended for children under 16.
      • Event is limited to 100 participants, with priority given to Council District 4 residents.
        • Saturday October 5, 2019
        • 8:00 am to 12:30 pm. (plan to be there start to finish)
        • La Salle College Preparatory (aka La Salle High School)
        • 3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd, but park in the south lot off of Michillinda Ave.
      • Registration is required. E-mail [email protected] or call 626 744-4740.
      • A confirmation e-mail after registration will include all necessary information.
    • Co-existing with Wildlife (coyotes) presentation - Thurs Oct 10
      • Presentation by the Pasadena Humane Society
      • Thursday October 10
        6:30 - 7:30 pm presentation, followed by question and answer
        Frostig School
        971 North Altadena Dr.
      • Topics include making property uninviting to wildlife, keeping pets safe, hazing techniques.
      • The City and Pasadena Humane Society are requesting that encounters with coyotes be reported via the Citizen Service Center app or website. (If there is an actual emergency situation with a coyote attacking a person, call 911).
        http://www.cityofpasadena.net/citizen-service-center
        For Topic, select Animals, then Wildlife Sighting/Nuisance Report.
    • Council District 4 Walktoberfest - Sat Oct 26
      • morning of Saturday October 26
      • "a Celebration of Walking in Pasadena"
      • location, exact time, and other details not yet publicly released
    • Council District 4 Community Meeting - Thur Nov 14
      • The yearly community meeting.
      • Thursday November 14.
      • Details not yet provided, but undoubtedly in the evening.
  • Local Crime Summary
    • For the last month in our neighborhood, from crimemapping.com: (the time is typically when reported, not when it happened)
      • Wed Aug 21, 9:18 pm, 3100 block Mataro St, public intoxication
      • Thur Aug 22, 11:28 pm, 400 block Avocado Ave, domestic violence
      • Sat Aug 24, 3:46 pm, 3300 block E. Orange Grove Blvd, public intoxication
      • Tue Aug 27, 11:51 pm, 3100 block E. Foothill Blvd, assault
      • Sat Sept 5, 11:50 am, 400 block Sierra Madre Villa Ave, armed robbery
      • Wed Sept 9, 1:22 am, Foothill Blvd / Sierra Madre Villa Ave, DUI
      • Fri Sept 13, 5:47 pm, 3200 block E. Foothill Blvd, theft from insecure vehicle
    • Separately reported incident on August 31 about 11:30 pm of two people entering a property under construction on Hermanos Street, looking through windows, and trying to open the front door. When the realized a neighbor was looking at them, they took off. Reported to police, but no crime report.
  • anything else attendees wish to discuss
  • Try out new LA County voting system - Sept 28 & 29
    • (We did not discuss this at the meeting - notice came in the mail during meeting)
    • There will be a whole new voting system for LA County starting with the March primary election.
    • There will be only centralized Vote Centers to vote in person, but they generally will be open for 10 days before election day, will use a new electronic machine for casting your votes, and voting can be done at whichever one is most convenient to the voter's schedule.
    • There will also be a new vote by mail system, including postage paid envelopes and dedicated drop-off boxes throughout the County.
    • To allow voters and the County to try out this new system before the real election, a "mock" election is being held.
    • You do not have to be a registered voter to participate - even children can try it out!
    • The "Mock Election" voting will be held at 50 locations throughout the County. The only one near Pasadena will be
      • Saturday September 28, and Sunday September 29
        10 am - 4 pm
        Villa Parke Community Center Auditorium
        363 E. Villa St, Pasadena, 91101
    • Some locations will have games, prizes, food, and other activities. Don't know about Pasadena.
    • For more information about the new voting system and the mock election, visit
      LAVote.net/Mock-Election

Next EEWNA meeting is October 19, 2019 at 11:15 am, in Hastings Branch Library meeting room

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