Weekly WISPPA Newsletter 7/11/2018

Events in South Pasadena as well as the minutes and discussion from the 6/2/2018 WISPAA meeting.

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No WISPPA meeting in July or August. Next meeting Saturday, September 8th (2nd Saturday). Please see the attached for the minutes of our last meeting on June 2nd as well as a synopsis of the open forum discussion about WISPPA. Please let us know if we need to make any corrections. The minutes will be voted on in September. Thank you.
INFORMATION OF INTEREST: Please note that all events listed in this newsletter are for informational purposes only. ​It does not imply endorsement or specific support by WISPPA, unless stated otherwise. To the best of our knowledge, the information contained in the newsletter is accurate and reliable as of the date of publication; however, we do not assume any liability whatsoever for the accuracy and completeness of the information. Please let us know if any corrections need to be made. Thank you!
  • WISPPA welcomes the following new members: Charles & Carmen Trevino and Debra Beadle
  • South Pasadena joined the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District on July 1. Residents can expect a higher level of service on mosquito-related concerns, along with the benefits of aligning with a regional system. South Pasadena residents can now access District services by calling 626-814-9466 or through an online service request form at www.sgvmosquito.orgClick here for more information.
  • Clean Power Alliance is seeking qualified applicants for its inaugural volunteer Community Advisory Committee. The Committee will be composed of 15 representatives from seven diverse geographic sub-regions within Clean Power Alliance territory and will advise the Clean Power Alliance Board of Directors on certain policy and planning matters. The Committee is a public body and will be subject to all applicable Ralph M. Brown Act provisions. Clean Power Alliance asks that anyone wishing to apply submit the following form by July 25, 2018. A selection panel will review applications and you may be contacted for an interview. Committee Members will be appointed by the Board of Directors. To help shape Southern California’s energy future, interested residents can apply to be a member the Community Advisory Committee here.
  • The City’s passport services are now available at the South Pasadena Public Library, 1100 Oxley St., by appointment only. Previously, passport services were offered at City Hall. Appointments can be scheduled between 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and at 9 a.m. or 9:30 a.m. on Mondays. The Library is more easily accessible for residents and visitors who may not regularly visit City Hall, said City Manager Stephanie DeWolfe. “The Library is a well-known, easily accessible community resource,” DeWolfe said. “From a customer service standpoint it makes sense to provide passport services from that location.” To schedule an appointment, call: 626-403-7330. Appointments must be scheduled at least one week in advance. Click here for more information.
LIST OF EVENTS: Go to http://www.wisppa.org/upcoming-events.htmfor the latest info and to access links to the various South Pas calendars: Chamber of Commerce, The City of South Pas, and The Senior Center classes and programs.
Wine and Song SeriesWednesdays at 7pm – $15 table seating, $10 general admission. Arroyo Seco Grill has food, wine, and full bar. Or bring your own bottle for a $10 corkage fee. Kitchen is open until 8:30. For more info, go to wineandsong.com/scheduleArroyo Seco Golf Course – 1055 Lohman Lane, South Pasadena
Art-in-the-Park with SPACE (South Pasadena Art Center)Wednesday July 11 at 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM Artists from SPACE (South Pasadena Arts Center) will inspire children to use their imaginations to design their own creations in this hands-on Art-in-the-Park workshop. The SPACE website is at https://www.facebook.com/spaceartscenter/. Special weekly events are scheduled each Wednesday at 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm , from June 20th through August 1st, in the Library Community Room. Families are welcome at these free events which are sponsored by the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library. Cost: free Location:Oxley Street side of Library Park 1100 Oxley Street
Shop and Eat Like A French Chef -Farmers’ Market Tour and Tasting with Chef Bruno Every Thursday at 4:30 pm $45 per person,, visit BistrodelaGare.comto RSVP . Take a 30-minute shopping tour with Chef Bruno Morin as he guides you through the South Pasadena Farmer’s Market. He will educate and show you how to pick the best produce and seasonal ingredients Provence-style. After the tour, take a seat at the Chef’s table where you’ll enjoy a sampling of hors d’oeuvres and a farm-to-table Pissaladière (French Pizza). Taste your selection of of three wine samples to pair with the meal. Advanced reservation and pre-payment is required in order to attend. PS. Please bring your shopping list and appetites!
Jazz at the Blue Guitar – Thursdays at 7:30pm $15 table seating, $10 general admission. Arroyo Seco Grill has food, wine, and full bar. Or bring your own bottle for a $10 corkage fee. Kitchen is open until 8:30. For more info, go to www.blueguitar.club Arroyo Seco Golf Course – 1055 Lohman Lane, South Pasadena
“WISPPA MEET​​UP” AT THE FREE CONCERT IN GARFIELD PARK Featuring Phat Cat Swinger (Swing) SUNDAY, JULY 15 AT 4:​30​ P.M.​ to 7:30​(Concert is from 5 until 7:00 p.m.) ​This is ​a ​one of ​WISPPA​’s purely ​social events allowing members to get to know more about each other​! Feel free to bring family and friends to join fellow WISPPA members​ for an enjoyable evening listening and dancing to music in the park!What to bring: ​Food and cold drinks for your own picnic, including something to share if you wis​h. ​A ​low chair and​/or blanket​. Also perhaps sunglasses, hat, sunscreen​!​ What to wear: Red, white​ & blue Look for a group wearing WISPPA colors— &​ Red, white​ & blue ​balloons. Please email wisppaorg@gmail.com if you have any questions. ​
Concerts in the Park Sundays July 15, 22, & 29 at 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.Join us and your community for sweet tunes and good times. Food will be available for purchase or you can bring your own picnic. This event is free. ​ Garfield Park 1000 Park Avenue For more info, click here.
South Pasadena Farmers’ Market 19th Anniversary! Thursday, July 19 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm Magic Show – 6:00 pm Featuring Harvey the Magician (and other surprises!) FREE!www.southpasadenafarmersmarket.org
Shakespeare in the ParkJuly 19, 2018 Shakespeare by the Sea will be at Garfield Park for a performance of The Winter’s Tale. This event begins at 7:00 p.m., picnics are welcome. Remember to bring blankets and/ or low sitting chairs.Garfield Park 1000 Park Avenue For more information, please contact the Recreation Office – 626-403-7380
SUMMER ARTS CRAWL!Saturday, July 21, 5 – 9 pm Get together with some friends and spend a Saturday evening in South Pasadena. Merchants will be open late with open houses, live music, art and artists and special sales and other events. Eateries will offer special menus, beverages and other discounts – treat yourself to dinner or a snack on Mission! Artisans’ Marketplace will feature unique and handcrafted items for you, your home or gifts. Get creative at the interactive art activity, located in the City Hall courtyard. This popular “neighborhood night on the town” is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and produced by SPACE, the South Pasadena Arts Crawl and welcomes people of all ages to this free event.More information and details will be available on the Chamber’s website, www.southpasadena.net, as well as www.southpasadenareview.comandsouthpasadenan.com. Be sure to pick up your copy of the July 20 South Pasadena Review (the official guide to the Arts Crawl)
A live concert performance by Goh Kurosawa and an exhibit of drawings and paintings by Pete Morris Saturday, July 21 The free event will open at 6:00 p.m. when more than 40 of Morris’s stunning artworks of LA people and scenes will be on display. At 7:00 p.m. a documentary about Pete’s life and artwork will be screened and Goh Kurosawa will present a dynamic solo guitar set at7:30 p.mat the Library Community Room onas part of the Summer Arts Crawl. For more info, click here.
Shakespeare in the ParkAugust 2, 2018 Shakespeare by the Sea will return to Garfield Park for a performance of The Merry Wives of Windsor. This event begins at 7:00 p.m., picnics are welcome. Remember to bring blankets and/or low sitting chairs. Garfield Park 1000 Park Avenue For more information, please contact the Recreation Office – 626-403-7380
19th Annual Block Party and Community Resource Fair Saturday Hosted by Assemblymember Chris HoldenAugust 4, 2018 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. 500 block of Jackson Street in Pasadena Come discuss legislative and community issues while enjoying live music, a classic car show, game trucks and much more! Information on local and state resources will also be available. A brief community recognition program starts at noon so please give yourself time to drive and park, bike, walk, or ride public transportation. We are proud to announce that we have partnered with Go Day One and Bike SGV to offer free bike valet! We are excited to offer bike parking options to encourage our community to travel green. Space is limited, so please stop by the Go Day One booth early to park your bike (Located on the west end of Jackson Street).
SPARC Gallery Exhibition – Shelley Stephens – It’s About TimeArtist Talk: Saturday, August 4 at 6:00 – 7:30PM Exhibit: Through August 31, 2018 The South Pasadena Arts Council (SPARC) is pleased to present the exhibition Shelley Stephens-It’s About Time at SPARC Gallery, located at the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce on Mission Street. MICRONAUT, an independent curatorial design firm in South Pasadena, has organized the exhibition.​SPARC GALLERY @ South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce 1121 Mission Street South Pasadena, CA 91030. Tuesday–Friday, 10am–5pm or by appointment. Please call the Chamber to schedule your visit at (626) 441 2339.
League of Women Voters – Pasadena Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social Raffle and Silent Auction Sunday, August 5 at 3 pm – 5 pm Location: 65 South Grand Avenue (outdoor patio and the dining room) RSVP on our event page: https://lwv-pa.org/events/
ShopTalk Breakfast!Tuesday, August 7 at 8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m Featuring a speaker on a topic of interest to small business.​Come by for a delicious breakfast and a chance to meet some other local business people. Mike & Anne’s Restaurant RSVP: 626.441.2339 $13 for Chamber members/$18 for non-members, breakfast included
Our National Night Out event will be held on Tuesday, August 7th at Orange Grove Park. Join us for inflatables, games, food, music and more! This event is designed to strengthen relationships in our community and continue to demonstrate relationships with public safety. Police and Fire Departments and various other city components. For more information, please contact the Recreation Office – 626-403-7380
Movie at the Park. On August 10th at 7:00, Movie begins 8:15pm (dusk)Featured movie Coco at Garfield Park. Movie will start at 8:15 p.m. Picnics are welcome, light refreshments will be sold.Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and low seat lawn chairs. For more information, please contact the Recreation Office – 626-403-7380 Garfield Park 1000 Park Avenue
SPARC gARTen pARTy Saturday, September 22 3:00 to 6:00 p.mHosted by Mary and Bill Urquhart. Food & Drink provided by Crossings and Griffins of Kinsdale.
CERT Basic Training  Registration Open – Oct 6, 13, 20, 8:00am to 1:00pm each day This 12 hour course teaches the CERT Basics including Fire Safety, Disaster Medical Operations, Search and Rescue, & Hazardous Materials. Must complete all 3 classes to graduate. In 95% of all emergencies, a neighbor, co-worker, or bystander is the first person at the scene of an emergency. Would you know what to do? – South Pasadena Fire Department (817 Mound Avenue, South Pasadena) – Please wear comfortable clothes (shorts OK) and sturdy shoes Register Here.


WISPPA Meeting Minutes 6.2.18
South Pasadena Senior Center “Great Room”
11021/2 Oxley Street, South Pasadena, CA 91030

Attendees: Betty Emirhanian, Ellen Wood, Yvonne Pine, Barbara Sinclair, Judith Harris, Gretchen Robinette, Dollie Chapman, Bianca Richards, Camille Levee, Sally Kilby, Gail Maltun, Kay Mouradian, Ron Rosen, Connie Wardlow,
Ellen Daigle, Lela Bissner, Kelly Koldus, Gloria Kilian, Suzie Abajian, Sean Abajian, Becky Thompson, Lynda Sullivan,
Linda Krausen, Mary Furrero, Michael Caccioti, Diane Crum, Shadi Towfighi, Kim Hughes.

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1. Call to Order: 9:02AM by Bianca Richards, President

2. Approval of Minutes: M/S/C to approve minutes of 5.5.18. Minutes approved.

3. Announcements:

a. Exhibition being held of SPHS juried artwork at South Pasadena Gallery tonight from 6-8PM.

b. South Pas Preservation Tour being held on 6.6.18.

c. There was a very successful “Operation Cookie” sponsored by the South Pas Women’s Club, spearheaded by Beverly Bieber, on 5.23.18.

d. South Pas Beautiful is holding a meeting in the So Pas Library Community Room today from 3-6PM.

e. SPARC is holding a community-wide “Dance Party” at the War Memorial on 6.16.18.

f. Fourth of July WISPPA parade entry: Come to Bianca Richards’ house on the SW corner of Fairview and El Centro participate on the morning of July 4th to help decorate a truck and walk or ride with fellow WISPPA members down the
parade route. Meet between 9:30-10AM; parade starts at 11AM.

g. WISPPA Cocktail Party: 6.18.18 at the home of Mary and Bill Urquhart, corner of Monterey Rd. and Chelten Way, from 6-8PM. WISPPA needs people to sign up for food donations and to help with clean up. See or e-mail Betty Emirhanian.

h. Barbara Sinclair announced that the new director of Pasadena Playhouse had been in touch with her. She wanted to arrange an evening with him speaking before a WISPPA group or perhaps, a WISPPA night to go to a play there together with arranging a possible group discount. The decision made was for Barbara to gather more info and
report back at another meeting.

i. Tuesday 6.5.18 is Election Day! Don’t forget to vote! Polls are open from 6AM-8PM. Election laws such as “no electioneering” in front of polling places will be strictly enforced.

4. Commission Reports:

A. Public Works, Kim Hughes

1. Road repairs-a list of road repairs is being compiled. A road that gets approved to be on the list is repaired a year later.

2. $3,000,000 has been allocated for roads; $300,000 just for repairs-a generous amount compared to $8.000 formerly allocated

3. Roads on the list include but are not limited to: Monterey Rd., Alta Vista, Camino Del Sol, Pine St., Sterling Place, Orange Gove, Diamond.

4. The “Public Works” Commission is due to “sunset;” to be merged with the “Transportation Commission.” The “Public Works” is an important commission on its own. Everyone who wants this as a separate commission needs to write to City Council.

B. Safety. Ellen Daigle

1. Electric bikes that go into the hills and can cover the city are being purchased for SPPD officers.

2. Crime down 5%.

3. Cert Training hosted for school district faculty.

4. There was a SPFD regional training—brush and high rise training

5. SP Public Safety Commission is instituting a registry for older adults to register their medical conditions and contact info for the city to make sure they are safe in cases of emergencies.

C. Finance Report, Ellen Wood

1. Changes are transpiring in the finance department; finance director left, and the new city manager is examining records.

2. Discoveries are being made re: the fact that things have not been done in the department as effectively and efficiently as they should have been; i.e. there needed to be updates in software used which will be done, etc.

3. Schedule of city fees has not been raised in years; thus it will be raised 10.51%.

4. Draft budget is out for next year; it is online. Recommended that WISPPA members look at it.

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C. Finance Report by Ellen Wood continued:

5. City needs to find revenue due to PERS retirement funding issue—PERS investments have earned less than expected and the city needs to come up with funds to “fill the gap” between PERS earnings and the amounts owed employees to fund their retirement pensions. This will be an extra burden on the city.

D. UUT Report, Betty Emirhanian

1. UUT ballot measure coming up in the November, 2018 election is a measure to repeal the city’s utility tax. The measure is worded so as to be confusing; voting “yes” means voting to repeal it; voting “no” means voting NOT to repeal it.

2. The funds from the UUT are critical to the city; if repealed 12.5% of the city’s total budget would need to be cut, all departments would be affected, and all cuts would be instituted the day following the election.

3. The funds from the UUT are especially critical because of the shortfall in pension funding that is now the burden of the city.

4. A “Citizens Committee” is being formed to spear-head encouraging voters NOT to repeal the UUT. Ed Donnelly of  The So Pas “Dads” group is chairing the committee.

D. Natural Resources Commission, Betty Emirhanian. Nancy Wilms who served as the “WISPPA liaison” to the “Natural Resources Commission” is terming out as a commissioner this year.

E. Planning Commission, Kelly Koldus

1. General Plan: more time will be spent on the General Plan as it has expanded its scope to do outreach to look at the issue of affordable housing. The General Plan is still taking comments. E-mail David Watson with comments.

2. Twoey’s Restaurant is being developed at the former site of Carmine’s and Craft Hill Brewery on Fair Oaks in the OSH shopping center. It is due to open in fall, 2018.

3. The Arco gas station on Orange Grove and Mission is re-starting their car repair shop.

4. Other than Twoey’s and Arco, not many “use” permits have been applied for or issued.

5. Discussion about development of Carrow’s Property: the family that owns the property wants a “mixed use” development there with shops, restaurants, “on grade” parking, and an adobe courtyard with water features.

E. Water Report, Bianca Richards
The “yellowish-colored” water issue is still going on. The color is due to iron in the water. The city has responded well and found that there is no lead, arsenic, or magnesium in the water.

5. Synopsis notes of the WISPPA Membership “Open Forum” Discussion, “Where is WISPPA Headed in the Future?” prepared by Bianca Richards and Betty Emirhanian are included with these minutes in a separate attachment. The most significant change that arose out of the discussion is a meeting time change of ½ hour going forward:
WISPPA will meet at 9AM for a half hour of food and socializing, and meetings will start at 9:30AM.

6. Meeting adjournment by Bianca Richards at 11:15AM.

Minutes respectfully submitted by Judith M. Harris, WISPPA Secretary


June 2, 2018 WISPPA Meeting Discussion

Questions, discussion and input:

1. Sustainability
• Engaged discussions around theme of Sustainability

• WISPPA not in crisis but growing pains (Gretchen Robinette metaphor)

• We have achieved many goals but things change and we must continue to work on them.

• Reach out to younger people, seniors, more diversity needed

• Have social events outside of regular meetings particularly in the summer to bring in new people and to create camaraderie.

• Problem – Too few people doing the majority of the work. Suggestions: circulate list of things to be done. Don’t be reluctant to ask members. Create committees.

2. We have recently had program themes like Homelessness and Cinco de Mayo. What programs/concerns would you like WISPPA to address?

• Some members said that our main focus should be on women and issues related to South Pasadena

• School District, education -not a consensus issue. We should not focus on SPUSD as there are a number of other groups in South Pasadena that cover those issues. It would be a duplication

• Need to concentrate on major issues that affect residents and are city related

• Expand issues – issues and actions can come out of things raised in the business reports

• Need programs to bring in people

3. Should there be both a formal program and a General Business meeting with reports every time we meet?

• It is ok to have a business meeting only with no speaker (occasionally). (No consensus on alternating speaker programs with business meetings)

• Need to follow goals when planning speakers.

• No duplications of issues that other organizations can cover

• Need speakers on important, necessary issues facing city.

• Need Time limit for speaker/s and panels

• Program of importance could be a separate event at different time (evenings)

4. How important are the city council and commission reports to you? What information should we be emphasizing?

• Consensus: Do not cut back on business reports

• Keep Reports from Commissions-report out key points and in writing so can be incorporated into minutes. It was decided that these reports should be limited to no more than 4 most pertinent points.

• The membership would also like to have an executive meeting report.

• Key purpose-find out what is going on

• Continue City Council report outs with edits-hit key items

5. How many meetings a year should we have? Every month with 3 dark months as we do now? Could we meet 6 times a year?

• The membership likes a meeting every month with July, August and December dark.

6. Does the time of meetings, first Saturday of the month at 9am, work best? Alternate suggestions?

• Voted on –new meeting times-9:00-9:30am social time;
9:30 meeting starts

7. Do you like the Weekly WISPPA Newsletter and want that to continue?
• Overwhelming agreed – all want Newsletter to continue.