Here are City of Pasadena Highlights for the week of July 27, 2009.
The Pasadena City Council will meet Monday, July 27, at Pasadena City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
They will meet in closed session at 5:30 p.m. to confer with legal counsel regarding Henderson v. City of Pasadena; and confer with legal counsel regarding consideration of initiation of litigation.
The public portion of the meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber (S249).
* Nuisance Liquor Store – Pasadena’s Deemed Approved Ordinance was established to give local officials the authority to regulate older liquor stores that don’t have conditional use permits, hold the owners accountable for related problems that affect nearby neighborhoods, and require the liquor stores to operate within a set of local standards. During a public hearing conducted last month by the Code Enforcement Commission, it was determined that Super Liquor is a nuisance, and the owners were directed to take corrective action. On Monday night the owners of Super Liquor will appeal the commission’s decision.
* Assistance with Electric Bills – Three years ago the council approved the Electric Utility Assistance Program for low-income customers. As it stands currently, the basic benefit is a $5 monthly credit for customers who meet income eligibility criteria or use medically necessary electronic life support or mobility equipment. The council will consider directing the city attorney to preparing an ordinance to increase the basic monthly benefit to $7.50.
The full agenda, complete with downloadable reports, is available here.
The meeting will be televised live on KPAS and via streaming video.
COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEES
The Commission on the Status of Women will meet Monday, July 27, at 6 p.m. in the Rose Bowl Press Box (second floor), 1001 Rose Bowl Dr. Agenda items include Pasadena Birthing Project Executive Roundtable; report on June 30 District 6 Town Hall meeting; report on Five Acres gang awareness workshop; and report on Passageways Homeless Connect Day planning meeting.
The Design Commission and Historic Preservation Commission will have a joint meeting Monday, July 27, at 6 p.m. at Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St. Agenda items include advisory review of comments to the Planning Commission and City Council regarding the Las Encinas Hospital Master Plan Amendment. Please note there will be a 4:30 p.m. site visit to the property at 2900 E. Del Mar Blvd.
The Design Commission will meet Monday, July 27, at 7:30 p.m. at Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St. Agenda items include conflict of interest and Brown Act; and application for consolidated design review for addition to and substantial alterations of an existing 10,218-square-foot building for use as an urgent care facility at 3180 E. Del Mar Blvd. Please note there will be a 5:15 p.m. site visit to the property.
The July 27 meeting of the City Council Finance Committee has been canceled.
The City Council Municipal Services Committee will meet Tuesday, July 28, at 4:15 p.m. in the Council Conference Room (S246) at Pasadena City Hall. Agenda items include Congestion Revenue Right Resolution/California Independent System Operator agreement; update on Public Benefit Program results; update on Power Master Plan; and update on Smart Grid and stimulus funding application.
The Fair Oaks Avenue Project Area Committee will meet Tuesday, July 28, at 6:30 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave. Agenda items include report on Sparklean Laundry Systems; and report on Robinson Park/street name changes/field naming rights.
The City Council Legislative Policy Committee will meet Wednesday, July 29, at 8:15 a.m. in the Fair Oaks Conference Room (basement S039) at Pasadena City Hall. Agenda items include cap and trade programs (AB 32 – California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 – and HR 2454 – American Clean Energy and Security Act; proposed opposition of Senate Bill 14 (California Clean Energy Bill) unless it is amended; update on AT&T’s U-Verse system and carriage of Public, Education and Government (PEG) access programming; American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus update; SB 545 (Freeway Construction); and briefings by David Jones on state legislative matters and Carolyn Chaney on federal legislative matters.
All events are free unless otherwise noted.
Saturday, July 25
Noon to 5 p.m. – Don’t miss the Buck-A-Bag book sale at La Pintoresca Branch Library, 1355 N. Raymond Ave. Bring your own canvas bag and stock up! (626) 744-7268.
Monday, July 27
2 p.m. – Teens will make baskets and other objects in the oriental fusion style from recycled materials at San Rafael Branch Library, 1240 Nithsdale Rd. Class size is limited, so call (626) 744-7270 to reserve your spot. More details here.
Monday, July 27, through Friday, July 31
3 to 4:30 p.m. – Teens will create designs and then learn how to screen-print them onto T-shirts during this five-day workshop with instructors from Armory Center for the Arts at Lamanda Park Branch Library, 140 S. Altadena Dr. Registration is required and space is limited, so call (626) 744-7266!
Tuesday, July 28
5 to 7:30 p.m. – If you’re one of the thousands who use the Rose Bowl Loop for walking, bicycling, skating, dog-walking and other activities, stop by the tents at Brookside Golf Club and Lot K to see preliminary plans for improving the area. More details here. (626) 744-4610.
Wednesday, July 29
4 p.m. – Enjoy the animated film “Bolt” (rated PG) in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Pasadena Central Library, 285 E. Walnut St., with the voices of John Travolta, Miley Cyrus, Malcolm McDowell and James Lipton in the story of the canine star of a sci-fi/action TV show who believes his powers are real and sets out on a cross-country trek to save his co-star from what he believes is a real threat. (626) 744-4066.
Thursday, July 30
* 10 a.m. – Hey, kids! The Swazzle Puppets will tell the story “Water Color,” complete with a one-eyed underwater monster and other creatures of the deep in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Pasadena Central Library.
* 1 p.m. – The Swazzle Puppets will do their act for kids at La Pintoresca Branch Library.
* 3 p.m. – And the Swazzle Puppets will move on to Villa-Parke Branch Library, 363 E. Villa St. (626) 744-6510.
* 6:30 to 9 p.m. – You’ve got the roof and you’ve got the sunshine, but do you have the facts on how to go solar for less? Attend the “Going Solar” workshop at the Salvation Army Tabernacle, 960 E. Walnut St., to learn about up-front costs, tax breaks and rebates, buying and leasing options, and much more. Reserve your spot here or call (626) 744-6970.
Friday, July 31
3:30 p.m. -- Enjoy the animated film “Tale of Despereaux” (rated G) at Hill Avenue Branch Library, 55 S. Hill Ave., with the voices of Matthew Broderick, Dustin Hoffman, William H. Macy and Christopher Lloyd in the story of a misfit mouse, an unhappy rat and a bumbling servant girl whose fates are intertwined with that of the castle’s princess. (626) 744-7264.
Saturday, Aug. 1
8 p.m. – FC Barcelona goes up against L.A. Galaxy in a soccer game with an expected attendance of 60,000. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Free shuttle service to and from Old Pasadena! Be prepared for extra traffic and activity if you live or work near the stadium. If you’re new to the neighborhood and don’t have a resident’s pass, get one right away because it’s the only way you’ll get through the barricades and to your home. Pick one up at the stadium administrative office, Pasadena Police Department (207 N. Garfield Ave.), Fire Station #36 (1140 N. Fair Oaks Ave.) or Fire Station #38 (1150 Linda Vista Ave.). (626) 577-3100. More details here.
Design Commission Review
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