Greetings District 4,
First of all, thank you to all who attended last week’s District meeting. Your attendance was greatly appreciated. Also, thank you for all of the pre and post emails. Your thoughts are important to us.
Below is a brief summary of the meeting and updated information will go out via email and on our webpage: http://www.ci.pasadena.ca.us/District4/
The meeting began with a presentation from Dan Rix, City Engineer, and his team regarding the Sierra Madre Villa project. In 2004 and 2005 the United States Congress appropriated Federal Transit Administration funds for the access improvements to the Sierra Madre Villa Light Rail Station. The project, called the Sierra Madre Villa Improvement Project, will create a pedestrian corridor with direct access to the light rail station through the widening of the existing sidewalk, construction of streetscape and landscape enhancements, and installation of a public artwork and pedestrian lighting.
The City will seek qualifications from artists and artist teams to commission a permanent, exterior sculpture to be installed on the sloped hill adjacent to the 210 Freeway at the eastbound freeway on-ramp at Sierra Madre Villa Avenue, at the northeast corner. The proposed artwork will have a transportation theme incorporated into the design.
In about one month the Cultural Affairs webpage will have information about the art project and instructions on how to submit your ideas. It would be great if a District 4 artist was chosen! http://www.cityofpasadena.net/arts/
Dr. Eric Walsh, Director of Public Health spoke about the Urgent Care Facility on Del Mar, the healthy snack initiative in the vending machines, a senior dental program, and the adult and travel immunization clinic. He also encouraged everyone to pick up the 2011 Quality of Life Index. For those of you who did not get one it can be downloaded from the following link: http://www.cityofpasadena.net/PublicHealth/Records_Reports/
Next on the agenda were the much anticipated discussions about the Edison Corridor. Councilman Masuda introduced William Farley, Manager of Real Properties for Edison and Marisso Castro-Salvati, a spokesperson for Edison. Regarding Perrson’s Nursery, Farley said that because the owners had filed bankruptcy and Edison was listed as a creditor he was limited as to what he could say. The plants are considered part of the assets and were unfortunately left to die. The area will be investigated by the Fire Department and Code Enforcement to determine violations and possibly begin cleanup.
Pasadena and Edison are currently in negotiations for control of the Edison Corridor, which residents hope can be a well maintained green belt. The ongoing discussions are about types of uses and will involve a written understanding. The first priority will be to maintain the lots and further discussions will center on the greening of the corridor, trails, and parks, community gardens. I will update information regarding the negotiations as soon as it becomes available. The Star News article is attached:
There are two great events this weekend in Pasadena!
Check out ArtNight Pasadena, Friday October 14th, 2011 from 6 – 10PM http://www.artnightpasadena.org
And Women at Work will have their Annual Fundraiser on Saturday, October 15th. This year’s event, Magic, Music, Murder and Mystery will surely entertain! http://womenatwork1.org/wordpress/
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Please do not hesitate to contact me with any further questions or comments!
Field Rep District 4