Council votes to deny subsidy and form a Task Force to find a new solution

SUBSIDY REJECTED; HOTEL PROJECT PRESUMED DEAD; TASK FORCE ORDERED A LIVE-TWEET REPORTING OF THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING ON MAY 22, 2017, IN WHICH CITY COUNCIL RE-CONSIDERED GIVING A PUBLIC SUBSIDY TO THE KHP PROJECT. NOTE:  ALL STATEMENTS ARE PARAPHRASES CAPTURED LIVE, NOT WORD-FOR-WORD QUOTES. BACKGROUND: As part of its original submittal in 2013, KHP proposed to pay to the City a required lease payment of at least $300,000 per year. KHP claims that their costs have increased to the point of unprofitability and requested two economic subsidies: No lease payments for the land and the YWCA building, and No charge for parking. (City to dedicate 136 parking spaces out of its existing garages, for free.) On April 3rd, the Council "paused" and gave KHP additional time to present more information or refine the project.  KHP provided some additional information about costs but continued to insist that a subsidy is needed to continue with the project. Continue reading

Council "pauses" on offering Public Subsidy,

Admits that design is disappointing. A live-tweet reporting of the City Council meeting on April 3, 2017, in which City Council considered giving a Public Subsidy to the KHP project. NOTE:  ALL STATEMENTS ARE PARAPHRASES CAPTURED LIVE, not word-for-word quotes. BACKGROUND: As part of its original submittal in 2013, KHP proposed to pay to the City a required lease payment of at least $300,000 per year. KHP is now requesting two economic subsidies: No lease payments for the land and the YWCA building, and No charge for parking. (City to dedicate 136 parking spaces out of its existing garages, for free.) Post by pasadenaciviccentercoalition. Post by pasadenaciviccentercoalition. Post by pasadenaciviccentercoalition. Post by pasadenaciviccentercoalition. Post by pasadenaciviccentercoalition. Post by pasadenaciviccentercoalition. Post by pasadenaciviccentercoalition. Post by pasadenaciviccentercoalition. Post by pasadenaciviccentercoalition. Post by pasadenaciviccentercoalition. Post by pasadenaciviccentercoalition. Post by pasadenaciviccentercoalition. Post by pasadenaciviccentercoalition. Post by pasadenaciviccentercoalition. Post by pasadenaciviccentercoalition. Post by pasadenaciviccentercoalition. Post by pasadenaciviccentercoalition. Post by pasadenaciviccentercoalition. Post by pasadenaciviccentercoalition. Post by pasadenaciviccentercoalition. Post by pasadenaciviccentercoalition. Post by pasadenaciviccentercoalition. Post by pasadenaciviccentercoalition.  

CCC members speak at Pasadena's Urban Forestry Advisory Committee

Developer Attempts to Remove 36 Trees Lawyers for the Kimpton Hotel project are asking to remove 36 trees at the Urban Forestry Advisory Committee. Several employees of the YMCA testified that they and their clients walk through the parkland and beneath the trees multiple times a day and enjoy the garden setting very much (this contradicts some claims made by planning commissioners and others that "no one uses the parkland except the homeless). Commissioners are dismayed that the project is being pushed through. The commission voted to recommend that City Council should consider alternative projects such as "2E" that have lesser impacts on public trees and in particular the Sister City trees, and evaluate which trees could be transplanted, and that the item is continued. A small victory! Click here to see more on our Facebook page.

CCC featured in the Pasadena Weekly

The Civic Center Coalition was featured in Pasadena Now's cover story on August 13, 2015. Click here to see the article: