Want to preserve the centerpiece of historic Pasadena?


We urgently need all our supporters to tell Pasadena City Council what we want for our Civic Center!


It’s important that the Pasadena Civic Center—City Hall and the garden-like settings— is at the heart of our city and has the highest priority when looking at plans to create new development on the Civic gardens. This is not about one building. It’s about protecting the entire Pasadena Civic Center National Register Historic District.

  • Honor the values and efforts of the Pasadena citizens who had the vision to vote for a 1923 bond measure which was founded on the City Beautiful movement and made the substantial financial investment to carry out that vision.

  • Continue the hundred-year-old legacy Pasadena citizens entrusted to us by creating a vision for the next 200 years. Develop a substantive public process to achieve that visioning study goal and ultimately enable a larger public process to develop a project to be more compatible with the Civic Center’s architectural and cultural traditions

  • Identify historic and cultural landscape issues throughout the Pasadena Civic Center National Register Historic District. Develop a Cultural Landscape Report to help identify important district features so that further degradation of its trees, gardens, and lighting and other amenities doesn’t occur.

  • Rehabilitate the important Julia Morgan-designed YWCA building


Call and/or Email the City Council:

Telephone (Main Number):  (626) 744-4111


Mayor: [email protected]
District 1: [email protected]
District 2: [email protected]
District 3: [email protected]
District 4: [email protected]
District 5: [email protected]
District 6: [email protected]
District 7: [email protected]
City Clerk: [email protected]

Share your thoughts:

  • Our First Priority is the Civic Center. We will not settle for a project that sells off the Civic Gardens or destroys the garden-like setting of City Hall
  • We believe that the YWCA is an important historic resource. While important, it is one of many important historic resources of the Civic Center as a whole – City Hall and the Civic Gardens along Holly and Garfield that create the garden-like setting; the Pasadena Robinson Memorial prominence and contemplative setting, and the YWCA. We should not sacrifice the integrity of the Civic Center to rehabilitate the YWCA.
  • The Civic Gardens surrounding City Hall, garden setting that the Civic Gardens provide, the contemplative setting and prominence of the Pasadena Robinson Memorial, and the views to City Hall are essential to the historic integrity of the Civic Center.
  • Let's preserve all – Civic Gardens, Pasadena Robinson Memorial prominence. unobstructed views to City Hall, and the YWCA!
Send an email to City Council members and/or attend on Monday night council meetings.
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Who's signing

Judith Marosvolgyi
Laura Liptak
Diane Bedford
Margaret Stevenson
Naiara Pinto
Barbara Lester
Shivaly Reddy
Molly Kennington
Saina Ghandchi
Veronica Bedico
Candace Seu
Caprice Harper
Tina Harris
Quincy Hocutt
Lois Harper
Melissa Accad
Margie Lindbeck
Beth Snowden-Ifft
Annemarie Pazmino
Laura Manning
Sharie Chandra
angela covey
Armand Deny
Virginia Berglund
Sharron Deny
Karla Hughes
vincenzo piccirillo
patricia Wells mcmillan
Jennifer Waters
Mary Tuck
79 signatures

Will you sign?

Showing 66 reactions

  • Judith Marosvolgyi
    signed 2016-08-16 15:32:28 -0700
  • Laura Liptak
    signed 2016-08-16 14:01:25 -0700
  • Diane Bedford
    signed 2016-08-16 12:31:26 -0700
    I understand how difficult it is to make a restoration project cost effective…but surely there must be a way not to dwarf the YWCA building with such a large and all encroaching development. It looks terrible to me, a life long resident of Pasadena
  • Margaret Stevenson
    signed via 2016-08-16 11:20:03 -0700
  • Naiara Pinto
    signed via 2016-08-16 11:05:38 -0700
  • Barbara Lester
    signed via 2016-08-16 10:32:30 -0700
  • Shivaly Reddy
    signed via 2016-08-15 22:18:11 -0700
  • Molly Kennington
    signed 2016-08-15 21:31:52 -0700

    The city did not have enough citizen input on this project.

    The proposal does not include enough parking in the nightmarish parking atmosphere in the civic center/old town area.

    Not enough parkland in our city!!!!

    How did this project get this far??
  • Saina Ghandchi
    signed 2016-08-15 21:20:54 -0700
  • Veronica Bedico
    signed 2016-08-14 23:59:03 -0700
    Please do not destroy this beautiful and historic property. There must be another way to meets the needs of the city and the community. Thank you
  • Candace Seu
    signed 2016-08-14 22:49:28 -0700
    I walk or bike through the Civic Center at least once a week on my way to and from the library, offices on Walnut, the north end of Old Pasadena, and events at Day One or All Saints Church. I like the garden-like green space in the Civic Center. I think it’s important to preserve the peacefulness and the sense of heritage in that area. And I think it’s important to honor the sister city trees and the Jackie Robinson memorial by not tearing out the former and making sure that the latter isn’t eclipsed by the hotel. Please don’t let option 2A go forward.
  • Caprice Harper
    signed via 2016-08-14 17:50:10 -0700
  • Tina Harris
    signed 2016-08-14 13:28:45 -0700
    Please vote to move forward with Plan 2E — do not destroy our lovely Civic Center area and our park in the name of greed!!
  • Quincy Hocutt
    signed 2016-08-14 12:19:10 -0700
  • Lois Harper
    signed 2016-08-14 08:25:36 -0700
  • Melissa Accad
    signed 2016-08-14 07:01:49 -0700
  • Margie Lindbeck
    signed 2016-08-13 23:20:07 -0700
  • Beth Snowden-Ifft
    signed via 2016-08-13 22:36:26 -0700
  • Annemarie Pazmino
    signed 2016-08-13 22:32:20 -0700
    Signed, and emails sent! Thank you for the help!
  • Laura Manning
    signed via 2016-08-13 20:35:19 -0700
    I am not sure why local governments feel they need to give away so much to developers. They demand more and more, but this is going too far. That land belongs to the people of Pasadena, and it should not even be considered as a give away..
  • Sharie Chandra
    signed 2016-08-13 17:18:19 -0700
  • angela covey
    signed via 2016-08-13 10:43:04 -0700
  • Armand Deny
    signed via 2016-08-13 09:32:30 -0700
  • Virginia Berglund
    signed via 2016-08-13 09:21:07 -0700
    Yet another hotel? We do not need more of this kind of business. Thank you all for your efforts.
  • Sharron Deny
    signed via 2016-08-13 09:06:41 -0700
    please don’t put in a hotel in this space.
  • Karla Hughes
    signed via 2016-08-12 22:43:23 -0700
  • vincenzo piccirillo
    signed 2016-08-11 21:11:10 -0700
    As a resident of the city of Pasadena, I do not want to see a Hotel built in place of YMCA. Please preserve the beauty of Pasadena. Do rememberer however that you represent us, not the investors!
  • patricia Wells mcmillan
    signed 2016-08-11 19:23:07 -0700
  • Jennifer Waters
    signed 2016-08-11 18:24:55 -0700
    One of the reasons we love living in Pasadena is its distinctive civic center. This NON boutique hotel will add nothing to this historic area but chaos and clutter. There is an option for a true boutique hotel which preserves original facade and parkland and has a smaller impact on traffic and parking. Don’t let greedy outside developers come in and destroy our beautiful civic center for the empty promise of financial gain for the city.
  • Mary Tuck
    signed via 2016-08-11 08:23:41 -0700