Working to improve your quality of life

Since its founding in the early 1970s, the Madison Heights Neighborhood Association’s mission has been to cultivate a sense of community among Madison Heights residents, preserve and enhance the special character of our historic neighborhood, and provide a community voice to advise city officials, staff, school personnel, and the community at large about our events, needs, and concerns.

In May 2017, MHNA members elected a new crop of directors and officers who have enthusiastically taken on the task of increasing the association’s role in advocating for issues that impact residents’ quality of life. Resident and executive director of Pasadena Heritage Sue Mossman has noted that Madison Heights’ central location makes it both very attractive and uniquely vulnerable to impacts tied to development and growth. With this in mind, MHNA has worked on a number of civic issues impacting our neighborhoods:

Crime at the Fillmore Gold Line Station

MHNA has been very active over the last several months in communicating concerns about the ongoing criminal activity at the Fillmore Station. The Fillmore Station tops the list for police service calls related to serious crimes and transient activity. The City Council has authorized the Pasadena Police Department to enter into a contract with METRO and discussions are still underway. Contract or not, Pasadena police will continue to provide extra service to the transit stations as time, resources, and funds allow.

Participate Pasadena

Members of the board represented MHNA on September 19, 2017 at the kick-off meeting for Participate Pasadena, an initiative spearheaded by Pasadena Heritage that directly connects with residents, capturing their concerns and ideas about development in Pasadena.

Short Term Rental Units

MHNA joined other neighborhood associations appearing before the city council to successfully oppose a pilot program that would have allowed un-hosted vacation rentals in our neighborhood.

Condo Project on Euclid and California

MHNA appeared before the city council and expressed its opposition to a proposed condo project that calls for the destruction of two mature camphor trees. We anticipate that the owner will seek permission from the Urban Forestry Advisory Committee to remove the trees. Preserving the beautiful tree canopy in Madison Heights is a top priority and we intend to oppose it.

Our agenda in the coming months is equally packed. Items include:

Accessory Dwelling Units

After holding city-wide public meetings, the city council will consider amendments to the city code concerning accessory dwelling units (ADUs) e.g., “granny flats,” in-law apartments, and guest houses.

New Condos on Los Robles

There is a flurry of development proposed for Los Robles (between Del Mar and Green St.), including at least three large-scale residential developments. MHNA is concerned about the increased amount of traffic congestion that these projects will cause during construction as well as their permanent effects on traffic in the area. The association has requested a cumulative traffic study for all of the projects and will participate in city commission and council meetings to gather information and present testimony.

Pasadena Fair Oaks and Central District Specific Plans

The City of Pasadena will start the process of updating its Specific Plan in 2018. Specific plans are critical tools that provide guidance on important issues such as residential density, traffic, walkability, architectural design, and more. The city is also about to unveil its comprehensive community outreach program, which will include open houses and stakeholder meetings to identify issues and establish the program’s vision and goals. MHNA will be an active participant in the process and will keep members informed as dates and materials are made available in order to encourage as much resident involvement as possible.

Pasadena Development Activity Map

The City of Pasadena has added this handy map that lets you see all the active building permits in the area. It includes residential and commercial projects (including additions), and also shows active planning projects, including Master Plans, Conditional Use Permits, etc. See the Development Map.

Block Captain Recruitment

MHNA is looking for members of the neighborhood to volunteer as block captains. These individuals will act as a liaison between the association and the Pasadena Police Department to help keep our neighborhoods safe, as well as acting as the “street communicator” for the MHNA board. For more information on the program, Check the Block Captain page.

MHNA is very interested in the views of our members and residents. Please feel free to contact us and tell us about your concerns and share any thoughts you have on issues. Having your support is crucial to sustaining our communication and outreach efforts, and ensuring that we have the resources to advocate effectively for issues that affect your quality of life.

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