Published : Monday, August 12, 2019 | 5:11 AM
District 1 Councilmember and Vice Mayor Tyron Hampton’s annual Pancake Breakfast Block Party swayed to the beat of the Latin Kings as neighbors got re-acquainted and made new friends over fluffy hotcakes, bacon, eggs, and potatoes at Brookside Golf & Country Club Saturday morning.
Dozens of District 1 residents arrived, some with kids in tow, for the annual gathering. There was a friendly, small-town feel in the air, with sounds of laughter and smells from the delicious buffet.
Hampton said at last year’s block party that his goal with the event was taking the time to reintroduce neighbors and discuss district-wide victories such as lowering the crime rate, traffic improvements, and beautification efforts that are small steps in the bigger picture that help create a better Pasadena each day.
As before, the Vice Mayor was the emcee of an informative and cheerful program about the District which prompted applause from multiples District victories he reviewed.
Hampton, assisted by other City officials, reported on the accomplishments of Pasadena Water and Power, the Housing Department and the Public Works Department.
He said PWP is continuing its program to encourage customers to take advantage of rebate opportunities by being responsible users of water and electricity resources, and to go solar whenever possible to keep power bills down and help the environment as well.
Through the Housing Department’s help, Hampton reported, the City Council has also succeeded in putting in place a Tenant Protection Ordinance, which has been instrumental in helping 13 people who were evicted from an apartment complex on Washington Blvd. Those 13 have collected between $7,000 and $18,000 in relocation fees, Hampton said.
Hampton has also led numerous neighborhood walks through the District, with city staff in tow, which he said resulted in an estimated $375,000 worth of sidewalk repairs within the District.
“So if you live by Summit, El Sereno, Navarro, Cedar – those are the streets that have recently seen a lot of sidewalk repairs,” he said.
Public Works is also currently focusing on installing pedestrian crosswalks on some of the areas where residents have asked for them, including one on North Fair Oaks Avenue and another that borders Washington Blvd. and Garfield Avenue.
The City is also in the midst of re-signing and clarifying the very confusing stretch of Lincoln Avenue in the blocks where it intersects with Prospect Blvd., Forest Avenue, Seco Street and Mountain Street, Hampton said.
Hampton also reported 16 moderately affordable home ownership projects are going up at Fair Oaks Avenue and Penn Street, in cooperation with Heritage Housing Partners. The City is a big supporter of the projects, he said.
He also introduced some of the other private partners that are doing projects for the community, such as New Image Landscaping, which does tree trimming, landscaping and maintenance services, and Altamed Medical Group, which operates PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) Centers in Los Angeles County.
PACE was established by Medicare to help independent seniors with complex medical needs. The program helps participants avoid nursing homes and instead, receive the care and services necessary to help them stay safe, comfortable, and healthy living in their own home.
Councilmember Hampton is currently Pasadena’s Vice Mayor. He has been the District 1 Councilmember since 2015, taking the seat in an election which pitted him against Pasadena’s former Fire Chief, Calvin Wells.