Civic Center Task Force

Posted on October 4, 2017 in


The City Council established the Civic Center Task Force on July 17, 2017 to provide recommendations to the City Council regarding new construction/development and land-use standards of the YWCA and YMCA blocks consistent with the Central District Specific Plan; possible programming of public rights-of-way within Centennial Plaza, Holly Street and Garfield Avenue; and potential landscape/hardscape improvements.  See agenda report and minutes of the City Council’s July 17, 2017 meeting for more details.  The City Council requested that the Task Force provide its recommendations to the City Council within six months of its initial meeting on  Thursday, October 26th, at City Hall Basement Training Room, 100 North Garfield Avenue, S018 , beginning at 6:00 p.m. The Task Force met a total of 8 times and completed its recommendation on May 3, 2018.  Click the following .pdf to download the final recommendation of the Task Force,which will be presented to the City Council at its June 18, 2018 meeting, which will start at 6:30 pm and will be held at the City Hall Council Chambers, 100 N. Garfield Avenue: Recommendations of the Civic Center Task Force.5.3.18


15 members.  The Mayor shall nominate two members; each Councilmember shall nominate one member: each of the following Commissions and organizations shall nominate one member:  Historic Preservation Commission, Planning Commission, Design Commission, Transportation Advisory Commission, Pasadena Heritage, and Downtown Pasadena Neighborhood Association.

Task Force Members:

Name Nominating Authority
Andrea Rawlings Mayor
Vince Farhat Mayor
Raphael Henderson District 1
Chris Peck District 2
Vacant District 3
Lambert M. Giessinger District 4
Cecilia Estolano District 5
Wendy Cobleigh District 6
Gail Price District 7
Gary Floyd Historic Preservation Commission
Stephanie DeWolfe Planning Commission
Blair Miller Transportation Advisory Commission
Alan Loomis Design Commission
Claire Bogaard Pasadena Heritage
John Byram Downtown Pasadena Neighborhood Association


Until Task Force dissolved by City Council


Contact Information:

Please contact Julia Garzon at (626) 744-7310 or for meeting information or to be enrolled in our mailing list.


Meeting Documents:

Thursday, October 26th, 2017:
CCTF Kick-off Meeting Notice
CCTF Agenda 10-26-2017
PowerPoint Presentation_10-26-17
Training Summary For Civic Center Task Force
Meeting Summary_10-26-17
Recording: Civic Center Task Force 10-26-17

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017:
CCTF Agenda 12-02-2017
PowerPoint Presentation_12-02-17
Steve Mermell’s PowerPoint Presentation
Attachment A_Bennett Plan Drawing
Attachment B_CC Ordinance 2116, Including PC Resoultion 2
Attachment C_Map of Legal Description from Resoultion2 and 1910 Sanborn Maps
Attachment D_Records of Bennett’s Civic Center Subsequent to Building Design Competition
Attachment E_1925 and 1926 Bennett Plans
Attachment F_Timeline of Bennett Plan Development
Attachment G_Report on a Plan for the City of Pasadena by Bennett, Parsons and Frost, 1925
Attachment H_BP-6 General Perspective
Attachment I_BP-26 General Plan
Attachment J_Pasadena, the Grouping of Civic Buildings by Bennett, Parsons and Frost, undated
Attachment K_1922 and 1928 Zone Maps
Attachment L_Excerpts from Pasadena Central District Capital Improvement Program, 1977
Attachment M_Excerpts from Ordinance 6066 (Implementing Downtown Pasadena Urban Design Plan), 1984
Attachment N_Excerpts from Civic Center Specific Plan, 1984
Attachment O_Excerpts from Civic Center-MidTown Programming Effort Report, 1998
Attachment P_Excerpts from 2001 and 2003
Attachment Q_Excerpts from the Central District Specific Plan, 2004
Pasadena Civic Center Historic District National Register Nomination Form
Meeting Summary_12-02-2017
Recording: Civic Center Task Force 12-02-17

City Hall Aerial Map 1938 – Provided by Task Member John Byram
Historic Documents – Provided by Ann Scheid

Information Requested by Task Force Members:
Kimpton EIR 
General Plan Greenspace, Recreation & Parks Element
Kimpton Project Approval Letter, August 15, 2016
Civic Center Midtown District Design Project Design Development Plans, December 15, 2003

Saturday, January 20th, 2018:
CCTF Agenda 1-20-18
CCTF Memo 1-20-18
Allowed Land Uses
PowerPoint by Eric Duyshart
PowerPoint by David Reyes
PowerPoint by Kevin Johnson
CCTF Break-Out Sessions Boards
Meeting Summary 01-20-18
Recording, Part I: Civic Center Task Force 01-20-18 Part 1
Recording, Par II: Civic Center Task Force 01-20-18 Part 2

Documents Provided by Ann Scheid
Comments from Marsha Rood

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018:
CCTF Agenda 2-3-18
CCTF Memo 2-3-18
Civic Center Task Force Group Notes
Meeting Summary 02-03-2018

Information Provided by Task Member John Byram
Letter submitted by Strefan Fauble at the meeting

Thursday, February 15th, 2018:
CCTF Agenda 02-15-18
CCTF Memo 02-15-18
Meeting Summary 02-15-18
Recording: Civic Center Task Force 02-15-18

2018 YWCA Letter to CCTF
Letter from Members of the Pasadena Civic Center Coalition
Comments from Marsha Rood

Thursday, March 15th, 2018:
CCTF Agenda 3-15-18
CCTF Memo 3-15-18
CCTF Meeting Summary 3-15-18

Task Force Members’ Examples to Achieve Guiding Principles Agreed to at February 15, 2018 Meeting:
Andrea Rawlings examples
Blair Miller examples
Claire Bogaard examples
Gail Price examples
Gary Floyd examples
John Byram examples
Lambert Giessinger examples
Wendy Cobleigh examples
Cecilia Estolano examples

Thursday, April 19th, 2018:
CCTF Agenda 4-19-18
CCTF Memo 4-19-18
Attachment A
Attachment B
Attachment C

Comments from the Task Members:
Clair Bogaard
Gail Price
John Byram
Wendy Cobleigh comments

Comments from the Public:
Felicia Williams
Janet Rose
Ann Scheid

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018:
CCTF Agenda 05-03-2018
CCTF Memo 05-03-2018

Comments from Taks Member John Byram
Comments from Task Member Lambert Giessinger
Comments from Robert Winter
Comments from Moule and Polyzoides
Comments from Pasadena Heritage
Comments from Marsha Rood
Article provided by Task Member John Byram